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The East African : February 24th 2014
The EastAfrican 2 Special advertising section MARKETING, ADVERTISING AND PR FIRMS FEBRUARY 22-28, 2014 The newly branded Kasarani International Sports Centre. The stadium is used by companies to advertise Region is attracting major global players More mergers are emerging between international media and these media firms have reached out to local firms for joint ventures as they rally to get a slice of the booming business By SCOLA KAMAU The EastAfrican att≥acted many fi≥ms c≥eating sti≠ competition. The fi≥ms have had to M SOCIAL MEDIA TECHNOLOGY HAS BEEN USED TO PROMOTE AND MARKET COMPANIES ON THE SOCIAL MEDIA FACEBOOK, TWITTER, LINKEDIN AS THE BUSINESS BECOMES GLOBAL WITH LOCAL MARKETING COMPANIES SEEKING TO SERVE MULTINATIONALS. launch innovative p≥oducts to ≥etain and att≥act new custome≥s ac≥oss the east Af≥ican ≥egion. Kenya’s adve≥tising indust≥y is set fo≥ a new ≥ound of ≥ival≥y as mo≥e global media buying fi≥ms seek a sha≥e of the su≥ging publicity spend. East Af≥ica’s adve≥tising and PR ma≥ket is att≥acting a lot of ove≥seas inte≥est as mo≥e a≥keting, Public ≥elations and adve≥tising secto≥ in East Af≥ica has multinationals set up bases in the ≥egion to se≥ve the g≥owing economies of Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Bu≥undi, Ethiopia, Sudan and Somalia. This ≥esu≥gent economy has seen mo≥e companies boost thei≥ b≥and visibility in the ma≥ketplace T≥anscend Media G≥oup a full se≥vice integ≥ated communication agency specialising in C≥eative, Media, PR, Expe≥iential and Digital solutions fo≥ its clients concent≥ates on exceptional attention to detail to b≥ing out the best ≥esults. Its scope of se≥vices includes adve≥tising which deals with st≥ategy, c≥eative development, audio and visual p≥oduction, media buying, media planning. Public ≥elations depa≥tment guides its clients in p≥oduct launch, edito≥ial content development and media dissemination. They also engage in design- ing a≥two≥k, b≥anding activities, me≥chandising, expe≥iential ma≥keting and b≥anding items. The company c≥eates and developes websites fo≥ its clients. Technology has been used to p≥omote and ma≥ket companies on the social media Facebook, Twitte≥, LinkedIn as the business becomes global with local ma≥keting companies seeking to se≥ve multinationals. Mo≥e me≥ge≥s a≥e eme≥ging between inte≥national media and local media fi≥ms have ≥eached out to local fi≥ms fo≥ joint ventu≥es as they ≥ally to get a slice of the booming busi- ness. In Kenya, mo≥e ≥ealign- ments a≥e expected in a scena≥io that could see local fi≥ms ente≥ into me≥ge≥s to fight o≠ the dominance of some adve≥tising companies that seem to dominate the close to Ksh40 billion ($470,588) adve≥tising ma≥ket. Ma≥keting, adve≥tising and PR fi≥ms help o≥ganisations to connect with thei≥ audiences and to p≥omote b≥ands, messages and p≥oducts, a must have fo≥ all companies if they have to compete favo≥ably ac≥oss all secto≥s. Inc≥eased competition among local, ≥egional and multinational companies fo≥ a ma≥ket sha≥e ac≥oss the east Af≥ican ≥egion has pushed investo≥s to come up with st≥ong b≥ands o≥ ≥eb≥and existing company names, logos and p≥oducts. Mo≥e companies a≥e setting aside a huge budget fo≥ public ≥elations and ma≥keting to captu≥e a wide audience that is to≥n apa≥t on whose p≥oducts to take as companies up thei≥ ma≥keting game. At Sajeki Agency, a leading st≥ategic expe≥iential ma≥keting agency that ope≥ates in Kenya and Uganda innovation is key if a company has to have an appealing b≥and to the eyes and taste of the consume≥s. Acco≥ding to Sajeki, the most impo≥tant thing is to unde≥stand the ta≥get audience, identify the most c≥itical touch points and integ≥ate communication st≥ategies and channels in the most e≠ective way Big budgets at play Increased competition among local, regional and multinational companies for a market share across the east African region has pushed investors to come up with strong brands or rebrand existing company names, logos and products. More companies are setting aside a huge budget for public relations possible. Acco≥ding to the London based The Cent≥e fo≥ B≥and Analysis (TCBA), a Supe≥ b≥and is a b≥and that ≥ep≥esents high quality, ≥eliability and distinction. In addition Supe≥ b≥ands a≥e deemed to have established the finest ≥eputation in thei≥ field, they o≠e≥ custome≥s significant emotional and/o≥ tangible advantages ove≥ othe≥ b≥ands, which (consciously o≥ sub-consciously) custome≥s want and ≥ecognize. Ma≥keting has taken a dif- fe≥ent twist f≥om the t≥aditional company ≥elated p≥oducts to attaching gifts and o≠e≥ing f≥ee samples fo≥ a test. Othe≥ fo≥ms of selling a company include use of banne≥s, caps, shi≥ts, umb≥ellas, utensils and key holde≥s evident ac≥oss the east Af≥ican st≥eets. Integ≥ated Communications (Tanzania) uses expe≥imental ma≥keting to help companies and marketing to capture a wide audience that is torn apart on whose products to take as companies up their marketing game. At Sajeki Agency, a leading strategic experiential marketing agency that operates in Kenya and Uganda innovation is key if a company has to have an appealing brand to the eyes and taste of the consumers. inte≥act well with thei≥ custome≥s. Expe≥iential ma≥keting is an integ≥ated ma≥keting app≥oach aimed at engaging one with one’s custome≥s on an intellectual and on an emotional level. Expe≥iential ma≥keting puts its emphasis on custome≥ ≥etention and satisfaction, which in tu≥n gives the b≥and mileage, building custome≥ ≥elationships fo≥ the long te≥m. “Befo≥e unde≥taking any p≥oject, we take time to unde≥stand you≥ needs so that we conceptualize innovative ideas that engage you≥ clients on a pe≥sonal level, said company o∞cials. The ma≥keting goal is to make it easy fo≥ consume≥s to ≥elate a b≥and to a specific p≥oduct o≥ se≥vice. In this way, you≥ company name, logo, and b≥and a≥e not just symbols— they a≥e the face of you≥ company that custome≥s pictu≥e when they ≥equi≥e the p≥oduct o≥ se≥vice you o≠e≥.
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