Picture Gallery: IMPACT 50 Most Influential Women 2018

Visual highlights from the seventh edition of IMPACT’s 50 Most Influential Women event held in Mumbai on Thursday 22nd March.

exchange4media News Service 23-March-2018

The seventh edition of IMPACT’s 50 Most Influential Women list was unveiled in Mumbai on Thursday 22nd March at a high level industry gathering. The presenting partner for the event was &TV and co-powered by ABP, while TLC was the co-Gold partner and Modi Motors was the Luxury Auto Partner.

Here are some highlights of the event:



Madhu Chibber, Vasuta Agarwal and Virginia Sharma.



Shekar Swamy, Bhaskar Das, Tarun Rai and Mythili Chandrasekar.



Nina Elavia Jaipuria, Sam Balsara, Anupriya Acharya, Nandini Dias.



 Nawal Ahuja, Co-founder, Exchange4media address the audience during the event.



Malishka Mendonsa, Radio Jockey at 93.5 RED FM, at the IMPACT 50 Most Influential Women event.



Tarun Rai, Akshaara Lalwani and Ashish Sehgal,



Tarun Rai, Anita Kotwani, Ashish Sehgal



Tarun Rai, Deepali Naair, Ashish Sehgal



Sam Balsara, Kainaz Karmakar, Vishnu Shankar and Nawal Ahuja.



Sam Balsara, Ashwini Deshpande, Vishu Shankar, and Nawal Ahuja.



Sam Balsara, Preeti Reddy, Vishu Shankar and Nawal Ahuja



Nawal Ahuja with Malini Agarwal and Vishu Shankar.



Nawal Ahuja, Sam Balsara, Geetu Varma and Vishu Shankar



Nawal Ahuja, Sam Balsara, Nandini Dias and Vishu Shankar



Nawal Ahuja, Sam Balsara, Sonali Dhawan and Vishu Shankar
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The Emvies 2006: Excellence delivered!

When on Thursday the 22nd of June at the Ad Club’s Emvies 2006 Awards ceremony, Emvies Committee Chairperson Apurva Purohit told the largest Emvies audience to date, “The last one year has truly been a stupendous one for Indian Media, with the Indian media fraternity firmly establishing itself on the international platform as world class professionals with global expertise,” she was spot on. After all, even though at the time of going to press we haven’t yet got all the results from Cannes, Indian Advertising has raised even higher the bar it had set itself at the Cannes Lions 2003. The Emvies 2006 Awards ceremony was no exception.

exchange4media News Service 26-June-2006

The Emvies 2006: Excellence delivered!

When on Thursday the 22nd of June at the Ad Club’s Emvies 2006 Awards ceremony, Emvies Committee Chairperson Apurva Purohit told the largest Emvies audience to date, “The last one year has truly been a stupendous one for Indian Media, with the Indian media fraternity fi rmly establishing itself on the international platform as world class professionals with global expertise,” she was spot on.

After all, even though at the time of going to press we haven’t yet got all the results from Cannes, Indian Advertising has raised even higher the bar it had set itself at the Cannes Lions 2003.

The Emvies 2006 Awards ceremony was no exception. In terms of number of entries, scale of event, and, crucially, the quality and sheer effectiveness of each and every campaign and initiative that won the chunkycurvacious trophies that are the Oscars of the Media Agency scene in India.

Well, the Emvies have grown bigger each year, not just in terms of prestige, entries and scale for the event itself in the fraternity.

And in its sixth edition which saw the highest number of entries, 370, as is well known by now, it was Mindshare which walked off with the title of the Best Media Agency of the Year with as many as 113 points, streets and blocks ahead of the second placed Madison with 43 points, O&M at 26 and Lodestar Media at 21.

Much bigger!

Not just in terms of scale, entries, size of audience, awards prestige and the points Mindshare led by. But also at the level of quality of entries.

Even as Mindshare was bringing the house down with the bhopoos, damroos and drums, Team Impact was speaking with key people at the ceremony, and heard several passionate opinions about favourite campaigns and initiatives, and how, this year, Excellence in Media Value was well and truly delivered.

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Lionhearts at Cannes

The Indian lion hunters have had their best year so far. Cannes Lions 2006 is an even bigger whirligig of Advertising and the business of marketing advertising. And much more. Anurag Batra, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief – exchange4media Group, who’s in the thick of it all with his ear to the ground, writes from the French Riviera

exchange4media News Service 26-June-2006

Lionhearts at Cannes

The Indian Bull Run continues at Cannes as wego into print. Film is one category that might add further to India’s already respectable tally. There were a healthy number of entries too,from India this year – 738 against the 602 we sent in last year.

Sometimes, the list of winners doesn’t do justice to those that came so close to a Lion. So, for the record, and also in appreciation of all the blood, sweat and tears that went into each and every glorious short listed Indian entry at Cannes Lions 2006, Impact is printing the list of the short listed entries.


THE INDIAN SCORECARD:
At the time of going into print, JWT has two Gold Lions for the count, with fi ve entries in Press (Levi’s) bagging Gold, and one Promo Lion for Pepsi’s urkure. O&M and Rediffusion DYR won one Outdoor Gold each, for clients Discovery and MidLand Bookstore respectively. Also in the Outdoor category, Leo Burnett won Bronze for Dinodia Photo Library, and so did Everest for clients Cancer Patients Aid Association.

In Press, O&M’s work for Indian Association for Promotion of Adoption and Child Welfare won Silver, with its two entries. Leo Burnett bagged the Bronze Lion for its campaign for Maneland Jungle Lodge. In the Lions Direct competition, ediffusion DYR raked in Silver, for work on MidLand Bookstore.

Among the Media Lions were Leo Burnett and Madison. Leo Burnett won Silver for Prerana, while Madison Communications bagged two Bronzes – one for P&G Home Products and the other for Cadbury.

Our favorites like the Ariel ‘Corners’ campaign didn’t feature even in the shortlist, leaving us bewildered. But that’s the beauty of Cannes. You can’t really track who has done what and entered what in each sub category. Having said that, except for the Promo Lions winner from JWT, most other pieces are familiar works recognized at several awards.

At last count, we won four Golds, three Silvers and fi ve Bronzes. (See list of winners) And the Film Lions holds promise. We’re getting there.


UNIVERSITY OF CONVERSATIONS
I listened to Maurice Saatchi on Thursday, spellbound by his “One Word Equity for Brands” concept. Saatchi’s ruthlessly imple philosophy boiled down to the word being the word that a company wants associated with its brand. Google can be described through the One Word Equity by the word Search. Saatchi‘s call inspired and impressed me a lot. I also try and follow what I learn and implement it in my daily work. What is the point of knowledge if one does not apply it? We are not into it for intellectual and visual masturbation.

When I sat to write about Cannes for Impact, I said to myself I should be able to describe Cannes Advertising Festival in a single word. The two words that competed in my mind for that single word were: ‘University’ and ‘Conversations’. I am not sure the festival organizers necessarily think the same.

Before I elaborate on the choice of my words, let me start by telling you a story about Roger Hatchuel. Hatchuel was the founder of the Cannes Advertising festival which is regarded by most as the “Olympics of Advertising”. Now that could be another expression for Cannes. Romain Hatchuel, Roger’s son, who was the festival’s chief executive till 2002, joined EURO RSCG in a senior position after disagreements with his dad over shifting the festival’s London headquarters to Paris, and this led to Emap communications taking over the festival two years ago. While Emap has tried to broaden and professionalize the appeal by initiatives like the Media Person of the Year, giving a separate award and jury for outdoor, it would be fair to say that Hatchuel has created and left behind a masterpiece and laudable celebration of advertising creativity. What continues aspart of his legacy is the weeklong stint at Roger Hatchuel Academy by international students studying advertising and communications.

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Kids have emerged into an assertive consumer group, says KidSense study

So you’re buying a car? Or an exotic summer holiday package for the entire family? A washing machine, perhaps, to replace the one that’s, well, outlived its lifespan, or an air conditioner? Or Insurance, maybe? You’ve compared prices, specifications, colour, plan, features, whatever, right? And made a decision about what to purchase? Good. But wait. Don’t bring out that cash or credit card yet, because if your toonager or tweenager, or even your tot of a toothager prefers something else, chances are you will change your mind, give up your own selection, and end up buying what your kid prefers.

exchange4media News Service 12-June-2006

Kids have emerged into an assertive consumer group, says KidSense study

So you’re buying a car? Or an exotic summer holiday package for the entire family? A washing machine, perhaps, to replace the one that’s, well, outlived its lifespan, or an air conditioner? Or Insurance, maybe? You’ve compared prices, specifications, colour, plan, features, whatever, right? And made a decision about what to purchase? Good. But wait. Don’t bring out that cash or credit card yet, because if your toonager or tweenager, or even your tot of a toothager prefers something else, chances are you will change your mind, give up your own selection, and end up buying what your kid prefers.

So – and much more – say the findings of a study conducted by Disney, the leading media brand, and GroupM, the world’s leading full service media investment management company.

KidSense, which Rajat Jain, MD, The Walt Disney Company (India) describes as “ a strategic initiative to bring insights into the world of kids,” is a comprehensive single source study on Kids in India that combines both quantitative and qualitative research.

And why did Disney and Group M decide to venture upon this joint endeavor to explore the exciting world of kids in India?

Because kids have been largely ignored by the media and marketing fraternity due to their insignificance and their relatively lower spending power. Hence they have for long been classified into a holistic segment of ‘4-14 year olds’ which was rarely researched into. This led to the failure to realize the potential of this knowledge to create better and relatable products for Indian kids.

Says Jain, “The study was jointly launched to explore the world of kids and share insights with the media and marketing fraternity. Kids have increasingly emerged as savvy, sensitive and an extremely important consumer segment today. As global leaders in this genre, it is our responsibility to understand kids and provide a knowledge-house for all the stakeholders.” Jain hopes that the findings of this study would act as “a credible reference-point for the industry, our business partners and help grow the business in this industry as a whole.”

Ashutosh Srivastava, CEO, GroupM, South Asia, says, “The association of GroupM with Disney is all about unlocking value in this growing market segment of young consumers. An important learning for all is that kids like to be spoken to in their own environment – their schools, their play areas, their homes and their shows. Disney’s KidSense shows new realities of influence from this genre on purchase decisions in categories ranging from confectionery to cars and insurance companies.” In other words, if marketers want to sell more, they need to influence the parents through the kids. And how do they do that? Simple. As Srivastava puts it, “talk the kids language to enter their homes.” And if you want to connect with kids in the 4-14 age group, you’ll have to speak not one, but three languages. That’s right, but more on that in a bit.

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New Age Media: Wanna read my newspaper? Sorry – it’s personal!

exchange4media News Service 03-June-2006

New Age Media: Wanna read my newspaper? Sorry – it’s personal!

The first thing that begins our morning everyday, along with the mandatory cuppa is the newspaper. People from all walks of life- vegetable vendors, businessmen, savvy housewives and inclined-towards-art souls read it. While there are some news pieces which are relevant to all, quite a bit of the content as well as the advertisements fail to evoke the desired interest in some readers.

We have come a long way from having print editions to the online avatars. A logical step ahead would be a possibility that would accommodate customized content and advertisements based on the reader's preferences.

This will bring about a shift from a pushed content to a pulled content. The possibilities are vast. There can be translated versions for people who want news only in a particular language. There can be kids who will be happy with a personalized edition that features stuff on their favourite games. The stock market buff will be delighted to go through his unique personalized newspaper that has anamysts' say on the ongoing boom or bearish trends as the case may be.

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Baby I’m A-want You!

exchange4media News Service 03-June-2006

Baby I’m A-want You!

That’s what each women’s magazine seems to be telling every potential reader. Women's magazines arguably have a certain homogeneity to them. The glossy look, the thin, preposterously dressed women, the endless perfume and make-up ads. Yet we love the escapism they offer. The Indian market place has exploded with brands and magazine in the last 10 years, and now, there’s another – Marie Claire’s India edition, launched on the 2nd of June. Shalini Amarnani casts an analytical look at the world of Indian Women's magazines – which are definitely bracing for renewed battle with one more aggressor – and tries to see where Marie Claire is likely to find its place.

The battle for the Indian Woman's mind-space began some 10 years ago. Till then the English magazine-consuming population had a limited choice reading women Eve's Weekly, Femina and Women's Era.

The paper quality was poor, as was the photographic element. The content was mainly about how to be a blushing bride, handle your in-laws and dish out the most scrumptious food. Woman' Era is still stuck in that era.

Foreign magazines like Vogue, Harper Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Marie Claire and the like would come to you only if you had friends coming from abroad, or you could catch a year-old issue at the raddiwala.

Enter stage left : Marie Claire

After a decade we are seeing the entry of another big international name. The entry of Marie Claire in the Indian market from the solid Outlook Group has rattled a few quarters. The advertising pie will be redistributed, as will the readership. Claims Suresh Selveraj, the magazine’s Associate Publisher, “Marie Claire's entry in India will change the journalist standards amongst the women's magazine in India.”

Marie Claire is known worldwide as a fashion magazine for the thinking woman. So, besides a lot of elegant fashion and beauty they have strong features content. Says Editor Shefalee Vasudev, “We have first-person articles, special investigative reports, relationships, photo stories, and hope to develop a lot of bold and beautiful reports that tell people about India and not the rich urban India. We believe in being real. So we will talk about issues in India as they are. Our fashion content is slick and doable – it doesn't come from a dream factory but it shows women possibilities in fashion. And leaves them with many good ideas.”

The older players are shuffling along The change in Women's magazines in India came with the entry of Cosmopolitan and Elle in the Indian marketplace. It shook the players out of their slumber and got them rethinking their strategy. In this story, one has attempted to analyze the major players in this arena, and their strengths and weaknesses.

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Research shows how B2B sites can achieve success

Anew research study by the International Federation of the Periodical Press (FIPP) has unveiled key methods used by business-tobusiness (b2b) magazine publishers to create some of the world's most successful and profitable b2b websites.

exchange4media News Service 21-May-2006

Research shows how B2B sites can achieve success

Anew research study by the International Federation of the Periodical Press (FIPP) has unveiled key methods used by business-tobusiness (b2b) magazine publishers to create some of the world's most successful and profitable b2b websites. The Routes to Success for Business-to-Business Publishers' Websites study has found that around 66 per cent of websites surveyed are in profit, compared with only about 25 per cent in the same survey four years earlier. The proportion of sites making a loss has fallen from about 50 percent to less than 20 per cent. The objectives of the survey were: to examine good practice online among publishers of printed b2b magazines worldwide; to learn how success has been achieved; and to better understand how publishers are using the internet in conjunction with their magazines.

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Will Bangalore move to the Mid-day beat?

Word on the streets of Bangalore is that The Hindustan Times is looking to enter the market. Admittedly, Bangalore is next on the Deccan Chronicle's agenda too. Rumors on the next stage of DNA's ambitions featuring Bangalore are doing the rounds too. But all these are rumours. And then, there's fact. About a publication. t h a t ' s mastered the art and business of the English tabloid in India. Midday, the paper whose t a g l i n e professes it's for - and profiles -- Mumbai on the Move, is on the move itself. Midday, it's been confirmed, is Bangalorebound.

exchange4media News Service 21-May-2006

Will Bangalore move to the Mid-day beat?

Word on the streets of Bangalore is that The Hindustan Times is looking to enter the market. Admittedly, Bangalore is next on the Deccan Chronicle's agenda too. Rumors on the next stage of DNA's ambitions featuring Bangalore are doing the rounds too.

But all these are rumours. And then, there's fact. About a publication. that's mastered the art and business of the English tabloid in India. Midday, the paper whose t a g l i n e professes it's for – and profiles -- Mumbai on the Move, is on the move itself. Midday, it's been confirmed, is Bangalorebound.

Four weeks from now, a team of 50-odd journalists and other staffers that comprise the team of the forthcoming Bangalore Mid-day, will heave a collective sigh of relief. Many of them were hired as long as three, even four months ago, but were sort of kept on hold, doing nothing much.

A few got so bored, they left. But now, it is final. Under the stewardship of Editor Anil Thakraney and Publisher Sundar Kondur, Tariq Ansari is now ready to unleash the Bangalore edition of Mid-day, with the same tagline: Bangalore on the move. And so, Bangalore will soon witness intense action in the print daily space in English, in the months to come. Vijay Times, the last entrant into Bangalore's English daily market, from the. publishers of the leading Kannada daily (ABC) Vijaya Karnataka, has grown appreciably since its early hiccups. Market leader The Times of India is still miles ahead, and Deccan Herald from The Printers (Mysore) is ahead too, but by a much smaller margin

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It’s EMVIES time again

exchange4media News Service 13-May-2006

It’s EMVIES time again

The time to celebrate media initiatives are here again. The Bombay Ad Club instituted Media awards, EMVIES are just around the corner. In keeping with its annual schedule, this year the awards are planned on June 22, 2006. Action around the EMVIES has commenced with the Bombay Ad Club inviting entries for the event. In the past four years, EMVIES has seen the trend of increasing the number of entries that it has been getting last year seeing a peak of over 350 entries. EMVIES Chairperson Apurva Purohit states that this is what The Ad Club is expecting this year as well. To take a closer look before commencing action around the awards, the Ad Club had organised a pre-judging cocktail, inviting professionals from the industry to given their opinions on the awards and the judging process. “We received a very positive feedback from these industry leaders and they commended the Ad Club to be able to out together such an event for the media,” informed Ad Club's Bipin Pandit.

The EMVIES has seen in participation year-on-year, the number of entries in the first year was 78, which steadily notched up to 125 plus, 200 plus to the 350 plus mark last year. Purohit puts in a word of caution here. Purohit said, “Getting the mark of 400 was a sense of peak as every agency had participated last year with a decent number of entries.We are expecting to secure the margin this year as well.” She believes that between the addition of new categories and streamlining of some of the existing categories, the said target can be achieved. Another noteworthy factor that was seen in 2003 were the different industry bodies that participated in the EMVIES. Moving beyond from just the media agencies, research agencies, marketers, channels and interestingly creative agencies had competed to take home an EMVIE. “And we had seen some very good work coming from all of these organisations,” emphasised Purohit.

She further added, “EMVIES really are pan industry award for media innovations and I expect the same kind of participation this year as well.” Another area of expectations comes from the quality of entries. Purohit said, “Without doubt, every year we have seen improvement in the kind of entries that have come and this year wouldn't be any different either. Especially in categories like new media, out-of-home, never before used media, we have seen some genuine innovations.” Hopefully TV and Print will also show the next level of media innovations this year. Nonetheless, all said and done, the expectations from the industry to feature some ground breaking work is also high. EMVIES forms are sent across to agencies and can also be downloaded from exchange4media.com. The last date isMay23, 2006. The awards has roped in Times Now as the title sponsor. The category sponsors are indiatimes.com for the digital category and Radio Mirchi for the radio category. TAM continues with the award sponsorship of the 'Best TV Research' category. exchange4media.com is the official media partner.

Explaining more on the reasons why TimesNowpartnered with the event, Partho Dasgupta, Vice President and Business Head of the channel elaborated, “Times Now supports advertising and media fraternity.We even have a weekly show called the Brand Equity dedicated to this audience. We were associated with the Ad Review 2006, International Advertising Association, the Brand Equity Quiz and with Abbys. EMVIES takes us a step further in our celebration of good work by media agencies.” While Dasgupta “wishes to recognise the excellence in media industry through EMVIES”, Prashant Panday, Dy CEO, Radio Mirchi opines that as a media event, EMVIES has come a long way. “Given the kind of industry initiatives we have been associating with, EMVIES surely fits our scheme of affairs perfectly.” The countdown has begun. Can MindShare retain its Champion status?Will Lodestar claim back 'Agency Of The Year' Award? Will agencies like Maxus and Initiative, Starcom take home the Grand EMVIES?

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O N T H E FAST TRACK

exchange4media News Service 13-May-2006

O N T H E FAST TRACK

SUBHASH CHANDRA. Media visionary. Chairman of the country’s largest vertically integrated media and entertainment giant, Zee Telefilms Limited. And ranked as the eighth Most Powerful Person in the country by India Today.

PRADEEP GUHA. One of the most respected media professionals in the country. CEO of Zee Telefilms Limited. The man who is one of the most important captains the team of Mr Chandra and his brother, ZTL Vice Chairman Laxmi Goel. Busy with all its companies ever since he joined ZTL, Guha has preferred to remain low profile and hasn’t given a media interview on his role at Zee so far.

PUNIT GOENKA. Business Head of ZTL flagship Zee TV, and Zee Smile. Also Mr Chandra’s son. With Guha, he has taken Zee TV to its strong Number Two Position amongst Hindi GECs. And, like Guha, had never given a media interview ever since he joined Zee TV. Till now. Impact Editor Pavan R Chawla and Senior Correspondent Noor Fathima Warsia met up with Subhashji, Guha and Goenka for a freewheeling chat on things Zee. We present the interview in two sections. In the first, ZTL Chairman Subhash Chandra speaks on a wide range of topics ranging from the priorities and expansion plans for ZTL in the new Financial Year to its individual businesses and the importance of being prepared for the next great challenge from a rapidly evolving Television industry. He also comments on Punit Goenka’s performance, and shares his inspiration and mantra of staying on top of situations.

This is followed by a wide ranging chat with ZTL CEO Pradeep Guha and Zee TV and Zee Smile Bsuiness Head Punit Goenka on the specifics of the businesses and their vision for their flagship channel Zee TV and the other strong player Zee Cinema, along with Zee Smile and Zee Sports. And much more.

Subhashji, congratulations on last year’s strong performance. Yours is India’s largest vertically integrated Media and Entertainment company which is present in more than 120 countries and reaches more than 300 million viewers across the globe in more than seven different languages. In the next year, which of these numbers will hopefully increase?

The major part of our thrust is going to be in increasing the languages in the coming year and of course thereby the number of viewers also has to increase. We are expecting excellent results from our initiatives for Malaysia and Indonesia – where we will present our content in the local Bhasa language. In Malaysia, it is a JV with Astro. We’re also putting our content in Hindi in Afghanistan. So the plans are afoot, and we hope to make good headway and growth with languages and new markets.

You have said earlier that 2004 was a year of consolidation for Zee. Since then, what has been achieved, and what are you key priorities for the near future?

Yes, 2004 was a year of consolidation. 2005-06 has seen more efforts being made in the marketing side, and 2006-07 will see more efforts on the content side. The focus this year will be on creating the right kind of content. As for the rest, I think every day is a new day in the media business. I really don’t think you can plan for 365 days and then just leave the rest for implementation.

Are you satisfied with the level of vertical integration that your company — India’s largest vertically integrated media and entertainment company — has achieved?

A lot has to be achieved. For this kind of integrated media companies, the revenues and profits should be four to five times what they actually are today. The foundations of this business, which has been laid – it needs to be developed further. The expenditures that have been incurred, the seeds that have been sown, well, their true potential value has yet to be realised.

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GoaFest 2006: Gen Next of Advertising Excellence Celebration

exchange4media News Service 11-May-2006

GoaFest 2006: Gen Next of Advertising Excellence Celebration

When the Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI) voiced a dream to give India its own advertising festival that would be on the international lines, spanning across two days and include aspects of advertising that aren't just about awarding good work, some from the industry joined in their dream, some were excited and waited to see how the scene unfolds and some didn't see the point from the word go. AAAI took in all these reactions and responses in its stride and embarked on the journey to materialise such an event, staying on course the whole while to convert the dream into a reality.

Come April 29 and 30, 2006 and the dream did manifest itself into a celebration that Indian advertising industry hitherto hadn't experienced. Those who the fraternity know that a celebration of advertising without the likes of Ogilvy & Mather (O&M), Lowe or David isn't really complete but advertising professionals who did participate in the GoaFest 2006, from various agencies like JWT, McCann Erickson, Leo Burnett, Euro RSCG, Saatchi & Saatchi, Mudra, Everest Brand Solutions, TBWA\India, Ambience Publicis, R K Swamy BBDO and so on, left no stone unturned to compete in the best way they can and enjoy this competition and resulting awards to the hilt. On the whole, the AAAI instituted awards which become an integral part of the GoaFest saw some of the best advertising creatives in India.

With these awards, the AAAI began on a clean slate with many details still being defined. In some of these like the naming of this award, the association has been very keen to involve young industry minds and has in the process invited advertising professionals to suggest a name for the awards. The winner is entitled to an all expense paid trip to the fest next year.

GoaFest 2006 was designed in a manner that over the two-day period, the festival would see international and national industry leaders voicing their opinions on various advertising matters. Both the mornings had everything to do with fun - participants were encouraged to spend the first half in the sun water sports and beach sports and parties. The afternoons and evenings were marked with creative seminars - all leading to the gala awards night that really is the crux of it all.

The participants had 'a little something extra' in the awards this year, as just the preceding day on April 28, 2006, AAAI organised Advertising Conclave that saw participation from members of the Indian Broadcast Fraternity (IBF), Indian Society of Advertisers (ISA), Indian Newspaper Society (INS) and the AAAI - delving into 'What ails Indian advertising'. AAAI President Srinivasan K Swamy elaborated that the purpose of the conclave was to encourage the audience speak on issues they thing is causing a setback to Indian advertising and then get the experts' comments on it. The "experts" in this situation were the likes of Zee Telefilms' Chairman Subhash Chandra, India Today's Chief Aroon Purie, TV Today's G Krishnan, NDTV Media's Raj Nayak, Lintas Media Group's Lynn de Souza, BCCL's Bhaskar Das, Zenith Optimedia's Ambika Srivastava, MindShare's Vikram Sakhuja and many other names that are recognised as thought leaders of the industry. GoaFest 2006 also marked the 50th meeting between the IBF and AAAI in a period of the last four years to take a closer look at industrial issues and put in place norms that can develop the Indian advertising and media industry in fast and structured way. Madison Media's Chairman Sam Balsara threw some light on the significance of these meetings saying, "It shows the determination of professionals of the industry to be carve out a road ahead. These meetings have helped the interdependency of bodies like AAAI and IBF and in any structure, this is a very healthy way to go!"

Another healthy aspect of the festival was AAAI's endeavour to encourage the younger industry professionals to be a part of the event. Leo Burnett's Arvind Sharma who is also the Chairman of the Award Committee explained, "They are the future of the business and no one, even on the international scene has taken a conscious step like this to involve the younger advertising professionals. Out aim was simple - to mould these young minds in the ways of working of the industry and the role they play in shaping it up." The Association brought in the under-30 initiative to achieve this goal. The event was sprinkled with a healthy dose of international names like Lee Gluckman Jr. the Chairman of Mobius Advertising Awards, Neeraj Nayar, President of FAB Awards London, Paul Kemp-Robertson, Managing Editor, Contagious Magazines, Michelle Kristula-Green,Regional President, Leo Burnett, Asia Pac and Tom Savigar, Trends Director, Future Laboratory speaking on a range of topics like new age media to the rapidly and radically changing new age consumer to the marketing to the changing Asian men. If Swamy's words are anything to go by, the list will only be longer and even better next year. An announcement that Swamy made at the event was the time window of GoaFest 2007 to be in February 2007. For the sponsors of the event, the festival served as a platform to make other important announcements as well. STAR India launched another brand mascot - TV Rao, Red FM launched its new logo and station identity and AAAI itself launched the fficial logo and representation of the GoaFest and the corresponding awards.

Much like any event would see its hiccups, GoaFest, in its launch year wasn't bereft of them either. Industry members however, unanimously looked at the event as a platform much above any glitches, that has the potential to be the Gold Standard of celebration of advertising excellence - not just in India but on the global level. If one had to speak to Arvind Sharma or Sundar Swamy on this now, they would tell us that with a participation crossing 1200, the event already is Gold Standard - either ways, the expectations from GoaFest 2007 are very high!

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