Political ads are often the most difficult to evaluate. Sometimes popular ads aren’t really effective. As election campaigns in US And India gain momentum, 4Ps B&M looks at some of the most memorable yet potent political ads across the globe that changed the game of power forever
 
The 7,200-seat Magness Arena at the University of Denver in Colorado was packed with spectators on Wednesday night on October 3, 2012. All spotlights were on President Barack Obama and Republican Presidential candidate & former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney as they prepared for a face off in their first Presidential debate. Before the debate started, everyone expected Obama to get through it without a gaffe. The onus was on Romney to keep his hopes of the White House alive and as such needed to convey a strong message. Given his draggy speeches, it seemed like a tough task for Romney, but as the debate approached its end Romney knew he had delivered.

As per a study undertaken at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, titled Rapid Perceptual Integration of Facial Expression and Emotional Body Language (Hanneke, Corne, Beatrice, et al), “The face and the body both normally contribute in conveying the emotional state of the individual.” That’s exactly what the 67 million viewers across the globe attested that day. While the Republican challenger appeared practiced, at ease, confident and fluent in all things Obama, the President looked shaky. Obama’s answers were slow, flat and cautious. In fact, one of the memorable moments of that night will be Romney, standing confident and beckoning from the podium while Obama, head down, playing into his image as philosophic.

Although a week later a vehement Obama ramped up his attacks on Romney’s debate performance, telling supporters that what they saw from his opponent in Denver last week “wasn’t leadership, that’s salesmanship,” most of the damage had been done. According to Gallup (a research-based performance-management consulting company based in US) poll, Romney had scored a 52-point debate victory over Obama – the biggest since the polling giant began tracking debates 20 years ago. The previous largest margin was 42 points for Bill Clinton over President George H.W. Bush in the 1992 Town Hall debate in which the latter famously looked at his watch and the former proved proficient in expressing compassion for voters. Well, we all know the final result! So, will this debate too go down as one of those that matter? Although it won’t be a game-changer like Kennedy-Nixon in 1960 or Bush-Gore in 2000, one thing is sure that it could mark the start of a likely comeback for Romney, particularly if he can keep up with Obama at this pace. For now, it’s one up for Romney.

Even Pew Research Center reported this “as the most dramatic shift in a national poll during the entire general election campaign”, with Romney’s fortunes improving in almost every respect. This certainly comes as a real shocker for Obama and his allies who, since April 2012, have coughed up $164 million on 363,000 ads, as against Romney and his allies who have spent a third of that, $57 million on 127,000 ads (according to an NBC News/Smart Media Group Delta analysis, more than $512 million has been spent till September 30, 2012 by both the parties in campaigning, more than the total amount spent on ads in the 2008 election).
 
This dramatic shift is one of several such instances in the history of modern politics when effective communication (“the activity of conveying information through the exchange of thoughts, messages, or information, as by speech, visuals, signals, writing, or behaviour”) has changed its course. After all, it’s a process that determines what consequences a political message will have on both voters and competing political institutions. “Political communications has therefore always been central to the electoral and policymaking process but in the last decade certain important structural developments have fundamentally altered this process, particularly postwar trends in the mass media moving from the traditional world of newspapers, radio and television broadcasting towards the Internet,” states Pippa Norris, Faculty of Comparative Politics at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University in one of her research paper on Political Communications. In fact, sometimes how a candidate looks is more important than what he says, or a few right words are more effective than a long speech or rhetoric.
 
 
An ad is a product of painstaking craftsmanship. Various elements, ranging from positioning of the product, clarity of the idea behind the product to visibility of the brand, its persona and the power of communication have to be intelligently weaved together. But while some ads manage to rewrite preset creative benchmarks, some go the wrong way, fall by the side & fail to excite viewers. In this section, we review three ads that came out tops, for the right and the wrong reasons this fortnight.

Pak pak... duh...

Advertiser: McDonald’s
Baseline: I’m Lovin’ Pak Pak
Agency: Leo Burnett India

4Ps B&M Take: This one makes all the right noises. Actually for some, it may even be the noisiest ad still. There is so much of ‘pak pak’ in the air that for a moment you’re seriously tempted to look around and check if you have landed yourself into a giant chicken coop. The campaign for McEggs – the new egg burger launched by McDonald’s to cater to the chunk of ‘eggetarian’ consumers in India – has guys and girls clucking like chicken after getting a taste of the burger. One ad has a local hip hop group going ‘pak pak’; another has a choir straining its vocal chords to ‘pak pak’ and yet another has youngsters breaking into ‘pak pak’ in a college library, in a bus, and so on. The agency has attempted to replace the ‘wow’ factor after eating the burger to people emitting chicken-like sounds. Some situations also tickle the funny bone, like the one in which a youngster breaks into ‘pak pak’ giving himself away at a hunger protest. The ad loudly declares that the treat is available for just Rs. 25 – a good lure for the price conscious lovers of McDonald’s burgers. Unfortunately, the ad is too noisy and while it may be good to shout info about McDonalds’ new launch from the rooftops, everyone may not really appreciate the jarring ‘pak pak’. The team at McDonald’s is going all out to populate the ad across channels believing McEggs to be their new money spinner. But hey, give us a break people. What’s the big deal for all that noise? It’s just a sunny-side-up egg preparation tossed into buns. With bread and egg combos available at every nukkad shop and dhaba across the country, it’s really not such a path breaking novelty that it deserves so much of nerve-grating ‘pak pak’.
 
It’s a thief! yawn

Advertiser: Godrej Securities
Baseline: Darna Kaisa
Agency: JWT Mumbai

4Ps B&M Take: A big criterion for any advertising to be effective is that it should be believable. Some say that brands should weave in some product features into their ads, but that it should be done only in cases where it makes the promised benefits believable. Sadly, often all such caution is sacrificed on the altar of creativity or to induce forced humour into a storyboard. Something similar seems to have happened with the ad for Godrej Security Solutions where a couple are rudely awakened from their sleep when they hear burglars inside their home. But then they promptly stuff cotton wool into their ears and go back to sleep believing they have nothing to fear because they have a high-tech Godrej Home Safe which cannot be broken open. First, nobody in their right mind would ignore such night time intruders into their home, even if their safe was guarded by security guards paid for by the Reserve Bank of India. Okay, one can even ignore that on the pretext of creative license. But how can you ignore the product category of safety solutions which requires a high dose of consumer trust to remain relevant. The ad ideally should have been splattered with cutting edge features and technology which make Godrej homes safes more trustworthy than others in the category. If Godrej is still relying on their age-old brand image of being the market leader in the segment, today’s competitive market place will not waste much time in showing them the reality of their fool’s paradise.

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There are ads, and then there are those 10 that have personified the concept of how branding can be made to work for the product most efficiently and effectively. From creativity to brand recall, from concept to execution, these 10 advertisements have gotten our attention; thanks to the commitment of the teams that created them. We present you with our review of the top three ads.

What’s yours is mine

Advertiser: Airtel Internet
Baseline: "Jo Tera Hai Wo Mera Hai"
Agency: Taproot India

4Ps B&M Take: Well friends, they seem to have done it again. Taproot created waves with their ‘Har Ek Friend Zaroori Hota Hai’ (HFZ) jingle for brand Airtel last August. So when we heard that they were working on a similar ‘friendship theme’ for another communiqué for the telco this August, we were pretty certain that they would not be able to better HFZ which became a rage among youngsters. But guess Taproot India just loves to prove us wrong. You can accuse the new jingle – released on 5th August Friendship Day – and its execution of being ‘inspired’ by the previous one, but it is just as catchy, as natty and as groovy as they come. And more pertinently, it is highly relevant to the target audience with just the right dose of consumer insight woven around the concept of sharing. Cashing in on the current fashion among the young and the young at heart to ‘share’ everything online with their friends, acquaintances and everyone else, the very-hummable jingle supports the core promise of Airtel Internet to enable easy sharing and staying connected with friends online via mobile phones. The accompanying visuals – youngsters having fun on an open-top bus in Mumbai rains, constantly sharing pics and updates via social media – are simple yet provocative and endorse the core promise. Not understated and classy, this one’s loud and in your face – but in a way that wows!
 
Aam aadmi’s paatshala

Advertiser: Kaun Banega Crorepati
Baseline: “Gyan Hi Aapko Aapka Haq Dilata Hai”
Agency: Leo Burnett India

4Ps B&M Take: When the inimitable Mr. Bachchan really sets out to woo the junta, Sony Entertainment Television need only sit back and watch the returns literally jingle their way in. Last year Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) Season 5 promos became the most recalled promos on the idiot box. If the first few promos released this year are any yardstick, Season 6 promises to be no different. This year the reigning theme to woo viewers back to the million dollar quiz show is about how knowledge is the great leveler in a nation riddled with social and economic inequalities. Even better, the message is not delivered in the usual somber mood as is the norm for such socially relevant communications. Instead, laced with superbly crafted storyboards and a dash of understated satire, the promos pack a punch. So one promo has Hindi-medium educated Bhaskar gunning all his life for the big prizes in friends, love and career, but eventually making the cut of acceptability only by showcasing his knowledge and winning a big KBC booty; another weaves itself around the concept of the unwanted girl child and how she gives it back to society by doling out the right answers on the sets of KBC; and yet another has the son of an economically underprivileged father – always losing out to sons of the ‘bade baap’ (rich fathers) – and how he makes his ‘poor’ father proud by flaunting his common sense on KBC. It’s tough to keep viewers coming back for a quiz show each year. But the drama and benefit focus in successive KBC promos are half the job done anyway.

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Internet is bringing a significant shift in the way organisations buy and use technology. This is where the power of the Internet comes into play.
 
IT – Two very simple letters that in the wrong circumstances can strike fear into the heart of even the most level-headed entrepreneur. Networks, software, and databases are not the reason that most people start up their own business. The flipside, of course, is that if handled well, IT can turn what is merely a good company into a truly great one. Any entrepreneur knows that running a business from scratch takes time, effort, commitment and most of all, passion. Unfortunately, to stay grounded in reality, it also takes sound fundamentals, and a sturdy infrastructure. Today, IT is surely a big part of that. Not even the very smallest of firms can get away without having some kind of technology to help them run.

Google Apps is reliable, efficient and cost effective solution for a new generation of entrepreneurs: The real trick is getting something in place that works reliably and efficiently and doesn’t cost a lot of time and money to install or maintain, something we were keen to demonstrate with the Google Apps service. Business these days is not only global, fast-paced and demanding but employees now demand a lot more of the systems they use to do their jobs. A generation used to posting and sharing photos online, instant messaging with friends and interacting online for a good chunk of their spare time is expecting a lot from the workplace.

Internet is bringing a significant shift in the way organisations buy and use technology: This is where the power of the Internet comes into play. The Internet provides the flexibility to create, share, access and collaborate with other people at work. Email, spreadsheets, calendars and presentations suddenly become accessible quickly and securely wherever you are. Not only that but the fact that everything is online means that multiple users can work on documents simultaneously and edit in real-time. In short, no more emailing backwards and forwards with attachments. This means a lot when you’re working at the kind of pace required as a start-up.

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Erik Simpson, partner and the creative director for San Antonio (US) based esd & associates, suggests four ways your web analytics can shape marketing strategy
 
Once you launch your website, people find it in their search results and visit your site. The web server is “watching” them, tracking how much time they spend on the site and which pages they visit. The web server sees the i.p. address of the computer the visitor is using to access the web, and it can find out where the computer is.

Data to dissect
The server will share all of this information with you in a website analytics report. Time spent and pages visited are just the basic facts. The server can report:
1. Unique users and repeat visits
2. Navigation behaviour
3. Usage data by hits, kilobytes and session
4. Landing pages, exit pages and files downloaded
5. Referral sites, search engine referrals and search terms
6. User location

Key performance indicators
All of this data is useful for evaluating and evolving the website design over time, but if you can interpret the data, it will tell you a lot about your products, your audience and your brand. These “key performance indicators” are not only valuable for assessing your web design – they can help you evaluate your overall marketing effectiveness, public perception and brand communication.

Your website structures your brand communication – it describes your company and engages your audience in a clear and organised manner. By observing user behaviour as it is revealed in website analytics, you learn a lot about your customers:

One: what they are looking for
Today’s shopper browses the web before they browse your aisles. Analytics can tell you what keywords or keyword phrases your web visitor used to find you. By charting the visitor’s path through your site, the reports can show you the customer’s thought process: “home improvement” to “tools” to “hammer.”

Two: where they come from
Knowing where your customers came from helps you assess the effects of your marketing initiatives. Analytics can tell you about the geographical origins of the servers visiting your site, but a more telling statistic is the referring site. If your website is well optimised, search engines will probably be the source of most of your inbound traffic. However, a more significant report comes from the other sites where the user found your link.
 
Direct address comes from people who type your url into the browser. If you have an active off-line campaign, including a simple domain name in every print advertisement, billboard, location sign, broadcast spot and business communication If you have an active social media campaign, you may find visitors drawn to your site by a tweet or post – particularly those that include your link.

If you have an active Internet ad campaign, either with banners or cost-per-click campaigns that include display networks, you could see results from all kinds of related websites. esd is currently managing a nurse recruitment campaign. We were startled to find an incoming link from “HighwayHypodermics.com” until we discovered it was a site for traveling nurses.

If you are an active blogger in your industry, and include your link when you comment on other blogs, you may find traffic coming in from those sources.

Three: where they “landed”
Not all of your traffic has to come in through your website’s “front door” – the home page. As you can see in the referring metrics, inbound links can come from a variety of sources across the web. Since many of those links originate with your own marketing activity, you can target your inbound links to various “landing pages” within your site.

You are targeting your customer on both sides of this technique – you are planting links in specific location (a pizza delivery Internet ad banner placed on a sports page) with an appropriate offer (the “Super Big Super Bowl Pizza Deal”) linked to a page you published on your site specifically to promote (with localised phone numbers and an online order form) the offer.

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ICMR-4Ps B&M brings to you inet, a comprehensive ranking of India's Most popular websites after a thorough and comprehensive analysis with research inputs from primary as well as secondary sources
 
4Ps Business & Marketing magazine, in association with Indian Council for Market Research (ICMR), conducted a perception survey among Internet users to identify India’s most popular websites. Here’s how we did it:

FIRST PHASE:

The first phase of the research was initiated with a single question to the respondents, “Which are your top five most preferred websites?”
This survey was conducted among 1,000 respondents across India namely Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Bangalore. The respondents included students, housewives, working professionals and others to generate a list of preferred websites across various categories. Based on the frequency of responses, the websites were first sorted and placed into their respective categories. The following is the list of categories covered under the survey.

SECOND PHASE:
As per the table given above, 23 broad categories were taken into consideration for the next phase of the survey. In order to conduct one-on-one interviews, structured questionnaires were designed. The research was conducted in five major cities of India – New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore and Chennai; with an aggregate sample size of 1,089 respondents.

The respondent profile varied across different categories with their respective age groups, gender and education levels. Each of the respondents was asked to rate the websites on a scale of 1-10 (where 1 is the lowest and 10 is the highest) on the following parameters:

User Friendliness: The main goal of a website is to provide its visitors with a pleasant and fulfilling experience. User friendliness includes factors such as page loading speed, accessibility, navigation and information.

Look/Design: The parameter of look/design is also considered important as it creates the first impression on the visitor. The look/design of the website is primarily based on colours, graphics, white spaces and other technical factors.
 
Content Quality: A website is known for its content quality apart from the overall look and design. The content quality/credibility of a website is what drives a visitor to make frequent visits to the website.

Trustworthiness: At present, there are a number of websites available for online shopping, money transfer, photo/video sharing and other transactions. In this context, overall privacy and security are all the more important for a visitor to a particular site.

Overall Satisfaction: This parameter was included to ascertain the respondents’ perception on the website in a holistic sense.

THIRD PHASE:
The final overall ranking is a weighted average of Alexa rankings and the ICMR survey rankings. As per expert opinion and peer review, Alexa rankings have been given 30% and ICMR rankings have been given 70% weightage.

[Editors Note: Researcher should note that Alexa rankings, similar to any other Internet ranking tool, can be manipulated to a larger extent than can primary responses from a sample. Researchers should also note that a few websites that could have scored extremely high on Alexa rankings might have very low Alexa score because of their internal server security that may prohibit Alexa’s Internet crawlers from accessing their websites (typical examples include Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail et al)] Subsequently, certain websites have featured in the ICMR survey list but do not have an Alexa ranking. Hence these websites have not been considered in the overall ranking but their individual scores have been revealed in the following pages. Also, while many websites rank high in their respective categories, they may have slipped down in overall rankings because other websites have more mass functions (search engines, social networking, web portals, et al).

Note: The Alexa rankings we have considered for the respective websites are ranks as on August 13, 2012. Also, certain categories have been omitted in the second phase of the survey e.g. Torrent sites, websites with adult content, et al.

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For the past several years, Google has been continually updating its PageRank algorithm to clear the web spam and reward websites that play by its rules. The search engine giant has struck again, with " Penguin" this time. What does it mean to search engine optimizers (SEOs), and how they can survive the attack...
 
The world turned upside down for the whole new breed of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) experts across the globe when Ken Krogue, a contributor at Forbes Magazine, penned an article title “The Death Of SEO: The Rise of Social, PR, And Real Content” on July 20, 2012. It was followed up with another article title “The Death Of SEO: Generating Real Content” on August 4, 2012. And what followed these two articles was not just a flurry of responses or feedbacks (both the articles have been viewed by some 1,10,426 people so far), but also thousands questioning “If it was for true?”

In one of his pieces Krogue had spoken about an exhaustive conversation which he had with a Utah (United States) based SEO consultant named Adam Torkildson over lunch, sometime back in March 2012. The revelation was “Google is in the process of making the SEO industry obsolete, SEO will be dead in two years.” Krogue doubted the words, but a month later, on April 24, 2012, when Google proved Torkildson right by announcing the launch of an all new search engine algorithm code named “Penguin”, he shared the conversation with the world, creating a sensation.

It’s a fact that whenever Google has come out with a new algorithm for PageRank (a link analysis algorithm, named after Founder Larry Page and used by the search engine, that assigns a numerical weighting to each element of a hyperlinked set of documents, such as the world wide web, with the purpose of measuring its relative importance within the set), it has created ripples across the digital world. After all, every single individual or company wants to be in the top league when it comes to Google search results page – a miss means losing out (in terms of customers, brand recall, et al) to a competitor that has managed its way to the top.

If industry experts are to be believed, Google alters its PageRank algorithm over 500 times a year. Most of these changes are minor, but major updates keep on happening at regular intervals which keep search engine optimizers on their toes. A case in point is Panda, a prominent change to Google’s search ranking algorithm that was first released in February 2011 (interestingly, there have been about 13 data refreshes of it since then). The algorithm made news for cracking down on sites with poor quality, and plagiarized content, as well as sites with a high ad-to-content ratio. Its impact on PageRank too was evident. CNET, a tech media website, reported a sudden rise in the rankings of news websites and social networking sites, and a drop in rankings for sites plagued with advertisements.

Interestingly, despite this and several other changes to the PageRank algorithm the SEO industry has been not just been able to survive but flourish. In fact, a new eMarketer study says that search ad spend is expected to grow 27% from 2011 to 2012, up from $15.36 billion to $19.51 billion. And by 2016, it is expected to reach almost $30 billion annually. As expected Google sites lead the US explicit core search market with 66.8% market share, followed by Microsoft and Yahoo sites with 15.7% and 13% market share respectively (as per the latest data released by comScore on August 15, 2012). If this is the situation, then why there is such an outcry on the launch of yet another update – Penguin?
 
When 4Ps B&M got in touch with Torkildson, who made the shocking revelation, he gave us the same response which he had been giving to a host of bloggers and writers since the statement was published in Forbes (although this time he sounded more diplomatic than the way he was quoted by Krogue). “Google is definitely pretty far away from being able to personalise everything, and make their search results 100% accurate. But they are working on it very hard, and by invoking Moore’s Law on their behalf, if their algorithm today doubles in effectiveness two years from now, most search engine optimizers will be out of a job just because of that fact,” says Torkildson. Pessimism is evident from the way he states things, but is it really the situation?

When the launch of Penguin was announced by Google on April 24, 2012, Matt Cutts, Head of the webspam team at Google, had stated on the Official blog that “in the next few days, we’re launching an important algorithm change targeted at web-spam. The change will decrease rankings for sites that we believe are violating Google’s existing quality guidelines. We’ve always targeted web-spam in our rankings, and this algorithm represents another improvement in our efforts to reduce webspam and promote high quality content.” Therefore, one can say that it’s nothing but an ongoing battle between “Black Hat” search engine optimizers and Google, one which will probably never be resolved. The basic idea behind Penguin is to put a stop to “Black Hat” techniques and reward ethical SEOs.

For starters, while “White hat” search engine optimizers are the ones who focus on improving the usability of a website by creating quality content which is relevant to that particular website, “Black hat” search engine optimizers use unethical techniques and tactics (tactics such as keyword stuffing, cloaking, and content spinning), primarily by looking for shortcuts or loopholes, to rank a website higher than it deserves to be ranked.

The Penguin targets all such tactics that search engine optimizers have been using for the past several years, all to improve the ranking of a website, unethically. Agrees Todd Bailey, Boston based SEO and Vice President – Marketing at WebiMax as he tells 4Ps B&M, “If you had done a lot of these things, you will see dramatic shuffling of search indexes and drops in ranking.” For numbers, while Panda affected about 12% of queries to a significant degree; Penguin affects about 3.1% of queries in English (about 3% of queries in languages like German, Chinese, Arabic, & an even bigger percentage of them in “highly-spammed” languages) to a degree that a regular user might notice. In fact, the percentage would increase as Google launches Penguin updates.

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B-schools from emerging economies are increasingly making it to global rankings. Segran Nair, discusses where management education is heading
 
The University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business is the only African management school to make it to the Financial Times’ list of Top 100 B-schools. Segran Nair’s – Director of the Associate in Management Certificate Programme, the Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration & the MBA Programme at GSB – maiden visit to India makes it clear that the Graduate School of Business is ready for an international student base. In this exclusive conversation with 4Ps B&M’s Arpita Sarkar, Nair shares why B-schools in emerging countries like India and South Africa need a more contextual approach with a strong focus on the domestic ecosystem. Excerpts from the interview:

From a time when management gaduates were required to engineer complex debt-based instruments at Wall Street to now when they are required to clean the mess, what is the greatest challenge for B-schools? What must they do to stay relevant?

If you talk of the present day scenario, I think it is about contextualising and focussing on decision making. A B-school experience cannot just be about self-enrichment. In order to be relevant, B-schools have to incorporate a much more critical approach in the curriculum where they start talking about the actual responsibilities of managers in the form of decision making itself. They have to analyse what these decisions would mean for stakeholders at large. B-schools need to compel students to think critically and revamp the course content. When I say revamp, I mean that every B-school needs to do its own bit. For instance, we at GSB have done a couple of things. A course in our programme is called Professional Development and focuses on the strengths and weaknesses of each student making it an introspective exercise.

We have also established the Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Management students at the centre work on developing solutions for societal problems. For example, South Africa is a developing economy where we have a health care system which is funded by both government and as well as private institutions. Patients who opt for private hospitals get world class treatment and facilities. But those who cannot afford, go to the public ones and have to spend hours for someone to just attend to them. The treatment in such hospital can be described as mediocre and in most cases substandard at best. In such cases, intervention through application of management solutions can make a substantial difference. For example, we at GSB have partnered with the City of Cape Town to help solve certain issues. Respective authorities from the city come to us with problems. We then send our students in groups to address these issues with three objectives: 1. They have to come up with a sustainable solution; 2. It has to generate revenue; and 3. It has to create value for stakeholders.

These are just two examples of how we have revamped our course content to become much more relevant and critical. Another programme which we have introduced is called the evidence based practice. It is a course that teaches students how to accumulate evidence for decision making.
 
According to recent GMAT estimates, 2/3rd of B-schools report that applications for the two-year full time programme have dropped. Another 57% report that applicants for one year programmes have dropped. What does this imply?

Each course has its own challenges and these trends keep changing as per market conditions. I think if uncertainty continues across markets, students might look up for a modular format. In 2010, the intake for full time programmes was huge, while in 2011, a preference was seen for modular course. Our class size for the full time programme is 80 and about 80-82 for the modular programme. Compared to other B-schools, this is smaller. Consistent with the macro-economic situation in 2011, we got some 300-350 applicants for the modular course and around 170-180 applications for the full time. You see how the scene changes so promptly that in December 2011 we had a good number of 80 students but then during admissions, the number dropped to 70. This implies that 10 students changed their mind and decided not to go for a full time MBA but for the modular programme, the intake increased. Many B-schools in US have actually closed doors for full time programmes because they do not find much takers. These B-schools are now looking at other formats.

A lot of investment is being made around the world for establishing world class universities and management schools which can compete with those in the US. Do you think investing alone can cater to the need of relevant human resources around the world?

I think it’s about a lot more than just catering to human resource needs. I am a bit critical on the models proposed and implemented by North American B-schools in developing and emerging economies. They tend to apparently believe that their model fits into other economies as well. I think that is hogwash. If the course content has been developed to cater to developed markets, then how on heavens can it be relevant to the economic environment of developing countries and emerging economies. The curriculum needs to be contextualised in accordance with local problems, because the solutions these management graduates come up with have to be local. As I said earlier, we need to be more relevant. B-schools need to go back to the original model when an MBA was about general management. Organisations and firms in emerging economies don’t really need functional expertise. They need general managers who have an eye for detail and can encapsulate various business functions into a singular long term strategic vision. And that is what an MBA should enable a candidate to do. It is high time that we in India and South Africa take our own contextual realities into consideration. Instead of American case studies, those which are locally relevant need to be developed. Given the dynamism of our economies, we can easily merge practice with theory creating original content.

What do you think are the most important factors that differentiate faculties of top B-schools from the ones that are not so sought after?

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In this highly networked environment, high performance supply chains are key to growth. But for that companies first need to develop a talent pool
 
Companies have used the recent economic downturn to streamline operations and increase operational efficiency. Many are investing in technology, capital, and infrastructure, while others have sought to lure talent from less fortunate companies to bring in additional capability. While valid, if implemented outside the context of a clear strategy, these tactics may not sustain the expected returns.

According to a recent Accenture research, talent is a principal concern for executives, with six of the top ten business issues cited by executives being talent-related. For key workforces and operations, like global supply chain organisations, it requires new ways to lead, learn, and collaborate to develop this talent effectively. According to Accenture, “supply chain masters” devote disproportionately more time and energy than their competitors to develop talent. These high performance organisations create a talent mindset across the organisation while constantly measuring and aligning talent to changing strategies, objectives, and demands. They embrace new ideas for closing skill gaps. Instead of being reactive, they approach skill growth with a demand-side fulfillment approach, knowing that talent pools can come from any industry or geography. They mine hidden skills in their organisation, and they have a strategy for just-in-time development of their workforce that they can deploy when and where needed. Organisations that integrate their business strategies with talent strategies – and proactively manage talent the same way they manage their operations – will benefit substantially in the long run.

In 2010, AMD supply chain leaders set out to strengthen their talent pipeline. They began exploring learning and collaboration options that would support business goals and enhance efforts to attract and retain leading supply chain talent.

Like many companies, AMD had standards to address many core competencies and leadership skills, but had relatively few resources to support development of technical supply chain competencies.

After reviewing a number of options, AMD decided to participate in a pilot learning program in partnership with Accenture Supply Chain Academy. To prepare for this program, AMD supply chain leaders started by defining a competency framework for each of the job roles targeted for participation in the learning program. They also identified key projects, skill gaps, and goals for their individual organisations. Leadership participation was a key driver for the talent program to move forward through performance metrics.

Based on these inputs, Accenture Supply Chain Academy learning specialists developed a curriculum designed to target those business goals and learning objectives. Combining formal and informal learning activities, AMD leaders developed a comprehensive set of deliverables designed to encourage the highest return on investment for both the employee and the business. Included in the activities were formal online courses, informal “lunch with an expert” sessions, online collaboration via chat forums, and access to industry resources such as white papers, blogs, and other information. In addition, participants were asked to meet weekly with their managers to discuss the learning experience, including process improvement ideas and any obstacles to learning. Users and managers were asked to keep a log of key concepts they learned and project or business improvements they implemented for presentation to the executive team.

At the end of the nine-month pilot program, results showed that those who obtained the most value from the learning experience, and who had the most influential process improvement ideas, were those who:

• Regularly met with their managers • Set aside specific time for learning on a regular and ongoing basis • Were supported by managers who communicated the importance of a learning culture • Shared and discussed new ideas and concepts with their teams • Participated in opportunities to present their results to others.

A key challenge that many organisations face is defining return on investment (ROI) for learning programs. While the intrinsic nature of an educated workforce is generally accepted, it is often necessary to show results in a more linear way when proposing a new program that requires a substantial investment. AMD met this challenge by requiring employees who participated in the pilot program to document supply chain improvements that were implemented as a result of this new learning process. They presented the process improvements, including “before and after” metrics, to the leadership team. This was particularly significant and was a key tool in communicating the benefit of a focused and comprehensive learning program.

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TIMELESS STEEL!

What can you expect from two companies – one a leading publishing outfit and another synonymous with sports – when they come together? Well, could be anything. But when Disney Publishing joined hands with ESPNcricinfo.com, the collaboration resulted in ‘Timeless Steel’ – an anthology of articles on Rahul Dravid, capturing the legendary cricketer’s life and career. The 256 page book showcasing Dravid’s journey into the game right up to the days when he was the epitome of Indian test cricket and his subsequent retirement, was launched on July 04, 2012 by Dravid himself along with Sanjay Manjrekar and Harsha Bhogle. Filled with anecdotes and timeless photographs, the book promises to be a collector’s edition.
 
Himalayan Odyssey

When you are in the business of selling iconic cruse bikes, then there is nothing better than a good’ol BTL (Below the Line) marketing activity in the form of a rally. Not only does it create buzz at a fraction of your marketing budget, but also reinforces brand loyalty by bringing existing customers together. Indian bike major Royal Enfield did that once again by flagging off its Himalayan Odyssey at 7:45am on June 23 morning. The rally was kicked off by Dr. Venki Padmanabhan, CEO Royal Enfield, from India Gate in New Delhi. 67 riders from India and abroad participated in the16 day adventure covering a distance of 2,700 kilometers from Delhi to Khardung La. This is the 9th edition of the prestigious marquee ride by Royal Enfield and has become an important brand activation for the company.

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SC slams AICTE's illicit control on MBA courses
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2012 : DNA National B-School Survey 2012
Ranked 1st in International Exposure (ahead of all the IIMs)
Ranked 6th Overall

Zee Business Best B-School Survey 2012
Prof. Arindam Chaudhuri’s Session at IMA Indore
IIPM IN FINANCIAL TIMES, UK. FEATURE OF THE WEEK
IIPM strong hold on Placement : 10000 Students Placed in last 5 year
IIPM’s Management Consulting Arm-Planman Consulting
Professor Arindam Chaudhuri – A Man For The Society….
IIPM: Indian Institute of Planning and Management
IIPM makes business education truly global
Management Guru Arindam Chaudhuri
Rajita Chaudhuri-The New Age Woman
IIPM B-School Facebook Page

IIPM Global Exposure
IIPM Best B School India
IIPM B-School Detail

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IIPM : The B-School with a Human Face

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