Sunday, May 23, 2010

One Missed Call: A new language in itself!

What do you think is the most common method of communication among the youth today?

SMS’, Mobile phone calls, Facebook messages, Orkut scraps, MMSs, Voice mails all are losing out to a mode which does not even figure on the list.

How does one contact the friend who’s inside his house when you are standing outside but you don’t want to waste a call on it as well? Yes, you guessed right, you give him a missed call. This highly popular mode of communication now figures among one of the constants of teenage life. How do you know if your girlfriend’s dad is around or not? You give her a missed call and if she gives you one back, it’s safe! This is a foolproof method as it eliminates risk and at the same time is pocket friendly.

How else is it used? There are much better examples as well. What do you do when your money runs out and you need back up? There is only one eternal saviour at all those times (and if you are at college, those times do come, often!!). That individual is called Dad! And how do you contact him? Of course, you give him a missed call and he will call you back, as is his duty to. Almost the whole lot of students at university never ever call home. They always give missed calls and the poor folks at home have to call back.

This rapidly increasing segment of the mobile using population has users among the senior population as well. Grandpas and Grandmas are also giving missed calls to their middle aged wards to get them to call back. And if you think that’s all you are gravely mistaken. How do you get your friend in the other row to look at you when you want to share a private joke about the professor? You give him a missed call and he will promptly turn and look at you.

These are just a few examples of how a simple thing such as a missed call influences the life of a teenager (and a wider diaspora as well). There may be other instances where the missed call is used and of which we might have no idea at all.

If such is the situation, how do we know what a teenager thinks, what he might use at what stage and what he might shun? What is evident from such phenomenon is that a one size fits all just doesn’t work across all parts of the population.

Therein lays the challenge for the researcher!

Sairam Krishnan
krea: An India-centric Online research firm with a focus on Healthcare, Youth and Mobile.

Monday, May 17, 2010

What does the Indian Youth think about the current state of education?

It’s admission season once again and colleges and universities across India are heavily advertising to attract quality students to their doors. Again, the courses heavily in demand are engineering and medicine. But what do the young people themselves feel about it? Are they satisfied with the current system in India?

In India, what has to be understood clearly is that the opted field of Education is not just a choice taken by the student, but by the whole family establishment. India still retains a close knit family structure, where the decision making authority is rested heavily with the elder in the family. Here there arises a situation where the student’s personal views take a backseat to what the family sees as the best option. And this best option is a result of alarming peer pressure, common in Indian society and most of the time; the student is not even consulted during this process. The options given might be just which college do you want to join and which course. The decision that the student must take up engineering is considered foregone and not even worth asking the student.

Says Priya(name changed), a 12th grade student from Trichy, who will take up engineering at a private college this year “There was never a talk at home regarding what I was going to do after school. Everyone at home expected me to join engineering and so I will”. When asked if she was interested in engineering she says “I’m a biology student and have no idea about it.” She is a budding guitar player and is part of a band. What is possible if this girl studies music and pursues what she is good at? We will probably never know.

Many people realise after their engineering or medicine, that this was not what they wanted to do. And a career change is not optional, but inevitable for such people. Vinoth(name changed), an entrepreneur in Pondicherry had the same dilemma. Unable to complete his engineering, simply because he never really liked it, he let go of it and now runs a successful BPO in his home town. “I always wanted to be a businessman. So, when I knew this wasn’t going to work out, I immediately started my business and I’m doing pretty well.”

But there are also rebels, meaning students who opt out of what the society forces upon them and do what they want to do. Gayathri(name changed), from a Private University in Tamil Nadu, studied chemical engineering for a year before she realised that she wanted to be a journalist. After two months of convincing her family, she now studies Mass Communication at the same University. This is what she says. “I knew what I wanted to do and I did not want to be caught up in doing what everyone else was doing for the sake of it. I had to struggle a bit to convince everyone but it was worth it”

Hence it is no surprise that Krea found that 97% of our Facebook respondents feel that our educational system should be improved. The respondents consisted of a sample of young Indians who form part of Krea’s Facebook page "I am like this ONLY". The poll reveals the general mood of the younger Indian generation.

What is notable here is that India still produces the world’s most brilliant workforce.

Imagine what we’d be like if we tweaked our educational system just a bit more!

Sairam Krishnan
An India-centric Panel research firm with a focus on: Healthcare, Youth, Mobile

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Cint and krea form a strategic alliance to harness the power of India

Press Release: 06 May 2010

For immediate release:

Market research technology and solutions provider Cint enters into a strategic alliance with Indian-research agency krea. With this synergy, krea shall represent and leverage the Cint Panel Exchange (CPX) to service Indian clients. Cint’s technology will be exclusively used to recruit new panels and increase the overall supply available to clients for sampling.

Krea shall work with clients and partners to build new panels, either through converting their existing customer databases into research access panels or by building panels from scratch in the Cint Panel Exchange (CPX). Representing an Indian panel size of 50,000, krea is aiming high and looking at garnering significant market share in nascent India.

Krea is the only firm in India providing advisory panel services on a BM3 framework – Build, Manage, Maintain and Monetize. Such research access panels can be used by partners for conducting research on their own customers whilst providing an opportunity to offer an in-depth -profiled panel for research.

Richard Thornton, Global Sales Director at Cint, commented: “We are extremely excited about this alliance and see krea as the ideal partner for Cint in India. Through the local expertise of Pravin Shekar and his team, Cint will be able to tap into this increasingly influential and emerging market. It is our goal, through krea, to support this growth and drive online research by bringing our innovative technology platform and solutions to Indian clients. The krea culture and philosophy fits in very nicely with our own and because of this we are delighted to make this announcement.”

kreator-in-chief Pravin Shekar commented: “There is a burning need to bring innovative solutions to the marketplace and the need for a collaborative approach. Krea’s objective is to redefine traditional modes of conducting research and utilize technology to its utmost potential. Online and mobile panels are the way to go as India is a growing market. India is at No.4 in the world’s top 20 for internet usage while Mobile tele-density has already crossed 50% of the total population*.

Cint is a very able partner constantly striving to bring in new technology solutions. With this partnership, krea is looking at leveraging on Cint’s technology base to build panels in the Healthcare, youth and mobile space.”

Krea is also aiming to lower the overall cost of doing research by using automated solutions like Cint’s unique intuitive sampling algorithm for managing tracking study fieldwork, Cint Automated Tracker (CAT). This is set to bring much needed transparency to the online research and sampling process.

About Cint

Cint hosts the first online panel marketplace – Cint Panel Exchange (CPX) – offering access to multiple providers through a self-service interface. By partnering with companies worldwide Cint has built a network of over 500+ panels reaching 3 million individuals in 40 countries. Cint’s SaaS platform offers world firsts like Cint Automated Tracker, for saving time on managing trackers, and the Cint Direct Sample plug-in where through an API other platforms offer access to the CPX, giving their users instant access to online sample. Headquartered in Stockholm, Cint has offices in Europe, North America and Australia.

About krea

krea stands for 'energy/action' and creates India-specific online and offline panels; specializing in Healthcare, Youth and Mobile samples. krea works with partners to create Advisory panels, online communities and supports the entire research process: from design, panel management, fielding through to reporting.

krea's USP is in leveraging the online/mobile convergence and a mixed-mode approach to connect with the Hard-to-reach population.

krea is the Go-to place to connect with India.

For further details, contact:

Sathish Somasundaram

VP-Client Services