Thursday, 19 May, 2022

Topic: Ads

From Zoozoos to Byju’s, Swiggy, Cred — how IPL ads tell us who’s watching cricket in India

The high-entertainment IPL draws millions of viewers, making it perfect marketing space. But now, more than traditional brands, e-commerce businesses dominate the space.

Inside story of how billionaires of big-brand pan masala industry got around an ad ban

Despite ban on advertisement and sale of pan masala and gutka, the industry's biggest brands and barons have thrived by using IPL, fancy commercials and Bollywood stars.

Byju’s ad shows teachers’ tough love. Reminds me of Sergeant Hartman from Full Metal Jacket

The Byju’s ad looks similar to the classic Bournvita ad campaign, Taiyari Jeet Ki, where parents can be seen aggressively training their kids.

Daisy Dee bra ad a hoorah for Indian TV commercials. Just hope a minister isn’t offended

If offended, minister Narottam Mishra only needs to look at the ads for male undergarments that adorn our TV screens. Or just ask Akshay Kumar, Vicky Kaushal, or Varun Dhawan.

Durex says stay inside, Nike says just do it — Admakers are the new bards of Covid lockdown

The coronavirus lockdown has become a strong stimulus for the Mad Men of the world. Budweiser, Ixigo, Durex are all stepping up to the challenge.

The KamaSutra ad that changed the role of condoms in India from functional to pleasurable

Depicting a sensuous Pooja Bedi in the shower, the 1991 ad was a landmark for being the first in India to show the contraceptive as a tool of pleasure.

The ad that made Godrej Storwel a family essential in the 1970s and ’80s

All anyone wants is a little space of their own, and Godrej Storwel recognised this.

How The Times of India, The Hindu & The Telegraph were ‘banned’ from receiving govt ads

Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury raised the issue in Parliament, and officials admit the Modi govt has used ‘unwritten’ bans as a penalising measure.

Twitter shows more ads, not better ideas

Twitter fosters fleeting engagements with its users & that isn’t necessarily good for advertisers who want to hook users & draw them off-platform.

Binaca was a brand that brought toothpaste and music together

Binaca toothpaste ruled at a time when radio was king in India.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping | Representational image|

Chinese economy is feeling the heat. Blame Xi’s political Lysenkoism, vaccination policy

Smarting from the failures of his Great Leap Forward campaign, which hit the economy hard, Mao launched the 1962 war with India to rally the nation behind him.
Congress supporters staged a protest against inflation in Ranchi on 10 May | ANI

As inflation breaks records, Modi govt plans to counter criticism ahead of anniversary & polls

While retail inflation hit an 8-year high of 7.8% in April, wholesale inflation surged to a 9-year high of 15.08% on the back of elevated food and energy prices in the same month.


Satellite image of the development on the site | Twitter | @detresfa_

China building ‘bigger, broader’ 2nd bridge at Pangong Tso that can carry armoured columns

China's People's Liberation Army aims for multiple routes to counter any possible operations by the Indian forces on the southern banks of the Pangong Tso in the future.

How Congress is like the Ambassador & why Indian politics needs a brand new set of wheels

Like the car, nothing the party has done to reinvent itself has worked. Only way forward is to offer something looking towards the future, not in image of glorious past.