Industry experts on what plagues digital media in India & why

Indian Digital Media Awards aim to bring top industry leaders, marketers, brand custodians and decision makers of the country under one roof. The 8th edition of #e4mIDMA is scheduled to be held on 16th June 2017 at Taj Santacruz, Mumbai. This year’s grand jury was chaired by Manoj Kumar, Managing Director & Area General Manager – ISC, GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare.

Keep reading to know the sentiments of the grand jury members on what plagues digital media in India & why.

Juzer Tambawalla, ‎Head Of Marketing, Franklin Templeton Investments

There is a gap in the pace at which technology is evolving and the ability for marketers to leverage it. Platform owners like Google, Facebook, and LinkedIn etc. will have to take ownership of strengthening the intellectual capital of the ecosystem.

Prashanth Challapalli, Chief Integration Officer – South Asia, The Leo Burnett Group

Digital is still a nascent practice, it’s only about 10 years old here. To expect AR and VR and other innovations to take off is unrealistic because we don’t have the infrastructure…

Rob Aalders, Serial Entrepreneur

The synergy between ecommerce and digital media needs to develop in India. Many young people use internet a lot, the growth numbers are staggering. Yet technology is not available for all which is a great pity.

Sumit Aggarwal, Director, Oracle Marketing Cloud

Excessive obsession with performance and ROI and not focusing on consumer experience plagues digital media in India today. If we fix consumer experience, engagement and journey, rest will automatically start delivering.

Manoj Kumar, Managing Director & Area General Manager – ISC, GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare

A common currency of measurement and a common industry agreement on what constitutes a view is needed. Regional language content has huge headroom for growth in India; especially with regional search coming in on Google.

Manik Nangia, Director Marketing & Chief Digital Officer, Max Life Insurance

  1. Measurement mechanisms aren’t robust and ability to audit is limited.
  2. Not enough effort is being put into triangulating the Message, Media& Audience – these three need to be in-sync for marketing to work!

Delna Avari, Mentor and Consultant

I believe we have grown by leaps and bounds and in many ways are leading the charge so to speak. Yet, there is a reality that we think of digital separately & at times as an afterthought even today. There is a lot of jargon that still floats about and structures are still too complex. Also the focus on true/real v/s notional ROI is not adequate.

Jonathan Bill, Co Founder CEO, Credit Mate

India is still plagued by dubious advertising ROI and poor accountability especially among ad networks. In the end this causes advertisers to focus their spends on a few international platforms.

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All signs lead to #OOH2016 Neons Award


This quote perfectly sums up the importance of the Out of Home Awards.”A picture is better than a 1000 words” and at #OOH2016 Neons Award we will take a look at the bigger picture with some of the most eminent marketing and advertising gurus of India.



What’s the bigger picture you ask?

“The BIGGER Picture” refers to a keen understanding of where out of home fits into the “the big picture” of media. What the strengths are and where it is getting lost. Why brands are still apprehensive in adopting the medium. What the domains’ challenges are including still being unorganized, unaccountable and unsatisfactorily measurable. Accepting ground realities, moving around them to not only capture the brands attention but positioning out of home as the dominant media through ad campaigns. Further, while the world over the OOH medium embraces digital, in India it still is only 10% of the universe. In such a scenario isn’t OOH still ill equipped to embrace creatively the real power of the digital integration. What are the roadblocks? While the world is pegging a 2020 vision India OOH is still stuck 20 years back. To this increasingly complex big picture – lets look at putting solutions to work – it may require shifting focus from working in silos on out of home advertising, to looking at the essential role out of home can play in the broad advertising perspective.

Panel 1: Vision 2020 : Looking forward or stuck 20 years back

  1. Adopting Technology for enhanced customer experience integrating with digital media – Are we ready to invest first and reap later?
  2. Integrate hyper local media with other traditional media touch point for sustained awareness- ready to embrace the larger picture that fits into National campaigns while continuing the retail outreach?
  3. Innovation & Engagement are 2 sides of the same coin- is enough Innovation being done or merely properties are being engaged for revenues

Panel 2: Big Impact: Show me the money!

  1. Making an impact that can easily be mapped through analytics converting hesitant brands- are we ready to adopt a single currency and help it grow beyond its loop holes?
  2. Is OOH with its reach really a cost effective option for brands as compared to other media available ?
  3. Integrate Client expectations with planning and buying systems, utilize established ROI models, integrate with mobile and other technologies along with standardization & understanding new systems and services may offer a way forward – are we taking concrete steps to embrace these?

Some of the most experienced and innovative minds in the industry are part of our panel.Including the legendary marketer Mr.Anup Jain.

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Here are the other luminaries who will be part of the panel.


So come join e4m and NewsD for this event on March 31st at Leela ,Gurgaon.

About  the event:

Welcome to 6th edition of e4m NEONS Awards for Outdoor Advertising & Digital Signage. OOH Conference and awards were established in 2011 to reward excellence in outdoor media.

The first five editions were highly endorsed by the Industry. This edition will recognize and reward the exceptional work in OOH Advertising and Digital Signage from time period between January 2015 to December 2015.

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