InMobi’s festive report, ET BrandEquity

Representative imageClose to the heels of the upcoming festive season, InMobi, a leading provider of marketing and monetisation technologies, has unveiled key insights from its annual festive trends report. The Marketer’s Guide to the Festive Season 2023 for India delves into the mushrooming trends in buying behaviour during the festive period, highlighting their potential to mould digital marketing strategies for brands. The report highlights that 54 per cent of respondents will engage in hybrid shopping, combining online and offline methods. Furthermore, 84 per cent have increased their online shopping budgets compared to last year. Among the women surveyed, 68 per cent see themselves as the main decision-makers for festive shopping, prioritising personal needs first, followed by family and business associates. InMobi conducted an extensive survey with more than 1,000 Indian mobile users to gain insights into their festive spending intentions and preferences. The resulting insights are a valuable resource for brands looking to refine their festive marketing strategies. Shedding light on the burgeoning spending patterns and shifting preferences of Indian consumers, the report also unveils other significant findings: • Budgets look bright as 84 per cent of Indian consumers reported an increase in online shopping budgets compared to the previous year. • Reduced price consciousness leads to an interest in exploring options, as 63 per cent said that they know what item to buy and are only left to finalise the brand of their choice. • The festivities are phygital as 54 per cent of respondents prefer hybrid shopping, combining online and offline methods and 44 per cent said they would shop online only. • Unplanned shoppers are inclined to shop closer to festivals. 58 per cent planning to shop around Dusshera and Diwali, whereas about 1 in 3 shoppers are looking to start as early as September. • Mobile reigns over India as the most popular channel for Indian consumers as they Learn (46 per cent), Explore (79 per cent) and Buy (78 per cent), making it an essential part of their purchase journey “The essence of India’s festive season is rooted in traditions, cultures, and the emotions they evoke. The months leading up to the festivities, especially around Dussehra and Diwali, are significant for brands, as most shopping explorations and purchase decisions occur during this time,” says Vasuta Agarwal, chief business officer of the Consumer Advertising Platform at InMobi. “With 78 per cent of consumers planning to shop on their smartphones, mobile is the most crucial channel for brands this festive season, making it imperative for them to embrace a mobile-first approach in their marketing strategies. This approach will enable an authentic connection with the Indian festive shopper of 2023,” Agarwal added. In India, festive celebrations span from September to the end of the year, brimming with uninterrupted shopping activities. Most respondents have reported that they will start learning about brands and products and exploring different choices available for festive shopping in September. Notably, a substantial 66 per cent of them plan to allocate a budget between ₹25,000 to ₹50,000 towards their festive purchases. The report unveiled significant findings, categorising three distinct buyer personas based on shopping behaviours and preferences. Nineteen per cent of festive shoppers fall into the Unplanned Shoppers segment, making buying decisions between Dussehra and Diwali. Among the festive shoppers, 63 per cent are Category Explorers who have already initiated research to refine their brand and product preferences. The remaining 18 per cent are classified as Brand Lovers, characterised by the highest budget for festive shopping. “Over the past year, we have witnessed a wide array of brands harness and leverage the potential of the smart lock screen to drive relevant engagement with connected consumers. A classic example is that of Coca-Cola Cola where the brand leveraged Glance’s smart lock screen to enable their consumers to send hyper-local personalised festive invites to their friends and families, which could be customised and delivered in any language of their choosing.””Similarly, Zomato and Kuku FM too leveraged the festive season to drive better engagement with their consumers via the smart lock screen to great success.” Agarwal further added. “As this festive season is fast approaching, Glance will indeed play a substantial role in helping brands fortify their digital footprint and spark connections with consumers across India.” Coinciding with India’s biggest festive season, both Asia Cup and The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 will provide marketers with the best opportunity to leverage the cricketing properties and influence the positive spending sentiment observed in the second edition of Disney+ Hotstar’s festive shopping sentiment survey, the company stated in a press release.

Published On Aug 31, 2023 at 03:40 PM IST

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