Shashi Sinha, CEO, IPG Mediabrands India
It will be fun as usual this year. With lots of speakers, in spite of all the controversies, it will be big and great. We will miss Ogilvy, but we are not very concerned about their absence.
Raj Nayak, CEO, Colors
Coming to Goa is always a pleasure. Goafest has evolved year on year and I am sure it will be better this year as well. The Ad Conclave this year is better organized and planned. The quality of speakers is very good. That is what it should be like. From this year, Goafest becomes a three-day affair instead of a two-day one, with people coming in much larger numbers for the Ad Conclave as well.
Harit Nagpal, MD, Tatasky
I see Goafest as an opportunity to understand where you want to go in the future. The state of where we are and the direction in which we wish to go will only be different. The process is the same.
Srinivasan Swamy, Chairman and MD, RK Swamy BBDO
Every year, Goafest is becoming bigger and better. Somebody jumps in, somebody drops out. We are going to have fun, and spend time with colleagues.
Arvind Sharma, Chairman and CEO of Indian Subcontinent, Leo Burnett and President, AAAI
So far, Goafest has been coming up very well. The number of entries has really gone up this year. We have official entries from Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Also, the line-up of speakers is very good. Judges are good and people have been quite vocal about a healthy process of judging this year. We have a new vertical in Branded Content. The Marketing Wizards are here and I expect a good competition.
I had looked forward to the Conclave very seriously indeed. This year we listened to senior advertisers in what they have to say about agency needs and understanding. This will really benefit the industry.
As for the Creative Abbys, there is a possibility that an agency might not have something good to showcase in a specific year. I am not particular about Ogilvy, but this is how it happens.
Lara Balsara, Business Development & Diversification Manager, Madison World
My focus is on more learning from the speakers at Goafest. Accompanied with lots of fun, and simultaneously winning awards.
Rana Barua, CEO, Contract Advertising
Goafest is going to be absolutely excellent this year. We presume we will keep up with this tradition of bringing everybody together. I am really looking forward to the culture of being together here. Not participating is an agency’s own call, as in the case of Ogilvy, but all agencies should come together and make Goafest a healthy competition.