Sameer Kaul, Founder, Ignibiz

Sameer Kaul, Founder, Ignibiz

  • Sameer Kaul is a well-known, respected, and award-winning marketing and business leader.

 

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Sameer Kaul is a well-known, respected, and award-winning marketing and business leader.

Over the years, the impact of his work has been directly synonymous with the building of many brands & businesses in top management roles. He has been a leader from start – School Leader, an award-winning MBA student. Professionally – he has executed transformations and turnarounds across 6 Market Leader Brands, across sectors, across 3 countries, received around 15 awards, and been promoted in mostly all the companies. He started his career with Oberoi Group of Hotels. His first career accomplishment was – Building the brand Windshield Experts in India from scratch. His second big career success story was in – ‘Building and Transforming’ the brand Dr. Lal PathLabs in India. Transforming a small lab business into a national consumer brand.

00:35-Tell me about Ignibiz and your motivation to start it.

  • Sameer has been engaged with the corporate world for more than 25 years, across three continents.
  • He started his career with a group of hotels, working in room service operations.
  • There he had excellent grounding experience to start something and leading teams at the age of 21.
  • Then he pursued my MBA abroad and then has been involved with six market leader brands in US and India.
  •  Later, he launched a brand in India called windshield experts, which became a market-leading brand.
  • He has spent 25 years in entrepreneurial assignments across different industries.
  • Ignibiz stands for two words, Ignite, and business.
  • It will have areas like upscaling, future skills, online sessions on entrepreneurship on career advice. There will be a people show where industry experts would try to help people with one on one kind of interaction.

04:13- What goes into building a successful brand?

  • One needs to make the distinction between marketing and branding.
  • The first thing about branding is that a very strong WHY is needed, not the HOW or WHAT.
  • It could be a purpose or a belief.
  • There has to be a purpose around building a brand, something given to society that society cannot get on its own.
  • It should have a long-term vision.
  • It has to be consistent, there has to be brand standardization,

06:45-  How does a brand stay relevant for such a long period?

  • Most brands today are focused on Marketing, which they understand as branding.
  • Branding is not an activity, it has to be congruent with the superordinate purpose or that ‘why’ of the business.

10:45- How are brands handling the change of a digitized world?

  • The concepts of marketing or the rules of business are always more or less the same, digital is only a medium.
  • With the proliferation of social media, much time is being spent on digital media, so digital media cannot be avoided.
  • But the success mantra is the integration of digital medium with the legacy medium.
  • There has to be alignment between the medium, the message, and who your customer is while choosing the appropriate medium for your brand.

13:41- What in your opinion is the change in the role of a brand manager?

  • It starts with understanding who your customer is. Customers should be focused to understand what they are expecting.
  • This has always been the core of a brand, digital media is only helping the brands in scalability and speed.
  • Now the diffusion of the messages is faster and reaches a wider audience than before, but the focus remains the same, i.e, the customer.

16:15- How does one convey a message about one’s brand in a short time?

  • One more important insight about concepts of marketing and branding is that less is more.
  • People’s attention spans are reducing, people don’t have time.
  • So bite-sized information and bite-sized messaging is a secret sauce.

18:07-  What are three lessons you would want people to take away from our conversation?

  • One, focus on the brand.
  • Have a strong ‘WHY’ whatever you do, whether you’re working in a company, or you want to start a company, be a founder.
  • Be unique. Don’t be a copycat, have a stand for something because no one can beat you in being you. Everyone has certain innate qualities and all that be unique, original, be authentic

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You can connect with Sameer Kaul- on LinkedIn

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  • Sameer Kaul is a well-known, respected, and award-winning marketing and business leader.
  • Over the years, the impact of his work has been directly synonymous with the building of many brands & businesses in top management roles.
  • He has been a leader from start – School Leader, an award-winning MBA student. Professionally – he has executed transformations and turnarounds across 6 Market Leader Brands, across sectors, across 3 countries, received around 15 awards, and been promoted in mostly all the companies.
  • He started his career with Oberoi Group of Hotels. His first career accomplishment was – Building the brand Windshield Experts in India from scratch.

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