Marketing Sherpa has published a special report on Indian Marketing Online – how to market to the Indian Consumers online. (The article is open till the 4th of August!)
The note discusses the basic challenges that India faces today, in terms of building an online environment and tips to move forward.
Though this seems to be luring enough, the problem that has not been noted here is the dialect and the slang. Though English would be spoken by more than 150 million Indians, the style and the slang is sometimes as bad as not speaking English at all. This is a problem especially for Indians moving abroad and supposedly initiating conversations in English! This discrepancy, according to me, merits some attention.
Though the article talks about areas which can be tapped online, there are some areas which need to explored in greater detail –
Thus, it has become imperative for major players in any domain to have an online presence to ensure visibility to the internet-savvy generation.
The article also talks about the Bottlenecks for online advertisers today, like dial-up connection, logging frequency, etc. There are specifically 4 challenges explicated in the article that foreign players should be cognizant of. Though the challenges mentioned are more or less exhaustive in nature, the biggest challenge that any player would face is that of the mindset of the Indian consumer. Even today, most of the consumers prefer “experience” over “convenience” and therefore, sensory shopping becomes essential. The ‘touch, feel & try’ factor seems to be a strong variable in the Consumer mindset in India, and should, therefore, be considered while designing any marketing plan for the country.
Finally, there are 3 interesting tips provided, which are a definite take-away from the article and can be utilized specially by those Marketers who looking to enter India for a long time, have had numerous board room discussions over the same, but just get Goosebumps at the very thought of putting their dollars into it.
Good Article and Analysis, for sure!
Reference: Marketing Sherpa
Editor: Dianna Huff (Contributing Editor:B-to-B)