Most Saudi Arabia brands have missed opportunity to connect during recession

Looking back on the recession and marketing in Saudi Arabia this year, we’ve seen brands shift from mass generic communication to more targeted advertising. Some brands have been trying to create more value. And for the first time in a while, we’ve seen brands going the extra mile to communicate discounts or value products, which used to be shunned by the cash-laden Saudi.

wafra2Two recent examples of this are Wafrah, a brand that has been focusing solely on marketing affordable products (its name translates as “save”), and Petromine, a motor oil brand offering 50 liters of gasoline free with an oil change.

But not enough brands here have directly addressed consumer anxieties, and most remain unconvinced that they need to focus on championing value. In the end, they just keep talking about how premium their product is while ignoring what people are feeling and an opportunity to really connect with their consumers.

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