Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Time





Our life is made up of time. Our days are measured in hours, our pay measured by those hours, our knowledge is measured by years. [...] And yet time eventually runs out and you wonder in your heart of hearts if those seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years and decades were being spent the best way they possibly could.


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Its sad what Social Media has become...

I have been in this field for too long now and it hurts me at times to see where it is headed. Social Media - The buzz word that is on every marketeers books now has come a long way. Its almost as if we started something and we made meaning out of it. Remember the days of blogs and Orkut? When these mediums where not about pushing content, not about what would you want to throw at the feed of the world today. Also not about your product or in-your-face advertising to grab peoples attention.
It was about connecting, talking, sharing and collaborating.

I think over the years this "essence" of Social Media is gone. When facebook came along with advertising options, agencies grabbed the first opportunity that came to make money off it. Brands fell for it. First it was a number game,then it became all about "content" - and by content agencies meant one post per day over random topics that not always make sense. (Sorry if this sounds rude, but it had to be said out loud) I have been a part of the online industry and have been a part of this "scheme" and randomness of pushing content, I agree to that. But now I feel the people like me who actually feel close to and relate to the old naive and nascent age of Social Media (the Orkut age) will not like what is going on.
Creativity is lost. More than half the agency executives (there are a good bunch too in the other half) dont understand nor are serious to capture the essence of content sharing on Social Media. In the end brands just end up sending out day-wise posts and tweets into randomness.

And now that number of fans and unwanted "theme-of-the-day" posts everyday were not enough, there is this new fad for running contests! I have one question -WHYYYY??? 
Look at twitter - it bleeds my heart to see just contests after contests being run on the platform. No relevance, no relation to the brand, no aim - just run contests. Brands end up loosing more by attracting the wrong audience (most people who enter these contests are there to do one thing - play contests!). Loved this article on twitter contests I read sometime back --Do read this
Seriously, twitter is not contests.com


I think we need to re-think how we want to use Social Media. Yes, it is the next thing in advertising. But there is a method to the madness. Learn it, embrace it, be intuitive, be creative.
Not everything can be planned on Social Media,not everything need be about numbers and reach for the buck you spend. Your ROI need not be so short term on Social, your strategy and approach need not be the same as you have for other mediums of marketing. Most importantly - Dont be on Social Media just because everyone else is. 

This topic takes me to the future of Social Media...the way I see it - Facebook would not be dominant and would not "define" Social Media. Conversations will survive, the medium for Social would be something else.
Most definitely, it would not be about pushing content and contests into randomness.

Having written the above, its worth mentioning (and I am glad about this) that there are agencies and brands who correctly value the importance of Social and are creating beautiful stories off this medium.Thank you for the ray of hope and I wish to see more from them. 

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Monday, December 30, 2013

Words to live by.

"Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a rare achievement. In a culture that relentlessly promotes avarice and excess as the good life, a person happy doing his own work is usually considered an eccentric, if not a subversive. Ambition is only understood if it’s to rise to the top of some imaginary ladder of success. Someone who takes an undemanding job because it affords him the time to pursue other interests and activities is considered a flake. A person who abandons a career in order to stay home and raise children is considered not to be living up to his potential — as if a job title and salary are the sole measure of human worth.

You’ll be told in a hundred ways, some subtle and some not, to keep climbing, and never be satisfied with where you are, who you are, and what you’re doing. There are a million ways to sell yourself out, and I guarantee you’ll hear about them.
To invent your own life’s meaning is not easy, but it’s still allowed, and I think you’ll be happier for the trouble." - Bill Watterson

Monday, November 04, 2013

A chat about dreams

Friend: Why just ppl cant live a simple practical life than complicated dreamy life

~_Prasad_~: coz we always try to turn our dreams into reality

Friend: thats where we make our life miserable
~_Prasad_~: for some ppl...its the way to live...

Friend: the dream u r talking about is about ur passion to be something
not impossible things...and then u make other ppls lives miserable
~_Prasad_~: but thats wat....ur dreams are abt YOU...they were never abt others!
Friend : so while pursuing that dream we affect other ppls lives
~_Prasad_~: yes...maybe...and not realising that even your life is gettin affected...for good...or for bad
:)


Saturday, September 28, 2013

11 ways to be unremarkably average

Came across this link today and couldn't help marking it on the blog.
Most of our lives are spent like this...only to keep wondering "what if it was not this...something else.."

I still feel that though we all live a life of content...the idea to experience something more than "average" is something we should all strive for. Its not easy, it does need a push.

Source: http://maxcdn.zenpencils.com/comics/2012-11-13-chrisg.jpg

Monday, July 15, 2013

an update on life...and about being married.

I realized today that I am not giving time to the things that I love. And I give it an excuse that there are a lot of things happening in my life. Yes, there are.

But today on my way back home I decided that I would try....try my best to bring back the things that I loved to do...things which I still love to do...write...read...music...

And hence this random blog after a long time.

Its true what people say. You can be pulled down by others only till the level you allow people to pull you down.  The problem is that all our life we are asked to be tolerant, and that acts as our enemy when we grow up. We are told by others of we are do is right or wrong and our every action needs an approval. And that carries to our work lives later.
Sit down and think for a while. Is that really needed? Does someone's Yes or No in what you do really change anything. It may satisfy some egos but will not get YOU anywhere in the long run. All you will do after a while is running around....chasing egos.

Somewhere this has to stop. Somewhere you have to realize that you are better than all this. And there is value to what you are outside of the approval closet that you have made.

"The World as we have created is a process of our thinking.
It cannot be changed without changing our thinking"

~ Albert Einstein

   
On other things... 
People ask me how is it to be married. 
Tricky question. But I will be honest...
Its great.

All the apprehensions that you carry before entering this "life-changing" journey suddenly flush away once you actually go ahead and do it.
Yes. I do think that it largely has to do with the partner you get, but I will still maintain...
You know what kind of a relationship you will have with that person in the long run within the first few moments that you meet the person the first time.
You know it just then, and that never ever changes.

So in short, for this update, its great to have someone to can get used to, someone you desperately wait to meet in the evenings, and someone you want to talk to through the night.

One of my mentors told me this --> "Marriage is a turning point. It changes the way you think. After that point, you start caring more about others, your close ones, than yourself."

Go ahead, make a decision. It surely changes your life.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Quote

Everyone has an opinion, only few have a reason
~ Prasad Narulkar

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