Indianapolis to Indore

This is not about some journey from the midwest of the US to the middle of India. This builds on my post a couple weeks ago about understanding your target market.

I grew up about 100 miles south of Indianapolis (Indy) and looking back on it, Indy is a test market dream. Indy is a good proxy for getting a cross-section of the average US consumer and costs are low. I remember visiting Indy as a kid and wondering why did they need 5-6 electronics stores (HH Gregg, Circuit City, etc…), then I read that Indy was ground-zero for the battle of big-box formats in the 80’s.

India has a similar city – Indore.  It’s right smack in the middle of the country. I’ve visited Indore many times through the years and the more I visit, the more I see similarities with Indy. In both cities, people tend to be more conservative but willing to experiment with new products/services.

For most business the Tier 1 metros – Bombay, Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkatta and Chennai are good enough.  But, if a company is looking for size and scale they will have to look beyond Tier 1 metros.  And that’s where Indore comes into play, if your product/service gains traction in Indore I’m pretty confident you can reach across India.

2 thoughts on “Indianapolis to Indore

  1. sunny says:

    My recommendation for you is to visit Rau and Pithampur area on your next visit to Indore. Its now a hard business zone with full flesh automobile and other manufacturing firms from Volvo Eicher to L&T, Bridgestone and Force. Indore is the fastest expanding hub across the country

  2. sunny says:

    My recommendation for you is to visit Rau and Pithampur area on your next visit to Indore. Its now a hard business zone with full flesh automobile and other manufacturing firms from Volvo Eicher to L&T, Bridgestone and Force. Indore is the fastest expanding hub across the country

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