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DiGi’s Yellow Man in the Year of the Rabbit

The Challenge

What’s up with the Yellow Man? That’s the question everyone’s been asking. Malaysians miss his fun, lovable and charming ways.

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The short answer is, he’s still around. Hard at work, following people and keeping connections alive for DiGi users.

So for Chinese New Year, DiGi decided to give him a break and send him home for Chinese New Year – the most important time of the year for families.

The challenge for us at Naga DDB was to come out with a fresh way of presenting him to a target market that had grown quite used to him over the years.

We needed to surprise them all over again and show them a side of the Yellow Man they’d never seen before to re-invigorate their excitement for his antics.

The Idea

What? The Yellow Man has a family? Gerouttahere!

Yes, he does. Over the years, DiGi has actually featured many of Yellow Man’s family members in their TV commercials and roadshows. So we decided it might be a good time to get them all together and join them for a traditional family reunion. Or, in the case of the Yellow Man, a manic-filled, side-splitting, mayhem-inducing family reunion.

The Execution

First, we shot a family reunion video featuring several Yellow Men on their journey home. The highlight of the video was a holiday-themed song-and-dance, like the popular ones on Astro and RTM. The Yellow Men jiggled and romped to the tune of “I Will Follow You” in a loud Chinese New Year re-mix.

The Video

We also shot a print ad with a holiday greeting message from DiGi. The video was uploaded to YouTube and a contest was organised for bloggers to blog about the video. The prizes were collectors-item Yellow Man goodies. We also encouraged Facebook users to pass the

video on by either sending an e-card or by answering some simple questions about Yellow Man’s TV commercials.

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The Results

Within 3 days, the video clocked over 94,000 views (to date it has over 145,000 views) with 90% ‘Likes’.

The video was also selected as one of the Top 10 Chinese New Year commercials for 2011 by Campaign Asia-Pacific – the only viral video on the list

Over 700 entries were received for the Facebook contest with many of them using the e-card facility.

It goes to show that a good idea with lots of fun for the consumers can go further than just a static newspaper ad and help stretch the marketing dollar a long way.


Source: David Mitchell, Naga DDB Insights,