D-Code, D-Cool!

02 Aug,2018


By A Correspondent


Okay, we know the headline looks very pluggy, but hey we aren’t xxxx or yyyy and we don’t get influenced by anything at all. The inaugural annual digital review conducted by The Advertising Club on Wednesday evening in Mumbai was a winner of an event. If anyone complained of event fatigue in the A&M fraternity given the hundred thousand  events and awards conducted by all and now even sundry, this was super. Started not too late – just 45 minutes, and many thought it will be at least twice that. In fact as we told someone this morning: we were touched by the response.


There was no entertainment dhinchak. And those of thought we would starve of F&B given the 150-min sitting, well, the drinks were flowing liberally, as were the chaknas. And, heck, they were even serving Hoegaarden!


But before we go further, let’s look at the downers: One, we thought there was at least one of the speakers went pretty off the brief though tried to offer tips at the end. Two, we missed Agnello Dias. He is an impactful speaker and behind his understated demeanour, there’s a lot of ‘dum’. Aggie is down with conjunctivitis, and wanted to spare us of the infection.  Three, the food was superb, but there were loooong queues. Guess no one expected such a full house, and more importantly, people staying back till the end.


So the brief to the speakers was: share an example of your own work, one work you admire and three learnings you would want to share with the audience.


On the stage were: Ajit Mohan- CEO, Hotstar, Anupriya Acharya- CEO Publicis Media, Anuradha Aggarwal- CMO, Marico, Arun Iyer- Chairman & CCO, Lowe Lintas, Juhi Kalia- Head of India & Anthology APAC for Creative Shop, Facebook, Rahul Johri- CEO, BCCI, Mohit Kapoor- VP Advertising, Reliance JIO, Sam Singh- CEO- South Asia, GroupM, Sapna Chadha- Head of Marketing, India and SEA, Google, Siddharth Banerjee- EVP, Marketing, Vodafone and Tanmay Bhat- Co-Founder, AIB.


Said Vikram Sakhuja, President, The Advertising Club: “The Advertising Club has been at the forefront of driving the A&M industry’s excellence agenda. We are constantly creating forums that enhance the learning curve of the fraternity. With D-Code we have created another engaging property that bring together the industry to debate and deliberate on the stimulating issues of the digital ecosystem.”


Added Aditya Swamy – Managing Committee Member, The Advertising Club: “I have always believed in the power of colabs. Inspire and be inspired was the theme of D-Code and bringing together key stakeholders across the industry to crack the digital code was an exciting idea. From my days at MTV where we looked to marry pop culture and brands to now at Google where we unlock the power of digital and tech to deliver value to advertisers, this is a journey that only throws up more and more interesting opportunities. I look forward to being in the centre of this equation as we build centres of excellence.”


And this is what Punitha Arumugam – Managing Committee Member, The Advertising Club said: “Our endeavour while curating D-Code was to create a platform that would showcase pioneering work on digital and facilitate ideas exchange within the fraternity.  We have tried to bring representation of all facets of digital with the versatile panel of stalwarts from across the M&E industry.”

The five key learnings that the advertising, digital and marketing mavens agreed upon were:

1. Digital is a medium that everyone is experimenting with and no one exactly knows how to ‘crack-it’. The need of the hour is to approach it with an open mind, keep experimenting and learning from one’s own and each other’s strategies.

2. Digital as a medium does not exist in a silo. All that media needs are great ideas, beautiful craft and creative people who can utilize the right tools to gain success.

3. One needs to invest in the right marketing technology, tools, talent and partnerships.

4 .To execute successful digital campaigns, one needs to fully leverage digital signals, customise messaging, employ data and have performance-oriented goals.

5 .Partnerships are critical in making digital campaigns effective. Scale for both a campaign and digital as a medium of marketing can be amplified when the power of partnerships is harnessed.

And one last cool thing about the event: Save Rahul Johri, who we are sure is crazily busy, everyone stayed on till The End. Now which A&M gyaan conference do you find speakers not scooting off after their sessions (and those nine minutes more)?!

If you want to get an idea of what the three tips each that everyone offered, we recommend a scan of the Twitter timeline of The Ad Club (at https://twitter.com/adclub_in).

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