I am working in the Social Media domain for the last couple of months and the way it is shaping up has made me quite excited about this industry.

Brands slowly and gradually are recognizing the need to be present on this medium to make direct connect with their target audience. Facebook being 22 million strong in India has emerged as the most sought after social networking site both by the users and the marketers.

Marketers have always tried to find ways to reach and interact with their consumers directly, finally they have found a solution, it seems. Social Media Platforms have come as a boon to brands which want to reach their target segment in a new and better way. The objective could be better service, promoting new products, getting leads or just building a connect with the consumers. 85% of Indian Youth is hooked to Social Networking Sites these days. This statistics has made it imperative for the brands to consider this new and emerging form of media seriously and tap its audience where it is present most of the time. A big catch for the marketers is MINIMAL COST!

What drove me to write this post was the sudden rise in companies promoting their social media platforms via offline mediums and drive more users online. A case in point is the Vodafone’s recent “ZooZoo” Ad which was on the front page of Times of India. The only link mentioned in the ad was their Facebook Page. So, is Social Media Platforms like Facebook getting more prominence than the websites?…It is too early to say that. But such promotions do suggest that companies are now making an effort to promote their social platforms via offline mediums. Find below few of the recent examples of brands promoting their social mediums in Print Media:

vodafone valentino

Valentino promoting their Social Platforms: Orkut, Facebook and  Twitter – though a very important thing missing is their Handles

Vodafone’s 3G Ad with Facebook URL

Tihar

pandawokPandawok, a restaurant in Noida promoting their

Facebook Fan Page in their pamphlets

 

Even Tihar Jail is now on Facebook,
though they have not created a page  but a User Profile.

On the same note, Shoppers Stop has also been giving a full page advertisement with the link to their Facebook Fan Page promoting their discount season. Hope to see more brands and companies leverage the power of Social Media…This is just the beginning 🙂

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Joined a social media consulting firm recently and trying to get into the new job mode. Before I joined this organization, Social Media was just restricted to updating facebook wall, checking my friends status messages, etc. but had never realised how powerful this medium can be.

During my stint here, I am learning a lot and there is lot more which needs to be grasped. I shall post about the same in coming days but right now would like to talk about the Blogger Relationship Programs (BRPs), a term which I got to know recently.

For definition, BRPs are a confluence of like minded avid bloggers who may belong to similar or dissimilar domains gathered to discuss around a common cause/purpose. Now, that was a sort of management definition which sounds a little bit bookish and won’t solve the purpose. So, lets have a look on why, how and who of Blogger Relationship Programs.

Companies these days are using Blogger Relationship Programs as a new way to spread buzz around for their products. Whether its a product launch or an introduction of new concept/service that needs to be communicated to niche audience, companies are increasingly relying on the power of blogs and online communication medium.

For instance, To boost the sales of HDX Dragon, a flagship product of HP which wasn’t selling even after 9 months of its launch, the company initiated a  “31 days of the Dragon” Blogger Relationship Program. Here, HP chose 31 bloggers who were influencers in the technology domain, had huge fan followings and readers used to trust their reviews and recommendations. Each blogger was given a HDX Dragon Laptop and was asked to start a week long contest on their respective blogs and give these laptops to the winners of the contest. This not only had a huge impact on the sales of HDX Dragon with 84% increase in its sales, but it also helped HP to have an overall 10% increase in its PC Sales. Now, that was remarkable!!

The above was just an online BRP. Recently, Samsung Mobiles conducted “Samsung Blogger Relationship Program” powered by Media Redefined, a Delhi-based Social Media Consulting firm. Samsung wanted to create buzz around newly launched Samsung GalaxyS and Samsung Wave mobiles and what better way than inviting technology bloggers to play with the gadget, review it and write about it on their blogs. Offline Meets were conducted across 3 cities – Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Samsung gave a talk on these mobiles to the technology enthusiasts. This was accompanied by various online contests which drove more traffic to the blogposts by these bloggers, thus, building the required buzz for Samsung Mobiles.

Hence, BRPs are increasingly becoming a new way of marketing to generate buzz about companies products/services across niche segments. This not only helps them reach their consumer base in the most cost effective way but also gives them a chance to build a long term relationship with the Bloggers Community and identify advocators for their brand.

The word of caution is only that a company should not blindly opt in for BRPs. A BRP shall run well if people talk about that product/service online or explore about it on the net. The selection of right bloggers and right strategy is a prerequisite of a successful BRP . Apart from that, the company needs to be in regular touch and keep the bloggers updated about their new developments from time-to-time in order to create a long term relationship. Thus, we can easily say that Blogger Relationship Programs can be the new-marketing mantra for companies and it is fast gaining its grounds in India.

That was all folks!! If there are any questions, I would be more than happy to answer…shoot them in the comments section and also, if anyone would like to add on to the post, please do so in the comments section again 🙂

Cheers,

Charu

Yesterday, I read news on the new web browser called “Epic” launched by Bangalore based startup Hidden Reflex. The first thing I loved about it is that its Desi Maal…full Indian touch. Here is a quick review of what more I liked in Epic for you from a non-techie perspective 😉
These days my preferred web browser is Google Chrome and I must say Epic is a far better option.
One can see the top stories of the day (world, national or regional) related to business, health, entertainment, sports, etc. live streaming of news channel at just one click on the sidebar. Considering the craze among people about social networking, developers have installed shortcuts to facebook, orkut, gmail, twitter and yahoo (linkedin is missing though). The “Indic Text” gives you the option to write your text in 16 languages and on certain web pages like facebook, you can directly type in hindi using this option.
Coming to the look and feel, Epic gives you an option to choose from over 1000 Indian themes from Bollywood, National Heroes, Indian nature, Religion and what not!! The Antivirus option in the side bar not only scans your downloads and protects you from landing to malicious sites but also scans your computer and has a cool feature of “Anti-Phishing Protection”…so next time you are at an unauthenticated bank site…u know who just saved your day. 😛
Apart from this, the browser gives you Free Word Processor to create/edit your documents. “My Computer” helps you to quickly access your files.  Create your “To Do list” and it keeps a check on you 😉
The “Snippets” is a cool feature again…you want to save a news item for your future reference, save a statistic for the report you are working on, a nice quote to impress someone…Snippets is just there for your help…Highlight the area you want to save and apply a label to it and you are done.
You can book your travel, search and save jobs (trust me boss won’t come to know about it :P), play games in between to take a break (I couldn’t try this feature…takes loads of time to load). With “Collections” feature, save your most often visited websites and access them in a click.
One can add more Epic applications according to one’s wish (we can add but can we remove some applications from the side bar if we wish to…i guess not). Apart from all this, there are regular features like Bookmarks, History, Downloads, etc. which every browser has. Also, I just came to know it doesn’t support linux (any further inputs on this are welcome)
Overall, I loved it…a great browser by Indian developers custom-made for Indians.
Do post your reviews/comments below…would love to know your feedback on the post too as this is my first attempt. 🙂
Cheers,
Charu

Hello world!

Posted: July 18, 2010 in Uncategorized

Hello Readers

Welcome to my blog. Here you would find my views on various topics ranging from social media, entertainment, life, latest news and anything which I like and feel like writing about.

So, Happy reading and your comments/feedback are always welcome 🙂

Cheers

Charu