Close on the heels of winning the Agency of the Year (Kolkata) at the Calcutta Ad Club’s Consumer Connect Awards 2008, Bates David Kolkata has won the creative duties for ABP Group’s Bengali magazines, which were hitherto with Response Kolkata. The account moved back to Bates David’s fold from April 1, 2008.
Bates David will handle all the seven magazines of the Group that include ‘Desh’, ‘Boeir Desh’, ‘Sananda’, ‘Anandalok’, ‘Anandamela’, ‘Unish Kuri’ and ‘Unish Kuri Career’.
Bates has been handling ABP Group’s magazines since their inception and, in some cases, for decades in its Clarion avatar.
Comenting on the development, Abeer Chakravarty, Senior VP, Bates Kolkata, said, “Bates’ hallmark is its focus on local cultures, be it in India, China or elsewhere in the Asia Pacific region. Bates Kolkata takes great pride in being in the forefront of developing regional domain knowledge that helps throw up unique insights and develops campaigns that are not just award-winning each time, they work extremely hard in building and sustaining leadership for the brands. Bates Kolkata has a ‘Culture Lab’, which is an informal research and experience-driven forum that helps creative and account management meet people from various walks of life and interact with them on a one-on-one basis to understand and reach them better.”
Subhash Kamath, Group CEO, Bates India, said, “ABP Group’ Bengali magazines account would significantly impact our Kolkata revenues, and simultaneously give our team an emotional high to be recognised yet again as champions of region-based communications, especially since it comes from a client who is an icon and a beacon in West Bengal.”