Experience the international learning with IIM Kashipur

Learning about global cultures and practices is a crucial part of the process of becoming a manager in today’s business context. With this objective in mind, IIM Kashipur strives to expose the students to international dynamics through its student exchange programs. With the growing number of foreign partner institutions across 3 continents, and the eager participation from students, we are well on our way to building a vibrant exchange culture.

Student exchange happens through 2 programs, the first being the Long Term Student Exchange Program which takes place in Term 5 for MBA Core. The process is kickstarted in the month of January every year for the exchange which usually takes place during the months of October to December. Once the students are selected and all procedural formalities are done, they leave for their respective allotted foreign institutes to complete 1 full term of their course.

The students are able to study among the best minds of the country and learn from incredible faculties. Interacting with them exposes the students to various nuances of business dynamics in foreign countries which include Greece, France, Israel, UK and more. Students also learn about the cultures through the local food, art, music etc. The exchange program also gives an opportunity for students to travel across the country they are visiting, make acquaintances and establish networks.

This does not end here, IIM Kashipur also started the Short Term Exchange Program (STEP) in the year 2019-20 where students visited ALBA Graduate Business School, Greece. STEP is a 2-week international study program that takes place right after Term 6 ends, where students can visit an institute with the purpose of learning short courses and immersing themselves in the local culture thereafter.

With the introduction of the first-ever MBA Analytics batch, we hope to include them into the Long Term Exchange Program as soon as possible, so that they can also enjoy the benefits of learning in an international setting along with their peers in the core batch.

About the author:

Bibhudat Bihari is pursuing his MBA at IIM Kashipur majoring in Marketing and Finance. He is the secretary of the International Relations Committee at the institute and is also a member of the quiz club. You can connect with him on Linkedin

Prominent platform for Entrepreneurship at IIM Kashipur

 “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

As per the above saying, anyone can become an entrepreneur who understands that entrepreneurship is a very long and arduous ordeal. MBA is also considered a gateway for achieving the entrepreneur dream. Every year, thousands of students take the CAT exam in the hopes of getting into a prestigious business school and taking the most sought-after course, the MBA. These students strive hard to gain admission to a prestigious institute such as IIM, with the hope of a better future and the drive to excel. Out of thousands of applicants, only a few hundred are admitted into an IIM. Some students hope to obtain a high-paying job after enrolling in an IIM, while others seek managerial training and an environment that will allow them to pursue their dream of becoming an entrepreneur. For those who want to start their own business and embark on an entrepreneurial adventure, IIM Kashipur is the place to be.

Among all the newer IIMs, IIM Kashipur is emerging as a hub for entrepreneurial growth. The most important aspect for becoming an entrepreneur is the requirement of a unique and novel idea that demands the necessity for innovative thinking. Understanding this requirement IIM Kashipur serves as a spoke in the DIC (Design Innovation Center) community which is involved in building the thought of entrepreneurship in the young inquisitive minds. Help-Himalayan education learning program, Hum- Himalayan upliftment movement, Hill- Himalayan innovation of land to the laboratory are the innovative outreach programs introduced to enhance the culture of innovation, design thinking, and creative problem solving among the community by disseminating the knowledge in every sphere of the society.

Further, IIM Kashipur is assisting future entrepreneurs by adopting an academic program to assist future start-ups, as well as launching projects such FIED by the Entrepreneurial cell of IIM Kashipur. The Foundation for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development (FIED) is a project aimed at developing and improving India’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. FIED is expected to incubate India’s most promising start-ups in the areas of tourism and hospitality, agriculture, art and craft, and education with the help of the Ministry of Agriculture, the Department of Science and Technology, the Government of Uttarakhand, and other supporting partners. FIED operates with the intention of being the leading incubator by 2025, with the goal of establishing India as a hotspot for entrepreneurship research, growth, and training, as well as assisting start-ups with funding and comprehensive mentoring.

FIED has successfully incubated 150+ ventures, has engaged 500+ entrepreneurs, raised 50 crores of funding, and has established a network of 100+ investors setting a stage for the budding entrepreneurs to learn and establish their dreams. It has also started two new ventures RKVY – RAFTAAR, and Drishti to promote the start-up culture in the young minds of the student fraternity. With the immense success of the very first program it undertook, RKVY RAFTAAR, FIED had a very successful start-up year. More than 350 applicants from across the country applied for the program, of which only 37 start-ups were chosen at the IIM Kashipur Campus for the two-month training program. Ultimately, 22 start-ups, up to 25 lakhs, obtained final funding from the Ministry of Agriculture. 

  • RKVY – RAFTAAR: RKVY Raftaar – There are two programs offered to start-ups under RKVY Raftaar – Sahas and Saksham, which provide an opportunity to receive funding, mentoring & help for the launch and support of commercial products. 
  • SAHAS: Sahas is mainly an Agripreneurship orientation program for startups at the pre-seed stage. The start-ups which are in the ideation stage and have their focus areas concentrated in increasing the efficiency of agriculture can apply to this program. The start-ups have the opportunity to receive 5 lakhs grant-in-aid after the successful completion of this program. The trainees who are selected for this program receive a stipend of Rs 10,000 for a period of two months. The focus areas of this program include – Sustainable inputs, Animal husbandry, Innovative food technology, Supply chain technology, Smart agriculture, Agri Fintech, Agri Biotech, Soil, water & weather technology, Farm mechanization, post-harvest technology, Fisheries, Farm fresh retail, Urban/vertical farming, ICT/IOT in agriculture. 
  • SAKSHAM: Saksham is mainly an Agripreneurship incubation program for start-ups at the seed stage. The start-ups with at least a minimum viable product/ prototype based on innovative solutions in Agri and allied sectors. The start-ups have the opportunity to receive grant-in-aid up to Rs 25 lakh after the successful completion of the program. The start-ups would also receive additional help and mentoring for the successful commercial launch of the program. The program offerings and focus areas of the program are the same as that of Sahas initiative. 
  • DRISHTI: Drishti is a start-up and incubator program by FIED for start-ups working in Edutech, Foodtech, e-commerce, and food safety. The initiative is mainly to mentor and supports the start-ups in the successful launch of the commercial products. The start-ups would also get an opportunity to connect with various investors and partners where they would be guided by industry experts on various growth strategies. The start-ups can avail of seed funding as well as an IIM certificate after successful completion of the program. 

FIED of IIM Kashipur not only imparts the zest to achieve and follow up their dreams of becoming an entrepreneur in the minds of students but also helps the entire community to nurture and foster the start-up culture. With the DIC and FIED, IIM Kashipur never fails to astound us with its steps and ventures in sculpting an entrepreneur to serve the future community.

About the author:

Deshmaa R T who is a Biotechnology engineer by qualification is currently pursuing MBA (Analytics) from IIM Kashipur. She is a part of various student bodies like Media and Public relations committee, Quest – The Quiz club and Team Insite – Admissions Support Body. You can connect with her on LinkedIn.

How to fill the MBA(Analytics) registration form for IIM Kashipur?

Here is a step by step guide on how to fill the MBA(Analytics) registration form of IIM Kashipur

Step 1:

Go to the link: http://iimkashipur.ac.in/academics/mba-analytics

The official website of IIM Kashipur will open with the registration link for MBA Analytics

Step 2:

Before registering you need to pay the application fee as per your category. The details of the same can be found under the Application fee tab.

You can pay either through NEFT or SBI collect. In case you choose to pay via SBI Collect the following dialog box will appear

Click on the check box and proceed further.

In the ‘Select Payment Category’ option, choose the MBA ANALYTICS — Application Fees option and proceed further.

On the next page that appears,

Provide the necessary personal and account details. Pay the fees, download the receipt and note down your transaction ID

Step 3:

Go back to the link: http://iimkashipur.ac.in/academics/mba-analytics and click on the registration link 1 or 2.

The following dialog box will appear

Click on the ‘New User Sign-up Here’ option. It will direct you to the following page

Fill in your name, valid email ID, Mobile Number, and set a password. Click on REGISTER NOW.

Following this, you will receive an activation link on your registered email ID.

The next step is to click on the activation link which will direct you to the following page

Following this, you will get a message that your account is activated. Login with your credentials and move ahead with the registration. After logging in, the form asking for your personal details will open.


Step 4:

Fill in all the details in the next step. Ensure the desired file size limit when you upload your photograph and signature. Fill in your temporary and permanent address details.

Finally, fill in your transaction details, name of the bank along with other details, and click on NEXT.

Step 5:

In this step, you have to fill in your educational background and related details. Make sure you fill in the exact figures as mentioned in your original documents. Further, you need to fill in the details of your qualifying exam (CAT or GMAT)

Also, fill in your scholarships and professional work-experience details. Click on NEXT

Step 6:

The next step is to upload the mark sheet of your qualifying exam. Post that, you can preview the entire form and check for any errors. Sign the declaration and submit the form.

OnYourMark- The Marketing Club| IIM Kashipur

OnYourMark (OYM), the Marketing Club of IIM Kashipur, was established on 16th January 2014 by the students to promote and nurture the knowledge of marketing in the IIM Kashipur community. The raison d’être for OYM is to create an amenable ethos towards marketing. OYM strives to create enthusiasm among the students for the domain of marketing and guide them to explore their careers in this field. As it has rightly been said in the business world, “Marketing is not anyone’s job… It’s everyone’s job!”. The club seeks to make the student community well-versed with the recent happenings in the field of marketing to aid their industry knowledge and recruitment preparation.

OYM oversees several initiatives to achieve the club’s:

Vision: To improve the marketing acumen of IIM Kashipur & build a culture of Marketing studies.

Mission: Organizing student-centric events to involve maximum participation and benefits for all.

With the growing use of the online medium, the club adapted to new modes of learning and incorporated new initiatives to emanate marketing knowledge through channels like social media and video conferencing. The following are some key activities undertaken by the club to foster accentuated learning:

  • Forevision Workshops: OYM facilitated Marketing Workshops from Forevision in Digital Marketing and Advanced FMCG sales techniques training which had successful participation of 100+ students. These help them gain practical exposure to the current trends and tools through real-life case studies, exercises, and live demos which are increasingly used in businesses nowadays and enable them to think out of the box, just like a marketer is supposed to. 
  • CutPaste Article series: Carefully curated articles are handpicked by OYM and extracts illustrating the concepts are shared with the batch in an email blast to familiarize and update them with the latest, modern terminologies in a short period. This allows them to quickly grasp these concepts and also gives them an option to read the full article provided to enhance their understanding.
  • Open house discussions: Discussions on current events as well as concepts that students learn in classrooms are further deliberated to gain deeper insights into the subject matter. 
  • Guidance in case-studies: Conducting in-depth discussions on the cases in the curriculum to better equip the students with the principles used in a light-hearted environment. This gives the students confidence to contribute in class and further their knowledge.
  • Encouraging a culture of corporate competitions: Corporate competitions give students a chance to apply curriculum learnings and search for viable solutions to real-world business problems. OYM identifies marketing based opportunities from a plethora of competitions and encourages student participation.
  • Marketing Weekly – OYM collaborated with Marketing Weekly to help the students navigate the overwhelming sea of marketing content. A breakdown of marketing concepts as well as the latest news are illustrated in these weekly articles keeps everybody up to date with the current industry trends and expectations. 
  • Social Media Campaigns: From concepts, trends, and everything marketing, campaigns are run on OYM social media handles to create an enthusiasm for marketing. These posts provide interesting reads with a visual aid to engage the reader. 

OYM also conducts events year-round to engage students with practical exposure to marketing concepts so that they learn the application of the same.  

  • Guerrilla MarFair: A Guerrilla marketing event enabling participants to create displays and advertise any brand. The event boasts average participation of 125+ students every year.
  • Markaholic: The flagship case study competition of OYM is an event conducted during Agnitraya. It received the highest registration of 1079+ in the previous year with participants coming from many top B-schools like IIM Lucknow, IIM K, IIFT, etc. 
  • Online Week of Social Media Marketing: Participants create a video Advertisement based on the theme selected and strive to go viral on social media. This tests and hones the participant’s social media strategy and technique which is a quickly growing and required marketing skill.
  • MarQuiz: An intra-college marketing quiz competition aimed at inculcating a competitive spirit and encouraging teamwork. It focuses on expanding the students’ knowledge in the domain.

The club also conducts entertaining events to further pique the interest of students in the field of marketing by incorporating elements like brand-knowledge, wit, and the ability to pitch your ideas such as:

  • Ambush Marketing: The participants use their creativity to implement the tactic of Ambush marketing to ambush their rival teams during the Kashipur Premier League. 
  • Pitch Please: A test of persuasion and zeal is presented as a challenge to the participant in this event. They need to pitch a product, an idea, or a sellable item, and winners are crowned based on the votes they receive from the audience.
  • DumbCharADs: A fun-filled brand guessing game that tests students on their brand awareness as well as acting acumen.

In this way, the club presents a spectrum of potential possibilities in the field of marketing for a student to pursue. It keeps a buzz around marketing domain and fuels the enthusiasm of the students at its best.

HRhythm - The HR Club | IIM Kashipur

Human Resources is one of the most sought-after domains for students who enrol every year to pursue an MBA. HRhythm-The HR club of IIM Kashipur comprises aspiring HR professionals, focused on providing HR-related content and making students abreast of the current industry practices. Hence, they leave no stones unturned to make the students aware of the opportunities and competition present in the domain in terms of B-school and corporate competitions.

HRhythm conducts a plethora of activities to cater to the interest in the Human Resources domain. The club has adapted to changes in the learning behaviour. It continues to implement them to efficiently impart knowledge and develop the interest of people in the field of Human Resources.

HRhythm conducts events encompassing various HR themes to accomplish the objective of amassing the HR enthusiasts nationwide by providing them with a platform for showcasing their HR skills. Apart from discovering and honouring the country’s talents, these events also provide a conducive environment to sharpen the ‘HR skills’. Some of the famous events by the club include – 

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  1. Scribble Dribble

Scribble Dribble is a Pan India article writing competition which encourages the bright minds of Indian B-Schools to draft an innovative article pertaining to the domain of Human Resources. It is conducted every year with an additional attribute that makes the event more stimulating than before. Both undergraduate and MBA students, across the country participate in huge numbers with great enthusiasm to demonstrate their writing skills and HR acumen. This year, a quiz-round was added to the existing competition structure, before the article-writing round to test the basic understanding of the HR concepts in a participant.

2. Pragyan

This is the annual flagship Case Study Competition hosted by the club. The participants are given a set of real-world scenarios that reflect the current problems faced in the corporate world, specifically in the HR domain. The motive is to let the participants take a peek into the state of affairs in most organizations and to make them savour the essence of solving simulated real-life corporate problems.

3. HResilience

In HResilience, the participants wear the hat of Labour Union Leaders and Employee Relation Manager, to showcase their bargaining expertise, problem-solving skills, and empathy for solving the persisting employee problems via reaching an amicable solution at the end. This event is also conducted to provide students with the industry conflicts that emerge in real case scenarios and apply HR concepts to come up with the optimum solution.

4. Negotiator 

This event encourages students to display or showcase their negotiation skills when confronted with a real-life business case. ‘Negotiator’ allows participants to be in the shoes of the CHRO and provides them with a platform to present their solution for the problems prevailing in the organization. It challenges their critical thinking, decision-making ability, analytical skills, and emotional intelligence to come up with the best possible solution in the given scenario.

The club utilizes its social media handles as a platform to impart knowledge about the HR world, with an additional essence to the content to make them cater to an average individual with even little to no interest in Human Resources. The club has consistently posted articles, and other relevant content on social media handles to promote students’ interests and keep them updated with the relevant information. Following is a walk-through of the HRhythm’s efforts:

  • Interactive content in the form of small videos and slides facilitates human resource learning lucidly. Audio-visual content aims at learning, brushing, implementing HR concepts.
  • A regular series of content uploads in the form of infotainment. Articles based on an amalgamation of HR concepts with mainstream Pop-Culture to generate interest in the student community.
  • Personality development and interview tips which help students to survive, sustain, and flourish in today’s competitive environment.
  • To complement classroom learning with corporate implementation, HRhythm is currently working towards organizing a series of interviews with industry experts. A summary of the same would be shared with the students in the form of a write-up or video. Inputs from industry experts will help students in gaining insights into the real-life HR world.

These efforts have not only increased the club’s social media presence but most importantly, it has been able to spark the desire inside many people towards the HR domain and it continues to do so.

Also, the team invites leaders from the corporate world to share their understanding of the domain and talk about the experiences that shaped their career as a young HR aspirant. They believe students should always perceive the reality and not illusions, which reflects in the engagement activities carried out by the club. Knowledge sharing sessions by Executive Members have been conducted to make students aware of recent happenings in the field of Human Resource Management, which will help them in acing selection processes for HR roles.

HRhythm also undertakes the responsibility of representing IIM Kashipur in the Human Resources domain and this involves maintaining relations with HR Clubs of other premier B-Schools across the country. This, in turn helps the students at IIM Kashipur to seamlessly participate in HR events of these institutes and thus creating synergy. Such relations would provide mutual benefits as students can participate, learn and win competitions. With this, the club has been able to establish the flag of IIM Kashipur in the sphere of human resources.

Econs – The Economics Club | IIM Kashipur

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Econs – the Economics Club of IIM Kashipur is one of the seven academic clubs of IIM Kashipur. Econs bears the responsibility of increasing awareness, generating inquisitiveness, and fostering passion among the students and faculty in the field of economics. 

The economics club was founded in the year 2019 as an interest-based club to impart knowledge, invoke discussions and conversations pertaining to economics, and highlight its importance and linkages to different business domains. Late American scholar Warren Bennis said that “Success in management requires learning as fast as the world is changing”. Keeping up with this notion, the club has found it extremely pertinent for aspiring managers to be aware of “Economics” affecting their daily lives and make them better prepared to tackle business situations efficiently. Since its inception, Econs has gradually attained the status of a core academic club and has carried out a plethora of activities in this direction.

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In the first year of its functioning, the club conducted ‘Arthashastra’, the flagship event of Econs, during Agnitraya 2019, which saw participation by around 450 teams from various B-schools across India. In this competition, different teams designed a feasible economic policy of their choice that resonated with India’s ultimate goal of achieving a five trillion-dollar economy. Along with that, Econs also conducted an ‘Infographics Making Competition’ covering topics like the future of banking, green Economy, and the effects of immigration on the Indian Economy. Econs also conducted the ‘Union Budget Prediction Competition’ wherein the participants had to guess highlights of the Union Budget and the participant with the closest prediction took away the prices. The event was welcomed with utmost enthusiasm.

The club makes the students aware of the domain by posting short articles bi-weekly through its social media handles on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn. For the academic year 2019-20, the posts have covered topics like RBI monetary policy highlights, US elections impact on the Economy, and Atmanirbhar Bharat 3.0 to name a few. Along with the weekly posts, social media handles also feature monthly newsletters. The club shared this academic year’s first newsletter for the month of October 2020. The comprehensive issue featured the fragile state of the NBFC sector in India along with articles on comparing the Chinese Economy with the Indian Economy and giving a brief about the economic aspect of “Stubble Burning”. With an objective to inculcate the interest in reading in the field of economics, the newsletter also featured a review of a famous book ” Of Counsel-The Challenges of the Modi-Jaitley Economy” written by our former Chief Economic Adviser, Government of India, Mr Arvind Subramanian. Along with these, the newsletter had lighter sections like “Jargons” and “Current Affairs” too.

The club provides a platform for all the people to discuss, debate, and design on the current economic developments and government or regulatory policies and announcements. Throughout the year members of the club also conduct knowledge sharing sessions through case studies, quizzes, and games to instil and fuel a growing interest among students to understand and analyze their theoretical concepts towards practical applications.

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On the corporate front, the club extensively interacts with experts and industrial stalwarts in the field of business and economics to share insights regarding the latest happenings through a seminar or a lecture. Econs became the first academic club in IIM Kashipur to conduct a guest lecture in Conscientia 2020 leadership talk series. The eminent speaker of the guest lecture was Mr Dhiraj Nayyar, the Chief Economist of Vedanta Group and a former member of NITI Ayog, who delivered an insightful session on the relevance of economics for the managers.

Through its numerous strides in continuously highlighting different aspects of economics, Econs has achieved a distinct recognition in keeping up with its mission and being a forerunner for the same. The aim is to increase awareness about Economics among students. Our mission is to inculcate interest among the students of IIM Kashipur in economics and help them understand how economics is interlinked with various fields. We work to bring together all the economics and business enthusiasts inside and outside the campus together to discuss and debate the major economic events of the world to foster new ideas for the future.

Consilium - the Consulting and Strategy Club | IIM Kashipur

Opportunities! “Consultants must find newer opportunities. If you can’t find one, create one.” This is precisely what Consilium strives to do – creating opportunities!

Consilium, the academic club of IIM Kashipur deals with Strategy and Consulting aspects of  Management. Since its inception, Consilium is determined to assist the students with preparation, comprehension and expertise in this domain. The club continuously collects and updates relevant resources to enhance the knowledge of the community. With the changing business dynamics across the globe and shift in the recent global order, Consilium ensures that the students are equipped with the latest trends and have hands-on learning experience throughout the academic year.

Established with the vision of nurturing students to become the future leaders in the domain of consulting and business strategy, Consilium has been consistently working in this direction by conducting case study competitions, knowledge sharing seminars, guesstimate workshops and the most anticipated-industry interactions.

The Domain

“Without strategy, execution is aimless. Without execution, strategy is useless.” – Morris Chang

Consultants often find themselves interacting with different verticals and domains of the business. It requires solving problems not just through single domain optimization but via a collective approach encompassing all domains. The problems can be visualized with say an example where an organization wishes to analyze the pros and cons of venturing into a new market, which will require an understanding of marketing, finance, supply chain, operations, and a fair knowledge of relevance between all of these. That is where strategy comes into play. The methodology does not limit to one vertical but through a broader lens for looking at multiple domains.

Roadmap

The journey with Consilium starts with the very first month in the MBA curriculum at IIM Kashipur, where students are provided with the introduction to Strategy Frameworks, Consulting interview questions and reference materials. These resources assist students not just to gain a perspective in the domain, but also to comprehend highlights of the practices that are used in further stages.

Moving forward, Consilium provides a variety of hands-on opportunities through case competitions, business simulations, questionnaires and industry connections. The club is managed by Executive members who have demonstrated the knowledge and expertise at National level having a flavour of participating and winning reputed B-school and corporate case study competitions like Flipkart Wired, Thoucentric Bottoms Up, etc.

Consilium Insider

Consilium’s monthly newsletter shares the best practices, strategies and changing dynamics from different industries ranging from sports, FMCG, Petrochemical to latest Industry 4.0. Further, the newsletter comprises frameworks and their usage in real-life business problems from these industries. The club also ensures that the resources are not just limited to a monthly basis, and provide consistent updates through our social media channels.

The theme for the November Newsletter had been Covid-19 impact on business strategies covering the impact on the Sports and Oil industry along with the role of Digital trends in business expansion.

ForeSight Series

“It’s not about money or connections – it’s the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone…And if it fails, you learn from what happened and do a better job next time.” – Mark Cuban

In Foresight Series, the academic experience in consulting and strategy is tested through gamified quizzes, guesstimates and infographics. Foresight comprises three events throughout the year, offering a constant opportunity to compete with peers and test their mettle in solving real-world problems. Due to pandemic, Foresight 4.1 was conducted online with a mix of quiz to cover domain knowledge and guesstimates problems to prepare students for interviews.

Industry Connect

Consilium brings together experience from industry leaders in the consulting and strategy domain. Students get to explore from real-life experiences of consultants and explore insights from the challenges they face, the thought process behind critical decisions taken and the key takeaways from years of experience in the domain.

EndGame

EndGame is a national level simulation designed on a business scenario wherein the students walk the consultants’ shoes and apply their knowledge to compete with peers from other B-schools. It involves the application of academic knowledge from various facets of decision making, marketing and economics. It also tests the strategic forecasting and understanding of competitive dynamics in real-life situations. Further, the event demonstrates the presence of zero-sum game, to create similarity with as much real-world dynamics as possible.

Consulting Knights and Ranbhoomi

Consulting Knights and Ranbhoomi provides a diverse and enriching experience in solving cases at Pan-India level. Students utilize their knowledge of all disciplines to prepare strategies for business cases in teams. This event is organized in collaboration with various organizations like Havish M Consulting, to get an essence of existing business problems.

Consilium Conversations

In the academic year 2020-21, the club initiated a strategy-talk series “Consilium Conversations” wherein it invites budding entrepreneurs and industry stalwarts from various domains for a conversational interview. It focusses on unearthing the strategies that go behind creating a successful business or project. The motive behind the series is to inspire the students to develop strong critical-thinking skills required in strategy & consulting roles and learn about the latest developments in the industry. With each initiative, Consilium creates a robust environment for the students to learn and challenge themselves in the field of consulting and strategy.

Rediscovering Marketing Media

Neuromarketing is the marriage of brain science and marketing. This field of study answers the questions like why a consumer desires a product and when does he need it the most.

The path to salvation is not through being quiet; one needs to strive, reach out and endeavour. This is very true as far as marketing is concerned and therefore every entity, be it a local supermarket or an MNC, struggles to help us know they even exist. In this pursuit, they resort to one mantra – sell, sell and sell. The selling approach has evolved over time but the struggle has prevailed nonetheless. In conventional marketing, the emphasis is on selling whereas in new age marketing, more importance is given to customer satisfaction. Previously, the products were aggressively promoted on the mass media viz. TV, radio, banners and posters, newspapers and magazines. More reliance was on a thirty second advertisement on television. The major concern seems to be, in traditional marketing, visibility. But now with the advent of the internet and social media, marketing is modernised and is continuously being reinvented. In new age marketing, the focus is more on understanding the needs and desires of customers, satisfying those needs, getting feedbacks and building lasting relationships with the customers.

Internet; what is so amazing out there? Roughly about 40% of the world’s population has an online presence. They all search for information over the World Wide Web to compare products, make buying decisions or even to make a purchase and the search engines are in possession of this information. Using this information, a business organisation could target only those customers who are of its interest. The internet has a huge audience as does television, but the bang for buck is more for the internet marketing because the online advertisements are very specific unlike the TV ads. This type of target marketing saves time and money for both marketers and consumers. Google has capitalised heavily on AdSense and AdWords and has been continuously innovating to ensure better service for its clients as well as users. Out of all internet users, approximately about 70% use social networks and spend most of the time on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest, Tumblr etc. According to Pew Research Center, there are about 1.2 billion Facebook users worldwide and more than 95% of them are aged less than 30 years, the average amount of time spent by a Facebook user is 15 hours and 33 minutes per month, total number of YouTube page views per month is 92 billion. With such demographics and statistics come some of the greatest of opportunities for the marketers. Also on these social media, users reveal a lot of relevant information as to their interests, likes, envies, age, gender, place, education etc. This platform not only helps marketers better understand the needs and desires of the customers but also get their feedbacks. Thus, with all the sensitive and relevant information beforehand, marketers could make better products, give better services and achieve better customer satisfaction.

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Nowadays, in the marketing world, there is an increasing emphasis on brand positioning i.e. the target customers’ reason to associate with a brand in preference to others’. Through careful and strategic set of marketing activities, brands are made to occupy distinctive place and value in the customers’ mind. At the same time consumers have a strong tendency to avoid advertisements. In such a scenario, marketers have had to ensure that ads do not seem ads and hence the process of disguising ads has given birth to a new marketing concept- Product Placement. Product placement or embedded marketing lays emphasis on making ads less advertorial by creating ads that are stories, mini movies, and real life scenarios. When James Bond endorses Omega wrist watches or the famous Bruce Wayne drives a Lamborghini or the Ironman himself drives an Audi, the audience connect to that scene; build a perception about that brand in their minds. Product placement is a mega industry in itself that creates new identities for brands and increases revenues manifold for the movies. This sort of co-promotion/co-branding has become a trend. On an average, a blockbuster movie partners with more than a dozen brands for promotion. Also, we see franchises like McDonalds partnering with movies for co-promotion and we see celebrities using/promoting certain brands in the middle of a movie. At this juncture, comes one more interesting marketing concept- Neuromarketing.

Neuromarketing is the marriage of brain science and marketing. This field of study answers the questions like why a consumer desires a product and when does he need it the most. Activity tests (MRI scans while being shown a series of mini-films) are carried out on a sample set of people to identify the emotional peaks in the story and this helps to find the best scene and apt time to pitch the product and thus it also helps create more and more memorable and impactful ad campaigns each time. Does it ring a bell? Why these techniques are being adapted? Yes, to advertise without letting the customers know they are being shown an advertisement. Yes, it’s true; marketers are adapting new and complex scientific techniques to dig into consumers’ subconscious minds to make the art of selling more creative and data driven. Many questions might arise: are marketers being manipulative? Is this ethically, socially and morally correct? That’s for readers (and the consumers themselves) to decide.

Marketing activities make customers think; somehow products are connected to their sense of well-being and the sense of happiness. The key here is, it’s not the product or a service that makes a customer happy but what makes a customer happy is how that product is perceived, the sense of joy and pride that comes by being associated with that product/brand. With all the new and fancy marketing techniques, where does the traditional marketing feature in? As mentioned earlier visibility is a requisite for any marketing activity to be successful and the brands could effectively make us feel their presence using the old techniques viz. TV advertisements, banners and posters, newspapers and magazines. I would like give an interesting example as to what happens when one of the traditional advertising techniques is ripped off.

Sao Paolo – The Clean City

Sao Paolo is one of the largest cities in the western hemisphere and a tourism hub; thus a potential marketplace for all sorts of sellers. The city administration of Sao Paolo has banned all forms of outdoor advertisements in a move to fight against visual pollution. There are no banners, no posters, no billboards, no ads on buses and taxis- absolutely no outdoor ads. The revenues, after the ban, of all kinds of stores, boutiques, hotels, restaurants etc… have taken a toll. Sellers in Sao Paolo are now immensely reliant on digital marketing and word of mouth marketing. So what does this tell us? The effectiveness of a marketing activity is dependent on both traditional marketing and digital marketing. Maybe that is why marketers are trying to rediscover traditional media. In fact, conventional advertising and commercials still has the lion’s share of the marketplace—almost double the digital media advertising in terms of money spent. The bottom line is that television and print media are still important because in a world where content is king, television networks and print media publishing houses are some of the best mass content producers. In the world we live in, both credibility and visibility are of utmost importance. A brand cannot be credible unless it is visible and once it is visible, it ought to be credible.

 

Shankar Shethe,

OnYourMark

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