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The political season is here again, and all the parties are bringing their best foot forward in campaigning and promoting. 2020 was a year where people realized the power of Digital and political parties were no different. This time around, we saw a great interest in online campaigns, promotions, and ad investments.

Be it the party pages or the minister’s individual pages, the online activity in the last few months has increased, and we have some very interesting numbers to look at. So let’s check who’s leading the Digital front, who is spending the most on ads, and who is talked about the most in the online space!

DMK Vs AIADMK: Who is Winning The Digital Number Game?

Digital Marketing Stats & Facts of The Tamil Nadu Elections 2021

In terms of the overall followers and reach on various Social Media Platforms, the ruling party, AIADMK, is lagging, both in terms of the growth of the party pages and the accounts of the ministers. Stalin has almost 100k more followers than E. Palaniswami and uses his reach the right way. Apart from posting about rallies and speeches, he Live streams his election campaigns and regularly posts IGTV videos which garner great traction.

In terms of the overall followers and reach on various Social Media Platforms, the ruling party, AIADMK, is lagging, both in terms of the growth of the party pages and the accounts of the ministers. Stalin has almost 100k more followers than E. Palaniswami and uses his reach the right way. Apart from posting about rallies and speeches, he Live streams his election campaigns and regularly posts IGTV videos which garner great traction.

Digital Marketing Stats & Facts of The Tamil Nadu Elections 2021

They Tweet quite frequently, with about 35 to 40 tweets a day, most of which are in regional languages. Even in that space, Stalin and DMK are leading compared to AIADMK.

Digital Marketing Stats & Facts of The Tamil Nadu Elections 2021

AIADMK has two major Instagram accounts and posts frequently on both of them. However, there are a few inconsistencies in them, one of them being where AIADMK’s Instagram bio reads, ‘Official Twitter Account.’

Digital Marketing Stats & Facts of The Tamil Nadu Elections 2021

While these parties are contesting on Social Media, the other major candidate, Kamal Haasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam, leads by example in terms of the right Social Media practices.

  • Perfect Bio
  • Quality Images and Videos
  • Customized Thumbnails for Videos
  • Well Made Highlight Section
  • Reels
  • Colour Scheme

On Instagram, MNM’s page has a much higher and better reach than both DMK and AIADMK. MNM’s main focus is Instagram, while AIADMK and DMK focus more on Twitter and Facebook.

Digital Marketing Stats & Facts of The Tamil Nadu Elections 2021

In the end, DMK has a much higher reach on Twitter and Facebook compared to all the other parties, MNM wins the Instagram game.

Content Strategy:

All the parties’ content strategy is pretty straightforward, covering all the rallies, speeches, and interviews. Apart from that, E. Palaniswami does many Tweet-based Instagram posts that give him quite a good traction.

All the parties’ content strategy is pretty straightforward, covering all the rallies, speeches, and interviews. Apart from that, E. Palaniswami does many Tweet-based Instagram posts that give him quite a good traction.

Digital Marketing Stats & Facts of The Tamil Nadu Elections 2021

AIADMK also posts engaging posts, where they encourage people to comment and interact with their Social Media and keep them in the positive limelight at the same time.

Digital Marketing Stats & Facts of The Tamil Nadu Elections 2021

The content style on YouTube is different for each party. AIADMK on YouTube posts well-produced videos about the welfare activities they have focussed on during their time as the ruling party. These are well-produced video testimonials of laymen talking about how the AIADMK’s rule has been very beneficial to them personally and their district and how they have worked hard towards uplifting the community there in all walks of life. 

Digital Marketing Stats & Facts of The Tamil Nadu Elections 2021

Apart from this, they post videos comparing the chief ministerial candidates of both AIADMK and DMK, Mr. Edappadi K. Palaniswamy and Mr. M.K. Stalin, respectively, to treat and tackle issues. For example, the video here highlights how Mr. Palaniswamy treats festivals and people belonging to different religions in comparison to how Mr. Stalin. The video has a strong voice-over and places a somewhat direct attack on Mr. Stalin’s insensitivity towards other faiths. 

Digital Marketing Stats & Facts of The Tamil Nadu Elections 2021

AIADMK also posts content about DMK’s pitfalls, criticising the shortcomings of the party and its rule. Some videos talk about how DMK has indulged in ‘Katta Panchayat’ where the verdict would favour the side with more money, how the party has ill-treated women and indulging extensively in rowdyism, and more. As for content related to their party, they post videos highlighting the party’s achievements during Mr. Palaniswamy’s rule. 

DMK is going heavier on digital compared to AIADMK this election season. They are extremely active on the platform, posting anywhere between 10-15 videos per day.

DMK released their election jingle projecting M.K. Stalin as the hero of Tamil Nadu’s people and highlighting his ambition for Tamil Nadu’s people on their official channel “Ondrinaivom Vaa”. The video has 55,077,479 views to date and aims to capture the Tamil language and people’s emotions.

Digital Marketing Stats & Facts of The Tamil Nadu Elections 2021

They have a solid digital strategy, dominating YouTube by releasing back-to-back videos about issues, and have smartly dedicated one video to address each issue exclusively.

Their content mainly talks about social issues, including youth employment and empowerment, the woes of underprivileged communities, and more. Most of the videos are professionally shot, have an emotional appeal, and narrate stories to move the viewer. These videos are shot and posted majorly critiquing the ruling party and their shortcomings. 

Digital Marketing Stats & Facts of The Tamil Nadu Elections 2021

DMK has also posted a series of short videos featuring their chief ministerial candidate M.K. Stalin talking about what the party will do if they win the elections and come to rule the state. Each short video talks about one issue that the party will handle with ease and sort for the people. This series is posted under the hashtag #வென்றேதீருவோம்.

Apart from this, they post videos of their rallies and speeches across various districts around the state. At the end of the well-produced videos, Mr. Stalin appears and delivers a monologue highlighting how the state has seen a steep decline in different areas over the last ‘10 years’, directing at the current ruling party, the AIADMK.

Digital Marketing Stats & Facts of The Tamil Nadu Elections 2021

DMK has made use of every form of advertisement possible on YouTube to make sure they leave no stone unturned while also pushing people to view Stalin as the best choice there is. DMK uses different cuts of their song shortened for ads while also putting to use the different short videos made addressing the various issues surrounding the people of Tamil Nadu for promotions. Every video has M.K. Stalin featuring and delivering a monologue of promises if elected the next chief minister of Tamil Nadu. 

Seeing this, AIADMK, which was playing safe up to a point, released their own song titled ‘Vettri Nadai Podum Thamizhagam’ and incorporated it in videos by the party. With this, they also started going a little intensive on YouTube, producing videos featuring their chief ministerial candidate Edappadi K. Palaniswamy.

Digital Marketing Stats & Facts of The Tamil Nadu Elections 2021

Top 5 video strategies used by both parties include:

  • Party highlights
  • Promises to people
  • Jingle
  • Highlighting pitfalls of opposition
  • Videos with an emotional appeal

YouTube as a platform is used by both parties to extensively promote their respective campaigns and take a dig at the opposition in their way. While the ruling party AIADMK takes an overt dig, the DMK does the same in a subtle and well-produced manner.

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Digital Marketing Stats & Facts of The Tamil Nadu Elections 2021

Over the last 3 months, DMK was one of the heaviest spenders, with more than 10,00,000 invested in ads from December 31. And the number increases to 66,68,801 when we take the last 2 years into account. Apart from generic posts and videos, DMK also promoted all of their events, rallies, and their mobile app.

Digital Marketing Stats & Facts of The Tamil Nadu Elections 2021

There wasn’t any ad data available for AIADMK’s or BJP-TN’s page; however, MAIAM was utilizing the ad space very effectively. They were promoting all the video ad campaigns that were well shot and well made. To date, they have spent more than 4.5 lakhs on ads.

Digital Marketing Stats & Facts of The Tamil Nadu Elections 2021

The data shown is only from the official party pages, which is just a few lakhs. There must be many more subsidiary pages that might be spending crores in total for the promotion, the data of which is hard to track down.

Google Advertisements:

In the Google Ads space, both DMK and ADMK are going head to head to fill as many ads on the screen.

Digital Marketing Stats & Facts of The Tamil Nadu Elections 2021
Digital Marketing Stats & Facts of The Tamil Nadu Elections 2021

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Trends and Hashtags:

On Twitter, few hashtags that worked really well for DMK were more inclined towards negative marketing. Hashtags like #Stalin2021 #WeRejectADMK did well across all the Social Media channels

Digital Marketing Stats & Facts of The Tamil Nadu Elections 2021
Digital Marketing Stats & Facts of The Tamil Nadu Elections 2021
Digital Marketing Stats & Facts of The Tamil Nadu Elections 2021
Digital Marketing Stats & Facts of The Tamil Nadu Elections 2021

AIADMK did not leverage many hashtags in their posts. But one hashtag, #AIADMK, was commonly used throughout.

Digital Marketing Stats & Facts of The Tamil Nadu Elections 2021

While BJP-Tamil Nadu isn’t targeting any specific Hashtags, MNM uses quite a few hashtags in all their posts. MNM leverages hashtags on Twitter, Instagram, and even on Facebook.

Digital Marketing Stats & Facts of The Tamil Nadu Elections 2021

In Other Media:

Digital Marketing Stats & Facts of The Tamil Nadu Elections 2021

Website DA score refers to the quality of the website. The more, the better. DMK’s DA score is 59 and is much higher than its competitors, and is updated constantly. There is a Facebook and Twitter integration widget that updates every time there is a post on the respective platform. It also gives news highlights and video snippets from daily rallies and interviews.

Digital Marketing Stats & Facts of The Tamil Nadu Elections 2021
Digital Marketing Stats & Facts of The Tamil Nadu Elections 2021

On the other hand, AIADMK’s website has a DA score of 9 and is not that responsive. It has quite a few bugs and isn’t updated regularly.

Digital Marketing Stats & Facts of The Tamil Nadu Elections 2021

MAIAM’s website has a decent DA score of 22 and follows all the right website practices. Latest videos, interviews, posts, responsive and fast loading website, and even a contact page, the page contains everything.

Digital Marketing Stats & Facts of The Tamil Nadu Elections 2021

Not just that, even offline, DMK is telling people that their online sentiments and concerns about the state are being heard. This is put across in a very effective way by this humorous cartoon on The Time of India that tells things that might happen when other parties come to power.

Digital Marketing Stats & Facts of The Tamil Nadu Elections 2021

The search result, ‘DMK’ on Amazon, pops out Merchandise related to the party and can be bought to show support. Shirts, flags, badges, veshtis, and few other items are available with their logo and party theme on it. However, AIADMK lags with no official merch on the platform. Kamal Haasan’s MNM also has their line of T-shirts, badges, hoodies, and shorts to choose from.

Digital Marketing Stats & Facts of The Tamil Nadu Elections 2021

Key Takeaways:

All brands have their own way of communication. While some thrive on talking about their positives, others leverage negative marketing. DMK seems to be leading on most fronts, while MNM is silently and effectively making their mark. AIADMK may not follow the right Social Media practices, but they are consistent on all the platforms. Which party do you think has made the most impact?

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