About INgene blog : First ever Indian Youth trend Insights blog

About INgene : First ever Indian Youth trend Insights blog:
This blog explores the detailed characteristics of Young-India and explains the finer & crucial differences they have with their global peers. The blog also establishes the theory of “adopted differentiation” (Copyright Kaustav SG,2007) and how the Indian & Inglodian youth are using this as a tool to differentiate themselves from the “aam aadmi” (mass population of India) to establish their new found identity.

The term youth refers to persons who are no longer children and not yet adults. Used colloquially, however the term generally refers to a broader, more ambiguous field of reference- from the physically adolescent to those in their late twenties.
Though superficially the youth all over the world exhibits similar [degree of] attitude, [traits of] interests & [deliverance of] opinion but a detailed observation reveals the finer differential characteristics which are crucial and often ignored while targeting this group as a valued consumer base. India is one of the youngest countries in the world with 60% of its population less then 24 years of age and is charted as the most prospective destination for the retail investment in the A. T. Kearney’s Global Retail Opportunity Report, 2007. With the first ever non-socialistic generation’s thriving aspiration & new found money power combined with steadily growing GDP, bubbling IT industry and increasing list of confident young entrepreneurs, the scenario appears very lucrative for the global and local retailers to target the “Youngisthan” (young-India). But, the secret remains in the understanding of the finer AIOs of this generation. The Indian youth segment roughly estimates close to 250million (between the ages of fifteen and twenty-five) and can be broadly divided (socio-psychologically) into three categories: the Bharatiyas, the Indians & the Inglodians (copyright Kaustav SG 2008). The Bharatiyas estimating 67% of the young population lives in the rural (R1, R2 to R4 SEC) areas with least influence of globalization, high traditional values. They are least economically privileged, most family oriented Bollywood influenced generation. The Indians constitute 31.5% (A, B,C, D & E SEC) and have moderate global influence. They are well aware of the global trends but rooted to the Indian family values, customs and ethos. The Inglodians are basically the creamy layers (A1,A SEC) and marginal (1.5% or roughly three million) in number though they are strongly growing (70% growth rate). Inglodians are affluent and consume most of the trendy & luxury items. They are internet savvy & the believers of global-village (a place where there is no difference between east & west, developing & developed countries etc.), highly influenced by the western music, food, fashion & culture yet Indian at heart.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

A wrong association to become 'cool' among youth in India: Hero Moto Corp. collaborates with Sun Burn fest

The world’s largest manufacturer of two wheeler who’s vision is a mobile and an empowered India suddenly wants to become cool by associating itself with a fest which attracts sponsorships from major alco-beverage brands (Absolute, Tuborg etc.) and perceived as a place to drink, dance, be merry with bikini clad girls! Sounds strange? Yes, that’s the story of Hero Moto Corp. The perceived “Desh Ki Dhadkan” (heart beat of India) brand which was primarily targeting the upward mobile middle class segment (check their web page, the man in helmet and white shirt as the icon in the strategy segment denotes an office going man in late 20s, indeed mass India) is now targeting ‘youth’ by stereotyping the definition ‘coolness’.

 Unfortunately, in India, among 'Indians' and 'Bharatiyas' the ‘cool’ doesn’t mean dancing at sunburn but being an entrepreneur, proving one’s worth and earning a ‘lot of money’ at an young age, just like Sachin Tendulkar.

  The brand perception for Hero will always remain ‘user friendly and reliable’ rather than cool.

 Check this advertisement of Hero Moto Corp. in the year 2012:

Here is another latest ad campaign by Hero Moto Corp. with a tagline "hum hae Hero" (We are the heros) that depicts mass Indians as the heros in their life and struggle : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yc0CVEuUvRs

the print ads of hero Moto Corp still insists on its durability and extended warranties :

And, below are the photos of Sunburn (to exhibit AIOs of the participants):


It’s a wrong move to climb over Hero’s emotional root and try to build a newer association. “coolness” can’t be acquired but expressed with right product segment and defining the perception.

A report in Economic Times suggests that ‘Hero MotoCorp, which exited all cricket sponsorships including the Indian Premier League earlier this year, is now betting on music to connect with the youth. The top two-wheeler maker will be presenting sponsor for Sunburn, Asia's biggest music festival, this year. Media buyers say Hero has coughed up Rs 7-10 crore for the seventh season of the music festival promoted by entertainment and talent management firm Percept. This is the highest sponsorship deal for Sunburn so far.” Interestingly, the cricket and sunburn never fits in the same bracket! Sunburn is a fest popular among the In’glo’dians and ‘cricket’ is for ‘Indians’ and ‘Bharatiyas’! In’glo’dians neither watch Cricket (they hates it actually, since it’s too mass) nor the other segment visits Sunburn (Bharatiyas hate it with a perception of ‘low cultural values’, read Adapted differentiation theory to understand it better). With newer brand association, there is a chance that Hero might even loose it’s substantial market share. In India a bike is still purchased by parents and gifted to youth (during pre-university phase, mostly as a ‘gift’ to study well or exhibit parent’s status). A father will never like the association of his son’s bike with alcohol, trance dance and bikini clad girls. Similarly, a young aspiring executive will not take risk of giving impression that he is not ‘serious’ but ‘cool’, at office. In India, the coolness of a bike is still judged by it’s performance, masculinity, speed, accessories and durability. The In’glo’dians will never aspire for Hero but Hurley Davidson, imported bikes or Royal Enfield.

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1 comment:

Jay said...

A very thoughtful research. I hope someone from Hero read this article.

After breakup from Honda, they have also lost track of their customers in product development. For instance, Hero Impulse, how many of us Indians do off-roading?

Stupid strategies without any basis.