A bit of a rethink

I’ve had a bit of a think.

I need to blog more. For those of you following so far I focussed a lot of my writing on PR and social media, but I’ve decided to branch out.

Something that is becoming more and more important to me is my Indian culture and upbringing and I will be writing more about how this has an effect on being a young professional today. Relax, it’s going to be somewhat light hearted. Like this:

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CHAPATI MAN. I found their website and it looks like a good venture. Snacks and wraps in supermarkets and at festivals. However the key to really good Indian food is authenticity in my opinion. Countless times have I told friends that the sign of a good curry house is when Indians eat there. When it comes to curry standards, we’ve got the highest there are. It must be something to do with growing up eating daal chaaval and chicken saalan every night after school.

If I put my professional mind to work, Chapati Man needs to gain that authentic seal of approval. If people see it being eaten by Indians, they’ll trust it. A huge generalisation, but I challenge anyone to tell me that they haven’t wanted to try one of the curries they see their Indian friends eating.

Word of mouth within the Indian community is so important. It’s a PR-person’s dream. Find your target audience and get them to do the work for you – the power of earned media, whilst hard to measure, can be your most powerful marketing tool). There were countless times when my mum would discover a new restaurant or cash and carry and tell all her friends about it. Whilst she might now be starting to use Facebook, it’s still very much a case of old school seeding and awareness raising.

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5 thoughts on “A bit of a rethink”

  1. Historically speaking, south asian and asian sub continent food is much more advanced in terms of marketing and accepted as a form of popular snack in western cities as the go-to food for a quick savory fix; its a guaranteed hit with the supermarket food buyers – as loyalty from the buying public as a food of choice is well established and worth its weight in …(ghee)

    Home grown British and South Asian Brands such as Pataks, Symingtons’, and East End Foods, have all done well to become trusted and household names within British Asian communities. Again this has been developed by a strong sense of community and understanding of “core business” that is at the heart of all these brands and indeed British Asian communities.

    I think Chapati Man is fun, tongue in cheek – and for fear of being a bit of a devil, but does it matter that it needs to taste “authentic”? What makes it authentic? Does it need to be endorsed by it’s core to be a successful brand? Surely it’s got to be more tasty than a cheese and ham sandwich? All that matters that consumers have the choice no? The fact that the brand has been established through an identified need can only be a step in the right directlon…

    I think the next challenge and opportunity will be an “embracement” or indeed an interest in “other” leading community foods as genuinely authentic tasting snacks – West Indian food, Kosher, Polish, Turkish etc… Humous is so generic now that I think most people wouldn’t even know that it’s from the Med. The more Patty-mans, Yiddish-mans’ …. the better!

    @rajmeena

  2. I know nothing about Indian food but I do like a chicken tikka masala which I suspect was created in birmingham, I also like chapatis. But I am commenting to say

      1. Sorry to be a pooper Holly – but as a brummie who would no doubt take the credit for such a chicken tika invention – need to pass the credit to the Glaswegians.

        They nurtured the ingredient and took it global ( well past Blackburn) ….

        Yes to more blog posts Asad!

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