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Business News of Saturday, 31 October 2015

Source: GNA

Advertising Agencies tasked to be innovative

Ms Jebet Andany, Country Manager of SCANAD Ghana, a Communications Consortium, has urged marketers to be innovative and develop strategies that would ensure that customers have value for their money when they purchased brands.

Ms Andany said this at the Annual Marketing Conference, organized by the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Ghana, on the theme: “The Future Marketing, Evolve or Die”.

Speaking on the topic: “The Future of Brands and Brand Experience,” she said a successful brand should be able to touch consumer needs continuously since consumers now want a brand they can be identified with.

“Consumers now see advertising as a source of information to talk about with friends and gather news. The consumer no longer connects with the media but digests the information on its own entity”, she added.

Ms Andany noted that, advertising is about continuous engagement, more human and less corporate, stressing that, the brand of a company must tell a story embedded in the shared memory of the customer.

She said it is incumbent for marketers to understand customers from their point of view, adding that, “due to the influx of technology, customers are exposed to many adverts and so there is the need to satisfactorily them.”

Mr Kojo Mattah, President of CIMG, said the institute’s annual awards are to create awareness for the Marketing Concept, promote high professional standards and encourage excellence among marketing practitioners.

He said organisations are now adopting creative and innovative marketing strategies in their activities in the financial, manufacturing and electronic media industry to improve on their work.

Mr Mattah said marketing has a major role to play in the development of the country and the competitive nature of global business, hence the need for continuous awareness creation programmes.

He stressed that with a marketing driven economy, players in the Ghanaian economy will be expected to rely on modern marketing practices in the realization of their business successes.