For a lot of Indians, cricket is religion and Dhoni, a God. But IPL is not just another cricket format, is it? As a brand, the Indian Premier League signifies a lot more than a sporting event. It’s entertainment power packed with bold colors and theme songs. It’s glamorous, complete with cheerleaders and celebrities. But above all, it’s very Indian, with a core ideology. Much like Dream11’s tagline: Yehan sab same hai, yeh apna game hai, IPL too captures the essence of Gully cricket where everyone is the same. IPL belongs not to the star-studded players who’ve been bought for crores, but to the common man. It is that one brand in the country that brings glamour and etertainment close to its viewers. It’s no wonder that the IPL season is almost like a festival.
Contrary to popular belief, cause marketing is not a 21st century phenomenon. The earliest example is documented in 1976 when Marriott paired up with March of the Dimes – a nonprofit that worked towards preventing birth-defects in babies.