Jaldi 5 with Vivek Srivastava, Digital Head, Colors: Jhalak online pageviews will double this year

29 May,2013

There’s more to the new season of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, the Indian version of the BBC show Strictly Come Dancing, than just the airing on Colors from June 1. The channel has planned an online offensive that will not just extend the on-air excitement, but also engage internet users with the show and its stars. MxMIndia posed a few questions at Vivek Srivastava, Digital Head of Colors, to get a sneak peek.


01. We’ve been hearing about the various online activities that you are doing for Jhalak. How critical is online for the promotion of a television programme? Or are you looking at attracting an entire set of people online who may not necessarily watch it on telly?

Digital is a critical part of our promotion strategy. This year, we are taking the brand Jhalak and our promise to make Non-Dancers dance to the next level. Throughout the season,  we will release one dance tutorial every day for our viewers. This will be from different dance forms , for example, Seven Steps salsa etc. These videos will be released every week on our website, Jhalak app and social media. To make this more exciting we have tied up with Dancewithmadhuri.com – Madhuri Dixit’s online dance academy. Viewers can now learn, practise and upload their videos. Madhuri Dixit will herself select the winners and one lucky winner will get a chance to dance with Diva herself.


Apart from this, we are also launching a microsite for Jhalak and soon we would also be launching a Jhalak app. Also, there will be lots of action happening on the day of the launch – June 1, as viewers will get a chance to come face-to-face with Madhuri on our website and Facebook page at 11:30am. In the afternoon (3pm), we have a 20-min web premiere on YouTube.


02. Some of the content that you have on the internet requires fast broadband speeds, which is a reality only with people in offices… at least in India. What were the numbers like last year, and what do you expect it to be this year?

Connectivity has been improving –  Smartphone/tablet penetration, 3G and access to Internet has gone up significantly in the last few years. We did 100 million pageviews on our website last year. We are looking at doubling these numbers this year.


03. In terms of audiences, how many of them from India and abroad? And in India, where are the people coming from? Could you share some of these statistics?

At over all level approx 30 percent of our consumption is from outside India. In India, the consumption is across states and towns the Tier 2 however are slowly gaining in numbers and we expect them to be a sizable number this year.


04. In terms of revenues, are you going to be having the same set of sponsors, or will your digital presence have an all-new sponsor set?

The on-air title sponsors will get preference since they have a existing association. However, we do approach a larger set for digital sponsorship.


05. Until last year the TV show (JDJ) winners were decided by votes received via phone (smses). Will this year’s edition be factoring in votes received via the app?

A JDJ viewer has the option of voting through sms and the website, last year too, the SMS voting option was incorporated in the JDJ app. We will have the same option this year as well.


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