I thought I was the only one, but when I started seeing tweets from many others too, I felt better – I’m not alone.

I’m referring to Idea Cellular’s ‘Keep Cricket Clean’ campaign. The first TVC was all show with no meaning and that notion was perhaps retained by viewers while they were watching the 3 subsequent ads featuring Steve Waugh, Arjuna Ranatunga and Kapil Dev.

‘Keep Cricket Clean’ introduction TVC.

Let me answer this only from my point of view – I saw those 3 ads literally waiting for the ‘No Idea, Get Idea’ hook and in the process did not pay enough attention to what the journalist was asking those 3 players. I mean, I did hear what was being asked and what the players answered, but never connected that with the idea (!) of ‘Keep cricket clean’.

But it did not make any sense to me – how can a brand like Idea Cellular not have enough meat about ‘Keep Cricket Clean’, the message that they announced with 6 cricketing legends in the new campaign featuring one of them? I trawled Twitter to see if I’m alone. I was not alone!! There were others asking similar questions.

Bijesh chandran
How idea is going to keep cricket clean…i dint get any idea… View tweet

MusicAloud
ok so apart from posing dumb questions to kapil dev n co. what has IDEA done to “keep cricket clean“? View tweet

Shyam Suyambu
Wtf is this “Idea to keep cricket clean” advertisement all about? View tweet

Yew Eff Oh
Has anyone understood the Idea “Keep Cricket Clean” ad campaign? View tweet

Nikhil Kharoo
Even after a month those people haven’t got an idea!! RT @: I don’t like these new – get an idea ‘keep cricket clean‘ ads!  View tweet

Mihir.S.Bijur is this “Keep cricket clean“? Kapil giving the others a bath? View tweet

The fact that the journalist was asking questions that could potentially lead to match-fixing charges and the kind of response the former captains offered was indeed the crux of these TVCs.

Here’s the actual dialog between the journalist and the cricketers.

Steve Waugh
Journalist: If a stranger approaches a player and starts fishing for some pitch information, what would you advise him to say sir?
Steve Waugh: I’d advise him to say ‘no idea’ and that person would get the message.

Arjuna Ranatunga
Journalist: If a captain gets a call asking him what would he do if he won the toss, then what should his response be?
Arjuna Ranatunga: Simpal (Oh well, Simple!), he should say no idea.

Kapil Dev
Journalist: If a stranger asks a bowler suspiciously on which delivery will be a no ball, what do you think he should say?
Kapil Dev: He should say no idea.

But, in an effort to tie it back to their ‘No Idea, Get Idea’ hook, Idea Cellular perhaps trivialized the former captains’ response into a simple, ‘No idea’. And in a way, however much you hate the earlier TVCs featuring Abhishek Bachchan where he hammered the ‘Get Idea’ hook like there’s no tomorrow, there was no escaping that earlier campaign. So, you naturally started expecting that in these TVCs too. When I got it at the end of these 3 ads, I conveniently ignored what came before it – the crux of the new campaign’s message – and retained just the already-familiar hook, that was again packaged with the familiar premise, places – basement, elevator and moving train – where mobile signal is usually weaker.

It may also be a factor of the alleged importance given to the match-fixing related question vis-à-vis the weak-signal facade.

In the Kapil Dev TVC, the former gets 10 seconds, while the elevator-based ‘Get Idea’ segment gets 22 seconds. In the TVC featuring Steve Waugh, the former gets 13 seconds, while the ‘Get Idea’ part gets 19 seconds. In the Arjuna Ranatunga spot, it’s even worse – the Q&A gets just about 9 seconds and the rest of 23 seconds go into the drama of selling Idea through their familiar hook.

So, did the agency load too many things into one TVC campaign, is my first question? Was it prudent to add a new message that meant something big/topical (keeping cricket clean) into a capsule that had the already familiar ‘Get Idea’ hook?

Secondly, was the time allocation right? It’s a 30 second ad and having an extremely familiar idea (damn it – that word again!) dominate that time may possibly lead to people completely missing the crux of the new campaign that gets a small portion of the ad.

Perhaps some advertising agency veterans/folks could explore this.

I thought I was the only one, but when I started seeing tweets
from many others too, I felt better – I’m not alone.
I’m referring to Idea Cellular’s ‘Keep Cricket Clean’ campaign.
The first TVC was all show with no meaning and that notion was
perhaps retained by viewers while they were watching the 3
subsequent ads featuring Steve Waugh, Arjuna Ranatunga and Kapil
Dev.
Let me answer this only from my point of view – I saw those 3 ads
literally waiting for the ‘No Idea, Get Idea’ hook and in the
process did not pay enough attention to what the journalist was
asking those 3 players. I mean, I did hear what was being asked
and what the players answered, but never connected that with the
idea (!) of ‘Keep cricket clean’.
The fact that the journalist was asking questions that could
potentially lead to match-fixing charges and the kind of response
the former captains offered was indeed the crux of these TVCs.
But, in an effort to tie it back to their ‘No Idea, Get Idea’
hook, Idea Cellular perhaps trivialized the former captains’
response into a simple, ‘No idea’. And in a way, however much you
hate the earlier TVCs featuring Abhishek Bachchan where he
hammered the ‘Get Idea’ hook like there’s no tomorrow, there was
no escaping that earlier campaign. So, you naturally started
expecting that in these TVCs too. When you got it at the end of
these 3 ads, I conveniently ignored what came before it – the
crux of the new campaign’s message – and retained just the
already-familiar hook, that was again packaged with the familiar
premise, places – basement, elevator and moving train – where
mobile signal is usually weaker.
It may also be a factor of the alleged importance given to the
match-fixing related question vis-a-vis the weak-signal facade.
In the Kapil Dev TVC, the former gets 10 seconds, while the
elevator-based ‘Get Idea’ segment gets 22 seconds.
In the TVC featuring Steve Waugh, the former gets 13 seconds,
while the ‘Get Idea’ part gets 19 seconds. In the Arjuna
Ranatunga spot, it’s even worse – the Q&A gets just about 9
seconds and the rest of 23 seconds go into the drama of selling
Idea through their familiar hook.
So, did the agency load too many things into one TVC campaign?
It’s a 30 second ad and having an extremely familiar idea (damn
it – that word again!) dominate that time may possibly lead to
people completely missing the crux of the new campaign that gets
a small portion of the ad.
Perhaps some advertising agency veterans/folks could explore
this.
If a stranger approaches a player and starts fishing for some
pitch information, what would you advise him to say sir?
I’d advise him to say ‘no idea’ and that person would get the
message.
*
If a captain gets a call asking him what would he do if he won
the toss, then what should his response be?
Simpal (Oh well, Simple!), he should say no idea.
*
If a stranger asks a bowler suspiciously on which delivery will
be a no ball, what do you think he should say?
He should say no idea.
*
Agar ek anjaan aadmi kisi bowler se suspiciously poochta hai ki
kaun si delivery no-ball hogi, toh aapke hisaaf se use kya kehna
chaahiye?

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5 thoughts on “Did you get Idea’s ‘Keep Cricket Clean’ campaign?

  1. And I never saw a Journalist taking interview in following cases:
    1) Through Phone, that too with a World Celebrities..
    2) While travelling in a Metro Train
    3) Busy walking through their Office with some other work
    4) Getting busy where her CAR was parked
    ???
    #WTF

  2. Its an Idea to get the “Idea” in the minds of Idealistic folks….romba kozhapitteno….I also felt the same after c ing this ad…

  3. Totally agree. I think tying up ex-cricket captains for an endorsement campaign in itself was about ‘lets do something with cricket ‘coz its the season’. And then the double barreled communication of ‘cleaning up cricket’ and pushing the brand message. As for ‘cleaning up cricket’ if only it were so simple…

  4. Seems the advertising agency ran short of… wait for it… ideas!! I tweeted about the same as well. The whole premise of the campaign is absurd. If at all it denigrates the former world champions to ‘cleaners’ of some sort. Couldn’t understand how they could have helped ‘clean’ cricket by answering stupid questions with obvious answers. Think they just had to have the ‘Get Idea’ hook in there somewhere but they screwed up the whole campaign in the process.

  5. What may have happened?

    Client : “Guys, we have limited budgets for World cup. Players mila mushkil hai plus their issues on dates”

    Servicing : “How about former cricketers – Imran, Kapil et al. We can get all of them for the price of a Piyush Chawla or the Indian physio.”

    Client : “Sounds good. Production cost will low with no date clashes”

    Servicing : “Kya Karna hai? We can’t be getting them to say the same thing as everybody else like wishing india luck – Dhak dhak go types. We’re Idea – We need a new idea every time.” ( to all who thought servicing were a bunch of yes men )

    Planner ( looking for a pause to justify his presence ) : “Yes! but not any idea, don’t forget the social responsibility angle. Preferably more global..like early earthquake warning, some jasmine revolution etc. Those things are also hot

    Servicing : “Yes Yes The planner here has made a very important point”

    Client : “Thanks for pointing it out. But I thought we were discussing the cricket campaign”

    Intern : “Sir! how abt spot fixing”
    Client :” Arree Great Idea!”

    Servicing : Complicated expression of approval to thew client with a disdainful look at the trainee ..”Yes Yes Woh bhi kar sakte hain”

    Client : “Great – Let’s take that route.Guy’s like the Vodafone pug our ads about network coverage seem to be working despite being patchy like Amitabh’s hair ( did u notice him in the impromptu post world cup appearance ..poor guy had lil time for the wig.)”

    Servicing : We also will have have to send with Get Idea so there’s some call to action.

    Call the creative guys..whoever has turned up this week.

    Servicing : Brief ke liye time nahin hain. World cup starts in 10 days.
    We have Steve Waugh, Kapil, Imran and the likes – they need to be shown using Idea’s effective network, calling people to move to idea using MNP, giving a social msg against spot fixing.

    And BTW we have to shoot this weekend.

    Not to forget clutter breaking, sticky, retentive and out of the box.

    Creative : #@** #@!#!@# chod

    Servicing guy : I think they may be open to international travel for the shoot

    Creative : Film opens in a stadium in London…

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