Chennai-based WOC Advertising onboard has won the creative duties for Megamart, the value retail chain of Arvind Brands. The agency will handle the creative business for the state of Tamil Nadu.
Meridian has been handling the creative duties for the chain across India, for the past two years. Meridian will continue to handle the creative duties for all other places, except Tamil Nadu.
Ganesh Raman, marketing head, Megamart India, reveals that the most important thing they were looking for was a local agency that was familiar with the retail business in the state. WOC currently works with retail chains such as Textile India, Jainsons and Studio Gessato, a designer wear brand. In the past, it has handled the creative duties for Highstyle, Chennai Silks and Jewellery Mahal.
On the importance of Tamil Nadu as a market for Megamart, Raman says that the state is on the priority list. Approximately 17 stores are located in Chennai, and 10 more across the state.
CS Amudhan, managing director, WOC Advertising, said that the chain’s communication was so far restricted to promotion-driven print advertising. “However, the brand is now looking at positioning itself and reaching out to the consumers in a better way, for which they needed a partner, who could cater to their local needs. That’s where we stepped in,” he says.
Amudhan understands that Megamart is a totally different brand from the other retail chains it has worked with. He also recognises the effects of the slowdown on the retail sector, “Retail is undergoing a lot of change, and so is the advertising for retail. Though garment retail is not as badly hit as consumer durables, overall, it is a challenging mode right now; budgets are shrinking too”.
Arvind Brands has an ad budget of Rs 5- 10 crore for this year, of which approximately Rs 2 crore will be allotted for Megamart.
The media duties for Megamart were won by Maxus last year. Prior to that, The Media Edge, Rediffusion Y&R’s media arm, handled the media duties for about five years.
Megamart has 125 stores in India, in cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Pune, Kolkata and Chennai. The chain has about 40 stores in Karnataka; its most important market.
WOC has presented its creative for television, print and below-the-line media, which will be released across Tamil Nadu around mid-April.
Source: Bombay Adclub