By Lulu Raghavan Building a strong brand that powers the business is no mean feat today. You have to be highly relevant to a constantly evolving consumer who is also time starved and attention poor. Your products and services must be distinct to stand out in the sea of sameness of offerings. And you can’t stand still – you have to keep innovating and moving your brand and business forward.
What’s the one superpower that any business leader should wish for to grow the brand and the business?
Not long ago, Microsoft faced a daunting task: overcoming perceptions of its brand as slow-moving and traditional, leaving it struggling to compete with the likes of Amazon, Google and Facebook. Not only was rapidly changing technology reshaping the industry, but fierce competition and stagnant internal culture had left Microsoft feeling like it had lost its soul.
I graduated in 2009 when the gloom of the global recession had spread far and wide. From not having a job, to working at Landor, one of world’s leading brand consulting firms, the journey has been infinitely rewarding and life-changing. Of course, there have been moments of despair, anxiety and self-doubt along the way which I believe are par for the course. A combination of naiveté and occasional maturity kept me going over the years.
As I look back, I wish I knew the following from the very start.
On 27th November, Landor Mumbai hosted a Tech. Gender. Brand, a panel discussion focussed on exploring and building an understanding of two biggest forces of our time that redefine our future – technology and gender.
Deepali Naair, Director of Marketing, IBM India & SA, Falguni Nayar, CEO, Nykaa, Garth Viegas, Director of Insights, TATA Global Beverages and Jaimit Doshi, EVP, Kotak Securities came together to form a panel rich with insights from different industries and from eminent speakers at the helm of some of India’s biggest brands. The panel was chaired by Nick Foley, Regional President, Landor SEAPJ.
Lulu Raghavan, MD, Landor Mumbai opened the discussion with a thought provoking presentation on gender stereotypes that find their way into brands and how technology is influencing how brands are built and managed.
Over 80 clients, partners and contacts attended the event and the ensuing networking session.
Speaking about AI at risk of being sexist, experts concluded that brands must train their AI with more responsibility. They contended that product and branding decisions can be biased because of unconscious, preconceived notions about gender roles but they need to be upfront with their consumers, steer away from these stereotypes and stay honest and relevant.
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To know more about the event or to schedule a presentation in your office, please write to: Manil Dodani Business Development and Marketing Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
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