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How To Generate Ideas When Competitive Analysis Shows You Nothing

As a matter of fact, market analysis and market research show that link building is imperative to website popularity. Furthermore, the competitive Analysis of most websites includes multiple back-links and link construction. However, what can be the use of hours of the market research process and competitive studies when your website is unique and has no rivals?

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Hence, it becomes important to increase visibility and SEO status, without depending on relative company analysis.

We offer a guide map to help you up your web game independent of competitive market analysis.

  1. Content Is Key

As a matter of fact, the crux of your website performance actually depends on the substance of your website. In turn, the substantiality of your site relies on the content it uses. Thereby, it becomes essential to have quality content. In fact, market analysis finds that the best websites have superior content. Hence, it is sensible to invest in professional content writers. Moreover, make sure your content is relevant and free from annoying grammatical errors.

  1. The Friend In FAQ

Next, it is important to understand the psyche of your customers and consumers. For example, market research shows common questions revolve around why the site is important and what its targets and benefits would be like. This aspect of research gives you an insight into what potential clients will expect from you. Additionally, conducting an informal survey can really help you strategize your market research process.

  1. Tailor Your Content

Furthermore, you must cater to the consumer-requirements by designing content around their frequently asked questions or your small time company analysis of what their queries could be like. As a result, you will gain customer trust and dependency. In fact, construct your FAQ page along with the same lines! Competitive analysis of Market studies reveal that websites that centre around FAQ’s perform better than those that do not.

  1. Study. Improve.

 Alternatively, successful company analysis and market research show that no completion is small competition. Surely some websites may not be in your league. Alternatively, some may be out of your league. In addition, they may be distinct from your work of interest. However, you will never lose from studying these intently and managing your own domain either by getting inspiration or by learning from these competitors. For example, you own a chocolate-making brand in Hyderabad. It is would be advisable for you to do your market research even on international chocolate brands.

All things considered, a successful competitive Analysis actively involves market analysis. Even if interlinking is not an option, surveying is crucial.

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King of B2B Social Media Marketing and what all it can provide.

In this era of Social Media Marketing (S.M.M), on a tentative basis, we miss out on one of the “Big Guns” of  B2B Social Media Marketing. Yes, you know where this is going, it’s   LinkedIn!

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Here is an overview of LinkedIn:

  • Why is LinkedIn considered as the king of B2B Social Media Marketing? Because, people who use LinkedIn generally don’t come on to it to upload “selfies” but rather are people who are thinking about their careers or companies.

With 2+ people join LinkedIn per second globally and 2/3 users of LinkedIn are not Americans…with the total of nearly 500 Million users ranging from Mass Affluent/influents, decision making opinion leaders to College students come together on LinkedIn

What is LinkedIn Advertising? :

  • Well, as the name suggests LinkedIn Ads is the Advertising platform provided by LinkedIn for Social Media Marketing. Even though LinkedIn’s Advertising domain is not as strong as Google Ad Words it does work out pretty good on many levels with ‘Target Audience’ being really specific one can rely better.. and further filtering options given vary from Region/Country, Company and some advanced options such as “Similar Audiences” , making it better to work on their B2B Social Media Marketing.

Ok, say I’m impressed, what options do I have on LinkedIn Ads? :

  • Someone wise said, “People with great connections get 13x more opportunities in life.”…No! We just made that up. But you get the point. When it comes to LinkedIn Ads, we have a range of Ad formats which LinkedIn named them as..
    • Sponsored Content
    • Sponsored Inmails
    • Text Ads
    • Dynamic Ads
    • Programmatic Display Ads

Oh! Fancy words! Care to Explain? :

  • Isn’t Social Media Marketing majorly depending on fancy words? ok, let us not bore you by getting into micro details we’ll keep it short.
    • Sponsored Content: Helps you promote your updates to targeted audiences on different channels like desktop, mobile, and tablet. Drive awareness and leads in the world’s most viewed professional news feed.
    • Sponsored inmails: “Inmails” is short for the mails one receives (Inbox). Sponsored Inmails can help you reach your target audiences right in their LinkedIn inbox and deliver personalized messages that drive more conversions than email.
    • Text Ads: Text Ads help you reach your target audiences by allowing you to add a compelling & clickable headline, description and even a 50×50 image. This is one way you can start reaching your target audience in minutes on LinkedIn Ad platform. These Ads will appear on the homepage, Results page and Individual Profiles as well.
    • Dynamic Ads: These are the Ads which appear on the left of your home page which will help your profile to connect you with the Ads and allow you to precisely target decision-makers and influencers with highly relevant and customizable creatives on LinkedIn giving it a real personal touch. According to LinkedIn “60% of marketers say personalizing the customer experience is their top marketing objective.”
    • Programmatic Display Ads: Programmatic Display Ads are 300×250 standard display ads on the right column of the desktop. considering LinkedIn to believe that ‘61% of advertisers cite inventory quality as a leading challenge’ Programmatic Display Ads bring your business in front of the world’s largest, most engaged professional audience of influencers and decision-makers with efficiency and control.
  • We at What’s in a name help you confidently get your business in front of the world’s largest, most engaged professional audience of influencers and decision-makers with efficiency and control.

All you need to know about Penguin 4.0

Algorithm Penguin 4.0: All you need to know about the cute sounding master Algorithm by Google.

 

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So Google Penguin is an algorithm that’s been with us for a few years now, designed tocombat link spam specifically and to make internet more users friendly, relevant and qualitative. After years of saying this was coming, Algorithm Penguin 4.0 was finally rolled out on Friday, September 23rd It is now real-time in Google’s algorithm, Google’s core algorithm, which means that it’s constantly updating.

Impact of Penguin in the past :

  • Penguin 1.0 was launched on 24th April, 2012 and impacted 3.1% of websites. Aiming on curbing “Web spam” like keyword stuffing, cloaking, link schemes, or purposeful duplication of the content.
  • Penguin 1.1 came on 26th May, 2012. This update was specially made for those who were hit severely as many already started questioning whether it made the results worse. However, sites that think they have been mistakenly penalized were allowed a web form to inform the same to Google. Simultaneously, the Penguin 1.1 update was released and called to be a “date refresh” process that impacted less than 1.1% of English language websites.
  • Penguin 1.2 was released on 5th October, 2012. Which had an impact on 0.3% of all the queries.
  • Penguin 2.0 was released on 22nd May, 2013. Penguin 2.0 was considered to be a new algorithm to curb bad linking and spam. More than 2.3% of search queries were affected by this update.
  • Penguin 2.1 was released on 4th October, 2013. This fifth installment if Penguin Algorithm was an improvement to the second generation spam filtering tech was also a relatively minor change affecting less than 1%.
  • Penguin 3.0 was released on 17th October, 2014 impacting 1% of the results. This update specifically targeted sites that still were violating Google’s linking policies.
  • Penguin 4.0 :
    • As we stated earlier, Algorithm Penguin 4.0 is designed tocombat link spam specifically and to make internet more users friendly, relevant and qualitative.
    • The list of sites affected by Penguin was only periodically refreshed at the same time.
    • According to Google… “Once a webmaster considerably improved their site and its presence on the internet, many of Google’s algorithms would take that into consideration very fast, but others, like Penguin, needed to be refreshed.” But now, Penguin data is refreshed in real time, so any changes will be made as soon as the affected page has been re-crawled and re-indexed.
    • Google also states that it not going to comment on future refreshes.
    • Penguin is now more granular. Penguin now devalues spam by adjusting ranking based on spam signals, rather than affecting ranking of the whole site.
    • So any penalties will be delivered to a specific page rather than an entire domain, which seems much fairer in the long run.
  • S – At What’s In A Name we specialize in creating state of the art SEO friendly Websites. For more info visit (*whatsinaname*)

 

 

Brand Video, Hotel Formule1, Hyderabad Launch

Most of us love travelling, be it business or pleasure. The idea behind visiting a new city and staying in the comforts of a Hotel room brings nothing but great ease to both our mind and body. The primary role played in our travel is that of the hotels we reside in. You cannot deny how rest assured you feel seeing a bed neatly laid out only for you, clean bathrooms, and other services assuring you of a comfortable stay.

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Hotel  Formule1 corrects the “Chalta Hai” attitude and aims to end the age old notion by delivering what they believe is every customer’s right. Provisions such as free high speed Wi-Fi, 24/7 safety and security, sound proof rooms, comfortable beds and access controlled rooms and floors.

The #ChaltaHaiNoMore campaign is driven by the traditional “devil may care” nonchalant attitude that most of us carry around. Hotel Formule1 calls to break free from the habit by replying back to the “Chalta Hai” attitude with… #ChaltaHaiNoMore.

The video now live on YouTube highlights this element effectively. The idea behind the campaign is to put across a message that the “Chalta Hai” attitude needs to be discouraged. Hotel Formule1 stands up to this cause, by facilitating provisions and amenities that promise a pleasant and rest assured stay at its hotel.

It’s time to stand up and say #ChaltaHaiNoMore.

360 Degrees Branding Case Study – www.zip.in

Overview:

Zip.in is an online Supermarket, based out of Hyderabad. Until recently, it was operational in Hyderabad only. But soon it will expand to other cities across the country. The website has over 8,000 listed products that includes categories like fruits, vegetables, frozen food, pet care, organic food, stationery, essentials and many more. The BETA website went live in November 2014, and the final website went live in December 2014. Then began the 360 Degrees Branding effort to take the brand ahead.

360 Degrees Branding

Challenges:

The first challenge was to strengthen the business segment. That’s because a significant percentage of people were either unaware, or skeptical about an option to shop for groceries online.

The second challenge was the fact that there were quite a few customers who were unhappy with the service & products that they received from competition. It was almost impossible to get them to try online grocery shopping again.

The next challenge was that Zip.in delivery was available in limited locations only.

Finally, we had to spread brand awareness, define its positioning, reach out to the right people, increase website traffic, focus on conversions, and make it all happen with limited budgets. Hence, a 360 Degrees Branding Strategy was formulated.

Target Audience:

We were talking to a huge range of audiences. But our primary audience is a working couple that lives separately. They realise the importance of having good and wholesome meals. However, as both husband and wife are working, it becomes difficult for them to buy groceries regularly.

The secondary audience is the single, corporate employees who are either lazy or don’t have time to buy groceries; thanks to their erratic and long shifts. They are our secondary audience because these would be small ticket size customers. And that’s because they would mostly survive on Maggi (of course, when it was being sold), canned juices, bread, butter, etc.

The tertiary audience is not direct consumers, but influencers. These could be teenagers who would help us spread the word to the decision makers – their parents. These also include retired senior citizens who would help us spread awareness and share the information with their children.

With this we were clear about “Whom” we wanted to talk to. But the question was “What” should we talk about? Once we were clear on our target audience, we decided to understand their pain. We began thinking like customers. We also did some backend research to know how the competition was treating customers. After putting all this together, we came up with a 360 Degrees Branding Strategy.
 

Communication Guidelines:

We were sure that our 360 Degrees Branding Strategy should comprise the following:

Our communication should be simple, and it should be easily understood both by a techie and a retired senior citizen.

Creativity is not the most important thing here. That’s because in a bid to be overtly creative, we didn’t want to move away from our objective of simplicity. Making sure that we take the message home.

The 360 Degrees Branding communication should establish the business line clearly. This is for those who don’t really know how it works.

The communication should work as a confirmation tool to those who are just at the fence. They want to try the option of online grocery buying, but are slightly doubtful.

The communication should make use of the competition analysis that we did. As the competition had captured a greater market share, it was important to understand how they have peeved the customers, and how we can give a believable assurance to these customers.

Also, it was important to make sure that the layout of the campaign was standardised, and that it stands out in a clutter of Newspaper ads, hoardings, online banners, etc. So, achieving high recall was imperative.

Finally, we wanted to make sure that the communication connects with the audiences. They should be able to visualise themselves as customers of www.zip.in. So, we did decide to keep it real too.

PS: Of course, the content was tweaked to suit various channels, but certain things were retained to establish connectivity. The idea was to benefit from integration. So, now we knew “how” our communication should be. But it was time to decide “What” our communication should be. And we came up with the following 360 Degrees Branding Strategy.

Print Campaign:

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www.zip.in | 360 Degrees Branding | What's In a Name Creatives

Brand Video: Produced by Namesake Productions

Radio Jingle: 

  

Digital Ads:

360 Degrees Branding | Case Study | What's In a Name Creatives | www.zip.in
Screen grab of Facebook Sponsored Stories Ads.

 

360 Degrees Branding | Case Study | What's In a Name Creatives | www.zip.in
Screen grab of a Re-marketing Ad.

360 Degrees Branding – Media Channels:

News Paper Ads – Times Of India, The Hindu

OOH – Hitec City, Gachibowli, Kukkatpally, Uppal, ECIL

Fliers – Somajiguda, Banjara Hills, Jubilee Hills, Madhapur, Hitec City, Kondapur, Gachibowli, etc.

Radio – Radio Mirchi

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) – On Page & Off Page Optimization, Directory Listing, Products Listing, Link Building, Goal Setting & more

Search Engine Marketing (SEM) – Google AdWords, Web Banners, Blog

Social Media Marketing (SMM) – Facebook, Twitter

YouTube Marketing – Video Content Production & Promotion

Retargeting – Google & Facebook Retargeting Ads

The Results – 360 Degrees Branding:

64.3% rise in website traffic.

38% increase in orders.

33% increase in average order ticket size (price)

19% decrease in bounce rate, indicating better traffic quality.

98% customer satisfaction ratings re-iterating that every branding effort needs to be teemed up with a good product or service.

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Advertising Agencies: Ever wondered how the best do it?

Ever wondered what the first Indian advertisement looked like? When Englishman James Augustus Hickey started making losses on his newspaper (India’s first) business in 1780, he resorted to advertising . The newspaper didn’t survive for long. But India was gifted a terrific new medium of communication. The first Indian ads mainly revolved around simple & direct messages. And featured a mailing address. Times have drastically changed since then.

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My Choice Deepika – When Advertising Gets Dirty

Deepika Padukone surely is one of the fastest rising stars in the history of Indian cinema. But “My Choice Deepika” is what she will be called henceforth. Why? Well, her latest video has changed the definition of online viral videos. There was a time when online videos were celebrated for the mere fact that they were unique. They were loved because they were fresh. They were shared because they deserved it. That’s when they’d become viral. But those were the days in the past. Today, videos are created around sensitive subjects with only one  goal – get some mileage to those involved. Subjects are no longer seamlessly gelled. They are forced into each other. More like in-serial or in-film brand integration. Hope you remember how naturally (pun-intended) Shahrukh Khan talks about the features of Nokia Lumnia in Chennai Express. Or you’d at least remember how situational (pun-intended) was Hrithik Roshan’s dialogue that comprised Mountain Dew’s Slogan in Bang Bang. It’s more of a success-formula-phase that even Bollywood is going through. And there’s nothing wrong with that. But using sensitive issues to get some mileage is a form of dirty advertising. More so, if it’s done by an established star like My Choice Deepika!

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So, what really went wrong with My Choice Deepika?

Formulae work great in our country. Just because a serious video about a rape victim was banned, and yet managed to jolt the nation, it’s taken for granted that a few thousand videos around subjects related to women will make it big in the online world. And when a video like that stars Deepika Padukone (A.K.A My Choice Deepika), it has to be a runaway hit. Well, may be, we, as an audience, are not as smart as the one in a developed nation. But we are not dumb either. And that’s exactly why we turned down this video. Yes. The video has been getting so much flak that people are addressing her as “My Choice Deepika”. So what really went wrong with the video?

  • It comes across as dramatised & artificial (Thanks to the director; Homi Adajania).
  • It doesn’t stop at being preachy. It begins to dictate. And then threatens.
  • The video is contradicting. If it’s a woman’s choice, let her decide. She doesn’t need obnoxious examples to understand that. She’s smart. She knows what’s best for her.
  • It’s okay if the video was pro-women. We all respect that. But this was Anti-men.
  • Finally, people understand when a subject moves from an undertone of gender-equality to gender-superiority!

Well, this video was recent. So it’s fresh in our memories. But if we rewind a little, we’ll understand that there’s more to this. This video featured the same star who’d come out in the open to talk about her depression, a few weeks back. Come to think of it, looks like that episode was a doctored one too.

Picture this. A critical health issue. A fresh subject as not many people have openly spoken about it. A topic that is safe. Well, that’s because even if it doesn’t work, it wouldn’t backfire. And Voila! Here’s the perfect recipe for a brand recall. What’s next? As expected the country empathises with her. She manages to move us emotionally. Most of us begin to even sympathise with. Of course, it doesn’t stop at that. People would now want to see more of this star. They would want to know how their once-depressed star looks on the big screen now. Hence, objective met. It’s pretty evident that My Choice Deepika’s PR machinery has been working very hard. Only if her script writers worked harder, her movies would have some content at least. And she didn’t have to explore this dirty side of advertising. But then that’s not her choice we guess!!

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Digital Marketing Agencies In Hyderabad

As one of the leading digital marketing agencies in Hyderabad, we understand a brand’s need to standardise its communication across various channels. The perfect integration of its print and digital efforts can help it move ahead in the race. There are quite a few digital marketing agencies in Hyderabad. But only few of them understand the importance of seamless integration of a brand’s voice – online and offline.

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What do top digital marketing agencies in Hyderabad, or elsewhere do:

Unfortunately, customers have limited knowledge on the term digital. And they are mislead, because they want to. Having unrealistic goals could be a way of pressurising various digital marketing agencies in Hyderabad or elsewhere. But that seldom helps a brand. The kind of work that various digital marketing agencies in Hyderabad, and across the globe, do is more of a science. It’s NOT magic. There are algorithms, there’s research, there’s content, there’s strategy, there’s competitive analysis, there’s execution, there’s monitoring, there’s progress and then results begin to show up. This doesn’t happen overnight. It happens over countless nights!

Make sure your digital marketing efforts remain consistent:

In today’s ever-changing, fast-paced world, consistency is even more important than a great beginning. When the efforts of your Digital Marketing Agency tend to show up, give them more support. Help them remain consistent. If you begin to think that you are a smart businessman, and it’s time to do some cost-cutting on this front, you’re terribly wrong. Cost cutting is great. But it needs to happen at the right place. The moment you lose momentum on your digital marketing efforts, you begin to slide down the chart. You might stay on top for some time. But that doesn’t mean you’ll be there for ever. So getting on top means it’s a great time to re-look at goals. And create some new ones as well.

Ask any of these leading digital marketing agencies in Hyderabad, or anywhere else. And this is exactly what you’ll hear. They’ll swear by some common practices like consistency and standardisation.

The Best brand Communication Company in India

The idea of communication, advertisement, branding or marketing isn’t really new to the world, and yet it is. The gamut of creating an ad, for a product or a service, used to be more or less restricted in terms of INFORMATION.The Best brand Communication company has now been multiplied by hundred, and therefore has more than one outlet. Communicating about a brand today is to spread information about its value, price, reliability, popularity and a lot more.

The best brand Communication Company in India

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The best brand communication company in India targets audiences mostly by using paid media such as television, radio, Internet, print, OOH, etc. The success of a brand purely depends on the way it is communicated across channels through different territories.

To simplify further, let’s see the evolution of communication for some products by the best branding companies in India:

Cadbury:

From celebrating little joys of life to enriching each Indian festival today, it has certainly come a long way. Their positioning that transformed over the years from “Kuch khass hai zindagi mein” to “Kuch meetha ho jaye”, says it all.

Story – Cadbury was introduced in the market as a chocolate for children; it later went on to target adults. Over the years their tag lines have changed. Their advertisements of-late have had a shift in focus; on Indian customs and traditions. This was an effort to compete and later replace the traditional sweets (Mithai) category that the Indian culture is synonymous with. In 2003, when the brand faced allegations of worms found in the product, Cadbury quickly came up with an ad campaign featuring Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan along with a revamped poly-flow packaging, and won back the confidence of its consumers.

Nirma:

Another age-old brand that most of us would remember from our childhood memories during the times of Doordarshan. The brand was synonymous with its model – Deepikaji – who was a typical housewife of that generation. From a typical housewife washing her husband’s shirt as part of her chores to women helping an ambulance out from a puddle, depicting gender equality and women power, this one’s an interesting brand transformation episode too.

Story – Over the years Nirma has acquired a very strong threshold in the market, being sold in even the most remote parts of the country. What started as just a small side business hit the market, and turned to be a billion dollar Company. However, in recent times, their target customers have changed from middle class to upper-middle class families.

Maggi:

Not just for the hunger pangs in the evenings anymore but happiness every Indian can afford – clearly stating the stature of most Indian families.

Story – The introduction of this brand was to solely be featured among an evening snack such as samosa, pakora or masala peanuts. A snack that could be easily made, and consumed in the evenings. There was a time when the sales of Maggi dropped due to the introduction of Top Ramen and other instant noodles, but none of these me-too brands could garner as much success as Maggi. Perhaps, they had the first mover advantage. After certain allegations on Maggi not being good for health, Nestle started aiming at introducing more health effective variants under the same brand such as Atta noodles and Oats noodles. This diversification worked for them. Perhaps, it was an input that the best brand communication would have given. In fact, it was part of a global strategy to give their brand a health and wellness outlook.

Best brand communication company – Hire One!

These are a few brands being endorsed by some known & little known agencies. In fact, with brand like these, whether it’s the best brand communication company in India or a bustling new agency on the block, the opportunities for brand strategy & innovation are enormous. With changing times, these brands made sure that they keep a tab on their target audience and communicate accordingly; they made sure to bring in the required positive change in communication, as and when required.

With the invention of the World Wide Web, everything is globalized. Thus, each brand has the power to make it big. Obviously, the best brand communication company in India will add the much-required zing. When you put the right word out, and target the correct audience persistently, your brand can do wonders. The loyalty of any brand, of course, needs to be justified over a period of time. The good thing, however, is the fact that the generation today is always ready to experiment.

The best brand communication company in India needs to drive people, and the most famous companies that already have a strong hold can do so by selecting a few major social causes, fusing them along with their brand communication; this almost always works.

Digital Exposure In India

The last few years have revolutionised digital exposure in India. The way we communicate, with the brands around, has taken a huge leap. Today, the world has moved towards information that’s real-time. And that’s exactly why the amount of content that is consumed digitally is way beyond what one can imagine. The last decade has been the age of social networks. And if we go by the last 4 years, the current decade is touted to be the decade of mobile. From Motion Posters to Print Motion to Geo-targeting Mobile Push to Augmented Reality. It’s all happening out there. Only time will tell the fate of this decade. But if we were to look at the aftermath of the previous decade (and a couple of years more), apart from a lot of good, there’s also a flip side to this erratic world of online communication. Each channel has got it’s own challenges. And all these put together are being thrown at brand owners and marketers today.

Digital Exposure

Digital Exposure – Facebook – A.K.A fakebook

There have been claims that Facebook is falsifying likes and accounts. Well, if statistics are to be believed, around 33% of Facebook accounts are fake accounts. The strategy seems believable. That’s because they are trying to monetize every pixel on the website. Incidentally, ads are now available in video format too. Their sole purpose of connecting the world, however, is losing its charm. With advertisers spending big bucks on the website, the pressure for showing results is high. The most highly misused term “ROI” is now the cynosure of most client-agency conversations that revolve around the digital world. And clients seldom understand that low “ROI” could be the issue with their product or service. It could also be a result of too much interference into what external Professionals that they have hired are strategising. The expectations are sky high. And so is the pressure. In a game like this, Facebook has the big need to at least show higher likes to pages or posts. Once advertisers / brands see this ROI in the form of likes, they begin to advertise more; that simply means, they spend more. The cycle then becomes vicious. To achieve this, Facebook has been apparently falsifying likes. So, next time you see your name popping out on a page you’ve never heard of before, don’t be surprised. Facebook would have saved you that effort with liking on your behalf!

With a strategy like this, saturation is certainly around the corner for this mammoth Social Networking Platform. The attempts of Facebook to buy other growing and more promising mobile platforms like Snapchat (a photo-messaging application that actually turned down a $3 Billion offer from Mr. Zuckerberg) have gone down the drain.

Clients of Digital Agencies, with all the digital exposure in India, however, still consider likes to be the only, and the most important, metric to gauge the success of a an online strategy. Budgets are also allocated to meet just that need of theirs. This half-knowledge that brand owners collate from the Internet does more harm than good.

Twitter – Bad clone of an average original

With a look and feel that’s dead and gone, it shows Facebook’s heavy influence on the design team. What’s worse is that they couldn’t even copy an existing model properly. There have been several complaints of users who’ve been trying to find out the right size of the cover image for personal profiles and brand pages; the content area is confused with the image size. The result? A confused user!

Apart from all this, they are far behind Facebook, in terms of active users (excluding the fake profiles on FB). But their CEO however, ridicules Facebook’s mechanism to collect accurate data from their servers. He feels that though their user base is less, their active users are pretty good. He also feels that Twitter has done an awesome job in terms of monetising the micro-blogging site.

Despite all this, one thing is evident that Twitter is no hurry. They are steady with their growth plans. And they don’t intend to inject users and brands with this steroid called advertising.

LinkedIn – Monster enters facebook

Initially, it remained true to it’s intent of connecting the world… professionally. Since then it has become a big hub for job hunting and job seeking; people also send random requests to unknown honchos, CEOs, HR Representatives, etc., to hire them. It’s like a Job Portal (like Monster.com) going Social. But soon it began to bring in flavours from all corners. With options of Like and Comment, it’s got an undertone of a typical Facebook mechanism too. As if all that was not enough, they decided to come up with Brand Business pages a la Facebook. Even email (LinkedIn calls it Inmail though) was not spared. It began to not just offer free email services to profile holders but sell them at a premium too. From advertising banners to specific target-based hiring ads, it’s on roll. The options seem to be a bit tad expensive to the Indian Marketers who thrive on digital as a medium though.

While all this was happening, LinkedIn did not take into account the make-money-by-taking-this-survey population. And that actually turned out to put the Professional Networking leader in a catch 22 situation. Looks like, today, that’s become the key purpose of the website. And that’s primarily because digital exposure in India is still limited. A big chunk of the population is yet to make the optimum use of these mediums.

Google Plus – The white collared mafia

This is the search engine giant’s attempt to get a big share of the social networking base. From having special contracts with celebrities to making it mandatory for businesses registering even with Google Maps, it has done it all. In fact, the latest search engine update called Humming Bird, re-iterates how the search engine giant will use it’s muscle power to showcase your business, only if you have an active Google Plus account. Now that’s more like white-collared blackmailing!

Unfortunately, its growing numbers are more inclined towards new user base, for obvious reasons. Number of active users is still dubious.

E-mailers – Junk we ought to clean

We get a zillion junk emails everyday. Ever wondered how all this works? Obviously, there are some that we get because we share our email IDs. But most of these are from unknown and irrelevant sources. There are some who’ve opened shops of selling e-mail databases. They get some of these from interconnected sources who sell a good chunk to them. But then there are other ways that they’ve mastered too. From luring people outside malls with holiday packages to making phone calls with other promotions, they’ve got all the tricks up their sleeves, to fill up their email and other contact information databases.

Excessive e-mailers have become the norm. And most of this junk leads where it actually should – Spam Folder. But looks like marketers are happy with the illusion of reaching out to their potential customers through this medium.

Websites – Not rocket science; it’s a science

A website is your virtual store. And in most cases it is the first thing an associate, a potential employee, investor or your customer sees. The importance of a nice and informative website is ignored by business owners. With the mushrooming of web development companies, and more lately, online DIY (Do-It-Yourself) portals that promise websites for a few hundred bucks, this aspect of the digital world is the most distorted. With common templates that smaller web development companies or freelancers create for a brand, they clearly position it into a “me-too” segment. Not that a fancy website is always the need. But a website that doesn’t complement the business, a website that doesn’t elevate a business, can categorically be described as junk! This is one section where people do put their digital exposure in India, to use. But that population is very very limited. They however, feel that aping an international website is the best way to go about things.

Business owners, however, tend to take this up as a profitable deal as they save a few thousands. What they don’t evaluate is the big hit that their brand has taken in the process.

Blogs – Ignored kid of a loving mother

The most effective, and unfortunately, the most ignored area of the digital world is Blogging. Marketers avoid it as it involves a lot more time, effort and domain knowledge. Of course, the reason also is because clients are not willing to pay for this effort of theirs. Clients avoid it because they don’t see any value in writing paragraphs on subjects that may or may not directly connect with them.

The blogging community, however, is moving on an upward scale. In fact, they are the most sought-after bunch of people who’re paid to write stuff for brands, and in some cases individuals too. But the flip side here is the increase in reviews and blogs that are highly biased. Brands that began blogging for SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) purposes only, end up publishing blogs that are nothing more than a distorted set of keywords they wish to show-up with. Only if people had enough digital exposure in India, this would have been the key weapon of a lot of digital strategies.

Web Banners – Permanent sticky notes

This has become one of the most common ways of monetising a website, some of them charging a fortune to lease out a few pixels. In fact, its cost can be directly compared to real-estate costs in some places. Brands, on the other hand, are not leaving any stone unturned to take undue advantage of this option. They use these banner spaces to promote their product or service even if there’s a heavy irrelevance in the aligned brand. That’s where a limited digital exposure comes in play.

With content consumption being so high in the digital space, audiences tend to get irked by these forced ads.

Retargeting – Stalker you can’t ignore

A year old phenomenon in the country, it does prove beneficial to trick the audiences online into making a purchase. In fact, it works great with impulsive buyers. But it has certainly left a huge section of innocent audience guessing. They have no clue how a specific product or service that they had browsed on a specific website ages back, still shows up on small windows across most of the websites they visit. They don’t understand that some times even after purchasing the product, the website is till trying to sell it to them with customised discounts and offers. It’s like a magnet that’s stuck on them. Wherever they go, what ever they browse, these products seldom leave them alone. Well, blame it on cookies!

All in all, this is a great development, provided it’s not overused. With the limited digital exposure, it could even freak people out.

Digital exposure in India is growing to understand that the World Wide Web will be
content with good content only.

With so many online channels at the disposal of a brand owner or a marketer, achieving the perfect mix is going to be one hell of a task. In fact, with the haywire digital exposure in India, things get all the more difficult.  And when one has to show results, it’s a different ball game altogether. But there is a way out. And it’s the simplest thing to do. At the end of the day, it’s a proven fact that unique content has always been the front-runner. Websites and marketers do realize the importance of innovative and fresh content. Audiences across the globe have always acknowledged such content. Hence, investing time, money and effort in creating content will go a long way in this ever-changing digital world.

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