Tuesday, 19 February 2013
- Much like dedicated teams for traditional and digital marketing, its always good to have accountable team assigned (in house/outsourced) for the mobile marketing activities.
- Resources - According to the Mobile Marketing Association, marketers currently allocate less than one percent of their marketing budget to mobile advertising. However, based on the MMA’s detailed ROI analysis of mobile, the optimal percentage of a marketing budget to spend on mobile is seven percent, on average, and up to nine percent for brands with higher app involvement
- Defined metrics – App marketing comes with a different set of metrics that the business/marketer should measure. Some of these include Appstore rank, downloads, cost per download, new customer acquisition cost, loyalty, clicks on the apps etc
- Market the app more on mobile networks than web. Try ad networks, incentive networks, bidding platforms etc. On all these platforms, optimize the usage and app characteristics very strongly.
- Analytics – Use tools to analyze everything you do on marketing – ad spent, metrics, reporting etc.
Monday, 12 March 2012
I was travelling back from Bangalore airport and took Easy Cabs and had a bad experience with the driver. (3 months back i had tweeted 7 times about how Easy Cabs was awesome, drivers are so courteous and so on and so forth). However the bad experience neither made me shout out loud about the experience nor did i feel bad for Easy Cabs. Rather i thought that as a brand they have done great but as they scale these issues are bound to happen, especially considering that its a loosely coupled drive force.
Tuesday, 28 February 2012
Sunday, 14 November 2010
Its been quite some time since SME/SMBs across the globe have been blamed of not giving enough importance to building a brand, however not many have come forward to educate them and change their mindset. However the worse thing is that there are bigger brands which are equally negligent of brand building and these are brands who have the muscle power to flex but its the focus which is missing. They do have brand managers from some of the best marketing and advertising schools but still make enough mistakes. Some of the most well known organizations follow what even an SME wouldnt dare do, check these
1. Facebook – I know lot of you would already have decided to junk this write up, after all who on earth would think facebook to be a bad brand. But consider this – how many of you are happy with privacy policies of facebook. Since Jan 2010 many factions of people have come out and revolted against facebook privacy settings however Mark Zuckerburg believes that the world has changed, that it’s become more public and less private. There are a lot of voices coming up against facebook and not many people like what they are doing (however everyone is still using it) it surely is on a thin ice! I hope there’s not another Myspace coming up!
2. Cold drink brands – Pepsi, Coke, Sprite etc – Another shocker Ok imagine you go to a shop and ask for Sprite and he gives you 7Up, would you drink or leave it! More than 90% of people would go ahead and drink it! Good brands are irreplaceable is what we were taught
3. Cafe Coffee Day – This is my fav “bad brand”. All of a sudden we found out CCD changing logos and then you realised some of the merchandise in their outlet still had old logos. Excuse them, who wants to waste! Over 5 months since the rebranding happened – go to MG Road in Bangalore or Delhi Airport – same old logo hanging around! If some one is listening, guys pull your socks.
Though i agree SMEs/SMBs haven’t focused on branding but they are not the only ones to be blamed!
Wednesday, 13 October 2010
With the crowd sharing in a torrent of criticism on social networks, GAP decided to go back to the old blue. There were thousands of tweets and Facebook updates deriding the new logo design and the company was quick to accept the power of crowd and even went a step further asking people on its facebook FAN page to come up with design suggestions calling it a “crowd sourcing project”, once again proving Jeff Howe’s theory on power of crowd souring.
Jeff in his book on crowdsourcing has mentioned that it’s the crowd which will drive the future of business and GAP is a classic example where social media mobilized the crowd to forced GAP to scrap the new logo. Jeff had used strong examples like why companies as big as Procter & Gamble repeatedly call on enthusiastic amateurs to solve scientific and technical challenges? How companies as diverse as iStockphoto and Threadless employ just a handful of people, yet generate millions of dollars in revenue every year? He defines, "Crowdsourcing" as a phenomenon through which power of the many can be leveraged to accomplish feats that were once the responsibility of a specialized few. He shows why the crowd is more productive than a talented individual.
99designs which is one of the largest creative marketplaces provided a platform to designers who wanted to share feedback and designs to GAP, informally, and saw over 4500 logo designs submitted in last 5 days. The winning logo will be decided by community vote and will be provided to GAP management as a gesture of goodwill.
A quick take on GAP’s new logo effort
- For a B2C brand which is driven by the consumers, crowdsourcing is proving out to be a strong contender for marketing campaigns and brand building exercises
- With more than 5000 entries in 5 days it might be a better option to try a closed set of participants rather than going out to the complete crowd.
- Brands like GAP needs to understand the role of experts along with the end consumer who need to drive the crowdsourcing campaign
The advantage of disruption is how most of these crowdsourcing companies portray themselves and I think consumers are now coming to the terms of this changing guard.
Tuesday, 21 September 2010
There have been many folks who have written on how entrepreneurship is challenging, how it’s exciting but risky at the same time and many decided to pen down their own successful journey. However one thing which we haven't seen is entrepreneurs who haven't succeeded or who are struggling take time to share what is so good and bad about entrepreneurship.
Frankly, these struggling CxO's have either not been invited or they are busy finding business to survive the next month.So i thought let me share the fun, excitement, risk, guilt, pain, joy, challenge that i have faced in my trial as an entrepreneur. No no, that doesn't mean that my venture didn't do great or i decided to write without worrying about cash flows for next month :). I am yet to be a part of either of the two classes or for that matter any class!.
Any ways, one thing i am sure is that Entrepreneurs are disruptive folks - when i was completing my MBA my only aim in life was to earn money and settle in western country and so luckily or unluckily just when I thought I was on track, but disruptive mind work up and decided that there’s no fun if things go as per plan and so i landed up leaving my job, some decent cash and a nice lifestyle to be on roads selling things in Indian cities. Whether it’s a brave decision or not is yet to be seen but the impulse to create disruption is what pushed me.
Other important thing about entrepreneurs who have managed to get some decent management education is their ability to build on "intellectual wisdom" , which they call with a different and more familiar term as well. So when ever my partner and i got time, especially when you don't have a client to listen to you, we started thinking what more we can do. So from designing logos we were soon printing advertisements on Pizza boxes and tissue rolls. Whether it results in some end product or not, the climax of it all is what makes you feel – yeah, we can do it!
People say entrepreneurship is all about unpredictability - i say it is not. Its the most predictable kind of work that one can do. As an entrepreneur there's so many things which you know would happen, unless you are trying to fool your mind and think you are some superman - clients would never treat you well, your end product will never be up to the satisfaction level of the clients, if you have vendors they will squeeze hell out of you and your employees will think you are one waste fellow who is dumping work without earning money. Can it be more predictable?
Ok, now another wonderful thing i noticed - i know i have quite a few in a short span - Go to an old timer and he will behave like one saint who has kept every step after measuring every cm and he will ensure that he gives you enough gyaan to make you feel - Do i know anything about entrepreneurship? Don't worry, take it with a pinch of salt and erase the history. And don’t forget, come a media channel or let someone ask for a press release from us – we youngsters, I feel good calling myself a youngster, become an old timer in no time.
Then if you are a young startup you will enjoy your freedom but as you slowly start growing there are too many things which needs to be taken care of. Margins and Revenues are not the only thing, statutory compliance, board meetings, targets – the only difference from a corporate world and entrepreneurship in this form is that if you are in corporate world you would be seeing someone’s life getting miserable but if you are an entrepreneur than someone will look at you and quietly observe your life taking “that” direction.
Moving away from direction, be prepared to be away from some quick cash as well. Entrepreneurs who don’t take a hit on pocket are not entrepreneurs J. So unless you fight with you family for money, or ask your wife to earn that extra buck, you haven’t struggled and hence you don’t have anything to write in your biography or journey when you grow big.
However, as everyone says - Its fun and going through all these things is what makes this journey special. If you are struggling you might not agree, even i don't unless it’s the day when the lady luck is smiling.
All said and done, like everyone diplomatically ends a speech I need to do something similar to my article, there are risks, the path isn’t rosy but then it is the sense of satisfaction that you get even after achieving a small thing which makes up for all this. I am trying to build what could be world's only end to end creative crowdsourcing ecosystem - Jade Magnet and when I realize that I have worked with 150 clients, helped at least 300 providers get access to clients they wont have been able to, created interest in 3000 providers to knock doors of Jade Magnet – I sleep with satisfaction that i only read about when I was in the luxurious corporate world.