Nick to go Tamil, Telugu

MUMBAI: After growing up in the Hindi speaking markets, kids channel Nick is planning to speak Tamil and Telugu as part of its localisation strategy.

“Our focus for 2009 will be to expand our footprints into the regional zone with dubbed content as not only does it open up a huge opportunity to inflate our brand presence but also enlarges the scope for advertisers. We plan to initially target and tap the Tamil and Telugu space as they are the biggest markets in the South,” Nick India VP and GM Nina Elavia Jaipuria tells

Nick currently has a presence in these markets through syndicated content to Sun TV‘s Chutti TV. "We will stop syndicating our content once we launch in these language markets. Some of our shows like Dora-the Explorer are running on Chutti TV," says Jaipuria.

In 2009, Nick will also focus on exploiting its products for licensing and merchandising and innovative marketing initiatives with a major spotlight on below-the-line activities.

"With the market currently under the recession spell, advertisers have become very wary about their marketing spends. We need to tap qualitative audiences that will create brand value for advertisers. To do that we will initiate various on ground initiatives and below-the-line activities and integrate them with the brands,” Jaipuria elaborates.

Also, in a bid to tap advertisers beyond the kids’ space, the channel plans to integrate the Nick brand with products in a way that will not only bring in more value for advertisers through attractive packaging but also promise them a better return on investment.

"The kids’ genre currently enjoys only 7 per cent viewership of the entire media pie and the ad revenue that it generates is less than 2 per cent of the entire share. Hence, we aim to up our revenue share by tapping in advertisers beyond the kids‘ space especially through embedded product integration and promotional licensing," explains Jaipuria.

Nick also plans to double its consumer products for licensing and merchandising by 2009-year-end. “Right now we have 12 Nick products across various consumer categories. We plan to double that number by 2009-end,” says Jaipuria.

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