Automakers grim as demonetisation puts brakes on sales figures

Demonetisation has affected one of the fastest growing sectors with some automobile majors stretching their scheduled breaks in production from five to 15 days. But the automobile majors have taken this cash crunch as a challenge and are offering various incentives to pick retail sales

Automakers grim as demonetisation puts brakes on sales figures

The automobile industry, one of the fastest growing sectors, continues to face the wrath of the demonetisation. According to Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), overall passenger vehicles which include cars, utility vehicles and vans, reported to grow 1.82 per cent to 240,979 units, the slowest since February. Car sales rose 0.29 per cent to 173,606 units in November while utility vehicles climbed 10 per cent to 53,800 units. Sales slipped below the two million mark after three consecutive months of over two million monthly sales. After a gap of 44-months, total automotive sales in the domestic market (passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles, two and three wheelers) reported to decline by over five per cent in November, the first drop of this calendar year.

N Raja, Director & Senior Vice President (Sales & Marketing), Toyota Kirloskar Motor, talks about the impact and shortcomings they are expecting from this cash crunch, “We acknowledge the government’s move to eliminate black money and counterfeit in the nation. The demonetization has impacted our business in some pockets resulting in a decline in registration. We expect a short term slowdown on the new car sales in the Indian auto industry; we are closely monitoring the situation to further understand what kind of impact it has on our new car and used car sales in the coming months.”

Jnaneswar Sen, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Honda Cars India Ltd, gives his own view, “Demonetisation is a bold step and we feel it will have a positive impact in the long run. The sudden decision, however, created disruptions in the market. The consumer sentiment went down and footfalls and enquiries at the dealerships also slowed down during November. The industry is facing severe situation of declined sales and showroom traffic, though we believe it would be a transitional phenomenon. The decline in demand is mainly postponement of the purchase timing and we will see incremental sales in the future, however it is difficult to forecast the timing when the postponed demand comes back.” The sales for Honda Cars India fell 45.42 per cent to 8,029 units.

 In our previous report Sunish Kumar, National Head, Sales, Girnarsoft, which owns the auto portal Cardekho.com mentioned that he has seen 30-40 per cent decline in the ad spends, compared to the expectations based upon yesteryears’ trends. Earlier the Federation of Automobile Dealers Association (FADA) released data last month revealing that the footfall at the dealerships across India has dipped by 75 percent and bookings have come down equally by about 50 per cent.

Beating demonetisation blues

But the sector has taken this cash crunch as a challenge and not leaving any stone unturned to lure buyers to bring them back to showrooms.

In order to clear the inventory pile up at dealerships due to demonetisation, Mahindra & Mahindra is reportedly offering price discounts of up to Rs 2.17 lakh across its range. The offer is going to continue till the end of December.

Similarly the industry is also seeing tie-ups between automobile companies and banks and e-wallets to offer cashless facilities and fully-financed car loans. Honda is offering on road and ex-showroom funding deals with HDFC, AXIS and ICICI Bank. Sen spells it out, “In the wake of de-monetisation of 500 and 1000 rupee notes, there will be a big effect on the overall car buying process and the cash component buying is expected to go down. Also the margin money contribution will be affected for all customers. To ease deal closure and give comfort to the customer we have negotiated hundred per cent on road and ex-showroom funding deals with HDFC, AXIS, and ICICI Bank. Most of our dealers also have started to waive the card charges or implemented cashless payment method for servicing payment. In order to support our dealers, we are putting the highest priority to avoiding piling up the stocks at our dealers. HCIL withheld the wholesale in November and the stock level at Honda dealers is maintained at very healthy level.” Honda has reported to announce an average price increase of two per cent across models starting next month.

Even other automobile companies like Renault, Hyundai, Toyota and Nissan have taken the similar route. Hyundai is offering 100 per cent on-road price financing through HDFC, Kotak and Axis banks besides 100 per cent funding on ex-showroom prices through ICICI Bank and some other banks. Renault India has announced cashless transaction for customers making vehicle purchases and availing after-sales services. In order to facilitate bookings and cashless payments, the company is offering customers an option to pay the booking amount through Paytm and HDFC PayZapp e-wallets as well as cheques and demand drafts. Even Nissan is accepting cashless transactions.

Toyota is also going for similar options and tied up with ICICI Bank and Axis Bank. N Raja offers, “Just to help our customers during this phase, we have introduced various cashless schemes like payments through Paytm and other e-wallets to ensure smooth and hassle free buying experiences. We have arranged for 100 per cent on road funding from Toyota Financial Services and banks. And discussions are on with other financiers also.” It plans to increase prices by up to three per cent from next January, citing an increase in the price of raw material commodities like steel and aluminum over the last six months and appreciation of the yen in the international market.

The exceptions

In the midst of the setback caused by demonetisation, the only positive respite has been Maruti Suzuki, Renault, Volkswagen and Toyota posting double digit sales growth last month. The market leader Maruti Suzuki today reported a growth of 14.2 per cent in domestic sales on the back of selling 1.26 lakh units in November as compared to 1.10 lakh units sold last November according to media reports.

Toyota Kirloskar Motors registered a growth of 10 per cent when compared to the same period last year after selling 11,309 units in the domestic market this year, as stated by media reports. It has also managed to rake in 6200 bookings (and counting) for its latest models.

In the case of German car manufacturer Volkswagen, it managed to sell 4014 units last month as against 1942 units November ‘15.

French automobile company Renault posted a 23 per cent growth its sale of 9604 cars in November 2016 compared to 7819 units last November.  

Meanwhile Korean car manufacturer Hyundai saw a single digit growth of 4.4 per cent after selling 40,016 units in the domestic market.

The grim picture still continues

SIAM also reinstated the fact that demonetisation has ‘temporarily’ disrupted the November 2016 sales. The ‘temporary’ disruption seems to be hitting the industry hard as Mahindra and Mahindra was reported to announce that it will stop the production of its models for few a few days in December 2016 to correct inventories. This is due to slow demand and products moving out of dealerships at a relatively slower pace.

Earlier in November 2016, Mahindra and Mahindra registered a cumulative drop in sales by 21.85 per cent as per media reports. This also included the tractor segment which witnessed a decline of 21 per cent in November 2016. According to reports this company is one of the worst hit by demonetisation due to cash crunch in rural areas.

This is generally the time when automakers go for scheduled shutdowns of productions to carry out factory maintenance. But the shutdowns will go on longer than expected stretching from a week to 15 days over this month and the next. This is happening in the case of Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai Motor, Honda, Ford Motor and Renault-Nissan at several of their plants.

Automobile majors are still perplexed about the long term impact of demonetisation on it. Raja is sceptical at the same time confident, “How does it affect the industry on a long term remains a question now. However, we are confident that the industry will soon revive from any uncertainty due to demonetisation.”

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Swiggy Stores delivers groceries and other sundries to your door

Swiggy also offers brands the opportunity to connect with its consumers by offering brand samples to its customer base

Swiggy

Next time you order from Swiggy, don’t be surprised if you receive a sample sachet. That’s because the online food delivery app is now tying up with brands to offer brand samples to Swiggy’s customer base. “Being a consumer-focused organisation, we are always on the lookout to improve our value proposition to our consumer base. With 1.25 lakh active delivery partners spread across 100+ cities, we preside on a huge direct to consumer channel. This scale combined with our expertise in real time on-demand logistics puts us in a unique position to enable brands to connect with our consumers,” says a Swiggy Spokesperson. 

For brands, this association offers an opportunity to reach out to their core audience at scale and speed powered by Swiggy’s fulfilment channel. Swiggy’s sampling solution also gives brands full visibility into the distribution process and a reliable proof of delivery from the consumer, which is currently absent in most sampling solutions. Additionally, Swiggy users are encouraged to share their brand experience giving valuable insights to marketers on what they liked or didn’t about the product. As per Swiggy, this differentiated proposition offers a tangible & transparent view to brands while they prepare to launch their new offerings.

Swiggy is in touch with leading players in the FMCG & F&B categories which happen to be the most relevant categories for the sampling proposition. Recently, the company piloted a sampling exercise for Kingfisher Radler, the first non-alcoholic product in Kingfisher's portfolio, for their launch in Bangalore. Swiggy is also executing sampling projects for multiple brands from a leading beverage player across Delhi, Chennai and Bangalore. Basis the feedback the company receives from these pilots, the company intends to scale this across cities. 

Currently, Swiggy's core offering of food delivery is currently available in over 100 cities covering all the metros and Tier 1 & 2 cities. It aims to offer brands the option to target across India and cut across a wide spectrum of demographic and socio-economic segments of customers. While the initial few projects have been focused around metros, as more brands come on board, Swiggy’s customers from Tier II and Tier III cities will also be reached for product trials.

Commenting on how this association has worked out so far, a Swiggy spokesperson said, “Our initial runs have been very encouraging with consumers responding positively to the activity. They have been equally forthcoming in sharing their feedback on the brand experience which has helped brands get valuable intelligence on their new product launches.” 

On the other hand, Swiggy says that brands are very excited and keen to partner with them, given the kind of last mile network, speed of delivery and customer profile that Swiggy offers.  For F&B brands, particularly, Swiggy brings in a very strong context of food, which makes us the ideal partner for them to take their products to their potential customers. Another win is for the consumers who get to try new products from top brands, offered as freebies.

A brand which tied up with Swiggy is Tata Gold Beverages which tested products - such as Tata Tea Gold, Tetley and Tata Coffee - from their portfolio. Explaining the rationale behind this association, in an earlier interaction Puneet Das, Marketing Head, Tata Global Beverages said, “In addition to the home-makers, we also have consumers who buy our premium products. These are people who are officer goers with a hectic lifestyle. These consumers eat out and also order in and to target them we decided to tie up with Swiggy and do an innovative sampling instead of the traditional sampling methods used. We are among the first brands to tie-up with Swiggy and tap into these potential customers to try our products.” 

He continued, “We are confident that the product is reaching the right consumer. This gives the assurance that the right audience is sampling audience and the sample product is reaching them. Qualitatively we feel it is a good activity.” 

The other big move made by the online food delivery app is Swiggy Stores which extends the convenience of ordering food from nearby restaurants to ordering anything from any store across the city where the customer resides. Explaining in his blog, Sriharsha Majety, CEO, Swiggy stated, “Think of Swiggy Stores as the superpower that connects you to every store, retailer or brand in the city. If you already know what you want and from what store, great! Just type out the list of items and Swiggy will bring that to you. If you don’t, Swiggy Stores will also connect users to popular stores and list bestsellers for them to discover and be seamlessly delivered by Swiggy. With Swiggy Stores, not only can you order anything from any store in your city but also discover popular stores around you.” 

He continues, “Once you choose a store and list items you want delivered, we will fulfil your order and facilitate payment. Be it a tube of toothpaste for yourself or food for your pet, there will be a Store for all your needs.” 

The company has taken the first step by launching across Gurgaon and will deliver from over 3,500 stores across the city. Swiggy has already partnered with over 200 stores in categories such as Fruits and Vegetables, Florists, Kiranas & Supermarkets, Pan shops, pet care shops, baby care stores, fresh meat stores, health supplement stores and gourmet & organic stores. The Swiggy Stores is currently operating in beta.

The 4th edition of Aditya Birla Health Insurance Ride to Mpower kicked off in Mumbai

The cycle ride saw more than 1700 cyclists and fitness champions lend their support to #StampOutStigma around mental health illness as they cycled through the streets of Mumbai

Aditya Birla Health Insurance Ride to Mpower

Mpower, a pioneer in Indian mental healthcare from The Aditya Birla Education Trust, returned with its fourth edition of Aditya Birla Health Insurance Ride to Mpower, a cycle ride to create awareness and stamp out the stigma associated with mental health illnesses. In this edition, Mpower aims to bring the #StampOutStigma in our society today by bringing together Mumbaikars and encourage them to increase conversations around mental health.

The cycle ride saw more than 1700 cyclists and fitness champions lend their support towards this critical cause as they cycled through the streets of Mumbai. These Mumbaikars pledged to become champions of mental health. Aditya Birla Health Insurance Ride to Mpower marks Mpower's most successful awareness initiatives. Over the last four editions, it strived to educate individuals on the correlation between physical and mental health toward an individual’s overall well-being.

Flagged off by Neerja Birla, Founder & Chairperson, Mpower and Ashish Sanghi, Trustee, Aditya Birla Education Trust, the 27km ride began from Dome@NSCI Worli to Asian Heart Institute, 15km ride began from Dome@NSCI Worli to Shivaji Park and 7km rides began from Dome@NSCI Worli to JK Kapur Chowk. The Movement saw avid participation of people from all walks of life including social and mental health activists, business leaders, inspirational youth icons and school children.

Participants at the Ride to Mpower

One in six people in India suffer from a serious mental disorder, and yet mental health remains a taboo in most Indian households, schools, colleges, and offices. This taboo is what prevents real progress on the mental health front, primarily by attaching a stigma to any and all mental health-related concerns. The uncaring attitude, the ignorant labels, the tone-deaf conversations, the endless stigma and the lack of mental healthcare need to change. These #StampOutStigma through Aditya Birla Health Insurance Ride to Mpower will bring awareness and encourage conversation around mental health, as well as engage people to support, diagnose, prevent and seek help for mental health concerns.

Neerja Birla, Founder & Chairperson, Mpower

Being a fitness aficionado herself, through this event, Neerja Birla aims to bring together all fitness aficionados to pledge their support towards mental health. Commenting on this initiative - Ride to Mpower, Mrs. Neerja Birla, Founder and Chairperson, Mpower, said, “Mpower – The Movement is all about creating a paradigm shift in the way people think of mental health. Everyone knows that it's important and normal to take care of one's physical health and Mpower endeavours to make people aware that it is just as important and normal to take care of one's mental health. The cycle ride is our way of reaching out to the community, in order to highlight that a healthy mind is as important as a healthy body. This is the fourth cycle ride we've done and as participation increases, I hope that it will encourage more people to embrace a more holistic approach to wellness and self-care.”

Anita Lobo, Head - Events, Mpower said, “We at Mpower are proud to successfully execute Ride to Mpower 2019 and see this initiative as a small step towards creating awareness and are delighted to see Mumbaikars extending their support. Wizcraft has pulled off such an impeccable event, right from the route planning to the execution. Dome Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. has provided us with the on-ground solutions for the post-event interaction with the participants, which helped us spread awareness about mental health awareness. We’d like to thank Mumbai Police & Mumbai Traffic Police who helped us in planning the ride in detail. Ride to Mpower is in its 4th year now and encourages everyone to stay physically and mentally fit. People are now becoming more open about the subject and slowly, but steadily the taboo is being lifted. Through Mpower - The Movement, we aim to stamp out the stigma around mental health and sensitize people to be alert and speak up whenever necessary. We look forward to more such events in the future.”

Ananya Birla rides to create awareness about mental health

The brainchild of Neerja Birla, Mpower was launched three years ago, and has been at the forefront to affect change and proactively champion the cause of mental health, create awareness, advocate prevention and provide services with a professional, holistic and multi-disciplinary approach in the country.

Stamp Out the Stigma around mental illnesses with Mpower - The Foundation

A World Health Organisation study reports that over 6% of the Indian population suffers from a serious mental disorder and do not have the right kind of help to facilitate recovery, which may lead to extreme situations like suicide. In India, it is difficult to change perceptions related to mental health. The challenge lies in repairing the inborn conditioning which perceives mental illnesses as evil. We do not talk about mental health.

MyTeam11 now available to cricket fans in nine Indian languages

The fantasy sports website also offers fantasy cricket, fantasy kabaddi, fantasy football, and fantasy volleyball

MyTeam11

MyTeam11, a fantasy sports website, has introduced a multi-language option for its 10 million+ users to cater to the ever growing passion of Indians towards fantasy sports and help them overcome any language barrier that many could be facing.  

The latest update of the application lets you choose your preferred language from a bouquet of nine Indian languages. The users just need to open the application, visit the ‘More’ section and choose the language they are familiar with. In the world of fantasy sports, MyTeam11 would be the first such platform to offer a language option to its users.

For now, the application offers nine languages including English, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Gujarati, and Bengali. However, it is expected that the fantasy giant offering fantasy cricket, fantasy kabaddi, fantasy football, and fantasy volleyball might add other languages in the coming time.

MyTeam11, who have popular former India cricketer Virender Sehwag as their brand ambassador, also offers fantasy cricket, fantasy football, fantasy volleyball, and fantasy kabaddi in two formats, namely ‘Safe Play’ and ‘Regular Play’, being the only platform to offer such multiple playing options to its users.

As explained by the COO of MyTeam11, Sanjit Sihag, “Language had been a barrier for many, and we always aspired to overcome this. After all, nothing can be better than conversing or understanding things in your native language. Thus, we planned to launch a variety of languages for our users, becoming the first fantasy sports platform to take such an initiative.”

Previously, MyTeam11 had also collaborated with over 25 TV channels including movies, music, sports, education, & regional channels so as to reach people residing in every nook and corner of the country, ahead of the upcoming cricket season of T20 & World cup.

Users can access the newly introduced multi language option by upgrading to the latest version of MyTeam11 app.  

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OTT star Mithila Palkar is the new favourite for brands

Palkar is the brand face of Joy Face wash. The commercials for the same were released earlier this month. New set of commercials for the brand’s sunscreen range is all set to go on air in April

Mithila Palkar

She’s made it to some of the most sought after lists like the GQ’s 50 Most Influential Young Indians, Forbes list of 30 under 30 and several others. But that is not the end of her success story. She is making brands chase her. Popular face on OTT platforms, Mithila Palkar has her kitty full with not just offers as an actor but also as the face of several popular brands.

Palkar debuted on the digital medium on YouTube with her cover of Anna Kendrick’s Cups, in 2016 titled ‘Hi ChalTuruTuru’. Ever since her followers on similar platforms and on social media has only gone up. With over 1.5 million followers on Instagram, Palkar who is known for her popular series like ‘Girl in the City’ and ‘Little Things’ is now the new favourite among brands.

Palkar is the brand face of Joy Face wash. The commercials for the same were released earlier this month. New set of commercials for the brand’s sunscreen range is all set to go on air in April.

The internet sensation is also the face for Marico India’s hair care product Livon that has earlier had actors like Kangana Ranaut as brand ambassador. Palkar also endorses Vodafone. According to sources the actor is in talks with several other brands for similar associations.
But why are brands looking at OTT actors for being their face. Perhaps her curly hair and girl next door look, is relatable and realistic. “Brands are willing to invest in her due to her marketability and the best pricing points in the business. Being the sensation of an untapped market she opens more avenues for brands, which allows them to charter unknown territories that are more commercially viable than the traditional medium of promotions. It would be great to see Mithila endorsing young and fun products and services like cosmetics, light jewellery, fun holidays, and fun food. People would associate her with young fun,” said brand expert Dimple Gupta, director at Strategic Brand Consultants.

According to Palkar the trend of having young talents like her as the face of a brand is here to stay. “People are looking out constantly for relatable content while watching shows or watching films and a familiar face helps, because if they resonate with someone or someone's life. When I endorse a brand I mostly look for something that is very close to me. There are many things that I personally believe in and I have faith in and if the brand is giving the same message through their product then that is what I go for. So if I see myself using something in the future, or I am using it already, I will totally endorse it,” said Palkar.

It’s a win win for both Palkar and the brands. Koshy George, Chief Marketing Officer, Marico India said, “Young, fun and fab, Livon is the go-to brand for great hair for the millennial who wants to look her best all the time. With its range that delivers salon finish hair on demand, Livon is the perfect companion for this girl who wants everything right here and right now. Mithila truly embodies the spirit of the brand with her vivacious personality and brings it alive on mediums the millennial loves.”

SBI Life Insurance launches ‘Thanks A Dot’ breast cancer awareness initiative

An easy-to-use self-training module to detect the early signs of lump formation can be ordered free of cost through SBI Life’s corporate website

SBI Thanks A Dot

SBI Life Insurance has launched ‘Thanks A Dot’, an innovative breast cancer awareness initiative that is supported by the Women’s Cancer Initiative-Tata Memorial Hospital. The programme intends to empower the women of India by educating them about early lump detection through simple self-examination techniques.

An easy-to-use self-training module to detect the early signs of lump formation can be ordered free of cost through SBI Life’s corporate website:  https://www.sbilife.co.in/thanksadot

To take this initiative forward and ensure maximum reach, the communication and promotions online will be handled and executed by SBI Life’s digital and social media partner, WATConsult, the digital and social media agency from the house of Dentsu Aegis Network.

#ThanksADot - An awareness initiative to empower the women of India

According to the Union Health Ministry, Breast Cancer ranks as the number one cancer disease among Indian females. Around 20% of breast cancers are detected by physical examination but unfortunately, only 38% of women regularly undergo self-breast examination. Further, studies indicate that 1 in 28 women are likely to develop breast cancer during her lifetime making it even more essential for women to self-examine. While treatment costs can range between INR 2.5 lakhs to 20 lakhs, there is an alarming need for financial preparedness for the treatment, if diagnosed.

Devieka Bhojwani, a breast cancer survivor and Vice President of Women’s Cancer Initiative-Tata Memorial Hospital said, “The Women’s Cancer Initiative, has been constantly working towards making a difference, by spreading awareness about the importance of early detection in Breast Cancer. India is seeing a steady rise in the cases of Breast Cancer, with as many as 1,00,000 new cases being detected every year. Early detection is vital and can improve cure rates in about 80% of the cases. Many Indian women and their families rarely understand the importance of this issue and fail to undergo regular check-ups. SBI Life’s Thanks-A-Dot tool allows you to learn and understand what a lump would feel like. It is your way to start familiarising yourself.”

‘Thanks A Dot’ self-detection tool has been designed using real breast cancer mammograms to re-create breast cancer lumps using a special algorithm and 3D printing. The breast cancer lump shapes are put on a learning card in the form of a language inspired by Braille. Users solve puzzles and quizzes using the special language (present on the learning card), thus capturing a positive feeling of carrying out early detection examination and promoting regular self-checks. 'Thanks A Dot' helps improve tactile (touch) capacity in women to detect early signs of lump formation.

Ravindra Sharma, Chief of Brand & Corporate Communications, SBI Life Insurance said “Cancer in India has more than doubled over the last 26 years. The impact can be devastating on families both emotionally and financially. Though breast cancer is most common among Indian women both in terms of occurrence as well as mortality, it continues to remain a taboo in India. Moreover, women who are aware of the concept of self-examination are unsure of what a lump feels like. ‘Thanks-A-Dot’ is a path-breaking initiative. While improving tactile capacity in women it also simultaneously fosters positive conversations around self-breast examination, thereby breaking social barriers that have plagued our society for long.”

“As a responsible life insurer, we believe that we have an important role to play in educating and empowering women by increasing awareness about breast cancer and its financial implications. We hope that ‘Thanks A Dot’ can make a meaningful difference by helping women in being prepared for the uncertainties of life,” Sharma added.

SBI Life has leveraged multiple digital platforms to launch the ‘Thanks a Dot’ awareness initiative; the campaign has rolled out with the launch of a video that highlights the significance of the power of touch and showcases the benefits of self-breast examination through this tool. The video urges every woman to take a step further and inculcate a habit of self-breast examination regularly and confidently.

Speaking about the initiative, Rajiv Dingra, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, WATConsult said, “Early detection is the key to breast cancer survival and even though many women are aware of this, most are unsure of the feel of a lump formation. Thus, taking an inspiration from the Braille language and Power of Touch and to inculcate a habit of self-examination at an earlier stage, we created an innovative product - "Thanks A Dot", an easy-to-use self-training puzzle card to bring the power detection to your fingertips and enabling women to take necessary actions sooner rather than later.” The first phase of the initiative kick-started on International Women’s Day, featuring the ‘Real Life Real Story’ video of Mrs. Sujaya Walia, a breast cancer survivor, and activist. In the video, Mrs. Walia is seen talking about her journey fighting cancer, how family and financial preparedness holds key and urges more women to come forward and discuss such issues openly.

Mrs. Sujaya Walia, a breast cancer survivor, and activist

JK Lakshmi Cement renews association with Rajasthan Royals

Rajasthan Royals to sport pink jerseys, signifying their Pink City origin and sport the logo of JK Lakshmi Cement

JK Cements

After making a refreshed entry back into the IPL last season, Rajasthan Royals are with new pink jerseys - signifying their Pink City origin - with the logo of JK Lakshmi Cement for the second consecutive season.

Rajasthan Royals is all set for a cracking show under the steward-ship of Ajinkya Rahane. 

Speaking on the renewed association with Rajasthan Royals, Dr. Shailendra Chouksey, Whole Time Director, JK Lakshmi Cement Ltd. said, “It has been a power-packed journey for us as well as the Royals and the decision to continue our association was but natural. While both JK Lakshmi and Rajasthan Royals hail from the state, the aspiration of both partners is to constantly strive to rise, improve and scale newer heights.” 

Inspired by the association with Rajasthan Royals during IPL 2018, JK Lakshmi Cement launched a new brand named as JK Sixer Cement – a product which attributes the winning strokes to all class of constructions like the most scoring shot in cricket. 

The theme of cricket captured in the JK Sixer cement was well appreciated in various markets. In this season’s renewed association of JK Lakshmi with the Royals; logos of JK Sixer will flash on the back of helmets and caps of the squad. 
The team’s inherent strength, killer instinct, Buland Soch coupled with fast improvisation in its strategy is in sync with the philosophy of JK Lakshmi Cement Ltd., Dr Chouksey asserted. 

“Rajasthan Royals have shown the unmatched temperament last season and in this year it will come forth as stronger contender in the championship,” he said. 

Ranjit Barthakur, Executive Chairman, Rajasthan Royals said, "We are delighted to have JK Lakshmi Cement our last year’s sponsor back this season again. This consistency in collaboration I am sure will strengthen the performance of Rajasthan Royals and JK Lakshmi as a brand." 

The Royals’ team which had experimented with pink during practice sessions and even played a game last season has now switched to the colour this season from its blue jerseys in the last season. 

“This is an exciting change for us and comes as a response to the fantastic reaction from the fans to our training kit and of course inspired by the colour of our state that has a touch of pink everywhere,” Barthakur said. 

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Zee Café to telecast Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films 

To be aired every Thursday and Friday, along with celebrity chat show with critic Anupama Chopra

ZEE CAFE

Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films will now be available on Zee Café. In its new offering, Zee Café will air short stories every Thursday and Friday at 10.30PM only on Zee Café. Also, see these master story tellers in conversation with Anupama Chopra on Saturday nights at 10.30PM.  

The films telecasted include titles like Maya, Amma Meri, The Last Chapter, Ladoo, Churri, Shame, Playboy and Waterbaby, amongst many others.

The filmmakers behind these masterpieces include names like Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, Sujoy Ghosh, Anusha Bose, Samir Sadhwani, Pia Shah, Mansi Jain and Sandeep Verma.

For this short-format series, Zee Café has entered a strategic association with Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films to narrate stories through the voices of Bollywood’s ace storytellers.

With a specially curated library that will air nine original, powerful and perfect short films, Zee Café will take its fans on a captivating journey. 

Speaking on the association, Kartik Mohindra, Chief Marketing Officer, Pernod Ricard, said, “We are delighted to associate with Zee Network, a brand that has always been curating new-age content for their audiences. The short film industry has been growing dramatically owing to the changing viewer habits. Our platform Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films has become the torchbearer for original, powerful and perfect content. This partnership is a great opportunity for us to reach out to a wider audience and showcase our content on television.”

Kartik Sharma, CEO, Wavemaker, South Asia, said, “Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films is an established, much loved property. It was a natural extension for it to expand it to a much wider, more efficient medium like television. Since the content on Large Short Films is diverse we partnered with Zee Network to leverage its strength as a network catering to different kinds of audiences through a large presence across genres. PRI as a client has always been exciting to work with & it has always provided us opportunities to explore and push our boundaries. ”

Ashish Sehgal, Chief Growth Officer, ZEEL, said, “Short-films as a format is fairly underexposed. With audiences increasingly looking out for fresh content, these short films truly serve as a popular medium to showcase interesting works of budding and established filmmakers. Through this exciting association, Zee Café and &Pictures HD together provide the perfect platform for Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short films to give their content a wider reach and visibility. Additionally, clients today are looking at engaging with their audiences in more than one way.” 

Tata Motors unveils Harrier VIVO IPL TV campaign 

TVC featuring Fatima Sana Sheikh and Siddhant Chaturvedi will be played throughout IPL season on ground and digital platforms

Tata Harrier

Tata Motors has announced a TV campaign comprising a ‘Mini-Series’ of TV ads that hinges on the story of 'Love At First Drive'. 

After an extremely successful partnership last season, Tata Motors will showcase its newly-launched, flagship SUV – Harrier at the vaunted tournament this year. 

Depicting the superlative quality of the Harrier, the Mini-Series will feature Bollywood talents Siddhant Chaturvedi from ‘Gully Boy’ and Fatima Sana Shaikh of ‘Dangal’ fame. 

Scheduled for a nationwide release on March 23, this campaign is set to add a further dash of glamour to the Harrier and tell the story of how the SUV with its stunning and bold design, impressive road presence and performance creates an impression which is beyond ‘love at first sight’. Highlighting the company’s association with the league for the second consecutive year, these TVCs will be played throughout the 50 days of the IPL season, well supported on ground and digital platforms. 

Tapping on the pan India following of the game, this campaign will be advertised across Star Sports network of 21 channels (National & Regional) to ensure the brand resonates with the audiences across the country. Conceived by 82.5 Communications, the films for the TVCs have been produced by Storytellers. 

Vivek Srivatsa, Head - Marketing, Passenger Vehicles Business Unit, Tata Motors, said, “The first year of our association with the IPL proved to be a game changer for our much celebrated, compact SUV, the Tata Nexon which won many hearts and is now one of the leading players in its segment. We are confident that the 12th season of the IPL will be much bigger in terms of viewership and spectators at the stadiums. Through the ‘Love at First Drive’ campaign for the Harrier, we want to capture the audience’s attention in a manner that is both clutter breaking and eye-catching.

Furthermore, Siddhant and Fatima embody the spirit of the Harrier and lend their individual style and appeal to the campaign. We are confident that the TVCs will project the right imagery for the Harrier and will help the brand to capture the imagination of a billion plus audience, just like the IPL itself.”

Anuraag Khandelwal, ECD, 82.5 Communications from Ogilvy Group, Mumbai said, “The Harrier is one outstanding SUV. We wanted to do something disruptive. Not only in the category but across categories. So, we came from a simple observation, that when one saw the Harrier, one fell in love with it. More so after test-driving it! Hence the idea #LoveAtFirstDrive.”

As an official partner, the all-new Harrier will be showcased across stadiums. As part of this association, Tata Motors will continue to strengthen its existing IPL properties the ‘Harrier Super Striker’ and ‘Harrier Fan Catch’. Harrier Super Striker Award is for the player with highest batting strike rate in every match. In addition, the Harrier Super Striker of the season will drive home the all-new Harrier at the end of the season. The Harrier Fan Catch award of Rs 1 Lakh is for the fan who takes a single-handed catch of a six during the match. Also, one lucky fan who wins the most popular Harrier Fan Catch of the season will drive home a Tata Motors car.

Vodafone back with ‘Unofficial Sponsor of Fans campaign’

As part of the campaign, Vodafone customers have an opportunity to win an iPhone X every match 

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Vodafone is back with its ‘Unofficial Sponsor of Fans campaign’, adding to the excitement and taking the cricket fever a notch higher. Following its belief of celebrating the fans of the game, Vodafone has launched this national campaign that goes live on Saturday.

As part of the campaign, Vodafone has announced Vodafone FANtastic Breaks Contest that gives the customers an opportunity to win an iPhone X every match, by answering few simple questions during the month-long cricket season.  
The FANtastic Breaks Contest is part of the campaign Vodafone Unofficial Sponsor of Fans. It tests a person on cricket and general trivia. To participate during the match ad breaks, Vodafone consumers can visit the Vodafone website or MyVodafone app, log on to Vodafone Zoozoo Facebook page or dial *202# and answer simple questions. They will stand a chance to win exciting prizes every ad break and iPhone X every match.

Kavita Nair, Chief Digital Transformation Officer and Brand Officer, Vodafone Idea said, “Vodafone has always believed in celebrating the spirit of the fans and adding to the excitement of the sport. Launched last year, ‘Unofficial Sponsor of Fans’ was a huge success as it was led by consumer insight and emotions and helped us engage with our customers in a meaningful way. This year, we are making a bold move and going digital only. A lot of our audiences are on the digital medium and a lot of conversation happens on the social media platforms, making it an obvious choice for us.  We hope that we are able to delight our customers as we always endeavor to.”

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Snapchat enters into collaboration with IPL teams

Fans will get behind-the-scenes updates and chance to show support through Augmented Reality Lenses, Our Stories and more

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Snapchat has teamed up with Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals, Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders for this IPL season. 

The partnership will bring fans at home and in the stadium behind-the-scenes updates and the chance to show their support for their favourite team on match days through creative Augmented Reality Lenses, Our Stories and more.
 
Follow your team
Follow Mumbai Indians @mi_platan, Rajasthan Royals @rajasthanroyals, Chennai Super Kings @yelloveforever and Kolkata Knight Riders @kkrsnaps on Snapchat where they will be posting updates and behind-the-scenes highlights to their Official Account’s Story and receive notifications when they post.
 
In addition, CricTracker and Sportskeeda will launch on Snapchat’s Discover providing up-to-date news on all things IPL through their own Publisher Stories.
 
Get creative
Fans will also be able to celebrate key moments and show their support in creative ways by wearing their teams’ colours with special augmented reality lenses and by adding creative touches to their snaps with a range of custom filters and stickers.
 
There will also be Our Stories around the opening weekend games in Chennai, Mumbai, Jaipur and Kolkata, celebrating the best submissions from fans across India, with the first going live on March 25. 

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