HT innovates to increase ad engagement

12 Apr,2012

By A Correspondent


Given the continual struggle of advertisers to grab attention of consumers, Hindustan Times has launched an initiative to engage its readers with the advertisements appearing in the newspaper daily.


Called ‘Spot the Dot”, Readers have to find a mnemonic dot that appears in two advertisements in the Hindustan Times every day and message the brand names to a shortcode. Respondents stand to win attractive daily and weekly prizes such as watches and laptops.


“As leaders in our field, we have always strived to innovate and set new benchmarks. We believe the advertisements are an important part of the newspaper, and a reader looks forward to the combined package every morning. This contest further increases engagement with the ads, and the response has been quite remarkable,” said Shantanu Bhanja, VP Marketing, HT Media.


Dinesh Jain, CEO, Hover Automotive India, an advertiser with HT, added: “Spot the Dot is a unique initiative undertaken by HT, which helps in building brand recall and creating buzz around the brand. We applaud HT for this initiative.” Promoted every day in the paper through innovative ads, the promo has generated buzz amongst the readers as well as the advertiser fraternity.


HT Media Limited is one of India’s foremost media companies, and home to three leading newspapers in the country in the English, Hindi and Business news segments – ‘Hindustan Times’ (English daily), ‘Hindustan’ (Hindi daily, through a subsidiary) and ‘Mint’ (business daily). ‘Hindustan Times’ was started in 1924 and has a more than an 85-year history as one of India’s leading newspapers. The Company also has four FM radio stations – Fever 104 FM inDelhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Kolkata.


The Company has also made a foray into the Internet space through its subsidiary Firefly e-Ventures Limited and has launched successful portals,,, These are in addition to the existing websites, and


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One response to “HT innovates to increase ad engagement”

  1. Arun Dsouza says:

    I had done this in 2002 when we had launched Mid-Day Mumbai Metro – Local Community Newspapers. The contest was spot the ‘metro dot’ in the ad and win exciting prizes. It was a great success.

    Wonder is one of my Mid-Day Mumbai Metro Sales guy currently working with Hindustan Times gave them this idea.

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