Airport Advertising India is a prominent Advertising Platform that has always been adopted by the top brands for various promotional campaigns. However, there are still a few myths that circulate in the industry circles about this medium. These ill-researched notions are the top reasons why some of the brands are still hesitant in contacting Airport Advertising Agencies in India. This article discusses these myths and points out the reasons as to why they are nothing but highly inaccurate conjectures cooked by sources that chose to be unmindful of the facts.
This is the first factor that comes into question. Brands opting out of the medium due to its high costs are common occurrences. Though it is true that Airport Advertising does cost higher than most other mediums, it is only the first half of the tale. What the myth propagators conveniently overlook are the High Returns on Investment (RoI) that the medium offers. The RoI from the airport medium is, in fact, way higher than even the media that cost more. Looking at only the investment part of the platform without considering the returns part at all is either a short sightedness or reeks of an intention to create myths. The brands, that have become royal patrons, know that the high returns, commanded by the medium, make the cost a worthwhile investment.
Only Selective Audiences
A reason why the relatively smaller brands do not include the discussed platform in their media spend is that they have formed an opinion that it is for those looking for an affluent audience only. It is true that affluent audiences form the cream of an Airport Audience, but with the surging popularity of low cost airlines, the upper middle class has also become an integral part of the audience. This new opportunity is only likely to grow with the Tier II and Tier III cities in India set to gain their own airports. With their number to reach 400 by the year 2030, there are whole new dimensions to the audience types that will be incorporated into the medium. One of the reasons why such a decision received a boost is the encouraging response received by the low cost carriers.
Another impression, doing the rounds, is that due to the nature of the medium, a campaign would take much time in getting launched. Considering the large sizes of airports, this viewpoint is understandable. However, the reverse is true; as such a big transit point requires functioning at a highly organized fashion. Contrary to the stated myth, installing displays at the airports take much lesser time. The record time for complete installation at 4 airports in India and client intimidation, as set by TDI International India (P) Limited, is merely 13 hours from the signing of the contract.
Airports are some of the most heavily guarded civilian places in the world. The impression that attaining the necessary clearances might involve hassle-filled procedures is understandable in this regard. However, the AAI ensures that the Advertising Licenses are given only to the agencies that have the requisite resources and experience to run campaigns in the prescribed manner. Due to this stringent selection, operational hassles are only at the bare minimum at the later stages. In fact, if the agency holds exclusive rights on the airport, these hassles do not exist at all.
The Airport Medium is often referred to as the king of OOH in India. Brands that have benefitted and are benefitting from the medium will second that reference. It is tragic that, due to the above myths that float in the market, some of the brands stay away from the rich benefits of the platform that has been accorded the highest position in Advertising in India.