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Case Study -1

Music and youth go hand in hand. It was this generalization, based on observations, that made Akio Morita, the legendary chairman of Sony Corporation, launch the Walkman. Television channels and Internet thus dedicated channels to music for the young in keeping with the times. Television channels (V) , MTV, and Napster Country Music on the Net and Planet M — the music store for the youth are the symbols of today՚s youth. Channel [V] was launched as a young western music channel. Soon it was overtaken by MTV which reflected the Indian Youth՚s performances in a better way, MTV brought in the language that young people used in common conversation. A combination of English and Hindi, nicknamed- Hinglish is the lingua franca of MTV. It introduced Hindi music and reveled in making fun of itself. Today՚s youth are more casual and willing to take shots at themselves. In 1999, Channel [V] decided to fight back by positioning itself as a youth channel and dumping its previous music channel image. The channel announced 21 new pro grammes, 19 of which were non-music. The new programmes were targeted at the Indian youth, who believed in substance rather than style alone. According to the in house research of Channel [V] , the youth of India was less swayed by music than their Parents feared. The youth think about relationships, career, sex, AIDS, and politics. This market was looking for information which no channel provided the youth had matured in terms of tastes. These findings made Channel [V] reduce its music component to 50 to 60 percent. The balance were programmes dedicated to information on career, fashion, gadgets, and so forth. With this revamp, [V] aims to keep the wandering young surfer hooked. Accordingly, it reoriented its programming to three main segments-teen, main stream, and the young adult. This classification was based on prime time for these three sub-segments of the youth market. The rationale for determining prime time for these segments was: The youth had no control over what the family watched during the family prime time (7: 00 pm to 10: 00 pm)

  • The 13 - 19-year-old watched TV either prior to school timing or immediately after that (i.e.. 7 - 10 am and 4 - 7 pm)
  • The young adult watched TV after 10: 00 pm Backed with this research, [V] decided to market itself on air, on ground, and online. On ground, it decided to organize events, enter tie ups with other brands and music stores like Planet M (the music store with a youth image promoted by the Times of India group) , and with Catcher with the youth merchandise.

Thus, the challenge in marketing for youth goes beyond a simple product development. It involves continuously researching and customizing the marketing mix on an ongoing basis.

Question 5 (5 of 10 Based on Passage)

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For a firm targeting the youth market, remaining relevant and contemporary is the biggest challenge. Explain.

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The contemporary youth, as we saw in the earlier chapter on market environment, has grown up in more financially secure times and in far more educated matting families than his/her counterpart of the 1970՚s. Even the parents of today are far more tolerant of the eccentricities of young persons in their family. This phenomenon is not just restricted to the urban families, rather it is a rural phenomenon too. However, it is more pronounced in urban upper middle-class India, where the parents do not mind their young daughters dreaming of beauty titles and preparing for it, or young boys sporting earrings and ponytails. The values of today՚s Indian youth are fast changing, as reflected in Bacardi՚s by line “Be what you wanna be” The young market is more experimentative and daring in clothes, eating out, and even career choices. The trouble with the youth market is that tastes change fast as fads keep changing frequently. Hence, for a firm targeting the youth market, remaining relevant and contemporary is the biggest challenge.

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