Do I listen to RADIO every day? Yes, I do! And if you are wondering do a lot of people listen to the radio still? Then, you may be surprised to find that the answer is yes, almost everyonelistens. While radio has evolved over the years, from traditional AM/FM programming to customized radio channels, listening to music is still a habitual part of daily life. People of all ages, backgrounds, and interests love music and listens to the radio. It is the world's one great unifier, and it is omnipresent. While driving, while shopping, while eating out a cafe or even while getting your makeover at a salon, it is the one medium that reaches out day and night where listeners live, work, and play.
So, for those who love music, OOKA Radio is the revolutionary change to the way of listening your favorite radio anywhere in the world. The innovative OOKA Radio serves at Retail shops, Corporate offices, Hotels, Shopping Malls & on your mobile phone 24×7. No matter where you are!
Let's Meet The Man Behind OOKA Radio
Amit Chawla, founder of OOKA Radio started his journey in 2017 with sheer passion and dedication for music. His love for music prompted him to venture into the stream of music and to do something unique. Thus, Ooka Radio was born.
Know His Journey
We interviewed Amit Chawla to know how Ooka Radio came into existence and why it is so successful today. Keep reading to know the deets!
What were some of the experiences that led you to become an entrepreneur?
At the ripe age of 40 to pluck and replant yourself as an entrepreneur is more than simply scary. One spends practically whole life in building products, brands companies on someone's behalf. Living dreams of others has an expiry date. Mine hit me in 2017. Decades of seeing every marketplace with microscopic eyes inspired me to dream with open eyes about a concept to encourage retailers. Deep inside I really wished to make a retailer happy again. I dreamt of enabling a retailer to keep his customer connected and joyful with the store and in the store.And in a wink, I transformed into an aspiring entrepreneur.
What inspired you to start OOKA?
A retail outlet should talk, sing and surprise the customer. Hence the idea of an in-store radio as lively as an FM station started to take shape. No jockey, only pure customized music content blended well with store's information, offers and products. In simple words, we decided to give voice to the retail outlet next door musically.
It was indeed a Eureka moment for us and thus OOKA was born. Bitten by the app bug OOKA is actually the acronym for one of its kind app. It is often said the brand pulls you and guides you to walk with it in an instant. I felt it the moment this name. The in-store radio bulb finally switched on and thus OOKA Radio became our life.
Why choose music radio?
Now I realize it was the music radio that chose me. Trying to create USP for OOKA Radio took me behind the retail counters and I was taken aback to see how deep YouTube and pen drives had made inroads. It was then the real picture of an internet radio synchronized digitally to remotely play customized playlists of copyright-free music finally became crystal clear. Retail outlets looked tired and resigned. No one bothered about music. No one thought to create their own playlist & communicate directly with clients & broadcast a happy atmosphere for customers & employees also... an enjoyable workplace for everyone.
What unseen opportunities did you see that may result in making your startup a huge success?
It was here this unprecedented opportunity just embraced me. The market research too revealed that the music industry is growing by 27 % growth YOY and the count of Retail stores /outlets is in billions. Apart from the retail, a huge scope in other categories like Malls, open markets, etc just took over our senses. One of the biggest opportunities that have emerged from the in-store radio idea is the unchartered territory of music promotion. Imagine what magic captive audience of 10 million listeners can create for emerging music artists. Such is the power of in-store radio reaching to nook and corner of our country.
What does success look like for OOKA?
Success for OOKA Radio is when the yearly renewals happen on auto mode. When a mall in Pathankot happily wants OOKA to welcome its customers. When at 6 am on Chandigarh highway Gurbani on OOKA Radio blesses the early travelers and early risers alike. When hundreds of customers coming out from salons, retail outlets, restaurants, open markets, food courts are humming OOKA in-store music. When amazing young singing talent emerges and shines on the OOKA Music platform. Well, most of it we have tasted in a short time and for others, we are working tirelessly and joyfully.
What's the next thing you're working on right now, and how are you making it happen?
Today OOKA Radio is reaching the 5000 outlets mark and the 100 brands milestone. The next target is to capture wall to wall Retail. In other words, the unlimited canvas of single retail outlets is the next OOKA mission. We have set sights to have 10,000 retails outlets under the OOKA umbrella by March 2020 in North India alone.
Who are your biggest competitors and how do you differentiate yourself from them?
One is the biggest competition in oneself. I have grown on this statement quite religiously. Every month the perfectionist in me is striving to better services, enhance technology, add features, improve the experience and expand the network. OOKA has to think ahead to be ahead of the market followers and the omnipresent pen drives, YouTubers and DVDs. In-store radio or in-store music as a segment is now attracting many players and I feel being innovative and delivering out of box ideas is the key to differentiate yourself. Music promotion by showcasing young singers and new music on the OOKA radio platform is something we are excited and very hopeful to become the game-changer and another pioneering innovation.
How do you manage the duality between driving new business and overseeing daily operations?
Driving a new business is something in the OOKA DNA. High on passion and adrenaline every day at OOKA is a new challenge, a new opportunity. Be it routine troubleshooting to creating another benchmark in in-store radio. Be it a sales pitch or another young talent audition, there is a winner in every moment in the musical world of OOKA.
So, what we suggest is - enjoy music like never before with Ooka Radio!
A girl with Atlas in her hands, adventure in her eyes, wanderlust in her blood. Professionally, she creates and curates socially relevant viral-worthy content. Abhilasha's life and work led her to her current role as an Entrepreneur.