Category Archives: Local Brands

Branding post-merger

After two decades of progress and innumerable calamities, the supermarket category in East Africa is again in flux. This time the highly professional retail brand Carrefour is coolly selecting the best growth opportunities from the wreckage of the supa-duka boom. … Continue reading

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The human touch

Notable economists have projected the loss of one third of all jobs to automation by mid-2020, a daunting concept. Here in Africa we are fully part of this global revolution. We’re a connected continent full of bright young people. In … Continue reading

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Fear inhibits growth

Last week I caught up with an old friend who leads a financial PR business in China. We fell to reminiscing about corporate life in multinationals, and it didn’t take long for the old discontent to resurface (he’s still harness, … Continue reading

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Jingle Bells

When you have been around the block a few times, as have I, you begin to see trends coming back. You see it in fashion. You see it in holiday destinations. And trends also return in advertising. Not because the … Continue reading

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Employees need to fit your culture

Amid the general wailing and gnashing of teeth that surrounds the Millennial discussion, one occasionally happens upon something sensible. I’ve been reading about how the online entertainment brand Netflix sets expectations for employee contribution. It’s surprisingly hard line; and contains … Continue reading

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Marketing islands

It’s rare find a Marketer criticising his profession, so I was intrigued when the Chief Marketing officer of HP had this to say last month: “Marketers risk forming a parallel universe and distancing themselves from the business.” Lucio was talking to … Continue reading

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Toxic brands

While I was in South Africa last week, President Zuma unveiled a new statue to the late Oliver Reginald Tambo, former President in Exile of the ANC during the Anti-Apartheid Struggle. O.R. Tambo was the legal partner and lifelong friend … Continue reading

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Not different enough

There’s a lot of loose talk about differentiation these days. Most of it happens in Marketing Departments, and not enough at the Boardroom table. Frankly, we need to get better at it if we hope to build our regional economy. … Continue reading

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Customer Experience for Tourists

It’s all change on the regional tourism front with Kenya emerging largely undisrupted (we hope) from its Election process. Tanzanian tourism is delivering much less value for money thanks to ill-considered Presidential interference in taxes and levies. And in Uganda, … Continue reading

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Customer experience drives results.

We’re already halfway through the year and one encouraging trend in the region is the number of companies who are taking steps to improve customer experience. I wouldn’t say they are in the hundred, but very definitely in the tens. … Continue reading

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