Koji Wada named new MD for Fujifilm India

Wada replaces Haruto Iwata, who moves on to his new role as MD, APAC

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Published: Jul 6, 2021 12:01 PM  | 2 min read
Koji Wada

Fujifilm India Private Limited, a pioneer in imaging technologies, today announced the appointment of Koji Wada as the new Managing Director for Fujifilm India, effective from June 29, 2021.

Taking over the baton from Haruto Iwata as he moves to his new role as Managing Director for the Asia-Pacific region in Singapore, Wada will spearhead Fujifilm’s operations and business strategy in India. In his new role, Wada will be responsible for organizational growth and profitability with an integrated approach towards sales, marketing, and business policies.

Commenting on his appointment, Koji Wada, Managing Director, Fujifilm India says, “I had joined Fujifilm in 2001 and it has truly been an incredible journey for me. During my tenure at the company, I have had the opportunity to work with an excellent team of skilled and motivated professionals. As I transition into the new role, I am looking forward to collaborating with the teams across various divisions to take the company to newer heights. With India as a market thriving with opportunities, we will continue with our endeavour of Never Stop adding value to the lives of consumers & stakeholders.”

Wada has been associated with Fujifilm since 2001 and contributing to the businesses across corporate offices in Japan, Myanmar, Thailand and India. He brings a vast experience of over 20 years and before taking over his role as Managing Director, he was responsible for leading the medical business of the company in India as a General Manager.

This is Koji Wada’s second stint in India. Wada was Marketing Manager of PI, EI, RM for Fujifilm India in 2007. Post that Wada was appointed as the Secretary to Global CEO Komori. Later from there, Wada was made the General Manager for Fujifilm Thailand in 2014 and then Managing Director for Fujifilm Myanmar in 2017. In 2019, he was appointed as the Senior Manager of ME and Director of FFIN.

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SBI Securities unveils new brand identity

The new logo retains its iconic SBI logo unit

By exchange4media Staff | Jan 30, 2023 12:41 PM   |   1 min read


SBI Securities has unveiled a new brand identity with aims to strengthen its relationship with customers.

Deepak Kumar Lalla, MD & CEO SBICAP Securities Ltd said, “Our mission is to develop financial solutions that make it easier for our customers to create trusted experiences, while enabling everyone to feel safe and secure in the digital world when it comes to investing. We believe our new tagline “Investment Aur Trust, Dono” has a customer-centric approach and the vital role we play in being their trusted partner when it comes to their investments”.

He further added, “The new avatar reflects the brand’s core values - ‘Simple, Adaptable, Accountable, Trustworthy, Happy, and Innovative, which represents the brand’s vision and strategy as we focus on accelerating our growth trajectory.”

The company stated that conceptually, aspects of ‘Investment & Trust’ were developed to reflect the digital investing experiences are enabled for consumers, by being their trusted investment partner. The new logo retains its iconic SBI logo unit.

The refreshed brand identity manifests itself through its app, website, offline branches, and all branded assets.

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PUMA ropes in Indian cricket captain Harmanpreet Kaur as ambassador

Harmanpreet joins the PUMA roster comprising celebrated sportsmen like Virat Kohli, MC Mary Kom, Yuvraj Singh and Sunil Chhetri

By exchange4media Staff | Jan 30, 2023 12:23 PM   |   2 min read


PUMA India has announced Indian women’s cricket team captain Harmanpreet Kaur as its latest brand ambassador.

The brand had earlier posted a cryptic teaser video of a player taking position at the stumps and quizzed the audience to guess PUMA’s next brand ambassador. PUMA tracked comments of consumers on Instagram and Twitter, native shopping platform Puma.com and retail stores.

According to the 5000 responses collected over 36 hours, 80% of the consumers surprisingly assumed the brand ambassador to be a male cricketer.

PUMA followed it up with a video that revealed Harmanpreet as its new brand ambassador, thereby breaking moulds, busting archetypes and creating a strong culture for women in cricket and overall sport.

Harmanpreet joins PUMA’s illustrious roster, which consists of some of the greatest names from the world of sports, including Virat Kohli, Usain Bolt, Neymar Jr and Sunil Chhetri, boxer MC Mary Kom, cricketer Harleen Deol and para-shooter Avani Lekhara.

“We are delighted to welcome skipper Harmanpreet Kaur into the PUMA family. The way she plays — bold and fierce cricket - she is the perfect fit for our brand which embodies the same qualities and ethos. As a brand, PUMA has always stayed ahead of the times and committed to support, celebrate and empower women in sports. This association is a massive step in that direction. Harmanpreet is a sporting icon and, with this partnership, we hope to inspire younger generations and help Indian women’s cricket reach greater heights,” said Abhishek Ganguly, Managing Director, PUMA India and Southeast Asia.

As part of the partnership terms, Harmanpreet will endorse the brand’s footwear, apparel and accessories through multiple activities and campaigns throughout the year.

“Not many know that I hit my first ODI century in 2013 in a pair of PUMA boots that I received as a token of support in my early years from the brand. Exactly a decade now and I have been roped in as the face of PUMA. I am thrilled to join the biggest sports brand in the country with a star-studded roster. It’s heartening to see a brand such as PUMA support the growth of Indian women’s cricket; it’s crucial for bolstering progress. This is just the beginning and I am sure this association will encourage a lot of women who dream to make a career in cricket. I look forward to an exciting journey ahead,” Harmanpreet said.

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Yashraj Mukhate’s new song is an ode to KFC Chizza

The internet sensation has created a foot-tapping number composed entirely of the comments on KFC's Instagram page

By exchange4media Staff | Jan 30, 2023 12:22 PM   |   2 min read


After KFC brought its iconic Chizza back, internet sensation Yashraj Mukhate has created a track which captures the feelings of all the Chizza fans who rallied for the product’s return.

Ever since the dish was launched for a limited time a few years ago, fans have been eagerly awaiting its return. It’s this fan longing that finds itself at the centre of The Chizza Comments Song. Colonel Sanders, Yashraj and the all-chicken, no-crust Chizza take centre stage in the fun video released on Instagram. Yashraj mixes some of the best comments KFC has received asking for the Chizza’s return with his trademark beats!

With catchy tunes set against popular comments such as “Ae koi toh ye unqil ko bolo ke pehle toh yeh Chizza waaps le aaye.”, “Inn logo ne chikan ko crust bna dya brooo.”, and “My mouth is watering like a sink.”, the music is sure to get your feet tapping within seconds. Add to this, some groovy dance moves, and you have all the recipes of a cruncheesy blockbuster.

In the video, Yashraj also personifies each of the KFC fans through various personas – from that hip-hopper friend to the neighbourhood aunty and many more.

Speaking about the track and his partnership with KFC India, Yashraj Mukhate said, “Food and Music are my OG loves. And I was one of those fans rooting for the Chizza to come back. Imagine my happiness when it actually happened. I thought I’d commemorate the occasion the way I know best – by singing about it. So here we are! I hope I’ve been able to bring out the emotions of fans like me through the Chizza Comments Song and that people out there enjoy listening to this track as much as I enjoyed working on it.”

With more than 3 lakh views in less than 48 hours, the tune already has the Internet grooving.

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UpScalio-owned Hestia and Homepuff onboard Neha Dhupia as brand ambassador

Dhupia will appear in the digital advertisements of the brand, and Hestia and Homepuff’s social media campaigns

By exchange4media Staff | Jan 30, 2023 12:04 PM   |   2 min read


UpScalio’s home and kitchen brands - Hestia and Homepuff - have partnered with actor Neha Dhupia to onboard her as the face of the brand.

In the ad for Hestia, Neha is seen making Samosas in their Easy Peek Air Fryer with almost zero oil, highlighting the virtues of this type of cooking. She has also appeared in another ad for the brand, endorsing the benefits of its cold press juicer.

For Homepuff, Neha has endorsed its new line of cast-iron cookware and the bestselling HeatPro range of lunchboxes. The ad exhibits the ease with which one can consume fresh home-cooked food with the help of Homepuff’s technologically advanced products.

Speaking on the campaign, Nitin Agarwal, Co-Founder and CGO, UpScalio, said, “Neha Dhupia is a bold voice in the health and nutrition community, and aligns perfectly with our vision for Hestia and Homepuff. These brands have achieved immense growth over the past year and we'd like to reach an ever larger audience with our health-first products. With the new year starting, this was the perfect time to expand customer reach and awareness around their product portfolio and their health benefits. We can’t wait to see how customers respond.”

Dinesh Vardhan, Founder, Homepuff, said, “Homepuff has grown at an incredible rate in the last year, and its new products have garnered great ratings and reviews on online marketplaces. 

Associating with a personality like Neha Dhupia will boost the brand’s reach and unlock multiple customer segments. We’re expecting the brand to reach even greater heights from here.”

Neha Dhupia, said, “With our professional lives taking centre stage, it’s becoming tougher to allocate time and attention to health and nutrition. Hestia’s range of kitchen appliances and Homepuff’s cookware and kitchenware line of products will help customers boost their health with minimal effort. I’m personally excited about the vision of these brands and can’t wait to see their impact on the Indian customer.”

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Movado unveils India campaign with Sidharth Malhotra as brand ambassador

The new campaign showcases the brand’s heritage

By exchange4media Staff | Jan 30, 2023 11:44 AM   |   1 min read


Movado has announced actor Sidharth Malhotra as a brand ambassador and is all set to release its campaign.

Movado means ‘always in motion’. Pacing up with today's racing times, the company has always reflected the forward drive throughout history and aims to do the same in its latest campaign with Sidharth.

Xavier Gauderlot, President International at Movado Group Inc. said, “We are excited to announce our partnership with Sidharth Malhotra. He is the perfect balance of classic and contemporary which forms the very foundation of Movado. The campaign has been curated to showcase Movado’s exquisite heritage and to appeal to our consumers who are watch aficionados.”

The campaign will see the actor in motion donning an array of bold looks with exquisite contemporary timepieces.

Sidharth Malhotra speaking on the partnership said, “It feels fantastic to be the Indian ambassador for the international brand Movado, which is iconic, timeless, and so bold. The brand's elegant simplicity and aesthetics resonate with my personality, making this partnership seamless and more memorable.”

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Partnership declarations: Will influencer marketing continue to be influential?

Most industry players opine that while the rules will make the industry more accountable, there will be an impact on the content creation and storytelling

By Kanchan Srivastava | Jan 30, 2023 9:07 AM   |   7 min read


In a bid to curb growing malpractices in influencer marketing, the Consumer Affairs Ministry on January 20 released endorsement guidelines making it mandatory for celebrities, influencers and virtual influencers to disclose their paid partnerships with brands while promoting them on social media or else face legal action.

The guidelines specify that failure to disclose any material connection would make such violators liable for strict action under the Central Consumer Protection Act, 2019 (CCPA). For “endorsement of misleading advertisements”, CCPA has prescribed a Rs 10-lakh penalty, which may go up to Rs 50 lakh, and a ban of 1 to 3 years for subsequent contravention.

Brand collaborations, which are often passed off as organic posts influencing the purchase decisions of millions of consumers, may land influencers in legal trouble and hefty penalties henceforth.

The move has left brands and influencers confused and this might negatively impact the influencer marketing industry in the coming days, experts say.

It is noteworthy that influencer marketing skyrocketed in India during the pandemic touching Rs 1,275 crore in 2022 and was projected to grow by 25% CAGR for the next five years, according to the INCA-e4m Influencer Marketing Report released last year.

However, the rise also led to complaints of malpractice. Several Bollywood celebrities have been accused of flouting the Advertising Standard Council of India (ASCI) ‘Influencers Guidelines' while advertising for brands without disclosing properly that their social media posts were part of commercial agreements.

The ASCI deals with hundreds of such cases every year, prompting it to bring exhaustive influencer guidelines in 2022 but it doesn’t prescribe any punitive action on the violators as the ASCI’s mandate is limited to self-regulation.

“Influencer violations comprise almost 30% of ads taken up by ASCI,” says Manisha Kapoor, CEO & Secretary General, ASCI. This is despite the fact that more than 90% of the brands have pledged to be ASCI compliant, as per the INCA report.

Nano and micro-influencers remain out of the ASCI net, despite flouting ASCI guidelines as they are millions in number, industry observers point out.

'Storytelling will be lost'

With the government as well ASCI guidelines drawing a clear line between authentic and branded content, the government’s move to include hefty penalties and a ban will make the industry more accountable and clean up the ecosystem of hidden promotions, which have escalated over the past couple of years, says Kapoor.

Sahil Gupta, Lead - Influencer Marketing, Interactive Avenues (A Reprise Network Company and digital arm of Mediabrands India) has a different point of view though.

According to Gupta, the guidelines are important and much needed, but they shouldn't be so stringent that they affect the overall storytelling.

“While most of the guidelines shared were part of the ASCI guidelines, there are a few key additions that will impact content. The main impact would be on video content where the influencer, apart from disclosing it in the caption, has to also call it out in both audio and video,” noted Gupta.

He explained, “Imagine an influencer narrating an emotional story, has to say-this video is in collaboration with XYZ brand. Apart from the platform algorithm that reduces the distribution of the branded post, if the storytelling also takes the hit, traction on the post will reduce even further.”

Appealing through a social proof is the pillar of influencer marketing. The disclosure mandate is undoubtedly going to impact the audience as well as brand emotions with regard to influencers, especially in the micro and nano category, opines Vineet Bajpai, Founder & CEO, Magnon Group.

Engagement rates to fall? 

Now the question is: Why do brands and celebs avoid declaring their “paid partnership” deal while promoting a brand on social media?

There are several reasons. While certain brands want the content to appear organic, some brands don't want to be seen as too commercial, which often turns off social media users resulting in poor engagement rates.

“The engagement rates on social platforms witness an immediate fall when posts are tagged as ‘paid partnership’ or ‘sponsored’,” says Vineet Bajpai, Founder & CEO, Magnon Group.

It is common for influencer engagement rates to decrease when they are posting sponsored content. This is because followers may view the content as less authentic and less likely to be relevant to their interests. Additionally, the influencer may be promoting a product or service that is not a good fit for their audience, which can also lead to a decrease in engagement, experts say.

A 2022 study published in the Journal of Interactive Advertising found that sponsored posts by influencers had lower engagement rates compared to non-sponsored posts. The study also found that the more followers an influencer had, the more likely they were to have lower engagement rates on sponsored posts.

Swati Nathani, Co-founder and CBO at Team Pumpkin, “When influencer marketing started getting big about 10 years back, the entire idea for brands was to showcase the fact that their products are endorsed by popular people. Even until now, we use influencer marketing as a “middle of the funnel” activity which not only drives branding but also sales for our brands.” 

The new move obviously puts a restriction on the “organic” perception of influencer content, and frankly, it’s not going to be liked by a lot of marketers because declaring the arrangement with the brand damages the purpose of choosing influencers over performance marketing, she added.

In a landscape like this, specialized platforms and talent aggregators like Talentrack become even more relevant as they help brands with advanced curation and leverage the influencers across categories to suit their products and campaigns, Sawant points out.

“Aggregators and agencies will strengthen their position as a bridge between these influencers and brands sustaining the transaction on both ends, “ Sawant said.

Sawant adds that the reign of content is here to stay. There are several examples of branded content keeping consumers hooked. In a nutshell, good content by influencers from any category will continue to appeal to and win the hearts of the audience, with or without endorsement disclosures.

Asked if celebs will pay heed now, Kapoor said, “Penalty and ban are expected to serve as deterrence to influencers who used to get away with just deletion of social media posts after ASCI’s notice for violation.”

What do the guidelines say?

Titled the "Endorsements Know-hows!" the guidelines aim to ensure that social media stars do not mislead their audiences when endorsing products or services and that they are in compliance with the Consumer Protection Act.

Before endorsing, the product and service must have been actually used by the endorser. In case of default, the consumers can seek legal action.

For pictures, disclosures should be superimposed over the image such that the viewers are able to 'notice'. In the case of videos, disclosures should be placed in the video and not just in the description (of the video).

The guidelines further require that disclosures should be made in both audio and video format. In Live streams, disclosures should be displayed continuously and prominently during the entire stream.

The guidelines also provide a non-exhaustive list of benefits and incentives, which would establish the existence of a material connection: Monetary or other compensation; Free products with or without any conditions attached, including those received unsolicited, discounts, gifts; Contest and sweepstakes entries; Trips or hotel stays; Media barters; Coverage and awards; Any family, personal or employment relationship.

They are also applicable to 'virtual influencers', identified as – fictional computer-generated 'people' or avatars who have realistic characteristics, features and personalities of humans, and behave in a similar manner as influencers.

“While the guidelines attempt at providing a clarification by specifying that creators would be ones who advertise products and services ‘with a strong influence’ on the purchasing decisions or opinions of their audience, it doesn’t specify the criterion/manner for/of determination of presence of a ‘strong influence’ by a creator. In absence of specification of this threshold/criterion, there would be ambiguity on whether or not an individual with minimal followers (for instance 100) would be required to comply with these guidelines or not,” writes legal expert Gaurav Bhalla in his blog post published at Mondaq.

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Brands have to behave like content creators: Arun Iyer, Spring Marketing Capital

Iyer, Founder of Spring Marketing Capital, shared insights on the future of 30-seconders at the fifth edition of e4m TV First

By exchange4media Staff | Jan 30, 2023 9:12 AM   |   3 min read

Arun Iyer

exchange4media Group hosted the fifth edition of e4m TV First, a conference that talks about the dynamic television industry to shed light on the growth and impact of television and to understand this resilient medium better. At the day-long conference, Arun Iyer, Founder, Spring Marketing Capital spoke on the topic - ‘The Future of 30 Seconders’.

“We are in a digital-first world, but it's not like the 22-seconder and 30-seconder have left. Also, It's not completely irrelevant because people are spending so many dollars on it. It can't be without effect,” Iyer shared while commencing the session. 

Sharing his learnings from the mattress brand, Wakefit, he explained the brand’s purpose: “I want to just walk you all through my learnings through this brand called Wakefit, a Bangalore-based startup which we've been working with for the last four years. It was a small company when we began working with them in 2019. We had just opened our doors and it was one of the first brands that we interacted with.

"It's only been about four or five months since the company has spent any money and everything that company has done has only been on the digital and it is very reassuring to know that. So we actually really started with them. We realized that they are not just a mattress company, but they're a sleep solutions company and their purpose was how they can bring sleep into the consciousness in conversation with people,” he added.

Highlighting the importance of good sleep and how Wakefit brought it into the consciousness and conversations of people, Iyer explained, “We are living in a world where Netflix comes in and says sleep is my enemy. Our honourable Prime Minister, actually in interviews has said how rarely he sleeps and obviously the country is very inspired by him and we think that sleeping is overrated.

"On one hand, we say that too much sleep is not good, but on the other hand, we have had enough instances of very healthy people who lost their lives due to lack of sleep. So Wakefit decided to bring sleep into the consciousness and conversations of people. This is a brand with just four and a half years of existence. It's been the last five months since it's gone on Television, everything else has been through content. We've managed to generate word of mouth, educate, and build knowledge on the content. We’ve made about 600 pieces of content from this brand alone.”

He believes that in this digital world, you don't just simply create content, brands have to behave like content creators. “Every content creator has an understanding of her/his style, what connects with people and then generates content from there. It's not very different for brands, they have to do the same thing.”

“The first piece of content that we put out for Wakefit was called Sleep internship. It's on its third season now. The amount of media money that's gone behind this in three years has been a little over a crore. That's how much money has been spent behind it but it's generated a crazy amount of word of mouth for the brand,” he shared.

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