Friday, 7 February 2014

4 ways to improve brand building and ROI

Achieving the desired position in the market is impossible for a company without branding its product. A brand can be defined as a name, term, logo or punch line which differentiates them from  each other. Communicating and promoting the product is the most crucial part for any company. Building trust(as we have seen 'T' stands for trust in TATA group) among customers will do half of the work.

In Hindi we have a saying, "Jo dikhta hai wahi bikta hai", so the whole story relies on the brand image of your company. If we talk about brand building, customer satisfaction will come into picture. If the customers are satisfied with the offerings, it results into a strong and long term relationship. If the brand building process is weak, the company cannot reach its desired market share, even if the product is far better than its competitors. 

Problems in Brand building:

Lets see why some companies are unable to stand like a famous brand or why they face difficulties in maintaining the break-even point resulting in improper ROI(return on investment). Here are some areas where a company may not focus, which may effect their brand image:
  1. The company may not have proper exposure to the target audience, making end-consumers less aware about the company.
  2. The product/brand may not have any distinctive or better feature as compare to the competitive brands. The brand must have a X-factor which will make them stand out among all other brands.
  3. It is possible that the company is constantly focusing on one type of marketing tool for promotion and not considering other marketing options. One more factor could be, allocating same amount of budget to the same marketing tool each year.
  4. A company may not be taking much care about the ROI impact for different promotional programs.

Every industry faces different problems in building their brand image and for that, they implement different types of solutions. Lets see some of the ways through which we can improve our brand building and return on investment:
  1. Use different strategies available in the market for promotion and measure result of each strategy differently.
  2. Invest money in that marketing instrument which shows increasing effectiveness. There are many ways to market yourself like online marketing, media marketing, social groups, promoting in movies, TV series, hoardings etc.
  3. Calculate the financial investment and estimate the ROI impact from your investment. All these things should be planned in advance to get a profitable results.
  4. Try and maintain long term relationship with the customers.

In today's market, branding has gained a lot of importance. For example, Red bull is one of the healthy drink which came into market. When they first launched their product, they did different promotional activities like offering some free samples and information about Red bull in front of shopping malls and super markets. And now after years from its launch its a brand image and they are readily available in all stores.

Red Bull Health Drink
Red Bull (Image courtesy :

We can also see in case of Horlicks brand. GlaxoSmithKline Consumer introduced one more flavor in their product category recently, 'Kesar Badam Horlicks'. The other competitors of Horlicks like Complan, Bournvita and Protinex are also delivering different variant of product in the market. The Complan brand also came up with kesar badam flavor to increase their sale. And in case of Bournvita, they introduced 'lit champs' which targeted the kids of age between 2 to 5. To be in the market, the Horlicks also came up with 'Keasr Badam Horlicks', but on top of it they introduced a promotional kit which includes lunch box for kids. With this strategy, they may attract the consumers of Complan by giving an additional benefit to them. The span of being leader in the market is getting lesser, the companies has to come up with unique things to maintain its position and always trying to be step ahead of their competitors. Consumers pick those brands which they trust and those which deliver 'value for money'.
Kesar Badam Horlicks
Kesar Badam Horlicks (Image courtesy :

Complan with Kesar Badam
Complan with Kesar Badam(Image courtesy:

To create a great brand, a company should think out of the box to satisfy their customers. Although its totally depends on the customers to make or break the brand, but still companies should try all the possible way to build their brand. Every time they should come out with different branding strategies to be success in this competitive market.

Monday, 3 February 2014

Product Placement: Entertainment with advertising

Marketers and advertisers are always on the quest for innovative ways to reach their target audience in the most effective way. The concept of product placement(also known as In-film advertising) deals with the placement of a specific product/brand in a movie in order to attract and persuade the target audience. This strategy has been gaining momentum not only in Hollywood but also in Bollywood and Tollywood. Cut-throat competition and increasing consumerism is encouraging advertisers to find more creative ways to communicate with audience in order to win the market.

In-film advertising helps advertisers and brand owners, to penetrate this clutter in order to receive the utmost attention of the target audience. The product/brand should be placed in the movie, in such a way, that the audience feel it is natural and tend to develop a positive opinion towards that brand. This is one of the innovative and best way of advertising, since it gets viewer's attention when they are in a relaxed mood.

Why this mode of marketing communication is more profitable for a company over other modes of communication?
  1. Product placement allows advertisers to place the company's offerings along with the movie stars, as a result it gets instant brand visibility and that too at a price cheaper than the celebrity endorsement.
  2. This strategy gives an additional push to the brand, even though the star do not directly endorse the product.
  3. Products/brands, if placed effectively or as per situations in the film ensures high brand recall.
  4. Helps in fast market penetration and customers mind too.

Bourvita brand in Krrish movie
Bournvita brand in Krrish movie

The movie 'Krrish' came recently in movie theaters. The film featured Hrithik Roshan in a lead role and was playing a character of superhero. As you can see in the movie, in starting few minutes only you can find a Bournvita ad in the movie. The Bournvita company realizes the motive of the film and placed their brand to get visible among their target audience.

Shahrukh Khan promoted Nokia Lumia in chennai express
Shahrukh Khan promoted Nokia Lumia in chennai express

Another one is in movie 'Chennai express'. Here Shahrukh khan has promoted the Nokia brand. While conversation with Deepika in the movie, he enumerated the features of Nokia Lumia. This concept of product placement is not new but it has given a remarkable results to the companies.

Indian women's hockey team with Ultra Tech t-shirt in Chak De
Indian women's hockey team with Ultra Tech t-shirt in Chak De(image courtesy:

The movie 'Chak De! India' came on the floor in 2001 and was again featured by Shahrukh khan. This movie placed many brands like McDonald's, Puma, Bisleri and even Ultra-tech Cement. The Ultra-tech brand was shown as the official sponsor of the Indian women's hockey team in the movie. It is not about big or small company, everyone is incorporating this strategy to get maximum profits out of it.

According to Chuck Blore, "Advertising is the art of arresting the human intelligence just long enough to get money from it". Marketers have realized that the attention span towards a brand is becoming small day by day. Hence movies have become an integral part of our life and marketers have discovered this concept of In-film advertising to get long term success in this cut-throat competition.