There is an appetite for non-cricket talent in the country: Parth Jindal, CEO, BFC

Parth Jindal on his hopes for Bengaluru FC for the 5th edition of ISL, the youth academy and the growth of sports marketing in India, etc


Parth Jindal, the heir to the JSW Group of companies, wears many hats. He is the Managing Director of JSW Cement, CEO of Bengaluru FC (the Indian Super League franchise based out of Bengaluru). He heads the JSW Venture Fund, and he is also the Director of JSW Sport, the sports venture by JSW Group.

The Bengaluru FC headed by Jindal recently made headlines by roping in Kia Motors as title sponsors. The team also had a fine start in the fifth season of ISL, they defeated the current champions Chennai FC and a 2-2 draw with Jamshedpur FC.

In a quick chat with exchange4media at the event which witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for the four-year deal with Kia Motors, Jindal spoke about his hopes from Bengaluru FC for the 5th edition of ISL, the youth academy and the growth of sports marketing in India.

Talking about BFC’s association with Kia Motors, Jindal said, “Bengaluru Football Club’s partnership with Kia is a historic association in Indian football. Kia has a rich background of partnerships with sports, including a host of world-class sporting events and teams. For Kia to choose Bengaluru FC as a medium to announce its presence in India is a matter of pride for the club and is also a big testament to the fan culture that the team and the city have created. The JSW name that the club wore with pride, is now entwined in Bengaluru FC. Now, with Kia alongside us, we are looking forward to doing great things to grow the sport in the country".

“The first aim is to be in the Top 4 and reach the play-offs. Last season, we topped the league, but when it came to the final we fell a little short. So, this season, we are approaching it in a slightly different way. Our target is to win the ISL championship. We made a good start with a win over Chennai FC, I believe our team can achieve that,” said Jindal speaking about BFC’s goal for this season of ISL.

The JSW Group launched their residential youth academy in 2015. The academy has nearly 64 children from the age group of under 12 to under 18 training there.

“This year, five of our players in the youth academy graduated to the Bengaluru FC team,” said Jindal.

Talking about sports marketing in the country, Jindal said, “As the sports in the country is growing, more and more brand association has begun. As a club we want to make sure any brands that is associated with Bangalore FC, Delhi Daredevils, Haryana Steelers is be able to maximise the mileage they can drive from the activities with us. They are able to entwin it with their advertising and media campaigns. What we are focusing on JSW sports is to make sure all brands associated with us can derive maximum benefit from the association. We want to help the brands reach out to their customers in a much more evolved way.”

Speaking about the current trends in Indian sports marketing, Jindal said, “Lot more brands are partnering with sports teams. I am also seeing a lot more focus on non-cricket sports. In non-cricket sports people like Hima Das, Manik Batra, Neeraj Chopra are becoming brand ambassadors for different brands. It is showing that sports, other than cricket, is growing in India. There is an appetite and recognition for non-cricket talent in the country.”

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Taproot Dentsu creates campaign for Discovery’s bouquet of 9 channels priced at Rs 8

The communication focuses on the brand giving audiences the ‘window to the world’ at Rs 8


Taproot Dentsu along with Discovery Communications India (DCIN) has come up with an ad campaign for its bouquet of 9 channels at only Rs 8. 

Speaking about the campaign, Pallavi Chakravarti, Executive Creative Director, Taproot Dentsu said, “Our challenge lay in landing a tactical, price-point related message without losing the brand essence of exploration that Discovery epitomises. Using the visual device of binoculars flipping to the number 8 was, to our minds, a simple, engaging way to drive home the point effortlessly. Hopefully, people will find something new about the ad every time they see it, just like they will learn something new every time they will watch a channel from the Discovery Pack.”

Vednarayan Sirdeshpande, Director Original Content & Marketing, Discovery Communications India said,  “Discovery endeavours to tell stories that make you learn more about your world and open new worlds. It becomes the road that bridges audience curiosity around topics, passion points, people and places. The communication aims to establish the brand as the catalyst in giving audiences the ‘window to the world @Rs 8 with an interesting visual device that is memorable. It also emphasises on our network brand offering, a plethora of content choices at the most appropriate price.”

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Parle Agro signs Tollywood star Jr. NTR as the new face of Appy Fizz in south India

He will be the face of the brand in south India, while Salman Khan will continue to be the national brand ambassador of the brand


Beverage company Parle Agro has announced the signing of Tollywood superstar Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao Jr., popularly known as Jr. NTR, as the brand ambassador for Appy Fizz in south India. This summer, Jr. NTR will be seen as part of the new Appy Fizz campaign in the region while Salman Khan will continue to be the national brand ambassador for Appy Fizz.

According to the company, signing Jr. NTR is part of a strategic approach to reinforce Appy Fizz’s brand recall and connect with the consumers in southern states. This has been coupled with the increased manufacturing capacities being deployed in south India, as Parle Agro recently completed the setting up of their new manufacturing facility in Mysore, Karnataka. The new manufacturing location becomes the third manufacturing facility in the southern region after Hyderabad and Chennai and 12th in the country.

Commenting on the association, Nadia Chauhan, Joint Managing Director and CMO, Parle Agro, said, “Parle Agro has an aggressive target to gain tremendous market share in South India. And as part of the marketing strategy towards building a strong foundation in the region, we have signed on Tollywood superstar Jr. NTR for Appy Fizz. We understand the influence and affinity for regional cinema and celebrities to build stronger cultural relevance and this is a key agenda driven towards our vision to be the No. 1 beverage company in India.”

On being signed the brand ambassador of Appy Fizz, Jr. NTR said, “I have always loved Appy Fizz and the decision to be the face of the brand was an easy one after I saw the vision and plans of the brand. Already one of the top beverage brands, I am sure everyone especially my fans will enjoy drinking a lot more Appy Fizz. I know I will!”

Jr. NTR also joins Allu Arjun as the second celebrity from south India to be a brand ambassador for Parle Agro brands in the region.

The Telugu superstar has joined Parle Agro’s existing A-listers like Alia Bhatt and Allu Arjun who are the faces of Frooti and Salman Khan, the brand ambassador of Appy Fizz.

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Ex-Indian hockey Captain Sardar Singh flags off GOQii India Steps Challenge

The 100-day nationwide challenge is aimed at encouraging Indians to walk more for fighting lifestyle diseases


Preventive healthcare firm GOQii has announced the launch of ‘India Steps Challenge’ – a first-of-its-kind 100-day nationwide challenge with an aim to encourage Indians to walk more. The challenge is open to all Indians who have downloaded the GOQii app on their mobile phones. The challenge will begin on February 22.

According to GOQii's latest 'India Fit Report', more than 57 per cent population across key cities such as Delhi, Hyderabad and Chennai are overweight. Further, lifestyle diseases have witnessed a steady rise. Diabetes has increased to 5.1 per cent in 2018 from 3.6 per cent in 2017. Cholesterol has increased to 12.1 per cent in 2018 from 5.2 per cent in 2017 and High Blood Pressure has increased to 9.4 per cent in 2018 from 4.9 per cent in 2017.

GOQii’s initiative looks to promote the simplest and oldest form of activity - walking, which has several benefits. It reduces the risk of chronic diseases and strengthens bones, boosts immunity, aids weight loss, reduces stress and depression and significantly increases overall productivity.

The GOQii India Steps Challenge is open to all 29 States and 7 Union Territories of India, which will compete to be the healthiest state in the country.

How does it work?
The participant has to download the GOQii app on their Android or iOS device. A participant can sign up for the ‘India Steps Challenge’ and choose a state they wish to represent. They can use any of GOQii’s Activity Trackers or their in-built phone sensor. The tracker has to be connected to the GOQii app to record their daily step count. The average step count of all the people belonging to a particular state or region will be taken into account. There will be a state-wise leaderboard on the app as well as on the website to keep track of every state’s performance. At the end of 100 days, the state with the highest daily average steps will be awarded as the ‘Most Active State’. 

The GOQii India Steps Challenge has 100 levels and there are prizes set at every milestone. Overall, more than 40,000 prizes totaling to Rs 5 crore will be given away. The individual with the highest step count will win a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh. Other prizes include backpacks, GOQii trackers and mobile phones.

GOQii Play coach, India’s ex-hockey captain Sardar Singh said, “GOQii’s India Steps Challenge is a move in the right direction to encourage Indians to embrace a permanent healthier lifestyle. Walking has proven benefits that minimise the risk of developing lifestyle diseases. I am happy to support this initiative which will surely inspire many Indians to stay fit and take control of their lifestyle, which will ultimately reduce the country’s disease burden.”

Fitness coaches who are a part of GOQii Play, an interactive live video platform within the GOQii app, will motivate participants to walk daily and inculcate exercise into their daily regimen. 

Vishal Gondal, Founder and CEO of GOQii said, “We are thrilled to announce the GOQii India Steps Challenge, an initiative to start a shift to a healthier lifestyle. At the end of this 100-day challenge, we hope active participants will see the transformation within themselves and permanently adopt a healthier and active lifestyle, a critical need of the hour.”

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Rola Cola lover's wish granted: Parle working on plan to revive candy

Siddharth Sai G on February 14 tweeted to Parle Products requesting the FMCG major to bring back his favourite cola-flavoured candy

Parle Rola Cola

Parle Products is preparing to bring back the 90s candy Rola Cola. Following a tweet from a Rola Cola lover from Kerala, Parle Products tweeted that 10K retweets of its tweet can revive the candy that was last produced in 2006. While the target is yet to be achieved, the company is already working on a market strategy for the candy brand that brings back nostalgic memories of growing up in the 90s.

Confirming that Parle is already planning for producing Rola Cola, B Krishna Rao, Sr. Category Head - Marketing, Parle Products, said that consumers can expect Rola Cola to be back on the shelves in 75 days. Parle Products has set up a team that is chalking out the nitty-gritties of this project. “We are working on sourcing the moulds, where to produce the candy, deciding the price point, distribution and promotion for Rola Cola,” said Rao. Even though the production had stopped for the Indian market, Rola Cola has been on Parle’s export roster. 

While the original target was 10K retweets, Parle is willing to go to production even if the total number of retweets falls short by a few thousand. Siddharth Sai G who first tweeted to Parle Products is eager to have his Rola Cola back. In fact, he wants to gather 10K tweets and has taken up the challenge to crowdsource the tweets. “I have reached out to Netflix, Microsoft, Google and a few airline carriers that are active on Twitter. Even if one of them takes this up, we will be able to achieve the target,” he says. 

Parle’s quick response to Siddharth’s tweet and the decision to bring the candy back irrespective of achieving the target tweets is a prime example of how brands can win the love of consumers by being proactive on social media. Giving full-credit to Twitter for being the enabler of conversations between the consumer and the brand, Rao says, “Being willing to listen to the consumer on social media along with quick decision-making are the key ingredients of a strong social media strategy.” 

Rao has immense praise for the platform. He said that even though Parle Products has received many requests to bring back products by snail mail and email, it is only when a consumer took to Twitter that the request of one person turned into a movement. He said that a single tweet from one person stands for the voice of many more people who love the brand and want Rola Cola to be revived. “We would be really delighted to serve the consumer and bring back an iconic brand like Rola Cola. We are hoping that the brand receives a warm welcome from our consumers across the country,” he said. 

As this article goes to press the tweet has earned close to 2,300 retweets. 

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We are spending significantly on films and their digital distribution: Lim Shoo Ling, STB

Singapore Tourism Board's Director, Brand (Marketing Group), Lim Shoo Ling and GB Srithar, Regional Director (SAMEA), speak to exchange4media on their focus to attract more Indian tourists


To attract more tourists from India, Singapore is planning to increase its focus on Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities this year. “For India, there was growth from both tier one and tier two cities, due to strong travel demand and increased flight connectivity. In particular, the cruise arrivals from India spiked to 27 % as more Indian travellers took up new cruise offerings such as Genting Dream and Royal Caribbean Cruises' Voyager of the Sea,” shares Lim Shoo Ling, Director – Brand (Marketing Group), Singapore Tourism Board and GB Srithar, Regional Director (South Asia Middle East and Africa), STB in conversation with exchange4media.  

Edited excerpts :

What are the different layers of storytelling utilized for Passion Made Possible? 

Singapore – Passion Made Possible is a brand that captures the spirit of Singapore, a place shaped by its people and their passions, and driven by their passion to constantly pursue new possibilities and reinvention. It celebrates what we stand for as a country and supports the telling of many stories about this destination and its people.

With Passion Made Possible, STB presents, for the first time, a brand that tells a fuller Singapore story beyond tourism and business. We adopted an ‘inside out’ approach, i.e. it had to resonate with the people at home first. The Singapore story is shared by everyone with a stake in its success – from everyday locals and entrepreneurs to industry stakeholders and businesses and various government agencies.

To business and leisure travellers, we want to inspire them to connect with and deepen their passions through the possibilities Singapore offers. In connecting and communicating with STB’s target audience, we looked at their lifestyles, interests, and reasons for travel to form seven “Passion Tribes”. This includes Foodies, Collectors, Explorers, Action Seekers, Culture Shapers, Socialisers and Progressors. 

Since August 2017, the brand has been rolled out through a global marketing campaign across more than 17 markets through consumer launches, trade events, industry partnerships, and global marketing campaigns featuring campaign films and visuals to bring across the deeper storytelling of our Singapore locals and the authentic experiences of Singapore, beyond our iconic offerings.

As part of bringing the brand to life, STB also continues to support the creation of tourism products and experiences, enabling the passions of travellers and tourism stakeholders to be realised through various possibilities in Singapore, such as is by curating tours and experiences that exemplify the Singapore Passion Made Possible brand and spirit, many of which are already in existence.

In India, the campaign was launched in September 2017 with a multi-pronged approach. There was a media event along with media buys (print, digital, cinema, and television).  There were partnerships with key trade partners to promote Passion Tribe experiences – Thomas Cook, Make My Trip, FCM. We initiated media partnerships which enabled us to generate content catering to the specific Passion Tribes along with KOLs from India. We undertook some interesting consumer-facing collaboration such as Paytm and Ola, which gave the Indian audience a chance to experience and sample Singapore’s diverse offerings. In the music and entertainment space, we collaborated with Vh1 India for a music video titled ‘Unstoppable’ featuring International and local artists, which was very well received garnering 4.7 million views on YouTube. There were extensive trade, media, influencer, and consumer outreach so as to promote the brand. One major initiative was the collaboration with St+artIndia and Impresario Group for the Singapore Weekender.

How important is India as a market for Singapore? How has the visitorship been in 2018? 

Singapore has always been popular with Indian tourists. In fact, in the last four years, more than a million tourists from India have visited Singapore. In 2017, Singapore received 1.27 million visitors from India with the country recording the highest growth rate of 16% among all the markets. In 2018, 1.44million Indian visitors visited Singapore with an increase of 13% as compared to the previous year.  For India, there was growth from both tier one and tier two cities, due to strong travel demand and increased flight connectivity. In particular, the cruise arrivals from India spiked to 27 % as more Indian travellers took up new cruise offerings such as Genting Dream and Royal Caribbean Cruises' Voyager of the Sea.

The Indian outbound segment has been growing steadily over the years. Economic growth, higher disposable incomes, eagerness to travel frequently, attractive and affordable holiday packages and an increase in MICE activity has contributed to the growth of the Indian outbound market.

We are noticing a significant change among Indian holiday-goers. They are more evolved, aware and discerning seeking experiential holidays. Interesting trends include a noticeable shift from an annual vacation to multiple-holidays-in-a-year. Keeping these trends in mind, Singapore has always been focusing aggressively on promoting the destination in India.  This has led to the destination becoming one of the most popular among the Indian travellers, witnessing a year-on-year growth in tourist arrivals.

What are the recent and upcoming brand and marketing initiatives planned?

One of the recent initiatives was a partnership with Ola where Ola ran a campaign on its various platforms for its users to win a trip to Singapore. In addition to the campaign, the Singapore Tourism Board’s brand of Passion Made Possible was further entrenched through the showcasing of our branded content across Ola’s platforms.  With technology redefining mobility for the Indian consumers, the Singapore Tourism Board wanted to reach out to India’s digital natives on the Ola platform through this partnership.

We are also having the second edition of Singapore Weekender in Delhi, a three-day experiential festival by Singapore Tourism Board in association with St+art India Foundation and Impresario Group. This is the second time that all the three brands (Singapore Tourism Board, St+art India Foundation and Impresario Group) have collaborated for the festival (Singapore Weekender). The first edition of Singapore Weekender took place in 2017 at Sassoon Docks in Mumbai when the Singapore Tourism Board launched the new brand campaign titled ‘Passion Made Possible’ globally. 

This time, the collaboration has been done as a part of the STB’s second phase promotions of the Passion Made Possible brand with an aim to highlight the Passion Tribes of Culture Shapers, Socialisers and Action Seekers. In pursuit of their passions, artists from Singapore will be showcasing their work at the festival and in doing so, bring a slice of Singapore to inspire and provoke audiences here to discover/ deepen their passion for art and life. Another interesting initiative which is a part of the Singapore Weekender is Atypical Singapore, an art and augmented reality (AR) technology showcase, which is an interesting initiative undertaken by Singapore Tourism Board as a part of their brand campaign ‘Passion Made Possible’. As part of the showcase, Khairuddin Hori, curatorial director and partner of Chan+Hori Contemporary, has handpicked few contemporary artists with different specializations, ranging from performance art, sculptures, painting, gif animation, video art to AR effects.

Since the launch of the Passion Made Possible brand, the STB has embarked on a series of marketing campaigns and activations to showcase Singapore’s passions and talents through storytelling and to allow visitors to connect with their passions and discover a deeper side to Singapore as a destination. Singapore Weekender is one such activation aimed at the Indian market.

STB is committed to sharpening our strategy for quality tourism. We want to tell a great authentic Singapore story, target the right fans and adopt innovative marketing practices to create richer and more immersive experiences for visitors and locals. We hope to expand our regional footprint in India with great in-market trade and non-trade partnerships.

How are tourism boards today adapting unique approaches to promote their campaigns?

Indian travellers are becoming more experiential, technologically-savvy and consequently more demanding. While visiting a destination they are not just convinced by visiting the attractions but rather they would want to experience the place and check out its varied unexplored and unique offerings. This is one thing that tourism boards across are taking note of and are trying to come up with strategies and campaigns which incorporates such new and upcoming trends. Our campaign Passion Made Possible is one such campaign which has taken an inside-out approach. It is showcasing Singapore’s passion and talents through storytelling and allowing visitors to discover a deeper side to Singapore. 

We have done some interesting collaborations and undertaken some initiatives to promote the new brand such as experiential events for the consumers– we did a consumer travel fair in Bangalore last year and also collaborated with St+art India Foundation for the Singapore Weekender where Singaporean artists came to India to showcase their works, and in doing so, bring a slice of Singapore to inspire and provoke audiences here to discover/ deepen their passion for art and life. We have also done tie-ups with major consumer brands like Ola and Paytm so as to promote our offerings to their strong user base through contests, offers, etc. Last year, we also collaborated with Vh1 India for a music video which featured international artists and also Singaporean talents. The song titled “Unstoppable” was an effort to connect with the discerning young travellers from India who are seeking immersive, local experiences. The song urges listeners and viewers to evoke their experience-and-discover spirit by pursuing and living up their passions.

How have you planned your ad spends for 2019?

We are spending significantly on films and their digital distribution. That doesn’t mean we will not focus on traditional forms of media, TV, print, radio and outdoors continue to remain an important part of the consumer mix. Moving forward, we will be focusing on PR and digital mediums to reach out to our target audiences. 

What would you say has been the biggest shift in the way Singapore is marketed as a tourist destination between now and a decade ago? What are your focal areas as we go forward?

Earlier we were promoting Singapore with more emphasis on the attractions available in the destination. We were talking about the popular attractions that one could visit, what to eat there, where to shop, etc.  In the eyes of the global stage, while Singapore’s strengths of safety and cleanliness are lauded, more people wanted to know what was different about Singapore and we realized that there was a great need to let the real Singapore story emerge and anchor what Singapore stands for. 

Our current brand identity focuses on the attitude and spirit of Singapore in telling a fuller Singapore story beyond tourism. The tagline ‘Passion Made Possible’ is consumer-focused and reflective of the universal desire to pursue passions. At a tourism level, consumers want to experience what’s local and authentic and we want to inspire visitors to connect with and deepen their passions through the possibilities Singapore offers.

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Interbrand reveals top 5 branding assignments to mark its 5 years

Interbrand announces expansions plans in newer markets and new brand wins in 2019


Interbrand, one of the leading brand consultancy, recently completed five years in India. As the market globalises and grows, the consultancy is pushing the envelope with its global best-in-class solutions. 

On the occasion, Interbrand revealed decade’s top 5 Branding assignments that established its leadership credentials in the market. The list begins with the rebranding of Godrej through which a brand led organisational transformation was illustrated for the Indian market. The next in line was the Mahindra global brand aspiration exercise which can be hailed as the first serious exercise by an Indian brand to rise to a global brand status. The next project perhaps was the biggest branding exercise that the country had seen and will see in years to come Reliance JIO. A brand that by design transcended the category and spawned the Digital Life platform as India’s first new age tech brand. The recent years saw Interbrand rebrand the iconic Britannia to reconnect it to its new business ambitions of being a Total Global Foods Company. And lastly its iconic move was in form of repositioning Infosys to help it move upstream in the new technology sector paradigms.
On the occasion, Interbrand announced a slew of new wins as well as expansion into adjacent markets as its new plan to sustain its leadership. Interbrand has already established its business in Sri Lanka with its local partner MND. MND has branded and repositioned many of Sri Lanka’s renowned brands that include Aitken Spence Plc, Elephant House, Goodhope Plc, Lion Lager and Ceylinco Life. After the thriving association today, Interbrand’s Sri Lanka partner has team strength of 8 people and is working with brands like HNB, LB Finance, DIMO, Softlogic and Nawata among others. 

Interbrand is also planning on expanding its business in markets like Maldives and Bangladesh in 2019.  

In addition to expanding its business geographies, Interbrand unveiled key account wins in India which includes brands like Haldiram’s, Godrej Properties, Britannia Dairy, Ashok Leyland, Jain Farm Fresh and  Kansal Nerolac.

Interbrand’s India Head, Ashish Mishra said, “In half a decade, Interbrand has built relationships with a third of the country’s 40 most valuable brands. We are excited to create some great branding work for our new clients. We see strong, respected businesses in Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Bangladesh. Being the youngest in the global network, this expansion makes us the premier brand consultancy in the subcontinent.”   

Gonzalo Brujo, Interbrand’s Global Growth Officer and part of the network’s global leadership team, said, “Interbrand India has shown immense growth by evolving products according to customer needs and by being purpose-driven. We believe this expansion will be a huge success.”

Michel Nugawela, Head of Interbrand’s partner in Sri Lanka, said, “We are experimenting with new ways to grow; this will be a remarkable journey. Globally, Interbrand has played a leading role in instilling confidence among business leaders through its robust value-based methodology which has grown businesses of the best global brands.”

Interbrand has a network of over 33 offices in 27 countries on the recently launched inaugural Interbrand Breakthrough Brands Report in partnership with Facebook, Ready Set Rocket, and the New York Stock Exchange. Interbrand’s Best Annual Global Brands report also highlights the guide to the world’s 100 most valuable brands and values each brand’s financial performance, role and their strength.

Interbrand’s portfolio of clients include HSBC, American Express, Credit Suisse, Barclays, Swiss Re, Allstate, Bank of America in financial services, and GE, Shell, IBM, KPMG and Godrej in diversified sectors; and FedEx, UPS, DHL, British Airways , KLM, Thai, Iberia, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines and Maersk in logistics and transportation; and Unilever, P&G, Nestle, Kraft, Nivea, Knorr and Wrigley in CPG/FMCG; and FIFA, Rugby Football Union, Ryder Cup, USGA and Sochi Olympics in sport branding; Gucci, Prada, Rolls Royce, Cartier, Hugo Boss, Bulgari and Remy Martin in the luxury segment as well as cities, regions, and nations such as Edinburgh, Johannesburg, Manitoba, South Korea, Holland and Chile.

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SVG Media forges strategic partnership with BirdEye

SVG Media, a Dentsu Aegis Network company, will help increase US-based BirdEye’s global footprint as the leading customer experience and business reputation platform


SVG Media, a digital marketing platform with over 150 million unique visitors, has announced a strategic partnership with US-based BirdEye in India. 

With BirdEye, businesses can manage their reviews across hundreds of websites and turn customer feedback into revenue growth. SVG Media, a Dentsu Aegis Network Company, will help increase BirdEye’s global footprint as the leading customer experience and business reputation platform.
BirdEye gives businesses the ability to hardwire every business decision around the customer and scale revenue growth. BirdEye’s all-in-one platform includes review monitoring, review generation, review marketing, customer surveys, social listening, social publishing, social engagement, customer support ticketing, listings, webchat, business insights and competitive benchmarking. 

SVG Media will assign a workforce of Digital experts across multiple offices in India and will support BirdEye in working with leading brands all over the country.
“We are incredibly excited about this partnership. SVG brings an unparalleled understanding and execution in the Indian market. This is the reason why the majority of the world’s leading companies cherry-pick SVG as their digital partner,” said Naveen Gupta, co-founder and CEO of BirdEye.
“The marketing tangent in India is fast evolving and there is a growing need for effective marketing technologies. The BirdEye product suite serves a holistic and focused approach towards revenue contribution across their implementations. SVG would bring its strategic market understanding and sales expertise to grow the business presence in India. We are very excited to be partnering with BirdEye and are looking forward to improving customer experiences in India,” said Anurag Gupta, CEO of SVG Media.
Launched in early 2012, BirdEye now serves over 50,000 business from small and medium-sized businesses to Fortune 500 companies. The partnership with SVG Media will further strengthen BirdEye’s presence in the Indian market at a time when the company is more than ever advancing its products and services for brands looking to manage their customer experience and online reputation all in one place.

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Ek Desh, Ek Hum campaign brings the narrative of togetherness across the country

Veteran advertising professional, Praveen Kenneth, along with filmmaker Pradeep Sarkar & musician Dhruv Ghanekar launch 'Ek Desh, Ek Hum’ video

ek Desh ek Hum

Praveen Kenneth, founder Law&Kenneth, and who retired last year as chairman of Law&Kenneth | Saatchi & Saatchi, has launched a campaign under the platform of ‘Ek Desh, Ek Hum’. The platform kicks off with a video that stresses on the theme of ‘Stronger Together’ theme.

Stating on the intent of the messaging, Kenneth said, “What we are conveying is not new. It’s simple, it’s obvious. We all know the Magic of India is the amazing diversity of its people, across cultures and religion. Our life is fuller, vibrant, expanded, thanks to our Hindu, Christian, Muslim, Sikh, Jain, Buddhists friends, brothers and sisters. I believe this is the underlying strength of our Nation. The important thing however is that we need to keep bringing this back into the Center stage of Conversation and Consciousness. It’s like brushing teeth- it needs to be gotten into our collective Consciousness -always. And this needs to be a on-going and a engaging conversation- Nation Above All. A nations' health and progress is directly proportional to the quality of the collective and inclusiveness of the society- and that’s the truth. We all know and have been taught this from school - that only in connection there is Progress/Growth/Joy, and in DisConnection - there is pain, suffering, chaos.”

Kenneth said, “In a daily life which zigzags through understandable difference, disagreements, arguments and loud and angry debates - which is the beauty of a democracy and always encouraged - the interest of India and Indians , should and will always be the in the centre. The campaign is an effort to bring back this conversations. This effort will be wasted if this ends up trying to pick up holes and complaining  instead, to focus on moving forward, always improving, always enabling , always looking at the bigger picture of Great Progress.”

The ‘Ek Desh, Ek Hum’— launch video has been directed by noted filmmaker Pradeep Sarkar while the music has been scored by the Dhruv Ghanekar and the lyrics have been penned by Ishita Arun. The video shows a young nation awakening to the need to come together. The narrative of togetherness is spread by people across the country, from every section of society and incorporates India’s great diversity.
“Togetherness is strength - this is the singular message that we want to convey,” Kenneth said.

The video is accompanied by Twitter push that will be hosted on #Ekdeshekhum. This will be supported by extensive TV and radio support.

“We hope to reach out to people across the political and civil spectrum, taking along all ideologies and views. In the end, everyone wants growth, progress and fraternity – for that, we need to remind ourselves , the very much used adage - UNITY IN DIVERSITY," Kenneth said.

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Ariel India’s Sons #ShareTheLoad campaign gets over 20mn views 

Movement has got support from celebrities like Rajkummar Rao, VVS Laxman and Neha Dhupia


Ariel India’s Sons #ShareTheLoad campaign has received over 20 million views. The latest film by Ariel India has started a conversation about raising sons and daughters equally. 
Endorsing this thought, Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer and founder of, Sheryl Sandberg said, “We teach our daughters to stand on their own feet. But we don’t teach our sons to lend a hand. This is such a powerful ad about how stereotypes get passed on from generation to generation – but now we have the opportunity to change that.”
The movement has gained support from celebrities like Rajkummar Rao, Patralekha, Sanjeev Kapoor, VVS Laxman, Neha Dhupia and Soha Ali Khan.
Partnering Ariel in making laundry the face of the movement is Whirlpool. KG Singh, Vice President - Marketing, Whirlpool India, says: "Whirlpool believes in creating happier homes and this is enhanced when family members share household responsibilities. Whirlpool is proud to support Sons #Sharetheload as the campaign's key message is integral to brand Whirlpool's ethos.'' 
Sharing her views on the early success of the film, Sonali Dhawan, Marketing Director and Fabric care Lead, P&G India, said: “We can see that the campaign is striking a chord. We are seeing an outpouring of personal stories, anecdotes and letters across social media platforms. We garnered 15 million views in just 2 weeks. It goes on to show that the message, the film and the cause are truly resonating with the audience. Ariel is proud to be at the forefront of converted effort in addressing the inequality at home and move the society to a happier, more equal future. This is just the beginning.”

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Indian youth should move from 'YOLO' to 'YAGO' in personal care: Poulomi Roy, RSH Global

Guest Column: Poulomi Roy, Chief Marketing Officer, RSH Global explains why Indian youth need to move from the 'You Only Live Once' philosophy to 'You Also Grow Old' in terms of personal care

by Poulomi Roy
Published - 1 day ago
Poulomi Roy

YOLO or ‘You Only Live Once’. If there is anyone who has adopted this ethos – it’s ‘Millennials’. Millennials or Gen Y have a certain carefree attitude and believe in enjoying a fuller life today, but at what cost? And as millennials get older, a new generation is coming of age – the Generation Z-ers, which is not very dissimilar to the millennials. In fact, a Bloomberg analysis of United Nations data notes that Gen Z will comprise 32% percent of the global population in 2019, surpassing millennials by half a percentage.

The millennials and Gen Z need to wake up to another stark reality –'YAGO' or ‘You Also Grow Old’, and it becomes important for us as marketers to enable this shift in the mindset of the young Indian consumers from the YOLO to YAGO approach.

To be sure, the YOLO to YAGO, as a concept, has long been synonymous with the financial planning sector—and for obvious reasons. But this very idea today has an unmistakable resonance for the personal care industry. Global warming is a serious concern today with 16 out of 17 hottest years being observed since the start of the millennium. Asian countries are rushing to fight toxic air pollution as well. As months get hotter and because of environmental pollution, the Gen Y and Gen Z are increasingly facing skin problems. Pigmentation and wrinkles, for instance, were once a problem that the middle-aged faced. But no longer. Now, even those in their 30s complain of wrinkled or pigmented skin.

In a tropical country like India, summers are the time when a plethora of brands launches their products in an advertising blitzkrieg, often leaving the young consumers bewildered.

The Indian market has been flooded with skin care products that claim to provide instant benefits. What many of the younger generations fail to recognise is that instant gratification comes at a cost, with personal care products laced with chemicals that harm their skin and bodies. It is often tempting for a 30-year-old, for example, to pick an instant gratification product and mask his or her wrinkles. They, however, need to be persuaded into investing in good skincare products with natural extracts. This is one of the areas where marketers could play a key part, making consumers aware of the benefits of better, chemical-free personal care products.

To combat the new-age skin menace, it’s important that as personal care manufacturers, we formulate products keeping the YAGO ideology in mind and in the same breath while marketing these products, inculcate the YAGO concept in our approach.

While eating right and healthy is essential, starting a skincare regimen at a much younger age is vital.  After all ‘You Also Grow Old’.


(The author Poulomi Roy is Chief Marketing Officer at RSH Global, makers of Joy Personal Care and X-Men Personal Care products)

Disclaimer: The views expressed here are solely those of the author and do not in any way represent the views of

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