IAA India Chapter hosts ‘Let’s Get Real’ seminar in Hyderabad

30 Jul,2015

By A Correspondent


The India Chapter of the International Advertising Association conducted a knowledge seminar on Saturday, July 25 as part of the ‘Let’s Get Real’ series focusing on real estate advertising and marketing. The seminar was held at the Taj Deccan, Banjara Hills, 4pm onwards.


Welcoming the audience, KRP Reddy, Marketing Director, Sakshi Media Group said, “Real estate is poised to achieve unprecedented growth and Brand Hyderabad is a new magnet for investors and real estate prices are seeing an upward surge.” Srinivasan K Swamy, President IAA India Chapter & Vice President, Development, IAA Asia Pacific mentioned “IAA believes that two verticals that need the support of professional agencies are the real estate and retail industries. Advertising and marketing agencies can help these mostly family-owned and -run businesses with outside thinking.”


Starting the proceedings of the seminar, Sandip Patnaik, Managing Director, Jones Lang LaSalle said, “The last four-five months have seen a tremendous change in Hyderabad. The HR firm Mercer listed has Hyderabad as the best city in the country to live in.”


Isaac Jacob, Professor, Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research spoke on marketing in the downturn. “What you should do is avoid gimmicks,” he advised. “Find out which marketing programmes work and which don’t. Focus on the benefits and advantages of your product.” Innovative advertising, humour and social media are a great help during a downturn, Prof Jacob added.


Charulata Ravi Kumar, CEO, Razorfish India underscored the need to look at the digital media as a means to send the message. “Your rivals are not your only competitors, given the alternative options in the market place ” she said. She further added, “associating with other brands can add value to your brand. And don’t compromise on the content of your website. Look at the best websites even if they are not related to your business to get inspiration”.


Preeti Vyas, Chairperson, Vyas Giannetti Creative spoke on the importance of branding of real estate projects. She provided examples on how to differentiate properties that are absolute premium, luxury and for the middle class.


An engaging panel discussion moderated by Pradeep Dwivedi, Chief Marketing and Corporate Sales Officer, Dainik Bhaskar was held with P Dashrath Reddy, President, TREDAI; G Hari Babu, President, APREDA; Neeta Patel, Marketing Manager, Naman Group and Sonal Seth, luxury and experiential marketing specialist.


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