marketers cutting their ATL budgets, will this be a boom time for non-traditional media?
Managing director, Candid Marketing
This could lead to them succumbing to temptation, greed or simply switching to another brand. As a BTL (below-the-line) evangelist, I have seen that activation can achieve what mass media can't. During this economic slowdown, more brands are shifting to activation. The growth of activation has been given an almighty heave. Where the industry was already growing in credibility and delivery, the economic slowdown is going to prove to be a major turning point.
Executive vice-president, planning, Publicis India
The entire mind and hearts theory for ATL (above-the-line) and hands and feet theory for BTL is driven by the belief that consumers are morons and they will do what we tell them to do. From the consumers' perspective, nothing is as far removed from reality. They have a mind of their own. They do what looks like the thing to do on that day.
Success lies in not thinking ATL vs BTL, but in making consumers like a product and passing on your message. It lies in making consumers co-create with the brands. BTL is growing, not because of the economic slowdown, but because consumers are taking control. The new reality will be shaped by this shift. Consumers will control conversations and this will mean greater focus on meaningful engagement. It doesn't matter where the line is.
Director, marketing and communication, ING Vysya Life
At ING Life, we have successfully implemented pioneering BTL campaigns across the country, which have given us huge successes. In each of these activities, we have been successful in generating business leads. These have also helped in building our brand awareness. As the industry gets competitive, more and more players are likely to try BTL initiatives.
Chief executive officer, Havas Media India
If brands can't afford a mass media campaign, the obvious option is to move to more efficient and more effective media. BTL may give lower inputs vis-à-vis other mass media, but its advantage is the lower cost per contact. Not only is consumer contact assured, the numbers controlled and the communication customised, but the interaction and demonstration possibilities are tremendous.
The BTL offering, whether it is in the form of an event, road show or activation, is known to be one of the most effective ways of consumer contact, provided there are brand synergies in the choice of the event. The economic slowdown will, for sure, ensure a boost for BTL activities as the outlays will be smaller and not hurt the purse as much. There is a big hole in the purse anyway.