In a strategic move to enhance its digital presence, Goibibo, the popular online travel booking platform, has unveiled Kareena Kapoor Khan, affectionately known as Bebo, as its new brand ambassador. This announcement aligns seamlessly with the launch of Goibibo’s fresh campaign, ‘Hotels aise on Goibibo, full marks by Bebo,’ and a revamped social media identity. The brand’s inventive strategy involves weaving elements from the actress’s memorable on-screen roles and her real-life persona.
A Two-Way Connection: Goibibo’s Innovative Choice
Goibibo’s decision to bring Kareena Kapoor Khan on board as the brand ambassador is not merely a celebrity endorsement. It signifies a two-way communication channel between the brand and its audience, with the selection thoughtfully made based on the preferences of the core demographic. This strategic move coincides with the introduction of Goibibo’s new campaign, ‘Hotels aise on Goibibo, full marks by Bebo,’ and a fresh adaptation of its social media identity. What makes this partnership truly unique is the brand’s skillful integration of cues from Kareena’s iconic roles and her real name, giving it a personal and relatable touch.
Redefining the Main Character in Every Traveler
Raj Rishi Singh, Goibibo’s Chief Marketing Officer, delves into the rationale behind this collaboration, stating, “We all have a main character energy to our personalities which becomes especially prominent when we are on our travel breaks. With Kareena Kapoor Khan, the brand not only gives representation to this facet of our personality but also seamlessly integrates the brand and the ambassador into a cohesive voice.” He emphasizes that the larger campaign speaks to the evolving expectations of Indian travelers and the increasing standards set by all players in the travel industry. Singh is hopeful that the audience will share their excitement for this new chapter in Goibibo’s journey.
Kareena Kapoor Khan’s Delight
Kareena Kapoor Khan, in her characteristic style, expresses her delight at becoming the new face of Goibibo, even suggesting a playful twist, “or should we call it ‘Goibebo’?” She fondly reminisces about her iconic character, ‘Poo,’ from the Bollywood blockbuster “Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham,” which has remained an all-time audience favorite even after two decades. What particularly fascinates her is how Goibibo has seamlessly integrated this beloved character into their new, fun campaign. Revisiting ‘Poo’ after twenty years was not just fun but also a reminder that there’s a bit of ‘Poo’ in every Indian traveler, as everyone aspires to have the best holiday.
Kareena playfully encourages her fans, saying, “So, what are you waiting for? Because ‘Poo’ has already given her seal of approval!”
Creativity in the New Context
Priyanka Borah, Founding Partner, and Binaifer Dulani, Founding Member & Creative of Talented, provide insights into the creative process. They explain, “When we uncovered that the Indian consumer wants to be treated like a main character, from the movies, when on vacation, it instantly connected the dots for us and gave birth to Goibebo.” They acknowledge the iconic status of the ‘Poo’ character and the various ways it has been leveraged but stress the strategic soundness of this new approach and its memorability in a different context.
A Memorable Collaboration
Punit Malhotra, Founder of Dharma 2.0, highlights the lasting impact of ‘goibibo’ and ‘bebo’ in the minds of the audience. He appreciates the opportunity to revive the quintessential sassiness of the unforgettable ‘Poo’ character in a brand-new context, aiming to connect with the masses of India.
The collaboration between Goibibo and Kareena Kapoor Khan is set to redefine the travel experience, infusing it with elements of iconic cinematic characters and real-life relatability. It treats each traveller as the main character in their unique adventure, making every vacation a memorable cinematic experience. This innovative campaign is poised to make a lasting impression in the minds of the audience and breathe new life into travel booking. Goibibo’s strategic choice has the potential to usher in a new era of engaging travel experiences.