The Pawn


“Are you the puppeteer or the puppet on the string?”


Happy 4th of July.




It’s been established in my previous blog entries a lot of people in the world as worse off than others. Much of the tip in the scale can be attributed to the marketing strategies implemented in various cultures and societies in pursuit of a business’s ultimate goal: profit.

It has also been established Egypt is in the midst of many crises; revolution, poverty, pollution. With that in mind, as a marketer, what strategy can one apply to – 1. Help a country in need 2. Be effective 3. Do so in an ethical manner.

So, what do we know so far about the youth in Egypt? Well, we know most the youth in the country is poor, we know most of them are political activists, and we know western culture has been playing a significant role in the shaping of their identity.

Now we mesh all of those characteristics together and what do we get? We get a youth culture hungry for change using what’s most prevalent in today’s world: technology.  Therefore, integrating a social media campaign into LIFESAVER’s e-marketing strategies, statistically, shows to be a very viable option in creating and extending opportunities in engaging prospect customers. Building LIFESAVER’s social media presence would help humanize the brand, build integrity, and turn those prospect customers into buyers.

An integrated e-marketing strategy would also allow opening new markets and increase active demand. This is vital in Egypt because the poverty rates are so high; the lower-classes are going to need help from prosperous companies (or government) in helping get the product into their hands.

Again, the e-marketing strategy must be designed with the customer in mind; how is one going to attain high engagement from the customer in a manner that is educational and empowering? More so, attempt to gain the attention of wealthy individuals (or corporations/governments) to help in the cause. Unfortunately, money makes the world go ‘round and capital will be necessary to help pull these poor individuals out of the “quicksand.”

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Why do they always send the poor?


It is evident by now Egypt is in the midst of crises; politics, environment, poverty. And although the LIFESAVER could, potentially, alleviate some troubles there are still a few barriers the company faces in order to penetrate the market.


Let’s begin with politics. As I have mentioned previously, Egypt is ongoing a revolution. A revolution their youth is playing a huge role in. Their minds are preoccupied with formulating strategies to overthrow their government, not a water bottle. In other words, generating awareness can be an issue with the target market; getting the attention of these young folks and having them be interesting in the product(s). However, hope is not lost. Egyptian youth is also ongoing a technological revolution. The youth is incorporating social media into their everyday life and the various channels available can be way to generate awareness.

Next, poverty. The majority of Egypt is living in destitute; a few dollars a day. Compare this statistic to the retail price ($185) of the LIFESAVER bottle, there is major discrepancy. Unless government or some other prominent source contributes to the donations of these products, it will be nearly impossible to get it into the hands of the poor youth. No matter how brilliant the marketing communications strategy is, without the capital in the customers’ hands, it won’t be sold. LIFESAVER will instead have to widen its marketing funnel onto a rich company in Egypt or the government and pitch how the item has value (fulfills needs, how the products aims to solve/alleviate pollution, poverty) for their country; possibly even giving leverage in their industry. However, convincing the rich to now, out of no where, help the workers they’ve exploited so long could prove to be an even bigger challenge…