Paper Boat – a brand with strong positioning , packaging and engagement

How often do you come across a brand which you would like to relate yourself to? On my recent trip to Southern India, I came across this new beverage brand known as Paper Boat produced by Hector Beverages. The first impression I had about this one was “VERY COOL”

If you take a close look at this brand you see impeccable branding around it. Couple of things to look into it:

  • Positioning of the brand
  • Packaging
  • Engagement by the brand

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WOW Popcorn – watch out for a brand in making

In 2013 Economic Times reported that Popcorn industry in India has fatter margins than Bollywood movies. Puzzled?

Despite a 56% Customs duty on quality imported corn (mostly sourced from the United States of America), the two major popcorn players in India are  Agro Tech Food, which has India rights for American company Con Agra’s Act II brand and Banaco Overseas – import around 23,000 tonnes annually. The third player which is not as big as its former counterparts but is in the race, it’s known as WOW Popcorn.

WOW Popcorn is a brand of WOW Food Brands Pvt. Ltd which is based in Mumbai. Currently, the company has 5 flagship stores and kiosk in Mumbai. Started in 2014 at a posh locality in south Mumbai known as Napeansea Road, the brand has been making quite some noise in the snack category. At present WOW has 7 flavors and the brand promises to increase more in near future. The brand is selling only in traditional retail format and has not yet made it presence in the online retail marketplace like GrofersLocal Banya and ZopNow.

As part of its marketing strategy, the brand is focused on making its mark with digital marketing.  As of now, it has around 6,400 fans on Facebook  and 750 followers on Twitter @wowpopcorn. The brand actively engages with its followers by way of contest, questions, trivia and more stuff.

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It will be interesting to see whether WOW Popcorn makes it way to multiplexes and eCommerce portals.

 

 

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RUOSH luxury shoes – The brand with a bold statement

RUOSH

While flipping towards daily newspaper Times of India (TOI) I came across a print ad of newly launched shoe brand called as RUOSH. This brand is the first from the house of Sara Suole Pvt Ltd. This luxury shoe brand is a  Bangalore based company and has been into Indian shoe market for almost a decade. It started as a seller (distributor) of luxury shoe brands like ESPRIT, Kenneth Cole, Louis Philippe and few more. Sara Suole Pvt Ltd decided to enter the Indian shoe market with its own brand with a decade of experience behind its back. If you analyze, the company did the right thing by coming up with an in-house brand. Some might feel they are late entrant on the flip side some might feel its right time to enter as the Indian retail scenario is changing rapidly (thanks to eCommerce boom). At present, the brand is being sold via both formats i.e traditional retail outlets as well as online eCommerce shopping portals like Amazon.in , Jabong  , Flipkart , etc.

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