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Flipkart bets big on its commerce advertising platform for retail and non-retail brands

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MUMBAI: Flipkart, which claims to be India’s largest e-commerce firm, today went live with its Brand Story Ads on the mobile app with over 50 leading brands on board. 

Brands including Yes Bank, L’Oréal, Micromax, Intel, Gillette, Datsun and Sony have already signed up on the platform to launch their ad campaigns.  

Flipkart SVP Ravi Garikipati said that with Brand Story Ads, FlipKart is “offering a platform where the brands can target and engage with largest qualified commerce audience in the country at the right time for the right intent. Thus, the propensity to click on the advertisement is only higher and stronger. The magnitude of consumer traffic and intelligent data insights on online shopping behaviour gives Flipkart the edge to provide larger reach, impact and measurability."

Brand Story Ads is a native, interactive story format with content images and product guides that enables brands to tell their stories in a crisp and impactful manner. In the initial phase, the campaigns will focus on awareness creation with brand story and category pages. This will later be extended to product listings, checkouts and other areas.

Along with the brands that retail on Flipkart (first party brands), this service will also be available to other non-retailing brands (third party brands) in sectors like real estate, FMCG, BFSI, auto, and telecom etc.

With the launch of Brand Story Ads, Flipkart has introduced a new form of advertising that it calls ‘Commerce Advertising’, delivering a holistic view of consumer’s purchase journey post ad interactions and highlights effectiveness of the advertising campaigns. Flipkart promises a universal solution to brands that is based on superior data and buying intent of 50 million+ consumers.

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