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Dentsu Aegis Network buys out Perfect Relations Group
MMNN: Sept. 22, 2016
Dentsu Aegis Network (DAN) has acquired PR firm, Perfect Relations Group. This addition will strengthen DAN's overall communications offering in India.
Perfect Relations' presence spans across 19 offices and 50 cities in India with over 500 associates, offering a full suite of core PR services including corporate reputation management, brand and marketing communications, media management and crisis management. Today, the group comprises Perfect Relations, Accord Public Relations, Image Public Relations, Imprimis Life PR, India Media Monitor and Buzz.
Joining the Dentsu Aegis leadership team are group managing director Dilip Cherian and CEO of Perfect Relations Group Pradeep (Bobby) Kewalramani who will report to Ashish Bhasin, chairman and CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network South Asia.
Commenting on the development, Nick Waters, CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network Asia Pacific, said, "The PR segment in India is forecast to grow at double digits annually and having a scaled business that is well integrated into our company enables us to build on our overall strength and reputation in the market. With Perfect Relations Group's strong quality management and established digital capabilities, we are well-positioned to support our clients in an increasingly convergent environment in the country."
"The joining in of Perfect Relations Group moves us a huge step closer towards achieving our mission of being the second largest group in this business in India. PR is an important and integral part of the advertising and communications business in India and the expertise that they bring will strengthen our offering. Perfect Relations Group is the perfect addition to Dentsu Aegis Network India in representing us in the segment, and we look forward with excitement to having them on board," said Bhasin.
Cherian and Kewalramani further said jointly, "In order to accelerate growth and tap into the latest global platforms and tools, we wanted to partner with a great global network. A good cultural and strategic fit is a top priority in making the decision on who we would like to join. We are very pleased that Dentsu Aegis Network is our choice partner in taking Perfect Relations Group and our spectacular team to the next level."
Digital classifieds may become $1.2 billion market in India by 2020
MMNN: Sept. 22, 2016
The digital classifieds industry in the country is projected to expand 3-fold to $1.2 billion by 2020, driven by rapid growth of e-services, real estate and automobiles, a Google-KPMG report said today.
"The ecosystem is ripe for the emergence of digital classifieds. Spurred by the smartphone penetration, online users are expected to grow to a whopping 650 million by 2020; and with every second consumer willing to pay for value added services, the digital classified segment is expected to touch $1.2 billion by 2020," Google India Industry Director Nitin Bawankule said.
Platforms catering to multiple categories would continue to lead with about 30 per cent market share of total digital classifieds in 2020 at about $346 million.
Google search trends reveal that local searches across these categories have grown by 4X in the last four years, led by non-metros like Pune, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Kochi, Coimbatore, Indore and Jaipur.
Real Estate and e-services are expected to increase 4-fold and 7-fold respectively by 2020.
Within e-services classifieds, verticals like auto rentals, relocation services and home services like beauty services, repair and tutoring are the most popular segments.
Online jobs market is set to double by 2020 with 63 per cent consumers accessing e-classified. Bengaluru, Mumbai, NCR and Hyderabad are the top ranked cities for online job searches and 'Sarkari Naukri' is one of the top searched Indic terms.
The report also found that the digitally savvy consumer is happy to pay for value added services. For instance, 59 per cent of used goods buyers surveyed said they are willing to pay for quality verification of goods or home delivery.
Similarly, 43 per cent of job portal users said they are willing to pay for auto application for jobs and 40 per cent of those searching for real estate options said they would invest more for legal verification and property check.
KPMG India Partner E-Commerce and Start Ups Sreedhar Prasad said unverified listings and low customer loyalty are some of the challenges seen even as the digital classified segment undergoes a rapid transformation.
"However, it is expected that there will be convergence of online businesses since the end customer is the same, thus a high possibility of e-Tailing, EServices and Digital classifieds coming together as a strong one stop value proposition in the coming years," he added.
This would further enhance revenue streams, monetising possibilities and reduce overall cost of customer acquisition, he said.
World's fourth largest newspaper creating OOH delight in Simhastha
Bhopal:MMNN: May 9, 2016
Thousands of saints("sadhus") clad in saffron robes with ashes smeared on their body and dreadlocked hair , few of them called 'Naga Sadhus' may not wear even any cloth –considered as a sign of separation from the materialistic world, the heavy smell of burning butter lamps, camphor and incense sticks have started adding religious fervor to the much awaited month-long congregation Kumbh.
After 12 years, Ujjain, one of the most sacred places in India located on the banks of the holy Kshipra river in the western region of Madhya Pradesh is again gearing up for the largest spiritual gathering on earth-Kumbh. Kumbh Mela is held at each of the four places namely Haridwar, Allahabad (Prayag), Nasik and Ujjain once in every 12 years. Kumbh in Ujjain is held when a rare configuration of planets takes place i.e. when the Sun is in the zodiac sign Aries and Jupiter in the zodiac Leo. The position of th e Sun, Moon and Jupiter in different zodiac signs determines the location of the Kumbh in each of these places. This year Kumbh is scheduled from 22nd Arpil-21st May 2016 in Ujjain. Simhastha Kumbh-the largest spiritual gathering on earth is expected to attract more than 50 million people from across the globe.
According to Hindu mythology, the churning of ocean by the Gods and demons yielded a jar (Kumbh) full of nectar (Amrit). Gods did not wish to share it with demons. At the instance of Lord Indra(the King of Gods), his son Jayanta tried to run away with the jar, but he was followed by some of the demons. During the struggle for its possession, few nectar drops dropped at the holy rivers of these four places-Haridwar, Allahabad (Prayag), Ujjain and Nasik on earth.
Unique opportunity to reach out to more than 50 million people
As India's largest and world's fourth largest circulated daily (44 million readers) and a direct reach of more than 3,000 towns, Dainik Bhaskar decided to capitalize on this once in 12 years opportunity. Planning for the same started more than a year back. After several rounds of discussions with the external stakeholders like the municipal corporation, mela authorities and the local population, the plan was frozen and divided into three legs to ensure optimal reach:
1) Build-up to Kumbh(Oct'15- Jan'16)
Hoardings on all the four major roads to the city, Banners, Beautification drive with colorful wall paintings and overhead water tank paintings, T-Gates, Community Connect meetings and release of special cover.
2) Activation Support to Local administration(Feb'16-Mar ' 16)
'Maha Arti, Installation of RO plant at the Mahakal Complex and a Kavi Sammelan on and dedicated to sacred shipra river.
3) During the Kumbh(Apr'16-May'16)
Changing Room for the ladies at bathing ghats, information booklets and brochures for the pilgrims, newspaper stands at major hotels and garden umbrellas
Mr. Vikas Singh, Associate Vice President-Brand Marketing-Dainik Bhaskar says "While Madhya Pradesh Government is leaving no stone unturned to deliver a great experience for the devotees, we are happy to have partnered with Govt. on this".
As part of this partnership, we organized a 'Maha Yatra' and a 'Maha Arti' on 20th March 2016. 'Maha Yatra' started from Shirsagar, one of the seven sacred lakes of Ujjain and ended up at R amghat, the main Ghat. During the Maha Yatra,people saw glimpses of the popular tra dition of Nagar praveshi of major akhadas.More than 10,000 people participated in this four kilometer long yatra.The Yatra, then culminated at Ram Ghat where Grand Arti at Shipra river by more than 200 priests was performed.Free bells and cymbals were distributed to more than 20,000 people at the ghat.The local administration also pitched in with OOH creatives that asked people to come out and witness the spectacular turnaround of the city.
The enthusiasm and participation shown by the locals of Ujjain during Maha-Aarti organized by Dainik Bhaskar culminated into Golden Book of World Records comprising most people participating in this auspicious event.
To provide clean and cold drinking water in the scorching hot months of Apr-May, Dainik Bhaskar has installed drinking-cum-RO plant at the main Mahakal complex. A large LED screen too has been installed inside the complex where people can see live visuals of the Mahakal Garbha Griha.
Dainik Bhaskar is also coming up with a 500 pager Coffee table book- lavishly interspersed with pictures some of which will be in public domain for the first time. This will basically be a rich visual depiction of all facets of Ujjain with reference to Kumbh. The book will borrow references from various religious texts like Skanda Purana and Bhag-wat Purana, classical literature like Kalidas's Meghdoot and Raguvansham, historical documents like Govt gazettes and various others contemporary publications.
Talking about this build up, Mr. Vinay Maheshwari, Senior Vice President-Sales and Market Development and Brand Marketing, Dainik Bhaskar Group said "Being India's largest and World's fourth largest newspaper, we are driven by one of the core values of being connected with our stakeholders. Kumbh is an incredible platform to demonstrate that we care and hence, concentrated our efforts towards achieving this"
This Simhastha Kumbh offers a great opportunity for brand activation . With more than 50 million expected in a month, it offers any brand low cost per contact. Brands like Dainik Bhaskar are leveraging this opportunity to the fullest.
Times Group wins 9 Abbys at Goafest 2016
Panaji: MMNN: 11 April 2016
On Saturday, as the curtains came down on Goafest 2016, the Times Group chalked up a metal tally of nine, including five silver and four bronze in the umbrella categories of 'print single', 'film single' and 'Design' at the annual Creative Abby Awards 2016.
The energy and excitement in the air was palpable as winners were announced in eight categories comprising an overall 99 sub-categories. A couple of hundred awards were handed out.
A metal in the film single category is the highest recognition an ad campaign can get and is the metaphoric equivalent of receiving an Oscar for say best actor or director. It was therefore, a very special moment for both The Times of India and Taproot Dentsu, when two silvers were announced for their creative work in the sub-category 'statement of film single: media and publications'. No gold metal was awarded in the sub-category.
The silver metals (as the Abby Awards are called) went to #KolKOTHA Boktrita and #KolKOTHA Cholbe Na, both Bengali advertisements. The Times of India also won a bronze in the same category for #kolKOTHA - PNC.