At a recent press conference, star footballer Cristiano Ronaldo picked up two bottles of Coca-Cola and, with the slightest hint of derision, set them aside before holding up a bottle of water. The simple action sent Coca-Cola’s shares tumbling from $56.10 to $55.22 by the end of the press conference and started a veritable social media storm. Since then, people have created memes on Ronaldo’s Coca-Cola snub, dug up old videos that show him endorsing the aerated beverage and offered varied takes on the issue – but the funniest reaction, perhaps, came from unexpected quarters. Adhesive brand Fevicol used the controversy as an opportunity to create a hilarious ad that is being applauded on social media.
Fevicol’s ad features two bottles of its popular adhesive Photoshopped onto the press conference table. “Na bottle hategi, na valuation ghategi (neither will the bottle move, nor will the valuation drop),” read the caption, reiterating the brand’s promise of facilitating an unbreakable bond.
“Haye ni mera Coka Coka Coka Coka Coka,” Fevicol wrote while sharing the ad on Twitter, taking another tongue-in-cheek dig at the soft drink manufacturer.
— Fevicol (@StuckByFevicol) June 17, 2021
The tweet has racked up over 21,000 ‘likes’ on the microblogging platform, where thousands of people praised the brand’s creativity.
Businessman Harsh Goenka praised it as “brilliant marketing”.
Time is an illusion, timing is an art – brilliant marketing by Fevicol! pic.twitter.com/aLzwAjaLWp
— Harsh Goenka (@hvgoenka) June 17, 2021
“Kudos to the advertising team,” wrote one person in the comments section.
Kudos to advertising team ???? You guys are best in business. if #Ronaldo sits on that chair he may never ever get up from it ???????? he still score though ⚽️????
— Shraddha Bagwe (@ShraddhaVBagwe) June 17, 2021
“Fevicol, hats off to your brilliant creativity,” said another.
Fevicol, hats off to your brilliant creativity. And @Ogilvy_India never fails to delight us. It seems you both are inseparable due to the Fevicol effect. Keep entertaining us like always. ????????
— Build Your Range (@BuildYourRange) June 17, 2021
“Fevicol ads have been consistently brilliant from more than 2 decades,” a Twitter user noted.
Kudos to the ad agency! Fevicol ads have been consistently brilliant from more than 2 decades ❤️
— Sudarshan Kini (@kinisudarshan) June 17, 2021
Indeed, Fevicol has entertained generations of Indians with its creative ad campaigns. Last year, their satirical dig at the dramatic exit of Duke and Duchess of Sussex — Prince Harry and Meghan — from the British Royal Family amused thousands.
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