Between Equity and Valuations, What Brands Represent

We all talk of brand equity, especially in the advertising and brand communications industry. The Economic Times in India even has an advertising and marketing supplement called Brand Equity. What exactly do we mean, when we speak of brand equity? The term has come to encompass many aspects of a brand’s growth, from brand awareness… Continue reading Between Equity and Valuations, What Brands Represent

What the Digital Medium Needs, To Be a True Brand-building Medium

I remember digital media being the shiny new thing on the horizon, the year Apple launched the iPhone and the smartphone era was born. That was 2007, and there have been plenty of disruption and changes since then. Much water has flowed under the digital bridge and nowhere more so, than in the advertising landscape.… Continue reading What the Digital Medium Needs, To Be a True Brand-building Medium

Indian Brands in the Global Arena

It has been around three decades since Indian companies started going global. First, was the Aditya Birla Group, followed by the Tata Group, Mahindra, Godrej, Airtel, Reliance and many more. What does their internationalization tell us about their brands globally, and have they even begun thinking of themselves as multinational brands? The one strange feature… Continue reading Indian Brands in the Global Arena

Brands Need Long-term Vision and Care

In addition to my last blog post in which I had shared five of my presentations on the building blocks of brand development, I thought it might make sense to explore other aspects of brand-building as well. I have been thinking about these subjects for many years, while observing developments in the advertising and marketing… Continue reading Brands Need Long-term Vision and Care

The Road Ahead for Tata Motors

The past two years have been anything but benign for the Indian automobile industry. As I had written in a blog post more than a year ago, many factors are to blame for the state of the business. However, I don’t think any automobile company in India has suffered as much as Tata Motors has.… Continue reading The Road Ahead for Tata Motors

Why Brandthink Needs Imagination

As someone who has a scientific temperament and is a rationalist, I tend to always approach a problem in a rational, scientific way. Or at least, I always prefer to, circumstances permitting. And it’s one of the many reasons I think strategically on advertising and brand communication matters, even though I have spent my entire… Continue reading Why Brandthink Needs Imagination

Much Ado About Behavioural Insights

How do you teach an old dog new tricks? By subjecting it to experiments, of course. Perhaps the best known experiment in behavioural science – and the oldest trick in the book - is the Pavlov experiment, now considered standard in generating conditioned responses. Nowadays, behavioural economics, behavioural insights, behavioural tech are all the rage.… Continue reading Much Ado About Behavioural Insights

Building Brands in the Digital Age

As an advertising and brand communications professional from the days of adverts in column centimetres and VHS tapes and DVDs, I have to admit I am a little overwhelmed in the age of digital and social media communications. For starters, nothing communicates “excess” more to me. The age of the internet is supposed to have… Continue reading Building Brands in the Digital Age

Brand Communications: Art or Science?

How many times during my career in advertising and brand communications, spanning several decades, must have I heard the debate over whether creating brand communications is an art or a science. It never ceases to amuse me, and yet, many a time, I have found it exasperating to explain even to fellow colleagues sometimes, that… Continue reading Brand Communications: Art or Science?