The Trade Association for Information Technology (TAIT) hosted an insightful session for its members on the dynamic world of digital marketing and how it can harnessed effectively by members to grow and expand their business. As one of India’s leading IT associations representing a vast IT ecosystem organizations, TAIT focusses on having a pulse on the industry happenings and addresses challenges and roadblocks for members, in a timely manner.
With the rising insecurity of the ever expanding online portals like Amazon and Flipkart, who have seemingly offering direct competition to the IT retailers and distributors, the fear of ‘Digital’ as a medium has created quite a scare among these conventional businesses owners. While these business challenges are real, one cannot deny the fast expanding ‘digital first’ ecosystem that has nearly taken over every aspect of modern human lifestyle – from education, banking & finance, business, healthcare and wellness to entertainment, travel and hospitality, it is high time one faces the fears, armed with hard facts and learn key adoption techniques.
In line with the above objective, TAIT hosted Mr. Manoj Kotak, a passionate and reputed digital marketing expert, who has conducted more than 65 sessions on Digital Marketing for over 3750 attendees all across India. In addition to facilitating technology adoption for masses, Mr. Kotak has also represented the Indian IT Industry across 17 countries covering US, Latin America, Europe, Asian Countries & Saudi, as a member of a delegation of India’s largest Electronics and IT trade facilitation organisation that boasts of a consolidated export performance of US$ 200 million by all its members.
After a networking tea, Mr. VirenBavishi, General Secretary, TAIT, introduced Mr. Manoj Kotak to the members and laid the foundation to the conversation, laying the background of key concerns and fears of the members, the answers to which they were seeking from an expert. Through his passionate and simplified style of communication that ensures an easy understanding of the most complex subject, Mr. Manoj Kotak took the stage, picking up one topic after the other, transforming the fears and challenges into an adoptable solution. Speaking reassuringly to a hall packed with attentive audiences, Mr. Kotak further highlighted how digital is just a new platform for doing business, and took them through the step by step process leading to complete transformation of PUSH to Digital Marketing. He further highlighted the how the traditional way of marketing has eventually converted to digital marketing and how the invent of the mobile revolution has added to the digitisation.
Fears regarding business competition, virtual business presence and its consequences and how to adopt and grow professionally in a digital first world, were some of the key concerns that plagued the members present for the session. Through a systematic and practical approach, demonstrations, and series of patient Q&A’s Mr. Kotak addressed each query with equal passion, until all members were visibly relaxed and confident of their understanding of the Digital world and how to leverage it for their business.From the significance of a digital presence for modern businesses to the complexities of social media marketing and search engine optimisation, Mr. Kotak took up each topic, breaking it down to simple facts and explaining them patiently to the members.
Mr. Kotak also took members through the nuances of social media management through Google and Facebook advertisement and how these could be leveraged to reach a specified set of target audience, at fraction of traditional marketing cost. From a detailed plan for social and digital media, Mr. Kotak highlighted the crux of taming the digital media through simple and effective planning and execution. Other topics addressed during the two hour long session included understanding the ways of digital trading, how to advertise right, and effectively measure the return on investment, so as to effectively generate leads and drive business in the digital world.
Speaking to the members at the end of the session, Mr. Sameer Parekh, President, TAIT said, “The digital space and the existing players – giants like Amazon and Flipkart, had been a cause of worry for most IT retailers and dealers, with most members being apprehensive about the future in the digital world. Through this session, we hoped to offer members a holistic, factual view of the situation and to equip them with the necessary knowledge to not just survive the online competition but to also thrive in it. We are happy to have hosted Mr. Kotak for this session and are grateful for his insightful session that has helped all members – from bigger traders and retailers to smaller business owners, System Integrators and traders, who are now equipped with knowledge and confidence to utilise Digital Marketing Weapons at minimal cost and expand their business.”
The session concluded to a huge round of applause as a visibly confident audience gathered around the speaker to further connect with him through a one on one. After a brief vote of thanks by President, Mr. Samir Parekh, the event reached to a conclusion with a buzzing networking dinner.
ASUS ROG Announces ROG Masters Asia Pacific eSports Tournament
ASUS ROG will host its first ROG Masters Asia Pacific eSports tournament from March to April 2021. Due to COVID-19 pandemic affecting travel around the region, the tournament will be conducted entirely online, with quarterfinal to final matches livestreamed.
The ROG Masters tournament will feature Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) as the official game title will provide opportunity to teams with enthusiastic players to pitch their skills against each other, as well as the best professional teams from their market and in the region.
The tournament will see various teams from 15 markets across the region vying for the chance to be crowned as the first ROG Masters Asia Pacific Edition CS:GO Champion.
The tournament will be played in three stages played over the course of 2 months:
- Country qualifiers
- Country finals
- Asia Pacific finals
Country qualifiers matches for India will start in the second week of April 2021; 8th April and the finals to be held on the 10th April. The India finals to find the top three teams to represent the country will be livestreamed live on 10th April.
Professional teams from across the region will be automatically placed into seeded positions in the country finals. This gives a greater chance for non-professional, enthusiast teams from India to get through the qualifiers and meet the pro teams in the country finals.
Country Champions will then go on to experience battling winning teams from other APAC markets in the finals that will be livestreamed during 22nd to 25th April 2021.
3 qualifying teams from India finals will stand to win US$800 for first place, US$400 for second place, US$200 for third place. They will then go on to the Asia Pacific finals with the chance to win the following prizes for the championship:
|ROG Masters APAC Championship||APAC Finals (USD/ team)|
Registration and Official Tournament Website
Registration for the first ROG Masters Asia Pacific tournament opens on February 8, 2021 at the tournament’s official website.
Registration closes on February 28, 2021 Further details, match schedules, pro team information as well as rules and regulations can also be found on the tournament website.
Garena Launches Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars
Garena has announced the Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars, Free Fire’s first-ever esports tournament for the South Asia region. Taking place on 6 February, the tournament will feature some of the gaming community’s favourite Free Fire streamers and personalities from India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh.
The Free Fire community has continued to expand in South Asia and across the world, with the mobile battle royale game the most downloaded mobile game globally in 2020, according to App Annie. Through the Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars, Garena will look to continue its efforts to excite and delight its fast-growing South Asian community with exciting Free Fire content, and to support and develop the incredible online community in the region.
The Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars will feature a total of 12 teams. Each team will be led by one of the top 3 streamers from each of the 4 participating nations – chosen by public voting – in this epic clash to determine the best in the region.
The 12 teams will compete in the Battle Royale Squad mode for a slice of the 1 million diamond prize pool. The ultimate winner of this star-studded tournament will receive 500,000 in-game diamonds; the first and and second runners-up will be awarded 300,000 and 200,000 diamonds respectively.
The Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars will feature some of the most popular streamers and personalities from across South Asia.
The team captains for each nation are:
- Total Gaming (19.4 Million YT Subs)
- Desi Gamers (7.8 Million YT Subs)
- Two-Side Gamers (6.85 Million YT Subs)
- Gaming with Nayeem (1.6 Million YT Subs)
- Illusionist YT (479K YT Subs)
- Gaming With Zihad (698K YT Subs)
- Sooneeta (3.26 Million YT Subs)
- Bshow Mgr (399K YT Subs)
- Tonde Gamer (2.37 Million YT Subs)
- RKG ARMY (1.77 Million YT Subs)
- Unusual Gamer (81K YT Subs)
- The Skinzo FF (75.5K YT Subs)
Fans can witness all the high-octane action by tuning in to the live broadcasts of the Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars. These will be hosted on Free Fire Esports India YouTube and Facebook, Free Fire Bangladesh Official YouTube and Facebook, as well as on BOOYAH!.
To cater to the diverse South Asian community, the matches will be streamed with live commentary in 5 languages – Bengali, English, Hindi, Nepali and Urdu.
Top Gaming Accessories for Ultimate Gaming Experience
Witnessing the consumer behaviour being impacted drastically last year, the year 2021 has welcomed an immense lifestyle change for gamers. Gaming has been one of the sectors that witnessed a spike like never before. From casual gamers to professional gamers, the segment realised immense growth in a matter of a few months. A lot of people opted for gaming for the first time with more time in hand, while amateur gamers worked on their skills to shift to pro-level. Owing to ‘isolate and chill’ mode to beat the anxiety and paranoia, a lot of people moved to ‘Play@Home’ and for many, it was rekindling their old gaming habits with the bountiful time in their grasp.
While gaming serves as a boosting engagement, it is important to have the kit and accessories to ensure the seamless and immersive experience of gaming. Especially for those who have just adopted gaming as a new hobby and do not want to invest steeply in buying the expensive accessories, we bring a perfect start-up kit to you that is sure to pave your path to the next level
Logitech G331: Enjoy the whole experience of all your favorite games with Logitech G331 gaming headset that produces big sound to get you into the game. Experience the thrill of a complete gaming experience where you hear everything and everyone hears you. The 6 mm mic ensures that your squad-mates can hear you clear and distinct. It also has an option of Flip-to-mute boom that silences you when you don’t want to be heard. The headphone is all set to work with your PC or Mac or with gaming consoles including PlayStation 4™, Xbox One™, Nintendo Switch™, and mobile devices via 3.5 mm cable. In fact, everything about these headphones is about comfort: The deluxe lightweight leatherette ear cups and headband are made to keep pressure off your ears that is available at Amazon.in at an offer price of INR 5995 .
Logitech G213: Sitting at your gaming desk in front of your gaming monitor might be the way for most PC gamers, but unless you’ve got a killer set-up with a solid keyboard, it may still not satiate your gaming soul. With a RGB color spectrum illumination lets you easily personalize up to 5 lighting zones from over 16.8 million colors to match your style and gaming gear, the Logitech G213 ensures you have a great customisable gaming experience. The G213 comes with a performance that is up to 4x faster than standard keyboards and features keys that are specially tuned to deliver a superior tactile experience. The dedicated media control allows you to quickly play, pause, skip and adjust the volume of music right from the keyboard. the brilliant color spectrum. The G213 also offers 12 function keys with custom commands and more with free Logitech gaming software. This keyboard is available at Amazon.in at an offer price of INR 4995
Logitech G102 LIGHTSYNC: It is of paramount importance to have an exact grip and size while using a gaming mice. With LIGHTSYNC RGB lighting across, Logitech G102 is designed to work seamlessly in any system to enhance your gaming experience. The classic six-button design provides both comfort and confidence that can be customised across 16.8 million colours so you can explore, cast spells, and play just like you want. With 8,000 DPI sensor – The gaming-grade sensor responds precisely to your movements. But if you’re looking to fine-tune controls, free-to-download customization software is easy to use and set up with Logitech G HUB software. it is a complete customization suite that allows you to personalize lighting, sensitivity, and button commands on your G102 mouse. It is available in Amazon.in at an offer price of INR 1985.
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