Liril, the soap brand from the house of FMCG giant Hindustan Unilever (HUL) made waves 40 years ago when model and Air India hostess Karen Lunel wore a swimsuit and dance under a waterfall with its famous jingle “La-la la la- lala la”.
Post the ad two things became iconic, the girl (rather the image of a girl dancing under the waterfall) and the jingle. 40 years later Liril has resurrected to its original positioning i.e freshness. Since 1985, Liril has roped in actresses like Pooja Batra, Hrishita Bhatt, Preity Zinta, Deepika Padukone but somehow was not able to match the aura the first shower girl Karen Lunel created.
In the last decade, Liril experimented with its brand identity from freshness to coolness which backfired the soap brand. In 2015, the soap brand is back to its roots. The question that pops up here is why did the brand decide to go back to the old creative idea instead of launching a new one? The answer to this is simple, failure in experimenting with the brand.
Over the decades, some brands turn iconic and in the soap category Liril is definitely one iconic brand. HUL tried experimenting with the brand in 2009 with a new idea of relaunching Liril as Liril 2000 which was not accepted by consumers. The brand team at HUL realized that even after all the years when consumers think of Liril they recall the waterfall girl and the jingle. One spokesperson from the HUL team summed it up by saying “these are the roots of LIRIL, they don’t change”.
Liril in 1985
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