MUMBAI: The highly competitive market has created new venues for marketers to advertise their products and reach out to their audiences.
With multiplexes mushrooming in every nook and corner of the country, cinema halls are providing ample space for advertisers. And to give a fair view to marketers if the money is well spent or not, Interactive Television, a part of WPP group, has released Cinema Audit Monitoring Report, which gives comparative analysis of cinema advertising and movie marketing throughout the country.
Interactive Television's proprietary tool CAM claims to be a game changer for brands investing in cinema advertising in India. “The results of the monthly audit will help our existing and potential clients recognise the growth opportunities for their brands whilst choosing cinema as an advertising medium. With this audit, we aim to provide transparency and visibility to our set of clients to assist them in result oriented media planning and buying. It is a key differentiator for our existing and potential clients,” says Interactive Television CEO Ajay Mehta.
The report captures all the brand ads screened before the movie and during the interval. It also includes the order in which they are played. The analysis helps brands monitor if their ad was played on cinema or not and also to understand their presence in market in comparison with its competitors. The report provides useful insights for cinema media planning and buying similar to what exists for TV, print and radio.
Two hundred premium multiplexes like PVR, Big Cinema, Cinemax, Inox, Fame, Fun, DT, SPI and Wave Cinemas are audited in Delhi & NCR, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Pune. The monitoring is carried out in collaboration with IPSOS-MEDIA CT, and only shows between 12 noon and 8 pm are audited.
The category with maximum spots is of course food and beverages followed by beauty and personal care. Chocon featuring Katrina Kaif is the top most brand to be advertised.
When asked how does it benefit the industry? Mehta says, “People in media have long recognised the power of cinema advertising but lack of measurement and accountability reduced cinema ads potential. As a result, clients always question the measurability and ROI of the medium. As a solution to this problem ITV launched Cinema Audit Monitoring (CAM), a proprietary tool in 2013 to ensure transparency in the audit of cinema advertising. The monitoring is carried out in top eight cities, which contribute to approximately 60 per cent of the cinema ADEX in a given week. The main objective of CAM is to provide a study that will quantify the reach and impact of advertising in cinema. From consumer point of view, we conduct exit interviews among cinemagoers to understand the recall of brands active on cinema.”