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Leading with creativity, not technology

The idea of leading with creativity and not technology coming from a professional who is offering Martech solutions as one of his key services might sound blasphemous. But meeting after meeting (and there are too many of them), I hear senior professionals dive straight into executional and tactical stuff. Almost always when my team presents …

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Retailers need to re-invent and rebuild their business in real-time

In early May 2020, when I spoke to the owners of one of the biggest fashion brands in the country, they were despondent. Lockdown after lockdown over a four-month period has brought the Retail business to its knees. Large format stores, Large national brands, niche players, regional brands have seen sales collapse by 90%. Whenever, …

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Are we ready for the new normal post COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a black swan event, a human tragedy with a long-term economic implication. Everything that we knew about the way the world conducted business prior to March 2020 has changed, and it will continue to change. In the next few quarters consumer behaviour, changed media consumption, partial relaxation of restrictions, drop of discretionary spends …

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The Data Analytics Reboot : Is pre-Covid19 data irrelevant?

We live in strange times in complicated times. We also now live in a world that is driven by digital and data and analytics. The data that we collect is supposed to help us take decisions that will help the customer decide in favour of our product at the timing of his choice. But as we reflect today, this is the old-fashioned world (albeit, not so long back in the March of 2020).

Marketing Experience(MX)- The next competitive battleground for brands

Today, all products are conversations. Be it product-driven brands or service-driven brands, they are more and more differentiated by their experiences. Companies or brands that deliver memorable experiences to customers keep gaining market share and improve stickiness with their customers. When companies want to improve their CX scores, marketing experience scores play a pivotal role …

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Don’t be delusional about disruptions, they are here to stay.

Management teams across businesses and industries are furiously having online meetings, discussions and brainstorming sessions. Since customers have deserted them or rather, they have been forced into isolation, there is not much happening on the business front. Some of the key comments that I have picked up – We are all doing scenario planning. What …

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From being right about data to showing the right way with data

Storytelling comes naturally to marketers and advertising folks, but the dynamics are now changing. More and more decisions are being taken based on data. Today companies are amassing more data than ever before. Amazon, Flipkart and retailers are tracking average basket size, frequency of purchase, garment size, units, colours, designs, patterns, etc. airlines are using …

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The conundrum of creating connected customer strategies for India

The current buzzwords in marketing seem to be connected customer strategies. Many books and articles are being written on the subject. But how true is all of it and how practical is all of it especially in India? Yes, I know it is a rhetorical question. We know the answer. We also know the challenges. …

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In the digital world brands are much more in your face and not so much in your mind

As budget 2020 turns out to be a non-event and a lot of focus still on Kunal Kamra’s encounter with Arnab Goswami on an Indigo flight, I could not help but think about how our biases have taken over professional etiquette, acceptable social behaviour and plain old common sense. I have no intention of wading …

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