Core Indian Values - an Advertising Perspective

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INDIAN CONSUMER: CORE VALUES

We are all consumers. Everyday, we consume goods and services as individuals, families, groups and organizations. With every passing year, the consumer has not only become smarter but also choosier with his purchase. On top of that, the fact that the competition and the variety of products available in the market only add to the marketers’ woes. To succeed in this dynamic and increasingly complex marketing environment marketers have an urgent need to learn and anticipate whatever they can about consumers. The better they know and understand consumers the more advantageous it would prove when accomplishing their organizational objectives.

In a diverse country like India, which is slowly shedding its conservative nature and is opening up to new possibilities on the marketorial front, it becomes even more difficult for an advertiser to understand his consumer’s behaviour. The Indian mentality is more complex and layered than our western counterparts. The culture of this country is very different from most others for it is home to various religions, languages, customs and values. This amalgamation has led to the Indian consumer having various layers of reasoning behind every action.

There are certain values that play a very important role while purchasing a product from the point of the view of the Indian consumer. An advertiser should keep these values in mind while targeting their Indian audience.

1. Family

The Indian society is a family oriented one. Elder members of the family are considered to be the head of the family. Though joint families have now disintegrated into nuclear ones, the bond and importance of family remains the same. Family is by far the most important reference group. The family is a major influence on the consumption behaviour of its members and generally the target market for most products. The consumption patterns of family members are seldom independent from those of other family members. There is an interdependent relationship between the members of the family. An advertiser selling family oriented products must target it for the benefit of every member of the family.

Eg. Tata Ventura ad.

2. Peace

Peace is a state of harmony characterized by the lack of violent conflict. It also represents cosmic harmony. An individual seeks peace when he wishes to establish a personal relationship with the cosmos. India is country where different sects coming together causes chaos and conflict. Hence, peace is highly sought after both personally and internationally. An advertiser while selling a product, depending on its nature, must keep in mind the fact that his product must not invoke chaos in any form. He must try as much as possible to maintain decorum while advocating a product.

Eg. Taj holidays.

3. Health

India is slowly growing to be a very health conscious nation. Indian food offers a diversity of dishes that are very tasty and each provide a different delight. But at the same time. Some of them can be very heavy and unhealthy with continuous consumption. In the fast paced of today’s times, health has become of utmost importance. Various fitness centers are being set up everywhere and maintaining a healthy lifestyle has become very important to the average Indian consumer. Advertisers target this aspect of the Indian consumer while promoting various health related products.

Eg. Saffola ads.
D cold total ads

4. Time

Time is of utmost importance in the Indian society. Natural time regulates activities with a “now” orientation. Indians have always factored in on time before starting or ending any event, both metaphysically and metaphorically. Time is considered to be an auspicious and important aspect for Indians. While making major purchases, time is factored in majorly. An advertiser can either portray the time factor majorly in his advertisement or he can portray it subtlely with respect to the product. Time also...
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