press release

October 24, 2019

Citroën India Celebrates Diwali with a Bang; Unveils Diwali Inspired Augmented Reality Campaign Engaging Millions

Using mobile-first marketing strategy, the ongoing festive campaign is using innovation to captivate audiences across the country

Citroën, a globally successful brand of the auto conglomerate, Groupe PSA, has unveiled a mobile-led, interactive campaign inspired by the festival of lights, Diwali. The augmented reality ad is getting users to engage with the brand in an innovative way, leaving a lasting impression.

Citroën wanted its logo to be the highlight of its India launch, and in turn, create significant brand awareness. With the festival of lights just around the corner, the brand incorporated the essence of Diwali in the creative, to enhance the relevance of the ad among users. The overarching objective was to engage the audience with the brand and to be inspired by the festival of lights.

The campaign, conceptualised by mCanvas, the experiential storytelling platform, and MediaCom, the media network, activates the phone’s camera and asks users to pan their phone in an Augmented Reality to find the hidden firecracker. Upon discovering it, the creative encourages users to tap on the cracker to light it up. On bursting, it transitions into beautiful fireworks made of Citroën’s logo. The closing screen fades in with the copy ‘This Diwali get inspired by the lights!’, along with the brand’s logo. A ‘Know More’ CTA directs users to the company’s Facebook page, for more information.



Reaching over 6 million users, the campaign is witnessing an impressive 1.5% click-through rate, which is 6.5 times higher than the 0.20% industry average for mobile banners. Users are spending 9 seconds, on average, engaging with the creative.

Hariharan Vishwanath, Managing Partner, MediaCom said, “In a space, where users now have the liberty to choose what ads to interact with, creating mind-blowing concepts for brands is typically challenging. This innovative campaign has not only kept users engaged, but also managed to successfully enhance the familiarity of Citroën in the Indian market.”

Commenting on the campaign, Vishal Rupani, Co-Founder & CEO, mCanvas said, “We’re fully committed to helping brands tell better stories. For Citroën, we could use our proprietary Scroller and innovative technologies like AR, to take the brand’s narrative to greater heights, while creating immense impact among users. Our sincere gratitude to Citroën and MediaCom for trusting us with their campaign.”

About Citroën:

At the heart of the automotive market, Citroën has asserted itself since 1919 as a popular brand in the true sense of the word, making people and their lifestyles its first source of inspiration. A spirit underlined by its ‘Inspired by You’ signature and embodied by cars combining unique design and benchmark comfort. Within the sector of mainstream brands, Citroën also stands out with a unique customer experience (Citroën Advisor, ‘La Maison Citroën’, etc.). In 2018, the Brand sold 1.05 million vehicles in over 90 countries.Citroën media site: https://int-media.citroen.com / @Citroen

About mCanvas:

mCanvas is an experiential storytelling platform that helps brands emotionally connect with their audiences on small screens. Our mobile ads and content marketing solutions make experiences interactive and memorable by etching phone sensors and device features in to the brand narrative. mCanvas is creating ‘wow’ moments every day by reinventing formats, building tools and providing a marketplace (of 70+ publishers like Moneycontrol, RepublicWorld, TheHindu, ScoopWhoop, and SportsKeeda) to run these experiences at scale. To see our award-winning work and learn more visit: www.mCanvas.com

Media Contact:
Nigel Dsouza
nigel.d@mcanvas.com
9619441315 / 022-40360100