Back to School in Zimbabwe, have you seen the newspaper adverts? All great examples of the marketing myopia in Zimbabwe’s advertising industry. I’ve written about before, but in case you don’t know, Marketing Myopia is what happens when marketers, brands or advertising agencies can’t think out of the very small box of their industry or strategic categories.
For example, look at the 3 adverts in this post, they’re all exactly the same – zero creativity. I imagine in my head that this is how these advert was designed…
VOICE Of BOSS: “Oh, so they want an advert for school uniforms? I know what we’ll do, put of picture of school kids in uniform. Next, put a school black board in the background and of course, “Back to School” – oh and the company logo. – we’re done!!”
VOICE OF REASON: “But Boss, isn’t that what everyone always does, EVERY YEAR? Won’t it make our advert less effective if it doesn’t stand out, mentions no benefit, no call to action, a boring and expected headline? What if we try a different concept? I know, how about a picture of a teacher and dog that -”
Boss/ Marketing manager/ advertising ‘expert’: “Shut up, let’s go with what everyone already expects. One more idea from you and you’re fired!”
It’s not just these three companies either, it’s all over the place. Everyone copying everyone and no one standing out from the crowd.