MAM
Report on Hindi News Viewership

Ranjan Bargotra on his time at Crayons Advertising

He left the agency in December 2020 after a 24-year-long stint

https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/tv-images/2021/01/20/ranjan_bargotra.jpg?itok=SdOciZLx

NEW DELHI: After spending 34 years in the branding & advertising industry, and 24 heading The Crayons Network, Ranjan Bargotra called it quits in 2020. His long-stint at the agency saw him leading teams handling big accounts like Kajaria, Apollo, Kohinoor, Fortis, SBI, Air India, and political parties including BJP and Congress. Just a few hours before his farewell and the early new-year party was to roll on the cold Delhi evening of 30 December 2020, he talked to Indiantelevision.com about his move, his experience in the industry, and the way ahead. 

Bargotra, who started his journey in the industry as a management trainee at Amrit Corp Ltd, the parent company of Uncle Chips before it was acquired by Frito Lay, shared that he was lured by the independent, relaxed, and forward-thinking agency culture while working with the brand. 

“I was a young marketing officer, who had just spent a few months on the brand side when I was sent to sit in Hindustan Thompson’s office for the brand. I remember the office was in a fancy hotel, which was worlds apart from where I was living then, and I was instantly mesmerised by the work culture there. While the brand side was more formal, the agency culture was relaxed, people were chill, and the whole environment was more cooperative and creative. That was when I decided to take a leap to the other side,” he reminisced. 

He soon found himself working at Imageheads as an account executive, working on key brands like Aristocrat, Jackson Airlines, and IREDA. He spent four years there and left from the post of branch head before joining Clea Advertising as AVP. 

It was during his stint there that he was introduced to Kunal Lalani, the founder of Crayons Advertising. At that time, the agency was a young 10-year-old project, growing strength-by-strength and Lalani was looking for someone to support his vision. 

“It was a small office in Delhi and Kunal (Lalani) was looking for someone to lead it. It was in December of 1996. Soon after we opened a small branch in Chandigarh and the growth journey never stopped. We spanned across the country and worked on a number of marquee brands,” he elaborated. 

Talking about the projects he was most proud of during his stint, Bargotra stated that each brand came with a set of learnings and unique experiences for him. But if he has to really pick something, it would be Kajaria and Congress accounts. 

“Kajaria was a brand that we brought to the market and set this whole narrative of tiles built with Indian soil (Desh ki mitti se bane tiles). We brought on board Akshay Kumar, changing how tiles were being promoted in the country. A lot of brands followed suit. I am personally very proud of that. Next, it was in 2008 that we won the Congress account leaving behind a number of top agencies, including JWT. We had handled the BJP account in the past, and winning Congress was an exhilarating experience,” he shared. 

Going ahead, Bargotra is planning to take a small break before starting with something new that can help him grow personally and also guide a young lot of the country. 

Speaking about how tough was the decision to end such a long association with Crayons, Bargotra stated, “It was in mind for a long-time to take a break and Covid-2019 sort of accelerated that thought. When I told Kunal, he was a little surprised but he supported me in my decision. Together, we figured out the way to manage the shift and got Samir Datar to head the Delhi office. While picking the right agency head will take some more time, we spent a lot of time together to figure out the details of how everything will proceed. It was not an easy call for me to make but I realised that I really need to do it now.” 

He signed off with a small message for his team, “We have spent a great time together and I know you all are very skilled and talented. You will continue to grow and deliver great work even after I leave. I will always be there for you and wish you all the best.” 

Latest Reads

https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2022/09/26/art.jpg?itok=97A_w_Rd
Art-E MediaTech bags social media mandate for IndiaMART

IndiaMART has awarded its social media mandate to Noida-based full-stack agency, Art-E MediaTech. The partnership will be an essential step for IndiaMART in reinforcing its brand communication with its digital audience in a more strategic and effective manner.

MAM Marketing MAM
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2022/09/26/sri.jpg?itok=0tlq0JOf
upGrad names Srikanth Iyengar as CEO - workforce development for North America & Europe

Edtech major upGrad announced the appointment of Srikanth Iyengar as the CEO of workforce development, effective September 2022.

MAM Marketing MAM
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2022/09/26/rutu.jpg?itok=7T5zPnWE
Guest Article: Is Fem-vertising really working to sell products

It’s an established fact that advertising has a larger role than simply selling products. Advertising mirrors society and also encourages people to embrace change. But this change is only visible in recent times.

MAM Marketing MAM
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2022/09/26/fuji.jpg?itok=qQWeTzs8
Fujifilm Instax launches festive campaign ‘Print your moment’ featuring Milind Soman

Fujifilm India has kickstarted its festive season campaign with celebrity Milind Soman. The campaign, which is currently live across out of home and digital platforms, aims to highlight the timeless significance of printed memories, with the slogan “Print your moment.”.

MAM Marketing MAM
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2022/09/26/mess.jpg?itok=NJvjH2JY
Meesho clocks 87.6 lakh orders on day one of festive season sale

Meesho recorded 87.6 lakh orders on the first day of its festive season event, 'Mega Blockbuster Sale.' This is the highest number of orders recorded by the company on a single day. It reached 80 per cent from day one of the previous year’s sale.

MAM Marketing Brands
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2022/09/24/54.jpg?itok=MliO8E4l
IndoSpace selects Liqvd Asia as its advertising partner

On Saturday, Liqvd Asia onboarded IndoSpace as its advertising partner. The Liqvd Asia Mumbai office won this 360-degree mandate from DDB Mudra, the incumbent agency, following a four-month long pitch journey with large network agencies in the fray, proving Liqvd Asia’s mettle as an idea’s first...

MAM Marketing MAM
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2022/09/24/bhum.jpg?itok=nLcTFOcv
Thums Up’s ‘Stump Cam’ campaign engages consumers

Thums Up, Coca-Cola India’s first billion-dollar homegrown brand, has unveiled a new ‘StumpCam’ campaign, just in time for the ICC T20 Men’s World Cup. This will provide audiences with exclusive access to match footage and content.

MAM Marketing MAM
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2022/09/24/wash.jpg?itok=HhFSCBjG
Panasonic launches #India’sTrulySmartWashingMachine with digital campaign

Panasonic Life Solutions India (PLSIND), a leading diversified technology company launched a new line-up of India’s truly smart washing machines this festive season. Powered by Panasonic’s connected living platform – Miraie.

MAM Marketing MAM
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2022/09/24/flipkart.jpg?itok=8WiCAryz
Flipkart launches sell-back program ahead of the festive season

Flipkart is enabling a "sell-back program" ahead of the festive season. The programme offers a safe and convenient option to sell old phones to network partners. Customers can truly upgrade via the sell-back program by selling their used mobile phones while receiving the right buy-back value in...

MAM Marketing MAM