Lloyd Mathias, Former APAC Marketing Head - HP, to speak at Techमंच 2018

One of the world’s top marketers, Lloyd Mathias will give new insight into the world of digital marketing at IDMA 2018

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Published: May 22, 2018 9:54 AM  | 2 min read

exchange4media Group’s Techमंच is an exclusive event for marketing professionals to grow their network and stay on top of the latest developments in digital media, technology and marketing. The platform brings together the advertising, marketing and media fraternity of the country to discuss all that is happening in digital media. With a slew of top ranking global influencers, panels of luminaries and knowledge workshops by experts, Techमंच promises to give you an unmatched perspective into the world of digital marketing.

This year, Lloyd Mathias, former APAC Marketing head of HP's $2.2 billion Consumer PC business, will share his views on digital at the event. Mathias is an APAC Business Leader with a track record of growing businesses across Consumer, Telecom and Technology; he has held senior leadership roles in sales, marketing & business development in Fortune 500 companies across India & APAC.

In previous corporate roles, he was President & CMO at Tata Docomo and Senior Sales Director for Motorola's Mobile phone business in India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

He had his basic grounding in consumer goods, spending 12 years with PepsiCo where his last role was Executive VP Marketing and Category Director for PepsiCo’s beverages in India. He has been Chairman of MRUC- the publishers of the Indian Readership Survey IRS, Co-Chair of the Device Strategy Council of the Worldwide Mobility Development Group and Asia Board Member of the CMO Council.

In 2007, he was named among the world’s top 15 marketers, by International list magazine – a list that celebrates those international marketers behind outstanding cross border campaigns.

Mathias is a science graduate from St Xavier’s College, Mumbai; he has an MBA from the University of Bombay and completed a Senior Executive Program at the London Business School.

exchange4media formulated the Indian Digital Marketing Awards (IDMA) in 2010 with the objective to recognise, celebrate and encourage the work being done in the digital marketing space specifically, internet, mobile, gaming, social media and the blogosphere.

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Techमंच: Watch Rahul Gautam of Ford India speak on the role of CMOs in a data-driven industry

Gautam, VP, Marketing, Ford India, discussed the importance of marketing, brand building and its relevance in today’s digital world

By Pallavi Borkar | Jun 29, 2018 8:57 AM   |   3 min read

At exchange4media Group’s Techमंच Digital Conference 2018, one of the speakers Rahul Gautam - Vice President, Marketing, Ford India shared real-world case studies and experiences. Addressing the session soon after lunch, Gautam managed to keep the audiences intrigued with his insightful take on the role of CMOs in an age of data-driven industry. 
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His session discussed the importance of marketing, brand building and its relevance in today’s digital world. “The role of a CMO is to look after advertising, sales promotion, brand management and market research. It is their job to champion the customer and the brand, and that’s where the magic happens. Every brand needs to have a purpose and it is the job of a CMO to find that purpose. It essential to remember that CMOs are also a representatives of the customer,” said Gautam.

He explains that in a CMO's job, the conflict takes place between the sales and revenue growth versus the brand building which takes a lot of time and patience. “It is crucial the CMO also takes responsibility and really connects with the internal stakeholders as well and grows his/ her influence in the organisation. The conundrum arises when you have to balance between the rational side and the creative side. There are real pressures and business results need to be delivered. It is the job of the CMO to deliver these results,” says Gautam.

Referring to a book titled, ‘Thinking Fast & Slow' by David Kahneman, Gautam explains how the book on behavioural science elaborates on how the human brain thinks. “The book describes that 95 per cent of the times the human brain takes decision based on their intuition, and 5 per cent based on rationality. The customers too think the same way, they feel first and then justify it later. It is essential that you connect with the customers emotionally and intuitive gets formed based on data. Data is important. The insights we gain through data provides information that makes establishing the emotional connect easier,” he explains. He divides the championing of customers into four parts - consumer insight, courage, conviction and communication.


With the help of case studies, Gautam went on to elaborate on brand transformation and product launches at Ford. “We considered factors such as do consumers know about Ford? Do they consider Ford when purchasing a car? Do they think positively about Ford? What is their shopping and purchase intention? We busted the ‘expensive service’ myth with the help of this data. In our industry, the brand experience resides in the hands of the sales consultant or the service advisor who deals with people where the human contact happens. This is where the brand gets built or destroyed,” he says.

Gautam says that in the internet revolution there is always a challenge in terms of problem of measurability and attribution. “The digital medium too is turning out to be quiet expensive. We need to collect more consumer data. But data too is inundating. We are at a time where the hard work or the crunching part can be taken care by technology, and marketers can be free to think about strategizing and generating love for the brand,” he concluded.

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Techमंच: Marketers have to behave like entertainers and move like startups: Lloyd Mathias (video)

Giving some invaluable marketing tips, Mathias spoke on ‘Battleground Digital: The Challenges Staring At The Marketer In 2018’ at exchange4media’s digital marketing conference Techमंच

By exchange4media Staff | Jun 29, 2018 8:59 AM   |   4 min read

At the exchange4media’s digital marketing conference Techमंच, Lloyd Mathias, Former Asia-PAC Marketing Head, HP Inc, shared his perspective on how marketers are perceiving the digital onslaught. He recalled that the digital medium did not exist until the early 90s. But today, for most brands and company, digital spends comprise 15, 20 and sometimes even 50 per cent of the budgets.

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In an insightful presentation, Mathias spoke on ‘Battleground Digital: The challenges staring at the marketer in 2018’. Mathias, who has also worked for brands such as Pepsi and Motorola, feels that the pace of the digital medium is immense. “The key question that arises is that there is more content than what anyone can consume. More is not good for consumers anymore as their attention cannot command it. Also, now, consumers are co-creating brand stories. Consumers’ participation is getting critical.”

Mathias feels that the challenge for marketers now is to engage with the consumers closely. “The media universe is expanding and fragmenting. Nearly 2.5 million pieces of content are shared on Facebook every minute. So much of data is out there on the internet that it's impossible to get a lot of share (of consumers’ attention). The whole idea is to closely engage with the consumers. And that is the challenge for marketing now.”

I think what matters to businesses and marketers is the fact that every moment counts. There are no off-time and on-time moments. Consumers can engage with your brand at any point in time. There is a constant flow of information,” he shared.

According to Mathias, in the fast-paced digital world, decision making by consumers takes place a million times in a day. “The decision-making takes place a million times in a day on connected devices. As a brand, we need to own these moments. We need to have something relevant to say to the customers and we need to create shared experiences. It should not be about putting a brand’s point of view, but it should be about the consumer’s point of view. This point of view should then be integrated with the brand purpose.”

So a marketer has to think like a marketer, behave like an entertainer and move like a startup,” he added.

In his presentation, Mathias came up with five suggestions for marketers: Use the always-on digital to own the moment: Digital is an always-on phenomena and so owning the moment is critical. The challenge is to come up with a big idea to have the consumers engaged on a regular basis.

He asserted, “Staying topical and relevant and, most importantly, staying authentic is important. This brings us to questions like: Do we have enough digital creative heroes in our Indian ecosystem? Are the creatives still dominated by the guys making classic 30-sec television commercials?”

The challenge essentially is that the mainstream advertising is yet to embrace the privacy of digital. “I think some of the superstars, still focus on a big budget for television and print. The challenge is to create superheroes in a digital era,” he shared.

Avoiding the metric trap: It's important for the digital medium to move beyond this very basic metrics. We need to define success clearly and measure often. He explained, “Ask for transparency from your digital agency. Success is not fans and followers, but conversation and engagement. For B2B marketers, the big challenge is that digital is just a lead generation mechanism. Also, it is important to recognize that digital is dominated by few large names. As much as 25 per cent of digital ad spend goes to Google and Facebook and doesn't include YouTube and Instagram.”

Be ready for technology disruption: Digital is a relatively even playing field. Also, mobility is the priority. Develop all your content for mobile first. The third aspect is using customer data sensibly and responsibly.

Give the control to consumers: This is something that marketers often fear. They are faced with the question that they are the ones who have been entrusted with the brand, how could they let consumers take control? But the sad truth is that marketers have no choice.

Enhance customer experience and protect brand reputation: Customization and entertainment are important for customer experience. Also, as a brand, you should ask yourself if you should take a stand on issues of the day or leave it to news channels? Another thing is to think if we are overplaying the influencer card? Are Indian brands using influencers well enough? Influencers have their own following. They won’t stick to the script.

Mathias concluded on the note that digital is out there and it is not just the responsibility of the marketers. “It's the collective responsibility of marketers, your corporate communication team and the senior management to spread the message.”

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Techमंच: Data alone does not work, human element has to be added: Ravi Santhanam, HDFC (video)

At exchange4media's digital conference TechManch, the CMO spoke about digital disruption and its impact on marketers

By Anam Khan | Jun 29, 2018 8:56 AM   |   2 min read

Marketing space has evolved over the years and it is very different from what it used to be five years back, said Ravi Santhanam, Chief Marketing Officer, HDFC Bank, as he took to the podium at exchange4media’s digital conference TechManch 2018. Santhanam spoke about how digital is a disruption for marketers today.

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"Five years back, people would ask me about my data guy. But today, we have data scientists. And this shows the way our working style has changed. Earlier, we had media planners, but now we have platform specialists,” said Santhanam.

“Change has been constant and has been adapted well by everyone,” said Santhanam.

During his session, the CMO raised several questions for his listeners: Do we need to worry about the future? What is that we need to adapt to when we look around to see the changes that is happening in the name of digital disruption?

Talking about Artificial Intelligence (AI), Santhanam shared that today, reliability on AI is much more than what it was expected to be. “Artificial Intelligence will not do the marketing for you, it will only define your marketing strategy. Don’t go behind Artificial Intelligence, go behind what it can deliver for the customers. We need to move away from theoretical Artificial Intelligence and move towards Applied AI, which is defining a very specific new space,” elaborated Santhanam.

Data alone cannot stand on its own. Human element has to be added, because it brings context to the conversation,” he added.

As the session proceeded, Santhanam talked about digital transformation. “Everybody talks about AI and its consequences, but nobody thinks about where digital transformation is heading. The prediction of blockchain and marketing is going stronger now,” he said. “Digital transformation cuts across the entire company. So as a marketer, it is necessary to make sure that it is intervened and inspirational,” the CMO added.

Santhanan concluded the session by suggesting marketers that they should viewing the problems from the lens of consumers rather than just digital aspects. He emphasized on the need to understand the whole consumer experience to outgrow the business.

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Watch Techमंच Panellists all for Unified Measurement on Online Video

Devendra Deshpande, Head-Content Plus, Mindshare, moderated the discussion held on Wednesday in Mumbai

By exchange4media Staff | Jun 29, 2018 8:52 AM   |   3 min read

Experts from across industry verticals came together on Wednesday at exchange4media's TechManch to discuss and deliberate on the burning topic that is plaguing the digital ecosystem in India - Unified Measurement on Online Video.

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The panel comprising Nishant Radia, Co-founder & CMO, Vidooly, Dippak Khurana, co-founder CEO, Vserv, Priyanka Gandhi, Associate Director - Integrated Marketing Communications, India; Head of Media for APAC Division, Colgate Palmolive, Neel Pandya, Head of Media, L’ Oreal, and Prasanna Lohar, Head Technology - Innovation & Architecture, DCB Bank shed light the topic in a session moderated by Devendra Deshpande, Head-Content Plus, Mindshare.

As representatives of brands, both Pandya and Gandhi advocated the need for a unified measurement system. Pandya felt that as the spends on digital, not just media spends but overall spends including investment on content increase at a rate of 30-40% it is becoming imperative to have a unified measurement system. Gandhi said that finally the numbers from different touch points should add up. “We are working in silos now. We want to be able to make a communication strategy based on a unified measurement system,” she said, adding that especially in the case of video she would like to see a day when she can plan holistically for video across TV, YouTube and OTT platforms like Hotstar and SonyLIV.

Deshpande got the discussion started with the first question: How do you define a video view? Calling it a tricky question, Radia said that different platforms will have different definitions of what constitutes a view. ”We are far from defining an unified metric. But before that clients need to know the specific metricies that are generating ROI for brands on different platforms,” he said. Radia felt that figuring this out is the first step to finding a uniform metric for digital video.

While there is a collective call for a unified measurement system, there are some who believe that creating such a unified system is going to be hard. Khurana seemed prophetic when he said, “There is a spirit of competition in the market, which means that local publishers and OTT platforms will measure differently from global players like Facebook/Google. I personally think it will not be easy to have a unified piece in a fragmented world.”

Lohar said that while he is waiting for a unified approach, he is also understands that it is a challenge because platforms would be unwilling to share their data. “In the absence of such an unified approach we use the data available to use from our various sources and use that to profile our customers.

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Data most important ingredient in digital sphere: Sanjiv Mehta, CEO & MD, HUL (watch the video)

Mehta spoke about ‘The Changing Role of Marketing In Achieving Business Objectives ’ at exchange4media’s TechManch, held in Mumbai

By exchange4media Staff | Jun 28, 2018 9:00 AM   |   5 min read

Sanjiv Mehta, CEO and MD, Hindustan Unilever Limited and EVP, Unilever, SouthAsia, believes that in the sphere of digital and marketing, it's not just that the former is going to influence only the marketing ecosystem as a whole but also the entire connected world will be significantly influenced by the fourth industrial revolution. Hence it's very important for us to take cognizance that marketing is the key function and that it's going to be certainly impacted but so will all the industries and the entire value chain as we go forward.

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In his valedictory address, Mehta spoke on, ‘The Changing Role of Marketing In Achieving Business Objectives ’ at exchange4media Group’s TechManch, held in Mumbai.

Mehta reminisced about the media landscape a decade ago when no one owned a smartphone, Twitter was an English word, we didn't know Facebook and we shopped exclusively in brick and mortar shops. “That was the kind of context in which all of us grew up learning marketing. Now that world has changed significantly and dramatically but we certainly believe that the change we have seen in the past will really put to the shame the change that will come in the future. Important trends are shaping up in India, including mobile in a big way, the other important bit is urbanisation and the empowerment of the rural consumer.”

Taking into account the undeniable hegemony of regional nuances in India, he added, “In India, unlike China, urbanisation has yet to take place. We are still talking about 67 per cent of country living in rural areas but these consumers would be empowered like never seen before. Now another is the part of vernacular content. When Google started it's vernacular services, the search spiked up by 60 per cent in the very first week. That's the power of vernacular. Other is how voice is going to change the world and the role that influencers play in making consumers pick up the choices.”

Mehta feels that the future of the industry is already here but that the technology is also developing at exponential pace. “What was best-in-class and next-generation practice last year has already become outdated today. That's the shape of the change that is taking place across the world. I come from a FMCG background. In FMCG, over the years the business model was built around scale, where branding was key to the consumers' choice. If you look at the classical business model we had to do consumer research in a very traditional way. Today technology is going reshape every aspect.”

Pointing out the importance of PRM (Partner Relationship Management), he said, “When you have PRM base like we do and PBC that we have, then you are able to convert voice into text. One doesn’t need a classical research to find out trends. When we develop prototypes today we don't need to do real prototypes because we do all the simulation on computers. There was a time when the market mix modelling of which levers need to play in the market would take you months to come out with the results. Today, technology allows us to customise the offering to each outlet. The entire business model of FMCG is up for grabs and whoever can reinvent it will be able to get the lion's share of the profit that would come from the new business model.”

Emphasising on consumer journey, he explained that earlier it was very simple. But today’s consumer journey has become extremely complicated and that's where brands need to get a deeper understanding of what they need to do and how they intervene in the consumer journey to make a difference to their brand and to convert consumer to intent and then purchase.

Talking about the new ABC i.e Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Big Data and Analytics and Content that are reshaping marketing, Mehta said, “Data underpins new age marketing. We have a massive amount of data available both online and offline. It is all about storing data, ensuring the safety of data and using data in the most meaningful way. It is no longer about raw data but increasingly it is becoming intelligent data that will be used in the future. So data becomes the most important ingredient in this entire digital landscape and that is the reason people talk about data being the new oil.”

Mehta shed light on Hindustan Unilever's 5C framework that is centered around the Consumer. "The consumers will always be there irrespective of whether you are online or offline, at the end of the day you are looking at the needs, wants and desire of the consumers and doing your best to meet them. The other four Cs are content, connect, community and commerce."

Explaining all the five 5Cs, he said, “Consumers are our true North. From triggers to influence to action, the important bit is in your quest towards technology, if you lose the sense of consumers then you miss the game altogether.”

Coming to content that consumers love, Mehta informed, “At Unilever, we want to be the Wikipedia of personal care. That's a very clear stated intent. Unilever has created a studio so that we don't have to go outside to create meaningful content hence we have started creating it ourselves because today the time lag to put up the content for consumers has become very small. If you will not react with speed you will miss the boat.”

Elaborating on the other C, he said, “Commerce is not just about selling a product it's the entire experience that consumers go through. If you are looking at just transaction then it's short-lived. Then you are not developing a relationship with your consumer. When you provide experiences, that is when the relationship gets strengthened.”

Calling personalisation as the future of marketing, Mehta said that even while marketing in the connected world, something that does not change is the the art of storytelling. Mehta also stressed on brands with purpose being able to impact society in a meaningful manner and most importantly, them trying to reduce environmental footprint.

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Techमंच: Panellists look at the trends shaping digital marketing (watch the video)

The conversation centred around trends such as how internet and video are becoming synonymous, decentralization of the power of internet and the rise of digital superstars

By Misbaah Mansuri | Jun 29, 2018 8:51 AM   |   3 min read

It is no secret that digital marketing is becoming imperative for marketers, if not already. There are various factors and trends that are shaping it today. To discuss this, exchange4media's TechManch 2018 brought together the likes of Abhishek Ahluwalia, Head – eCommerce - India, Mondelēz International; Ankush Manchanda, Head, Digital Marketing– Bacardi; Shamsuddin Jasani, MD, Isobar; and Shouneel Charles, Senior Vice President & Business Head, Timesnownews.com. The panel was moderated by Samir Bangara, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Qyuki Digital Media.

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The panel identified valuable marketing trends and discussed the state of digital marketing in the present time. The conversation centred around trends such as how internet and video are becoming synonymous, decentralization of the power of internet and the rise of digital superstars.

On the trend of digital superstars, Manchanda said, “We saw this trend of digital superstars come up aggressively.” He cited the example of Bacardi and how they shut down the brand’s existing social media activities to tie up with AIB. “Emerging markets like us have the appetite to take risks. I see more FMCG brands utilizing social-listening,” he shared.

Jasani said that a lot of brands are these days using influencer-marketing to create noise around their offering. “The trick lies in using them as part of your longer-term strategy and not just when you have some part of the marketing expenditure remaining to be used,” he said.

Manchanda said the shift from branded content to entertaining content had fetched Bacardi a 4X brand lift on digital. He let out that its best to work directly with creators. “The content-creator needs to understand that he is embodying a brand and that is a long-term association,” he says.

Speaking about the power of personalization of message with AR, Ahluwalia said, “E-commerce is as much about revenue as equity. It is about creating a differentiated proposition and bringing it forward to the consumer. If your proposition is well-integrated and you create enough noise around it, you can get enough out of it,” he said, sharing the example of Cadbury’s Valentines Day campaign and how it drove revenue.


When the discussion reached to programmatic advertising, Jasani suggested, “We need to start realizing and listening to our consumers while using programmatic. If they’re interested in a content, give it to them,” he said. When Bangara quizzed him on whether clients do understand the data being thrown at them, he said that it all depends on the maturity of the client. “We need to pick and choose which data we need to use. Digital today is too driven by digital-marketing KPI. The bigger KPI is: What’s my sales and is it making a difference to my brand?,” opined Jasani.

Speaking about how huge businesses are being challenged by digital, Charles said, ‘Video has got extremely democratized. We’re trying to shift everyone’s mindset to think broadcast plus digital and incubate digital-first,” he said.

Manchanda revealed, “For Bacardi, we spend 70% of our budgets on digital today. The rest 30% are allocated for TV and BTL activities. We recognize that India is a country of the largest under-30 population and we want them to be emotionally-involved with the brand,” he said.

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Digital marketing is over-abused and under-leveraged: Shoumyan Biswas, Flipkart

Shoumyan Biswas, Chief Marketing Officer, Flipkart decoded the art of marketing in the new age at the exchange4media TechManch Digital Conference 2018

By Misbaah Mansuri | Jun 28, 2018 8:54 AM   |   2 min read

Modern marketing is much more than just a brand or a killer slogan. Technology has enabled marketers to influence the entire customer experience. So how do we stay on the top of our game in this new era of marketing? At the TechManch Digital Conference 2018 by exchange4media, Shoumyan Biswas, Chief Marketing Officer, Flipkart decoded this.

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"It is also okay if you don't have a differentiated product or pricing. But if you don’t have a distinct consumer experience across touch-points, you won’t survive," he continued. He spoke about the importance of exercising both artificial intelligence and human insights. "Data must power decisions. So must intuitions," opined Biswas.

He also highlighted that mobile is an opportunity which can be smartly leveraged by marketers. "Today the touch-points have become 100x where the dominant touch-point is mobile. When we put our 90% moneys in mobile, we saw 30% increase in efficiency," he cited an example of Flipkart.

"Every creative you do must load as a GIF. There is no such thing as static creatives," he advised marketers. Biswas said that since the millennial today is not watching television much, marketers have to create engaging communication for the mobile device. He also spoke about the importance of delivering personalised experiences. "The advent of the device has created a larger spirit of individualisation. This is an opportunity for marketers to personalise and create a one-to-one communication with the consumer," said Biswas.


The CMO also spoke about the importance of keeping customer privacy in mind while taking up on personalization."It’s very important that we find ways of doing business ethically. It’s also important that you have the right signals before you start scaling up," he suggested. He also said that marketers must aid the user in their buying journey. "If you just keep buying reach and frequency, you won’t be efficient," he opined.

Speaking about digital marketing he said,"Digital marketing is over-abused and under-leveraged." Biswas shared that as we work on good mobile content, a strong content-marketing strategy is of essence. "You need a content marketing strategy which is not just a beautiful creative but which also drives commerce," he said.

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