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Story Of A Tail Wagging The Dog

By KV Sridhar, National Creative Director, Leo Burnett India

Advertising time dictating cricketing time.

Many years back my partner Chax used to have a poster in his office, which read as follows: “If you do not find space on the floor then use the ash-trey.” the same sounds true to Indian cricket broadcasting “If you do not find ad spots then run live cricket.”

Strange isn’t it. Being an advertising person to hate ads in a cricket telecast, point is not my obsession for cricket; in fact it’s for advertising. People who watch cricket are passionate about cricket and they are mature enough to know the role of ad revenue in cricket broadcasting, it is when ad spots cross the line, it’ gets destructively irritating and broadcasters have been doing this consistently last couple of years. Who will lose in this? Viewer, broadcaster or the advertiser?

I guess you do not have to be a genius to figure out that the advertisers are going to lose out for annoying the viewers and loosing ethical and emotional stature with the viewer/ consumers therefore lose certain emotional equity of the brand advertised. It’s like an irritating pet throwing ball at you urging you to play when you are making love to a women.

I appeal to all my dear clients not to make their ads work against them by placing in an over booked slots and to my dear media planners not to get carried away by the TRP’s and OTS, please also keep in mind brand values and look at people in the context of cricket passion this session.

Leave the dog to do the rest.

Article sourced from Pops’ regular blog on ad world.

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Comments (2)
  • Lynn- 8 years ago

    Oh Pops, you are fully MAD!

  • Nikhil- 8 years ago

    Hi Pops I agree with ur POV completely. The fact is media planners and buyers have no clue how much inventory is sold by channels and it is completely upto the channel to sell the right amount of air time. They need to take that responsibility...