Middle East & Africa

The region's marketing, consumers & brands

Middle East & Africa

Warc News, 25 September 2014
DUBAI: Consumers in the Middle East spend more than one hour a day on news consumption and show a preference for stories that include video content, new research has shown. Consulting firm Deloitte polled 18-44 year olds in the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Saudi Arabia – 1,000 in each nation – for the Associated Press-funded report "Spring Tide: The new era for video news in the Middle East and North Africa".

Warc News, 23 September 2014
JOHANNESBURG: Internet advertising is growing fast across Africa, with its share of total expenditure set to double in some major markets over the next four years.The latest Entertainment and Media Outlook report for the region from consulting firm PwC showed that internet advertising was making the greatest inroads in Nigeria, where its share was forecast to rise from 5.7% in 2014 to 12% in 2018, helped by a predicted CAGR of 32.7% between 2013 and 2018.

Nic S. Terblanche, International Journal of Market Research, Vol. 56, No. 4, 2014
A positive corporate reputation held by customers is important for both financial and customer outcome variables. However, limited research has been undertaken to examine the relationship between corporate reputation and customer-related behaviours.

Warc News, 19 September 2014
TEL AVIV: Marketers have yet another variable to consider when creating mobile ads, as a new study indicates a relation between engagement rates, colour and income.When mobile ad network Todacell found performance gaps in its multinational campaigns it set out to understand the reasons, running a series of mathematical and computational algorithms as it analysed the most common mobile ad targeting parameters such as geography, device, operating system and connection type.

European Association of Communications Agencies, Bronze, Euro Effies, 2014

This case study describes how Nivea, the body care brand, promoted its in-shower body lotion to women aged 30-45 in France, Germany, Italy and Turkey.

Massimo Cealti and Nicolas Siega, ESOMAR, Congress, Nice, September 2014

This paper assesses the multiple challenges for fragrance and flavour research in emerging markets and presents a new methodology tested in South Africa which overcomes these.

Selin Cetinelli and Basak Oruc, ESOMAR, Congress, Nice, September 2014

This paper describes research for Unilever in Turkey that explored consumer attitudes to sustainability and identified ways to embed sustainability into everyday behaviour.

Warc News, 15 August 2014
DUBAI: Online adspend in the Middle East and Africa is set to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 27% over the next five years according to a new forecast which says the region's advertising is undergoing a "seismic shift".A report from IDC, New Media Market: Internet Advertising Spending in Middle East and Africa in 2013 and 2014–2018 Forecast, attributes this dynamism to rising internet penetration and the growing economic affluence of the region's consumer base.

Warc News, 13 August 2014
DUBAI: Samsung and Google are the two brands which generated the most buzz in the United Arab Emirates during the first half of 2014, according to new data. YouGov's BrandIndex tracks over 500 brands in the UAE across multiple sectors simultaneously to provide a daily measure of brand perception among the public.



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