Global Top 10 in 2009 – The Results Are In

The Departure
We were running the series on Indian brands named ‘Brands of India’. But suddenly this departure! It is definitely justified if it raises some questions in your mind. But hey, don’t worry! ‘Brands of India’ will continue after a refreshing break!
The New Course
Now, coming to this out of course article –

18 awesome tips to make you a Google Search expert

If you are a person like me who spends most of his time in the virtual world – Google is perhaps your best friend, philosopher and guide. But many a times you don’t get the desired results in your Google search or it takes more time and efforts than you expected. And you never liked the extra time and effort that you had to spend. May be you could have spent that precious time with your ‘better than the best’ friends! So, to help you do that – I’ve compiled an expert list of 18 quick tips. This will definitely… Continue reading


This toothpaste brand was launched in India in 1975. It primarily targets the youth segment. To promote the youthful image it was the first brand in India to launch the gel toothpaste and is credited to be the creator of that segment. With the re-launch in 2004 Closeup promises to provide the benefit of ‘fresher breath and stronger, whiter teeth’. In tune with the target segment of youth – Closeup is offered in attractive colors & packaging and its ads shows young guys and girls impressing each other with their new found Closeup confidence. Earlier Closeup ads used to focus… Continue reading

How to do Competitive Advertising?


Heard about competition? Obviously you have. And, advertisement? What a silly question to ask! Of course, you did. So, may be now it’s time to learn a little bit about ‘competitive advertising’. This is how a dictionary describes the term: “a commonly used type of advertising that communicates the unique benefits of a product, differentiating it from the competition”. So, it’s basically way of communicating how your product is superior from competition. In management jargons: “positioning your product based on the USP or competitive advantage”. Most competitive advertising shows more than one (has to be!) competing products with feature-wise comparison… Continue reading


Launched in 1993 this brand is for ‘Aspiring’ as well as ‘Striving’ i.e. for both mid and mass segments. The brand stands for non-stop protection from germs even after hours of brushing. Two important marketing tactics by the brand to gain more customer confidence was to offer all its consumers the Germ Indicator in February-May 2002 and Dental Insurance in October the same year.

A very popular and effective series of Pepsodent ads show a child eating out without fear of being scolded by mother as he brushes regularly with Pepsodent where as there is the other child who… Continue reading

Clinic is Clear

Clinic is the popular shampoo brand from HUL for primarily the men. The key positioning of the brand revolves around the theme of anti-dandruff. Clinic has two main sub-brands under it:

Clinic Plus: Launched in 1987, it is for the ‘Striving’ or mass-segment. It promises to offer five-fold benefits: strengthens weak hair, prevents hair breakage, softens rough dry hair, shine for thick and healthy hair, and contains anti-dandruff ingredient. Normal Indian family being the target segment ads of this brand shows people in common day situations having great hair by using the brand. To change the typical Indian mindset… Continue reading