DDB Mudra

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DDB Mudra Group
Marketing Communications Network
Industry Advertising, marketing, brand management
Founded India, 1980
Headquarters Mumbai, Maharashtra
Key people

A.G Krishnamurthy, Madhukar Kamath : Group CEO & Managing Director,

Sonal Dabral: Chairman & Chief Creative Officer,
Subsidiaries DDB Mudra, DDB Mudra Max, 22feet Tribal Worldwide,Tracy Locke, TRACKDDB, Street Smart solution, DDB Remedy
Website www.ddbmudragroup.com

The DDB Mudra Group, a part of the DDB Worldwide Communications Group, is India's first and largest integrated marketing communications and services network. DDB Worldwide is owned by Omnicom Group Inc, one of the world's largest advertising holding companies.It was earlier known as Mudra Communications Limited and Mudra India. It also started Mudra Institute of Communications Ahmedabad which is considered India's first academic institution dedicated to communications and advertising studies.[1] In 2011, Mudra group was acquired by Omnicom Group, subsequently rebranded as DDB Mudra group and merged with DDB Worldwide.[2][3] As an advertising agency it is credited with handling successful campaigns of brands and products such as Castrol, Dabur, Future Group, Gulf Oil, and Volkswagen.

History[edit]

Mudra Ahmedabad was founded by A.G Krishnamurthy on 25 March 1980 as an offshoot of Reliance Industries' advertising division. Initially it had only 15 employees, 500 sq.ft space and Rs 40,000 as startup capital. Its first client was Vimal. 25 March is still celebrated across all Mudra offices as Mudra Day. In 1982, it picked up another client Rasna.[4]

In 1990, Mudra signed a collaboration agreement with DDB Needham Worldwide. In 2011, ADA Reliance decided to sell majority of stocks to Omnicom, parent of DDB.[5]

Management[edit]

Madhukar Kamath is the Group CEO and Managing Director since 2003.[6] Sonal Dabral is currently the Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of DDB Mudra Group.[7]

Clients[edit]

The DDB Mudra Group's clients include Aircel, Arvind Stores, Akai, Ashok Leyland, Asian Paints, BPCL, Bank of Baroda, Baxter, Castrol, Cipla, Colgate,Cycle Pure Agarbathies, Dabur, Emirates, Emami, Federal Bank, Future Group, Gillette India, Godrej, Gulf Oil, HDFC Bank, HPCL, Hindustan Unilever, HP, HUL, IDBI Bank Group, ITC, Jaypee, Jyothy Laboratories - Henkel, ICICI Prudential Mutual Funds, Idea Cellular, Johnson & Johnson, Kalyan Silks, LIC, Lavasa, L&T, McDonald's, MSD, Malayala Manorama, Mother Dairy, Nestle, Nirmal Lifestyle, Novartis, PepsiCo, Peter England, Philips Healthcare, Policybazaar.com, Reebok, Rotomac, Sab Miller, Shell, Star India, Standard Chartered Bank, Symphony, Tata Communications, Tourism Australia, TTK Prestige, UNICEF, Union Bank of India, United Spirits, Videocon, Volkswagen, Western Union, World Gold Council, Worldwide Media, Wipro, Wrigley, YOU Broadband and Zydus.

Notable campaigns[edit]

DDB Mudra's first campaign was the launch of apparel and textile brand Vimal with tagline 'Only Vimal'. Its second notable campaign was the launch of soft drink concentrate Rasna with tagline 'I love you Rasna' in 1983. In 1986, Rasna became India's largest selling soft drink concentrate. in 1998 Mudra positioned Peter England apparel brand as 'The Honest Shirt' helping achieve sales of 2 million shirts. It also coined the baseline for LIC, 'Zindagi ke saath bhi, zindagi ke baad bhi'which continues to be used till today.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sengupta, Subroto (2005). Brand positioning : strategies for competitive advantage (2. ed.). New Delhi [u.a.]: McGraw-Hill. p. 255. ISBN 978-0-07-058159-3. 
  2. ^ "DDB Mudra Group unveils new avatar". Exchange4media.com. February 29, 2012. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Gupte, Masoom (29 Feb 2012). "Mudra starts new innings". Business Standard. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Krishnamurthy, A G. If You can Dream: Autobiography of the Founder of Mudra and MICA. Tata McGraw-Hill Education. 
  5. ^ Business Standard http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/mudra-sold-to-global-giant-omnicom-111110100081_1.html. Retrieved 28 January 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "Madhukar Kamath joins Mudra as MD and CEO". afaqs.com. February 26, 2003. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "Sonal Dabral to join DDB Mudra as the Chairman and Chief Creative Officer". business-standard.com. Jan 30, 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 

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