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Top Ten Advertising Firms in India
chillibreeze writer — Mili Mohan
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'Advertising' is a medium meant to propagate ideas to people using any means of communication. Liberalization has empowered advertising and has completely changed the Indian advertising scenario. The major areas touched by advertising are FMCG's food market, cosmetics etc.
Advertising is like the two sides of a coin. Sometimes it may seem that advertisements send out the wrong message or impel people to buy certain products. On the other hand, advertising can be perceived as a means to sell a product or a service which can improve by competition.
Today, advertising is booming. With the growing markets and competition, it has become an essential tool to reach the target market as well as the target audience.
Advertisers in India have reached 75 percent of the population, using television as a media device, and the rest of the population is reached via radio. India, however, favors newspapers, magazines, television, radio, billboards and business publications to convey messages about various products. It is the advertising agencies' advertisements which portray ideas to the audience – agencies that compete to be ranked as the best. The world's leading advertising agencies – Ogilvy and Mather, J. Walter Thompson, BBDO, Lintas, McCann-Ericsson and Leo Burnett have successfully made a mark in the Indian market. The advertising agencies are ranked in order of their creativity as well as the expertise to deliver the content and message to the clientèle. There are many parameters on which they are graded, and these are just a few.
The top ten advertising agencies of India (2006-2007)
The most local of the internationals, The most international of the locals are words written to describe the identity of Ogilvy. Basically, what this means is that the advertising agency follows the local market, understands the customer's needs and then networks worldwide with MNC and other relevant clients.
In all its years of business, Ogilvy has struggled to build brands and has proved its ability to build brands. The agency does its best to enhance the customer-brand relation. For this, it undergoes the process of scrutiny of the tools and techniques which work well to build a long and lasting association with a brand.
The agency practises the art of communication in order to express ideas that can shape the brands. As the name suggests, the agency is influenced by the artistic traditions of Indian dance, drama and painting. These, in turn, inculcate feelings, ideas, thoughts and emotions for the success of a brand. Mudra peeps into the local consumer markets, channels and media, and has its own identity in communication of brands. It looks for the entrepreneurial zeal which causes continuous and speedy growth for each brand. The advertising agency always believed in doing interesting work that pleases its clients.
After the merge of Lintas India Ltd. with Lowe Lintas and Partners group of the UK, it is now known as Lowe Lintas. India Pvt. Ltd. The turnover of Lintas is Rs. 750 crore. The advertising agency inculcates advertising, media buying house, direct marketing, public relations, design consultancy, market research, events, rural communications and interactive communications. Enterprise Nexus, the agency partner of Lowe in India, continues to be a member and is known as the 'Independent Brands' division which is the only specialist in advertising and marketing communications. Lowe Lintas India is a successful agency which is inclined towards quality creative advertising and works for the benefit of its clients.
The advertising agency has a special portfolio which includes creativity, innovation, clients, case studies, awards, well-thought out leadership and talent. Clients perceive the agency as a resource of ideas which tell the brand's story to the customer, dealing with market research. In this process, the agency includes innovative ideas.
FCB, being one of the the top three advertising agencies in the USA, ranks number 10 in the world. FCB-Ulka has made its mark in India as Ulka Advertising. It was founded in 1961. On the creative front, Ulka is known to stand out. FCB-Ulka has made a smooth transition from a creative shop to a large mainstream agency. Around the mid-seventies, FCB-Ulka had become the fifth largest agency in India and has sustained this status till date. The efforts of FCB-Ulka deserve praise. It also gave recognition to those brands that were not in the limelight earlier but are now completely above other market players. Santoor soap did thorough research and focused on advertising which gave growing sales figures against stiff competition from Levers and P&G brands. Not surprisingly, FCB-Ulka is seen as a turnaround specialist - an agency that does brand building and more.
This advertising agency places its people first. It believes that the strength of a brand lies in the efforts the people of the organization make. Rediffusion DY&R follows system-driven 'thinking' in its culture. The agency attracts right minds because it thinks of a perfect balance between creativity and strategy.
It is the agency of the worldwide-renowned BBDO network. The advertising agency suggests comes up with solutions for its clients regarding their marketing communication problems and provides them with intelligent solutions and supports them in attaining their goals. The symbol or logo of the advertising agency is Hansa and is known to separate milk from the water. Similarly, RK Swamy of BBDO is capable of deriving the essential elements from the irrelevant ones in order to promote each brand. The agency practises high level of commitment and spirited teamwork for a common cause.
This advertising agency is a leading global agency and has the power and passion to achieve its mission .McCann-Ericsson is known as a world class advertising agency and has found outstanding talent in its employees.
The advertising agency is totally idea-centric. It generates big brand ideas. It regards the pencil as its engine no matter the size - it is the means through which it can generate plenty of creative ideas. The agency is never too satisfied with its endless efforts in building up a brand. It believes that the brands can become and remain leaders by building better ideas. It's no wonder that the founder of the advertising agency, Leo Burnett, regards the pencil as a metaphor for the kind of ideas he was coming up with for his clients.
The agency handles above the line advertising for the Grey group. It has launched Dominos in India. It has had Ambuja cement, Thums Up, Arrow, Lee and many more brands in its portfolio. The mission of the agency is to remain the largest global integrated agency to leading brand ideas.
The list of the top ten advertising agencies is not always stable and remains interchanging. The additions and deletion of a few of them formulates the list. But each of them are making their way to becoming the best, and their efforts are making are each making a mark in the Indian advertising scenario.
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