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It has become customary for brands to see every occasion (such as Earth Day) or big news event as an opportunity to create ads – mainly social media creatives. Burger King posted a tweet in the context Women’s Day and got into kerfuffle on media. Eventually they retracted the original tweet which said, ‘Women belong in the kitchen’ not before outrage across media. It got me thinking about the need for context in today’s media…

Recently, a well-known Indian news personality was in the news after she put out a statement on Twitter that she had been tricked into leaving the company in June after she became the “victim of a very serious phishing attack” that led her to believe she’d been hired as a journalism professor at Harvard. The news was widely discussed on social media with various theories and speculation on how someone seemingly so aware could be…

A print ad released by Sebamed India and their ad films seem to have garnered interest and commentary among the marketing & advertising folks on social media. Sebamed is German skin care brand marketed by USV in India. The ad is for their cleansing brand and directly names brands such as Lux and Rin in the print ad comparing their pH levels. On their website, other leading brands such as Dove and Santoor are also…

Back when I was in an ad agency, face to face meetings were common. In the 90s, there were periodic meetings scheduled for reviewing job lists, financial status of accounts and brand plans. The job list meeting would usually be held every week and would go over status and next steps of key projects at hand. The finance meeting – a monthly affair in most agencies was dreaded by AEs as they would be grilled…

The launch of Kellogg’s Upma has attracted a lot of media attention. It has been reported as a change of strategy to conquer the Indian market and to suit the Indian palate. Many have commented on the development suggesting that it’s a victory of sorts for Indians having made an MNC change their product strategy. But is it really? https://twitter.com/vinsinners/status/1330505025777508354?s=20 Multinationals operating in the food & beverages category such as Nestle, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola and Kellogg’s…

Residual imageries are powerful. Deep down in our minds there are visual and word associations towards events, festivals, countries, celebrities and brands. Even to a non-Bengali the mere mention of ‘Pujo’ is likely to evoke an imagery uniquely associated with the festival with no ambiguity. Similarly, select countries, monuments and strong brands evoke visual cues. Diwali (or Deepavali as it is called in the South) has such cues too. In the South it is associated…

Titan Industries, known for its watch and jewellery brands, released an ad which evoked a polarised reaction on social media. While one group praised it, another group raised objections and called for a boycott of the brand itself. In response, the company decided to take the ad off air. No, I was NOT referring to the recent ‘Ekatvam’ ad for Tanishq jewellery but to the ad for ‘Tamil Nadu Collection’ of watches which came under…

Advertising has changed over the years. Or shall we say it has evolved and adapted as it always does, to suit the media environment, consumer trends and changing times? Deep down, the fundamentals of advertising and marketing have and will remain the same forever. Products & services have to meet a genuine human need, solve genuine problems or capitalise on valid opportunity. Communication has to break the clutter, offer a proposition which is relevant in…