Brand Management, Digital marketing

Getting your marketing priorities straight while embracing the inevitable change

[dropcap style=”2″ color=”#f50a0a” text=”A”]ll over the world marketers face numerous critical challenges in their quest to connect with consumers and…

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[dropcap style=”2″ color=”#f50a0a” text=”A”]ll over the world marketers face numerous critical challenges in their quest to connect with consumers and business buyers. But everywhere marketers are in risk of failing miserably. The reason is that marketers are too busy chasing the latest fad, and unconcerned about fixing the basic components of their marketing ecosystem.

New is the new black //

New attracts most people. New is exciting, it is promising and brings new perspectives, new opportunities and new hope to do better.

A significant proportion of the Egyptian population has embraced the new kids on the block, namely social and mobile. Now many brands are busy making themselves available in these channels.

Yet these new social media activities too often are driven by a mere desire to join the band wagon – to not be left behind, rather than being seen as part of an overall engagement strategy. The results derived from these activities are often poor to nonexistent. For example, we know that 95% of Facebook marketing activities aren’t working. That is, they aren’t delivering tangible value to the businesses that establish their Facebook presence.  Yet marketers continuously pursue the next “like”, the next “share” without any clear plan or purpose.

Odd set of priorities//

What strikes me as odd – in Egypt and most other places – is that most marketers seem to be driven by the wrong set of priorities. Priorities in 2012 seem be driven by a burning desire to be accepted amongst marketing peers, rather than establishing a focus and mind-set to meet business- and marketing objectives.

Sure marketing has become tremendously more complex than it was just 5-10 years ago. True, the change is constant. Admittedly, being a marketer today is quite the challenge job.  And, I think, that is what makes so rewarding.  But as a marketer, you still have to prove that you add real value to your business.

Old objectives still work //

That is exactly why we need to understand what our priorities are. I don’t know about you, but last time I checked, my priorities as a marketer were driven by objectives for acquisition, retention, win-back. Not by “objectives” for establishing a presence on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube.  That is – in the worlds of a famous British author – “non-sense”.

Now I am not an advocate for any particular channel of communication. I advocate only that brands should be visible wherever customers and potential customers are. And the fact is they are everywhere. Consuming through all of the traditional channels as well as through digital channels; At times your customers are more likely to engage through digital. Others times through traditional channels. The name of the game now is multi-channel engagement, not a play of singular channels.

Getting the basics right produce better results//

There is a serious disconnect going on as most marketers in Egypt and elsewhere aren’t paying attention to the basics. It is sad. Because those that do manage to establish a strong marketing foundation, perform much, much better than those who don’t.

Part of a modern day marketing basics is to research in order to fully understand your target market’s preferences and peculiarities. Another part is to establish an integrated system to manage customer data and communication. These are just two areas that most brands in Egypt neglect. But ask any top modern day marketer, and they’ll tell you; they owe a huge part of their success to having invested in these two areas. They are simply prerequisite for becoming a successful marketer in this day and age.

Easy come, easy go and a puff of shisha //

New channels of communication come and go. That won’t change. And new opportunities will arise with greater frequency than ever before. Most of these new possibilities will fail, a few will last. But the good old ways of understanding what the actual marketing objectives are and keeping focus on that and that alone, won’t.

So if you are committed to marketing excellence, you must address your marketing basics first. Once you have your basics in place, that’s the time when you are ready to embrace change and leverage new channels of interaction and engagement.

With that, I am going to go enjoy a shisha while I check emails, Facebook and Twitter on my smart-phone and possibly read this magazine. I really am a sucker for finding ways to combine the old and new.

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Juhayna steps in 2018 with bold yet humble campaign to support Baheya hospital

A fundamental quality of successful marketer is the mindset and willingness to do whatever it takes to build a solid…

A fundamental quality of successful marketer is the mindset and willingness to do whatever it takes to build a solid brand that makes revenues and changes the world.

Juhayna has decided to take its sponsorship of the beloved Al Ahly team and use it for good by launching national donation campaign to support Baheya hospital.

For years Juhayna have been doing whatever necessary to increase the brand value. Hiring Sherif Ekramy to promote Juhayna Mix, Dora as Juhayna Pure’s brand ambassador, the controversial Dundo Advert and major sponsorship deals.

After 19 years of being the most visible logo on one of the most watched teams in the country, Juhayna is taking a step back and letting someone else get the limelight.

Throwback ► Juhayna Cheering Egyptian Mothers in Emotional TV Commercial

Juhayna teams up with Baheya Hospital & Al Ahly in long-term plan which aims at delivering a bold yet humble marketing message with much emotion involved. The move definitely will re-capture the audience attention to Juhayna’s logo and strengthen the long-term sponsorship to Al-Ahly SC.

Early yesterday morning, Reporter Sara Fouad posted a small teaser of Juhayna’s new campaign.

كلكوا عارفين أنا زملكاوية قد إيه.. والإنتماء ده موضوع بجد مفيهوش هزار.. لكن في حاجة بتجمّع كل الناس أيًا كان إنتماءهم ا…

Posted by ‎Sara Fouad – سارة فؤاد‎ on Monday, January 1, 2018

 

The post states that for the first time in 19 years, something was going to change with Juhayna and Al Ahly.

Fans questioned what would happen, the brand has been a main part of the uniform for so long. Many wondered if they would change logos, or focus on a certain product instead of the company as a whole.

Juhayna themselves, later the same day, posted a short video/would be GIF on the topic.

Stepping back for 90 minutes

The FMCG company has decided to take a step back in order to lend a helping hand. So, after 19 years of unchanging visibility, the brand is partnering up with Breast Cancer NGO Baheya.

The partnership allows Baheya’s logo to sit upon Juhayna’s place to help 4000 of those afflicted with the disease.

For 90 minutes, during the match between Al Ahly and Al Masry on the 12th of January, Juhayna and Baheya hope to receive donations of up to 19 million EGP, which will be spent on helping more than 4000 Breast Cancer patients.

 

Only 7 hours in, the video already has over 5k reactions and over 400 shares.

People have reacted positively to the change, some stating that it’s honorable to use the money Juhayna uses on being on the uniform for some change and good in the world.

Baheya is a non-governmental organization that aims to help spread awareness of Breast Cancer, and the importance of early detection through testing. While Breast Cancer can be beaten at later stages, with lower rates of success, early detection provides up to a 98% chance of curing the Cancer.

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Dubai Police issued a LIVE fine on driver’s instagram video

Using mobile phones while driving is a traffic violation. Whether you are making calls, texting, or using any apps, including…

Using mobile phones while driving is a traffic violation. Whether you are making calls, texting, or using any apps, including posting on social media.

You can be caught by sophisticated cameras. But now, a new way of being found out has emerged. Dubai Police have spotted people live on Instagram stories while they are driving, and jumped into the live chat to let the people know that they will be faced with a fine!

Brigadier Saif Muhair Al Mazrouei, Director of the General Department of Traffic at Dubai Police, has confirmed the truth of the incident in pictures posted on social media sites regarding a fine issued to a person who was using his Snapchat while driving his vehicle on Sheikh Zayed Road.

The driver was talking with others when he suddenly received a message from Dubai Police on his Instagram that a traffic fine was issued to him for using a mobile phone while driving. Dubai Police issued a LIVE fine on this driver’s Instagram video while he is driving.

Dubai Police Issued a LIVE fine on this driver's instagram video while he is driving.
Dubai Police Issued a LIVE fine on this driver’s instagram video while he is driving.

But it wasn’t just the police, HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum also engaged to notify and a traffic violation was being committed.

But it wasn't just the police, HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum also engaged to notify and a traffic violation was being committed

Brigadier Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, director of Traffic Department in Dubai Police, told Gulf News that the Arabic driver was on Shaikh Zayed Road on Friday, and went live on his Instagram account while driving.

Other road users noticed him recording live on the road and called 901 to inform Dubai police.

“We received some calls about a man driving on Shaikh Zayed road on Monday afternoon while recording on Instagram. We checked his account and saw the live video and register a traffic offence,” Brigadier Al Mazroui said.

The driver who was broadcasting live on Instagram while driving, was fined by Dubai Police for being distracted while driving. The driver was fined Dh800 and four black points for being distracted while driving.

“Drivers can’t being distracted by their phones when driving on highways. We want people to be aware of such mistakes by drivers on our roads. Anyone can call Dubai Police to alert about any traffic mistakes done by other drivers and we check before issuing traffic fine,” Brigadier Al Mazroui added.

Earlier, Dubai Traffic received calls from several people on 901 that a person was Snapchatting pictures on a public road. One of them gave the police the Snapchatter’s Instagram Live account through which the police discovered that the incident was true.

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Ahmed Mekky would make new YouTube records for Middle East

Back in 2015, Moroccan Singer Saad Lamjarred’s ‘Lma3allem’ made its way to hit over 31 million views in one month. This…

Back in 2015, Moroccan Singer Saad Lamjarred’s ‘Lma3allem’ made its way to hit over 31 million views in one month. This was considered an all-time record for an Arabic music video on YouTube in such a short time

The Egyptian-Algerian actor, Ahmad Mekky just released his latest hit “Wa’fet Nasyt Zaman” entitled (Standing on the Corner of My Old Street) has accumulated plenty of feats over the last few hrs and is showing no signs of stopping.

It isn’t that YouTube video is dead. In fact, it’s still very much alive. It’s about changing the tactics and its obvious that Mekky decided to monazite the exclusive video via YouTube.

Ahmed Mekky directed his 855,053 Facebook fans to watch the video on his YouTube channel without considering publishing even a parallel teaser video on Facebook to accumulate all the predicted viewership on one sole digital channel.

The song “Wa’fet Nasyet Zaman” cinematography main theme is very authentic and it represents the true precious culture of the Egyptian street. The song story is all about reviving the good morals of the past while being nostalgic for beautiful past memories with friends and neighbours as well as the old values and ethics.

 

Iconic digital metrics made by Mekky:

YouTube Insights:

  • In less than 10 hrs, Mekky’s latest hit “Wa’fet Nasyt Zaman” made its way to be #1 trending video on YouTube over Egypt.
  • The new exclusive video needed just 12hrs to hit 1M views on YouTube to be one of the fastest videos from Middle East to reach 1 million views.
  • The YouTube video achieved 1,524,281 views in 24hrs exactly.

Facebook Insights:

  • Since the teaser post, Mekky’s Facebook page achieved 42K+ Average Engagement/post.
  • The 6 posts concerning the video release attracted 254K+ Engaged users in 48hrs time span.

 

Social Media Reaction:

The one who falls and gets up is so much stronger than the one who never fell. Did you notice that the video is already directed by Mekky?

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YouTube Rewind 2017 reveals most popular and top trending videos of the year

With 2017 ticking away, YouTube has posted its annual Rewind mashup for the year to recap the top videos, music,…

With 2017 ticking away, YouTube has posted its annual Rewind mashup for the year to recap the top videos, music, events, and more. This video features many hit moments and contains the largest amount of talent of any Rewind.

The annual YouTube Rewind video gives people an insight into what the world has been loving that year. YouTube also listed 2017’s top trending videos based on time spent watching, sharing, commenting, liking, and other factors. These top 10 videos have received 630 million views and have collectively been watched over 40 million hours.

The seven-minute long video immerses you in the culture of 2017. Finally, YouTube revealed its YouTube Rewind 2017 video, “The Shape of 2017,” which features almost 300 YouTube creators, musicians, celebrities and more.

YouTube ranked the top trending videos and music videos for 2017. “The Shape of 2017” features “nearly 300 creators, viral stars, musicians, and surprise guests” from over 20 countries. That full list is available here.

Here are the top 10 trending videos:

  1. Until we will become dust – Oyster Mask | THE MASK SINGER 2
  2. ED SHEERAN – Shape Of You | Kyle Hanagami Choreography
  3. Ping Pong Trick Shots 3 | Dude Perfect
  4. Darci Lynne: 12-Year-Old Singing Ventriloquist Gets Golden Buzzer – America’s Got Talent 2017
  5. Ed Sheeran Carpool Karaoke
  6. Lady Gaga’s FULL Pepsi Zero Sugar Super Bowl LI Halftime Show | NFL
  7. “INAUGURATION DAY” — A Bad Lip Reading of Donald Trump’s Inauguration
  8. history of the entire world, i guess
  9. In a Heartbeat – Animated Short Film
  10. Children interrupt BBC News interview – BBC News

Meanwhile, the top 10 music videos for 2017 were:

  1. Luis Fonsi – Despacito ft. Daddy Yankee
  2. Ed Sheeran – Shape of You [Official Video]
  3. J Balvin, Willy William – Mi Gente (Official Video)
  4. Maluma – Felices los 4 (Official Video)
  5. Bruno Mars – That’s What I Like [Official Video]
  6. Chris Jeday – Ahora Dice (Official Video) ft. J. Balvin, Ozuna, Arcángel
  7. 05. El Amante – Nicky Jam (Video Oficial) (Álbum Fénix)
  8. Jason Derulo – Swalla (feat. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign) (Official Music Video)
  9. DJ Khaled – I’m the One ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, Lil Wayne
  10. Enrique Iglesias – SUBEME LA RADIO (Official Video) ft. Descemer Bueno, Zion & Lennox

 

YouTube has a trivia game to test your knowledge on the year’s most popular videos. There is also a behind-the-scenes clip on the making of this year’s Rewind.

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