GETTING PERSONAL WITH COCA-COLA

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Coca-Cola Nigeria, a subsidiary of The Coca-Cola Company, has launched a new campaign tagged, “Share a Coke” in Lagos. At a media briefing held on Wednesday, January 7 at the Protea Hotels, GRA, Ikeja, it was disclosed that Coca-Cola is replacing its iconic logo with popular Nigerian names on all its packagings such as the returnable glass bottle, cans and PET bottles.

Coca-Cola’s Share a Coke campaign has gone worldwide, enticing consumers with the ability to see their own or their friends’ names replace the logo on a can or bottle of Coke. Since launching in 2011 in Australia, it has been so popular that the campaign is now in more than 50 countries and the Nigerian market is the latest to launch this global campaign.

“Share a Coke transforms the global Coca-Cola brand into a special, personal experience for our consumers.” said Patricia Jemibewon, Marketing Director, Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited. “By swapping our iconic Coca-Cola logo with personal names, we give all our consumers a unique opportunity to connect and share their personalized Coke with the people who matter the most to them- friends, family and loved ones, either in person, or virtually”, she said.

While expatiating on the new campaign, Jemibewon further disclosed that the “Share a Coke” theme recognises Nigeria’s culture and diversity as 600 popular names have been picked from the rich array of names across the various regions of Nigeria. “Share a Coke does not only reinforce our ongoing commitment to refresh the world but also to inspire shared moments of optimism and happiness”, Jemibewon added.

After the campaign launched in Australia four years ago, Coke sold more than 250 million personalized bottles and cans in one summer.

From Australia, Share a Coke went on to New Zealand and China. The turning point, however, came in 2012 when the campaign won seven awards at the Cannes Lions festival. The campaign then launched in the UK in the summer of 2013, where it returned last summer with more than 1,000 names on its bottles and more than 150 million personalized bottles sold. The US finally saw the campaign in summer 2014, leveraging 250 popular names and a nationwide tour that allowed consumers to name personalized mini-cans.

Commencing from January 10, consumers can buy personalised Coke in glass, Can and PET from retail outlets across the country. Consumers who are unable to find their names in-store will have the chance to create their own personalized Coke during the nationwide activation which commences on February 2.

Well, i hope i can get mine earlier ooo, February is kinda too far to share a coke.

What do you think?

Picture Credit: Idris via BBM

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LASAA Proposes formation of Outdoor Advertising Regulatory Body in Nigeria

LASAA Proposes formation of Outdoor Advertising Regulatory Body in Nigeria

Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency (LASAA) is spearheading the formation of an association to protect the interest of outdoor advertising regulatory agencies in Nigeria.

The proposed regulatory body may be known as Outdoor Advertising Regulatory Association of Nigeria (OARAN).

LASAA, the first structured outdoor regulatory agency in Nigeria says the proposed association would help promote sustainable economic growth in a vibrant outdoor advertising sector across the country.

Speaking on this development, the Managing Director of LASAA, Mr George Noah noted that ‘‘Outdoor Advertising regulatory bodies in Nigeria are faced with several and similar challenges including the decline of out of home advertising spend due to competition from internet, radio and T.V.”

According to him, “It is important to have a platform that allows for idea sharing, protection of industry interest and a general collaboration for sustainability in the emerging world.”

Noah listed other challenges as varied standards, rates, human resource capacity and outdoor sites in military and police formations.

LASAA was established in 2006 to regulate and Control the display of signs and outdoor advertisement in Lagos State.

Following its successful operation, it has become a model for other States. Some of its key initiatives include the signage and outdoor advertising master plan to improve the visual communication environment in the State.

It is expected that this collaborative effort of pioneering the first outdoor advertising regulatory association in Nigeria will bring about the much anticipated change and growth within the outdoor advertising landscape across the country.

Some of the agencies expected at the meeting include Ogun State Signage and Advertisement Agency (OGSAA) and EKSAA for Ekiti State, KWASAA for Kwara State, among others.

Culled from: http://www.theheraldng.com

TMKG Releases 2013OOH Media Report.

TMKG Releases 2013OOH Media Report.

TMKG Consulting, (www.tmkgonline.com) Nigeria’s leading out of home media intelligence company has released its annual report of Nigeria’s out of home (OOH) media landscape with figures on spend by different product categories, brands, media formats, cities, regions and media owners. The report captioned ‘Outsight!’, is the product of a rigorous audit of the entire Nigerian OOH landscape covering over 150 cities/towns. According to Dan Oshodin, TMKG’s CEO, “the report follows our comprehensive census of all displays in the country, numbering over 10,000, excluding indoor panels but covering over 50 OOH formats on road side, rooftops, walls and at the airports, including 120 product categories and 600 brands”.

In the report, OOH media spend in Nigeria for 2013 was put at 28.75 billion Naira with the telecom category, long reputed for its big budget, topping ad spend on the medium followed by the beer, malt, carbonated soft drinks and skin care categories. Total category expenditure for the telecom brands was in excess of 8 billion Naira. Among the brands, telecom advertisers also dominated investment on OOH with MTN emerging the biggest spender. The top 5 brands also included Glo, Etisalat, Airtel and the Guinness Stout brand.

The report showed a very significant growth in the industry’s investment on electronic and digital displays as many media owners opt for conversion of formerly static sites to electric powered dynamic panels especially in major urban markets.

In terms of spend by market Lagos, the country’s commercial nerve still remains the city of choice for outdoor media investment accounting for more than the investment in all other cities put toghether. Lagos along with Ibadan (in the south west of the country), Abuja (the nation’s political capital), Port Harcourt (the oil rich city by the coastal south) and Aba (the market city in the east) were reported as the top 5 cities with the most number of outdoor media displays.

With over 120 media owners operating in the sector, New Crystal Communications, Invent Media, Marketing+Media, Optimum Exposures and Rocana are among the top media owners by revenue while there appears to be a glut in the market with almost a quarter of total panels in the count vacant or unsold

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The TMKG Outsight! Report 2013 has more details by category, by brand, by market, by media owner, etc which can be acquired by subscription.To have a deeper understanding of the OOH media trends in Nigeria or you want to know how your brand or category is standing in the OOH market place, contact TMKG by phone on +234 7046 214 497 or by email: outsight@tmkgonline.com.

About TMKG:

TMKG Consulting (www.tmkgonline.com) provides a totally independent third-party proof of performance audit, quality control, research and market intelligence services for the marketing and communication industry. The company which specialises in tracking, monitoring and audit of outdoor advertising and out-of-home media has been at the forefront of driving a better approach to planning and buying outdoor media. For the past seven years TMKG has helped major advertisers in Nigeria track and protect their investment in outdoor. In 2012, it launched the revolutionary Postartrack audit reporting tool, an online dash board that is accessible to advertisers, agencies and media owners for real time tracking and control of OOH investment as the company’s field force audit displays around the country.

Culled from: http://www.brandworknigeria.com

P&G Nigeria Completes $300m Manufacturing Plant in Ogun

P&G Nigeria Completes $300m Manufacturing Plant in Ogun

As part of mission to deepen its production capacity in Nigeria and to sustain its status as leading global consumer goods company, Procter and Gamble Nigeria (P&G) has completed a $300 million manufacturing plant in Agbara industrial estate, Ado-Ota/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun state.

According to official information gathered by BusinessDay, the soon-to-be-commissioned $300 million Procter and Gamble Nigeria plant in Agbara industrial estate would be the largest single U.S investment in the country and would be expected to provide about 2,000 direct jobs for Nigerians and several thousands of indirect jobs when it becomes operational.

Speaking at the company’s facility tour undertaken in Agbara by Bimbo Ashiru, commissioner for commerce and industry, Ogun state, Temitope Iluyemi, the P&G Sub-Sahara Government Relations Associate Director, disclosed that the plant which was constructed within 18 months would be out soon to deepen consumer goods production in the country.

Iluyemi said that the inauguration of the plant which would be done this week (Thursday) would not only contribute significantly to the nation’s gross domestic product and create direct and indirect jobs for teeming Nigerians, but would also assist local small and medium-scale enterprises upgrade their businesses since P&G was poised to produce user-friendly and quality products that would meet international standard and specification.

She however, commended Ogun State Government’s drive for industrialisation which she described as “friendly atmosphere for investment to thrive”, pledging that P&G would continue to be partner in progress to both Federal and State governments, saying it would also not relent in performing its corporate social responsibility.

Responding, Bimbo Ashiru, commissioner for commerce and industry pledged that business-friendly posture of the State Government would be sustained, adding that developments like this would spur the State government to do more in providing necessary infrastructure for creating an enabling environment to attract new investments and make existing businesses thrive.

Ashiru urged Management of Procter and Gamble Nigeria to develop and maintain a cordial relationship with the host community by embarking on meaningful corporate social activities that could impact positively on lives and providing jobs for qualified indigenes, explaining that he was in the plant to appraise the level of preparation for the formal commissioning scheduled for Thursday.

MTN among Top 100 Global Valuable Brands 2013

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BrandZ, the world’s leading brand management tool, released the 2013 Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands. As Africa has over the years become investors hub for investments and business growth, African business have continually strived for global presence and prominence in terms of value and financial disposition. In this light, MTN Group, formerly M-Cell, a South Africa-based multinational mobile telecommunications company, operating in many African, European and Middle Eastern countries with its head office in Johannesburg has surfaced on among Top 100 Global Valuable Brands 2013 according to BrandZ at 79th position ahead of Airtel, Yahoo, JP. Morgan, KFC amongst others.

Both brands and consumers have continuously adjusted to constant uncertainty and sober expectations about economic growth. They fit into the calculus of consumption the impact on the natural environment, personal health, and human wellbeing along the supply chain.

According to Eileen Campbell of Millward Brown, ‘We continue to see many technology brands at the top of our ranking and there is little doubt that technology has become the lifeblood of our modern economy. That said, these brands struggled to deliver value growth in 2012. Over the past couple of years, mobile devices have sky-rocketed, but at the expense of personal computers. Likewise, hardware manufacturers have had to adapt to shifts to a more service based business model as more and more has shifted from physical equipment to cloud based solutions. As always, the ability to adapt remains paramount in this ever-important category and the nimble will inevitably be rewarded.

And it’s not just technology brands that must adapt. Increasingly, we see consumers holding brands to higher standards. Reputation has never been more important as buyers expect brands to operate in accordance with higher ideals and greater responsibility. The best brands understand and appreciate more than just what people buy. Instead, they seek to understand and deliver what people buy into. So aligning your brand’s values with those of your customers isn’t just about doing good; it’s about good business.

Shaped by these considerations, brand value appreciated. The value of the BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands rose 7 percent to $2.6 trillion last year, compared with a flat performance a year ago. All but two of the 13 categories analyzed in this report improved in brand value. Technology and oil and gas declined modestly.

These results indicate that strong brands continue to regain value lost during the recession and now, in some cases, surpass their prerecession levels.

The total brand value of the BrandZ Top 100 Strong Brands Portfolio has improved 77 percent since 2006. In addition, the BrandZ Top 100 Strong Brands Portfolio, comprised of diverse public companies, appreciated 58 percent during that eight-year period, compared with a market value gain of only 23 percent by the S&P 500.

Despite a sharp decline in the growth of its brand value last year, Apple remained number one in the BrandZ Top 100 ranking, on the strength of the meaningful difference of its brand. Google moved to the number two position, marginally surpassing IBM, which continues to be the world’s most valuable B2B brand.

Click here to view the 2013 Top Valuable Brands:
http://www.millwardbrown.com/brandz/2013/Top100/Docs/2013_BrandZ_Top100_Chart.pdf