Marketeer’s guide to Gandhiji’s 3 wise monkey’s 2.0

How many times have you sat behind your desk and let a marketing docket go without reading through it, signed on a marketing alliance without reading the fine print? It’s so easy difficult to envision the repercussions of your actions in your concrete facing cabin.

I feel something similar happened at Yauatcha this week.  It’s one of my favourite places- The dimsum heaven, stir fry lamb haven, and the place you can always go to and it never disappoints, except this time.

I recently saw a digital campaign about their anniversary celebrations, the promise of a great menu at a super affordable price. So off we went on Monday night . So as I was given an option between the Taste of Yauatcha special 5 course meal and the Anniversary menu,I  realised other than the inclusion of a glass of sparkling wine the menus were 85% same. How could that be? Why would a Michelin star restaurant not have enough to differentiate the two menus? There was no answer. But that got me thinking of how the lack of vision, and part disinterest in one’s team can lead to destructive marketing.

 

As Marketeers there has to be a version of Gandhiji’s three monkey rule that must be adhered to

Screen Shot 2016-11-15 at 3.44.11 PM.pngKeep your eyes open. blind. You have to know that each marketing activity has a different reaction, but don’t insult the customers intelligence. EVER

Screen Shot 2016-11-15 at 3.44.03 PM.pngKeep your ears open. I have seen companies spend millions of dollars in research. Research of what the consumer wants. Ironically, if you think about it, we are given that information first hand everyday, we just have to have the right mechanism to internally share that data

 

Screen Shot 2016-11-15 at 3.44.18 PM.pngOpen your mouthBe vocal. Interacting with the real customer on the shop floor is the best way to know if your marketing is working. On Paper and in reality the trademarks of a successful campaign are very different.

There’s a Trump in all of us…

Sitting thousands of miles away, watching the best politicos of the Great United States of America, one can’t help but wonder if they are monkeys in a circus. Aiming to entertain by saying the most obnoxious things, and while it takes two to tango, one of the US Presidential candidates takes a lead in the comedy series ‘I blow my own Trump-et’

So here’s my tribute to the biggest entertainer this century has seen and some of his best friends in the business of ‘Funny One Liners’

And while to all Trump supporters I only have one thing to say- May God be with you, I hate to say we have a Trump hiding in some of our own !

ON BORDERS

DONALD TRUMP: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best. They’re not sending you, they’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bring crime. They’re rapists… And some, I assume, are good people.”

MANOHAR PARRIKAR, DEFENCE MINSTER: ”  Pakistan ko mirchi lagi, woh bhi Andhra ki”

ON WOMEN 

DONALD TRUMP: “Ariana Huffington is unattractive, both inside and out. I fully understand why her former husband left her for a man – he made a good decision.”

SRIPRAKASH JAISWAL, EX UNION COAL MINISTER: “Like an old victory, wives lose charm as time goes by”

 

ON  HIMSELF 

DONALD TRUMP:  “The beauty of me is that I’m very rich.”

LALU PRASAD YADAV: ” Jab tak rahega samaose main aalu, Bihar main rahega Lalu”            ( Till,potato is the filling for Samosa, Lalu will remain in Bihar)

 

ON HIS COUNTRY 

DONALD TRUMP: “One of the key problems today is that politics is such a disgrace. Good people don’t go into government.”

RAHUL GANDHI: “Poverty is just a state of mind”

ON FAMILY

DONALD TRUMP: “I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”

RABRI DEVI, POLITICIAN:” If sons of engineers can become engineers, then why can’t sons of politicans become politicians ?

ON THE ENVIRONMENT

DONALD TRUMP: “It’s freezing and snowing in New York – we need global warming!”

GULAM NABI AZAD, MINISTER: When there is no electricity, there is nothing to do, but to produce babies’

ON TERRORISM 

DONALD TRUMP: “I was down there, and I watched our police and our firemen, down on 7-Eleven, down at the World Trade Center, right after it came down”

RAJ THACKERAY: ” Terror attacks in Mumbai have grown due to the increase in the growth of North Indians in the city”

 

ON BUSINESS

DONALD TRUMP: ” I am smart for not paying Federal taxes for the last 18 years”

SALMAN KHURSHID: ” If we send industrialists to jail, we will be discouraging investment”