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Beauty brand SUGAR Cosmetics names Carat India as media partner

India – India’s beauty brand SUGAR Cosmetics has appointed Carat, the media agency by dentsu India, to be its new media partner.

SUGAR Cosmetics is crafted across Germany, Italy, India, USA, and Korea. The brand ships its products in lips, eyes, face, and nails, as well as skin categories across the world, scaling its physical presence with over 10,000 retail outlets as of 2020 across more than 130 cities.

As per the mandate, Carat will be overseeing SUGAR Cosmetics’ media strategy, planning, and buying.

Vineeta Singh, the CEO and co-founder of SUGAR Cosmetics, said that Carat’s strategic thinking, experience, and efficiencies stood out, and partnering with them on their media strategy is reassuring, given their data-driven approach in meeting the brand goals.

“The beauty industry is ever-changing and we at SUGAR Cosmetics always like to stay ahead of the curve. As a brand leader, it is my topmost priority to ensure that we keep evolving our strategies to meet consumer requirements. I hope our new association with Carat will help us in this journey of keeping up with consumer trends and stay relevant in the industry,” said Singh.

Meanwhile, Anita Kotwani, Carat India’s CEO, commented that they are pleased to win the media business for SUGAR Cosmetics, and they are committed to creating meaningful end-to-end media solutions through data-driven marketing, and to further accelerate the brand’s growth journey. 

“As a team, we are excited to get this opportunity to work with a brand that is loved by the women of today,” said Kotwani.

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Edtech upGrad launches biggest campaign, commits to ‘fast forward your career’ mission

Mumbai, India – India-based higher edtech company, upGrad, has launched its biggest campaign to date, with the aim to drive the brand’s mission of driving meaningful career outcomes for its learners.

The campaign, which was conceptualized in partnership with creative agency The Womb, is inspired by numerous emails and messages the brand has received from its alumni who have successfully received double promotions, higher pay grades, and job placements at over 1000 companies and MNCs across the globe on pursuing their online courses. 

Moreover, it dramatizes a similar career journey which will re-ignite viewers’ ambition of achieving meaningful professional growth.

Titled ‘Fast Forward Your Career With upGrad’, the campaign features the story of Sohini, who went from a batchmate to a boss, shocking a few of her batchmates who had also been placed in the same company.

The campaign further continues and is built subsequently through more film versions.

Arjun Mohan, upGrad’s CEO for India, noted that the campaign aims to bring out this differentiated positioning of the brand in the higher edtech industry. 

“While our past campaigns have helped us create significant awareness and establish upGrad as an online higher education leader, we now wish to push the envelope further and build preference for the brand, especially among a large set of ambitious working professionals who are looking for meaningful career growth, faster,” said Mohan.

Meanwhile, Navin Talreja, the co-founder of The Womb, commented, “This campaign seeks to shake these working professionals out of their career inertia and position upGrad as a viable option that facilitates strong career outcomes in a contemporary, relatable, and engaging manner.”

Vinil Mathew, the director of the film, shared, “The films have a relatable, slice of life quality with an interesting blend of tongue-in-cheek humor and the fuzzy warmth of friendship. It was an absolute joyride to collaborate with the super creative team at The Womb and a progressive client like upGrad.”

upGrad has also partnered with a host of content creators and influencers who will be joining its war cry of fast-forwarding careers. The ad films will also run across media channels in several Indian languages including Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, and Bengali, as well as Kannada, and English to connect with the regional audience.

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AI firm Intellimation.ai names Pitchfork Partners as strategic communication counsel

Mumbai, India – Intellimation.ai, the enterprise AI company in India that uses its proprietary natural language processing and machine learning methods in the BFSI sector, has appointed strategy consultancy Pitchfork Partners to drive its strategic communication duties.

Intellimation.ai focuses on the banking, financial services, and insurance (BFSI) sector, and has large investment banks, asset management companies, and insurance brokers as its clients. Its flagship product, Vector, is an enterprise AI software and acts as an intelligent connective tissue to contextually interpret and transform non-uniform or non-standard information, and automate related downstream processes through a web of self-learning workflows to deliver end-to-end STP. 

As part of the partnership, Pitchfork Partners will be supporting Intellimation.ai’s business growth and will be boosting its brand narrative.

Har Pulak Bahadur, the CEO of Intellimation.ai, believes that AI products will fundamentally alter the way in which businesses are set up and conducted, and this trend will continue, especially due to the increasing adoption of AI as an operational backbone. 

“We are in the early stages of a fourth industrial revolution! At this stage, brand communication is critical, and I am positive that Pitchfork Partners’ expertise will play a key role in our success,” said Bahadur.

Jaideep Shergill, Pitchfork Partners’ co-founder, commented, “We are honored to assist Intellimation.ai in transforming the operations landscape of financial institutions. It’s a privilege to be part of its journey in India.”

In August this year, Pitchfork Partners was also appointed by Rupeek, the asset-backed digital lending platform in India, to be its new public relations and digital consultancy partner, and was tasked to drive the brand’s business growth.

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FoxyMoron names new creative director for North team

Gurugram, India – India’s full-funnel creative and performance digital agency by media company Zoo Media Network, FoxyMoron, has appointed Umang Puri, former creative director at marketing firm Digitas India, to assume the role of creative director for its North clients. 

Prior to his role at Digitas India, Puri was the former creative manager at FoxyMoron in the Gurugram office.

Puri brings with him over seven years of experience in digital advertising. He has previously worked with brands like Nissan, Datsun, Motorola, Nestle, and Dabur, as well as various brands in B2B, beauty, and fashion.

The new role will see Puri leading the creative operations for FoxyMoron’s North clientele, working with agencies across the Zoo Media Network. He will be reporting directly to Dhruv Warrior, the national creative director.

“As I begin my second stint here, our focus is to navigate the agency into a bigger creative powerhouse by enabling and empowering young talent to become multi-faceted creators. I’m excited to be a part of this journey,” commented Puri, regarding his appointment.

Meanwhile, Warrior believes that Puri’s detailed approach to his work perfectly complements his in-depth knowledge of the digital world, and the combination is vital to elevating creative output for FoxyMoron, which is a key area of focus when delivering innovative digital solutions to our clients. 

“Umang will be a driving force behind our creative direction in the North and we are excited to have him on board,” said Warrior.

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Dentsu Webchutney to handle digital, social of two HealthKart brands

India – Health and fitness e-commerce platform HealthKart has announced the appointment of Dentsu Webchutney, the digital creative agency from the house of dentsu India, to lead the digital and social media duties for its brands, HK Vitals and bGreen.

HealthKart is an online marketplace for health products. Its brand HK Vitals deems to be one of the fastest-growing brands in the nutrition and supplements business, while bGreen is a plant-based nutrition brand with products in both the performance nutrition category and active wellness nutrition category.

The appointment of Dentsu Webchutney comes after its one-project deal with HealthKart.

Kaustuv Paliwal, HK Vitals/HealthKart’s assistant vice president for brands, commented, “We are absolutely thrilled to be joining forces with Dentsu Webchutney. Partnering with them to lead our charter on digital marks the beginning of a journey that is filled with intent and backed by action.”

Dentsu Webchutney’s CEO, Gautam Reghunath, believes that HealthKart is a pioneer in the Indian nutrition and wellness space and one that is vertically integrated into a fragmented category, and it is a brand that’s constantly innovated through product excellence and delivering on consumer needs. 

“There is so much evolution happening in the vitals and nutrition space and we are lucky to be partnering with HealthKart who is at the front of it all,” said Reghunath.

In August this year, Dentsu Webchutney was also appointed to handle the digital and social media mandate of digital insurance policy provider ACKO General Insurance in India.

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India’s shopping mall Pacific Tagore Garden awards digital, print mandate to RepIndia

India – Pacific Tagore Garden, the mall under the Pacific brand in New Delhi, India, has awarded its digital advertising and print mandate to digital marketing agency RepIndia

Pacific Tagore Garden deems to be one of the most luxurious shopping, dining, and entertainment hubs in the country. It offers its patrons more than 250 luxury brands in the mall with the latest fashion apparel.

Through the new partnership, Pacific Tagore Garden will be counting on RepIndia’s creative expertise to multiply its brand-building efforts, adding a dimension of flair to the brand’s social media, as well as offline media strategies, with its nuanced understanding and experience of the shopping and digital landscape. 

RepIndia said that the partnership is another opportunity for the agency to bolster its repertoire of retail and entertainment brands – a segment in which the agency has built a solid reputation over the years.

Abhishek Bansal, Pacific Malls’ executive director, commented that they are delighted to join forces with the dynamic and experienced team at RepIndia for the digital mandate. 

“Their innate understanding of retail and consumer behavior is impressive, and we cannot wait to see what they have in store for the Pacific brand. Digital, especially, is vital to our efforts towards enhancing customer relationships and driving the brand story forward.”

Meanwhile, RepIndia’s Vice President for Client Strategy, Ashish Manchanda, said that they are thrilled to have found a complete vision match with Pacific Tagore Garden, and are excited to begin the journey as their 360-degree brand-building partners. 

“Now, it’s up to us to ensure that the brand leverages this paradigm shift with clutter-breaking creative and strategic forces – something that we are very confident about,” said Manchanda.

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Cosmetic brand Fogg says ‘goodbye to uninvited guest’ in latest campaign

Mumbai, India – Fogg, the cosmetics brand owned by beauty company Vini Cosmetics in India, has recently launched a new campaign film, which conveys the message of “it’s time to say goodbye to the uninvited guest.’

Fogg deems to be one of the most popular manufacturers of deodorants and fragrances for men and women in the country. The brand does not own any stores around India but has a widespread network for distributing its products easily found in the Indian market.

The campaign, which is done in collaboration with creative agency The Womb, aims to encourage the locals during the pandemic to stay patient and wait for the good times to be back. Titled, ‘Fogg Elephant’, the new ad features a group of locals trying to send away an uninvited elephant from their neighborhood. The brand used the elephant as the representation of the pandemic to impart the message of saying goodbye to an unexpected situation.

Darshanbhai Patel, the managing director and CEO of Vini Cosmetics, said that as market leaders and corporate citizens of the country, they felt like it is their duty to stand with the people of India in the fight against COVID-19. 

“As India opens up and starts feeling normal, caution is equally important. The first time we heard this idea, we knew the message resonated with our thinking,” said Patel.

Navin Talreja, The Womb’s founding partner, shared how sometimes the simplest of briefs turn out to be the trickiest ones. Talreja said the current brief for the project was to deliver the message of ‘hope’ and ‘optimism’ to the people of India. 

Prasoon Pandey, the director of the film, believes that in these current difficult times, the new campaign becomes a clever and uplifting film from Fogg. 

“It is a message to society at large to not get bogged down by these tough circumstances, just stay careful, positive and hang in there, better times are around the corner. It was super fun working on this project,” said Pandey.

The campaign was officially launched on ‘World Elephant Day’, 12 August.

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Madison Media elevates Vandana Ramkrishna to COO of Madison Media Ace

Mumbai, India – Madison Media, the independent media agency in India, has announced today the elevation of Vandana Ramkrishna, former vice president and business lead for the West and East region, to now assume the role of chief operating officer for its business unit, Madison Media Ace.

Ramkrishna is a veteran in media and communication planning. She brings with her over 22 years of experience spanning across the Indian and overseas markets.

Through the elevation, Ramkrishna will be overseeing the Kolkata operations of Madison Media, along with her Mumbai set of businesses. She will continue to lead the businesses of fabric manufacturer Raymond, adhesives firm Pidilite, and healthcare company Cipla Health, among others in Mumbai. In addition, Ramkrishna will be managing the businesses of personal care provider Joy Personal Care, commercial bank Bandhan Bank, and cement manufacturer MP Birla Cement in Kolkata, as well as further strengthen Madison’s east region operations.

“I feel honored to be working for a company like Madison that believes in my capability to take on this role. I look forward to strengthening our client relationships by driving their business outcomes to create new milestones within Madison and the industry,” said Ramkrishna, regarding her promotion.

Meanwhile, Vikram Sakhuja, Madison Media & OOH’s partner and group CEO, commented that he is delighted to announce the promotion of Ramkrishna to COO Madison Media Ace in which she takes additional charge of the Kolkata office in addition to her Mumbai accounts. 

“Vandana brings rare passion, aggression, and integrated thinking into delivering great client value. This also recognizes her evolution from strong client leadership to business leadership,” said Sakhuja.

Just recently, Madison Media has announced the promotion of Abhik Banerjee as the new chief operating officer for Madison Media Plus, and will also lead the Delhi office.

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Digital lender Rupeek appoints Pitchfork Partners as PR, digital consultancy

Mumbai, India – The asset-backed digital lending platform in India, Rupeek, has appointed strategy consultancy Pitchfork Partners as its new public relations and digital consultancy partner, to drive the brand’s business growth.

Rupeek aims to democratize access to hassle-free, doorstep credit for all markets and audiences. Currently, Rupeek also operates in the gold loan space.

The partnership will see Pitchfork Partners providing strategic communication and digital counsel to bolster Rupeek’s brand image and enable storytelling that would help increase the preference for doorstep gold loans among consumers.

“At Rupeek, we aim to transform the business of gold loans and democratize access to credit for all. Pitchfork’s integrated strategic approach will assist us in our storytelling efforts to make Rupeek the largest digital lender in the years to come,” said Shalabh Atray, Rupeek’s senior vice president of marketing and digital.

Meanwhile, Jaideep Shergill, the co-founder at Pitchfork Partners, commented that they look forward to this partnership and are delighted to expand their expertise. 

“With Rupeek’s commitment to gold loans and its unique offerings, it not only has an edge with India’s consumers but can also disrupt the market. We are privileged to partner with such an inventive company,” said Shergill.

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India’s e-commerce platform Apnaklub drives visibility on digital platforms via Social Beat tie-up

Mumbai, India – The B2B wholesale e-commerce platform in India, Apnaklub, has partnered with Social Beat, the independent digital marketing agency, to further drive the app with the help of a performance marketing approach.

Apnaklub provides local wholesalers and retailers with products from various brands better than local wholesale rates. It also empowers people to start their own wholesale business without any investment or stock risks. In addition, Apnaklub, through its partner program, guarantees that people will get the industry’s best margins on more than 200 brands.

As part of the mandate, Social Beat will be assisting Apnaklub in scaling its shopping app for wholesalers and retailers in the country through performance marketing campaigns that focus on new user acquisition and overall brand awareness.

“We are excited to partner with Social Beat to drive Apnaklub’s mission to improve outcomes for the smaller MSME retailers. With smart digital interventions, we aim to understand the local needs so that we can build a winning micro-business,” said Shruti, CEO of Apnaklub. 

Meanwhile, Vikas Chawla, Social Beat’s co-founder, commented that they are delighted to partner with Apnaklub to increase the visibility of their app. 

“With our experience in finding the product-market fit and merchant acquisition, we are excited to be part of the journey with this experienced and nimble team,” said Chawla.

Just recently, Social Beat has also announced that it has entered a new partnership with global CRM platform Salesforce, with the aim to drive marketing automation and digital transformation for brands in India.