The students of the School of Communications and Reputation (SCoRe) had a special session with Deepshikha Dharmaraj, CEO, Genesis BCW. She has been with Genesis BCW for the past 27 years. She joined as a Trainee and climbed the success ladder to become the CEO of the very same consultancy. In her Masterclass with Class of 2020 she shared some learning for communications professionals
Her rich and diverse work experience has given her immense learning and exposure. She shared four learning for communications professionals that has helped her in in career
She shared that 5 years is the average tenure for client relationships. It shows that your client values you with your domain expertise, advice, and trusts you. She advised that one should not be a PR professional who comes last on the client’s list during the crisis.
With changing times and the Pandemic, there have been many changes in the way PR consultancies will function. According to her some of the areas that will change and gain momentum is the following:
She shared some of the award-winning work Genesis BCW has been doing and how they use insights to build campaigns. Example: 2018 GSK Consumer Healthcare – Horlicks Emotional Nutrition in Kota, Rajasthan. The campaign was developed on the insight that during exams students receive good physical nutrition from their mothers. They are fed good food however they do not receive adequate emotional nutrition. They launched two impactful digital films – a motivating exam anthem sung by kids to implore mothers and fearless Kota initiative with a message of #NoFearNewYear. They also created an emotionally charged film called ‘Fearless Kota.’ The videos received 20 million views across platforms and 150 million impressions across digital channels. Leading mainlines and A&M media did large format stories on the campaign highlighting the campaign’s message.
During our Q&A session with her, she was asked about what are some of the positive outcomes/ learning for communications professionals post this pandemic? She said,
1. We will move from written content to different content that’s more effective like digital.
Opportunity to Learn – the pandemic has given rise to many webinars where experts have spoken about crisis communication. Never before had we learned so much about it in detail.
Employees Communication – This was left to HR or Internal Comms. Today teams of Employee Comms and PR work together.
Government – Understanding and working with regulators and applying it to your business. It’s an opportunity to get rid of things that don’t work. I look forward to learning new ways to do work. Adopt and adapt to change.”
The session concluded with her advice to us when we start working. She said we should be active listeners, ask questions for better understanding. Be adaptive and open to change.
– Nafisa Jalal
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Nafisa Jalal is a part of the Class of 2020 of PG Programme in PR and Corporate Communications at SCoRe, Mumbai. She completed her winter internship with Ketchum Sampark, Mumbai.
She completed her graduation in Psychology and Sociology majors from Sophia College, Mumbai University. Then started her career with Human Resources in a generalist profile for 6.5 years. She wanted to venture in an industry that lets her work on business closely, provides an opportunity to learn and meet new people and at the same time is also dynamic. PR is one such industry. She has good command over her communication skills and she enjoys writing, few traits that a PR professional must possess.