Tata Salt ‘Desh Ka Salaam, Sarhad Ke Naam’ campaign bags two Guinness World Records

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Ø  Tata Salt campaign celebrates the Real Heroes and pays tribute to the Indian Army

Ø  Guinness World Records conferred for the categories of ‘Loudest Indoor Shout’ and ‘Longest line of postcards’

Ø  Achieves Limca Book of Records for first crowd sourced National Anthem for the Indian Armed forces

Punekar News's photo.September 9, 2015: Tata Salt, a pioneer in the Indian branded salt market, rang in the 69th Independence Day of the country by paying a heartfelt tribute to the Indian Army through a record-breaking campaign called ‘Desh Ka Salaam, Sarhad Ke Naam’.  Dedicated to the jawans at Siachen who unfalteringly perform their duties under harsh conditions, the campaign carries forth the brand’s philosophy and celebrates the Real Heroes who selflessly serve the Nation and its people.

Tata Salt’s ‘Desh ka Salaam, Sarhad ke Naam’ initiative was a 360 degree integrated campaign which invited nationwide participation through radio, social media and out of home activities. The campaign paved a two-way communication highway by successfully using social media to capture the gratitude of the civilians for the jawans, as well as the emotions of the jawans at the border. The campaign created two Guinness World Records for the loudest crowd-sourced ‘Jai Hind’ at 122.2 decibel level, under the category ‘Loudest Indoor Shout’ as well as the ‘Longest line of postcards’ with a chain of 6400 hand written messages and postcards from the nation to the Indian Armed Forces. Further, the crowd sourced National Anthem sung by over 76310 people for the soldiers was also conferred by the Limca Book of Records for being the first such initiative of its kind.

Punekar News's photo.The campaign used social media to encourage consumers to post Salute Selfies, and engage with consumers on the selfless service of our jawans. Tata Salt partnered with 92.7 Big FM to collect messages from listeners through a week long radio campaign called the Big Paigaam which panned across 40 cities. The first ever live radio station was set up at Siachen border to enable live feeds of the Independence Day celebrations to be sent across to the nation. This also enabled the soldiers’ families to send their well wishes to the sons of the nation who, otherwise survive in an area with zero connectivity to the world.

With over 5.3 lakh consumer participation through social media alone, the campaign received an incredible response with an outpour of messages for the soldiers. The ‘Desh ka Salaam Selfie’ contest received 825 selfie postson Facebook, along with posts from celebrities like Mr. Sanjeev Kapoor. The campaign’s Facebook fan base grew to11,290 in just 9 days of its commencement, garnering a total of 234,714 interactions through likes, comments and shares. The campaign gained 3,224,607 impressions on Facebook alone, and 326,000 impressions on Twitter. Through outdoor activities across high footfall areas, the campaign reached out to 76,310 people through cinema halls, and 1500 students through schools and colleges. A special AV created on the campaign went viral over social media, gaining 158,300 views within two days over Facebook and YouTube.

Punekar News's photo.To convey the nation’s heartfelt gratitude to the jawans, Tata Salt created aPunekar News's photo. montage of all the messages received through selfies, handwritten messages, videos and social media posts, and played it for the soldiers at the Siachen border. Again, facilitating two-way communication, Tata Salt captured the soldiers’ ecstatic reactions and appreciation on seeing the video and posted it on the Facebook page, thus making it a remarkable celebration not only for the soldiers but also the consumers.

Talking about the success of the campaign, Ms. Richa Arora, COO – Consumer Product Business, Tata Chemicals,said, “Tata Salt has evolved from being a packet of salt to being known as ‘Desh Ka Namak’. The ‘Desh Ka Salaam’ Independence Day campaign is dedicated to the soldiers who selflessly safeguard the nation. Through this campaign what we simply did was connect millions of people to the soldiers located at the highest peak – Siachen. The response was over whelming not just for us but also for the Real Heroes.”

For over a decade now, Tata Salt has lived up to the image of being the ‘Desh ka Namak’ and has unflinching faith in the people of India who manifest the values of honesty, integrity and loyalty to the nation in their everyday behavior. Staying true to the values of the brand, it was yet another successful initiative for ‘Desh ka Namak’.