As Nigerians joined the rest of the world in celebration of the New Year, Alomo Bitters, the multiple awards-winning medicinal herbal drink from the stable of Kasapreko Company Limited, has rolled out a weeklong marketing activation aimed at boosting consumer knowledge of the brand.
The marketing initiative, which will be ongoing till mid-January 2015, is also intended to deepen consumer consciousness about their wellness and safety by encouraging them to make healthier choices in things they eat and drink amid the euphoria of the yuletide.
To this end, a well branded activation truck and a team of brand ambassadors have been deployed to strategic touchpoints in the city of Lagos to educate consumers on the safety features of Alomo Bitters as distinct from the imitated version and other bitter brands in the market.
For days, the ambassadors have been moving from social events to street carnivals and jams, market areas and neighbourhoods across the city of Lagos to drive the brand key message of Alomo Bitters as the ‘‘authentic African herbal bitters.’’
The ambassadors also distribute flyers that contain vital product information. Radio hypes anchored by popular On Air Personalities and a television commercial that has been specifically produced, are also running on select city stations just to ensure the consumers are equipped with adequate information they need on Alomo Bitters, thereby safeguarding them from harmful imitated products in the market.
According to officials of the company, the rationale for the initiative is that as Nigerians shop and catch fun of yuletide, they could also be assisted in making healthy choices while they also get some incentives for their loyalty to the brand over the years.
Kojo Nunoo, managing director, Kasapreko Company Nigeria Limited, says the marketing initiative is part of steps to empower consumers to have access to genuine Alomo Bitters at all times against the backdrop of the criminal faking of the brand.
According to him, in the course of the campaign, brand differentiation and consumer education have been integrated to make more Nigerians informed about the features that distinguish Alomo Bitters from the imitated version and other substandard bitter products in the market.
‘‘Criminal faking of the original Alomo Bitters has been a major challenge we face in Nigeria. As a safety, health conscious, ethical and responsible corporate citizen, this bothers us a lot, hence this campaign is aimed at helping the consumers to know the things to look out for when buying Alomo Bitters,’’ he says.
While stressing that the campaign also affirms the company’s conviction in the time-honoured dictum that consumer is king, Nunoo says the safety and wellbeing of consumers are of utmost importance to the firm.
‘‘This is why we leverage the Christmas and New Year festivities to bring the flagship Alomo Bitters closer to the Nigerians, so they can know more about their favourite Alomo Bitters, made in Ghana by Kasapreko Company Limited. We are delighted to use the occasion of the year-end to also share love with Nigerians and to promote friendship, a key brand personality attribute of Alomo Bitters,’’ he declares.
Corroborating, the Sales and Marketing Director, Sam Osafo, said the consumer activation aligns with Kasapreko’s vision of care which flows in every sip of Alomo Bitters which people take. ‘‘This consumer contact programme re-assures lovers of bitter drink that any time they drink Alomo Bitters, they are not only drinking to enjoy; they are also drinking to stay healthy because of the medicinal qualities of Alomo Bitters,’’ he says.
Peter Adegor, the marketing manager, on his part, explains that taking the brand right to the consumers where they are, is an important aspect of the wholesome qualitative process that goes into the production of Alomo Bitters.
According to him, ‘‘we ensure that the quality of our product is consistent from the point of sourcing the ingredients to the production stage and all through to packaging and delivery. The intent is that the consumers have the finest Alomo Bitters in their hands, hence this initiative to get the consumers well informed about the original Alomo Bitters is consistent with the quality assurance value chain that stands out our brand of bitters from others.’’
In order to deepen consumer experience during the weeklong activation, Adegor says free brand collaterals such as flyer, T-shirt, face cap and ball point pen among others were given out in addition to huge discount enjoyed by consumers at the point of purchase.
It would be recalled that the group chairman and managing director of Kasapreko Company Limited, Ghana, Kwabena Adjei, recently denounced the faking of Alomo Bitters by unscrupulous cartel that has resulted in significant loss of market share and revenue, calling on relevant authorities in Nigeria to wade in.