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 […]

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 […]

Brand You, Brand Me

Brand Building is neither a science nor an art. I believe the answers lies somewhere in between. Anyone with a bit of knowledge on Marketing would understand a Brand Life Cycle. In the initial days of the brand, it is important for the brand owner to put in a lot of effort, time and resources […]

Pulse of the market

I am taking reference to the Tamil Nadu Market for this post. Although I am not sure how many readers of this blog belong to this part of the world. But I believe there is a fundamental lesson waiting to be learnt from some very astute marketers. For many, these guys might look like the […]

Wake Up Call

Last week was eventful in the Telecom Industry at least from a communication perspective. Two of the largest telecom companies moved their creative agency. Airtel moves from Rediffusion to JWT Reliance moves to Grey Is there a signal? Some observations: Problem 1: Both brands have not had a great ‘last few campaigns’. Personally, I think […]

Is Brand a Marketing Responsibility?

I believe that Brand Management as a responsibility should come under the marketing organization. Brand Management and strategizing for the brand has to be led by the Marketing organization both in terms of the thinking and the execution. However, I believe that Brand is not a Marketing Responsibility. The position ‘Brand Manager’ is one of […]

Pester Power – Some views

Around the mid 80s and the early 90s, the liberalization era had not started and there was very little choice when it comes to products and services. We had only one telecom service provider – the government run BSNL / MTNL. So it is not surprising that advertising was very different. Especially the ones targeted […]

Be a conversation Creator – Anil Nair (Senior)

So, we have the next interview lined up. Some people may not be able to accept ‘interviews’ in a blogathon. After all, I am supposed to write. Well, interviews are not easy either. It requires work (some, if not hard). The thought of asking a stupid question to a specialist will always play on anyone’s mind. […]

MTV changed the world? Eat this!

It’s close to midnight and something evil’s lurking in the dark Under the moonlight, you see a sight that almost stops your heart You try to scream but terror takes the sound before you make it You start to freeze as horror looks you right between the eyes You’re paralyzed ‘Cause this is thriller, thriller […]