Puma’s Playbook for Success: Cracking the Indian Sportswear Code


Discover how Puma, the renowned sportswear brand, achieved unrivaled success in India by mastering the art of trend identification and audience connection. Additionally, by employing a range of effective strategies, Puma surpassed its global rivals and emerged as the number one sportswear brand in India by 2015.

Key Trends that Led to Puma’s Triumph:

Embracing Lifestyle Changes: As health concerns grew, Indians increasingly embraced sports and fitness. Consequently, the demand for sportswear as an essential part of their lives skyrocketed.

Empowering Women in Sports: Notably, Puma witnessed substantial growth in the women’s sportswear category due to the active participation of women in running events and engaging in activities like callisthenics, pilates, and Zumba.

The Rise of Athleisure: Moreover, the fusion of sports apparel with casual wear, known as athleisure, gained popularity. This trend saw people incorporating sportswear into their everyday lifestyles, even beyond workout sessions.

Streetwear Craze Hits India: In addition, the sneaker culture gained momentum as individuals enthusiastically bought, collected, and shared their sneaker experiences on social media. Consequently, there was a significant surge in sneaker sales.

Puma’s Strategies to Reach and Connect with Customers:

Digital-First Approach: Puma adopted a cost-effective digital-first strategy to target its primary audience of Millennials and Gen Z. By shifting marketing investments from traditional advertising to digital platforms, Puma maximized its reach and impact.

Multi-Channel Sales: Furthermore, Puma diversified its sales channels by offering products through its website, physical stores, e-commerce platforms, and multi-brand outlets. However, driving sales through its own online store remained a key priority, allowing for a better customer experience, data collection, and control over the brand narrative.

Localization and Celebrity Branding: Puma localized its campaigns and product offerings to resonate with the Indian market. Additionally, Puma leveraged the immense influence of Bollywood actors/actresses and cricket players, who are revered by people across all segments of society. Partnerships with celebrities like Kareena Kapoor, Jacquline Fernandez, and Virat Kohli strengthened Puma’s brand image and inspired consumers.

The Future Ahead:

Looking beyond Tier 1 cities like Mumbai and Delhi, Puma aims to extend its popularity to Tier 2 and 3 cities. With a concerted effort to solidify its position as the market leader in India, Puma is determined to continue its remarkable success story.


Puma’s remarkable success story in India demonstrates the power of identifying trends and effectively connecting with audiences. Through continuous trend-spotting and strategic brand partnerships, Puma has cemented its place at the forefront of the Indian sportswear market. Consequently, Puma serves as an inspiration to other brands looking to achieve similar triumphs in the competitive Indian market.

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Hemant Mishrra

About the author: Hemant is the Founder & CEO of branding and marketing firm ”Neeti Brand Accelerator” in Mumbai. He is a brand strategist and has worked with more than 150 brands during last two decades. He is also mentor and coach to SMEs and startups. You can visit the website www.www.neeti.biz. You can contact him at hemant@neeti.biz

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