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Advertising Insights by Kirit JAsani

April 11, 2016
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Kirit JAsani

If something is easy to reach, we tend to use it frequently. That is true with information also. In past 7 months, I have shared information with you on branding and advertising by writing various topics on my blog. I hope; this information would have been of some help to you. However, it is quite possible, for some reasons you may not get connected to my blog precisely when you want to refer a particular post. So, I have prepared a PDF mini book of past 12 posts. Just download it and keep in your PC or iBooks and refer it as and when required.

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Following 12 points are covered in this PDF mini book.

  1. How to use customer testimonial in ad?
  2. The power of simple visual
  3. What if your brand name is inspired by a product subcategory?
  4. Demonstrate your key feature visually
  5. Perceived leader is always winner
  6. How long you should continue with same visual?
  7. Should PR precede advertisement?
  8. Is a good brief reason of good work?
  9. It’s Shockvertising!
  10. In Marketing Perception is everything
  11. The critical decision in marketing, line-extension or new brand launch
  12. Marketing lesson in RSS’ move from shorts to trousers

 

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Marketing lesson in RSS’ move from shorts to trousers

March 21, 2016
Kirit JAsani

Kirit JAsani

In their three-day annual meeting of Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha, the highest decision-making body of the RSS (The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh), decision is taken to phase out their traditional Khakhi shorts. Now, Swayamsevak will wear wood brown/coffee colour trousers. The core reason presented for this change is to remain in tune with the time and trend. This decision also reflects that RSS is very democratic and accepts changes.

RSSWhatever the reason may be, let’s we focus on the marketing aspect of this development. Take a simplest form of exercise, what comes to your mind when you think of RSS? Khakhi Shorts or popularly known ‘Khakhi Chaddi’ would be the answer from most of the people. Whether anyone agrees or not, but these Khakhi Shorts are inseparable visual of RSS. It has stayed with RSS for last 91 years! Till 1940, the uniform of the RSS was all khakhi, both shirt and shorts. The khakhi shirt was replaced with white shirts and then the leather shoes replaced with long boots in 1973. In 2010, RSS replaced the leather belt with ordinary belt. That means the only unchanged element is ‘Khakhi Chaddi’.

Now try to think about other organizations with Khakhi Shorts. Hardly anybody would be able to recall another organization or institute, right? That means Khakhi Shorts are uniquely identified with RSS. It acts as a visual hammer for RSS. From marketing point of view, if the target audience can identify a brand with a particular visual, that brand would enjoy high mindshare and top of the mind recall. If you see someone dressed in White Shirt and Khakhi Short it may induce you to ask, ‘Hey, are you visiting any RSS Shakha? Likewise, this unique association has worked for millions of people in identifying Swayamsevak of RSS.

Now, imagine a scenario down the line six-month hereafter when around 50,000 villages, towns and cities of India have absorbed this change of Khakhi Shorts. Then, a person is passing by you in white shirt and wood brown/coffee colour trouser. Will he or precisely his uniform, inspire you to think of association with RSS? There is hardly any possibility. Because trousers are common in life, shades of wood brown or coffee are equally common. And normally, we do not notice common things. We are attracted to unique. We tend to remember the different one and Khakhi Shorts are different.

Here is the lesson. If your brand is identified with a unique visual or with a particular colour, think hundred times before changing them. The moment you change such unique visual or colour; brand loses its unique identity as well. This loss affects brand recall and ultimately sells register in a long run. Let’s wait and watch what happens with RSS decision?

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How long you should continue with the same visual or same treatment?

December 17, 2015
Kirit JAsani

Kirit JAsani

As a marketer or advertiser, do you keep on changing your brand visual or visual treatment frequently? If yes, thenyou must rethink!

It would be great if a brand is able to possess a particular word inside the mind of a target audience. Well, there can be many ways to reach such a situation but the most effective means can be visual or visual treatment.

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What comes first to your mind when you think of Marlboro Cigarettes? Cowboy, right! Why this happens? As this brand has never deviated from visual of a cowboy, we associate all attributes of cowboy with Marlboro. All advertisements, posters and packaging were prepared with an image of cowboy. Only placing the same visual everywhere is not enough. Sticking to that strategy is of prime importance. While Marlboro Man was conceived in 1954 by Leo Burnett it was used until 1999. A visual of Cowboy was used for 45 years! Due to this, even today, when Marlboro Man is considered as an icon of past it SM0000072easily steps to the top when it comes to the matter of recall. Practically, Marlboro Cigarettes possessed the word cowboy inside the mind of target audience.

Do you recall beauty soap TV Commercial, where a married woman with a child is mistakenly considered as a college girl? Yes, I am talking about Santoor beauty soap. As long as I assume, you would be able to recall some variation of this ad with change of ambience and models but visual treatment would be the same, mistaken identity as a college girl.

SantoorEarly ad on Doordarshan in which model goes to buy bangle to recent ad creation with Saif Ali Khan,  these series of ads could establish a connection between younger-looking skin attribute and the brand Santoor. As they have hardly deviated from this treatment, Santoor succeeded in taking possession of the word ‘younger-looking skin’ which accurately defines their differentiating point.

While other aspects of branding and advertising are important, use of visual should top the list. As your target audience is going to look at the visual, they will remember the visual and visuals will inspire them so, as long as possible, try to use the same visual or visual treatment for the longest possible duration of time. You will experience the positive results in sales figure.

I advise, think twice or thrice before changing core visual or treatment of your brand.

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Perceived leader is always a winner

October 20, 2015
Kirit JAsani

Kirit JAsani

Most of us would have studied on typical blackboards of school. We would have read textbook and practice books. Undoubtedly, at some point in our schooling days, we would have used educational syllabus based supplementary books such as Navneet Guide (Digest), Workbooks or 21 most likely question sets. However, in recent past these blackboards and textbooks have undergone a radical change.Navneet-Publication

Now classes are turning digital. School teachers show various videos and animations to their students to explain subject content. So who would lead this digital race in an education sector?

Short answer, the brand which gets succeeded in generating a perception of leadership inside the minds of target audience would surely lead the race.

Navneet Education Limited understood this very well. While printed syllabus based supplementary books have their own importance, digital textbook material would be an enhanced way to explain the content. So, Navneet took an absolutely right branding way by creating eSense Learning Pvt. Ltd., a digital education subsidiary of Navneet Publications. Under this new venture, they launched brand TOP SCORER.

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This brand TOP SCORER offers online smart learning packs for Grade 1 to 10 students in CBSE, GSEB and MSEB. Here students can buy complete study pack or selected chapters as per their wish. This total material is having ‘audio word by word as per the textbooks’ and further they are supported with 2D and 3D animations. There is a facility to take test, check results and detailed analytics in every respect, for example, a student would know where he or she is standing in the entire state!

In my opinion, in terms of product offerings, TOP SCORER happens to be the finest in all available options of digital study material. Now, the brand will require establishing their leadership in digital study material the way their parent company Navneet Education Limited did in print segment. For that, TOP SCORER would require communicating their differentiation very clearly and with more frequency to the target audience. At this point, TOP SCORER can take the highest advantage of their fantastic differentiation ‘Audio word by word as per the textbooks’ as in a long run this may not be an exclusive advantage. For easy acceptability of product, TOP SCORER would require students and their parents to believe by using this product; study concepts will be clearer and results will improve significantly. Nevertheless, such claims are believable only when being communicated by a leader. So TOP SCORER needs to emerge as perceived leader in this segment, and I see all the possibilities of that thing happening.

Still, best of luck to TOP SCORER. For more details on this product visit https://www.topscorer.com

 

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What if your brand name is inspired by a product sub-category?

September 15, 2015

Confusion is the simple answer to this situation. At Spotlight we believe, when you have a brand name which also represents a category or sub-category, confusion starts appearing on surface.

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If you are a tea lover and experiments with variety of teas, you would have heard of Tulsi Tea. A very well-known brand of Tulsi Tea is Organic India. By mixing three variants of Tulsi (Citrus from Vana Tulsi, Spicy tone from Krishna Tulsi and Calming depth from Rama Tulsi) Organic India offers caffeine-free Original Tulsi Tea, which is stress relieving and rejuvenating. One of your friends explains you all these benefits of Tulsi Tea, and so you decide to purchase one.

Tulsi Tea GMTeaYou visit a store and find a pack of Tulsi Tea by G.M.Tea Packers Pvt. Ltd. so you buy it. Now what will happen? There will be a clash of expectation. You purchased it considering benefits of Holy Basil leaves but the one you have purchased is Dano or Patti or Kitli Special tea; no tulsi leaves as an ingredient. Higher chances, you will develop a negative impression about the latter brand, the one you have purchased. This happens because at-large Tulsi Tea is understood as a product having Holy Basil as an ingredient rather than a brand name.

So when an ingredient is an important factor in decision making; in those cases, you must avoid a brand name which would easily get associated with that product category.


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