We have heard stories of how seeing the plight of a middle class Indian family struggling with children on a two wheeler moved Mr Ratan Tata to build a four wheeler that would be affordable and safe for every two wheeler owner. The story goes that the price would be around rupees one lakh , that is what we heard . That was cheaper than … Continue reading LESSONS FROM NANO FOR EVERY BUSINESS
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Whether you are a founder of a business or you are in a job or a freelancer you are a person brand. You can choose to be a part of the crowd and become a commodity brand. Being a commodity will make you replaceable with something or someone cheaper. Being a Commodity is a survival game. You can choose to be a brand that stands … Continue reading HOW TO BUILD YOUR PERSONAL BRAND IN 8 STEPS
There is mystery about life and death , that is how we become storytellers. That we will just vanish one day without a trace seems inexplicable. From where do we come and where do we go are questions asked since the beginning of time. There are no answers , it all seems meaningless, after all nothing matters, and to make sense of our existence we … Continue reading WHY DO WE TELL STORIES?
I have been grappling with the insight , it is difficult, maybe impossible to change world views. I see this in conversations now in school alumni groups and families. There are two polarising views. Each sees theirs as being the truth. Each is trying to change and challenge the other view. Only it does not change , there is conflict. I have seen friends leave … Continue reading YOU CANNOT CHANGE WORLD VIEWS , CHANGE YOUR STORY
I started my career in marketing as a product executive. AD Narula who was my first boss gave me the appointment letter and said “you are in charge , your neck is on the block”. And I was truly on my own. This was my first job. I had to design and market a computer education product for Chartered Accountants. Now I don’t have great … Continue reading WHO IS THE HERO OF YOUR BRAND SYORY ?
We get on any social media platform and we find it filled with Advertising. Everyone seems to be selling something. We are identified by various data points stored on us by the platform, maybe thousands , some even we may not be aware of. The trail we leave behind on the digital world is monitored. Algorithms try figure out what we are most likely to … Continue reading WHEN EVERYONE IS SELLING , TELL A STORY
It is a cliche to say PR has changed, we all know that . Internet and smart phones with low data costs changed not only how we consume news and views but what we consume. Today we use our smart phones for entertainment , education , information, shopping , booking cabs , flights , hotels , food delivery , making payments.. and the list is … Continue reading IN THE WORLD OF MEMES AND VIRAL VIDEOS – PR CHANGED
Organisation cultures are built around stories,founders have stories, organisations have stories,employees have stories, clients have storiescommunities you work in have stories, there are stories around work you do , impact you make in the world. Tell your stories , because stories cut through communication clutter , stories touch hearts , stories are remembered and stories are passed on . Stories mean business. Organisations don’t buy … Continue reading EVERY ORGANISATION HAS MANY STORIES , TELL YOUR STORIES
Recently one of my clients backed off just when I thought things were looking up , social media presence was up , engagement was high and now it looked the sales funnel would kick in as we identified the niche and the product offering. And yet the client backed off , why ? “Don’t have the funds and sales have not yet happened so I … Continue reading I LOST A CLIENT AND THIS IS WHAT I LEARNT