Yahoo! India Answers in association with Hindustan Unilever Limited has made rapid strides in the area of Social Media. Even as user-generated content on the Internet continues to grow in popularity, both companies have extended the model of Yahoo! Answers to an offline format. Yahoo! India joined hands with HUL’s Dove to launch the Dove Haircare Range in May 2007. Yahoo! India Answers was chosen as the property that would be the launch pad of this initiative and both companies created the world’s first Branded Knowledge Video Search.
The Yahoo! India camera crew went across 3 cities – Mumbai, Delhi & Bangalore – asking women questions on hair care. In a span of 9 days, over 250 women were interviewed and 1,000 minutes of footage recorded. The results of this initiative have been staggering. Launched on May 16, 2007, users spent over 830,000 minutes on the dove promo site of which close to 69,000 minutes were spent only on viewing videos. Over 2000 answers were posted by Yahoo! users, making this the largest ever branded campaign on Yahoo! India Answers.
“The success of this campaign is a result of not only Yahoo!’s endeavour to deliver the best of the digital world to our clients, but also the faith that advertisers like HUL place in us. While the medium holds great potential and we will continue our role as evangelizer, advertisers remain the key in actually converting our belief into campaign performance.” Commenting on the success of this campaign as well as getting brands to leverage on Social Media, Pearl Uppal, Director Sales, Yahoo! India said .
Already contented about the performance of internet , Hindustan Uniliver Limited people are now excited about the video search.
“The Dove campaign is a fine example of what internet can deliver to the brand.The exclusive initiative with Yahoo! India also shows how the power of the internet medium can be harnessed. Yahoo! India developed and executed a compelling solution in responseto what was a very open ended brief.We are very excited with the idea and the results and are looking forward to many initiatives with Yahoo! India” Rahul Welde, General Manager Media, HUL, said.