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Launched: India’s own Laptop Community

Through the years, Indian consumers have gotten used to the fact that if they want to find out more about laptops, they only have two options:

1. Read international reviews & opinions, a lot of which may not be applicable to India

2. Tread the dusty Nehru Place (New Delhi) or equivalent lanes in the city and dodge the dodgy hardware shops and hope to get a good deal

Both are impractical and unfriendly options, and more often than not, the only savior is the IT department admin at your place of work or Word-of-Mouth via friends. The only problem is that these routes can only yield limited info and hence, limited results.

Thankfully, India now has its own laptop review site – with Indian content, products that are available in India, best laptop deals and more.

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http://laptopcommunity.com/ is a community review site designed purely for Indian audiences and their needs. Still in its infancy, and hence beta (!), the site already has 100s of laptop models reviewed including the latest hp laptop, Dell, Apple & Acers of the world..and a list of models rated prominently basis their popularity with users. There is also an integrated discussion board (PhPBB based forum), product videos, Q&A, latest India-specific news & new launch info and some well written & regularly updated articles relevant to the site’s content.

Users who consider themselves laptop experts can join the community as experts to guide others. I am joining for sure…think I have had enough of providing gyaan to all & sundry, and it wont hurt to spread my wings a bit! Brands can look at the site as a niche opportunity to advertise their products to a bang-on TG…makes sense.

Try it out..and do leave a comment here about how you find the experience!

Digital or Die!

Original article here: http://www.clickz.com/showPage.html?page=3630966

Digital or Die

By Rebecca Lieb, The ClickZ Network, Sep 26, 2008

One of the most crammed, standing-room-only sessions at MIXX this week featured the media directors of top agencies, including Digitas, Mediaedge:cia, Neo@Ogilvy, and MindShare. As they talked targeting and how they were spending millions of media dollars for their respective rosters of blue-chip clients, online media trainer extraordinaire Leslie Laredo leaned over to whisper in my ear, “Not a single person on this panel is over 30.”

Whether her observation is literally true is moot. The point is these senior agency executives are young, much younger than their typical counterparts on the traditional media side of the table.

Why? Are old dogs so adverse to learning new tricks? Because certainly at MIXX, as well as at OMMA last week, bemoaning the digital talent gap was a cry that emerged early and often.

It’s not just old-timers on the traditional agency side of the equation who are stubbornly resisting the shift to digital. It’s an issue across the media landscape. Their reluctance was perhaps somewhat understandable in the go-go ’90s and in the sober, austere, bleak era around 2002.

But now?

Still, I’m seeing traditional publishers cut back on digital endeavors (and digital staff) in a desperate and futile effort to sustain their flagging, dead-tree legacy brands. I’m seeing digital executives going to senior management with requests for back-end tools, such as content management systems and social media software, only to learn their corporate overlords have no idea what all that stuff is, much less what it’s actually used for or how it can benefit the business.

And I’m seeing some of those print publications flatline. Friends who have been print journalists for decades are panicking in the face of cutbacks, early retirement, consolidation, and plain old extinction.

But they’re not learning digital skills. A critic friend stays up nights over the fact his paper is due to shutter at month’s end. When I inquired about his online skills, he replied that even the most fundamental elements of a story, such as hyperlinks, were determined and executed by the online editor. He doesn’t know how to do any of that stuff.

An entrepreneur behind an online publishing startup, meanwhile, recently posed a hypothetical question: “If you could hire a top journalist with 20 years’ traditional experience or someone fresh out of J-school who knew the Web cold, which person would you hire?”

No contest. Hands down, I’d make the kid an offer.

New media is becoming old hat. It’s a fact of life. OMMA and MIXX were packed, refreshingly, with new faces. I’m speaking next week at MIMA in Minneapolis, another sold-out interactive marketing event. Newfound interest in and support for digital advertising is heartening, yet there’s still an astonishing degree of pushback across the media industries.

Across all industries and sectors, in fact. Veteran Web consultant and publisher Larry Chase related a story this week about rescuing a neighbor’s virus-infected hard drive (they’d let their virus protection software subscription expire). The relieved and chastised owner piped up that while they didn’t know much about virus protection, they had just learned how to create an e-mail attachment.

Clinging to Luddism and deliberate blindness in the face of the digital revolution (no understatement there!) may have been cute 10 years ago. Today, it’s inexcusable.

Those glib and somewhat arrogant aphorisms, such as “everything that can be digital will be,” have come to pass. In a climate buffeted by a tumultuous economy and tenuous job security, the advertising and media industries really have reached the point of go-digital-or-die.

The question, of course, is how do you change attitudes? How can media professionals be made to understand and convinced to embrace digital media and Web literacy, e-mail accounts, and the occasional Amazon order? It’s disheartening to watch friends and colleagues lose jobs — as well as their future prospects — before they wake up to this no-longer-new reality.

So what’s the answer? Some sort of digital Peace Corps? Community college courses? Should companies undertake in-house training initiatives?

What are you doing? Because friends can no longer allow friends to remain digitally illiterate. Or is the media and advertising landscape going to have to undergo a Wall Street meltdown before people start to change?

Ad dictionary..an adrant by Adland!

 

Originally submitted by Dabitch. Some mods added!

The advertising dictionary is useful for both adn00bs and adknowing and everyone in between.
Note: this ad dictionary was hosted in another place where you could add words before our redesign, created in 2001. I figure I’d simply repost it as a regular blog post now since submissions declined.
AstroTurf Marketing: Astroturf marketing is what you do when you post anything in a very (very!) popular blog and/or community blog simply to spread the word, like how great Pepsi Blue is, or how you like Terry Tate the office linebacker (with links) or whatever else you want to go ‘viral’.
See also Astroturf – From Disinfopedia, the encyclopedia of propaganda. :”Senator Lloyd Bentsen, himself a long-time Washington and Wall Street insider, is credited with coining the term “astroturf lobbying”.” In other words, astroturf began in the political arena and seeped out to the consumer arena…

Account Consecutive: These AE’s use the same dang plan and media mix for each and every one of their clients, no matter if they’re a small skateboard manufacturer or a national supplemental health insurance group for senior citizens. Also known as Coasters.

(an) Add: To add is what you learned in early math class, as in 2+2=5. It’s also how dyslexic copywriters and people who do not work in advertising thinks one spells “ad” as in “advert”. Well, it’s wrong, just to clear that up. Besides, in advertising we think 1+1=3, so you really shouldn’t be talking math with us. 😉

Adland: this is common term for this website, including the subsites/subsections such as Badland, the Commercial Archive, the adforums and so on. We’ve called it that since 1996 and old habits die hard. I should know, I still smoke.

Adgrunt: I coined the expression here as a way to describe the audience that arrives, we are the sick twisted souls that use the remote control in order to find the commercials, rather than avoid them.

Borelancer: A freelance creative who spends his or her entire time talking about who they’ve worked with, what they’ve learned and how you could use it to become better at your job.

Blogaganda: Exactly what you think it is, propaganda in blogs or blogs created specifically in order to spew propaganda. Term coined here 2004

Buzzard: You know this type – uses “utilize” instead of “use,” “proactive” in every other sentence, etc. Matter of fact, this type of person is so into it that they can use “paradigm” as a noun, verb and/or adjective.

Choppywriter: A jerkwad (usually a part-owner of the agency) who spends mebbe half a minute pretending to think deeply about a client, writes down three or four random words* on a piece of paper, and hands it down for somebody else to try and flesh it out into an actual concept – and of course takes full credit for the concept if the underlings actually develop anything from it.
*examples of word chop clusters…. “peanut, breasts, green, hair,” “boxers, hat, bananas, awning,” or “mutton, gremlin, ointment, eraser.”

Copy Wanker (Courtesy I am kidding.Really.) – the writer who sneaks sexual innuendo into anything including ads for laundry detergents, prescription drugs and disposable nappies with the motto “sex sells”.

Copywronger: An account manager who insists on telling people his or her embarrassingly bad copy ideas. See also Management Copywriter.

Clue by Four: unknown origin : something you’d like to smack a certain mediabuyer – who bought Mercedes newspaper ad space in conjunction with Princess Di’s death being reported – over the head with.

Creative Departed (Courtesy mochazina): a CD who is rumored to once have been creative but these days rides firmly on the shoulders of the creative department.

Demi-production head: A senior producer who refuses to be on the set before noon

Donuts: donuts – a prefab tv shell with the same ol’ beginning and end where you plop whatever the current promo is in the middle and call it a day. Completely forgettable lazy crap.

Do a Mahir: The Mahir phenomenon, aptly described in this article [salon], immediatly spawned a million “viral” Internet campaigns trying to ride a similar wave of “pass it on” hype. “Doing a Mahir” is to in essence, build a page equally naivly funny as Mahir’s, or in other closely related traits try to harness the same morbid curiosity of internet viewers. In other words, this is now the officially oldest viral advertising tactic, on par with traditional ad cliché propositions like “for all your [roast beef] needs.”
This is not to be confused with another type of “viral” campaign , which could be anything from the “use hotmail now” link at the bottom of each one of your sent hotmails, to a site that offers elaborate Ecards that you send your friends in order for the site to get traffic, to sneaky places like Ecrush that send out “someone has a crush on you” and make you type in a large amounts of friends real emails before they reveal who it is, if it even is anybody but their own email-harvesting machine…

Dupliclaims: it’s the word Tim cheif sloganmaven (r.i.p.) from adslogans.co.uk invented to describe Badland lookalike ads. The word stuck.

Endline : see strapline.

Fart Director: A staff designer who’s managed to parlay the last 12 years of a burnt-out career shuffling from design firm to design firm doing nothing but bitch about the coffee and the bathrooms and how the clients will NEVER PAY FOR A SHOOT AROUND HERE!

Friday: It’s not casual in adland. Friday is pink slip day. [friday is also silly link day on adlist.]

Hoaz: A hoax-person purposely designed in order to get net-wide and/or pressattention.
The press [legit] attention can be it’s only goal, the more elaborate one use the pressattention to flog a product. See examples such as Netochka Nezvanova [salon article link]. Bot? Person? Artgang? Software engineer? Troll?.
Expression coined to separate an elaborate Hoax-person/entity on the net from an elaborate Troll on the net with which a Hoaz shares many traits.

Hoarse Whisperer: An executive who read the intro to one of those body language books and speed-read through the rest, who now makes an ass of himself in every meeting with overexaggerated winks, eyebrow wiggles, staredowns, hand and arm gestures, and intentional intrusion of personal zones to display how “alpha” he is.

Junior Assistant Account Coordinator Planner Executive: Gopher

Layout – never an idea: The layout itself can do most of the ideas job, where it is placed, how it looks communicates more than its given credit. But a layout is not an idea. Stating “I used blurry fonts first – they nicked my idea!“, is better said as: “I used blurry fonts first – they nicked my design style“.
If blurred out fonts are used in order to communicate the need for new glasses and a visit to the optrician, the fonts are expressing the idea, but blurry fonts on their own aren’t an idea.
Otherwise, a layout carries the idea but it is never the idea on it’s own.

Viral ad (related to Mahir, umbrella-term.): When first coined – Steve Jurvetson and Tim Draper are credited with the term Viral Marketing in 1997 – the phrase “viral” was anything from those little sigfiles at the bottom of a hotmail mail to any other “wildfire” word of mouth.
These days the term Viral is more often used in regards to actual commercials that spread like wildfire across the web, some agencies make “made for web only” commercials specifically. Anything too raunchy, sexy or anything that was “banned from TV” (has the potential of becoming a viral film. Viral sites are the best way of promoting them, a great example was the Fanta Shokata website which allowed punters to create their own films and spread them to friends – thus both allowing users to create a film and email their friends.
Famous film examples: Lee & Rubberburner leaked films on the net via “Losers.org”and for us adgrunts Truth In Advertising tickled our funnbone extra much, both in 2000. Fred & Farid’s Xbox “champagne” 2002, Monster spoof “when I grow up” 2002, Ford Ka cat decapitation in 2004, the BIG ad and suicide vw bomber ad by Lee & Dan, 2005 – just to name a few.

Master Bait: An older suit with a once notable past in a certain industry who is hired and paraded around to increase the chances of successfully wooing a client in that same industry. Unfortunately, the wooing fails, so the agency is stuck with a disinterested, expensive and grizzled grumpbucket until the contract runs out.

Plannager : An account manager who really wanted to be a planner and who is constantly trying to prove that he or she would make a good one.

Posse Galore: When an agency principal goes on a long distance trip to meet with a potential client who happens to be male, there’s usually at least two from this group, typically female, young and attractive, who find out that their experience is required to make the visitation go smoothly as well as ensure success. Oh, and they have to giggle on cue and only speak when spoken to.

ROI???: Return Of Investment. Numbers for the number chrunching guys. DM – that is, Direct Marketing – are the media fellows that have the best track record in proving their ROI – they know exactly who they mailed and how many responded after all.

Rounder: Primary responsibility is taking the edgy elements out of an ad that make the account executive and/or client and/or focus group uncomfortable.

Sarchasm: – The gulf between the author of sarcasm and the recipient who doesn’t get it. Some people reckon we’re overly hash with our opinions here, but relax, it’s only advertising….

Senior Guinea Pig: The poor soul whose first task in the morning is to test the brown office beverage and find out if the caffeinated swill is palatable.

Slogan : see Endline.

SpaSMS: expression coined here back on 2000 regarding the SMS advertising/marketing messages texted to mobile phones to more accurately describe them.

Spamvertise: Expression coined eons ago, frequently used by places such as Spamcop to describe unsolicited bulk email advertising. There is no real marketing or skill or actual “targeting” to a specific group at play when peoplespamvertise just a million pissed off people who soon desert their email addresses in the vain hope that a new one, might stay spam free. In Dabitch’s humble opinion, any marketing on the net not expressively asked for should be banned and the fuckwads responsible flogged in public. Many share it since the receiver actually pays the bill for these “ads” in form of wasted resources, wasted time, and more often that you’d think, phonebill costs or “account is over the limit” bills. As far as I know, this is the only form of advertising where the receiver pays to receive something they didn’t ask for. [So did the now illegal Fax ads, that wasted away millions of rolls of fax paper and tied up office faxes all night long, but the cost of paper is usually smaller.]

SPIM: Spam sent over instant messaging systems IM. Could be a bot that just spews a short “conversation” before telling you about a URL that you must visit – could be a cruder bot that just says “Hi” and then SPIMs you immediately. Worse, it could be a bot trying to trick you into downloading adware or a virus. In any case, it’s annoying.

Strapline: positioning statement.

SudS: Many ads around the world are simply dubbed to fit into a new market without much consideration for how different different markets actually are. Getting an “adaptation brief” usually means that you’ll be translating and dubbing a soap advert or washing powder commercial . Now you know what they mean when they say “I’m working on SudS all week.” It means they’re bored.

Tagline : see slogan.

Tart Director (courtesy caffeinegoddess): AD whose sole goal is to work with the hottest chicks possible and try to nail them too.

Wardrobe Wench: Primary duty of this stereotypically female staffer is, whenever a PLC (potentially lucrative client) is to be in the agency within the next day or two, to make sure (via email, voicemail, post-its, group meetings and one-on-ones) that every creative in the shop knows that they are supposed to wear clothes and underbritches that are clean, relatively inoffensive and in tolerably good condition (by executive standards) on that particular day. In case of failure, she has a stock of button-down shirts and pullovers embroidered with the agency name and/or logo to throw on the worst offenders at the last possible minute.

White space : White space does not communicate. But it sure is purdy.

Usage rights : Legal permission to reproduce copy, photos, logos or other intellectual property. Nobody understands this these days so everyone yells “fair use” at the top of their lungs instead.

Knol by Google

Knol, A Forum, A Blog or Wikipedia… Well, the mighty Google has come up with another marvel. I can see that Google creates stuff that can help people, and earn while the products are free to use.

knol-logo

This time, Google created something, that they call “a unit of knowledge”. In words of Google, a knol is an authoritative article about a specific topic. In first look, it might appear as a simple Blog. Here you create articles as you do in Blogs, but they are consolidated as in Wiki. There can be contributors, collaborators and community members. You can edit, or just suggest an update. Moreover, you can have revisions. You can review Knols, post comments and reply to comments. So this makes it more like forums.

What’s in the box?

Here you will find topics like Heart Attack, AIDS, Prostate Cancer, Name Verification, Installing UBUNTU and millions more. But that’s not all, you can add your own Knol and enhance the knowledge base.

How Authentic is the content?

Knols are pieces of knowledge, written by authentic people from respective fields. Moreover, Google verifies members, so anything they post is genuine. Besides, people can flag your content or update it as in Wikipedia.

What else?

If you think that this is a nice initiative, then wait for more surprise. Google has linked AdSense to it. Google allows you to link any existing AdSense account or create a new one on the spot. Then you are given option to display ads on your article. You can chose it for all Knols you publish or on selective Knols.

But the part, that interests me most is License. Google Knols offer three license types.

    And did I mentioned Collaboration Model. They are giving three collaboration Models…

  • Open Collaboration model, where any signed in user may edit the Knol
  • Moderated Collaboration model, where any signed user may suggest edits to the knol, but these needs approval from an author before being published (Now here they take over Wikipedia)
  • Closed Collaboration model, where no outsider is allowed to play with your knowledge.

Still More…

You can import doc, xls, pdf, txt and other documents. You can have your profile page and there is still more to be explored…

Check out…

http://knol.google.com/

The new-look Intel Youth Network is live!

Intel has completely revamped its initiative for the Indian youth, with the launch of Intel Youth Network (youth.intel.com)

Homepage

Targeted at the tech-focused youth, the community focuses not only on technology, but also features information on exciting career options and some interesting on-site games to engage the audience. The youth Network is a one-stop shop for the youth to find interesting & relevant information, understand computing-related technologies, refer friends to win rewards, participate in exciting games & contests and  a lot more.

The network also offers an innovative web-based referral scheme, wherein members can pass on PC-sales leads that they may come across within their peer group/friends/family to GID’s (Genuine Intel Dealers) and earn exciting rewards upon closure! This in our opinion is one learn & earn program that is relevant, exciting and can be utilized with minimum fuss!

Bigger plans are afoot to make the website even more relevant & focused in the coming days.

Solutions|Digitas designed the new look and feel and worked with Intel in bringing in content partners. They also are managing the website and will be responsible for future updates, promotions et al. Solutions|Digitas’s involvement is not just limited to the online aspect of the program. They are also actively managing all on-ground promotions including those at colleges, malls & multiplexes.

You can join the network here!

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