11 February 2009

JWT India Planners buzzing with papers and points of view

“Bite reality: Breaking 7 myths about the most wanted 700 million”. Ankit Vohra tackles myth by myth and argues systematically about the realities of rural Indian markets and takes a stance on the implications.
Will digital marketers find an audience unwilling to be empowered in rural India? Will online social networking have any relevance at all? How will the culture codes affect internet-mobile growth? Jitender Dabas asks searching questions in “When Rural met Digital”.
“Sense of self in Web2.0” … the face and the mask could be changing places. Shujoy Dutta on managing our public personas, the increasing role of feedback, and some food for thought for marketers.
To read the papers, click here.

Brand Chakras study on Indian Students

What do Indian students really want? Beyond the usual surveys, the latest Brand Chakras study reveals what deep seated needs education brands can satisfy. On the one hand, a clear demand for “entertaining education” and on the other hand a yearning for mentors and inspiring role models who can give them individual attention and prepare them for life. Typical of so many other Indian consumer groups, the Indian student too today is asking for a magical combination. “The Call for Dronacharya”, a joint initiative of JWT India Planning and SRM University, a qualitative and quantitative study across 8 centers and students from different education streams. To see an executive summary, click here.

10 February 2009

Guy Murphy on "What Planning should think about in a recessionary year"

First instincts for the things Planning should think about in this recessionary year ahead: Guy Murphy, in his blog to JWT Worldwide Planners
Friday, January 9th, 2009
1. Category, not brand.
Tighter finances will mean consumers will start to make decisions between categories, rather than just between brands within a category. Not Gap vs Uniqlo, but clothes vs CDs. Look closely again at the buying decision. How healthy is the category for your JWT brand? Do you need more category messages?
2. Brand’s value voice.
This year, more than ever, brands will have to talk more about their price in some way. How do you maintain a sense of brand in that conversation? How can each of JWT’s brands talk about price in a way that is still branded?
(Harrods do this well. www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYZXwt6t5Bw).
3. Effective versus efficient.
Always worth distinguishing between ‘doing things right’ (efficiency), and ‘doing the right things’ (effectiveness). The tendency in a recession is to not think hard enough about the latter of those two. What is the minimum number of the right things that a JWT brand should do this year?
4. Confidence.
Consumers can smell a brand’s confidence. Having a sense of success about a brand this year will be the kiss of life, and vice versa, e.g. money-back guarantee vs ‘2 for the price of 1′ (see Hyundai’s latest confident move www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVAWviuVmK4. How can we ensure JWT’s brands look in touch with difficult times but still appear sure of their own future?