With the Indian Premier League just around the corner and without a doubt, it is one of the biggest events for brands to launch their mega-scale high decibel campaigns to reach out to their target audiences. These may be on-ground or on via television or digital.
Industry captain and CEO, APAC and Chairman, India of the Dentsu Aegis Network Ashish Bhasin shared his views on the upcoming season of IPL.
He said, “IPL 2020 is one of the strongest properties on television in India. Cricket is such a passion across the country, and particularly in this format – a mix of cricket and entertainment.”
On how IPL has become an integral part of our Indian culture, Bhasin said “Sport used to be largely male dominated in viewership but IPL managed to change that. The tournament made it’s viewership a lot more family inclusive. I can’t think of any other Indian TV property that is so universal and cuts across all age groups, genders and geographies – it has built for itself a unique position. For those 40 days, it is very hard for any other programming to compete with at the same time slot as the IPL because of its impact. It has almost become a part of our culture. It’s not about just television viewership anymore; IPL has become a part of the Indian ethos in some way. Given the background, I think there will always be a positive inclination towards a property like IPL as advertisers follow eyeballs.”
Sharing insights on the probable big-ticket spenders for IPL 2020, Bhasin said, “Telecom and Handset manufacturers for sure will be the biggest spenders. If you want to reach out to a large audience across the country, IPL is certainly a great platform because you can reach out to millions of people in one go. So I think anybody who wants to have that quick reach should build up on this. It is a great opportunity. Usually the soft drinks category is also pretty active given the summer time.”
On the trends and innovations that surface during IPL, Bhasin said, “I see many innovations and trends surfacing during the IPL. For instance, online is going to keep increasing simply because it’s a format over several weeks and people are on the move today. Also, data prices have fallen and bandwidth has improved. It’s a no-brainer that online engagement is going to rise. However, brands that will gain the most out of the IPL are those who have a holistic communication around it. There are a lot of people who are able to do on-ground activities- maybe ground screenings, etc. It’s about making sure that you are getting the consumer in as many touch points using as many mediums to build that aura and not putting spots on television alone.”
“Digital and television will have to go hand in hand to serve the advertisers as efficient platforms to leverage the property because a consumer is watching a screen and he is not interested in knowing what the delivery mechanism to that screen is. But ground activities and OOH are equally important at times like this. So, depending upon the product and the category, using various media and giving a consistent message across them is going to be fruitful for brands.”
Advising the marketers, Bhasin said, “The one advice I would like to share with the marketers is that try to put a consistent message to the consumers, holistically. Don’t get tied up with one medium and make sure that you supplement your television and digital activity along with other activities.”