Archive for the 'Advertising' Category

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Airtel recently released it’s second in a campaign series for ‘Video Calling. They had released the first film in this series a few weeks ago. I would call it the ‘Successful Disaster’. Here’s the film for your quick reference. The Airtel Boss Film Here’s what I believe is wrong (and right) with this film. Unnecessarily […]

Introduction to Marketing – Sessions at ITM

I am currently conducting sessions on ‘Introduction to Marketing’ at ITM for the Executive MBA course. The PPT’s below are the slides I have used there. Credits: I have borrowed content and concepts from Marketing Gurus. I have collated the thoughts, added some of my own and have put together these slides for the sake […]

What goes around comes around

Patient: Doctor! I have severe toothache Doctor: Which one? P: Molars, incisors, canines. The whole thing! D: Ah! I can only treat you for your right molar. For the left you have to meet Dr. Blahblah, for the incisors you should meet Dr. Blublu Aren’t we living in the age of specialists? I won’t be […]

Tit for Tat

Warning: Long post. Very close to my heart and hence… By this time everyone who had anything to say must have already said it. In this quick-fire world, people tweet their entire blog posts / thoughts as 140 characters. I didn’t participate much in such discussions, but I still have a few things to say. […]

Slow death of a giant

For many TamBrahms like me there was a point in time when the morning coffee will taste bad without the morning newspaper – The Hindu. I remember days when I used to fight with my brother for the paper in the morning to read the sports column. And then, there were times when I have […]

The War of the Wallet on Afaqs!

My article The War of the Wallet on Afaqs!

Beware – Your competitor is from your category. NOT!

A few years back, while at B-School, I was introduced to management jargon and one of it was ‘Share of Wallet’. To de-jargonize, it means how much of an average human’s share of disposable income will you corner for your company, by making him / her spend on products and brands from your stable. This […]

Unlikely Heroes

Disclaimer: I have oft repeated that I don’t write about Financial Services as a category (refer disclaimers). But this is an exception and would discuss only the brand. Pretty recently a campaign broke out in National Media for Union Bank of India. It was pretty visible at least to me. I saw the ad on […]

Soft Porn – Bring it on

I remember ‘Advertising’ classes by Santosh Sood during my IMT days. Nothing sells anything better than SEX & RELIGION. Only our advertising industry has taken the former too seriously. It is not a recent phenomenon though. One would obviously remember the MR Coffee & Tuff Shoes ad blasting from the past. Today it is a […]

A hard look at my media habits

Many a times when we marketers are in the process of planning media for a campaign, the sword of dilemma hangs perilously close to our head. Our personal preferences! It is true that many times the best sample size for a market research activity is ‘1’, but can we really do that when we choose […]