Tamil KBC ropes in both national and local advertisers

24 Feb,2012

By A Correspondent


Dubbed as the biggest property of the Tamil television industry, Neengalam Vellalam Oru Kodi, or Kaun Banega Crorepati in its Tamil avatar, has closed deal with both leading national and local players who will be featured on the show. Just like KBC 5 which saw several brands riding on its success, its Tamil counterpart too has been successful in roping in brands on the show. While the show is being presented by Sunfeast, it is powered by Cadbury Dairy Milk and associate sponsors include 7UP, Tata Docomo, Nano 2012, Muthoot Fincorp, UniverCell (retail), Nathella Jewellery (retail), Aachi Masala (retail) and Arun Excello (retail). In total 10 brands are already on the show and the few that are left on the inventory are expected to close by the time the show goes on air on February 27.


K Sriram, General Manager, Vijay TV said, “There has been brilliant response to the show as advertisers see value in this property and have seen its success from other parts of the world. On KBC Tamil one can see a good mix of national advertisers along with local retail players. We have ensured exclusivity in terms of category for our advertisers, hence giving them maximum visibility without conflict. There is a tremendous buzz around the show which has been aptly created with a 360-degree marketing campaign with some unique use of media.”

It is learnt that around 200 OOH options have been engaged for the show. R Balachandran, Senior VP, Vijay TV, shared details: “We have used a combination of media including bus shelters, bus backs, hoardings, mobile hoardings, shared auto, cinema posters among others. The innovative bit is our use of shared autos that have become quite popular in Chennai and this is probably the first time this medium is used, especially because these autos are used by the middle and lower middle class who form a huge part of our TG. Also we have used an entire local train with KBC branding.”

Besides there is an attempt to create a larger than life image for KBC with false jacket, full page advertising and being present on digital platform including Facebook, YouTube and other prominent websites. The Hindu and Dinathanthi have been used in print. Also there are spots running on Vijay TV to engage viewers. Radio spots are used too. Not to forget that host Suriya has pulled all stops to give his full attention to the show and be more than just its host.

In all the marketing budget for the show would be around Rs 8 crore, and with all the efforts, Vijay TV is confident that this will be a profitable venture right from the word go though Mr Sriram was unwilling to quantify how much this show would contribute in their growth. On the back of this show, three new fictions are planned which will be launched in March, April and May respectively.

“Most importantly KBC Tamil has been a learning experience in how to create a sustainable campaign which was started in December and will continue till the show is on,” concluded Mr Sriram.

The show will be aired Monday-Thursday at 8 pm.

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