27 January 2010 57 Comments

Brand marketing: the tsunami still rages

Author: yinkaolaito

Yinka Olaito is happy,excited and passionate Communications & Media specialist, Trainer and speaker. Yinka Olaito helps Profits and Non-profits with effective communication and positioning for premium service delivery and returns. Yinka Olaito also has special interest in Development Communication and has consulted for noted UN Agencies. Yinka Olaito is the CCO of Michael Sage Consulting(Communication/digital media), African Child Education Right Initiatives(NGO) and Content Director, Africa Development Talk( online Platform for discussion on Policy, Governance, development across Africa) and Africa Foundation for Young Media Professionals

 brand marketingbrandPrior to the first tsunami in Asia, tsunami is just a word in the dictionary. Most people did not know what the word stands for, how it operates. All of us could not imagine the huge impact an occurrence can have on humanity. This was followed by ‘Hurricane Katrina’ which was the USA version under George Bush.

Since the second outbreak, wise nations have trained experts and put structures in place to forestall further outbreak or minimize its effects. There are lots of ‘tsunamis’ happening right in front us today within marketing communications industry. The level of disruption has caught many brands unaware.

Even when there is clear sign of changes, many brands are still assuming that marketing tsunami does not concern them or will never change the dynamics of the trade. I can not but laugh out loud. Joe Puzilli has once said ‘we are seeing nothing less than a tsunami affecting business of every size, regardless of what they are selling’. Instead of readjusting their contact lenses in order to see well, Many brands will rather pretend it will not affect them. Many brands are still complaining that technology has brought a lot of damage to their business/sales- especially traditional media.

What they have failed to realize is that every disadvantage carries with it a correspondence opportunity. Technology has opened more doors of opportunities to every brand than the ones closed. It I just that they have not taken time to study the parameters of the tsunami. Over concentration on old patterns of news coverage, marketing will not allow traditional media brands to see untold numbers of opportunities to increase revenue despite the influence of social media on their trade.

Also some personal brands will rather continue with ‘resume posting’, looking for jobs on the job boards than building a strong personal, networking, global brand positioning through solid, creative online presence. We are in a stage where marketing tsunami is still changing the dynamics of operation. Wise brands have realized this and are adapting. The new brand marketing trend demands that each brand build strong connection with its consumer instead of talking at them.

The new marketing also demands that brands elevate their consumers from just an acquaintance to good bed fellow/passionate lovers. Brands needs to get over the initial shock of this marketing tsunami disruptions of old patterns and move on with the present demands. The advent of brand marketing tsunami began about a decade and half ago but its effects became pronounced in the last decade and it is not likely to end until its disrupt the old pattern.

Anyway that is my view. A wise brand should make available fund for social media whether it is hundred years old or a start up. Robert Kiyosaki was quoted last year as saying ‘I am a bit old to focus on social media now but I spend an average of two hundred thousand dollars monthly through hired employees or consultants on social media, online reputation etc’.

Today a five minute ad, a five page ad in the Dailies may not create a meaningful relationship with customers. Meanwhile they still need to be part of brands’ communication tools/plans.

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