Dainik Bhaskar Group: Aspiring Growth
The case describes the journey of the Dainik Bhaskar (DB) group towards becoming the largest newspaper group in India. Starting from one Hindi state, the group successfully entered other Hindi states and then non-Hindi speaking states in tier II markets (cities with population between 1 and 4 million) using its innovative twin customer contact model of launch. The innovative launch strategy ensured that DB procured subscriptions from consumers even before its paper was available in the market. The group pioneered hyper local journalism ensuring high customer connect. The case describes the distribution strategy, brand-building initiatives, editorial policy, and advertising strategy of the group. The case describes its successful launch in a non-Hindi state - Maharashtra with strong incumbents. The management of DB has to make a decision of which market to enter next to sustain the high growth trajectory of the group.