Advertising, the one word that reminds us of the ads on YouTube that cannot be skipped, the reason why we need to spend more money to buy HD packs, or the reason why we think it’s okay to enter the movies a little. Though, it is true that we may try to avoid advertisements as much as we can, but we see companies and organisations spending lakhs of money and assimilating a perfect workforce that’ll devise such a marketing campaign for their product that their approach gets imprinted in the minds of people. And, in the modern times we see such varied and innovative ways adopted by the companies to achieve this goal. Let’s take a look at few of the examples here:
Have you ever been to an online shopping portal and fiddled through some products without really buying anything (more or less like window shopping) and saw the advertisements of the same products popping up on the right, left, upper or every part of your screen whenever you visit any other website? Yes, that’s called remarketing which lets the shopping websites like Jabong and others to display ads to people who have previously visited their site as they browse anywhere else. This is an example of finding a target audience and customising the marketing strategy as per their interests.
2.) Zomato deciding to advertise on porn sites
It was found that porn is the most searched item at 1 am, a time which is also ideal for ordering late night food. And Zomato, the rapidly growing Indian start up, wasn’t afraid of using the former to market the latter.
Zomato wanted to tap into the already buzzing late night delivery space with an innovative marketing strategy. This is when they decided to cash on the idea of turning to porn sites for advertising as they are fairly busy at night and even the cost of advertising is significantly lower than other platforms. The result was that the campaign generated large number of clicks on the ads and great number of app installations. This sure makes you understand to not pass off any idea as frivolous or funny, without realising its true capacity.
3.) Metros getting colourful with advertisements
We had all seen hoardings in and around metro stations of different mobile phones and insurance policies and what not. We even saw the inside of metros being used to advertise the promises of AAP or the win of BJP but only recently we saw metros covered in advertisements, quite literally. Our grey-silverish metros are turning colourful with huge advertisements of different products enveloping them. This is an example of companies making use of the huge foot-fall that is seen in the metros of our country to make the people aware of their products.
4.) Companies taking up social messages to connect with the people
What is the easiest way to leave an impression on people or to make them remember what you have to say? It is when you become their voice and start taking up social issues which need to be talked about and tackled. This is what is done by various brands that have used their resources and market value to bring to light various issues or do away with taboos prevalent in the society. Some of the examples could be the “Touch the pickle jar” campaign by Whisper which worked on eradicating taboos regarding menstruation and encouraging women to continue doing everyday activities. Also, series of advertisements by Myntra’s exclusive ethnic wear brand ANOUK are making round these days which highlight the discrimination a woman faces in the workplace just because of her sex, features a lesbian couple shedding light on LGBT rights and talks about being a single mother.
5.) Unconventional casting
Gone are the days when one witnessed companies running behind the top actors of the industry to endorse their products so as to connect with the masses more. Only recently, brands have started approaching personalities which maybe famous with the youth like stand-up comedians and YouTubers. For instance, the YouTube channel Old Delhi Films made a humorous and quirky advertisement for Myntra listing out the hassles of offline shopping and why it’s better to switch to the online mode. Even Micromax approached the famous comedians, Kanan Gill and Biswa Kalyan Rath for advertising their mobiles in a twisted yet funny way.
And Motorola did the same by approaching the group of comics, The Improvisers.
With the growing popularity of YouTube and an increase in dependency on Internet, we can only predict this trend to thrive.
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