Brand Managers Biggest Concern on Internet – Negative Word of Mouth

Brand Manager’s Biggest Concern on Internet: The biggest fear of brand managers and marketers is about the negative word, which can freely float around the brands on Internet. They fear negative word may get initiated not only by consumers, but also by their competition. Non of the Brand Managers wants to boldly face the negative word around their brand. They think that it is suicidal and their brand will collapse due to negative words on Internet.

I feel this apprehension of marketers is baseless. To me, “Negative Words” is a great opportunity to build credibility around the brands.

I don’t buy the point that a company will get involved in initiating negative word to damage their competitor’s reputation. Initiating a negative word for their competition, comes at huge risk of damaging own reputation for the company, if they get exposed. […]

Brand Managers Obsession for Brands – is it relevant on Internet

Brand Manager’s Obsession for Brands: Today, with emergence of Internet, the current generation of brand managers and marketers finds themselves in a challenging situation. On one hand they are finding hard to lose their love for creating brands but on other hand they are also finding hard to keep their brand live and relevant in digital space.

In past years, Advertising become Brand centric and mostly made to connect with consumers emotionally and talking about product USPs became less of priority. Large number of creators of advertising started believing that, they can WIN hearts of consumers, if they drive their brand communication on high emotional grounds. This was emergence of Brand Idea lead advertising, where product started taking a back seat. […]

Mindsets of Indian FMCG Brand Managers for Digital

Mindsets of Indian FMCG Brand Managers for Digital: It’s been now over two and half years, I have been keenly keeping eye on Digital Space and how marketers & Brand Managers are preparing themselves to make most out of their brands in the World of Internet? And as I work with most of the leading FMCG clients of India, I vocally started asking few questions to various brand custodians in last 7-8 months:

1) What you are doing in space of Digital?: This is one question where most (and almost all) gave same answer – “nothing much.” Some answers were – that we have yet to start, we are currently finalising our digital strategy, we are in process of appointing a digital head etc, in other words connoting to the same meaning.

2) What do you think of promoting your brand?: To my surprise most of FMCG marketers do not feel very confident about digital way forward for theirs brands and are betting their cents  on traditional ways and means of promoting products. […]

BMW Mini Cooper India launch gets a coincidental boost

By Sanjeev Singhai.

BMW Mini Cooper India launch gets a coincidental boost: Yesterday’s Times of India was delivered with front cover page release of an advertisement by BMW India, as part of launch of BMW’s new range of cars in India – Mini and Mini Cooper.

BMW’s Mini range was launched in India on opening day of Delhi Auto Expo 2012 on 6th Jan 2012. But what attracted my attention was a surprised support and fame which is coinciding with this launch in India. I am talking about the Hindi movie, “PLAYERS” which was released in India after a day (yesterday) of the launch of BMW Mini Cooper in India.bmw […]

Way forward in Social Media

Way forward in Social Media? It’s a million dollar question which most of the marketers are facing in the country like India. Only 7% of population has access to Internet and broadband penetration is 4% (as per Jan 2011 DHI Report) . Whenever I speak to marketers on this topic, the first answer I get from most of them is that internet users are only handful and they are from SEC-A (LSM-A for international readers) segment and hence not useful for them.

No wonder most of the CPG and OTC manufacturers, yet not have a well drafted game plan for their brands in Social Media and not have firmed up strategies to reach consumers in digital age. It’s “chicken and egg” situation for them, whether they should wait to build the number or start putting their money right away. […]