Singapore’s largest publishing company Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) has appointed online media company Connected to India to sell advertising space for its English weekly tabla! in India and the Middle East.
Launched in October 2008, tabla! is Singapore’s leading Indian diaspora-focused publication, a weekly English language newspaper which covers politics, cricket, Bollywood, Kollywood and entertainment extensively. Published by Tamil Murasu, it also provides local news - such as stories on education, property and transport - which is of interest to the growing community of expatriate Indians.
Mr Jawharilal Rajendran, Editor, Tamil Murasu and tabla!, said, “We see synergies with Connected to India in marketing tabla! in countries outside Singapore. We have engaged them in improving our outreach to brands in India and the Middle East markets which can benefit tremendously from tabla! We look forward to working with Connected to India and supporting the team in ensuring that this partnership is a successful one.”
Connected to India is a Singapore headquartered online media company. With a team of experienced journalists and freelance writers, it covers developments around Non-Resident Indians and the Indian diaspora in Singapore, Malaysia, the US, the UK and Dubai. Its engaging content includes subjects like entertainment, entrepreneurship, movies, business, politics, SMEs, travel, tourism and lifestyle.
Connected to India’s sales and marketing team will make tabla!, which has a strong and loyal reader base, familiar to its network of clients and brands. They will work closely with the tabla! team in Singapore. In addition to supporting advertising sales, they will create unique innovations and packages for digital channels and produce high-quality video features to make significant improvements in the revenue tabla! can generate from India and the Middle East.
Said Himanshu Verma, Founder and CEO, Connected to India: “We are very excited about the partnership with the SPH Group. We have already created a plan to reach out to brands in the FMCG, real estate, banking, finance, state tourism and other sectors where interesting and innovative marketing solutions can be created to help them in creating their marketing objectives.”
The potential is huge. For instance, the Indian government, buoyed by the USD27 billion revenue generated by the tourism sector, has plans to create new niche-based circuits like pilgrim tourism. These can be very appealing to the Indian diaspora but difficult for tourism departments in states such as Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh to market. tabla! and Connected to India can help build awareness and drive bookings, which will generate higher tourist traffic to these states.
There are similar business opportunities in the real estate, remittance and gems and jewellery sectors, which can be explored to benefit tabla!
Overall, business between Singapore and India is set to grow further as is evident from the fact that since the signing of the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement in 2005 bilateral trade has grown to SGD25.2 billion from SGD16.6 billion.