How do you take on the leader in the marketplace with one tenth the budgets ? The story goes back to 90s. Computer education was booming. NIIT was the leader. I was heading marketing at Datapro an upcoming IT education company. NIIT was splashing money in national mass media . We had maybe one tenth the budgets. Could not take on the leader on their … Continue reading HOW DO YOU TAKE ON THE LEADER ?
I took Shaktiman to Chennai and created chaos. Parle G sales was having a tough time in Chennai. We decided to take Shaktiman to Chennai. I had built the first pan India integrated marketing services company with presence in 124 markets. Parle products was our client. I knew the power of stories. I knew that Shaktiman (Mukesh Khanna) was a hero for children. As a … Continue reading A STORY MEANS BUSINESS
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 ?
A denim jeans , how can it be any different from any other denim jeans. The fabric of any denim jeans could be from the same factory. And then one has a story and puts it on the fabric. I noticed this story on the inside pocket of my jeans. This is the story ‘Why’ I wear Levis. The story of Levis is the story … Continue reading A STORY ON FABRIC
Yesterday my very first client I worked with after I got out from the Corporate world as a marketing strategist and coach hit 5x business. Yes it feels good even as the pressure now mounts to sustain the momentum. This is what I learnt from the experience 1. Passion – the client is completely passionate about what he does , he is not just there … Continue reading 7 THINGS I LEARNT FROM GROWTH HACKING FOR A CLIENT
When consumers started consuming Entertainment, Brands switched to becoming Entertainment, Storytelling. Continue reading HOW MARKETING CHANGED
The intermediary is no longer relevant to get your message out. What you need is a platform that has your target audiences. In PR terms stakeholders. In my early days as Head of Corporate Communications I would do media rounds. I had to build what was called Media Relations. ‘Reputation’ is one of the most critical assets for an organisation. Negative media coverage could damage … Continue reading HOW PUBLIC RELATIONS HAS CHANGED
Data and I have not been on the best of terms . I have been told I operate from my gut 🙂 I am anecdotal. Gandhi has been one of my marketing inspirations ! ( you will know why later in the post ) Heading sales teams I always leaned on gut feeling to turn around loss making businesses. I observe , almost like a … Continue reading HOW IS INTUITION RELEVANT IN MARKETING ?
Post pandemic average time people spend on their smartphones has gone up by 25%. 80% of the traffic in the digital world is video. Consumers have switched off from interruption advertising . They consume content. Visual content is what is consumed. A well told Story is consumed , touches the heart , entertains , educates is shared can go viral in the digital world. Brand … Continue reading THIS IS THE FUTURE OF MARKETING