UltraTech migrated an offline campaign online with an extensive virtual studio, mirroring a state-of-the-art demonstration that offered round-the-clock access to home builders to virtually walk around and get all possible information on home building.
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Building a home is an emotional journey for every individual home builder. But lack of complete knowledge and no reliable source of information leads to a huge gap between the way people want to build the home and what they know about building the home.
UltraTech launched the 'Baat Ghar Ki Shivir,' a consultative set-up, establishing hyper-local interactions with individual home builders (IHBs) and UltraTech experts. In this on-ground platform, the brand invited potential IHBs from nearby districts/panchayats for comprehensive workshops on home building in an entertaining and interactive format.
The campaign was gaining momentum until the pandemic hit the country. Everything came to a standstill, as did the Shivir activations. But the brand's zeal to partner with home builders, continued, unfazed and uninterrupted. The challenge was to reach and engage with IHBs amid these critical times.
The primary audience was IHBs (Individual Home Builders), males between the ages of 30-50 living in Tier 2-3 cities and rural areas in India. They contribute to 75 percent of the business.
Empirical data suggests that only three out of 10 people in UltraTech's focused markets had access to the internet. However, data also suggested that the mobile penetration stood at 90 percent (2.5 times higher as compared to TV) in focused markets. Considering the diverse landscape, UltraTech had to focus on audiences wired for the internet at the same time as its audience that resided in media-dark areas.
To identify the home building challenges and to demonstrate the solutions for it, Baat Ghar Ki Shivir was swiftly recreated in a virtual avatar. With the simple goal of reaching homebuilders right at their doorstep, UltraTech created an extensive virtual studio, mirroring a state-of-the-art demonstration that offered round-the-clock access to home builders to virtually walk around and get all possible information on home building. Built on the four pillars of connectivity, accessibility, relevance, and consumer-centricity, the virtual Baat Ghar Ki Shivir was designed to be engaging, entertaining and educational. This program covered everything about home building and even ensured to address queries on a one-to-one basis through live sessions with experts, thereby re-affirming the brand's position as an "empathetic expert."
In the year 2019, UltraTech launched a digital campaign that aimed to partner with individual home builders to help them build their home. The campaign was successful and became an offline activation. #BaatGharKiShivir was launched, a first of its kind initiative in the industry. However, as the campaign was scaling up, the world was hit by the pandemic, and offline activation came to a halt. It was a challenge to find a meaningful way to engage with IHBs and strengthen the brand proposition of being a home building companion. But the zeal to partner with individual home builders facilitated the amplification of the offline program to a digital platform.
Overall Campaign Execution:
The virtual Baat Ghar Ki Shivir was built on four main pillars:
The campaign was extended to the priority states of Punjab, Rajasthan, MP, UP, Bihar, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, and Telangana.
Mobile was the backbone of this campaign. The campaign was deployed on the shoulders of technology through an informative mobile-based website and replicating the information on various mobile-friendly platforms. Due to the pandemic, the 'Baat Ghar Ki' activation was replicated on an interactive online platform. The virtual Baat Ghar Ki platform covered consumer-centric content, focusing on building knowledge around home building.
The return on investment UltraTech received proved that the campaign had struck the right chord with its audience.
Though #BaatGharKi Shivir was virtual, it brought the UltraTech brand closer to consumers and cemented UltraTech's position as consumers' home building companion.