Transit audio announcements are much more effective: Rajesh Radhakrishnan, Vritti iMedia
Rajesh Radhakrishnan, Founder & Director, Vritti iMedia, shares how the agency is using transit advertising as their key OOH strategy to garner impact in the rural market
Audio as a medium for advertising is very effective especially if it is integrated into a transport announcement system. Vritti iMedia does not primarily work with the traditional OOH system. The agency has tied up with state transport corporations and this new generation advertising is integrated into the passenger transport information system. Their key factors for OOH advertising in rural markets are transit audio advertising, brand activations at local bus stands and call-to-action activities.
“We have a digital audio network which the agency has created at a transit place to help corporate brands tap into the rural markets. Predominantly it is media created for small-town consumers”, remarks Rajesh Radhakrishnan, Founder, Director, Vritti iMedia.
Vritti iMedia is present in rural markets in more than 450 bus stations pan India. They cover 7 states including Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Arunachal, Haryana, Rajasthan, etc. They reach out to an average of 1.2 crore people per day through their transit OOH advertisements in these rural areas. Around 30-35 crore is the reach per month and is continuously growing. This property of the agency is popularly known as ‘Audiowala Bus Stand’, a digital audio network.
Radhakrishnan says that while they have DOOH screens at these bus stations, the audio senses are important and garner attention more as commuters are waiting to hear announcements of their commute.
Their focus is on small towns and they give a 360-degree BTL and OOH solutions. The agency is locally based and they tap into markets like Kolhapur and Nashik and they also do auto branding, transit place branding, etc. They integrate and provide a 360 base solution. At these bus stands, they have communication, engagement, and experience. Radhakrishnan shared, “We have space inside the bus stations. We can put up a vehicle, display stall or a promotional stall at the station.”
Vritti works with some of the top brands such as TATA Sky, Himani Navrantan Oil, Dabur, and GSK to name a few. They have also done campaigns for the BFSI sector for brands such as SBI, Union Bank, Central Bank, ICICI, HDFC and more.
One of their success stories was a campaign done for Honda TVS which occurred last year. Where the bus stand was converted into a showroom. The agency worked with the dealer and displayed all the vehicles. While the product orientation was happening for consumers the audio teasers were also running which said that we have special offers and to avail the facility at the activation space. If the consumers were interested they were given a chance to test drive. During Diwali, Honda has been using Vritti for the last three years to promote its offers. This went on to become a model for other motor brands.
Speaking about the festive season and how the impact it has brought about, “In the festival season we have obviously grown but the expected growth was not there. Because of the economic slowdown. It has affected everybody and brands were slow on taking decisions. In certain cases, the expected results were not there. Being in the rural niche player, we were better off in terms of the results and it helped us. Brands can select a pocket like Nashik or Nagpur to establish their model in that particular area. Not necessarily that they needed the message to go about all-around a state because TV and Print are already doing that and we speak to a particular district.”
"Even the DOOH ads that Vritti conceptualises also work on visual senses with static images on the LED form. The messaging is important. The small town target group is not going to connect with urban emotions. It is a public place so the thought process is not meant for having a relished watching experience. The focus is on communication. Our model was created, keeping in mind the ambience”, shared Radhakrishnan.
Vritti iMedia generates about 20% of their revenue sales through this audio transit advertising. Their OOH model is to build a brand from the bottom to the top. “With specific outdoor merchandise, transit media, buying media like 'Audiowala Bus Stand' as a combination will give you better exposure and ROI in that geographic location”, shares Radhakrishnan.
Sharing how the transit audio medium brings efficacy to their brands, Radhakrishnan concluded, “This medium has a uniqueness and you have to listen to it. There is no channel switching. When you are waiting at a bus station your entire focus is on announcements and in between we have advertisements. There is a 100 per cent guarantee that your message reaches the masses. The only challenge is when the consumer doesn’t hear the announcement. Our model encourages people to search or get people to call to action. For instance, if there is a mobile number given how many of them listened to it and responded back? The parameters are less in this case and hence it is easier to measure efficacy.”
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Vivo and Eyetalk Media Ventures leverage programmatic DOOH for V17 Pro campaign
The campaign has been executed across pubs and cafes with TagTalk and in premium tech and business hubs with the newly launched real-time business DOOH network – Biztalk
By exchange4media Staff | Oct 31, 2019 3:42 PM | 2 min read
Vivo Smartphone rolled out an extensive two-month-long national campaign for the new V17 Pro handset with Eyetalk Media Ventures. Using the power of technology and content to connect with the digitally driven audience the programmatic campaign has been executed across pubs and cafes with TagTalk and in premium tech and business hubs with the newly launched real-time business DOOH network – Biztalk, a joint venture between Eyetalk Media Ventures and Drsti Communications.
The V17 Pro campaign reached young millennials and over 1.5 million employees daily from some of the biggest global companies like IBM, Cisco, KPMG, EY, Accenture, Amazon, Google, HCL etc with over 7.5 million optimized ad impressions delivered during peak hours paired with audience - environment centric content like location-based live photo sharing on TagTalk and live technology news on Biztalk for higher brand recall and engagement.
The DOOH campaign executed in 3 phases – #ClearAsReal photography prelaunch campaign in collaboration with National Geographic, launch and Diwali campaign is currently live across 600 displays across both TagTalk and Biztalk Networks in Delhi, Gurugram, Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru and Hyderabad.
Speaking on the development, Prince Gaur, Senior Manager of Marketing, Vivo Smartphone said, “Consumer & Innovation are 2 core pillars of Vivo and DOOH has played a significant role to further strengthen them. We have been able to capture the right TG, who are affluent and digitally driven at right time and at right place. Through the mix of Tagtalk & Biztalk, we have been able to capture our TG at 2 most critical touchpoints, multiple times throughout the week. Programmatic planning on both the networks has helped us drive best efficiency out of this campaign.
Adding to this, Gautam Bhirani, Managing Director, Eyetalk Media Ventures said, “With over 600 live displays reaching over 1.7 million urban Indians daily at a click of a button across 2 key urban ecosystems the V17 Pro campaign is probably one of the biggest DOOH campaigns to be executed in India. Both our networks reach digitally-driven, affluent urban audience in a captive environment, the high dwell time gives us the opportunity to communicate and connect better which enabled us to build an effective storyline using our content assets on our audience engagement platforms.”
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Johnnie Walker sets off on exploration and discovery with #TheTravellingBillboard
This OOH and digital media campaign will capture the live journey undertaken by a life-size billboard with the brand’s striding man logo exploring unchartered terrains and exotic locations in India
By exchange4media Staff | Oct 31, 2019 3:11 PM | 4 min read
Johnnie Walker The Journey is proud to unveil #TheTravellingBillboard, a first-of-its-kind campaign that brings together India’s most influential travel photographers.
The striding man as a Johnnie Walker icon has always symbolized the idea of progress and moving forward. As a brand that has been passionate about exploring the world for nearly 200 years, Johnnie Walker’s #TheTravellingBillboard pays tribute to this exploratory spirit that challenges people to taste more out of life by pushing boundaries.
Conceptualized by brand solution partner What’s Your Problem, #TheTravellingBillboard shall travel to places which only a few people have visited, and also where no billboard has been before. All this, to inspire people to explore the world and seek out unique stories.
The billboard’s travel includes unexplored destinations from all corners of India that include the Basgo Plains, one of the best locations in the world to stargaze. The abandoned Kuldhara village, which is ripe with its own fantastic lore and even the underwater terrain of Andamans. #TheTravellingBillboard will be accompanied by some of India’s most influential travel photographers who will capture the final destination in their own style.
The final photographs will become the lead creatives across OOH at some of the most prominent outdoor sites in the country. The untold stories of these unchartered locations and the journey of photographers along with the billboard will also be captured through a digital content series.
Further, the campaign will be amplified with the help of 150 social media influencers who, through a miniature version of #TheTravellingBillboard of their own, will capture their own unique experiences and journeys. The brand will also deploy an Instagram filter for the entire country to join the campaign and capture India’s beauty in their own ways.
Speaking about this campaign, Abhishek Shahabadi, VP and Portfolio Head: Premium & Luxury brands at Diageo India said, “Exploration has been at the heart of Johnnie Walker, over its 200 years of being. The brand instigates exploration of the rich possibilities of our world to discover experiences that satisfy a thirst for life. Keep Walking is all about pushing boundaries to taste more out of life. This campaign celebrates this philosophy and is aimed at bringing to life the rich character of unchartered India through this exploration.”
“Today people love to engage with brands that are making them a part of the creative journey and so at the heart of this campaign is the desire to fuel exploration and to democratize the content creation across multimedia touchpoints and let everyone participate.”
#TheTravellingBillboard is designed to be a collaboration of explorers and photographers (everyone with a phone camera qualifies) who can tell the story of these uncharted locations through the Johnnie Walker lens in their unique styles. Hence, we not just have some of the country's most loved photographers travelling with billboard, but also have mini versions of the billboard travelling to all aspiring shutterbugs making it also a digitally travelling campaign” adds Khushboo Benani, Content and Influencer Marketing Head at Diageo India.
Speaking about the campaign, Ruchita Zambre, Group Creative Director, WYP, & Tejas Mehta, Strategy & Business Head said, “The brief from the Diageo team came in to do an OOH led campaign. After studying the international work done by the brand, we all felt that a basic OOH campaign will never do. It had to do more, create conversations, engage consumers. This thinking led us to create #TheTravellingBillboard. An OOH that roams the country in search for unique vistas. Thus, pushing the boundaries of what a billboard campaign can be like. Completely in line with the brand’s philosophy of pushing boundaries. And WYP’s philosophy of coming up with solutions that go across media and are truly integrated. A campaign of this kind required collaborating with various partners – for fabrication, media plan, digital amplification, photography, innovation etc. The campaign hasn’t been easy to execute at all. But where’s the fun in easy, right?”
The campaign will be on till December end. You can follow the journey through #TheTravellingBillboard or https://www.socialgoat.in/thetravellingbillboard
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Economic slowdown hits OOH industry; spends drop 10-15%
Industry experts say that while the OOH industry has picked up pace during the festive season, spends on OOH have decreased over the past months
By Anjali Thakur | Oct 24, 2019 9:15 AM | 4 min read
If you are driving on the expressways of Delhi and Mumbai, the hoardings on both sides of the road are hard to ignore. However, recently, the number of vacant outdoor sites seems to be increasing by the day. It’s an indication that the economic slowdown has had its effect on the OOH industry.
According to Indrajit Sen, an independent consultant, the spends on OOH have decreased by 10-15 per cent in the past months, and the overall occupancy has dropped by 25-30% per cent. “There are many campaigns which have been postponed or shelved. Besides, brand owners have also shortened the duration of existing campaigns", he said.
Thanks to festivities, the OOH industry has picked its pace a little. But the biggest spenders are the likes of Amazon and Flipkart’ who remain unaffected by the apparent slowdown which has hit the OOH industry.
In the past, the biggest spenders in the OOH segment have been real-estate players, automobile brands, OTT platforms, mobile handsets, airlines and broadcasters, but many of these sectors have been hit by the economic slowdown.
“We have witnessed it, but because of the festive season, it is looking a little better. Before the arrival of the festivities, things were not how it was last year. There is an evident difference, we have observed,” said Haresh Nayak, Group MD of Posterscope, South Asia, India.
"The ban on OOH signages has indeed spread like wildfire across the country. While this is still very much in action in Bengaluru, this is apparent across other cities as well. This is largely due to the fact that the government wants to regulate this medium which has been largely running on its own, and in many sections, by people having their own site/location without any legalities attached to it. This had to happen a long time ago but with the new rules and regulations coming in, the scenario is changing a lot and in many ways, I guess it is better for the industry in the coming months,” said VV Rajan, Co-founder, CMO, Urbaniq.
Explaining why there has been a shift in spending on the medium during the last quarter, Rajan said, “As per the Pitch Madison Advertising Outlook Report 2019, they have revised their forecast owing to a drop in the TV Adex during the first quarter of the year. And according to the original report that was released earlier this year during February 2019 Adex, it was forecasted to grow by 16.4% to touch ₹70,888 crores but the numbers seem to have come down to 13.4% to approximately ₹69,000 crores.”
He added, “A lot of this has to do with the macroeconomic slowdown leading to a fall in the domestic consumption. For example, we have seen that the auto industry has spent lower on this medium, unlike last year which is attributed to the fact the there has been lower demand in the last couple of months. The auto industry overall is the No.2 spender on the overall advertising pie. This will obviously have an impact on the OOH media as well. At the same time the rise of OTT has had a major role to play in this medium.”
However, according to experts, in the long term, this medium is more impactful than other mediums (TV, radio and Print) which require active participation; ambient media will continue to be effective. Other traditional media will continue to lose market share due to the changing media habits of the younger generation. “DOOH is transforming the medium so instead of more “faces” or locations, you will see fewer but more impactful options. This will be a “win” overall for advertisers,” Rajan opined.
Talking about if the industry will pick up its pace in the future, Sen said, “Outdoor will bounce back simply because of its cost efficiencies. To support an economy growth post slowdown, advertisers will have to look at outdoor because it continues to be cost-effective.”
“Yes, business is indeed affected by monies shifting to other media due to this but eventually it will come back once rules are set in place,” Rajan added.
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Digital conversion in Kerala OOH industry will take time: Experts
Industry experts believe cities in Kerala have not fully adapted to Digital OOH since there is still a strong preference for traditional OOH advertising
By Neethu Mohan | Oct 22, 2019 8:40 AM | 5 min read
Out-of-Home Advertising or Outdoor Advertising remains one of the prime modes of advertisement in Kerala. According to industry experts, the OOH industry in the state is has a turnover of almost Rs 350-400 crore per year. Recently the state has banned flex materials made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) citing health and environmental issues. As per the order from the Department of Local Self Government, PVC flex should not be printed or used for government functions, private or religious events, cinema promotion or advertising.
In the wake of this, is it high time that the OOH players in the state shifted to digital billboards? Unlike other South Indian cities such as Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad, the cities in Kerala have not adapted to DOOH.
We spoke to industry experts to get their take on the subject.
“It is probably a demand vs supply situation. The options for regular OOH formats are much more in demand and remain sold through the year so no one complains. A lot of advertisers today still believe in the traditional mediums like static OOH, unlike digital mediums. Also, many static OOH ads are large formats and hence lends visibility to the brands much easier. Digital OOH, on the other hand, may have deeper penetration and much better measurability and ROI but still, clients today in Kerala want OOH formats which are impactful and visible,” observes Venkata Varadarajan, Co-founder, CMO, Urban IQ.
“In many ways, the Kerala OOH business scenario is no different from those seen in non-Metro markets across the country. For one, the media ownership is highly fragmented, and as a result, their businesses are not scalable, whereas in the digital OOH (DOOH) environment the ROI will kick in only if the asset ownership is at scale,” said S Kumar, Managing Director, Srishti Communications.
Kumar continued, “It is also important to note that DOOH is a not a like-for-like replacement of the traditional OOH formats. The display part is only one aspect, which of course, meets the eye of the advertisers and consumers alike. Instead, DOOH calls for investments in software solutions, IT networking, hardware investments including their AMC, among others. Media owners who have been accustomed to investing in a few traditional units like hoardings and billboards will be hard placed to garner funds for investing in the tech-driven media for the longer term.”
So what stops the OOH players from shifting to digital formats?
“The existing OOH regulatory environment in Kerala is also not a great enabler of DOOH business. True, the state government has placed a ban on the use of PVC flex for advertising and publicity purposes, while mandating that the industry should switch to green options. But, there has been no policy measure to promote the use of DOOH in any of the markets in the state. Given that the norms governing digital OOH across the country are archaic, the media owners in Kerala will not have the confidence to even invest in DOOH assets in the fear that the authorities may come down heavily on the DOOH formats for some unforeseen reason in the future,” said Kumar.
“In order to shift to digital billboards, the government should be able to provide support and confidence to OOH players in Kerala. A few years ago, neon boards which were hosted in some part of Cochi city were removed citing that the public is getting distracted by the boards while driving. The hosting of digital billboards requires huge initial investments and if the aforementioned situation arises, then it will be a problem for the players,” said Biju Babu, a veteran in the OOH industry.
Talking about the challenges Krishna Kumar of Whisper Media said, “The initial investment required for digital billboards and its maintenance is a huge issue among the OOH players. Lack of awareness and proper professional guidance and maintenance is also a concern, and in terms of ROI, this might be another challenge. But we should be optimistic, the whole scenario will improve and gather a positive momentum very soon.”
According to Kumar, DOOH is growing in the transit media space, such as at the airports, Kochi Metro network, railway stations and the like.
“That is where DOOH will gain ground increasingly, and in time, as the city authorities deem fit to bring DOOH into the scheme of city beautification, we will hopefully see DOOH replacing the traditionally large and short formats in the outdoor space, unit by unit. DOOH adoption is also contingent on the cost of hardware and software solutions coming down,” added Kumar.
Talking about the digital conversion in the state Varadarajan said, “The digital conversion will take some more time in Kerala since traditional OOH has a very strong presence to the point of becoming a habit with advertisers to use them in their campaign strategies. And while the affluence and development are still on the rise, the market is largely traditional in the way media is consumed.”
He added, “OOH growth is very limited in Kerala and the chance to transition to Digital for upcoming locations is also limited. Only when the OOH media gets more regulated will there be a change in the way digital formats will find its way into the media spaces. And that will also happen with the overall cities and towns becoming smarter with their solutions for the general public.”.
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Ahmedabad, Indore, Chandigarh, Pune are emerging markets in OOH: Haresh Nayak, Posterscope
Nayak, Group MD of Posterscope, South Asia, India, talks about the different kinds of avenues brands tap into while leveraging OOH during the festive season
By Anjali Thakur | Oct 21, 2019 8:46 AM | 4 min read
The industry is currently is reportedly going through a major slowdown and brands are cutting costs to stay afloat in the segment but not during festivities. Yes, here comes the festive season and happy times for brands and the media industry arrives too.
We spoke to Haresh Nayak, Group MD - Posterscope- South Asia, India to understand what are the different kinds of avenues brands tap into while resorting to OOH during festivities; the emerging markets and what kind of brands are investing heavily during this time of the year and more.
What are the different kinds of avenues brands can tap into while leveraging OOH?
There are a lot of avenues, from different markets to different types of formats. In the coming 2-3 months, there will be a lot of activities in the OOH space but a client can also look at DOOH where a lot of engagement activity can be done along with the traditional media and digital media. At places like malls and beauty parlours, there are a lot of captive audiences present. So, within these spaces, there are many options today. We have been doing initiatives in malls and colleges. We are looking at beauty parlours as a big segment because a lot of engagement is there during the festive season.
Also, we're trying to do something where potentially a lot of talking is going to happen in a mall. We are not only looking at digital and traditional media options within the mall but also doing geofencing and connecting them with digital. For example, we did a combination of social media along with the traditional OOH or DOOH in the mall and if someone is surfing something on the net, he/she will get to see a similar notification on their handsets.
Which brands are investing more in OOH during festival season?
Automobile brands such as Maruti Suzuki, Honda, and mobile handset as a category with brands such as Oppo, One plus, Redmi etc, are active right now. All the FMCG brands and e-Commerce brands opt to invest heavily during this time of the year with their discounts/offers. Banks namely Standard Chartered and HDFC are active too with their offers of debit/credit cards.
What kind of OOH is working? Is it the celebrity hoarding or is it the traditional billboards, what is it that's working in terms of creatives?
It is a combination of everything. In a world which is so cluttered and complex, every customer is different. Ultimately we need to have a communication which is reaching one-on-one and not going to many. So, in this scenario, you cannot say that one activity will work or two activities will. It needs to be a holistic 360-degree view and a combination of everything.
What are the emerging markets in the OOH space?
Markets like Ahmedabad, Indore, Chandigarh, Pune are the new emerging markets. The reason being, we have good quality out-of-home media inventories in place and different infrastructure in place. If you look at beyond these four metro cities, I think these small cities are learning quickly and not repeating the mistakes done by the metros because the learning curve is much faster.
How are brands today investing their advertising budgets in emerging markets?
It depends a lot on their marketing; everything starts with it. There are a lot of factors including their goals, objectives, whether their product will penetrate in the market way better. Brands are available in metros because the population is larger, so the potential is more in terms of location. Brands like Mahindra and FMCG brands are also working in the rural markets, because the demand in the rural, as well as, the metro is equal.
Do different brands look for different positioning to target a specific audience base?
That’s our goal as an agency. Every agency has its own unique way of planning. We don't consider outdoor advertising companies; we push within ourselves as a location-based marketing company. The moment you chose a position, the data analytics, technology and insight which you are able to provide to your client to take the right decision is very difficult. And for us, the kind of investments we have done in various API’s and data points, we are able to make those decisions.
We are also looking at influencers who will work with us. We are also looking at the key markets and suggesting celebrities or influencers who are right for brands for hyper-local penetration and creating content. Various initiatives have been taken by brands to become more accountable and also more hyper-local.
For example, Flipkart investing their advertising budgets in emerging markets and Coolberg as an upcoming brand that does the same.
Is the OOH industry a victim of economic slowdown?
Yes, we have witnessed it, but because of the festive season, it is looking a little better. But before the arrival of the festivities, things were not how it was last year.
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Laqshya launches OOH campaign for Tanishq's Virasat collection
The outdoor duties were assigned to OMI, the outdoor agency arm of Laqshya Media Group
By exchange4media Staff | Oct 18, 2019 3:46 PM | 3 min read
Tanishq has launched a new OOH campaign marking one of the most anticipated festivals of the year, Diwali! For this auspicious occasion, Tanishq is launching its new festive collection- Virasat.
The OOH campaign brings alive the essence of age-old traditions, cultures and rituals which have been followed through generations. The campaign aims to take forward this tradition of purchasing jewellery which makes Diwali auspicious and special for all of us.
The high decibel campaign was devised to announce the Virasat collection stridently with a striking effect. The outdoor duties were assigned to OMI (Outdoor Media Integrated), the outdoor agency arm of Laqshya Media Group.
OMI used its in-house proprietary tool ‘SHARP’ to give the campaign high visibility & create maximum impactful exposure. The deployments were done in a way as to cover all arterial routes and important touchpoints that were imperative as per the TG’s day in the life cycle. A mix of media vehicle ensured that we attain the objective of reaching the right audience multiple times building brand salience.
The campaign was executed by strongly developing the brand’s communication in multiple cities like Agra, Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Bangalore, Baroda, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi NCR, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Jamshedpur, Kanpur, Kolkata, Kolkata Upcountry, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Meerut, Mumbai, Nagpur, Patna, Pune, Raipur, Ranchi, Surat, Varanasi and Vijayawada.
Tanishq’s extraordinarily stunning creative looked equally mesmerizing on the OOH canvas that was handpicked by OMI to ensure that it gets the 100% OTS it demanded from the campaign. Every media unit did complete justice to build the buzz for the campaign leading to conversations and finally considerations.
Speaking further on the campaign, Naresh Bhandari, COO, OMI, Laqshya Media Group said, “Diwali and Tanishq are essentially connected to each other. Buying gold in Diwali has been a big part of our tradition across the country. This Diwali offer by Tanishq needed a much fierce noticeability at the time when all the competitors are active on OOH and vying for consumers attention. The team took it as a challenge to ensure we are not just noticed but, we impact them too. The dual approach of attaining reach and frequency using our In-House tool cut corners and we were able to deliver a successful campaign.”
Commenting on the campaign, Deepika Tewari, Associate Vice President– Marketing, Jewellery Division at Titan Company Limited said, “Each Diwali is a testament of the tradition that has been passed down from one generation to another and has been followed each year with equal vigour. This collection is a tribute to the innumerable ‘Rivaaj’ or traditions that are followed by us, especially that of buying gold and hence the name ‘Virasat’. We sincerely hope our exclusive festive offers along with our grand new Virasat Collection will add a bit of sparkle to everyone’s life. At Tanishq we wish everyone to be a part of Rivaajon wali Diwali, Tanishq waali Diwali”.
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How AAP is riding on OOH to woo voters
In a classic example of subtle ad placement, the Aam Aadmi Party is using transit OOH to get maximum visibility ahead of the Delhi Assembly elections
By Anjali Thakur | Sep 30, 2019 8:42 AM | 3 min read
Delhi's ruling party, the Aam Aadmi Party, has launched its campaign to retain power in the national capital. Even as the assembly elections in Delhi are a few months away, AAP has launched its campaign ads, material and billboards. Many auto drivers sport ‘I love Kejriwal’ on their autos to express their love for the Chief Minister.
In a classic example of subtle ad placement AAP is using transit OOH to get maximum visibility.
In a press conference earlier, AAP’s Delhi convenor Gopal Rai said that the ‘I love Kejriwal’ campaign has evoked great response.
AAP's bid for victory in the Delhi Assembly Election 2019 leads with the slogan: I Love Kejriwal.
According party sources the campaign has been designed to allow Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to reconnect with the public and hence the slogan.
Anup Sharma, an independent political campaign strategist and mentor at The Lentils Institute, shared some insights about what could be AAP’s key strategy for OOH. “The power of outdoor media has always been there to help build perception but today OOH media is not only acting like a media but is defining the message. Considering the nature of the media, political messaging over OOH has the potential to reach more than other media. A message on the back of the auto has more potential to attract eyeballs than a static unipolar or hoarding,” he said.
Sharma added that while the media consumption habits are changing with TV news viewing decreasing and more people consuming news / views online, TV news is still the key medium for politicians to reach out to voters, and it’s not just because of the numbers. “The political parties know that TV news give a uniform message which may have got lost in the social media noise. OOH acts like a force-multiplier in political messaging,” he stated.
Suresh Kumar, an auto driver in Delhi’s Connaught Place, revealed why he wrote ‘I love Kejriwal’ on the back of his auto hood. “This is my small contribution to show my support and love towards AAP. Kejriwal government has put effort to make a difference in the city, from giving everyone free electricity and water to other facilities, and they have proved themselves over the years. So, this is a small dedication to the great work they have done,” he said.
According to Rajeev Arora, CEO of Adventure Media, the kind of visibility that auto rickshaws provide make them a unique and effective medium. “Advertising on auto rickshaws is witnessed by a large variety and section of commuters every day. It renders easier possibilities of making sure that the message gets absorbed by the travellers as well as pedestrians. It is always visible on the road and has a captive audience. It is a unique and effective medium,” he said.
So, is it cost-effective?
“To replace a regular auto hood it takes around Rs 600, it is indeed value for money,” Arora added.
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