Category Archives: Advertising

Retail success requires relationships

One of the greatest retail success stories in the world, that has prospered for over a century, is now facing down new retail giants. Very soon, online shopping portals Amazon, Alibaba and eBay will command 40% of global e-commerce. Like … Continue reading

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Fit for work

The other day, a very senior PR practitioner in Uganda asked me a very good question. Why was it, he asked, that in a column about Marketing, I frequently strayed away from hardcore issues like branding. Why talk about HR … 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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The human voice

There’s nothing quite like the human voice, is there? As our primary means of communication, nothing can engage us quite like it. It can enrapture or enrage; inspire or oppress. The composer Richard Strauss noted that the human voice is … Continue reading

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Last mile delivery

With the continued development of the Standard Gauge Railway, East Africa can look forward to big changes in the way goods are imported and exported, and indeed delivered to customers. My understanding is that two container trains per day will … Continue reading

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Marketing leaders needed

We live and work in a region where there are still relatively few Marketers at Executive Board level. In fact, there are fewer Marketing Directors than HR Directors. This may reflect the perception that HR – in its traditional role … 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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The Three E’s

All businesses rely on a combination of three drivers of value creation, the ‘3Es’ of efficiency, effectiveness, and experience. Efficiency has been and remains a dominant driver of profitability since the industrial revolution, Taylorism, invention of the assembly line, and … Continue reading

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Shame about the name

Right now, I’m going through the naming process for a new business. An enterprise in which I have two partners. We’ve worked out our reason for being; we have written our brand promise. We have agreed our target audience; we … Continue reading

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