'
Subscribe Last 30 Days' News e4m on your Mobile - www.exchange4media.mobi
May 26, 2017 rss feed
 View Point Email this page
How often do we pause and ponder about industry issues that have a bearing beyond just our rigmaroles? Share insights that can further the common understanding? Or, at the very least, point at things that need to be set right. View Point - an exchange4media platform, will fill this void and become a source of understanding, action and perhaps some inspiration.

"But to say advertising is dead or dying is being somewhat naïve"


Sushil Bahl, Professor, Mudra Institute of Communications (MICA) Ahmedabad
At several places, and among several professionals, there is a myth doing the round that Advertising is dead and Public Relations is growing in its place! This hype is a result of the new book by legendary Al Ries and his daughter Laura Ries titled "The Fall of Advertising. The Rise of Public Relations." Everyone who has read the book seems to have taken it seriously. And the PR people have got into an ecstasy about this, and how it will impact them personally, their work and their (usually branded as gin and tonic) profession!

The myth needs to be struck down and exploded. It is has wrongly been blown up and is totally misleading and untrue - more so in India. If advertising is dead, or dying, then the several hundred ad agencies in India are dead. Media like newspapers and TV channels are dead as they survive largely on advertising revenue. Further thousands of suppliers and vendors of support services to advertisers and ad agencies are dead. Is this true??

What about our own new creative "lions" of Cannes and Clio like Pyush Pande and Prasoon Joshi, and the other budding creative and star agency managers - are they out of jobs? Will they be dead? All of them are actually alive and kicking and growing in status and money. Agencies, media, and people, they will exist and grow as long as there are consumers, products, and competition. In India, advertising is essentially economy related. There are, and will be, periodic ups and downs in our national economy which will affect industry. But to say advertising is dead or dying is being somewhat naïve. Advertising will continue to be a force in fulfilling and meeting consumer needs and promoting products and services.

Advertising is the Wind and PR is the Sun!

Al Ries and Laura Ries in their book relate an Aesop's fable about when the wind and the sun had a dispute in heaven over who was stronger of the two! Seeing a traveler walking down the road, they decided to settle the issue by trying to make the traveler take off his overcoat.

The wind went first, but the harder it blew, the more closely the traveler wrapped his overcoat around himself. Then the sun came out and began to shine. Soon the traveler felt the son's warmth and took off his coat. The sun had won! Al Ries and Laura Ries call Advertising the wind and PR the sun, saying advertising is perceived as an imposition, and an intruder in the consumers thinking and behaviour. The harder the sell, the harder the wind blows! This is exactly what advertising says to a prospect, don't pay any attention to me, I am an advertisement! Once in a while if the prospect drops his or her guard, then advertising will succeed. But not often, according to Ries & Ries.

On the other hand for PR, they add, you can't force the media to run your message or communication. All you can do is to make sure your publicity material is informative and helpful to the readers or viewers (and now surfers). Also the prospect does not perceive any force in an editorial message. Rather it offers greater credibility, as prospects think media are helping them to think appropriately in respect of the product, idea, or a situation.

"Advertising uses the big bang. PR uses the slow build-up. It's a big job that advertising is unsuited for and PR is a much better choice!" say Ries.

Shrinking role of the Ad Agency!

Another possible reason for the myth that advertising is dead, or dying, may be the fact that the ad agency's role today has shrunk somewhat. With some of the integrated and core services of the agency, like media planning and buying, marketing research, promotions and events, public relations and direct marketing, being outsourced by clients. Each of these becoming external profit centres, and some even competitors of ad agencies.

Professionals like me, however, are of a strong opinion that in reality the opposite is true. And to make my point effectively, I will put forth here a few arguments that will attempt to put things the right perspective. Advertising is essential and so also PR, but in their own rightful place with their respective objectives and playgrounds. In the broad sense what one can read and interpret Al Ries and Laura Ries far reaching claim that advertising is "market led." Which is entirely true. If they believe marketing is dead, then indeed advertising is dead! I will go by that too. One then does not have to argue or do research for this!

But taking words (paragraphs) from Al Ries and Laura Ries' own book, "The Fall of Advertising. Rise of Public Relations," I will like to point out that they contradict themselves by defending advertising, by talking about its new role today! For instance:

For instance, first, the aspect of maintaining the brand. Al Ries and Laura Ries state that advertising is brand maintenance. Broadening the brand. Reinforcing the leadership positioning - as in the case of Viagra in the US.

Second, that advertising keeps products and companies on course. They give examples of how advertising brought back on course brands like Coke, Amazon.com, Polaroid, Xerox and Kodak. All big names and with heavy ad spends. Third, about "firing on all cylinders" wherein they emphasize that advertising builds brands slowly, requires patience and methodology. Shooting star brands are exceptions and fizzle out. How clearly this disproves the hypothesis that advertising is dead! It is therefore only confusing things in a high profile book.

My three-point philosophy

I have my own philosophy in the matter.

I will like to start off by reminding ourselves about a few things and situations.

Nirma detergent brand knocked the bottom of leader Surf at a given point of time. Surf came out of the difficult situation, and was back on course by firing on all cylinders, with advertising - Lalitaji and her "samajdari ki baat" in print and TV media.

Liril was built as a brand, as we all know, in a competitive market through and with advertising. Its promise of freshness and invigorating bath outdoors! Supported with a catchy jingle, and a strong product performance.

So did Onida TV (envy appeal), Frooti (the fun mango drink), Maggie Noodles (the two minute noodles), Charms Cigarettes (denim look), Kama Sutra condoms (bold sex), and a host of others.

Advertising plays a major role in marketing and in our daily lives as a consumer and prospect for products and services. Can advertising therefore die, or be replaced by PR? No, never!

However, if anything, I think the role of advertising has changed. What is dead is BADADVERTISING - bad advertising. Mediocre advertising is dead. It died with my father's death in the 1970s. He coined this slogan then at an Ad Club speech in Mumbai.

Advertising is a tease! How good or bad it is depends on the knowledge you have of it and it is practiced at ad agencies, clients and the marketplace. It is like the snake in the Garden of Eden, who sold the apple to Eve to entice Adam to eat the forbidden fruit! So how good was the advertising strategy of the serpent to be able to sell his apple, despite the consequences? So long as advertising is a medium of information and knowledge, it will never die. I say this just as David Ogilvy in his book "Ogilvy on Advertising" said "I do not regard advertising as an entertainment, but as a medium of information. When I write an ad, I don't want you to tell me that it is creative. I want you to find it so interesting that you buy the product." Unfortunately, today's advertising has gotton to be more entertaining, and thus it is often hard to tell what companies are advertising.

Hence, in my view, advertising is not dead and cannot die, but creativity can! It can wear off, it can go off course and get to be berserk. For me with my long experience, on both sides of the fence, advertising has been marketing of a lifestyle. If at all, lying low for a because of a poor national economy, or because the brand is obsolete! Moreover, good advertising is not open to interpretation. It means the same thing to whoever reads it, anywhere in the world. If it is good it is good. If it works it works. If it is not noticed and accepted then all that behind it is academic, and may be just an attempt in public relations.
 
Archives
Getting a hold on Google Instant Benedict Hayes
- Benedict Hayes, Head of Search, Communicate 2 - 10/15/2010
Webinar – An evolving marketing tool
- Balaji Kesavraj, Head - Marketing (India), Cisco WebEx - 10/21/2009
Accurate and reliable Readership Measurement Matrices need of the hour
- Manajit Ghoshal, CEO, Mid-Day Infomedia - 1/28/2009
Consumers are the New Media
- Atrayee Chakraborty, Business Director, Lintas Media Group - 1/15/2009
Lending a helping hand to those who fell defending Mumbai
- S Yesudas, CEO, RK Swamy Media Group - 12/2/2008
It would be wonderful if a great idea wins an election
- Swapan Seth, CEO, Equus Red Cell - 11/24/2008
Social Media: A suitable supplement?
- Indranil Datta, Vice President – Knowledge, Mudra RADAR - 10/13/2008
100 GRP: New benchmark or overrated myth?
- Indranil Datta, Vice President - Knowledge, Mudra RADAR - 9/8/2008
Reality talent search: Redefining TV viewership
- Indranil Datta, Vice President-Knowledge, Mudra RADAR - 8/13/2008
Artificial Obsolescence
- Anand Kurian, Writer and advertising professional, - 6/25/2008
Why the Consumer should not be the King in India?
- Jitender Dabas, VP & Strategic Planning Director, JWT India - 6/19/2008
How the Voda pug got lost in God’s own country
- Rajul Kulshreshtha, Managing Director -- Motivator, A GroupM company - 6/3/2008
There is a new K-serial on air, it’s called K-ricket
- Anisha Motwani, Executive Director-Marketing, Max New York Life - 5/22/2008
Managing Retail Through Market Research
- Muder Chiba, Executive Director, TNS India - 5/8/2008
Understanding Integrated Marketing Communication in India
- Deepika Kurl, Sport Leasing – Corporate Controller, San Francisco, USA - 4/11/2008
Making the most of large format events
- Vijay Singh, MD, 141 Sercon - 3/31/2008
... And then there were blogs
- Preeti Chaturvedi, Manager, Mktg & Biz Dev., GIST
Justin Rabindra, VP, Training & Knowledge Mngt, Ogilvy One Worldwide - 2/25/2008
The ‘Nano’ Challenge
- Sourabh Mishra, Chief Strategy Officer, TBWA\India Group - 1/29/2008
Genre hypnotism
- Manisha Talwar Rana, Marketing Communications, LG Electronics - 1/10/2008
When ‘Dhan’ in Dhanteras becomes elusive
- Vishakha Singh, Head-MarCom, Future Media India - 11/22/2007
Who stole my retail dream?
- Hemant M Mishrra, Brand Consultant, Mudra Brand Sollutions - 11/5/2007
Watching less, Reading less, Talking more
- Praveen Ramachandra, Business Director, Insights, MindShare, Bangalore - 10/24/2007
The 4Es of Client Management
- Swapan Seth, CEO, Equus Red Cell - 10/11/2007
Advertisers to vie for that two square inch space on your mobile handset
- Dr L Venkata Subramaniam, Research Staff Member, IBM India Research Lab - 9/10/2007
The Lintas saga: Why Prembhai is not Anilbhai or Mukeshbhai
- Ramanujam Sridhar, CEO, brand-comm - 8/8/2007
Is the Advertising business losing respect?
- Gopinath Menon, Senior Vice-President, Media, TBWA India - 7/28/2007
What's your brand's chakra reading?
- Mythili Chandrasekar, VP and Executive Planning Director, JWT - 7/19/2007
Growing hunger for Business Analytics
- Sandeep Pandey, National Business Director, ATG - 3/20/2007
Is agency bonus the right way to reward success?
- Libby Child - CEO, UK, & Sunil Gupta - Regional Director, South West Asia, APRAIS Worldwide - 2/6/2007
Is your media plan CAS-trated?
- Rajendra Dwivedi, Business Director, MAXUS - 1/22/2007
Do not divide - and rule!
- Premjeet Sodhi, Senior Vice President, Initiative, Lintas Media Group - 12/5/2006
Bonding with the big studios at MIPCOM
- Gitanjali Murari, Programming Head, PIX - 10/24/2006
The Phenomenon of Instant Success
- Sandeep Singh & Gaurav Sood, COO, CSD, Get.Next.Job, Wunderman India - 8/16/2006
The mystery of the vanishing agency
- Lynn de Souza, Director of Media Services, Lintas India Pvt Ltd. - 7/27/2006
The Word-of-Mouth Factor

I have found that Word-of-Mouth works fastest when integrated into standard brand building communication.

- Sumit Roy, Founder Director, Univbrands - 6/28/2006
The birth of the Global Indian

From whining about the globalisation of India to celebrating the Indianisation of the Globe: tracing and defending the role of media and advertising

- Mythili Chandrasekar, VP and Executive Planning Director, JWT Chennai - 5/29/2006
Be a leader, others will follow you as an evangelist
- Prof. Sushil Bahl, Consultant, International School of Business and Media, Pune - 4/24/2006
Towards a meaningful industry integration
- S. Yesudas, COO, Media Direction - 4/1/2006
Showtime Everywhere @ Davos 2006
- Atri Sengupta, Director, Showtime - 2/21/2006
A door to “impact” full media plans
- S Yesudas, Business Advisor (Director), Initiative Worldwide, Jakarta - 1/17/2006
A profession does not become redundant, its practitioners do
- Svetleena Choudhary, Media Group Head, Initiative, Delhi - 12/9/2005
Jaago Grahak Jaago – bring accountability in media
- Rajul Kulshreshtha, General Manager, GroupM Team LG - 11/8/2005
YOUR PASSPORT TO POWER
- Sushil Bahl, Consultant, International School of Business & Media, Pune - 10/18/2005
Media specialist: Changing paradigms
- S Yesudas, Business Advisor (Director), Initiative Worldwide, Jakarta - 10/7/2005
“It’s the customer, stupid”
- Justin Rabindra, Regional Knowledge Manager, Asia Pacific,OgilvyOne Worldwide - 8/8/2005
The Changing Indian Woman
- Kishore Chakraborti, Associate VP and Director, Consumer Insight, McCann Erickson India - 7/12/2005
Vision & Mission: Breaking the joojoo
- Manosh Sengupta, General Manager – Marketing Communications, IDEA Cellular Limited - 6/22/2005
It’s about time we took the customer seriously, and started treating him like he mattered
- Justin Rabindra, Regional Knowledge Manager, Asia Pacific,OgilvyOne Worldwide - 5/18/2005
Too much of a good thing? Research Vs "gut feel"
- Abraham M. Alapatt, Client Services Director, Ogilvy & Mather Advertising, Chennai,& Practice Group Partner, Ogilvy Business Network - 4/27/2005
Does brand management need a shave and a wash?
- Ashish Misra, VP Marketing, Mason & Summers Alcobev - 4/6/2005
Is creativity all about creatiwitty?
- Surojit Sen, Creative Supervisor (Copy), Rediffusion DY&R, New Delhi - 3/15/2005
Singapore Airlines – An Excellent Asian Brand
- Martin Roll, CEO, VentureRepublic, Singapore - 12/18/2004
Changing Black into White!
- Sushil Bahl, Faculty, Marketing Area, Nirma Institute of Management,Nirma University - 11/27/2004
STAR POWER – Will the force be with you?
- Anupma Suneja, General Manager, Synovate - 10/29/2004
The True Value of Account Management
- Anisha Motwani, Vice-president, EURO RSCG, New Delhi - 10/4/2004
K-Kapoor Factory, B-Bollywood, C-Cricket…but no crorepatis!
- Rakesh Khar, Programme Director, School of Communications, Jaipuria Institute of Management, Noida - 9/16/2004
A Closer Look at Awards
- Indu Balachandran, Executive Creative Director, JWT Chennai - 8/26/2004
Moving towards ‘virtual’ PR agencies
- Sushil Bahl, Faculty–Marketing Area, Nirma Institute of Management, Ahmedabad - 8/11/2004
Pepsi and the art of Cool
- Rohit Ohri, Senior VP & Area Director-Delhi, J Walter Thompson - 7/21/2004
Cannes of creativity (no worms need apply)!
- Ashish Misra, Vice-President Marketing, Katra Liquor - 7/8/2004
"Budget blues and the rest of the year"
- Anant Rangaswami, Director, Event Management Development Institute - 6/24/2004
Understanding Commercial Break Viewing on Television Setting Norms that Promote Effective Buying
- P V Narayanmoorthy, Regional Director, Strategic Resource, Carat - 6/7/2004
“The list of their restrictions can go on forever…….Perhaps they deserve all those many crores that they receive for endorsements. It offsets their suffering, I guess. Except, how come they have all the restrictions and all the money, and I have all the choice, not the power to exercise it?”
- Anant Rangaswami, Director, Event Management Development Institute - 5/29/2004
‘Comparing different and unrelated companies often is an acceptable approach if you are looking simply at the operating features of the business rather than their financial performance.’
- Sushil Bahl, Faculty–Marketing Area, Nirma Institute of Management, Ahmedabad - 5/15/2004
"A fully interactive brand channel on UK satellite today exists in what is essentially a walled-garden of some 200 channels, rather than the Wild West of 17 million websites. It reaches more than seven million homes and will drive commerce both electronically and through the brand’s outlets."
- Bhaskar Majumdar, CEO, Recreate Solutions - 4/21/2004
The index could be based on a rating that takes into account agreed parameters/attributes, past-present media coverage/favourability and relevance, ground situation in terms of successful/unsuccessful seasons/tenures, future prospects, etc.
- Rajesh S Lalwani, Director, Strategy & Business Development, brand-comm - 4/10/2004
Instead of a Unique Selling Proposition, let’s start thinking about our Unique Feelings Proposition.
- Suresh Dinakaran, President, Communicate, Dubai - 3/11/2004
Creating the right buzz through WOM
- Prof. Sushil Bahl, Faculty, Marketing Area, Nirma Institute of Management, Nirma University, Ahmedabad - 2/24/2004
"India Shining is worth more than a Lion"
- Swapan Seth, Co-CEO, Equus Red Cell - 2/10/2004
Connecting with the Rural Folks
- R V Rajan, CMD, Anugrah Madison Advertising Pvt. Ltd. - 1/13/2004
THE “INCREDIBLE” BRAND!
- Sushil Bahl, Faculty, Marketing Area, Nirma Institute of Management, Ahmedabad - 12/20/2003
7 Highly Effective Ways of Killing a Brand
- Ashish Misra, , - 11/27/2003
"AND WE DRINK THIS STUFF !!"
- Prof. Sushil Bahl, Faculty, Marketing Area, Institute of Management, Nirma University - 11/5/2003
Sorry, Cannes Save You.
- G S Shridhar, CEO, Purple Blaze Advertising Consultancy - 10/24/2003
The Context of Existance
- Swapan Seth, Co-CEO, Equus Red Cell - 9/24/2003
"Oh, you don't work Saturdays" and other taunts!"
- G S Murari, Director, Fidelis Advertising and Marketing - 9/13/2003
Attack of the delight providers
- Ashish Misra, Vice President, The Henley Centre - 7/30/2003
"Creativity on demand with creative aerobics and imagination management"
- Prof. Linda Conway Correll and Sushil Bahl, , - 7/23/2003
"Lessons in Advertising"
- Anand Halve, Co Founder, Chlorophyll - 7/3/2003
"Fees, and not a 15% commission, I am told, are now the order of the day."
- Sumit Roy, Founder Director, Univbrands - 6/2/2003
"The AOR or media agency will continue to grow in importance because this is where one talks money."
- Arun Kumar, Associate Media Director, MPG, Delhi - 5/15/2003
"Does your Marketing Strategy know your Consumer?"
- Ashish Misra, Vice President, The Henley Centre. - 4/26/2003
"Is there an insidious move to undermine the very edifice on which print is built? That of credibility. Is there an attempt to 'commoditise' news? "
- Indrajit Lahiri, Professor of Broadcast, Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communications - 4/15/2003
"Is there an insidious move to undermine the very edifice on which print is built? That of credibility. Is there an attempt to 'commoditise' news? "
- Amitava Guha, GM,, Key Accounts Hindustan Times - 4/1/2003
"Asian companies need to move up the value chain through strategic branding."
- Martin Roll, CEO, VentureRepublic - 3/26/2003
"THE PRICE IS RIGHT (OR IS IT?)" A closer look at the perils of misusing the pricing variable in the marketing mix.
- Anand Halve, Co Founder, Chlorophyll - 3/1/2003
"If today, agencies are under fire, are we, the client, not as responsible for this crisis?"
- Manosh Sengupta, GM, Marketing Communications, Idea Cellular - 2/19/2003
"Media marketing has finally come of age."
- Rajul Kulshreshtha, CEO, Optimedia Indonesia - 1/30/2003
"Great advertising ideas are not just original and interesting, most importantly they are relevant."
- Samit Sinha, Managing Partner, Alchemist Brand Consulting - 1/11/2003
"Look London, Talk Tokyo: The eternal schizophrenia of the advertising creative person"
- Kiran Khalap, Founder, Chlorophyll - 12/28/2002
How often do we pause and ponder about industry issues that have a bearing beyond just our rigmaroles? Share insights that can further the common understanding? Or, at the very least, point at things that need to be set right. View Point - an exchange4media platform, will fill this void and become a source of understanding, action and perhaps some inspiration.
- Swapan Seth, Co-CEO, Equus Red Cell - 12/16/2002
"I think a lot of our clients are far more inquisitive about the future of media than us media professionals..."
- Sandip Tarkas, President, South Asia, MPG - 12/2/2002
"But now, it sometimes seems to me that the creative and servicing teams are completely divorced from the media"
- Shovon Chowdhury, Exec VP & GM, Bates India - 11/12/2002
"Broadcasters are today putting the distribution and pay related issues as top priority and factor in new concepts like 'Opportunity To See'"
- Amitabh Srivastava, - Network Development, GM Aaj Tak - 10/21/2002
Phadnis comes from Planning and Strategy background, having worked with Starcom, HTA and Rediffussion. Phadnis joined TV Audience Measurement [TAM] as Director, S-Group in early 2002 quitting Starcom as Media Director.
- Atul Phadnis, Director - S-Group, TAM - 10/1/2002
An ardent bridge player, a producer, a writer and a teacher - one could go on and on about Amit Khanna. Khanna has a wide lineage- he has worked in theatre, radio, television, journalism, advertising and films. He has been on the executive committee of IBF, Indian Music Industry, and Film Federation of India. He set up Plus Channels in '90s and quit in 2000 to launch Reliance Entertainment with Reliance. Khanna the Chairman of the Convergence Committee of FICCI. And also he is the Member of the Core Group of Ministry of I&B, on GATS and Ministry of Commerce. His contributions and association is a long list.
- Amit Khanna, Chairman, Reliance Entertainment - 9/16/2002
Unless media independents enlarge their scope and act as clear partner with the brand both in terms of efficiency in planning and providing actual savings, they will not be heard or seen by practical clients
- V.Balasubramanium, National Director, ATG - 8/19/2002
exchange4media has been calling me for my Viewpoint, but like a true advertising person, I have no time! So I decided to write it in sleep (if you can walk in sleep why can't you write in sleep?) If it hurts your sensibility or you disagree with my views, please disregard this as a piece of junk - because I know it is impossible to pour water in a glass full of water - to give gyan to advertising gyanis.
- Amit Ray, VP-Media Services, Mudra - 7/24/2002
"How does a media professional go about seducing his two primary constituents; the client & the client's customers?"
- Sai Nagesh, GM, Maximize - 7/8/2002
Creating Media Assets
- CVL Srinivas, COO-North&South, Madison Media - 6/24/2002
 
 

Disclaimer
:

"The views expressed are personal views of the author and not necessarily represent the views of the organisation author works for or of exchange4media.com."

© exchange4media 2007                                                                                     Post your opinion

Dialogue
People Movement
Home | About US | The Team | Contact US | In Press | Terms of Use | Advertise with us | Our Tour & Travel Operator | Articles | E-book | Press Releases | SMS Push | Site Map
Access exchange4media.com on your mobile www.exchange4media.mobi
This site is best viewed in Internet Explorer 6 & above at 1024 X 768 resolution.
Copyright © : 2010 Adsert Web Solutions Pvt. Ltd. New Delhi, India. All rights reserved.
Hosted by