FOODPORN : " FREE "ADVERTISING - BOON OR BANE
The popularity of social media networks like
Facebook, Instagram and Twitter continues to skyrocket, and so does the concept
that everything we do – everyone we meet, everywhere we go, every movie we see
– needs to be uploaded and shared with our friends. Mobile technology has made
it incredibly easy to document every moment of our lives. Approx. 120 new
photos hash tagged #foodporn are uploaded to Instagram every minute. The idea
of sharing food photos online has begun to dominate the world of participatory
technology. Eating has always been a core component of socialising, and the way
we eat reflects our class, gender and generation. Food is no longer seen just as fuel for the body: it has become a currency that can be
traded online for social status.
Good food portrayed through
attractive pictures online motivates people to try out new restaurants serving
foods and drinks. And as it is turning out as the best way to promote one brand
connecting with the new generation, who rely more on the number of reviews and
photos posted online rather than word of mouth. The online visual content is
high in demand as it has appealing photos on the net across various social
media platforms and it has become an essential part of the overall promotion.
And with apps like Instagram and Facebook, people today share their memory
online. And these pictures are helping in creating a connection between
restaurants and their guests.
the old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words, but for restaurants,
user-clicked photos posted to social media sites are worth far more than words
or anything else that marketing money can offer.
photos often are posted with the hashtags, related to food and even specific #
tags too. Like for Starbucks we can tag #starbucks etc. which allows followers
to find them. For independent restaurants and chains, the trend provides a way
to showcase menu items with no cost or effort, and it has become a critical
part of online marketing.
Nowadays, food on social media has
become the latest fad. It has brought new food trends, inspired the new age
status symbol of having been there and done free advertisements for restaurants
and food joints. Anyone
who uses Facebook, Twitter or Instagram knows that many people like to
photograph, post and share photos of dishes that they think look good. The new
generation or the “millennials” as we call them are hungry for content for
their social pages. They know their food well as they have travelled a lot, and
they look for something hilariously different and adventurous on their plate, which
they can flaunt to the world.
whole trend, translates into business growth for the eatery, indirectly. People
love to order dishes, they have already seen on the net which were posted by
their friends and family. For the restaurteurs, it has become a free marketing tool
and is quite flattering for them to see people clicking pics of their food. You
will be surprised to know, that most of the eateries in UK and US have not
spent a single penny on advertising since last 2-3 years, as this online
posting and spreading the word has done and still continuing to do enough good
more than ever, have to become about social experience rather than solely about
food. The perception of a venue as a whole – its vibe, its décor, the
friendliness of its staff – can be as important (if not more so) than the
dishes served. To make it big in the social media age, a business needs to go
further than chatting to followers on Twitter: they need to cultivate an
attractive, unique and shareable image.
need to construct content – food, in the case of restaurants – that will
inspire people to take photos and share it. While food is an ideal medium for
social media because it’s something that we naturally share, intelligent
restaurants need to see social media as more than just cheap advertising. The
most important thing is to offer something worth talking about, something
remarkable. The worst thing you can do is be like everyone else. Already there are several distinct
trends emerging that will alter the way we perceive food and dining. Food criticism has become democratised and now
rests in the hands of bloggers and food review websites. Experiential dining – all about visuals, sounds
and textures as well as taste – is well represented by popular chefs like Blumenthals
and Gaggans of the world. Linked to this is an upcoming trend of videos, many
video apps and streaming services are helping people to share experiences like
cooking, presentation and eating online – real time…..What Next ???
this “eat and tweet” mentality come from ? How does it change the way we
respond and relate to food ? Where will
it lead to ?
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