Discovery appoints Shaun Nanjappa Chendira as Head of Advertising Sales, South Asia

Oct 01 2020

 

 

Discovery has elevated Shaun Nanjappa Chendira as Head of Advertising Sales – South Asia. Previously, Shaun was Revenue Head for Kids & Vernacular, Discovery India. Shaun is a media industry veteran having two decades of experience, majority of which has been in leadership roles.

Prior to Discovery, he was General Manager, India at Da Vinci Media India Pvt Ltd. Shaun’s prior engagements include working with Warner Media as Senior Director, English Entertainment Vertical (HBO, HBO HD & Warner Brothers) & Director, Kids vertical (Cartoon Network & www.cartoonentworkindia.com) for the India region.

Megha Tata, Managing Director, Discovery – South Asia, said, “Shaun has displayed strong and mature thinking required for the future of both, our linear and our digital platforms.

“With his stellar record of accomplishment and proven experience of driving business revenue, he is well placed to lead the company to the next level of growth in his new position as the Head of Advertising Sales. I wish him all the very best,” Tata said.

Shaun Nanjappa Chendira, Head of Advertising Sales, South Asia – Discovery, said, “I am delighted and grateful to Discovery India for giving me this opportunity. While these last few months have been tough for the entire industry to say the least, here’s looking forward to a better tomorrow.

 

“I know there will be a lot of challenges to face going forward, and all I can say is, I am ready to meet them head on. I step into this role with much excitement and a clear vision for Discovery as we step into the future,” Chendira added.


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The Advertising Club re-elects Partho Dasgupta as President
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  Advertising, Marketing and Media industry’s apex body – The Advertising Club today announced the Managing Committee for the current fiscal i.e. FY 2020-21 at its 66th Annual General Meeting. Its current President Partho Dasgupta has been re-elected to lead the body. Under his able leadership, in the past one year, TAC has covered new grounds especially in the area of learning & development, enabling Indian Advertising industry to imbibe global best practices, innovate and garner global recognition. He has also come out in support of the industry in these unprecedented times by proactively refunding entry fees for the ABBY Awards 2020.   Speaking about the re-appointment Mr. Partho Dasgupta, President, The Advertising Club said “It has been an honor to serve and be re-elected as the President of one of the most prestigious Advertising Clubs in the country, and I am truly humbled by the faith and trust that my Industry peers and seniors have bestowed upon me. This is a difficult year for all of us and I look forward to doing our best for the Club in the forthcoming year. As expressed in the beginning of the year, the committee has gone beyond our Marquee events and tried to do new things this year. Initiatives like Leadership Development Programme is something we would like to push forward this year too.”  The below members were elected unopposed.  The Office Bearers of The Advertising Club for 2020-2021 are:  Partho Dasgupta: President  Partha Sinha: Vice President  Dr. Bhaskar Das: Secretary    Aditya Swamy: Jt. Secretary    Shashi Sinha: Treasurer  Managing Committee Members include the below industry leaders who will play a decisive role in driving synergies and ensuring the success of all The Advertising Club initiatives:  Vikas Khanchandani  Pradeep Dwivedi  Sonia Huria  Mitrajit Bhattacharya  Sidharth Rao  Punitha Arumugam  Raj Nayak   Additional below is the list co-opted industry professionals:  Ajay Kakar  Rana Barua  Sabbas Joseph    The below list of leaders will continue to bring value to The Advertising Club through their expertise and deep understanding of the respective industry segments:  Debabrata Mukherjee  Avinash Pant   Ajay Chandwani  Kartik Sharma  Asha Kharga  Rathi Gangappa  Sapangeet Rajwant  Namrata Tata  Sanjay Adesara  Vikram Sakhuja will continue as a member of the Managing Committee as the Immediate Past President for the ensuing year.    
The Indian Society of Advertisers (ISA) elects Sunil Kataria as the Chairman
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      The newly elected Executive Council of the Indian Society of Advertisers (ISA) met on September 21, 2020.  Mr. Sunil Kataria, Chief Executive Officer, India and SAARC, Godrej Consumer Products Limited, was elected Chairman of the ISA. Sunil has led the Society over the past four years to newer heights drawing support from his colleagues in the Executive Council, the ISA members and all fraternity entities.   On his election for the fifth consecutive term as the Chairman of the ISA, Sunil said, “In our journey towards creating greater value proposition for the ISA in the industry, the focus will be to make this unique body future ready for the new normal that is emerging around us and to provide value added support to our members. With the digital advertising having ascended as second only to TV and growing even further, our endeavour this year would be take forward our efforts in the area of digital measurement .The ISA has plans ahead to work with BARC to create a Multimedia Measurement that can be implemented very soon. We heartily thank all fraternity organizations for their strong partnering and this will surely help us accomplish new milestones. I also acknowledge the continuing support by our members in all our endeavours.”   He further added, “In particular reference to the Covid-19 pandemic, I am glad to acknowledge the cooperation of all our members, industry associates, vendors and ISA Secretariat team in staying safe adhering to directives by health authorities and governments. ” ISA is the only national body as a strong voice to advertisers over the last 68 years. It has advertiser members from across industries who approximately contribute to over two-thirds of the annual national non-governmental ad spends.  ISA, which is a founder member of the World Federation of Advertisers (WFA) and one of the founders of ASCI, continues to partner with other industry bodies that connect to the advertisers.  The ISA played a significant role in formation of BARC and is closely partnering with it towards advertisers getting robust and credible data.  The Executive Council members of the ISA thanked Sunil for his substantial contribution to the ISA as Chairman over past four years and expressed pleasure to elect him again for 2020-21.   Other members of the Executive Council are:   Mr. Atul Agrawal, Senior Vice President – Corporate Brand and Marketing,Tata Services Limited   Mr. Abraham Mathew Alapatt, President & Group Head-Marketing, Service Quality Financial Services & Innovation, Thomas Cook (India) Limited    Mr. Narendra Ambwani, Director, Agro Tech Foods Limited   Mr. Ravi A. Desai, Director, Mass & Brand Mktg International, Amazon Seller Services Pvt. Ltd.   Mrs. Paulomi Dhawan, Independent Director, Whistling Woods International Ltd.   Mr. Girish Kalyanaraman, Senior Director Brand Operations, Procter & Gamble Hygiene and    Health Care Limited   Mr. Chandru Kalro, Managing Director, TTK Prestige Limited   Mr. Sandeep Kaul, Divisional Chief Executive - India Tobacco Division, ITC Limited   Mr. Bharat V. Patel, Independent Director, Aditya Birla Sun Life AMC Ltd.   Mr. Ramakrishnan Ramamurthi, Adviser J. K. Enterprises   Mr. Amit Tiwari, Vice President – Marketing, Havells India Ltd.   Mr. Subhadip Dutta Choudhury, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer Hawkins Cookers Limited   Mr. Anuj Poddar, Executive Director, Bajaj Electricals Limited   Mr. Ram Raghavan, Managing Director, Colgate-Palmolive (India) Limited    Mr Gauravjeet Singh, General Manager – Media Services (South Asia) Media, Hindustan Unilever Limited   Mr. Sanjeev Handa, Sr. V. P.  Corporate Communications, Maruti Suzuki India Limited      

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2021 marketing imperatives to support ‘rebound and recovery’ strategies.
Nov 25 2020 By Admin
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People’s new rituals need to be at the heart of the portfolio innovation strategy. Innovation is one of the key characteristics that enable meaningfully different brands to rebound up to nine times faster. Reinvent channel strategies - remember people crave human connection. Elevate the human experience even in digital environments. Only one in four consumers are satisfied with retailers omnichannel presence. Siloed-organisations that isolate customer experience from sales and marketing need urgent reorganisation to get a holistic view of how to reactivate demand.    In discussing Kantar’s advice for marketing leaders Rosie Hawkins, Chief Innovation Officer at Kantar commented “Adapting to new conditions and being brave are key to fast recovery. Virtually every business we interviewed for this study agreed that consumer behaviour has changed for good. Whether it is how they shop, their product needs, their customer service needs, we need to reset what we know about customer behaviour in the future. History has taught us that businesses that are brave during these recessionary periods rebound stronger. Understand your changing customer needs, invest as much as possible in gaining share of voice (and share of market), adapt your strategy to leverage more digital shopping and service channels. Every company has an opportunity to reframe the experiences they deliver to offer purpose-driven actions and they should not be afraid of serving this important new role in society.”    Preeti Reddy, CEO – South Asia, Insights Division, Kantar added, “In this changing world order, it is an imperative that organizations and brands continue learning about changing consumer preferences and adapting strategies on a real time basis. This will need businesses to be agile and to develop mechanisms that capture information from multiple sources to aid decision making. This will also mean that the need to build stronger, more resilient brands will only increase further; and also to build a strong communication network to communicate brand value and intent to customers on an ongoing basis. Consequently, the role of marketing in driving future strategies of the organization will become even more significant.”   Kantar’s three imperatives for rebound and recovery are part of Global Business Compass. More insights can be found on Kantar.com.  
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Nov 19 2020 By Admin
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New York/Honolulu rubberband. directors, Smuggler, New York (film) Tala Safié, graphic designer, New York (graphic design) Jimmy Simpson illustrator, animation director, Brooklyn (animation) Felix Soletic, director, The Mill, Los Angeles (animation) Jackson Tisi, director, New York (film) Twomuch Studio, digital studio, London (digital) Chan Wai Hon, graphic designer, Hong Kong (graphic design) Michelle Watt, photographer, Brooklyn (photography) Edward Yeung, creative director, Spotify, New York (advertising) Phillip Youmans, director, Smuggler, Los Angeles (film) Information about each Young Guns 18 winner, with examples of their work and links to personal websites, can be viewed here.   “This latest class follows in the footsteps of past Young Guns winners as a diverse group of exciting new talent from around the world who push the creative boundaries in their fields,” said Kevin Swanepoel, CEO, The One Club.  “They are blazing their own trail, and we’re proud to celebrate and elevate this next generation of creative leaders.”   Levine/Leavitt Artist In Residence Award   YG18 winner Yuval Haker was selected to receive the seventh-annual Artist In Residence Award from international artists management agency and Young Guns partner Levine/Leavitt.     The honor is bestowed annually on the newly named Young Gun whose body of work truly stands out, as judged by an advisory board of industry professionals across a range of disciplines.  As this year’s winner, Haker will receive a full year of professional development, guidance and mentorship from Levine/Leavitt to help advance his career.   Humor, anxiety, and play are a big part of Haker’s work, consisting of animation for music videos, commercials, short films and documentaries.  His recent clients include Vox, Netflix, Sharpie, The Wall Street Journal, Square, Google, GE, Spotify, AIGA, Delta, Jack Daniel's, Bloomberg, IBM, State Street Global Advisors and Centrum. “For the past six years, we’ve been so proud to sponsor the Young Guns awards,” said Jeff Levine, cofounder, CEO, Levine/Leavitt.  “It’s extremely exciting to nurture the growth of artists, especially those that are in the early phases of their long-term career goals.  It is with great pride that we announce Yuval Haker will join us as this year’s L/L Artist in Residence.  We truly believe his talent is exceptional, and his artwork exemplifies what we believe Young Guns represents.  We look forward to working with Yuval, and seeing all he will accomplish and conquer in the coming months..”   All Young Guns winners will receive a unique version of the iconic Young Guns Cube, designed exclusively for this year’s incoming class, and have their permanent profile page added to the Young Guns website.  Winners also receive a complimentary one-year One Club for Creativity membership, permanent membership in the Young Guns network, a chance to be featured in Young Guns events and an assortment of career-boosting opportunities from Young Guns sponsors.   Young Guns 18 branding and design of the Cube award itself is recreated each year by a past Young Gun winner.  This year’s YG18 branding and award are designed by CONTINO, New York, founded by creative director and YG9 winner Jon Contino.      Past Young Guns include rising stars who went on to become leaders in their chosen fields, including graphic designers James Victore (YG1), Stefan Sagmeister (YG1), Natasha Jen (YG3) and Jessica Walsh (YG8); ad creatives Rei Inamoto (YG4) and Menno Kluin (YG6); illustrators Christoph Niemann (YG2) and Deanne Cheuk (YG4); fashion designer Kerby Jean-Raymond (YG14); artist/filmmaker Calmatic (YG16); film director/photographer India Sleem (YG17); photographer Ryan McGuinness (YG2); typographers Alex Trochut (YG6) and Gemma O’Brien (YG13); film and video director Mike Mills, animation artist Todd St. John (YG1) and others.   Young Guns 18 is made possible in part through the generous support of partners including CONTINO, Levine/Leavitt and Shutterstock. 
Tonic Worldwide expands its footprints further in South India by welcoming Stoppress, an Integrated brand and communications agency in Chennai
Nov 19 2020 By Admin
  Tonic Worldwide, the leading independent digital-first creative agency, has joined forces with Chennai-based digital marketing agency – Stoppress Communications, as part of Tonic's expansion plans across the country. Through this collaboration, both agencies will be creating a stronger expanded offering by combining their technological and creative expertise. This collaboration will allow Tonic to extend their specialized services like their video content division ‘TWIP’, research & insights division ‘Gipsi’, and creative tech led services to brands from the southern region of India, and help them strengthen their offering of language based content to their current national clients. Tonic Worldwide & Stoppress will continue to operate as distinct brands and organizational structures while working together.  Speaking on the collaboration, Unmisha Bhatt, Chief Strategy Officer & Director – India & MENA region, Tonic Worldwide, says, “Bharat is seeing the maximum surge in growth in digital users and as digital partners to brands, we are looking at bringing deeper cultural insights and understanding of each region for our brands. With Stoppress’s understanding of the Southern market and consumers, we are excited to bring the expertise for our clients and help them boost their business across regions. After Bengaluru, we have been eager to cover the rest of South with the diversity that the region holds.” "The idea of being a part of creating award-winning digital initiatives and scaling up and growing our business spurred us to explore this collaboration. We look forward to work on large national campaigns and enhance our portfolio of offerings", says Krithika Balasubramanian, Founder & CEO, Stoppress Communications.
Twenty7 Inc. bags public relation mandate of VentAllOut
Nov 17 2020 By Admin
    Twenty7 Inc. announced that it has bagged the PR mandate of VentAllOut, a New Delhi-based startup. VentAllOut is a health-tech platform in the mental health space. As an active communications consultant, Twenty7 Inc. will be responsible for managing the communications program for the brand and handling strategic PR, media duties and reputation management.   Speaking on the appointment of the PR Team, Sumit Mittal, Founder & CEO of VentAllOut said, "We look forward to this strategic engagement with Twenty7 Inc. to drive our brand narrative through media channels. The agency will help us to increase our brand presence in the industry and align our goals with media, stakeholders, and the public to conclusively convey our message and objectives to the target audience."   VentAllOut is a Delhi-based health-tech platform designed to break the stigma around mental health. It is also India's first AI-powered Vernacular platform that promotes mental wellbeing. The platform has trained psychologists, psychiatrists and mental health specialists in its panel. There are three ways to use VentAllOut. One can post their problem and get community support. Talk to a physician for a short period at a nominal cost or go for a detailed analysis with a specialist that will be a virtual therapy.   Speaking about the collaboration Nilayankur Bharti, Founder & Director of Twenty7 Inc. said, We are delighted to have the opportunity to manage the media presence of brands like VentAllOut. Sumit is a young entrepreneur, and VAO is an innovative brand that will not only allow us to explore mental health areas even further but also gives us a new path to work with new ideas and initiatives. For startups, PR and communications play an important role in brand building and reputation management, and we are confident that we will add value to the overall vision of the brand in the segment.”   As an agency, Twenty7 Inc. has expertise in promoting clients or brands through the channels of earned media by leveraging on communication bonds between the organization and its target audience to gain mutual benefits.  

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2021 marketing imperatives to support ‘rebound and recovery’ strategies.
Nov 25 2020 By Admin
    More than two thirds (69%) of businesses expect to end the second half of 2020 in decline. Just under half (45%) of those expect their business to be down by 20% or less, while one in five of those leaders expects their business to be down in excess of 40% y/y. As news of positive stage 3 clinical trials emerges, just one quarter (23%) expect their business to recover within a six-month timeframe of a vaccine being widely available, while 41% expect recovery within a year. More than one quarter (27%) expect their business to take as long as two years to fully recover from the COVID-19 crisis.  In Global Business Compass, a study of almost 4,500 business leaders around the world; Kantar identified that almost two thirds (61%) of companies had reduced their marketing spend by an average of 36.7% in 2020. This included half of companies (50%) cutting comms and media spend by an average of 39.3%. With this widespread economic concern, and the constraints being placed upon marketing, Kantar, the world’s leading data, insights, and consulting company has identified the three core strategies marketing teams should pursue to support their business’s ‘rebound and recovery’ strategy.   Imperative #1: Digital Transformation: Omnichannel and ecommerce is surging. 40% of consumers say they have increased their ecommerce spend during lockdown, rising to 48% of households with children. 45% of consumers will continue shopping with online stores they found during the pandemic. 55% of companies invested in their ecommerce capabilities during the pandemic. The change is not only about online business, new buying patterns and behaviours are emerging making brands and companies more vulnerable to competition. With digital becoming an integral part of the new normal, brands that elevate the human experience will be strongest. Marketing teams can drive success through reinventing channel strategies, shifting towards the best performing channels. Testing new models of growth and partnerships (social commerce and direct to consumer) should be on the agenda of every CMO, while investigating changing needs, buying power and the importance of different touchpoints in new ecommerce journeys will inform those strategies. This understanding will require a purposeful data strategy that discovers the power of owned data within the organisation and integrates it with trusted third-party data to understand the new buying signals and deliver that data to the decision makers within the marketing and media teams.    Imperative #2:  Purpose and sustainability really will make a difference The pandemic has made people re-evaluate the importance of purpose and sustainability in their priorities. 85% of consumers think it is important to buy from companies that support causes in which they believe. Brands need to have an impact in people’s lives and the world they live in. Purpose is a systemic stabiliser for brands in times of global economic recession. It is paramount to revive and reinvent relationships that connect the brands to emerging consumer needs. Businesses are under pressure to play a more supporting role in giving meaning to people’s life and position themselves on issues such as diversity, local culture vs. globalism, racial justice, sustainability and community. Marketing teams in 2021 should reflect on what explicit or implicit needs are being met and consider the impact you can have on users’ lives, functionally or emotionally. Integrate purpose as a living element of the communication, product, brand experience and brand commitment rather than treat it as an isolated concept. Re-engage with consumers and their issues in a transparent, meaningful, connected way, and be ready to make sacrifices for the public good.   Imperative #3: Organisation performance and innovation: Almost two in three leaders don’t feel they have the right operating model to be competitive. During the pandemic 20% of businesses experienced growth. There are lessons to be learned from these companies that will transform how businesses are run. 59% of companies that achieved growth during the pandemic pivoted their business model, while more than a quarter invested more in innovation. Recovery will require businesses to make drastic changes to old ways of working and significantly review and invest in organisational performance. Create a feedback loop with your employees and consumers to ensure your corporate narrative and long-term strategic priorities are still relevant and to accelerate your learning curve and consistently scale best practices. People’s new rituals need to be at the heart of the portfolio innovation strategy. Innovation is one of the key characteristics that enable meaningfully different brands to rebound up to nine times faster. Reinvent channel strategies - remember people crave human connection. Elevate the human experience even in digital environments. Only one in four consumers are satisfied with retailers omnichannel presence. Siloed-organisations that isolate customer experience from sales and marketing need urgent reorganisation to get a holistic view of how to reactivate demand.    In discussing Kantar’s advice for marketing leaders Rosie Hawkins, Chief Innovation Officer at Kantar commented “Adapting to new conditions and being brave are key to fast recovery. Virtually every business we interviewed for this study agreed that consumer behaviour has changed for good. Whether it is how they shop, their product needs, their customer service needs, we need to reset what we know about customer behaviour in the future. History has taught us that businesses that are brave during these recessionary periods rebound stronger. Understand your changing customer needs, invest as much as possible in gaining share of voice (and share of market), adapt your strategy to leverage more digital shopping and service channels. Every company has an opportunity to reframe the experiences they deliver to offer purpose-driven actions and they should not be afraid of serving this important new role in society.”    Preeti Reddy, CEO – South Asia, Insights Division, Kantar added, “In this changing world order, it is an imperative that organizations and brands continue learning about changing consumer preferences and adapting strategies on a real time basis. This will need businesses to be agile and to develop mechanisms that capture information from multiple sources to aid decision making. This will also mean that the need to build stronger, more resilient brands will only increase further; and also to build a strong communication network to communicate brand value and intent to customers on an ongoing basis. Consequently, the role of marketing in driving future strategies of the organization will become even more significant.”   Kantar’s three imperatives for rebound and recovery are part of Global Business Compass. More insights can be found on Kantar.com.  
Viacom18 and MTV Staying Alive Foundation launch MTV Nishedh Alone Together – a 5-part digital drama series featuring Sania Mirza, to address the challenges of Tuberculosis and COVID-19
Nov 25 2020 By Admin
   After witnessing the ground-breaking performance of Phase 1 of the MTV Nishedh campaign that reached over 10 Mn + people across India, Viacom18 and MTV Staying Alive Foundation, supported by an educational grant from Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc., are all set to bring back a digital-only miniseries MTV Nishedh Alone Together. The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has caused new challenges for those suffering from Tuberculosis (TB) across India. Not only may TB patients and survivors face unique vulnerabilities to severe COVID-19 infection as a result of their respiratory challenges, but the pandemic has made it more challenging for them to access both medical care and social support.   To combat this, MTV Nishedh Alone Together will focus on raising awareness about TB in India among young people - who represent just under 40% of all new TB cases - while stressing the importance of seeking proper diagnosis and care, especially amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The 5-episode mini-series will stream on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook handles of MTV India and MTV Nishedh, starting every Friday, from 27th November 2020 onwards.   A digital only spin-off of MTV Nishedh, which premiered in January this year, MTV Nishedh Alone Together will see renowned sports person Sania Mirza champion this important social cause and make her digital debut on the mini-series. The tennis star will be seen playing herself on the show, talking about the challenges faced by people during the pandemic, including those who have TB. Sania joins the cast with returning actors, including Priya Chauhan, Syed Raza Ahmed, Himika Bose and Akshay Nalawade, who will also be seen in pivotal roles in the series.   Speaking about the campaign, Viacom18 Spokesperson said: “We believe that meaningful content, when delivered in an entertaining format to mass audiences, can go a long way in driving instrumental impact. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, health and wellbeing has taken forefront in our lives; however, we still choose to shy away from conversing about TB - the world’s leading infectious killer. A global modelling study has suggested that, with every month of the lockdown, TB is expected to claim an additional ~70,000 deaths in India during 2020-2025.  Thus, the timing couldn’t be more appropriate to engage our audience through entertainment on social media to create awareness of TB in the times of COVID.”   The MTV Nishedh campaign started in 2019 as a holistic 360-degree mass-media led intervention focussed towards increasing awareness on taboo topics facing young people in India, including TB, with support from Johnson & Johnson Services Inc., as well as other issues like sexual and reproductive health, adolescent malnutrition, women’s empowerment and consent. The campaign included MTV Nishedh, a 13-part fiction TV series on MTV; a radio drama on Red FM; and a sustained social media outreach to encourage conversations around these taboos. Georgia Arnold, Executive Director of the MTV Staying Alive Foundation stated, “MTV Nishedh saw positive results in sparking conversations around taboo topics including tuberculosis and the stigma around it. Through MTV Nishedh Alone Together, the aim is to continue this conversation and more importantly help those who may be suffering from symptoms of TB to ensure that they know where to go to get tested, and to continue accessing their meds during the pandemic.  We want people to know that there is always help available for them and they should never give up on themselves, no matter how dark the times may seem.” “COVID-19 has caused significant disruptions in care for patients with tuberculosis (TB) and drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) in India and around the world. We urgently need to step up our collective efforts to raise awareness about the disease and help ensure those impacted receive the care and social support they need during these challenging times," said Sarthak Ranade, Managing Director, Janssen India, Johnson & Johnson Private Limited. "Johnson & Johnson has long been a committed partner in India’s fight against TB -- and now is no different. Building on our work over the years with the Government of India, NGOs and other partners, we are proud to collaborate with the MTV Staying Alive Foundation on this important campaign, which we hope will help encourage and empower young people to advocate for a TB-free India."   Supporting MTV Nishedh Alone Together as a Cause Ambassador, Sania Mirza said, “In India, one person dies of TB, almost every minute. This alarming figure strongly reflects the negligence around the disease and was reason enough for me to associate with MTV Nishedh Alone Together. The current COVID-19 pandemic has seriously disrupted TB diagnosis and treatment services in India.  Just under 40% of diagnosed TB cases occur in people under the age of 30, which means this disease impacts a significant chunk of India’s young population. As an action-oriented generation, it is thus imperative for them to take charge of smashing stereotypes and normalise conversations around TB in India. The show is a perfect platform to echo this and I hope my participation helps in influencing perceptions in these trying times.”   A completely shot-at home series, MTV Nishedh Alone Together captures the journey of a young couple, Vicky and Megha, based in Mumbai, who brave it through the professional challenges amidst the imposed lockdown, coupled with the concerns around Vicky’s TB treatment continuation in the COVID-19 scenario. Faced with this adversity, will Megha and Vicky be able to stick together? Will Vicky receive the care and social support he needs during COVID-19? MTV Nishedh Alone Together has the answers to these questions and much more.    With over 2.7 million cases annually, India is home to the highest number of TB (Tuberculosis) patients in the world, out of which at least half a million cases go undiagnosed. The purpose of this initiative is to help raise awareness about the disease and reduce the stigma that is too often associated with it. Viacom18 as a network identifies itself as a ‘Network with a Humane Purpose’ and with MTV Nishedh as a holistic campaign has been able to prove the undaunting soft power of the entertainment industry.   Ab Koi Nishedh Nahi, it’s time to #KhulKeBol on TB and more. So, stay tuned to the YouTube, Facebook and Instagram handles of MTV India and the YouTube channel of MTV Staying Alive Foundation, every Thursday starting 27th November and be a part of this change.    Please find below the promo links:   https://www.instagram.com/p/CH-JSwVhLlY/?igshid=1jczstsvm30ya   https://www.facebook.com/89743390101/posts/10158559771355102/?vh=e&d=n
Call of Duty Mobile goes big with India Challenge 2020
Nov 25 2020 By Admin
    South Asia’s leading esports company NODWIN Gaming announced it’s first-ever standalone Call of Duty Mobile tournament, the Call of Duty Mobile India Challenge 2020 with a prize pool of more than 7 Lacs INR. The registration for the tournament has kick-started on November 20 and the matches will go live on NODWIN Gaming’s YouTube and Facebook handles.  The record-breaking Activision Blizzard title found instant success within one month of its release and even now sees no stopping. With India in full swing for mobile esports welcomed the game with a warm heart. With Call of Duty Mobile India Challenge, NODWIN Gaming aims at building a robust ecosystem for the game and its community in the country.     “Call of Duty mobile had its takers from day 1 and the number grew at a substantial pace in India. Our mobile-first esports market grew diverse with its arrival. A full-blown CODM tournament was long overdue, we heard the community and it eventually happened. We are glad to have made this move and I’m sure this will be a wonderful platform for the gamers to make a name for themselves”, said Akshat Rathee, MD & Co-Founder, NODWIN Gaming.    The property is driven by invitational tournaments and open cups. India’s celebrity gamers fought hard in the invitational tournament for a prize pool of 72,000 INR. The cups are open for everyone to register and participate. There will be a total of 4 cups for 5v5 and battle royale modes combined for a total prize pool of 6,48,000 INR. The winners of the cups for both the modes will move on to the grand finals set to take place on 28th December.    Head on to the official website for registration and tournament details.  
FC Goa announces JK Lakshmi Cement as Associate Sponsor for the 2020/21 season of the Indian Super League
Nov 25 2020 By Admin
   FC Goa is delighted to announce JK Lakshmi Cement as an Associate Sponsor for the Club for the 2020/21 season of the Indian Super League. As part of the partnership, JK Lakshmi Cement will appear on the right sleeve of the FC Goa shirt for the entirety of the ISL season.   The cement brand was the title sponsor of Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League.    JK Lakshmi Cement Limited is a part of the over 132-year-old JK Group. An eminent industrial house, with operations in India and abroad and having a leadership presence in the fields of tyre, cement, paper, power transmissions and sealing solutions, dairy products and textiles.   Aditya Datta, FC Goa’s Chief Operating Officer, said, “We are pleased to welcome JK Lakshmi Cement to the FC Goa family. The partnership brings together two of the leading brands in the country in their respective spheres.   “This is a true amalgamation of trust and innovation. JK Lakshmi Cement has become an embodiment of trust, quality and a constant strive for excellence. These are qualities that imbibe with FC Goa. And we are truly looking forward to forging together a successful partnership.”   Speaking on the association with FC Goa, Dr. Shailendra Chouksey, Whole Time Director, JK Lakshmi Cement Ltd. said, “JK Lakshmi Cement and FC Goa brands collectively stand for strength, integrity and pride. Both are resolute in their pursuit of triumphs. We are delighted to be associated with FC Goa. With pace, power, passion and performance, together we aim to bring pride to our brands. Our Buland Soch combines with a strong enthusiasm for FC Goa will result in exciting times ahead. Recognising the diversity of the social fabric of the country, through this association JK Lakshmi is looking to strengthen the bond with its customer base.”  

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2021 marketing imperatives to support ‘rebound and recovery’ strategies.
Nov 25 2020 By Admin
    More than two thirds (69%) of businesses expect to end the second half of 2020 in decline. Just under half (45%) of those expect their business to be down by 20% or less, while one in five of those leaders expects their business to be down in excess of 40% y/y. As news of positive stage 3 clinical trials emerges, just one quarter (23%) expect their business to recover within a six-month timeframe of a vaccine being widely available, while 41% expect recovery within a year. More than one quarter (27%) expect their business to take as long as two years to fully recover from the COVID-19 crisis.  In Global Business Compass, a study of almost 4,500 business leaders around the world; Kantar identified that almost two thirds (61%) of companies had reduced their marketing spend by an average of 36.7% in 2020. This included half of companies (50%) cutting comms and media spend by an average of 39.3%. With this widespread economic concern, and the constraints being placed upon marketing, Kantar, the world’s leading data, insights, and consulting company has identified the three core strategies marketing teams should pursue to support their business’s ‘rebound and recovery’ strategy.   Imperative #1: Digital Transformation: Omnichannel and ecommerce is surging. 40% of consumers say they have increased their ecommerce spend during lockdown, rising to 48% of households with children. 45% of consumers will continue shopping with online stores they found during the pandemic. 55% of companies invested in their ecommerce capabilities during the pandemic. The change is not only about online business, new buying patterns and behaviours are emerging making brands and companies more vulnerable to competition. With digital becoming an integral part of the new normal, brands that elevate the human experience will be strongest. Marketing teams can drive success through reinventing channel strategies, shifting towards the best performing channels. Testing new models of growth and partnerships (social commerce and direct to consumer) should be on the agenda of every CMO, while investigating changing needs, buying power and the importance of different touchpoints in new ecommerce journeys will inform those strategies. This understanding will require a purposeful data strategy that discovers the power of owned data within the organisation and integrates it with trusted third-party data to understand the new buying signals and deliver that data to the decision makers within the marketing and media teams.    Imperative #2:  Purpose and sustainability really will make a difference The pandemic has made people re-evaluate the importance of purpose and sustainability in their priorities. 85% of consumers think it is important to buy from companies that support causes in which they believe. Brands need to have an impact in people’s lives and the world they live in. Purpose is a systemic stabiliser for brands in times of global economic recession. It is paramount to revive and reinvent relationships that connect the brands to emerging consumer needs. Businesses are under pressure to play a more supporting role in giving meaning to people’s life and position themselves on issues such as diversity, local culture vs. globalism, racial justice, sustainability and community. Marketing teams in 2021 should reflect on what explicit or implicit needs are being met and consider the impact you can have on users’ lives, functionally or emotionally. Integrate purpose as a living element of the communication, product, brand experience and brand commitment rather than treat it as an isolated concept. Re-engage with consumers and their issues in a transparent, meaningful, connected way, and be ready to make sacrifices for the public good.   Imperative #3: Organisation performance and innovation: Almost two in three leaders don’t feel they have the right operating model to be competitive. During the pandemic 20% of businesses experienced growth. There are lessons to be learned from these companies that will transform how businesses are run. 59% of companies that achieved growth during the pandemic pivoted their business model, while more than a quarter invested more in innovation. Recovery will require businesses to make drastic changes to old ways of working and significantly review and invest in organisational performance. Create a feedback loop with your employees and consumers to ensure your corporate narrative and long-term strategic priorities are still relevant and to accelerate your learning curve and consistently scale best practices. People’s new rituals need to be at the heart of the portfolio innovation strategy. Innovation is one of the key characteristics that enable meaningfully different brands to rebound up to nine times faster. Reinvent channel strategies - remember people crave human connection. Elevate the human experience even in digital environments. Only one in four consumers are satisfied with retailers omnichannel presence. Siloed-organisations that isolate customer experience from sales and marketing need urgent reorganisation to get a holistic view of how to reactivate demand.    In discussing Kantar’s advice for marketing leaders Rosie Hawkins, Chief Innovation Officer at Kantar commented “Adapting to new conditions and being brave are key to fast recovery. Virtually every business we interviewed for this study agreed that consumer behaviour has changed for good. Whether it is how they shop, their product needs, their customer service needs, we need to reset what we know about customer behaviour in the future. History has taught us that businesses that are brave during these recessionary periods rebound stronger. Understand your changing customer needs, invest as much as possible in gaining share of voice (and share of market), adapt your strategy to leverage more digital shopping and service channels. Every company has an opportunity to reframe the experiences they deliver to offer purpose-driven actions and they should not be afraid of serving this important new role in society.”    Preeti Reddy, CEO – South Asia, Insights Division, Kantar added, “In this changing world order, it is an imperative that organizations and brands continue learning about changing consumer preferences and adapting strategies on a real time basis. This will need businesses to be agile and to develop mechanisms that capture information from multiple sources to aid decision making. This will also mean that the need to build stronger, more resilient brands will only increase further; and also to build a strong communication network to communicate brand value and intent to customers on an ongoing basis. Consequently, the role of marketing in driving future strategies of the organization will become even more significant.”   Kantar’s three imperatives for rebound and recovery are part of Global Business Compass. More insights can be found on Kantar.com.  
Diabetes consultations and management, likely to go the “PHYGITAL” way in the future as revealed in ‘The D-Picture: COVID Edition’, a Kantar Study.
Nov 17 2020 By Admin
  Launched on World Diabetes Day, Kantar’s The D-Picture- COVID Edition Report indicates that a “Phygital” way of consultation may be the future trend in Diabetes management. While diabetics in India will continue to consult doctors face to face, the study points to an increased preference towards virtual consultation (including telephone and digital) during the pandemic, which is expected to continue into the future as well.   Since April 2020, COVID-19 has significantly impacted health services for noncommunicable diseases. Though life is gradually coming back to normal, the last 6 months have led to widespread disruption, especially in healthcare services. As diabetes patients are at high risk of developing complications due to COVID-19 infection, many of them have made permanent changes in their daily routine. 6 in 10 diabetics have expressed concern of catching the infection and getting hospitalized for COVID-19.  Understanding these and many more such areas of concern, is possible through the syndicated Kantar study covering 300 Type 2 diabetes patients across 12 cities. All respondents belonged to NCCS A (upper socio-economic class).     Highlights of The D-Picture: COVID Edition: What makes Kantar’s ‘The D-Picture: COVID Edition’ most relevant is that it gives an in-depth understanding of patients’ attitudes, fears and challenges and their outlook to the future. It also carries insights into how patients have altered their consultation habits, frequency of blood sugar testing, consumption of protein powders and immunity boosters throughout pandemic; along with preference for online mode of communication to access healthcare services. Lastly, it highlights how the future of disease management is going to shape in the coming months.   Key highlights of the study:   60% of diabetics interviewed in the survey have shown high concern about their health due to COVID. This number is significantly higher than concerns about health amongst average Indian consumers (45%) The fear of uncontrolled blood sugar is significantly higher among people living in the big four metros. Insulin users have higher concern about blood sugars versus patients on oral therapy. Despite the lockdown, >70% people consulted their physician in the period (April – Sept 2020). People used virtual methods of consultations e.g. telephone, WhatsApp etc. The pandemic has also resulted in patients being more gluco-vigilant. Nearly 1/3rd of respondents who own a glucometer have purchased it after the pandemic struck, leading to more meticulous monitoring at home. Remote Patient Monitoring is on the rise with video/ virtual consultations using digital apps showing sharp rise from 3% pre-COVID to 13% during COVID. Apart from using apps, increasing number of patients have also resorted to texting doctors on WhatsApp (10% pre-COVID, up to 26% during COVID)  However, only 5% people have used specialized digital consultation platforms (e.g. Practo, Lybrate) during the pandemic.   Though diabetes management has made a gateway to digital transformation; adoption of health apps for diabetes management is still at a nascent stage among diabetics. Less than 10% claim to have used any health app for diabetes management.   Speaking about the impact of the pandemic on people living with Type 2 diabetes, Gauri Pathak, General Manager (India), Health Division, Kantar said “While the pandemic has caused many disruptions in day-to-day lives, it has led to higher sensitivity towards health management, leading to better regimentation among diabetes patients. Also, openness to use telephone and digital media has increased and is likely to continue to be preferred in the near future”. 
Tonic Worldwide’s research division ‘GIPSI’ reveals report with unique digital consumer profiles for Diwali 2020
Nov 12 2020 By Admin
  Diwali 2020 is here and so are many perspectives. The industry is buzzing with positive sentiment and brands are extending the sentiment by supporting smaller players. Everyone has been waiting for Diwali in 2020 as a ray of hope for recovery. Digital data is a powerhouse of insights. ‘GIPSI’, the HI +AI insights division of Tonic Worldwide has published a brief Diwali report about the digital consumer profiles with insights and implications.  This attempts to decode the pre-Diwali digital behaviour with its ‘Deep Listening’ methodology.  The data sources are multiple for ‘Deep Listening’ Method – it goes beyond digital conversations and maps the data with interests and searches added with unique HI perspectives giving actionable insights. According to the report: The Revenge Diwali celebration consumer intends to spend, not save! For them splurge is the new retail therapy. This profile of TG is ready to pay the premium to celebrate Diwali in the old normal way and more. Their heavy wallets need a breather. Which is good news for marketers. This is reflected in staycation syndrome - 289% increase in conversations, and 179% increase in intent. International travel - 171% increase in conversation, and 650% increase in searches. What’s more - 433% increase in interest in "Premium" trends across categories. GIPSI is asking brands if they are premium worthy for the Revenge celebration?   The Cautious Diwali celebration consumers are the non-risk takers and want to play by the book. They find the mobile screen as the safest window for – buying, experiencing, celebrating and meeting! The interesting part about this is that ‘caution’ has led to the tech adoption as we can see Diwali shopping is on full swing with 600% interest growth in ‘live shopping’. 164% increase in conversations and 129% increase in search volumes w.r.t video shopping. GIPSI suggests brands to keep the ‘screen mask on’ to engage with the cautious ones. The 40% interest increase in ‘car purchase’ and 105% interest increase in ‘test drive’ booking shows that the cautious want to invest in safe private travel transport The Diwali in disguise celebration profile wants to celebrate Diwali without peer pressure, social calendar and social expectations, leading to celebrating Diwali in the most authentic way. The behaviour can simply be understood with DIY meeting CIY (Celebrate It Yourself). There is an 800% increase in DIY Outfit, and 247% increase in DIY Home Décor, added with 90% increase in searches related to ‘Diwali at Home’. What’s more, this TG is even going hi-tech with Diwali cleaning with 300% search increase in "vacuum robots". GIPSI says brands which keep it authentic and appeal to CIY sentiment for this TG will win their hearts. For the ones in denial of Pandemic, Diwali is a break from the Pandemic. The greed for Diwali celebrations has got the better of them –even the pandemic cannot come in the way of Diwali and them. They are in ‘Pandemic off. Party on’ mode. There is a 26 times increase in conversations related to ‘Festive Crowd’ during pre-Diwali compared to the beginning of this festive season. 68% increase in searches for ‘Diwali Party’, 55% increase in searches for 'local sale'. 50% increase in searches related to 'street shopping’. This has concerned GIPSI, while GIPSI is a great promoter of listening to consumers, for this profile she is urging brands not to listen to the consumers. Instead, take care of their safety while they are not taking care of themselves. Commenting on the report, Unmisha Bhatt, Chief Strategy Officer and Director – India & MENA region, Tonic Worldwide, says, “There are a lot of expectations from Diwali 2020.  The power of digital is also far more realized than previous years by brands across categories. Deep listening and data enables brands to navigate uncertainty by understanding underlying sentiments, currents, trends, insights. Once brands understand what their TG cares about, it enables them to build long lasting relationships. With this report, we are uncovering the types of consumers and their mindsets in the current times so that brands can capitalise on these insights.” Anjali Malthankar, National Strategy Director, Tonic Worldwide, says “In a data overloaded world, what’s missing is the perspective and the HI touch to the AI data. Agile, HI +AI is a great combination for a tool which can report consumer insights in real time! Whether you are a marketer or a consumer, all will enjoy and relate to the profiles defined in this report- check out how you or your consumers relate to the profiles.” Gipsi was launched in 2018 and is being headed and driven by Unmisha Bhatt, Chief Strategy Officer, Tonic Worldwide and Anjali Malthankar, National Strategy Director, Tonic Worldwide.
Bata India announces Q2 results, shows signs of recovery
Nov 11 2020 By Admin
    Footwear major Bata India Limited today announced results for the quarter ended 30 September 2020. Revenue from operations for the quarter stood at Rs. 3679 million showcasing steady signs of a steady recovery after a dull first quarter. The net loss stood at Rs. 444 million, as against a loss of Rs. 1011 million in the previous quarter ended 30' June 2020. Since the opening up of the economy in June, the Company has continued its multiple measures to ensure customer safety, consumer relevant communication, product availability and drive channel expansion. All these have resulted in a consistent increase in footfalls across its retail outlets, along with growth seen via e-commerce platforms, expansion drive in smaller towns in Tier 3-5 and newly launched channels — Bata ChatShop and Bata Store-on-Wheels. However, the prevailing uncertainties continue to subdue the consumer demand for discretionary spends.   The Company continued to optimize its retail network and look for cost-savings across rentals & operations, manufacturing and drive efficiencies in its value chain. All the cost-focused initiatives that have been put in place across multiple work streams will continue to have long-term visible impact on the results, post-pandemic as well.   Sandeep Kataria, CEO — Bata India Limited, stated: "We moved from revival to revitalization phase of our strategy. In this quarter, as all the stores opened-up gradually, we continued keeping safety of our customers & employees in mind. We focused on scaling up our presence in online marketplaces with an expanded range, scaling our own channel bata.in and our new digital channels such as 'Bata ChatShop', 'Bata Home Delivery' & 'Bata Store-on-Wheels' mobile kiosk to reach out to a wider customer base. On the physical stores, we expanded our reach in smaller towns by opening our 200th . Franchise store, ensuring availability in multi-brand outlets via Distribution channel and also optimizing our network in the cities. Along with channel expansion initiatives, we continued our strong focus on cost-savings measures across our network, controlling discretionary spends and enhancing productivity. These measures have laid the foundation that will help us capture the emerging consumer demand. With the festive season underway, we launched our first major campaign of the year — 'Kick Out 2020'— along with our new collection, 'Ready Again' which is resonating well with consumers. As we inch back to a semblance of normalcy, we are mindful that this is going to be a slow & steady recovery. Therefore, innovation via agile product creation, introducing new emerging digital channels, expansion in Tier3-5 towns, and cost-saving digitalization will continue to be a priority"  

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2021 marketing imperatives to support ‘rebound and recovery’ strategies.
Nov 25 2020 By Admin
    More than two thirds (69%) of businesses expect to end the second half of 2020 in decline. Just under half (45%) of those expect their business to be down by 20% or less, while one in five of those leaders expects their business to be down in excess of 40% y/y. As news of positive stage 3 clinical trials emerges, just one quarter (23%) expect their business to recover within a six-month timeframe of a vaccine being widely available, while 41% expect recovery within a year. More than one quarter (27%) expect their business to take as long as two years to fully recover from the COVID-19 crisis.  In Global Business Compass, a study of almost 4,500 business leaders around the world; Kantar identified that almost two thirds (61%) of companies had reduced their marketing spend by an average of 36.7% in 2020. This included half of companies (50%) cutting comms and media spend by an average of 39.3%. With this widespread economic concern, and the constraints being placed upon marketing, Kantar, the world’s leading data, insights, and consulting company has identified the three core strategies marketing teams should pursue to support their business’s ‘rebound and recovery’ strategy.   Imperative #1: Digital Transformation: Omnichannel and ecommerce is surging. 40% of consumers say they have increased their ecommerce spend during lockdown, rising to 48% of households with children. 45% of consumers will continue shopping with online stores they found during the pandemic. 55% of companies invested in their ecommerce capabilities during the pandemic. The change is not only about online business, new buying patterns and behaviours are emerging making brands and companies more vulnerable to competition. With digital becoming an integral part of the new normal, brands that elevate the human experience will be strongest. Marketing teams can drive success through reinventing channel strategies, shifting towards the best performing channels. Testing new models of growth and partnerships (social commerce and direct to consumer) should be on the agenda of every CMO, while investigating changing needs, buying power and the importance of different touchpoints in new ecommerce journeys will inform those strategies. This understanding will require a purposeful data strategy that discovers the power of owned data within the organisation and integrates it with trusted third-party data to understand the new buying signals and deliver that data to the decision makers within the marketing and media teams.    Imperative #2:  Purpose and sustainability really will make a difference The pandemic has made people re-evaluate the importance of purpose and sustainability in their priorities. 85% of consumers think it is important to buy from companies that support causes in which they believe. Brands need to have an impact in people’s lives and the world they live in. Purpose is a systemic stabiliser for brands in times of global economic recession. It is paramount to revive and reinvent relationships that connect the brands to emerging consumer needs. Businesses are under pressure to play a more supporting role in giving meaning to people’s life and position themselves on issues such as diversity, local culture vs. globalism, racial justice, sustainability and community. Marketing teams in 2021 should reflect on what explicit or implicit needs are being met and consider the impact you can have on users’ lives, functionally or emotionally. Integrate purpose as a living element of the communication, product, brand experience and brand commitment rather than treat it as an isolated concept. Re-engage with consumers and their issues in a transparent, meaningful, connected way, and be ready to make sacrifices for the public good.   Imperative #3: Organisation performance and innovation: Almost two in three leaders don’t feel they have the right operating model to be competitive. During the pandemic 20% of businesses experienced growth. There are lessons to be learned from these companies that will transform how businesses are run. 59% of companies that achieved growth during the pandemic pivoted their business model, while more than a quarter invested more in innovation. Recovery will require businesses to make drastic changes to old ways of working and significantly review and invest in organisational performance. Create a feedback loop with your employees and consumers to ensure your corporate narrative and long-term strategic priorities are still relevant and to accelerate your learning curve and consistently scale best practices. People’s new rituals need to be at the heart of the portfolio innovation strategy. Innovation is one of the key characteristics that enable meaningfully different brands to rebound up to nine times faster. Reinvent channel strategies - remember people crave human connection. Elevate the human experience even in digital environments. Only one in four consumers are satisfied with retailers omnichannel presence. Siloed-organisations that isolate customer experience from sales and marketing need urgent reorganisation to get a holistic view of how to reactivate demand.    In discussing Kantar’s advice for marketing leaders Rosie Hawkins, Chief Innovation Officer at Kantar commented “Adapting to new conditions and being brave are key to fast recovery. Virtually every business we interviewed for this study agreed that consumer behaviour has changed for good. Whether it is how they shop, their product needs, their customer service needs, we need to reset what we know about customer behaviour in the future. History has taught us that businesses that are brave during these recessionary periods rebound stronger. Understand your changing customer needs, invest as much as possible in gaining share of voice (and share of market), adapt your strategy to leverage more digital shopping and service channels. Every company has an opportunity to reframe the experiences they deliver to offer purpose-driven actions and they should not be afraid of serving this important new role in society.”    Preeti Reddy, CEO – South Asia, Insights Division, Kantar added, “In this changing world order, it is an imperative that organizations and brands continue learning about changing consumer preferences and adapting strategies on a real time basis. This will need businesses to be agile and to develop mechanisms that capture information from multiple sources to aid decision making. This will also mean that the need to build stronger, more resilient brands will only increase further; and also to build a strong communication network to communicate brand value and intent to customers on an ongoing basis. Consequently, the role of marketing in driving future strategies of the organization will become even more significant.”   Kantar’s three imperatives for rebound and recovery are part of Global Business Compass. More insights can be found on Kantar.com.  
Viacom18 and MTV Staying Alive Foundation launch MTV Nishedh Alone Together – a 5-part digital drama series featuring Sania Mirza, to address the challenges of Tuberculosis and COVID-19
Nov 25 2020 By Admin
   After witnessing the ground-breaking performance of Phase 1 of the MTV Nishedh campaign that reached over 10 Mn + people across India, Viacom18 and MTV Staying Alive Foundation, supported by an educational grant from Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc., are all set to bring back a digital-only miniseries MTV Nishedh Alone Together. The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has caused new challenges for those suffering from Tuberculosis (TB) across India. Not only may TB patients and survivors face unique vulnerabilities to severe COVID-19 infection as a result of their respiratory challenges, but the pandemic has made it more challenging for them to access both medical care and social support.   To combat this, MTV Nishedh Alone Together will focus on raising awareness about TB in India among young people - who represent just under 40% of all new TB cases - while stressing the importance of seeking proper diagnosis and care, especially amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The 5-episode mini-series will stream on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook handles of MTV India and MTV Nishedh, starting every Friday, from 27th November 2020 onwards.   A digital only spin-off of MTV Nishedh, which premiered in January this year, MTV Nishedh Alone Together will see renowned sports person Sania Mirza champion this important social cause and make her digital debut on the mini-series. The tennis star will be seen playing herself on the show, talking about the challenges faced by people during the pandemic, including those who have TB. Sania joins the cast with returning actors, including Priya Chauhan, Syed Raza Ahmed, Himika Bose and Akshay Nalawade, who will also be seen in pivotal roles in the series.   Speaking about the campaign, Viacom18 Spokesperson said: “We believe that meaningful content, when delivered in an entertaining format to mass audiences, can go a long way in driving instrumental impact. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, health and wellbeing has taken forefront in our lives; however, we still choose to shy away from conversing about TB - the world’s leading infectious killer. A global modelling study has suggested that, with every month of the lockdown, TB is expected to claim an additional ~70,000 deaths in India during 2020-2025.  Thus, the timing couldn’t be more appropriate to engage our audience through entertainment on social media to create awareness of TB in the times of COVID.”   The MTV Nishedh campaign started in 2019 as a holistic 360-degree mass-media led intervention focussed towards increasing awareness on taboo topics facing young people in India, including TB, with support from Johnson & Johnson Services Inc., as well as other issues like sexual and reproductive health, adolescent malnutrition, women’s empowerment and consent. The campaign included MTV Nishedh, a 13-part fiction TV series on MTV; a radio drama on Red FM; and a sustained social media outreach to encourage conversations around these taboos. Georgia Arnold, Executive Director of the MTV Staying Alive Foundation stated, “MTV Nishedh saw positive results in sparking conversations around taboo topics including tuberculosis and the stigma around it. Through MTV Nishedh Alone Together, the aim is to continue this conversation and more importantly help those who may be suffering from symptoms of TB to ensure that they know where to go to get tested, and to continue accessing their meds during the pandemic.  We want people to know that there is always help available for them and they should never give up on themselves, no matter how dark the times may seem.” “COVID-19 has caused significant disruptions in care for patients with tuberculosis (TB) and drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) in India and around the world. We urgently need to step up our collective efforts to raise awareness about the disease and help ensure those impacted receive the care and social support they need during these challenging times," said Sarthak Ranade, Managing Director, Janssen India, Johnson & Johnson Private Limited. "Johnson & Johnson has long been a committed partner in India’s fight against TB -- and now is no different. Building on our work over the years with the Government of India, NGOs and other partners, we are proud to collaborate with the MTV Staying Alive Foundation on this important campaign, which we hope will help encourage and empower young people to advocate for a TB-free India."   Supporting MTV Nishedh Alone Together as a Cause Ambassador, Sania Mirza said, “In India, one person dies of TB, almost every minute. This alarming figure strongly reflects the negligence around the disease and was reason enough for me to associate with MTV Nishedh Alone Together. The current COVID-19 pandemic has seriously disrupted TB diagnosis and treatment services in India.  Just under 40% of diagnosed TB cases occur in people under the age of 30, which means this disease impacts a significant chunk of India’s young population. As an action-oriented generation, it is thus imperative for them to take charge of smashing stereotypes and normalise conversations around TB in India. The show is a perfect platform to echo this and I hope my participation helps in influencing perceptions in these trying times.”   A completely shot-at home series, MTV Nishedh Alone Together captures the journey of a young couple, Vicky and Megha, based in Mumbai, who brave it through the professional challenges amidst the imposed lockdown, coupled with the concerns around Vicky’s TB treatment continuation in the COVID-19 scenario. Faced with this adversity, will Megha and Vicky be able to stick together? Will Vicky receive the care and social support he needs during COVID-19? MTV Nishedh Alone Together has the answers to these questions and much more.    With over 2.7 million cases annually, India is home to the highest number of TB (Tuberculosis) patients in the world, out of which at least half a million cases go undiagnosed. The purpose of this initiative is to help raise awareness about the disease and reduce the stigma that is too often associated with it. Viacom18 as a network identifies itself as a ‘Network with a Humane Purpose’ and with MTV Nishedh as a holistic campaign has been able to prove the undaunting soft power of the entertainment industry.   Ab Koi Nishedh Nahi, it’s time to #KhulKeBol on TB and more. So, stay tuned to the YouTube, Facebook and Instagram handles of MTV India and the YouTube channel of MTV Staying Alive Foundation, every Thursday starting 27th November and be a part of this change.    Please find below the promo links:   https://www.instagram.com/p/CH-JSwVhLlY/?igshid=1jczstsvm30ya   https://www.facebook.com/89743390101/posts/10158559771355102/?vh=e&d=n
Call of Duty Mobile goes big with India Challenge 2020
Nov 25 2020 By Admin
    South Asia’s leading esports company NODWIN Gaming announced it’s first-ever standalone Call of Duty Mobile tournament, the Call of Duty Mobile India Challenge 2020 with a prize pool of more than 7 Lacs INR. The registration for the tournament has kick-started on November 20 and the matches will go live on NODWIN Gaming’s YouTube and Facebook handles.  The record-breaking Activision Blizzard title found instant success within one month of its release and even now sees no stopping. With India in full swing for mobile esports welcomed the game with a warm heart. With Call of Duty Mobile India Challenge, NODWIN Gaming aims at building a robust ecosystem for the game and its community in the country.     “Call of Duty mobile had its takers from day 1 and the number grew at a substantial pace in India. Our mobile-first esports market grew diverse with its arrival. A full-blown CODM tournament was long overdue, we heard the community and it eventually happened. We are glad to have made this move and I’m sure this will be a wonderful platform for the gamers to make a name for themselves”, said Akshat Rathee, MD & Co-Founder, NODWIN Gaming.    The property is driven by invitational tournaments and open cups. India’s celebrity gamers fought hard in the invitational tournament for a prize pool of 72,000 INR. The cups are open for everyone to register and participate. There will be a total of 4 cups for 5v5 and battle royale modes combined for a total prize pool of 6,48,000 INR. The winners of the cups for both the modes will move on to the grand finals set to take place on 28th December.    Head on to the official website for registration and tournament details.  
FC Goa announces JK Lakshmi Cement as Associate Sponsor for the 2020/21 season of the Indian Super League
Nov 25 2020 By Admin
   FC Goa is delighted to announce JK Lakshmi Cement as an Associate Sponsor for the Club for the 2020/21 season of the Indian Super League. As part of the partnership, JK Lakshmi Cement will appear on the right sleeve of the FC Goa shirt for the entirety of the ISL season.   The cement brand was the title sponsor of Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League.    JK Lakshmi Cement Limited is a part of the over 132-year-old JK Group. An eminent industrial house, with operations in India and abroad and having a leadership presence in the fields of tyre, cement, paper, power transmissions and sealing solutions, dairy products and textiles.   Aditya Datta, FC Goa’s Chief Operating Officer, said, “We are pleased to welcome JK Lakshmi Cement to the FC Goa family. The partnership brings together two of the leading brands in the country in their respective spheres.   “This is a true amalgamation of trust and innovation. JK Lakshmi Cement has become an embodiment of trust, quality and a constant strive for excellence. These are qualities that imbibe with FC Goa. And we are truly looking forward to forging together a successful partnership.”   Speaking on the association with FC Goa, Dr. Shailendra Chouksey, Whole Time Director, JK Lakshmi Cement Ltd. said, “JK Lakshmi Cement and FC Goa brands collectively stand for strength, integrity and pride. Both are resolute in their pursuit of triumphs. We are delighted to be associated with FC Goa. With pace, power, passion and performance, together we aim to bring pride to our brands. Our Buland Soch combines with a strong enthusiasm for FC Goa will result in exciting times ahead. Recognising the diversity of the social fabric of the country, through this association JK Lakshmi is looking to strengthen the bond with its customer base.”