I recently made a presentation to a group of marketing experts at the 2nd Annual Marketing to Low Income Consumers Master-class.
Attached was my presentation. In summary, whatever marketing strategies we have employed in the past are irrelevant. It seems no one really knows how to market to this economic class. What we do know is that Africa has the fastest urbanization rate in the world and so the key thing is how do we make transition easier for them with our products?
Marketing shouldn’t meet customers at their station in life, it should ASPIRE to a higher level and offer a social value; quite often that is the failure of the strategies at the BOP.
Our products must have a purpose. They should cater for people with rural income but urban aspirations.
Please go through the presentation and I look forward to your views on this topic. As marketers, we need to fully understand the BOP; who are they? and only then can we begin to crack and develop strategies that work for them.
Many companies have resulted in developing LUP's for the sake of driving penetration, distribution and affordability. Do you think this is the right way to go? Personally, I think there's so much more to it than just driving penetration with smaller packs.
Share your views and let's discuss more.