When Rupert Murdoch bought Star TV in 1992, his understanding was that people from all over the globe will someday watch the same programs, thereby creating a theory of “media globalization”. Based on these fundamentals, initially Star India beamed American and European TV shows in India, but it failed.
Within few years, Star TV had to reinvent themselves, and launched several Hindi TV shows which became huge hits. Somewhere in between, the team behind Star TV realized that localized content is the solution to fulfill entertainment requirements of Indians. Since, then, Star has launched 33 channels in India, in 8 different languages.
Taking this ideology one step further, Star India has launched a revolutionary advertisement platform for broadcasting localized ads called “Adsharp”.
What is Adsharp?
Adsharp is a new advertisement technology introduced by Star India using which advertisers and marketers can laser target their ads and show it only to local audience. For example, a car dealer having showroom in Pune can now use Adsharp and target their advertisements only for Pune residents.
Which Channels Would Support Adsharp?
As of now, such localized advertisements can only be broadcasted on Star Plus and Star Gold. Although its not still now clear as to which cities would be enabled for such laser sharp targeting of TV ads on Star TV network. However, starting tomorrow, Star TV is conducting several workshops and seminars in Mumbai, Pune, New Delhi and Ahmedabad to explain advertisers and marketers more about this new advertisement paradigm.
Infact, to try out Star Adsharp, they are offering local advertisement worth 1 Lakh rupee free as a trial for local advertisers. Here is a letter they sent out to various Businesses to showcase this new concept.
How Will It Help Advertisers?
Currently, there is no official or exact methodology to track the ROI of TV advertisements. When an ad is broadcasted on a national channel like Star Plus, it is shown to the whole of India, there by making it difficult for the local businessman to take advantage of advertisements.
Often small businessmen having presence in only one city or a couple of cities are at disadvantage because their advertisements when viewed in another state will have no impact on his local business. With Adsharp, localized businesses and local brands can take full advantage of the Star TV’s reach and advertisement platform for maximum benefits.
Cisco has been roped in to provide technical assistance to Star TV for implementing such geo-target advertisements.
With currently advertisement revenues of close to Rs 5000 crore annually, Star India is now looking for localized advertisements to boost it’s revenues.
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