Many companies consider their corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs as a powerful means of enhancing their corporate image. A few of them even ask their PR or advertising agencies to recommend ideas for CSR activities or projects that can be, well, marketed well. However, this approach inevitably skews the choice of potential CSR projects to a handful […]
Who’s shooting your next commercial?
Electric-car maker Tesla recently posted a new video commercial on its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk even raved about it on his Twitter feed. What is the big deal here? That the one-minute video is a spec commercial produced by a bunch of recent college graduates, who say they are ‘passionate […]
Dealing with extreme attitudes
The ability to change people’s attitudes towards an idea or an object – say a product category or a brand – is a highly sought-after marketing skill. Attitudes can often be good predictors of behavior and any marketing campaign that succeeds in changing attitudes of any given segment, favourably, is by definition helping expand the […]
Can great marketing sell a bad product?
Will a spectacularly creative and memorable campaign help you sell a product that is decidedly poor value compared to other alternatives in its category? The short answer is yes. And the longer answer, as always, is a little more nuanced. To answer this question conclusively, we need to first understand and make note of a […]
Why campaigns fail
A large number of advertising or communications campaigns fail to achieve the desired results. Many of us are familiar with how a typical scenario plays out. After two quarters have elapsed in running a promising new campaign, it is realized that the sales did not grow as expected. The market share stayed constant or worse, […]
The sweeping and ongoing changes in the way people gather, process and internalize information have escaped only a few. The emergence of diverse demographic groups in a country like India is equally astounding. The average urban individual, once determined and armed with an Internet-connected device, can find and decode within hours almost everything she wishes […]