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October Bridge's Empty Billboards

[dropcap style=”2″ color=”#f50a0a” text=”C”]airo’s infamous 6th of October Bridge is mainly known for its vast variety of advertisements. Hundreds of…

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[dropcap style=”2″ color=”#f50a0a” text=”C”]airo’s infamous 6th of October Bridge is mainly known for its vast variety of advertisements. Hundreds of billboards decorate a commuter’s hour-long drive from the beginning to the end of the bridge – and usually, they are spammed with all sorts of advertisements.

But beginning 2013, a noticeable phenomenon has taken over: several billboards have nothing to offer anymore. Over 40 blank, grey or white spaces replace what once used to be colorful, blinking – sometimes even annoying – posters and fiber sculptures. The same goes for several other “advertising-boulevards”.

What caused the sudden change? There could be two explanations for this occurrence:

1. The companies and businesses do not have enough money to lay out an all-covering marketing and advertising strategy due to lack of budget. The last two years have definitely not been easy on businesses – be it multinational big-shots or local start-ups and tailors. Budgets changed, people were let go, laborers went on strike and the overall stability of the country was shaken, putting off investors and decreasing consumerism.

2. The overall marketing budget remains the same, yet companies started investing in other types of advertisement – mainly online presence. With an internet penetration of 37.92%, and over 31 million users, Egypt has a large audience for online marketing. Online penetration increased about 28% from 2011 to 2012 – and this percentage is not planning to decrease anytime soon. This niche has received way too little attention from businesses, only 6.8% of this budget is addressed at online advertising, and regional manager for North Africa for Google Wael El Fakharany claims that the percentage lies even further down at 3.5% – 4%. On the contrary, developed countries spend 17% – 18% of their budget on online marketing.

Which option is more plausible and why?

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Careem acquires RoundMenu, gunning for UberEATS?

Ramadan is coming up, and all we are going to be thinking about is food, food, and food! In what…

Ramadan is coming up, and all we are going to be thinking about is food, food, and food!

In what could be in preparation for that, ridesharing app Careem has now acquired RoundMenu, an online restaurant ordering, delivery and reserving platform based in the MENA region.

In a statement, Careem stated that the acquisition “is part of a wider investment into the food delivery category.”

RoundMenu currently has a presence in 18 cities across the Middle East, including Cairo and Alexandria, and maintains a partnership with the world’s largest travel site, TripAdvisor.

The acquisition was settled for an undisclosed amount.

 

Could Careem be gearing up for another battlefront with rideshare competitor Uber?

In the hot summers of the Arab region, many of us would prefer to order in.

This is the reason why there is an abundance of shops and restaurants willing to deliver, our growing need to stay in during the melting heat has driven demand to higher levels.

Uber has already jumped on the bandwagon by expanding their UberEATS system into the region.

Last month, Uber announced it will be releasing UberEATS to Egypt soon. The platform allows users to sign in on the app or website, scroll through partnered restaurant menus and order food from Uber.

UberEATS is currently available across more than 200 cities around the world including Dubai and Abu Dhabi. According to the company, UberEATS has been pretty successful in the UAE with orders growing by 169% in the second half of 2017.

Careem’s acquisition of RoundMenu may be a response to the news, seeing as the acquisition happened less than a month after Uber’s announcement.

Could Careem really be preparing to add food delivery to their repertoire in Cairo?

They may even be aiming to cater, through bus sharing app SWVL, from which they acquired a minority share back in July 2017. Who knows? At the very least, we know is that Careem is definitely going to try and enter the same market as Uber and Otlob, Egypt’s reigning online food delivery platform.

Careem has stated that they will be testing delivery capabilities (on small scale) later this month.

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Google launches native ad-blocker to improve Ad standards

After almost a year of preparation, Google has finally released their new native Ad-blocker for Chrome, hopefully pushing advertisers to…

After almost a year of preparation, Google has finally released their new native Ad-blocker for Chrome, hopefully pushing advertisers to improve their ad standards and quality. Google chrome will now automatically filter and disable certain ads and websites that do not adhere to their new set of rules.

Users will not have to fear bad experiences again as websites with pop up ads (with no exit/close button in sight), full volume music when opening webpages, and etc.

The ad-blocker has been in the works for almost a year now, with sources speaking to The Wall Street Journal back in April 2017. The ad-blocker will be turned on by default for all Chrome users.

This is another step for Google, who aims to ensure a better online experience for their users, and to shift the ad industry from intrusive advertising to more subtle and relevant ads.

Google and fellow internet giant Facebook are members of the Coalition for Better Ads, an international industry group that has researched the different forms of web advertising that has annoyed internet users the most.

The group has complied a list of undesirable ads, listing 12 forms of online advertising that advertisers should avoid to provide consumers with the best online experience. Unsurprisingly, the biggest offenders are in mobile.

 

via Coalition for Better Ads

 

The ad-blocking system has been rolling out for a while now, and has already caught some offenders. According to Google’s Engineering Manager Chris Bentzel, “As of February 12, 42% of sites which were failing the Better Ads Standards have resolved their issues and are now passing. This is the outcome we are were hoping for — that sites would take steps to fix intrusive ads experiences themselves and benefit all web users.”

For users, when navigating through websites, the ad-blocker will first check on the website you are about to visit, checking if it is a part of a website that had been flagged as not following the Better Ads Standards. If it is, ads will be automatically blocked.

When this happens, this is how it will look like for users.

 

 

If you’re a website developer or website owner, you can visit Google’s Ad Experience Report to find out if you need to make some changes.

Otherwise, you may receive a 30-day warning from Google about your violations. Ads will not be stopped by default until 30 days after the warning has been issued, and there have been no changes.

 

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Karim Abdel Aziz stars Telecom Egypt’s WE localized advertising strategy

Telecom Egypt’s WE finally releases their first real campaign, after their rebranding awareness campaign back in September of last year….

Telecom Egypt’s WE finally releases their first real campaign, after their rebranding awareness campaign back in September of last year. Since its creation, WE has only released ad copies for the World Cup qualifiers.

Releasing the telecommunications company’s first card, the ad plays with local themes and sensibilities. This has become a popular recurring theme in many telecommunications brands this year.

Action star Karim Abdel Aziz stars in WE’s newest ad for their new card, Agda3 card. The ad has fun laughing at how Egyptians deal with fighting and superstars amongst themselves.

 

Within 5 hours, the ad has already gained more than 761k views and 24k positive reactions.

Even though the year has only started, many have already released their own ad copies targeting the very same specific segment of the population. Their weapon of choice? Mostly Mahraganat music and funny culturally-appropriate and appreciated jokes.

But why is there such a strong need to become more localized?

 

Famous blunders

To learn from our mistakes is an accomplishment, but to learn from others’ mistakes is a cost-effective strategy. Brands that have failed to localize their campaigns have often either ended in hilarious or terrible results.

KFC’s famous blunder in China, where KFC’s tagline “fingerlickin’ good!” was translated to “eat your fingers off!” Or, a local example, Cadbury Egypt’s decision to apply Cadbury’s previous global campaign to Egypt without much research, resulting in a popular and hilarious social media frenzy.

We can see localization pay off with another chocolate brand, TODO, whose popular and very localized content has made it a beloved brand.

Trying to catch up

For a long time now, telecom companies have been trying to reach the largest population segment, the lower and lower middle classes, with not always the best of luck. But, a stroke of genius and viral content thrust a new way to reach them.

Orange’s now viral ad, “Shamar Yalla,” boosted Mahraganat music to the forefront of marketers’ screens. Now, almost all across the telecommunications section has moved into the new year, aiming to reach new heights with the same type of content and the same success.

We see this in ads especially with Vodafone, who seems to have decided to focus all their efforts towards this demographic. With their newest ads, and even dealings with current culturally relevant celebrities such as Abla Fahita.

Orange continued the trend with “La2 La2,” and now we see WE entering the fray with their newest ad.

For a long time, Mobinil (Now Orange) was the only major player who would focus marketing efforts towards the country’s largest class. Its rebranding and new strategy when switching to Orange changed that, leaving a large target segment with no real penetration.

Now Orange is back at it, and all the telecom players are still trying to catch up.

Why to localize your campaigns?

Don’t allow your campaign to be “amazing” to the wrong people, campaigns such as Cadbury’s Aliens may have worked brilliantly in other countries and regions, but simply translating voice-overs won’t save you from this blunder.

Create new content with local staff around your already great concept, and localize!

Social Media Insights and Data Analysis

And don’t just listen to what people are saying about your brand, listen to the conversations on your competitors’ social platforms as well. Keep an eye, and webpage, out for problems, complaints and popular happenings.

Creating your campaigns through collected data will provide you with a great insight to your target audience. There is so much data floating around that one day of research could supply you with a strong idea on how to reach your target, and build a culture-proof campaign around it. So, don’t forget to hug your analysts!

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Etisalat + Sharmoofers = Demagh Mazzika

While it seems that 2018 will witness new trends in music genres introduced by Telecom campaigns, Etisalat decided to abandon…

While it seems that 2018 will witness new trends in music genres introduced by Telecom campaigns, Etisalat decided to abandon the Mahraganat trends and connect with the youth via underground bands by choosing Sharmoofers as the face of Demagh Mazzika because their music is different (Fe Hetta Tanya).

Some brands brilliantly capitalize on emotional messages. When it comes to branding, there might be no better way than using music to help a customer remember your brand promise.

Music for the Digital Era

Successful marketers singularly focus on creating an authentic connection that consumers respond to. They ask themselves, how many people can we estimate would remember seeing our ad if we asked them within 2 weeks?

Music has a unique effect on our brain, which provides marketers with an avenue for brand remembrance.

Music marketing helps people find, and fall in love with, your brand. Music is timeless, and it can elevate the benchmark results when we measure the advertising effectiveness in which a sample of respondents is exposed to.

There is nothing to prove about the effect of associating brand key messages with music themes. We may be in 2018, but no one around the world would not recognize Coca-Cola’s 1993 theme song (Always Coca Cola) or this Nescafé commercial music theme from the 80s.

Kawkab Sharmoofers

Underground Music is termed as music that does not conform to the usual commercial trends and types, making it have a style and mind of its own. That is where Etisalat’s Demagh Tanya package got hooked.

At the heart of Etisalat’s campaign, Demagh Tanya has been completely focused on breaking out of the traditional mold, as its name suggests.

It seems to be a mutual success for the brand to attach itself with one of the country’s biggest underground bands which offer non-traditional stories in the form of music and lyrics.

Sharmoofers, who are now the face of Demagh Tanya, have joined forces with Etisalat to provide youth users with a way to break into the underground music scene.

Introducing Etisalat’s Demagh Mazzika, a music platform specifically made for music that doesn’t conform with its new and different artistic sounds.

Along with their new musical platform, Etisalat will be celebrating the creative differences with various concerts. Their first concert, Music Box, which happened over the weekend, was a great success. Performers included Sharmoofers, Jadal and Aziz Markah.

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The telecommunications giant is also launching a new VAS (Value-added service) for Demagh Tanya users with Sharmoofers, named Kawkab Sharmoofers.

Etisalat offers some unique features in Kawkab Sharmoofers package, includes daily exclusive content (photos, videos, voice notes), ring back tone, exclusive albums and singles releases.

To subscribe send an empty SMS to 554 and then dial *200# to migrate to any of Demagh Tanya tariffs. For existing customers, get double the value for 1 month with the double offer when you migrate to any of Demagh Tanya tariffs through *200#.

The offer is valid for a limited time.

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