Prasanth Karan​
prasanth.karan@gmail.com | +91 8884551880

Professional info
 

Highly committed strategic marketing professional with an MBA from UK and over 8 years of international experience delivering strategic marketing efforts for small to large organisations. Also, a digital native and integrated designer with a passion for digital marketing-communications from a 360° perspective. Skilled in managing multiple vendors and cross functional marketing teams for various clients. Experienced in initiatives related to market research and analysis, branding, print collateral, advertising, internet marketing, direct marketing, and event marketing. Broad industry exposure with a focus on advertising, handling brands such as American Express, McDonalds, Saudi Telecom Company (STC), Tawuniya Insurance, Doux Chicken, Kudu Sandwiches & Bakery, Paind’or to name a few. Previous experience include Entertainment and Fashion retail brands such as Fame Big Cinemas and Lee Cooper respectively.
The MBA broadened and enhanced my knowledge and skills, providing a holistic business awareness and has offered opportunities to work on live projects delivering strategic analysis and digital marketing solutions for various companies including Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Bitmore. Presently, looking forward to work in an organization that is responsive to contemporary market developments, and focuses on innovative processes to stay ahead of its competitors.

Key Skills

▪ Strategic Business Planning
▪ Internet Marketing
▪ Social Media Management
▪ Advertising
▪ Branding

▪ Graphic Designing

▪ Corporate Communications

▪ Public Relations
▪ Team Management & Motivation
▪ Market Research & Analysis
▪ Strategic Marketing
▪ Product Marketing
▪ Web Content Management

▪ Web Analytics
▪ Agency / Vendor Relations

2010 - present

Education
 

Master of Business Administration [MBA]
University of Hertfordshire, UK
​2011 - 2012

Concentration: Business Strategy & Marketing
Final Project Specialization: Strategic Digital Marketing for Bitmore Ltd. – Passed with Distinction

Bachelor of Commerce [B.Com]
University of Mumbai, India
​2005 - 2008

Concentration: Business Management

Skills

Operating System
▪Apple Mac | Windows

Applications
▪ Adobe Photoshop
▪ Adobe Illustrator
▪ Corel Graphics Suite
▪ Final Cut Pro
▪ Microsoft Expression Studio
▪ Microsoft Movie Maker
▪ Microsoft Office & more

Web Management
▪ Google Analytics
▪ E-commerce management tools
▪ Webmaster tools

Advanced Diploma in Advertising & Graphic Design
Wigan & Leigh (UK) College, Mumbai-India
​2003 - 2006

Concentration: Brand Identity & Photography

Languages

2010 - present

Professional Training
 

Certification in Digital Marketing
Utalkmarketing, UK
​2010 - 2011

▪ English
▪ Hindi
▪ Urdu
▪ Malayalam
▪ Tamil

Concentration: Search Engine Optimization, Web Analytics,  Search Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Email Marketing & more...​

Work experience
 

Bitmore UK Ltd.
Strategic Brand Marketing Manager                                                                                                 2012 - present
  • Conducted an internal and external market audit to identify the competitive position of the business in the market.
  • Analyzed consumer trends & statistics to help identify target segment and product categories to enter as future sources of growth.
  • Identified, developed, and launched new / existing concepts and products supporting the brand portfolio based on the research
  • Developed marketing strategy and tactics, including the digital marketing plan, necessary to meet the overall financial goals.
  • Reinstated brand identity and improved brand Awareness by implementing Strategic Digital Marketing Plan through Search Engine Optimization (SEO),
    Search Marketing, Social Media Marketing (SMM), Content Advertising and E-mail Marketing.
  • Re-located and designed the e-store to reduce the operational cost and to improve the user experience.
  • Provided strategic commercial input to the development of assigned product(s).
  • Driven product positioning and competitive selling strategies as well as providing leadership in managing the logistics, market share and revenue of the product.
  • Managed the development of marketing and sales aid/promotional materials to effectively promote Sales.
  • Leveraged knowledge of business, product and brand marketing strategy into actionable marketing plans to deliver against the company’s business objectives.
  • Conducted analysis and periodical reviews of the brand, competitive, category, customer and consumer trends to enhance the brand’s equity and marketplace performance.
  • Developed pricing, packaging and promotion strategies to raise margin and participated in trade spending plans and distribution goals in order to develop actionable KPI’s.
  • Evaluated and measured the business and e-marketing effectiveness using web analytical tools like Google Analytics.
  • Recuperated the busted business to a profitable position using a combination of the above actions.

Leo Burnett Worldwide - Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Senior Graphic Designer                                                                                                                      
2009 - 2011

  • Delivered strategic communication solutions that helped the clients attain their marketing and communications objectives.
  • Co-lead the unified creative/account management process in order to execute on client projects.
  • Translating marketing strategy into creative persuasive layouts, logos, press ads and other print/web collaterals.
  • Worked on designs to produce an effective advertising campaign.
  • Commissioned specialists, such as artists, photographers to work on projects.
  • Attended meeting with the account management team to discuss the client's requirements.
  • Gained an understanding of the target audience and business that the advert is aimed at.
  • Worked closely with the copywriter to generate creative ideas and concepts.
  • Participated in meetings with the creative director before presenting ideas to clients.
  • Pitching ideas to clients, briefing other members of the creative team, attending meetings at production houses.

Lee Cooper - Mumbai, India
Senior Executive - Marketing / Graphic Designer                                                                              2008 - 2009

  • Supported the Marketing Head on diverse activities for brand building & product promotion in terms of development and execution
  • Worked collaboratively with marcom team to execute designs consistent with a determined communications hierarchy and a global style guide.
  • Managed branding, ATL & BTL activities, internal & external corporate communications.
  • Developed marketing tools for new/ existing products including leaflets, brochures, press ads, e-mailers, web etc.
  • Co-ordinated with marketing team operations, sales department for internal approvals thereby.
  • Managed events, on-ground promotions, and public relation activities.
  • Liaised with PR/ Advertising/ Design agencies.
  • Worked closely with Product team in terms of driving initiatives.
  • Produced competitive analysis materials comparing product with its key competitors.
  • Co-ordinated with vendors to ensure timely development and production of marketing material.
  • Worked closely with the sales, operations and other departments ensuring timely execution of activities.
  • Managed brand guidelines to ensure all vendors and internal audiences follow them and update them as necessary.
  • Managing the website in terms of regular activities as well as implementing marketing initiatives as per the marketing plan.

Shringar Cinemas Ltd. / Fame India Ltd. 
Senior Visualizer - Marketing                                                                                                                 2006- 2008

  • Developed integrated creative communications program for existing and new product platforms.
  • Supported the development of brand strategies and marketing plans across the organization, for both existing/ new projects.
  • Managed the day-to-day activities associated to all marketing efforts, including project management, creative development, cross-functional implementation, campaign tracking and reporting as necessary.
  • Developed new brand identity and related positioning and messaging to help inform the creative process.
  • Created a brand platform to include a definition of the brand vision, promise and value proposition as well as positioning, personality, voice, tone and manner, behaviours.
  • Developed and maintained all image libraries–images, product shots, illustration/icons.
  • Managed brand guidelines to ensure all vendors and internal audiences follow them and update them as necessary.
  • Participated in key sales and marketing presentations as necessary.
  • Maintained brand integrity across product lines, advertising, and all other internal and external communication.
  • Provided input for objectives that assist in the business planning process and to align brand strategies.