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Harvest rediscovers one ingredient that we take for granted

When you think about exciting ads, you don’t necessarily think tomato paste. However, this new campaign for Harvest by FP7/CAI…

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When you think about exciting ads, you don’t necessarily think tomato paste. However, this new campaign for Harvest by FP7/CAI really shook things up. By telling a different side of the story, the riveting concept and immaculate art direction, this new campaign was able to give Harvest tomato paste the prestige it actually deserves.

The ad tells a story of the unsung hero of Egyptian cuisine…the tomato paste. The one ingredient that is most under-appreciated, yet makes our yummy dishes just that…yummy. The ad really does make you stop and reflect for a second about this one ingredient and what would happen to our hearty dishes, if it were to vanish from our lives and leave because we take it for granted. This ad comes just in time for Ramadan and all its traditional foods that never miss tomato paste.

This untraditional take on a traditional product captured our attention. Coupled with a well thought out script, a dramatic voice over and beauty-full shots, it already garnered over 1 million views.

Take a look at the ad below:

صحيح لو قررت تنسحب بجد… هيحصل ايه؟؟

Posted by Harvest Foods on Sunday, May 21, 2017

 

The most interesting thing about this campaign is how the script and cinematic storytelling flipped the customers perspectives on its head. From the reverse effect, to the food styling to the out-of-the-box script, this innovative concept got us appreciating tomato paste in a whole new way.

CREDITS//

Agency: FP7/CAI
Executive creative director: Ahmed Hafez Youness
Art director: Heba Safey
Copywriter: Nour Abdelhamid

Head of digital department: Rania El Bakry
Digital account manager: Walid Hamdy
Digital senior account executive: Passant Mohamed

Planning director: Naila Fatouh
Planning supervisor: Mostafa Hashish

Director: Adham El-Sherif
D.O.P: Ashraf Gaber
Art director: Adham El Helaly – Esraa
Assistant director: Hossam El-Gazzar
Food stylist: Rana Sarrouf – Ahmed Tahseen

Music: Schubert
V.O: Nour Abdelhamid

Production house: Fekr Production
Post production house: Pulse post production

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Aliens Campaign: Cadbury escapes planet earth and Egyptians aren’t happy

Customization marketing is an important and crucial aspect of marketing that many of us forget to take into consideration. Marketers…

Customization marketing is an important and crucial aspect of marketing that many of us forget to take into consideration. Marketers continue to focus on pushing maximum reach, but forget that reach isn’t always everything.

Cadbury is a British multinational confectionery company wholly owned by American company Mondelez International (originally Kraft Foods) since 2010.

The Mondelez-owned brand Cadbury Egypt catches up ‘Free the joy’ global campaign, but seemingly bites the dust with consumer feedback. Cadbury’s Dairy Milk chocolate is both an international and local hit, a popular choice for many. Unfortunately, it seems that Dairy Milk may lose some of its strong footing in Egypt after its newest campaign.

Dairy Milk jumps out of the box in 2018, so far out that they have flung themselves into space! The chocolate bars have found their way into alien hands.

 

Don’t let those wide innocent eyes fool you.

They’re coming.

They’re here.

And we know what happens when aliens visit our planet!

 

The idea behind the campaign is brining people to [Feel the Joy or اطلق السعادة]. The alien symbol aims to send out a message of universal love of the chocolate. Showing that Cadbury’s Dairy Milk is able to surpass the limits of culture, language and even planets.

One thing is for sure, the custom-made aliens are definitely making a splash on social media, and everyone has their own opinion on the invasion.

 

Cadbury Egypt catches up to global campaign, 2 years later….

Cadbury’s not-so fuzzy aliens actually come from one of Cadbury’s international divisions, Cadbury India.

The television ad, and aliens, was first released in 2016 as a part of a global campaign, which was set to release in Canada, South Africa, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Pakistan, and in some countries in South East Asia.

The campaign was created for Cadbury for their back-then new slogan, “tastes more chocolately.”

The original TVC was animated by Ogilvy & Mather Mumbai and released between October and November of 2016.

 

With only a few small details changed, and an entire scene cut from the end, the ads are basically identical. It seems like Cadbury did not invest enough in customization or marketing localization, instead opting to not customize the ad for local consumption.

 

Cadbury 2018 global brand platform changes into kindness

Cadbury global marketing strategy in 2018 tends to leave joy positioning after six years to go ‘back to brand roots’. The new key marketing messages are designed to focus genuine acts of kindness and generosity.

The new marketing direction in 2018 is re-connecting consumers to Cadbury brand equity by aligning the key messages with moments of kindness instead of moments of joy.

Watch the new TV campaign first aired on 12 January which marks the same date of launching the aliens campaign in Egypt.

 

The new brand positioning aligned with kindness theme will be implemented across the Cadbury portfolio in 2018, starting with the Cadbury Dairy Milk brand.

 

Egypt’s Social Media Feedback

If you do not get Egypt, Egypt will get you. A quick review of the teaser published on Facebook brand page shows that 49% of the comments have been negative towards the aliens (40% positive, 11% other).

Comments ranged from” Irrelevant and not consistent with their “Happiness” platform… Not every global campaign should fit locals!” to “Is this an ad or a horror movie?” *

Another issue that some fans have brought up is the fact that the Aliens were featured on major billboards days before the teaser’s release.

Enabling many people to figure out their feelings about the creatures without the campaign’s context. Perhaps if Cadbury had waited to release the billboards after the ad had been released, then they may have had a better reception.

It’s not all bad though, some people have clearly enjoyed the ad such as this commentator, “I have to buy a Cadbury chocolate bar soon cause [I] love this type of out of this world creepy and unusual stand out advertisement.”

There are two things that this campaign has left us to wonder.

Would the campaign have made it through if Cadbury focused more on customization, and created focus groups to check on feedback?

Would have revealing the billboards at a later date, after the ads release, allowed customers to have more time to like the aliens?

And here is another question, why is their dance so catchy?

Give us your answers in the comments!

*Translated from Arabic

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Supreme Council for Media Regulation bans Vodafone’s Abla Fahita advert

Controversy has continued to surround Abla Fahita as Vodafone’s latest commercial campaign featuring the popular puppet was banned from broadcasting…

Controversy has continued to surround Abla Fahita as Vodafone’s latest commercial campaign featuring the popular puppet was banned from broadcasting on TV yesterday, according to a decision issued by the Supreme Council for Media Regulation.

The commercial campaign idea was created to launch Vodafone’s latest promotion “Vodafone Pass” which allow users to enjoy the internet streaming on social, Video, & Music without consuming main mobile internet bundle or balance.

The advert revolves around a song performed by Abla Fahita, which describes consumers problems with the internet, especially with internet prices and the fact that internet bundles usually consumed so quickly.

The Supreme Council for Media Regulation banned Vodafone advertisement because it contains inappropriate phrases and scenes that violate public taste and values.

Meanwhile, the council pointed out in its statement that by showing such scenes, Vodafone abused its position and misbehaved.

Vodafone’s Abla Fahita Ad already hit 9,919,123 views on YouTube in one week time span and ranked as 2nd most trending video on Egypt and considered one of Vodafone’s most viewed videos of all time.

Maspero already refused to air the Advert:

Egypt’s state television has reportedly refused to air a commercial featuring the popular Egyptian muppet “Abla Fahita” over inappropriate content.

Egyptian state-run television channel Maspero already refused to air the latest Vodafone commercial after accusing the commercial of “playing with words to give a different meaning than the original meaning of each, which affects public morals” making it unsuitable for children.

Maspero already refused to air the Advert
Image courtesy: masrawy.com

Abla Fahita is a popular puppet that appeared in 2011 and performed an entertainment program named “El-Duplex” on the satellite TV channel CBC, even though the program is described as inappropriate due to using bad language, and it received condemnations from the Egyptian society.

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Mo’ Salah 2018 campaign should be pretty much as Vodafone brand as it gets

Born in the Egyptian city of Basyoun, 100km or so north of Cairo, Mohamed Salah’s footballing journey began in the…

Born in the Egyptian city of Basyoun, 100km or so north of Cairo, Mohamed Salah’s footballing journey began in the Nasr City district of the Egyptian capital playing for El Mokawloon SC during 2009-2010 season.

Today, Egypt winger Mohamed Salah with no doubt is the phoenix for his generation of Pharaohs. Mohamed Salah caught the attention of the football world for his speed and earned the world’s respect after his muted celebration after scoring a goal against Chelsea.

Since his historic penalty against Congo and qualifying Egypt to 2018 World Cup “with Salah’s help, of course”, the 25-year-old’s star is on the rise and this is the reason why he has been hailed as the ‘Egyptian Messi’.

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Mohamed Salah is now branded as a successful young Egyptian who can be a role model to inspire Egyptians especially younger people and give an example to be emulated in behavior, commitment, and strive for success.

Salah, who has also been nominated for the CAF African Footballer of the Year award, is currently the Premier League’s top scorer after scoring 20 goals in 25 matches since signing for the Reds this summer.

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With statistics, Mohamed Salah is considered the most expensive Egyptian, Arab and, African player in the football history after moving to Liverpool last summer for 42M euros.

 

Why Mohamed Salah’s success is a triumph for Vodafone’s Branding Campaign

Vodafone Egypt today announced Mohamed Salah to be Vodafone Egypt’s newest brand ambassador. Accordingly, Mohamed Salah will lead Vodafone’s advertising campaigns for 2018 under the slogan “The future is exciting. Ready?”

In line with Vodafone’s new vision of optimism, Mohamed Salah up coming campaigns for Vodafone Egypt should achieve the brand aspirations and dreams for a better future and reflect Vodafone’s trust and hope for young people.

اللي جاي أقوى 💪

Posted by Vodafone Egypt on Wednesday, December 20, 2017

 

One of the toughest aspects of building a successful brand is building an emotional connection with consumers and Mohammed Salah was chosen by Vodafone Egypt as an example to achieve ambitions and to work towards a stronger and better future.

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Brand intimacy is the new paradigm in marketing and consumers connects more with brands when they seems to care about people like themselves and is making a positive difference in the world.

Mohamed Salah reflects Vodafone’s new brand identity and he is really an inspiring example of how to leverage your personal capabilities to get into the career you want and push-up your challenges from local to international standards.

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Back in Jun 2016, Mohamed Salah was featured in Etisalat Misr “Imagine Tomorrow” campaign. Today, by naming Mohamed Salah as Vodafone Egypt’s brand ambassador, its considered another victory for Vodafone to complete a winning deal with Salah who has been crowned BBC African Footballer of the Year following an exceptional year with AS Roma, Liverpool and the Egyptian national team.

Worth mentioning that Pepsi has chosen Egyptian professional footballer, Mohamed Salah as the new brand ambassador for Pepsi-Cola in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in 2016.

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We wonder if  Salah would consider Coca-Cola campaign for World Cup 2018. Specially that Coca-Cola is one of the longest-standing corporate partners of FIFA, with a formal association since 1974 and an official sponsorship of FIFA World Cup™ that began in 1978.

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What did Egyptians Google this year? Most Trending Searches of 2017

For years now, internet-giant Google has been releasing its annual “Year in Search,” which chronicles the year’s most trending topics….

For years now, internet-giant Google has been releasing its annual “Year in Search,” which chronicles the year’s most trending topics. Twelve months’ worth of topics are categorized and rated, showing exactly what the world feels or is searching for during the year.

This year’s Year in Search displays a lot of heart and self-expression worldwide.

The video shows some of the world’s biggest fears in 2017, but also show us the hope and faith that people had in times of horror and strife.

The video shows the world coming together, to become fearless, strong and helpful.

While the worldwide results have categories such as Global News, Losses (celebrity deaths), and recipes, Egypt’s list was a lighter and less serious list.

 

Egyptians Googled

Search

  1. Results of Primary Schools
  2. World Cup Draw
  3. Selsal el Dam Series (مسلسل سلسال الدم)
  4. El Keaf song by Cairokee (اغنية الكيف)
  5. Professional Academy for Teachers
  6. Egyptian Knowledge Bank
  7. Football Match Egypt Vs. Cameroon
  8. Despacito
  9. Al Ahly Club Elections

 

Events

  1. World Cup Draw
  2. Al Ahly Club Elections
  3. The Funeral of artist Shadia
  4. The new Egyptian Ration Supply card
  5. Oasis terrorist attack (حادث الواحات)
  6. Results of Draw for Hajj (نتيجة قرعة الحج السياحى)
  7. Hurricane Irma
  8. Zamalek Club Elections
  9. Warraq Island
  10. Tiran and Sanafir

 

Songs

  1. El Keaf song by Cairokee (اغنية الكيف)
  2. Despacito
  3. Elab Yalah (مهرجان العب يلا)
  4. Abd El Salam (مزمار عبد السلام)
  5. Btnadeny Tany Leeh (اغنيه بتنادينى تانى ليه)
  6. Ya Amm Ya Sayad (اغنية عم يا صياد)
  7. Dala’ El Takatk مهرجان دلع تكاتك)
  8. 3 Dakat (3 دقات)
  9. Mady El Nas (معدي الناس)
  10. Amr Diab’s new Album

 

Public Figures

  1. Mahmoud Al-Khatib
  2. Ahmed Shafiq
  3. Elissa
  4. Gamila Awad
  5. Abd El-Salam
  6. Wafaa El Kilany
  7. Mahmoud Taher
  8. Nader Ahmed
  9. Essam El-Hadary
  10. Mohamed Salah

 

Matches

  1. Egypt Vs Cameroon
  2. Al Ahly Vs Al Tarji
  3. Egypt Vs Ghana
  4. Egypt Vs Mali
  5. Egypt Vs Burkina Faso
  6. Egypt Vs. Uganda
  7. Egypt Vs Tunisia
  8. Al Ahly Vs Al Wadad Morocco
  9. Egypt Vs Morocco
  10. Al Ahly Vs Étoile Sportive du Sahel

 

TV Shows

  1. Selsal el Dam Series (مسلسل سلسال الدم)
  2. Kafr Dalah (كفر دلهاب)
  3. Ramez Ta7t el Ard (رامز تحت الارض)
  4. Kalapsh (مسلسل كلبش)
  5. Adly Allam (عفاريت عدلي علام)
  6. El Ostora (مسلسل الاسطورة)
  7. Shakshak Sho (شكشك شو)
  8. Heba Regl Al-8orab (هبة رجل الغراب)
  9. Lam3y Al-2ot (لمعي القط)
  10. Hany Haz El-Gabal (هاني هز الجبل)
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