Sunday, December 28, 2014

Journey from being Innocent to carrying a Baggage

Recently I attended my niece’s birthday party. She turned 2 this year and I was super excited to be a part of the celebration! Well, it was after many many years I got to attend a kids party and hence the excitement.

Most of you might be thinking if she celebrated her 1st birthday or if I forgot to attend the party? Err, she wasn't in the country then so technically her 1st birthday in India.

It was during the party I realized how innocent kids happy they are around people...there is no tension of the world in their mind...they don’t carry ANY BAGGAGE.

As we grow old, we start losing that innocence we had when we were kids. We think we know it all and do things as per our whims and fancies. There is no one to stop us. In our head, we are our own boss and we do things OUR way.

However, this cute lil birthday celebration made me go back the memory lane and helped me realize how far we have come - from being a kid to an adult, it sure has been a roller-coaster ride!

It was fascinating to compare the feelings and emotions of a kid to that of an adult in the party. For kids, a birthday celebration is a “big” thing. Gifts, cakes, flowers, people...everything gets them excited and happy. While the role of an adult is to ensure to make it a  memorable day for the kid to cherish all his/her life!

As an adult, we carry our own baggage. Always surrounded with tension about work, family, friends,
people etc. etc. But after watching these kids with innocence, smile and happiness, it just felt that life isn't “that” bad. While getting rid of the baggage is not an option, being happy while carrying it can make life painless and joyous.

Now that this year is coming to an end, let’s get back our innocence, gear up for the new year and spread happiness around.

It's time to cherish those memorable moments, the journey we call life and the people around us who made this journey even more beautiful.   

So, here’s wishing all my readers, well-wishers and of course my family, a very happy and blessed 2015! 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

From Press conference to Twitter conference

PR agencies in India have started weaving in digital arm to their overall PR strategy
and campaigns. However, there are many agencies which are still thriving on traditional mediums and don’t feel the need to venture into digital completely. This might be due to various factors including lack of resources or not being prepared for a change.

But for how long?

Since second half of 2013, there has been a downfall in the print industry (papers/magazines discontinued). In fact, many electronic channels have also discontinued few of their shows (for example, ET Now discontinued one of their most popular tech shows - Technohik, NDTV Profit cut back on all non-market-hour programming which meant the channel only needed a handful of anchors and reporters).

This trend is still prevalent and will continue to surprise the industry!

With such alterations in the media industry, the PR agencies get a window to get more creative and embrace newer avenues. It gives an opportunity for both the clients and traditional PR agencies to explore social media platforms more aggressively than before.

It’s imperative that agencies start thinking differently to sustain themselves in the ever evolving digital ecosystem. It’s time to change now and important to integrate offline and online mediums to fetch best results for a campaign/launch.

Xolo makes the move

That said, Xolo - a premium smart devices brand in India, made a very interesting announcement on Twitter!  

The company recently shared a tweet regarding their product launch exclusively on Twitter on December 05th, 2014. While it may seem little bizarre at the first instant, I believe this is the move we would eventually like to see by corporates. Here’s what the media/bloggers are already talking about!

According to industry experts, only people who have registered for the event will be able to participate in the one hour (12-1 PM, IST) event. While this still leaves me confused as to how the live event will be managed ultimately, it will be interesting to evaluate some pros and cons of Xolo’s exclusive Twitter launch:

  • Saves time (for media and others involved in the launch), money, travel, cost of booking venue/setting up
  • Finally we save paper!! - It’s annoying to see agencies still handing over press kits during events. E-mail sends across just the same message which is there in a press kit
  • Tracking who all participated in the event is easier online than sitting at the desk asking media to register themselves
  • Message/opinion reaches out to a wider audience while interacting with the brand in real-time
  • Twitter feed blasted with tweets - in case one is following the brand/ media. This definitely will annoy people who aren’t keen on the announcement
  • No face value - while during events, you do see the top management taking time out to brief the media about their new product. However, online medium can trick you with someone else replying on behalf of the senior management
However, I still believe it definitely is a good move by the company and kudos to the FrogIdeas team for bringing in this change! Unless we experiment, we would never be able to up the game.

So do you think Twitter conference will take over the regular/traditional press conferences in India?

Nonetheless, stay tuned for the pre-launch buzz at #TouchOmega and let’s wait and watch how India’s first ever smartphone brand performs at the live mobile launch on Twitter!