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Hazem Emam goes red with Vodafone

Football legend Hazem Emam, the creative playmaker who spent most of his career as an attacking midfielder for Zamalek SC….

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Football legend Hazem Emam, the creative playmaker who spent most of his career as an attacking midfielder for Zamalek SC. As, probably, the biggest telecommunications provider in the country, Vodafone’s power (and budget) is virtually unlimited.

Also Read ➤ How Vodafone Egypt dominates (#1 theme) in brand storytelling

On the other hand, Hazem Emam is one of Zamalek’s all-time golden boys. Hazem Emam goes red… Maybe we just do strange things for family!

Going Red for Family

Hazem is one of the most talented players in the history of Egyptian football, Emam already holds allot of nicknames including Zooma El Fanan (The Artist), El Embrator (The Emperor) and The Little Fox.

As one of the most popular players ever in the Middle East he has been a vocal supporter for the white side all his life, Hazem is a member of a family that has served the White Knights for decades, Hazem was lucky enough to follow in the steps of his father Hamada Emam (former Zamalek and Egypt star in the 1960s) and grandfather Yahia Emam (former Zamalek and Egypt goalkeeper in the 1930s).

He is one of the few players with total respect across all Egyptian football fans equally. Worth mentioning that El Zamalek players wore a T-shirt that had his number on it and words “Don’t retire Hazem” in the warm up before the game after announcing his retirement .

Today he appeared on Vodafone’s clearly red focused new advert featuring Vodafone Red Family. The ad emphasizes the importance of family, how having a family changes one’s life. An ironic point, as Vodafone is Ahly’s biggest sponsor. Released as a monochromic video, the ad contains brief glimpses of red during all of its scenes.

 

Red Family

عيلتك واخدين منك حاجات حلوة كتير خليهم ياخدوا حاجة حلوة كمان. ڤودافون بتقدملك Red Family حاجة حلوة ليك ولعيلتكلاضافة عيلتك ل Red Family إطلب #41* أو زور تطبيق Ana Vodafoneللمزيد كلم 800 او زور https://goo.gl/W5V1v2

Posted by Vodafone RED Egypt on Monday, July 24, 2017

 

Now with less and less concrete ties to his former team, Emam has shown that he doesn’t mind a little bit of red for Vodafone. Hazem Emam’s father appearance in the advert made us remember Vodafone’s 4G campaign when it featured how the next generation will transcend by transferring the power from one generation to the other [#جيل_بيكمل_جيل] in an ultimate mix of an emotional journey and an alluring sceneries.

 

Hazem Emam advertisements:

Hazem was known to be very shy as a child but the stylish and talented play-maker successfully developed a new career outside the football pitch. Hazem cooperated with many brands before Vodafone including Pepsi, Head and Shoulders, 57357 Hospital, Samsung and Clear Shampoo.

Throwback ➤ Football legend Hazem Emam Staring Samsung Gear S2 Advert

Emam’s retirement from ALJAZERA sports TV channel (currently BeIN Sports) increased his credibility and with 1.1M followers on Instagram and more than 614K fans on Facebook, Hazem Emam is a valuable asset to any brand.

Emam is considered as one of Zamalek’s best ever players, having led the club to a host of titles (4 league titles, two Egypt Cups, two Egyptian Super Cups, two African Champions Leagues and one CAF Super Cup).

Are you a football fan? How do you feel about Hazem Emam’s appearance on Vodafone’s ad? Let us know in the comments below.

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#Lovely Campaign: 70 years of Egyptian cinema, music, and Pepsi

For over 70 years, Egyptian cinema has been the Hollywood of the Middle East. For decades, Egyptian music has been…

For over 70 years, Egyptian cinema has been the Hollywood of the Middle East. For decades, Egyptian music has been blasted through countless streets, and concerts filled to the brim.

For over 70 years, Pepsi was there to see it all. That is the premise of Pepsi’s newest ad, Lovely.

Pepsi’s newest campaign aims to remind us of its long-lasting presence in the local scene, and how it has constantly evolved to fit with the times and style of each time period.

 

The ad brilliantly moves through the decades, showing off the fashion, film styles and Egyptian music development timeline for the last 70 years.

Moving from classical black and white to Amr Diab-like in the 2000s, to today’s popular festival music videos and dancing styles. Listen to the musical stylings of the mid-1900s, to the 70s bright flower power era to today’s electronically mixed music.

And listen to the different lyrical stylings of each decade.

 

Inspiration

Taking its main music notes and lyrics from the classic Nos Sa’a Zawag (نصف ساعه زواج) 1969, by Samir Sabry and Shadia.

The song, and movie, has been an important classic in Egypt’s cinematic history, with many Egyptians still remembering the well-known movie. Many of us, young and old, still remember the song as well.

This Egyptian musical classic lends its nostalgia and familiar notes to Pepsi, who has tweaked each time period’s music and lyrics according to the appropriate popular music style.

 

Some eagle-eyed viewers may notice the subtle joke Pepsi makes, in which a larger woman attempts to wrestle the attention of the secondary male, a scene stealer in the original movie scene.

 

Continuation

Pepsi seems to be preparing a series of videos to compliment the campaign, each showing a specific era’s lifestyle and Pepsi can design.

So far, the soft drink manufacturer has only released its first video, focusing on the mid-1900s.

Although Pepsi has used Nostalgia as a long-running strategy over the many decades its been in the industry, it continues to defy over usage of the theme and keep engaging audiences.

What do you think of Pepi’s newest campaign?

Is it a hit or miss?

Let us know in the comments below.

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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’.

Also Read ► Road to Russia 2018: The most prepared brands for the historical moment

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.

Also Read ►Pepsi features Mohamed Salah in Advert about Ambition and Success

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.

Also Read ► Vodafone Launches New Visual Brand Identity

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.

Vodafone Egypt just clinched the best player in Africa from rival competitor Etisalat Misr

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.

Recommended Read ► Pepsi and Coke become “Frenemies” to support The Egyptian National Team

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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