Case Study on Reliance Jio – Marketing & Business Strategy

Updated on: Feb 17, 2023
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Reliance Jio is one of India’s largest network providers whose marketing and business strategy took the world by storm. It has played a significant impact in revolutionizing India’s digital ecosystem. Starting operating in the year 2016 as a telecommunication provider, it gained more than 50 million subscribers in exactly 83 days of launch. Focused on providing India with the ability of the digital revolution – to attach everyone by providing the highest quality of connectivity at the most affordable price. Compared to its competitor, Airtel, Jio has created a strong brand value for itself.

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About Reliance Jio

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Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited popularly known as Jio is India’s largest telecommunication company, founded by Mukesh Ambani. The company was registered in the year 2007 as Infotel Broadband Services Limited (IBSL) and in the year 2010 Reliance Industries Limited bought a 95% stake in IBSL. After this IBSL was renamed to what we know as now Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited.

The company rolled out for a commercial launch in September 2016 and now has a full of a life subscriber base of 398.31 million as per the most recent report issued by TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India)

It is considered to have brought about a revolution in the digital world by providing the cheapest 4G data and free voice call plans. Jio has truly transformed the lives of millions of Indians.

Now that you know a thing or two about Jio, let’s now understand its competitors in the coming section.

Reliance Jio’s Competitors


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Before the rollout of Jio, there existed more than 10 Telecom companies in the industry but after its arrival, the whole scenario changed. Jio with its cut-throat pricing and latest technology swept away most of the telecom industries. Companies such as Aircel, MTS, Uninor(Telenor), etc, couldn’t survive at the pricing offered by Jio. The market was left with then stronger players such as Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India, and Idea who are now Jio’s competitors.

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(Market Share of Telecom Industry as per Data by TRAI, September 2020)

As per a report by TRAI, in September 2020, Reliance Jio dominated with a 35% market share in terms of the total market share of subscribers, followed by Airtel and Vodafone-Idea (Vi) with 29% and 26% respectively. BSNL being a Public company was able to survive the competition and has a 10% market share.

A new market player suddenly dominated all the existing players and the whole scenario changed and this added to Jio’s advantage.

Now that you’ve understood the competition that Jio faces, let’s understand its business strategy.

Business Strategy of Reliance Jio

The business strategy of Reliance Jio is one of the biggest reasons for its success. The use of the AARRR strategy to penetrate the market adds huge growth to the company. This strategy includes 5 key components to help a business acquire and retain customers creatively and cost-effectively.

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  • Acquisition – After the commercial rollout of Jio in September 2016, Jio offered free services to its customers for 3 months. This plan worked as the trump card for Jio to acquire customers. Within one month, Jio was able to acquire 16 million subscribers.
  • Activation – The users were provided with the best experience, which was never provided by any telecom service provider. The unlimited high-speed, 4G data with unlimited calling was unimaginable to the customers.
  • Retention – Jio didn’t stop here. On the occasion of the new year in 2017, they extended the free services to the users for another 3 months. Jio became the first-ever telecom company to provide 6 months of free service to customers. In just two and a half years into the business, Jio gained more than 300 million active subscribers. It took more than 19 years for its competitor, Bharti Airtel to reach such a number. Such was the power of Jio.
  • Referral – The customers became its preacher. Jio got more and more business through positive customer reviews and user experience. This added as a boon to its tremendous growth.
  • Revenue – Slashing the prices to 1/10th the existing cost, Jio got ahead with revenue, which was the major factor in getting such a leap in the market.

This is how Reliance Jio’s business strategy plays out and thus helps itself in being ahead of its competitors. Let’s now understand its target audience.

Target Audience of Reliance Jio

Reliance Jio paid interest in providing the best and cheapest Internet data services, so their target audience became the ones having SmartPhone, and looking for high-speed internet connection. Not only this they also created a demand for 4 G-enabled smartphones as their services could only be availed using that.

Not only is Jio targeting people using smartphones but also the industries which require the use of digital technology. Bridging the gap between customer merchants and the final consumer.


Marketing Strategy of Jio - A Case Study - Target Audience of Jio


Jio’s plan is uniquely devised to capture any industry which requires the use of technology. Some specific industries include Education, Healthcare, Media and many more.

Marketing Strategy of Jio - A Case Study - Target Audience


Let us now understand how Jio plays its social marketing strategies to create a space in the minds of the youth and other age groups in general.

Digital Marketing Strategy of Reliance Jio

Reliance Jio has a fantastic digital marketing presence across most platforms, all due to its brilliant strategy and trendy campaigns. It has garnered over 960k followers on Instagram alone. Moreover, also has a dominating presence on YouTube with 2.36 million subscribers which have advertisement campaigns even in regional languages. It also has an active presence on Facebook with 2.5 million followers. On Twitter, they have about 666k followers which is way lesser than its strongest competitor. Overall, Youtube and Facebook is their strength but Twitter needs more improvement.

Reliance Jio has an impressive digital strategy in place. It is now time for us to dig deep and understand Jio’s digital marketing and social media strategy.

Social Media Competitor Analysis

Reliance Jio faces a tough blow when it comes to Twitter. Airtel India, its biggest rival has a strong presence with close to 1.2 million followers on Twitter. Recently in the year 2019 when Jio asked its customer to pay charges for calling, Airtel trolled Jio using #AbTohSahiChuno which went viral. With more than 110k views and 3.2k retweets, it was trending on Twitter.


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Marketing Strategy of Jio - A Case Study - Digital Marketing

(Both Airtel India and Reliance Jio trolling each other)

Social Media Campaigns of Reliance Jio

Reliance has been the centre of attention for the last few years due to its innovative ad campaigns. These campaigns ran across all mass mediums and swayed our interest toward Jio’s meteoric rise and cut-throat prices. Let us take a look at some of the most memorable campaigns.

Digital India, Home Delivered

Reliance Jio came up with an interesting campaign of providing SIM Cards home-delivered to customers. Customers didn’t have to take the pain to visit a physical store to get their SIM cards.

Marketing Strategy of Jio - A Case Study - Social Media Campaigns - Digital India, Home Delivered

With this campaign, Jio reached more than 26 million prospective customers in just 20 weeks. The Click- Through Rate (ratio of no. of clicks on a particular link to the total views on the particular medium where the link is published) of 0.72% on this campaign was three times that of the usual received by the industry. With almost 30,000 leads per day, Jio’s set a very high standard.

Overall, the campaign was a big hit.

Jio Cheers Cricket

Reliance Jio never missed leaping when it comes to any active participation of India in sports. The “Jio Cheers Cricket” campaign was rolled out to increase the hype of the India-Pakistan Match. The campaign was integrated using the Thunderclap tool which enabled it to reach a massive audience. For more engagement, Jio pushed notification engagement to their subscribers soon #JioforIndia started trending on Facebook and Twitter.

  • With more than 24.8 million organic reach
  • More than 35,000 messages across platforms

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Jio became the first-ever brand in India to do such a thing in such a volume. The response to this scale was quite overwhelming.

Jio Cricket Play-Along

In India, cricket is one of the most popular games. Jio understands the depth of the fans invested in sponsoring teams in the Indian Premier League. Knowing the interest and craze for cricket, Jio devises a way to engage all the cricket lovers to answer the outcome of each ball played in the live cricket match and win prizes every day.

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The Jio Cricket Play-Along was a blockbuster campaign initiative by Jio which won the “Best Use of Mobile Marketing” award at the prestigious Global Mobile (GLOMO) Awards 2019 at MWC19 Barcelona

These are the strategies that Jio implements to create and establish a strong presence in the minds of customers which results in consumers developing a sense of trust element in the company.

Jio’s Business Strategy Analysis

Reliance is a massive company, and so are the scales of business strategies employed by the company. We have conducted further research and identified where Reliance could have improved Jio’s business strategy. So let’s go through the business strategy of Jio.

  • Market entry:

The market entry “strategy” did not work out well, as expectations were high for Reliance Jio due to its late entry on the other hand Breaking established and strong opponents like Airtel and Vodafone with descriptive technology grounded into the hearts of customers was not less than a “herculean task”.

  • Consumer loss:

Withdrawal of free services brought a downfall in its users. The decline of the customer base for Reliance Jio in 2019 was mainly due to the start of charging customers for voice calls. According to TRAI, there were almost 87 million inactive users. Anyhow now it has offered a free voice call around domestic places.

  • Customer complaints: 

In December 2019 Reliance Jio made a joint venture with JioMart.

JioMart is an Indian online grocery delivery service. A joint venture means two individual firms join together to gain positive synergy. Hence both advantages and disadvantages are supposed to be faced by both firms.

Customers expect different things from joint ventures and when the level of expertise is not met with the investment it eventually brings downfall with an increase in disappointments. The JioMart customer faced issues relating to a dissatisfied customer base, quality of the product, and prepaid orders but not delivered leaving a bad impression when addressed over a social platform like Twitter.

If you want to know more about Jio and discover things you didn’t know about your telecom operator- Reliance Jio, then we suggest you check out this video to gain an understanding of how Jio become one of the top telecom operators in India.

With this our case study comes to an end, so now let us go through a quick conclusion.

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Reliance Jio has a strong presence in the telecom market and shows no sign of bowing down to its competition any time soon. The expansionary and growth marketing strategy enabled Jio to gain such dominance. Furthermore, Jio’s entry into various newer projects such as Jio Fiber, and Jio Postpaid, will lead to a diversified and stronger control over the market share held by Jio, which is already more than 35%.

Jio has done a great implementation of its influencer strategy as well as its partnership with famous brands. Overall, Reliance Jio has made the greatest impact on bringing about the digital revolution in India. Want to know how implementing an influencer strategy can be beneficial for your business? Check out this blog to know more!

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Aditya Shastri

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Leads the Learning & Development segment at IIDE. He is a Content Marketing Expert and has trained 6000+ students and working professionals on various topics of Digital Marketing. He has been a guest speaker at prominent colleges in India including IIMs......[Read full bio]


  1. Shyam Iyer

    Good attempt, plus some very accurate detailing.

  2. Course Experts

    I do consider all the ideas you have introduced to your article. It’s really convincing and will certainly work.
    Still, the article is very brief for novices. Thank you for the post.


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