In India, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting recently banned airing of condom ads during daytime. The move came under criticism – see some reactions here, here and here. ‘It is moral policing’, ‘our kids need sex education’, ‘our kids have access to more risqué content everywhere from movies to the internet’ are some of […]
An outdoor campaign created by Zomato was in the spotlight last week. In my view, the campaign was brilliant as it had several good things going for it (a) it passed the first test of any advertising – to get noticed (b) the creative execution was largely based on popular culture references and brought a […]
Many have written about the recent incident involving Indigo Airlines from the POV of public relations and brand imagery. A good read on how the brand should have responded is here and a good podcast on the brand’s image is here. Here are my observations on the incident: Discipline and courtesy in public space Indians […]
The rise of social media has given birth to a new phenomenon in marketing: the urge to be present across all platforms in some form or the other, throughout the year. This has resulted in an artificial pressure to be present in ‘media’ (and I use it within quotes to connote every platform where a brand places its message) virtually 365 days of the year. And that’s not a good thing.
Greeting friends and relatives on special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries and festivals, is an expected social behaviour. Of late, such greetings are done through messaging platforms or through social media. So the personal touch of a phone call or a hand written note or a card has anyway disappeared. The greetings are ‘templatised’, mechanical and […]
There is a lot more to marketing than just advertising – understanding consumer needs, crafting a product or service which fulfils such needs, market segmentation, positioning, pricing, distribution and promotion, to name a few. However the most visible manifestation of all this is advertising. So many attribute success or failure of a product to just […]
Remember ‘ambient’ advertising? Just over a decade or so ago, it was all the rage. Essentially, it was using non-traditional out-of-home media, in an unexpected manner to deliver a brand message. While traditional billboards and kiosks were also used the creative expression gave it a twist. So we had ice-cream sticks, lamp posts, a seat […]
The launch of a major Apple product – especially the iPhone, brings out a slew of negative articles around the company. The narrative is broadly as under: – Apple has stopped innovating – The magic of Apple has vanished after the demise of Steve Jobs There is a sound economic reason behind this: such articles […]