Coca-Cola, Tigo online adverts among the most recalled by Africa’s youth

By  Njeri Wangari

The Youth demographic in Sub-Saharan Africa encounter digital advertisements more frequently on a daily basis than any other form of advertisement; Coca – Cola advertisements are the most memorable due to their creativity, this is according to a recent GeoPoll Straw Poll.

In June 2017, GeoPoll engaged 3,710 youth respondents aged between 15-35 years old in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa with the aim of understanding how the shift towards mobile usage due to increasing mobile and internet penetration is affecting the reach and consumption of advertising in those countries.

In the first part of this series on advertising to youth in Africa, we focused on the rise in consumption of digital advertising among this demographic. We explored on the advertising call to action, as well as the role that online channels are playing in being a source of information for consumers in their buying process.

Media Consumption & Frequency

In this second and final part of the series, we focus on advertisement recall as well as the most creative advertisements as voted by our panel of respondents of this straw poll. The aim was to determine how easily consumers recall advertisements they encounter on different media daily, which media channels they consume these ads from, and which advertisements they felt were very creatively done hence the recall factor.

The insights from this survey are not representative of the total population in these countries, however, they do give us some valuable pointers on the consumption of advertising by the youth demographic. It also provides insights for marketers, media buying and creative agencies on how their target market is responding to their messaging.

Advertisement Recall
Advertisement recall measures a respondent’s recollection or recall of an advertisement.  The respondent’s answers provide insight to the most memorable attribute of the advertisement. Generally, ad recall is requested immediately after the respondent views the advertisement. Recall is lessened over time. The GeoPoll audit retail service is one of the most effective ways of measuring ad recall. It is done using the mobile phone via sms as the respondent consumes the advert from whichever media.

Advertisement Recall

The advertisements with the highest ad recall among youth consumers across the multiple platforms included in the survey are by the Coca-Cola Company, with their TV advertisements enjoying the highest recall at 13%.

The top 3 most recalled brands by youth consumers from TV advertisements (were: Coca-Cola, Omo and Ariel); Print adverts (Omo, Airtel data packages and Coca-Cola) while in Radio, the most recalled brands were: Coca-Cola, Omo and Ariel. Overall, Omo, Coca-Cola and Ariel had the highest ad recall from their out-door advertising.

When it comes to creativity, Coca-Cola advertisements were picked as the most favorite among respondents across all media due to their creativity and ad-recall factor. Here, the 3 most listed favorite TV adverts across respondents who consume TV are:

1) Coca-Cola at 11%

2) Nivea Personal Care (6%)

3) Indomie Noodles and Omo both at 2%

From those who consumed print, most voted Nivea advertisements as leading in creativity, followed by Omo and Always. From radio,  Coca-Cola advertisements lead closely followed by Nivea skin care; Tigo and Movit tie at number 3. Among the respondents who consumed internet, Coca-Cola was voted as number one, Nivea skin care and Tigo followed closely. Finally, from Out Of Home (OOH) advertisements, Nivea body lotion advertisements were voted as number one closely followed by Coca-Cola, Omo and Movit tie at number 3.

(Reproduced from Geopoll blog).

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