South Asian

Share The Light. Happy Diwali.

The Festival of Lights is celebrated with a lot of excitement by many in the South Asian community. The light of prosperity is welcomed by cleaning the home, decorating with rangoli (floor décor), torans (door garlands), khandeels (lanterns), string lights, and most importantly, the diya (earth lamp) which is the central symbol of Diwali. This year the welcoming of [...]

By | November 10th, 2020|Advertising, Diwali, Ethnic Advertising, Multicultural Marketing, South Asian|

Raksha Bandhan – A celebration of sibling bond

The festival of Raksha Bandhan is celebrated every year in August and is a popular ceremony among South Asian Hindus. During Raksha Bandhan, a sister ties a thread bracelet, known as Rakhi, on her brother’s wrist. This tying of the thread signifies a brother’s promise to always protect his sister. Although in a literal sense, [...]

By | July 31st, 2020|Ethnic Advertising, Multicultural Marketing, South Asian|

Ramadan – Impact of COVID-19 on Canadian Muslim Consumers

During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims observe fasting during the daylight hours. After sunset, they break the fast together with family and loved ones and enjoy a sumptuous meal. The end of Ramadan is observed as Eid-al-fitr which is a 1 to 3 day celebration completing the month of fasting. This is also a [...]

Ramadan – Opportunities for brands

Ramadan is the most significant and celebrated month for Muslims. A month of fasting and charity. This year, Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, begins around April 23rd with the sighting of a new crescent moon. Muslims all over the world greet one another by wishing ‘Ramadan Mubarak’ (‘have a blessed Ramadan’) [...]

How does the media influence South Asians during Diwali?

Diwali, the festival of lights not only marks the beginning of a New Year for the South-east Asians but is also symbolic of fond childhood memories, awaited re-unions, temptation of sweets and the victory of light over darkness. It’s one of the most important festivals celebrated in India and other parts of the world where [...]

How Canadian brands can leverage South Asian consumers’ love for all things Bollywood?

Extravagant sets, foot-tapping songs, dance numbers, and melodrama may make Bollywood films a tad formulaic but when it comes to providing value for entertainment, there’s no phenomenon on earth that draws a cult-like following. Unlike the more prominent inter-generational gaps that exist between South Asian millennials versus their traditional boomer parents, cinema continues to serve [...]

Shouldn’t you be where your Asian-Canadian consumer is hanging out?

Recently, well-known Asian-Canadian artist Rick Tae, talked about the perceptible difference between Asian-Americans and Asian-Canadians. “There is a much louder expression of race and culture in the U.S., likely all the way down to branding and marketing for lack of a better way to explain it,” noted the actor who has produced and acted in [...]

How you can nail Experiential Marketing ?

If you’re out grocery shopping on the weekend, chances are you will be ambushed by several cheery product demonstrators inviting you to sample their wares. That’s experiential marketing in its most basic form. So essentially, experiential marketing aka engagement marketing connects consumers to experience a brand up, close and personal. Remember Red Bull’s Stratos Jump? [...]

Holy cow! How do you not know this?

A few years ago, the headline of a flyer from a well-known Canadian grocery retailer tucked inside the local paper screamed "Happy Diwali" and below in bold text was written “Diwali Sale." Clearly, the idea was to woo consumers celebrating Diwali, an important festival for Hindus and Sikhs. Skimming through the pages revealed something quite [...]

Messaging Apps: Engaging Ethnic Consumers in Canada

In today’s digital world, it is difficult to imagine how a business can be successful without a strong online presence. To survive and thrive, businesses must be proactive in their communication with potential customers. Messaging apps have come out as a rising medium in the quest to engage consumers, even more so among ethnic communities. [...]

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