South Africa’s Number 1 Camphor Cream Breaks Into Lotion Market

Posted: July 4, 2013

South Africa’s number 1 camphor cream, Ingram’s, has broken into the lotion market with a new campaign utilising the well-known faces of the national broadcaster’s weather presenters.

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The campaign, which broke on June 24, comprises 15 second spots which will flight around the weather broadcasts on SABC 1 and SABC2 for 2 weeks every month end for the next four months.

Tiger Brands Consumer Division category executive: Theo Mhlambi and marketing manager Wendy Wolhuter briefed their agency, Draftfcb Johannesburg, to develop a campaign to gain awareness for the launch of Ingram’s Camphor Lotions and generate trial of the three variants, Herbal, Original and Aloe Vera.

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Strategist Zetu Damane was inspired by Ingram’s heritage as ‘The Skin Doctor’ however realised that the launch of a lotion, could inspire everyday usage of a product that really works, hence the creation  of the payoff line ‘your daily dose for healthy skin’.

The agency’s creative response, crafted by a team comprising creative director Kevin Yong, art director Lethukuthala Zimu and copywriter Bonginkosi Luvuno, maximised the client’s budget with a very non-traditional shoot.

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This involved working with one of the top still photographic teams in the country – Michael Lewis and Nick van Renen – to capture various South African landscapes beset with different weather conditions. These were then manipulated to create movement and combined with the images of the SABC weather presenters Mkhushulwa (William) Msimanga and Tsietsi (Paul) Monare, who were shot on green screens in studio and star in two 15 second commercials each.

The almost whimsical execution demanded a rather grandiose adventure before making it on to the small screen.

Explained managing partner, Romaine Mackenzie: “The intrepid creative team got the go ahead on Wednesday afternoon, took an early flight out of OR Tambo on Thursday morning and packed up their car at Cape Town airport for an epic road trip.

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“Guided only by the daily weather forecasts, they hightailed it across the country in search of sun, wind and snow, zig-zagging from the Mother City to Jozi via Sutherland and the Karoo and accumulating 2 200 kms in just four days. Respect!”

“The result of Draftfcb Johannesburg’s efforts is a fresh and engaging introduction to Ingram’s Camphor lotion for daily all over body application regardless of the weather,” said Wolhuter.

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“We have a broad audience to speak to spanning LSM 5 to 10, and I believe this execution – unhampered by the naked body beautiful cliché – simply and effortlessly conveys the Ingram’s promise, which has resulted in the 75-year old brand leading its market for too many years to count,” she said.


Client credits

Client: Tiger Brands Consumer Division

Category executive: Theo Mhlambi

Marketing manager: Wendy Wolhuter

Creative credits

Agency: Draftfcb Johannesburg

Managing partner: Romaine Mackenzie

Account Director: Tanya Wilson

Chief creative officer: Brett Morris

Creative director: Kevin Yong

Copywriter: Bonginkosi Luvuno

Art director: Lethukuthala Zimu,

Strategic planner: Zetu Damane

Agency Producer: Barbara Clarke

Media planning: The Media Shop – Isla Stringer

Production house: Michael and Nick

Co-directors: Michael Lewis and Nick van Renen

Producer: Kirsten Husband


Editor: Angela Whitehouse of Glasshouse

Post Facility: The Bladeworks Post-production