26 January 2020 18:37

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International formats consultancy group The Format People have been appointed to curate the MIPFormats event in 2020, it was announced .

MIPFormats is an international showcase for the very best in global [entertainment and factual entertainment] formats. Taking place over the weekend of 28-29 March 2020, ahead of MIPTV, it is the number one event for the formats community with the largest gathering of the world’s leading producers, creators, commissioners, buyers and distributors.

The Format People, established in 2009 by CEO Michel Rodrigue and CCO Justin Scroggie, are already working with organisers Reed MIDEM to bring a fresh look to the schedule and new faces to the podium, in line with the ambition to ‘re-imagine’ the weekend-long event in Cannes in March.

“The formats business continues to evolve and disrupt,” says Michel Rodrigue. “It is essential we find new ways to talk about our industry, and new voices to reflect the changing demographic of content creators and viewers. We are excited Reed MIDEM have given The Format People the opportunity to make this happen.”

“Ideas remain at the heart of our industry”, says Justin Scroggie. “The challenge for today’s format creators is to develop original content that uses the form and function of new technology to deliver compelling narratives that repurpose genres, drive the action, tell a story and find an audience. MIPFormats 2020 will help delegates do both.”

Lucy Smith, Deputy Director of Reed MIDEM’s TV Division says: “Successfully translating global content for local audiences is the lifeblood of the international TV industry and is why formats play such a prominent role at all our international markets. Michel and Justin’s expertise and involvement in MIPFormats will bring new thinking, new faces and a fresh focus on this fast-growing genre. MIPTV is the biggest calendar event for producers and buyers of formats and we have underlined our commitment to them this year with the introduction of a brand new programme extended into the week with formats showcases offering an exclusive first look at the next generation of breakthrough shows, a curated list of proven talented and innovative new format producers from all over the world, and ‘matching sessions’ offering a unique opportunity to meet new partners and unlock business opportunities in key markets.”

Sunday, 19 January 2020 00:00

What’s ahead for 2020?

Wunderman Thompson Intelligence forecasts the 100 trends that will shape the new decade.

From Optimistic Futures to openness and change in attitude towards once taboo topics, “The Future 100” annual report looks ahead to the defining trends in consumer behavior and innovation for 2020~

As we head into a fresh decade, Wunderman Thompson Intelligence unveils “The Future 100” report.

“The Future 100” helps readers prepare for emerging consumer behavior with 100 original trend predictions from the Innovation Group. Split into 10 categories, each trend delivers a digestible snapshot of movements so far, while clearly explaining why brands and marketers should pay attention.

From complex cocktails and digital spas, to subscription insurance and scientific expeditions, “The Future 100” predicts 2020 will usher in an era that’s realistic yet imaginative at the same time, leveraged by tech innovation and a redefined experience for shoppers on the high street. The report is packed with insights and fresh takes on the year ahead and beyond.

Emma Chiu, Global Director of Wunderman Thompson Intelligence, says of the report: “A real cultural change has taken place, with purpose and transparency leading customer loyalty, while imagination is trumping data for consumer appeal. ‘The Future 100’ is a way of keeping up with the big shifts and smaller fast-moving trends, offering marketers an opportunity to get ahead.”

The report’s 10 trend segments are: Culture, Tech & Innovation, Travel & Hospitality, Brands & Marketing, Food & Drink, Beauty, Retail, Luxury, Health and Finance.

2020 highlights

Optimistic futures—Unsettling political, economic and environmental times have left consumers feeling anxious. From Pantone’s fierce Flame Scarlet red shade for spring/summer 2020 to Lego’s challenge to “rebuild the world,” forward-thinking companies are brightening the gloom with a realistic and optimistic outlook.

The privacy era—Once seen as an aid to consumers, data collection is now viewed as underhanded and unethical, with consumers at breaking point amid frequent and severe data breaches. 2019 initiatives were the first step on a path to redemption for some brands and the idea that consumers can control their own data is becoming a clear possibility.

Climate positive brands—As climate concerns remain headline news, brands are focusing on ensuring they have real sustainable business plans and carbon-neutral policies and are transparent about their responsibilities. This will not only build trust but also earn customer loyalty as consumers get wise to environmental impacts.

Untabooing in the East—A shift in openness around traditional taboos and gender straitjackets in Asia is initiating a fresh approach to the market. Attitudes to mental health, sexual health and gender are changing, supported by technology and rapid economic development.

New beauty playgrounds—Experiential shopping matches with a line of best fit for today’s beauty consumers, who still prefer to try out and buy cosmetics in store. Spotting the trend, beauty brands are developing a veritable playground of experiences and reimagining the beauty counter as a destination where consumers can spend time playing and, of course, purchasing.

Subscription goes East—Subscriptions are no longer just for news, gyms or music. The ecosystem for a subscribed life is at its zenith in Japan, where you can now subscribe to everything from bar drinks to hair and beauty treatments, work wear and even Lexus cars.

Elevated airports—From Singapore’s Jewel Changi, which hosts the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, to Beijing’s Daxing International Airport designed in a starfish shape by the late Zaha Hadid, airports are going beyond facilitating travel to becoming unique cultural destinations in their own right.

Wednesday, 08 January 2020 00:00

Ranjit Nair, CEO Germin8

"While there are areas in technology where India may not be as advanced as their western counterparts but when it comes to digital marketing as a whole India is keeping pace with other countries especially in the usage of new platforms and new technologies." Said Ranjit Nair, CEO of Germin8

In an interaction with MediAvataar India, Ranjit gives us an in-depth knowledge of growing digital trends in India and what customers really want.

Here is the complete Q&A....

What does Germin8 stand for?

Germin8 is a Social Media Intelligence company headquartered in Mumbai. Germin8 is focused on building products for analysing social media data and textual data available within organizations to help them make better decisions based on insights drawn from that data.

Germin8 stands for helping companies/ brands become more customer centric. Every brand’s customers are constantly interacting and expressing their likes, dislikes, preferences etc. across social media platforms.  Germin8 captures brands stakeholder conversations which are taken from public sources like social media and news and analyses these through a tool. They then present this in the form of live interactive dashboards which generates actionable insights for various departments within an organization like Marketing, Customer Care, Corporate Communications, Sales, etc. This process helps brands become more relevant to its target audience.

How important is the Online Brand Identity in today’s day and age?

A brand identity is the most effective way any organization (startups, small businesses, big enterprises, agencies, nonprofits, or others) can gain a competitive edge in an increasingly crowded marketplace. It is very important for big and small brands to engage directly with their customers and create a unique identity for themselves. This identity must convert in trust and reliability. The main aim for any brand is to be seen as customer centric brand. Larger, successful companies pay careful attention to their corporate identity or corporate image. In fact, many larger companies have corporate communications departments that focus on maintaining and building the identity of the business and making sure that corporate identity facilitates the corporate business objectives. Although I think we have reached a time where smaller brands also need to invest to build and maintain a consistent “online brand identity”.

We at Germin8 offer an online reputation management services which is an effective practice and strategy that shapes a brand’s reputation online, bringing the positives to light and eliminating the negatives that can pose as a threat to a brand.  In today’s highly competitive digital world, each brand is out there trying to create a good impression. But sometimes a brand faces severe backlash when their products and services fail to meet the needs of the consumers. This is where online reputation management services come into play. Having a bad reputation online now can have adverse effects on your business, leading to distrust amongst existing and potential customers resulting in loss of revenue.

 What’s your idea of enhancing it for clients?

The most important factor would be for us to be able to continue protecting a brands existing identity, it is also mandatory to measure what the brand stands for and to identify threats (on a reputational basis) well in advance. We at Germin8 help brands understand who their brand advocates are and help build positive engagement for the brand via these brand advocates. Identifying and engaging with the correct brand advocates not only creates new customers but they also contribute useful insights to your user personas.

 

Does one shoe really fit all when it comes to digital marketing?

One shoe never fits all; each brand has its unique brand identity and a unique audience base. Every brands audience will be present across different social media platforms – we use a social media listening tool which helps brands engage with their customers the way they want to engage. Social listening allows brands to monitor, analyze, and even respond to conversations about a brand and business online. It’s an integral component of audience research. If one doesn’t have a social listening strategy in place, then the brand is missing out on precious insights. What does a brand’s customers think about their brand? What are they saying about their competitors? Conversations gathered from various social media and user generated content sites are analysed using industry specific algorithms for topic and sentiment and presented on helpful dashboards for deriving insights.

How do you look at your competition?

We look at our competition as a company from whom we will try and learn. We will always try and be one step forward but there will be times they would have done something better than us and we will learn from them and their mistakes.

In your career journey, what has been one of your most a) gratifying and b) bizarre experiences so far?

What is truly gratifying for us as a brand is when customers not only renew with us but also recommend us to other customers (even to their competition, being fully aware that we will be able to add value to their competition) it’s all about the relationship.

A bizarre experience I would like to share is when our competition sneakily pretends to be a potential customer, try and understand what we offer, ask for a demo of all our products and then ghost us. While this is a little unethical we see it as an encouragement that they consider us as a solid competition.

What’s the secret to attracting the best talent and keeping clients happy while balancing the books?

I truly believe the real secret is to invest in your existing/ current talent, make sure that they are happy and customer centricity is part of their DNA and they in turn will help keep clients happy and also bring in more of their friends as potential future employees.

Where do you place India on the global digital marketing backdrop?

While there are areas in technology where India may not be as advanced as their western counterparts but when it comes to digital marketing as a whole India is keeping pace with other countries especially in the usage of new platforms and new technologies.

Your message to the budding digital marketing professionals in India.

A digital marketing manager resembles a multitasking automated system that has the needed expertise and artificial intelligence to run, track and measure the performances of different components of digital marketing, and manage respective digital marketing professionals as well. One piece of advice I would like to share is that never slack in and think that you know everything, the field is changing rapidly and the only way to be ahead of the competition is to keep learning. They have chosen a line where they can never rest.

· Momspresso records 70 million+ monthly page views for Regional content

· Momspresso.com records growth of regional content creators by 228%; regional language page views grew by 180% over the last 12 months

· The contribution of regional language-based content has grown from 38% to 62%.

· 43% of content creators on its platform is creating content in Hindi

· Contribution of vernacular content created through its mobile app grew from 70% in 2018 to 94% in 2019.

· The platform also found that 60% of its regional content is consumed by Millennial audiences between the age group of 22-35.

As internet penetration grows deeper across the country, regional content is gaining a massive scale. Momspresso.com, India’s largest user-generated content platform for women that enables them to express themselves through text, audio, and video content across ten languages recently revealed insights into the explosive growth of regional content in the country. The platform revealed that currently, 65% of the content created is in regional languages, and accounts for 85% of page views.

According to the Google KPMG report, Indian language internet users are expected to grow at a CAGR of 18% to reach 536 million by 2021, while English users are expected to grow at only 3% reaching 199 million within the same period. The growth potential of industry players leveraging regional content, therefore, is massive. As far as content consumption is concerned, the numbers tell an interesting story.

Rounded Rectangle: MOMSPRESSO.COM

--18,000 bloggers

--190,000 blogs and vlogs to-date in 10 languages

-- 30 million monthly visits

--85 million monthly page views

--10 Languages (English, Hindi, Gujarati, Bengali, Marathi, Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil, Punjabi and Kannada)

Speaking on the findings, Mr. Vishal Gupta, Co-Founder & CEO– Momspresso.com, said, “At Momspresso.com, we were amongst the earliest to leverage this trend by launching Hindi as far back as January 2017. Since then we have launched 8 more Indian languages and have witnessed the massive impact of regional languages on our user growth. Over 85% of the 85 million monthly page views that we receive are on account of the 9 regional languages that we have. Considering that Indian language users are expected to make up 75% of India’s internet user base by 2021, the future potential of vernacular is undeniably huge.”

Regional Language Content Creators’ Growth Pattern

Momspresso.com’s study revealed that 43% of content creators on its platform are creating content in Hindi – and garnering 60% of overall page views. There has been a phenomenal growth of regional language content creators. More specifically, the data suggests that in the last 12 months content creators in Marathi grew by 7X, Hindi by 3X, Bangla by 3.3X and Tamil by 5X. Within the same period, the contribution of regional language-based content has grown from 38% to 62%. While these bloggers are creating content across several topics, ‘Mom’s Life’ which deals with day-to-day issues that mums face such as relationships, parenting, career choices are the most popular.

In a noteworthy development the contribution of regional V-loggers to the overall content has grown from 0-50% in the last year, reinforcing the potential of video content.

Increasing smartphone and internet penetration is enabling more women across geographies to create regional language content. This can be corroborated with Momspresso.com’s data which revealed that the contribution of vernacular content created through its mobile app grew from 70% in 2018 to 94% in 2019.

Which Language are Indian Women Consuming the Most?

Momspresso.com revealed that regional language page views on its platforms grew by 180 %. This growth was led by Hindi which contributed to 65% of page views, followed by Marathi (10%), Bangla (8%), Tamil (7%) and Malayalam (6%).

The top cities consuming regional language content include cities such as Jaipur, Lucknow, Patna, and Agra, implying that consumption of content is happening beyond the metros in tier-2 & tier- 3 cities. The top states in terms of regional language content include Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, and Delhi among others.

As part of its detailed study, the platform also found that 60% of its regional content is consumed by Millennial audiences between the age group of 22-35.

Monetization via Regional Language 

More than 60% of purchases are made or influenced by women, making this a highly valuable audience.

This is illustrated by the fact that the most expensive channels other than sports are general entertainment channels in regional languages that cater to this audience. The growth in regional language content has brought about scale in the number of women interest users, resulting in brands transitioning from traditional media to online media.

The contribution of regional languages to overall monetization at Momspresso has grown from 13% to 30% in the last one year. The popular solutions being used by brands include content creation in regional languages (both text & video), influencer marketing and geography-specific digital activation.

Momspresso.com’s recent campaign ‘Kahan Gaya Mummy Ka Sunday’ is a great example of how regional content is getting monetized. An insightful Hindi blog about the Sunday Paradox (mothers not having any holidays, not even Sundays) gained such massive traction on the back of its relatability that Momspresso.com turned it into a digital film for Voltas Beko. Momspresso.com then engaged with over 300 Mega, Micro, and Nano influencers to build conversations around the campaign. The film struck a chord with moms and went viral with more than a million views and ten thousand shares. The massive success of this campaign is evidence of the potential of regional language content for brands.

There are expected to be 300 MN women internet users by the year 2021, with the vast majority of them being regional language users. As a result, this growth in regional language consumption and monetization will continue to grow strongly in the foreseeable future.

Put on your running gear, Zee Business BSE Bull Run 2020 is here - Registration, top attendees and all you need to know

The stock market resembles our lives a lot. At times it is on a bull run, and sometimes it shows a bearish attitude. Nevertheless, no matter what life comes across as, we should always stay bullish towards our commitments towards health and happiness. Now, leading business news channel and the top choice of share bazaar experts and business fraternity, Zee Business has come up once again with 'Zee Business BSE Bull Run 2020' to rejuvenate and revamp your commitment towards life and health. Always remember, the stock market is all about making money, and this dream can only come true if you are armed with a fit mind...and, undoubtedly that stays in a healthy body. So, pull up your socks and gear up with your running gear for the much-awaited Zee Business BSE Bull Run 2020.

The 5th edition of Zee Business BSE Bull Run - an annual run with the goal of making Mumbaikars Healthy as well as Wealthy - is set to be held on January 12, 2020. The 6 km Fun Run is happening on Sunday at 6 am from Ground No. 1 next to PNB Building, BKC, Mumbai.

This unique initiative promotes being Healthy and Wealthy.

“For those individuals following the markets who are also in the rat race, need to also prioritise their Health. And those who are maintaining good health, can benefit by getting guidance on wealth creation. So, this initiative, Zee Business Bull Run, is a perfect combination for both - Health and Wealth making," Anil Singhvi, Managing Editor, Zee Business said.

While fitness is often considered a thing for the youth to focus on, however, in this instance it should make all members of the family get super-excited! Simply put, physical activity and exercise is important for everyone - Father, Mother, Son, Daughter, Grandparents and more. The goal, reason and amount of exercise can differ depending on age, of course. It is a fact that physical activity helps you to stay fit and maintain good health and that is where Zee Business BSE Bull Run comes in.

Health and fitness enthusiasts must know that the event will be a star-studded affair with eminent personalities and celebrities from the government, corporate houses, entertainment and other important walks of life in attendance. Zee Business with its legacy & expertise in Finance, Markets & Wealth creation partners BSE to bring together leading names from Stock Market, Personal Finance, Government Ministers, Celebrities from Bollywood & Media industry to give the masses a taste of Health and Wealth creation from the experts.

Top leaders and politicians from the Central and State Government of India will grace the event. Also, corporate leader Gautam Hari Singhania, Chairman & Managing Director, Raymond Limited will also be there. Moreover, celebrities like Sunny Singh Nijjar Sonnalli Seygall will also attend Zee Business BSE Bull Run 2020. Additionally, some key attendees will be VK Sharma, HDFC Securities; Vijai Mantri, Co-Founder & Chief Investment Strategist, JRL Money, Deena Mehta, MD, Asit C Mehta Investment Intermediates Ltd, Vikas Khemani, Founder, Carnelian Capital Advisors, Ajay Bagga, Market Expert, Navneet Munot, CIO, SBI MF, Amisha Vora, Jt. MD, Prabhudas Lilladher Group and many others.

So, what are you waiting for? Gear up for a healthy life is just a click away with enrolment happening on https://www.zeebiz.com/bullrun.

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