Alternative Assignment – Nisbett

Walk into any bar on Rainey Street in Austin, Texas and you’ll see a room full of young, tattooed hipsters comparing music tastes and discussing the newest reason why Trump is the literal worst. Walk into any bar in the old Truman Brewery or any other hip bar in Shoreditch and you’ll hear the exact same conversations, just with an added British accent.

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Bar on Rainey Street in Austin, Texas

The difference? It’s in the drinks. While Hackney hipsters are resigned to staples like Bacardi and Smirnoff (along with as some local brews to keep things interesting), Austinites have an array of local choices, the top of which is Deep Eddy Vodkas and I think it’s about time Austin shared the love.

The formal borough of Hackney includes Stoke-Newington and Shoreditch and together they make one of the most up and coming, dangerous, and hipster boroughs in all of London Proper. It is also a sister city to the one and only Austin, Texas, creating formal international trade ties as well as informal cultural ties.

“Hackney is cool,” 23-year-old Oli, a Hackney native said. “I don’t know how else to describe it other than cool. And diverse.”

With over a quarter of its population under the age of 20 and 21% between the ages of 20-29, Hackney is very much a young borough and therefore that would be the main clientele of Deep Eddy. While there would be the obvious issue of making a name for themselves in a nightlife literally built in a centuries old brewery and bars seeping with Ciroc and Smirnoff, Deep Eddy has always had a youthful brand that would fit right in.

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Big Chill Bar in the Truman Brewery of Shoreditch

This is a community with an ever changing history and demographic. This is also a community rapidly facing the effects of gentrification at the hand of the London hipsters. With the help of street artists like Banksy and Space Invader bringing a cool factor to the area, the once Kurdish-heavy, older and poorer demographic has shifted with the influx of new, hip businesses.

“This area has gotten much safer in the past few years and a lot of the people who’ve lived here forever have seen the shift,” longtime resident Hettie, 54 said. “All these young people move in and bring new stuff to the area but it’s gotten quite expensive and some areas that used to be quite dangerous are now in hot demand.”

There are many reasons I believe this is the perfect neighborhood for Deep Eddy to expand into. For one, the nightlife scene is already established. There is a need for a wide range of new, cool alcohol brands to set these bars apart from those in Soho or Covent Garden.

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Deep Eddy Advertising campaign in Austin

Instead of coming to these bars just to get drunk and dance to house music, the people that go to Big Chill House and others in the old brewery come to socialize and show off their knowledge of craft beers and indie bands. The drink you’re holding is just as important as the cigarettes in your pocket and the vintage shop you bought your top from.

Also, I believe the brand would translate really well into this neighborhood and this clientele. Since it is so culturally similar to Austin, I feel like it would allow for the brand to use a similar marketing strategy to that which they already use, just with a few modifications.

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Gentrification in numbers

Another reason I’m confident in Hackney is due to the rapid gentrification mentioned earlier. With so many new businesses pouring money into the area and social and local medias portraying the area as the hot new thing, the buzz will open the door for the brand but Hackney’s new residents who aren’t going anywhere anytime soon will give it its staying power.

While gentrification has its obvious negatives especially when it comes to preserving the culture of a city, it can have positive impacts on companies looking to get into an up and coming area from the beginning. It gives them street cred to say “we were here first” and to hipsters, that’s usually the most important thing.

In the next ten years, I see Hackney continuing to grow and evolve from the “murder mile” era into something much more similar to Austin or even Denton. Hopefully a place that hasn’t lost sight of its roots and the cultures that make it unique but has changed into something safer and more prosperous.

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Due to their sister city status, Austin held a Hackney exhibit during SXSW showcasing Hackney innovators and creators. The relationship is already there!

I think this would be a great opportunity for Deep Eddy to make a name for themselves not only in Hackney or London but in Europe as well. Starting somewhere familiar to gain a reputation then expanding throughout the wealthier boroughs and on to other parts of the UK seems like a good way to go. And if they manage to make the same great drinks for the Brits that they do for the Texans, they’ll have nothing to worry about.

Yours Politely, Natalie

 

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Alternative Assignment – Thorne

 

Walk into any bar on Rainey Street in Austin, Texas and you’ll see a room full of young, tattooed hipsters comparing music tastes and discussing the newest reason why Trump is the literal worst. Walk into any bar in the old Truman Brewery or any other hip bar in Shoreditch and you’ll hear the exact same conversations, just with an added British accent.

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The difference? It’s in the drinks. While Hackney hipsters are resigned to staples like Bacardi and Smirnoff (along with as some local brews to keep things interesting), Austinites have an array of local choices, the top of which is Deep Eddy Vodkas and I think it’s about time Austin shared the love.

The formal borough of Hackney includes Stoke-Newington and Shoreditch and together they make one of the most up and coming, dangerous, and hipster boroughs in all of London Proper. It is also a sister city to the one and only Austin, Texas, creating formal international trade ties as well as informal cultural ties.

“Hackney is cool,” 23-year-old Oli, a Hackney native said. “I don’t know how else to describe it other than cool. And diverse.”

With over a quarter of its population under the age of 20 and 21% between the ages of 20-29, Hackney is very much a young borough and therefore that would be the main clientele of Deep Eddy. While there would be the obvious issue of making a name for themselves in a nightlife literally built in a centuries old brewery and bars seeping with Ciroc and Smirnoff, Deep Eddy has always had a youthful brand that would fit right in.

big-chill2.jpg

This is a community with an ever changing history and demographic. This is also a community rapidly facing the effects of gentrification at the hand of the London hipsters. With the help of street artists like Banksy and Space Invader bringing a cool factor to the area, the once Kurdish-heavy, older and poorer demographic has shifted with the influx of new, hip businesses.

“This area has gotten much safer in the past few years and a lot of the people who’ve lived here forever have seen the shift,” longtime resident Hettie, 54 said. “All these young people move in and bring new stuff to the area but it’s gotten quite expensive and some areas that used to be quite dangerous are now in hot demand.”

There are many reasons I believe this is the perfect neighborhood for Deep Eddy to expand into. For one, the nightlife scene is already established. There is a need for a wide range of new, cool alcohol brands to set these bars apart from those in Soho or Covent Garden.

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Instead of coming to these bars just to get drunk and dance to house music, the people that go to Big Chill House and others in the old brewery come to socialize and show off their knowledge of craft beers and indie bands. The drink you’re holding is just as important as the cigarettes in your pocket and the vintage shop you bought your top from.

Also, I believe the brand would translate really well into this neighborhood and this clientele. Since it is so culturally similar to Austin, I feel like it would allow for the brand to use a similar marketing strategy to that which they already use, just with a few modifications.

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Another reason I’m confident in Hackney is due to the rapid gentrification mentioned earlier. With so many new businesses pouring money into the area and social and local medias portraying the area as the hot new thing, the buzz will open the door for the brand but Hackney’s new residents who aren’t going anywhere anytime soon will give it its staying power.

While gentrification has its obvious negatives especially when it comes to preserving the culture of a city, it can have positive impacts on companies looking to get into an up and coming area from the beginning. It gives them street cred to say “we were here first” and to hipsters, that’s usually the most important thing.

In the next ten years, I see Hackney continuing to grow and evolve from the “murder mile” era into something much more similar to Austin or even Denton. Hopefully a place that hasn’t lost sight of its roots and the cultures that make it unique but has changed into something safer and more prosperous.

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I think this would be a great opportunity for Deep Eddy to make a name for themselves not only in Hackney or London but in Europe as well. Starting somewhere familiar to gain a reputation then expanding throughout the wealthier boroughs and on to other parts of the UK seems like a good way to go. And if they manage to make the same great drinks for the Brits that they do for the Texans, they’ll have nothing to worry about.

Yours Politely, Natalie

Additional Links:

The World’s 25 Most Hipster Neighborhoods

Hackney Wikipedia

Austin vs. Portland: Which City is More Hipster

Where Austin Meets Shoreditch

In a country with a drinking age of 18 and a huge population of people from countries like Ireland who are known for their drinking, having a variety or liquors at your disposal at all times of the day is a vital part of London and U.K. culture.

Going out in London means paying at least five pounds for a beer and at least nine for any drink that actually tastes decent.

This city is drowning in alcohol but what they’re missing is a alcohol company with a cool factor. From Bacardi to Guinness, the liquor companies here are as old as the buildings the bars sit in. They’re lacking the one thing that Shoreditch hipsters value most and that is the new, underground and unheard of thing that makes them different from the masses. Deep Eddy Vodka could be that thing.

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Deep Eddy is an Austin, Texas based company that began in 2010 and currently distributes to all 50 states in the U.S. Not only do they still produce their product out of their native Austin, they sponsor many city-wide events like Austin City Limits Music Festival as well as being the main sponsor of the annual free Blues on the Green concert series. Their devotion to live music, keeping cool and supporting their community would translate perfectly into the more hipster boroughs of London.

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With so many well-known competitors here already, it is important for Deep Eddy to make an impact with its arrival. The perfect way to show the community who they are at their core as well as get their name out their would be to host a free live music event at a hip rooftop bar, like Big Chill in Shoreditch, complete with local bands and foods, free merch and of course, Deep Eddy Vodka, both for free tastings and for sale in drinks and bottles.

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Hipster Haven AKA Shoreditch

By drumming up local media coverage through local Hackney and Shoreditch publications like the Hackney Post and Made in Shoreditch, they could appeal to the local young people as well as local business owners who may be interested in participating in the event by contributing food, entertainment, locally made products etc.. It would also be wise to appeal to more traditional media outlets that perhaps lean more liberal like The Independent and The Guardian as that is more likely to have young readers.

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Possible venue The Big Chill in Shoreditch

By creating media coverage and hosting an event that is tailored to the community, gets them involved and peaks their interest, Deep Eddy could make a name for themselves as the “Official Drink of London Hipsters”.

Yours Politely, Natalie