Virat Kohli:-Fastest growing Indian brand

Virat Kohli’s Smile at the end of IPL 2016 final said it all, an acceptance of result & reminder of the changed person that he was

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India’s cricket team captain Virat Kohli gestures as he answers a question during a news conference in Mumbai, India May 24, 2017. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade – RTX37E01

Virat Kohli is today, India’s fastest growing brand. The upward swing has taken place between Diwali (October 2015) and Holi (March 2016). Kohli rankings were on the ascendancy in last 3-4 years but were always trailing Captain cool Dhoni. Normally sportsmen, lag the Khans brigade in Bollywood when it comes to celebrity rankings.But Kohli has managed to change all that.

Virat Kohli:-Brand Equity Blocks

Differentiation
Virat Kohli was always a different brand. Outspoken, brash wearing attitude on his sleeve. epitomised the new Indian mindset of loving challenges and love for chasing down targets. His flying kiss to lady love Anushka; bowing to icon Sachin Tendulkar in the pavilion on achieving a batting milestone; his appeal on social media to not troll his ‘ex’ – these actions seem to have endeared him to many.He became an instant hit with the Indian youth (15-24) as a role model
Performance
His performance has gone up considerably in last 6 months.Average of 72 in ODI’s.125 in T20 internationals, an average of 81 & total of 973 runs in IPL meant his performance was at it’s best.
Relevance
Slowly by improving the game and changing his short temper he increased his relevance from a narrow target group of youth followers to a larger segment of 25-34 & beyond leading to huge growth over fans in facebook:3 crore fans, twitter:11.1 million ,Instagram:4.9 million
Esteem
His esteem had skyrocketed much above all celebrities. He is seen today as best Indian batsman & future of Indian cricket
Knowledge
He still wears black wristbands as cricket superstition; earlier, he used to wear the same pair of gloves which he believed was helping him. He also wears a religious black thread, and a kara on his right arm since 2012, fans read this as the vulnerability in a star. And that makes a brand as human as he can possibly be
Virality Content
In the age of social media, brands need to engage & reinvent to communicate to the TG.Virat always liked selfies & posted his selfies & selfies with fans on his social media handles.His pics with his GF on social media became relevant news for youth to consume as it was a dose of cricket & Bollywood pushing up barriers to increasing his relevance among youth. On top of all this, his engagement with overall sports in India like football & futsal gave him an X- Factor
Virat runs a foundation called “Virat Kohli Foundation” which he founded in 2013 which works towards the development of underprivileged children.Charity football match “Celebrity Clasico’ to raise funds for the same was held on 4 June in Mumbai

Virat -The fastest growing Indian brand
Virat Kohli Foundation(Picture source – Virat Kohli official website)

 

As per a study conducted by Sandeep goyal, media & advertising veteran, who conducts studies of celebrity brand parameters.The rise in valuations of Virat is unprecedented

 

Virat Kohli:-Fastest growing Indian brand
Virat Kohli-Brand Imagery study
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Scores have doubled in almost all parameters,across demographics.He is no longer seen to be arrogant as in his early years.He has become straight forward and approachable
In 2014, UK’s Sportspro magazine rated Kohli as the second most marketable athlete in the world, next only to Lewis Hamilton, and ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Usain Bolt. Kohli is one of the biggest celebrity brands in India. In 2016, His brand value was estimated to be $92 million second only to Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan’s $131 million, according to a report published in October 2016 by Duff & Phelps, an American corporate finance advisory firm. In February 2017, Kohli signed a Rs 100-crore endorsement deal with a single brand – German sports apparel maker Puma.

In 2017 Indian cricket captain, Virat Kohli has become the only indian to make it to the Forbes’s latest list of the world’s 100 highest-paid athletes.He is ranked at No 89 in the list. The 28-year-old batting sensation earned $22 million over the last 12 months; $3 million through salary and winnings, and $19 million through brand endorsements

Virat is associated with as many as 18 brands at last count, including Puma, MRF Tyres, Gionee, Tissot, Audi, Herbalife, Boost, Colgate, American Tourister, and Punjab National Bank. Brand Virat Kohli is on the ascendancy, therefore an excellent case study for brand managers on how to build a formidable brand

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