FCB SHOUT launches ‘Closer with a Smile’ branding campaign for DARLIE Malaysia

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FCB SHOUT launches ‘Closer with a Smile’ branding campaign for DARLIE Malaysia

DARLIE in Malaysia has introduced its new brand campaign courtesy of FCB SHOUT, the brand’s long-standing creative partner and creative arm of Malaysian-owned advertising holding company, The Shout Group.


The campaign unveiled the new tagline ‘Closer with a Smile’. The tagline and accompanying brand film reinforced the brand’s purpose of Inspiring the Confidence to Connect and encapsulated the transformative power of a smile and its ability to break down barriers and spark new relationships. FCB SHOUT has been working with DARLIE in a regional strategic capacity since 2021.

Commenting on the campaign, Melissa Wong, Marketing Director (Malaysia) & Director, Regional Brand Development of Hawley & Hazel Malaysia, said, “’Closer with a Smile’ is not a culmination of our journey but rather, it marks the start of a new one. We are embarking on a new era for DARLIE with the clear ambition of fostering a closer and more dynamic connection with our consumers, whoever and wherever they may be. As a brand with a strong heritage in both Malaysia and in Asia, we understand the nuances involved in marketing to a diverse audience. ‘Closer with a Smile’ was developed to show that despite our apparent differences, we are ultimately all interconnected, and when we make the effort to get to know one another, good things will happen.”


Beyond TV, digital, retail and on-ground activation, the full marketing plan also involved the release of DARLIE’s new packaging, the introduction of a new sonic branding component by way of a brand song conceived by FCB SHOUT, as well as the launch of two new oral care products: DARLIE Mouthwash and DARLIE Mouth Spray.

Tjer, FCB SHOUT’s Head of Creative, said, “When a brand with as rich of a history as Darlie decides to undergo a major refresh in terms of communications strategy, messaging, product line-up and even down to the packaging, it’s equal parts exciting and intimidating for a creative. The conceptualisation and production of this campaign was extremely complex as it had so many moving parts for us to juggle. For instance, we had to ensure that this campaign introduces a fresh side of DARLIE in a big way, but at the same time not lose the essence of the brand that millions have come to know and love over the past many decades. But luckily for us, our supportive clients at DARLIE as well as our amazing production partners helped us cross the finish line with better-than-expected results!”

‘It’s been a real privilege working with DARLIE on such an important chapter of their brand’s story. From when we first sat down to map out the brand’s purpose and now, to the launch of this massive campaign we’ve been all in. And we will continue to be so, as we look ahead to help the brand gear up for growth.’ Concludes Shaun Tay, Co-Owner & Chief Executive Officer of The Shout Group & FCB SHOUT

Title: Closer with a Smile
Hawley & Hazel Marketing (DARLIE Malaysia)
General Manager: Ian Chew
Director, Marketing Malaysia & Regional Brand Development: Melissa Wong
Assistant Marketing Manager: Adeline Cheah
Brand Manager: Kevin Voong

Co-Owner & Chief Executive Officer: Shaun Tay
Co-Owner & Chief Creative Officer: Ong Shi Ping
General Manager: Syahriza Badron
Head of Creative: Wang Ie Tjer
Creative Director: James Voon
Senior Designer: Yee Min Jian
Copywriter: Nicholas Yap Bin
Brand Director: Melanie Mustapha
Senior Brand Manager: Jolynn Lee
Brand Manager: Putra Ahmad Fauzi
Senior Producer: Cheong Wai Leng

Production Houses:
Reserve Tank (Brand Film)
Film Director: Aiman Aliff
Executive Producer: Suraya Rezal
Producer: Ain Nasir
Offline Editor: Pan
Online Artist & Colorist: Tank 3 Post

Lorrypop Studio (Packaging Film)
Film Director: Calvin Mok
Executive Producer: Yu Jing
Art Director: Kraven Chew
3D Lead: David Ling
Compositor: Ping Hang

Audio House: Pitch Audio + Magic

FCB SHOUT launches ‘Closer with a Smile’ branding campaign for DARLIE Malaysia