Gul Panag, Kalki Koechlin, Chitrangada Singh, Kunal Kapoor feature in new OYO campaign

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It highlights key OYO app features such as ‘nearby stays’, ‘easy cancellation and refund’, and ‘search the view’

OYO launched a multi-film brand campaign that will be visible across television, social media and OTT platforms through January and February. The three films will feature actors including Gul Panag, Kalki Koechlin, Chitrangada Singh and Kunal Kapoor.

Over the pandemic years, travelers not just in India but across the world have adapted and evolved their travel habits and preferences. Travellers now place higher trust and confidence in brands that provide flexibility and personalization. With this insight at the heart of its brand campaign, OYO aims to spread awareness about the key features on the OYO App.

The first film highlights the benefits of the ‘Nearby’ feature. OYO’s deep presence across India, and in 35 countries around the world, allows users to book accommodation on the go with an easy tap on the “Nearby” icon. The second film is based on the ever increasing need for flexibility when one travels. The film therefore highlights OYO’s easy cancellation and refund feature, allowing users to modify bookings before their stay.

The third film promotes the ‘Search the view’ feature, which lets users discover stays according to any search keywords including the view, be it by the beach, the hills, near the market, close to the airport, or even a golf course view. Throughout the brand campaign, OYO showcases a diverse customer base, catering to families, discerning travellers, and groups of friends.

The first film, “Assi reach gaye?” features Gul Panag. The film features a family’s roadtrip. Keeping with her real-life personality, Gul portrays the role of a confident and adventure seeking mom, taking the lead at the driver’s seat. The film showcases the many stages of the journey, starting with the child enjoying the views of the scenic hills, turning to boredom and finally to restlessness after spending hours in the car. Hereon, the film captures the many quirks of a now impatient 3-4 year old child, who incessantly nudges his mom from the backseat with the engjabi words “Assi reach gaye?” (Have we reached?). At this point, the now anxious couple realize that they have a long journey ahead of them, with over eight more hours to go. Everyone has had enough of the journey. While on the road, Gul turns to the OYO App, taps on the “Nearby” feature and hits the book button. The film highlights the tag line, ‘Need a time out? Find a stay nearby.’

OYO’s brand campaign continues with two more films. The second features Kalki Koechlin and a group of friends chilling by a lake. And a third with Chitrangada Singh and Kunal Kapoor in the lead at a golf course.

Speaking on the brand campaign, Mayur Hola, Head of Global Brand – OYO said, “OYO truly believes that progress is for everyone. No matter who you are, where you’re from or where you’re headed, we’re all looking to evolve in our lives. That’s the spirit OYO embodies and supports. The app enables you to find an OYO right next door, wherever you may be. That helps you keep your plans and life flexible, as we all must today. An app that enables you to step out and reach your next stage of progress. And that’s exactly what this campaign is about. It is about the evolution of OYOs customers, our Patrons (our hotel owner partners) and of OYO into the global tech-hospitality brand.”

Commenting on her role in the films, Gul Panag said, “Let’s face it – Travelling with kids can be super challenging, especially if you’re at the wheel all day long, maneuvering across ghats, hills and treacherous roads. And this is just one situation. What if your car breaks down? Or if suddenly travel sickness kicks in? Or if you just love a particular spot along the way? Why wouldn’t you want to pull the brakes and enjoy the sunset? And the list could go on and on. I love traveling and the spontaneity that comes along with it. I was super stoked to learn that travellers have an option to discover stays wherever and whenever they wanted to, on their terms. When OYO came to me with the concept of the ‘Nearby’ feature and the script, it was an easy YES. Because it’s so relatable. Needless to say, Vishvesh and the entire OYO team were a super fun bunch to work with.”

The concept of the brand campaign and script of the films have been developed and written by OYO’s global in-house brand team. The film is directed by Vishvesh Krishnamoorthy from Corcoise Films, founded by Prasoon Pandey.

OYO launched the brand campaign during the India VS South Africa ODI matches on TV. The OYO brand campaign will be seen in multiple channels across GEC, News, Infotainment and the Kids genre. OYO will also release the first film across its owned digital and social media channels including Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn. OYO will also feature the campaign on its OYO App, Co-OYO App (for Patrons) and across all it’s in house digital communication mediums with customers, patrons and OYOpreneurs.

Interestingly, similar to the role of Gul Panag, Chitrangadha Singh and Kalki Koechlin in the films, OYO’s journey with the portrayal of strong women began last year with its ‘In a Long Term Relationship with OYO’ brand campaign starring Neena Gupta. OYO’s 2021 campaign was born out of a simple yet solid insight – women were the key decision-makers when it came to booking a getaway, holiday, or vacation. As per OYO’s study, in eight out of ten cases, women drove the conversation and made the final decision around travel. Keeping these findings at the core of the brand campaign, OYO decided to talk to their core customer cohort and decision-maker – women.

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