Nokia in India – New Brand campaign
In October 2008, Nokia, the world’s largest mobile phone maker launched a brand new campaign with the tagline ‘It’s not just a phone, it’s who we are’.
Nokia selected Priyanka Chopra, former Miss World and current Bollywood actor, as the Brand Ambassador. The company believes the young actor’s brand association will create a deeper connection with its young and style-savvy consumers and the new ad capmpaign featuring her will represent style, modernity and individuality. The TV campaign would be integrated with other consumer touch points like print, outdoor, radio, online and digital media.
Nokia’s other brand ambassadors include Bollywood’s leading actor – Shahrukh Khan. The company has already planned to bundle exclusive content featuring the actor for handsets sold in India. His movie ‘Om Shanti Om’ movie was recently bundled in Nokia N96.
New Indian factory
In October 2008, Nokia Siemens Networks, the second-largest network gear provider in India after Ericsson, announced that over three years it will invest $70 million in a new Indian factory in Chennai (south of India). The unit will make and distribute mobile communication equipment. Nokia Siemens already has a manufacturing facility in Kolkata in eastern India, where it makes fixed network equipment.
Also, in October 2008, Nokia’s handset manufacturing unit in Tamil Nadu (with over 8,000 workers) reached production volume of 200 million handsets within just three years of starting operations. Around 50 per cent of the production is sold domestically and the rest is exported. Nokia has two manufacturing units in China.
Nokia has a 62.5% market share in India while Samsung, the second major player with Aamir Khan (lead Bollywood actor) as the brand ambassador, has a 8% share.