Category Archives: Social Media

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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The non-completion challenge

As I move around inside East African enterprises one thing is becoming increasingly clear. Both employees and employers are frustrated by their failure to complete tasks. I’m not talking about assignments that overrun on time or budget, but about projects … Continue reading

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Social media in trouble

Hot on the heels of extraordinary customer service failures in the US airline industry comes news of even bigger brands attracting reputational damage. Facebook, the social media giant, now boasts 1.86 billion weekly users, with over 150 million in Africa. … Continue reading

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Social media for CEO’s

CEO’s are increasingly being drawn into social media conversations. Sometimes unwittingly, when their personal social media impacts their business reputation. More often deliberately, as part of personal brand building or corporate communication. Back in 2015 the CEO of US tech … Continue reading

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Terms and conditions

Have you noticed how many commercial offers now include the rubric ‘Terms and condition apply’? Yet most consumers never come to grips with the meaning of the phrase. Even if they see it added to the bottom of a billboard … Continue reading

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Who owns a brand?

As African economies transition rapidly to being market-led, the question of who really owns a brand becomes more pertinent. Growing African businesses are keen to assert ownership of the brands they have spent money to create. Yet few take steps … Continue reading

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Ad Awards revived

After an absence of twelve years, and a decade of toxic wrangling before that, Kenya has just revived its annual Advertising Awards. It’s a positive step for anyone who feels that we all deserve better advertising. Market economies put the … Continue reading

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From bland to brand

Brand experience, not just customer service, is increasingly the main differentiator for modern companies. Professor Nader Tavassoli (www.nadertavassoli.com) of London business School suggests that there is a clear process to creating a true brand experience. His latest case study features … Continue reading

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Does sex still sell?

Doing anything in East Africa these days means spending a long time stationery on our crowded roads. Even if you have a driver – and I don’t – you rarely manage more than two city centre meetings a day. So, … Continue reading

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