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Dadri is not first incident of its kind: Adman Piyush Pandey

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New Delhi: Ad guru Piyush Pandey, the brain behind the famed ‘Ab Ki Baar Modi Sarkar’ campaign, says the Dadri lynching is not the first of its kind and such incidents happen every year.

“If you say that Dadri is the first such incident in the history of India, you are living in a utopian land. Dadri-like incidents happen every year. It could be rape; it could be about eating beef,” Pandey, executive chairman and creative director at Ogilvy & Mather, told IANS after the launch of his new book ‘Pandeymonium’.

The adman said he was not condoning any of the incidents, but “I can talk about Sikh riots in 1984 or Bhagalpur violence or the Bhopal gas tragedy. It happens irrespective of the government in power.”

The book gives a peek into the mind and creative genius behind the many legendary ads like Fevicol, Cadbury, Asian Paints, ‘Chal Meri Luna’, to name a few of the well-known ones.

Pandey, who spearheaded the ad campaign for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with the tagline ‘Achhe Din aane waale hain’ in the general elections of 2014, said that the BJP was his preferred political party at the moment for its agenda on development.

He said he was not dissuaded by incidents like lynching of a Muslim man in Dadri since he believes these kinds of incidents occur irrespective of governments in power.

He said he doesn’t want to take the credit for the BJP’s success in the elections.

“You can only sell a good product, not a bad one. Everything was a team effort. The tagline ‘Acche Din’, ‘Janata maaf nahi karegi’, came from little things from life. That’s why it resonated with people. ‘Ab Ki Baar Modi Sarkar’, is not any rocket science. It was BJP’s decision to lead with Modi, so it happened,” said the maverick.

Asked if the government could do justice to the ‘Acche Din’ campaign, he replied: “When you sow a seed, you won’t get results overnight. It takes time to turn a big ship. It’s not a small boat. People are impatient.”

The most sought-after man in the industry is all praise for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“I share a personal rapport with Modi. I have worked with him when he was leading the tourism campaign for Gujarat as the chief minister. He was involved thoroughly in the campaign. He had an eye for detail and he is extremely professional,” Pandey said.

The book talks of the story behind many of the ads which had won wide appreciation and the maverick says that it’s all about people, life, family and friends who inspired them.

“I chat up with people and try to know more about them. They might appear as stories later, not always. Even now I find moments to talk to people,” he laughs. Whenever there is dearth of ideas, the critically acclaimed adman goes back to Jaipur, where he grew up, he writes in his book.

The adman also says had it not been for the carpenters and cobblers, the legendary Fevicol ad wouldn’t have seen the light of the day. He writes in his book about how his father brought carpenters home to make a dining table and how he discovered that carpenters had ancestors who carved wood for the maharajahs of Rajasthan.

“Thank god, my father didn’t have the money to buy ready-made furniture. I would never have been fascinated by these artists – and Ogilvy wouldn’t have done great work on the Fevicol brand,” he said.

Pandey fondly remembers the polio eradication drive in association with actor Amitabh Bachchan. “It was a great moment when India was declared 100 percent polio free,” reminisces Pandey, who has won 800 advertising awards in his 33 years in the field.

He also dismisses the concept of research in advertising, saying that it’s stupid.

“The Cadbury Dairy Milk girl dancing on the cricket field would have become a saint if she had been pre-tested. Most of the Fevicol work would not have happened because we did not show furniture. The Zoozoos of Vodafone would be aliens on earth. And Piyush Pandey would be a failed cricketer selling potatoes because he couldn’t pass the ‘link’ test of advertising,” he writes.

Pandey says that he has made a conscious effort to promote socially responsible ads whether on gender equality, social harmony or other changing social realities.

“We have done campaigns on banning acids and ads against domestic violence with NGO Breakthrough. The Red Label tea ad is about Hindu family and Muslim family, and there are ads on single mothers, queer community and more,” he said.

(Preetha Nair, IANS)

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Social Media Advertising in 2019: Staying Ahead of the Curve

Social media advertising is certainly set to boom in 2019.

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Social media marketing now represents a full-time job.

It is estimated that there are now more than four billion global Internet usersThe majority of these access social media pages on a regular basis; as high as 80 per cent in some areas of the world. Not only have websites including Facebook and Twitter been used to pass along casual messages, but they are even influencing other areas such as politics. It therefore makes perfect sense that businesses are looking to leverage the power associated with digital advertising campaigns. What does 2019 have in store and how can your organisation make the best use out of the tools that are currently available?

Modern Trends Signal a Bright Future 

There are several trends worth noting in 2019. Perhaps the most interesting is the rise in the number of mobile devices used to connect to social media pages. Thanks to the use of dedicated applications and 4G wireless connections, users are more likely to browse through their news feeds while out and about. Businesses will therefore be able to actively target potential customers within real-time scenarios. In the same respect, the public now has the ability to follow their favourite pages and to keep up to date with any offers that are placed. So, marketing professionals will need to keep abreast of any feedback so that on-the-fly changes can be made when required. 

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Social Media Companies Are Accelerating To Remove Online Hate Speech, VOA

While the number of social media users continues to grow, their needs are becoming more focused and narrow. No longer are visitors willing to endure generic advertisements and similar forms of spam. They are looking for specific products and services. Businesses which continue to adopt a watered-down approach are likely to fare poorly in the coming year. the age of personalised marketing and merchandising are now upon us. Businesses need to fully appreciate the needs of their audience if they hope to make a lasting impression.

Finally, the B2B and B2C competition associated with social media should become even more noticeable in the coming year. This is great news for the average customer, as he or she will have a greater range of products and services to choose from. However, marketing professionals must appreciate the fact that they will likely need to adjust their previous campaigns. Embracing a more proactive approach will help to guarantee brand loyalty and a steady income stream. Second-best strategies simply will not suffice. 

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An iPhone with Twitter, Facebook and other apps, May 21, 2013. U.S. internet companies are taking a harder look at their policies that have promoted free expression around the world.VOA

Steps that Businesses Can Take 

Now that we have highlighted some of the main trends that are expected to make digital waves in 2019, are there any tools which businesses can employ in order to capitalise upon such upward momentum? Let’s look at a handful of key takeaway points and options to consider. 

The first step is to download the hands-on and authoritative Facebook advertising guide provided by Oberlo. Not only is the information extremely relevant, but it is explained in such a manner as to make it easy for novices to appreciate the steps that should be taken. Some of the topics which are covered include: 

  • Effective advertising strategies.
  • Their associated costs.
  • How to establish an effective campaign.
  • Getting to know your target audience.

In other words, this definitive guide represents a solid foundation from which a targeted publicity campaign can be created. 

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Digital marketing is also another popular profession among graduates. Wikimedia Commons

Another suggestion to keep in mind involves the liquidity of social media itself. In order to keep abreast of customer sentiment and feedback, marketing managers and similar stakeholders will need to take a proactive approach. Simply waiting for results to pan out is a sure-fire way to lose a potentially viable audience. Social media marketing now represents a full-time job and it could be wise to employ a specialist in order to better understand where the business may be headed. 

In the same respect, the use of third-party marketing and advertising software is set to increase during 2019. These user-friendly platforms have become highly intuitive and they can be customised to suit the needs of the online business in question. Such tools are also cost-effective options when compared to attempting similar feats with traditional in-house software packages. 

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A Facebook start page is shown on a smartphone in Surfside, Florida. Aug. 21, 2018. The social media giant Facebook said late Wednesday Aug. 22, 2018, it has banned a quiz app for refusing to be audited and concerns that data on as many as 4 million users was misused, after it found user information was shared with researchers and companies. VOA

A final suggestion involves the ways in which an audience base should be analysed. As mentioned earlier, top-down and otherwise generic approaches serve little purpose. It is critical to appreciate specific trends and buying habits. Some of these metrics can often include: 

  • An age and gender breakdown.
  • Where the majority of the audience is located.
  • Which pages are receiving the highest number of hits.
  • The most successful marketing campaigns (as well as those which failed to hit their mark).

Social media advertising is certainly set to boom in 2019. As even more users are now entering into this massive digital landscape, we should fully expect this trend to continue well beyond the coming year.