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We developed, launched and grew this brand when there was no market, no merchant and no consumer. With the help of the brand, we co-created them all. It was an instant hit and rest is history.
When Innovative approach was a must and out of the box thinking was no luxury.
  • Client
  • Snapdeal
  • Industry
  • E-Commerce, Online Shopping
  • Services
  • Started as a daily-deal website which grew up to become an e-commerce.
  • The way the Brand was planned
  • One such brand success story is that of Kunal Bahl and Rohit Bansal’s daily deal portal Snapdeal. Known to be one of the largest e-commerce portals in India, Snapdeal had its share of struggle. After the great dot-com crash, the Indian market was limping back to normalcy. From a couponing company named Money Savers, Kunal Bahl and Rohit Bansal launched Snapdeal in 2010. However, the backdrop of market conditions for this launch was all wrong as the internet was still just taking baby steps and online shopping was a far cry.
  • Challenges
  • Snapdeal was originally conceived as a platform offering consumers heavy discounts on dining, entertainment, lifestyle products and services. Merchants were expected to give heavy discounts in lieu of high buzz visibility online and heavy footfall. Though the business model looked perfect, the venture was probably a little ahead of time. On one hand, convincing Merchants was difficult, as they could not connect well with the concept of giving away heavy discounts on the online medium which was still to prove its acceptance. On the other, it was hard to get the consumer to visit the portal and buy whatever little deals were available. Moreover, the consumers were skeptical of online transactions using credit cards, fearing theft and misuse of data and information. The consumer could never realistically settle with the thought of buying something online without physically getting to see it and hold it. The touch & feel excitement and quotient of shopping were missing. Also, the previous dot-com bust had made an irreparable dent in quality perceptions of products/services sold online. Consumers had a perception that the products/services sold online were of cheap and inferior quality.
What we did
We tackled the problem from two sides.

This is where we came in as the partner in Marketing, Advertising and Brand Management. As we were an ad agency in Delhi, we got to work very closely with the founders of Snapdeal., The onus was on us to cement the brand perception right at the time of brand launch to allow the brand to grow rapidly. We started from the scratch. While consulting and advising the brand on how to improve its UI and UX, considering the marketing perspective in mind, we listed down steps on how to build trust and acceptance amongst the consumer and merchants alike. Though like any other start-up, funds were scarce, we smartly optimized every penny and plowed ahead. We initiated the marketing solution with a two-pronged approach. 1. Win the Merchants’ trust and comfort to give deep discounts. 2. Win Consumers’ trust for buying online without worrying about any possible fraud on their credit cards or the delivery and quality of the chosen product(s).

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Merchants Win:

We shot success stories and testimonials all over India and put them together in multiple presentations, EDM, collaterals and videos to showcase the promise that the brand held. The response was huge. In each city, it spread like fire in the jungle, as one convinced merchant got the rest of them signing in. A story that began with one deal a week started taking shape. It became one deal a day and soon it became individual “deals of the day” for every city separately. In a short time, Snapdeal was the go-to brand for the best deals. So much so that we not only started to advertise different deals in different cities but also different deals for each half of the day as well.

Winning Consumer:

Since Indian consumers were still in favour of buying tangible goods and services over the counter and wary of online transactions, we needed people who were willing to experiment new and evolving concepts. When it comes to the new and the unknown, youngsters are always more willing to take a lead. They also start trends that snowball into changing opinions for everyone else. But the youngsters those days did not have credit cards (COD and Debit cards options came much later), but their parents did. So we had to ensure we made the youngsters take the call to action but when he/she needed the credit card to buy, his/her parents should have heard of and trusted Snapdeal.

As an advertising agency, we initially started a heavy online campaign on websites, portals; however, there was still need for something that would create more traffic. We analyzed the gap to infer that we not only had to promote an online model, we also had to garner attention through offline mediums. Our this finding holds good even today when you see major advertising campaigns from all e-commerce companies through Print, FM and TV Ads. Social media in 2010 was not as abuzz as it is today. Youngsters were more tuned to channels such as MTV for entertainment and their parent would watch channels like TLC and NDTV Goodtimes etc. other than advertising on FM, outdoor and Print regularly.

We picked-up ‘MTV Roadies’, the cult reality show with humungous following amongst the youngsters to influence them and fashion/food shows, travelogue, etc., on NDTV and TLC for connecting with their Parents. This was a first in the history of reality shows. The host, Ranvijay, introduced Snapdeal as an exciting, new and a young portal where there were great deals waiting to be grabbed. The show highlighted it further by giving the two competing teams of ‘Roadies’ a task revolving around Snapdeal. The exposure that Snapdeal got on ‘Roadies’ was massive. The concept had fit in beautifully in the show. The traffic on the website went through the roof and so did the buying of deals. We kept on innovating and kept going and promoting Snapdeal in each city, morning and evening through FM Radio to reinforce the conversion. An arduous production schedule to match the airing of the show could not put a dampener on our spirits to build the brand perception just right.

With the launch campaign, we ensured that the brand was perceived the way it was envisioned and created. The take-home message of Sanpdeal being the ‘best deal’ brand, works even today.

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