India Agenda

9:00 am
Registration and networking

9:45 am
Welcome address

Welcome address by Campaign, and a brief introduction of the format of the conference

10:00 am - 10:30 am
Think Tank Topic: Content & Video

If experts are to be believed, global online video viewing is expected to rise 20 per cent this year. Needless to say, the ad-spend will grow in tandem too. A look at some trends and tools to produce business results through video content in the coming year.

An interactive session where a segment expert (nee moderator) lists out key challenges facing the industry and then raise some pertinent questions to the audience seeking insights and solutions to some pressing issues.

Karthik Nagarajan
National Director - Content & Social Media
Rajeshree Naik
Co-Founder & Director
Ping Network
Tanmay Bhat
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Open Sesame: Unlocking rural markets

Technology has emerged as an agent of change for rural communities of India. The media platforms are thriving: free-to-air TV, vernacular press and a mobile first generation. How are the marketers and their media partners reaching and effectively engaging with this emerging goldmine of a demographic?

A fire-side chat between a client and a media agency head about how to demystify this new consumer segment.

Bhaskar Ramesh
Industry Head-FMCG
Google India
Dalveer Singh
Head - Experiential Marketing, APAC
Priyanka Gandhi
Associate Director - Integrated Marketing Communications, India; Head of Media for APAC Division
Colgate-Palmolive India (Ltd)
Sachit Handa
Area Sales & Customer Manager
Sagar Vira
VP Customer Excellence & Operations
Castrol India Ltd
11:00 am - 11:30 am
Networking coffee break

11:30 am - 12:15 pm
Coming soon: Digital explosion or an ‘implosion’

As digital advertising now approaches serious critical mass, the industry cannot hide its head in the sand about some unpleasant issues to prevent a digital implosion. The decision makers need to tackle the key concerns head on, some of them being: does digital truly grow brand awareness like the traditional media; third party monitoring; offensive placement of ads; ad frauds; and assured quality inventory of private networks versus black hole of public worldwide web.

A panel discussion with industry heavy weights – publishers, clients and media agency heads-- to debate this serious issue.

Kartikeya Varma
Director - Marketing Effectiveness
Jamie Kenney
Business Head-Digital
Lakshmi Narasimhan
Chief Growth Officer, South Asia
Group M
Mallikarjun Das
Group CEO
Starcom India
Ramanujam Pobbisetty
Vidyadhar Kale
Agency Head, Global Marketing Solutions
Facebook India
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
Changing gears: Mobile to mobility

The next phase of mobile marketing needs to address the changing role of mobile from being a medium to more of a companion. With the digital tech maturing, marketers are grappling with these changes and it is becoming critical to integrate dynamic technologies into their marketing strategies.

A panel discussion on the value of emergent technologies in this dynamic mobile environment.

Anjali Hegde
Ansible Mobile
Lincoln Gada
Think Walnut Digital
Mahesh Narayanan
Managing Director
Rajeev Dhal
Tushar Vyas
Chief Strategy Officer - South Asia
Group M
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

1:10pm - 1:40pm
Under the influence: Who, Where, When, How?

In a ‘collective’ society as Indonesia, key opinion leaders (KOLs) have always mattered. Brands traditionally used celebrity endorsers and now with the explosion of social media have ‘influencers’ spreading the good word. Influencer marketing has skyrocketed in the last few years to the point that it has become a category. It is also turning out to be one of the biggest challenges for marketers. The process of finding the right influencer can be a tricky one, though—getting them to create content for you can be even trickier. And then there is measurement, brand alignment, fraud, etc.

This panel takes stock of different types of KOLs in Indonesia and what are the major priorities and opportunities for marketers today in scaling influencer programmes.

Atique Kazi
Director India
Prabh Simran Singh
Consumer & Revenue Lead
Prabhvir Sahmey
DoubleClick India
2:15 pm - 2:45 pm
Think tank topic: OTT

The move from appointment viewing to consumer demand for content everywhere and at any time has made India a fertile market for OTT (Over-the-top) operators. Ability of these platforms to be able to give targeted measurement data to marketers make them an attractive vehicle. How are OTT networks changing the media landscape in India and what are the key challenges they need to overcome?

An interactive session where segment experts (nee moderators) list out key challenges facing the industry and then raise some pertinent questions to the audience seeking insights and solutions to some pressing issues.

Gaurav Gandhi
Chief Operating Officer
Viacom18 Digital Ventures
Lalit Agrawal
Senior Vice President
OMD Mumbai
Paritosh Joshi
Provocateur Advisory
Prabh Simran Singh
Consumer & Revenue Lead
2:45 pm - 3:00 pm
Coffee break

3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Keep Faith: Indian print is here to stay

In an era, where most media discussions revolve around the new-age digital media, and many markets have sounded the death knell for print, India seems to be an exception. The nation continues to see a substantial play of print in advertising spends, which are upwards of 30% and remain strong. Vernacular has shown good progress, which is of a huge significance to the marketer. However, the challenges are immense and that the use-by-date may be fast approaching is not an illusion.

Indian print’s fan club gets together to discuss the road ahead…

Pradeep Dwivedi
Chief Executive Officer
Sakal Media Group
Dolly Jha
Executive Director, Marketing Effectiveness
Nielsen India
Pallavi Kanchan
Verve Magazine
Shripad Kulkarni
Sathyamurthy Namakkal
Executive Director | President
DDB Mudra Group | OMD Mudramax
3:45 pm - 4:15 pm
Math-men vs Mad-men: the talent conundrum

In the era of programmatic buying, the most coveted talent is the one that can crunch numbers, decipher data and is analytics savvy. Does that spell doom to careers of those with dominant ride-side brains? Also, a discussion on challenges of managing a heterogeneous work force and the drain to tech majors.

Math wizzes, creative personnel, a head-hunter and media agency heads discuss the right talent-mix for the future.

Mohit Joshi
Managing Director
Havas Media
Nandini Dias
Lodestar UM India
Rohit Suri
Chief HR & Talent Officer - South Asia
GroupM South Asia
Vivek Bhargava
Group Chief Executive Officer
DAN Performance Group
4:15 pm - 5:00 pm
Currency Converter: Measuring media

In a country as diverse as India, no astute advertiser would put his money into a medium unless backed by solid research. This year would be a landmark of sorts as Broadcast India Research Council (BARC) scales up the number of households it tracks, fine-tunes rural audience measurement and comes up with a digital measurement road-map for television. ABC (Audit Bureau of Circulation) is going digital too for print and the 2016 IRS data should be revealed by Q3 of this year. Right steps in the right direction but the marketers still want to know how to bring it all together.

A face-off between the research agencies and clients along with their media agencies to discuss the status of data, its new findings and how to achieve a better industry standard database.

CVL Srinivas
Group M India
Prasun Basu
Nielsen Holdings
Partho Dasgupta
Shashi Sinha
IPG Mediabrands
5:00 pm
Closing remarks