What is the world doing online this Diwali?

by Shveta Singh13. October 2009 07:54       Bookmark and Share

It’s that festive time of the year again. So what’s on your mind besides the obvious shopping, sweets, firecrackers and gifts? Well, did you say spending time online? Don’t worry; you are not the only one. The world is online this Diwali.

Wonder what they are doing. Let’s just take a look:

Shopping

Indians love to shop for Diwali and now more than ever this trend is moving online. According to a recent PayPal Survey Indians are expected to spend more this Diwali than they did last year despite a weakened economy. Further, 75% of the respondents intend to shop online during this festive period. This switch is primarily motivated by reasons such as availability of time, to avoid crowds and for an access to a wider range of products.

The trend towards online Diwali shopping is also very evident if one were to check the shopping category for India on Google Insights. Diwali cards, greetings, and Diwali gifts are some of the keywords building up.

 

Fireworks

Those of us who detest jostling their way through the huge Diwali rush and bargaining to buy fireworks, can now actually order fireworks online. A Hyderabad based fireworks supplier Megastar Fireworks has recently launched this facility and is receiving a good response already. http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/now-order-fireworks-online-this-diwali/372958/

Further, with heightened consciousness about celebrating Diwali the green and peaceful way virtual fireworks could turn out to be a big hit this Diwali.

Gifting

With Diwali going hi tech, how can virtual gifting be far behind. Facebook, with its 7.5 million net savvy Indian population is leading the way in virtual gifting this year.  Take a look at some of the Diwali centric Facebook applications available, most notably the recently launched “Happy Diwali” by Cadbury’s.

Diwali Special Editions

Besides lining up the usual offers and promotions, companies are now viewing Diwali as an excellent opportunity to initiate a dialogue and build relationship with its customers online. We have recently executed one such Diwali special for Family Nestlé, where visitors can get Diwali recipes, Diwali related tips, send e-cards and participate in contests (http://www.nestle.in/nestle_kitchen/home.aspx).

Now that you know what the world is doing this Diwali, it’s time to log on and celebrate a green, noiseless and eco-friendly Diwali online.

Social Media – The Week That Was

by Shveta Singh3. July 2009 12:34       Bookmark and Share

What made news in the social media circles last week. Here’s a snapshot:

YouTube doubles upload limit to 2GB

YouTube announced this week that it would be increasing the maximum upload limit from 1GB to 2GB. This upgrade was revealed along with tips for sharing and embedding HD videos.  The upgrade is targeted at users focusing on HD video uploads.

Bing builds Twitter results into its search

Microsoft’s search engine Bing has now begun including the latest tweets of popular Twitter users in its search results. As of now, this new feature is available only for a few thousand Twitter accounts based on their number of followers and the volume of tweets they produce. Ashton Kutcher is one of them. 


Facebook gaining ground in Orkut dominated countries

Facebook of late is making inroads in Brazil and India -- countries where Google-owned Orkut is the leading social media property. The number of Facebook users in the two countries has doubled in the last two months, while Orkut has seen a relative slowdown in activity.

Webby Awards 2009 announced. And the Webby goes to…Twitter

by Shveta Singh7. May 2009 18:59       Bookmark and Share

 

 

 

 

Twitter, the micro-blogging phenomenon, has won the prestigious Webby Breakout of the Year Award this year. This award, according to many, will help catapult Twitter into the big league, considering the fact that the previous winners of this award were the likes of YouTube, MySpace, and Flickr.  

Just 3 years old, Twitter has grown by 900% last year, and has managed to draw many a celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Ashton Kutcher and President Obama to its list of evangelists. The official Webby website goes on to call Twitter “the ultimate embodiment of the democratic spirit of the Web”, because of the level playing field it offers to one and all. 

Very well deserved we must say! 

Some of the other notable winners from the social media space include the photo-sharing site Flickr for the online community award, YouTube LIVE for online event, Digg for social networking and Pasricha's blog 1000awesomethings.com for Personal/Cultural blog category. 

In news category, NYTimes.com won the Webby for best writing and practices, whereas The Guardian was awarded the title of Best Newspaper site. Further, BBC won the webby for best news site category. 

This year the Webby Awards received almost 10,000 entries from more than 60 countries, including India. However, India’s presence in the final list is hardly anything to talk about. The two Indian mentions we could find in the “Honoree List” are the Jaago Re website and the mobile site of Moneycontrol.com.  

Hope to see some awards coming India’s way next year.

L. K. Advani goes the Obama way — Omnipresent Online

by Shveta Singh17. February 2009 11:10       Bookmark and Share


 

The online bug has finally bitten Indian politicians, all thanks to the resounding success of the Obama online campaign. Surprisingly, the first adopter is not from the young leader brigade led by Rahul Gandhi and Sachin Pilot, but the 81 years old Prime Ministerial hopeful — Mr. L. K. Advani.

 

Mr. Advani’s campaign team has launched a 360 degree online campaign in order to reposition Brand Advani as ‘The Leader’ for the young generation. Having started with a Web 2.0 Website and Blog, his campaign is now leveraging YouTube, Facebook, Orkut and Google Adsense to reach out to the young voter.

 

Impressive!

Impressive in terms of the scope of activity and tactics being experimented with. However, what remains to be seen is whether he can pull it off the way Obama managed. Just to bring all on board…

· On Facebook, President Obama has more than 5.4 million supporters and 570,000 plus wall posts.
· Obama’s YouTube address garnered nearly a million views.
· On Twitter, Obama sent out more than 260 Tweets to 144,000 "followers”, updating supporters on his whereabouts.
· The “My Barack Obama” community beautifully used online tools to organise offline activities and generate donations.
· All in all, Obama managed to raise $600 million from 3 million people, mainly through small contributions made online.

Coming back to the Advani Campaign. It is definitely ambitious but has had mixed results: 

· His Google Adwords campaign targeting and image ads are bang on. 
· His website is buzzing with activity. Pretty interactive with blogs, online volunteer form and discussion forum having more than 5000 posts. It has achieved an   impressive Alexa ranking of 474 and page rank 4 in just 1 year of its existence. 
· His Blog has well written posts, albeit infrequent. The last post is dated February 1st.
· His Facebook page has only 140 supporters and not much activity happening.  Whereas on Orkut, this number is 531. 
· On YouTube his channel has 191 videos and 82 subscribers as of now.

Overall, the mix of tactics is good, but the execution could have been better. His blog could do a lot better with higher post frequency and daily updates. Similarly, he would have engaged far more number of people on Facebook and Orkut, with interesting applications that let youth participate. For example – My expectations from the next Prime Minister?

 

Nevertheless, a great beginning. Hope to see many more Indian politicians engaging with their voters in the near future.

  

 
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