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Festive IPL: A unique opportunity


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What’s in it for the brands
There is no denying the fact that IPL is a goldmine of eyeballs for any brand categories that choose to advertise on it. The last festive season again demonstrated that the tournament dominates the prime time when it’s on. Major GEC shows like KBC and Bigg Boss witnessed ratings fall while IPL gained 24% in viewership as compared to 2019.
What makes IPL such a lucrative opportunity for the brands is the whole gamut of partnering opportunities it offers.
Pre and Post Match Expert Talk Show: The pre-show Byju’s Cricket Live itself generates higher ratings than the GEC impact shows and by itself is the highest rated non-live property and makes for a good deployment which generates good value in reach and ratings along with positive associative value of the IPL for brands. Cricket Live today in the league of top impact shows in the country amassing a reach of 300 million last season.
And it also resulted in some spectacular results for advertisers as well. While Titan received higher attention and recall compared to pre-covid period, Tanishq also managed to grow its y-o-y sales.

The growing digital community of Star Sports is another interesting opportunity available for brands to associate and leverage the growing star sports digital community and engage with fans and intertwine their campaigns with the associate power of IPL through a digital community of fans.

Opportunities for emerging brands
It is often said that IPL is only for the big brands who can afford to spend big on marketing activities. However, this time, there is a great opportunity on the horizon for smaller brands as well who want to test the power of this marketing extravaganza.
The second leg of IPL 2021 is a unique, once in a lifetime opportunity for even smaller advertisers to associate with IPL as the number of games in the session is reduced so the outlays required for associating with the IPL platform would be much smaller and affordable even for smaller players.
Lupin’s presence on CTL in IPL 2020 led to its Google search traffic increasing and a surge in the attention they got. Lenskart too had shown some exceptional results, especially in the female TG.
“This was a brand-building campaign and the two big benefits were seen in brand lift and impact on business. On the brand lift, we surpassed the benchmarks that we had initially set and superseded that by a couple of points. In terms of business, we saw more than 25% increment in business at our stores and a 10% increment in online business,” said Hitesh Malhotra, Chief Marketing Officer, Lenskart

It isn’t surprising that the upcoming leg of IPL 2021 has already onboarded three co-presenting sponsors and nine associating sponsors, as soon as the schedule was fixed and announced by the BCCI. It is testimony to their positive outlook on the upcoming period for business, as well how the brands view the value and returns they are getting for their investments on Vivo IPL broadcast.

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