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AFRICAN MARKETING NEWS
The important conversations that Africa’s marketers need to have
By our News Team | 2023
Issue 4 2022 of Strategic Marketing for Africa, the magazine for deep-thinking industry professionals, provides key 2023 insights.
The latest issue of Strategic Marketing for Africa, the quarterly magazine of the African Marketing Confederation (AMC), is available online via the AMC website and remains current until late March 2023.
Issue 4 2022 (and the 6th since the revival of the AMC as the pan-African marketing body) is packed with marketing-related news and in-depth features from across Africa and around the world.
Issue 4 2022 of Strategic Marketing for Africa remains current until late March 2023. Photo credit: Supplied
Our Cover Story in the latest issue examines how podcasting is rising in prominence as a key part of the marketing mix in Africa, particularly within the often-fickle youth market.
With companies such as NielsenIQ recently announcing that it has developed ways to track podcast impressions and measure the impact of marketing in the podcast space, it is becoming increasingly clear that the channel does yield benefits for brands that are looking for an intimate platform on which to engage a specific audience.
Traditional advertising is still alive and kicking
Also under the spotlight in this issue is Traditional Advertising. Earlier this year, many marketers were surprised when the celebrated Harvard Business Review published an article headlined ‘Why marketers are returning to traditional advertising’. The three respected authors summarised their article as follows: “Pundits have long predicted the demise of traditional advertising. However, it is alive and well and headed for growth for the first time in a decade.”
In Africa, the situation is slightly different and industry experts report that, while digital advertising showed impressive growth during lockdowns, it did not dent traditional platforms, particularly broadcasting and out-of-home media, which remain stronger than in developed countries.
And if you missed the Inaugural AMC Marketing Conference 2022 that was held at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe recently, our comprehensive coverage includes highlights of speaker presentations and the activities that made up this prestigious event.
Also in Issue 4 2022 of Strategic Marketing for Africa is an analysis of how Indomie Noodles created a new market niche for itself in Nigeria and, in doing so, became a brand legend that has entrenched itself in the minds of local consumers.
You will find these stories, and much more, in the latest Strategic Marketing for Africa – the voice of African marketing and the official publication of the African Marketing Confederation (AMC). Read it online here. A print edition of the magazine is also available to the members of certain AMC member bodies.
Continent set to outpace projected global average and be the second-fastest-growing region after Asia, says macro-economic report.
Gathering is for the growing number of OOH entrepreneurs in Africa who are pioneering new ways to reach increasingly affluent audiences.
At least four global conglomerates have announced they are exiting the country. There are concerns that more may follow.
Youth agency discusses key marketing trends that will resonate with Generation Z consumers in an authentic and impactful way.
Two industry bodies team up to establish clear and consistent definitions and measurement guidelines for ads in Augmented Reality campaigns.
Study emphasises the impact of nostalgia on consumer behaviour, and how typography in ads and marketing material is a key influencer.
News reports say 14 infringement notices are being issued to organisations for contravening consumer-protection laws.
Brands will need to understand and tap into culture in a more nuanced and empathetic way than ever before, says Ogilvy.
This year’s conference and awards dinner takes place at Victoria Falls in May, under the theme ‘Elevate-Innovate-Thrive’.
Kalu has been with the agency since 2016 and brings a wide range of experience and professional expertise to his new role.