Nissan appoints GM for digital marketing

Nissan has appointed Hussein M Dajani as general manager, Digital Marketing, for Africa, the Middle East and India.

Hussein M Dajani, GM – Digital Marketing, Nissan

He will lead Nissan’s digital and social media strategy in the region, which is becoming ever more significant for Nissan’s global business. Working with teams in local markets, his role will be to ensure that the company delivers an innovative experience online for customers, matching the innovation in Nissan’s cars. He will also take the lead on digital and content for Nissan’s regional Communications function, working on strategies to support the company’s business goals.

Dajani, who has a BS in Business Administration from the American University in Beirut said: “I am delighted to be joining Nissan and I am looking forward to further strengthening Nissan’s digital footprint in Africa, the Middle East and India.

“This region is dynamic and includes some the fastest-growing, most promising economies in the world. Nissan is committed to offering our customers the best cars and customer service whether they are a first-time car-owner buying a Datsun redi-GO in India, or the latest generation of their family to purchase a Nissan Patrol in the Middle East.”

Nissan already has a strong and growing presence with more than 15,000 employees across 87 countries in Africa, the Middle East and India. Four major regional hubs control Marketing and Sales, and related functions, in the United Arab Emirates, India, Egypt and South Africa – as well as satellite offices in other key markets including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. There are factories building Nissan cars in India, Egypt, South Africa and Nigeria with a combined annual production capacity of more than half a million units.

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SMS still generates the maximum ROI for advertisers in digital marketing today

Do you wonder why you are being bombarded by text messages (SMS) by restaurants, shops, retailers, et al, every day?

One word. ROI.

Key highlights:

~ SMS gains more traction from customers than other digital marketing mediums

~ Lack of personal messaging and more of business messaging a reason for higher conversion

~ More chance of targeting and finding out who opened the SMS

SMS still gives advertisers more return on investment (ROI) or traction than even other digital marketing platforms.

Vishwadeep Bajaj, Founder-CEO of digital marketing company ValueFirst Digital said, “Although SMS has grown over the years and has been a popular choice, off late people has started questioning whether the SMS will exist or not. Now what we started noticing is that that ROI for brands on SMS has started increasing.”

He said that when the tried to understand the reason why this was happening the found out that the lack of person to person (P2P) communication and SMS becoming used only for official business purposes was leading to more conversion for brands advertising.

“If earlier person to person communication was happening using SMS, now that has moved out to WhatsApp and other platforms like Facebook Messenger. So whatever communication you get within your SMS is business communication. So suddenly the pull for SMS for its ability to create conversion has increased significantly. So the SMS has regained its flavor with brands because of P2P communication being absent from that channel,” Bajaj said.

Another reason for the rising popularity of SMS for advertising is that now more people have smartphones and within SMS you can send a link, he adds. “Now instead of doing 160 characters communication you can a range of media communication which takes you to the portal when you click the link and can drive you to richer communication,” he said.

Bajaj says that you can also track the particular mobile number that clicked on the content using Bitly. So you can identify the consumer in a much more significant way.

It was not only Bajaj that pointed to this fact, even Future Group’s Digital Head Pawan Sarda said that off late they have been seeing huge amount of traction through SMS.

“The world is saying its dated but its not. So I was thinking that how is the SMS and Email creating so much of conversion for us? Because we are generally being true to our audience and customers. If you are true to yourself and true to what you do, I am sure any medium will create conversion for you,” he said.

Social media platform Twitter’s India Industry Head, Anupam Dixit said that any marketer who is ditching SMS and email as a tool for marketing is not really sure about what they are doing.


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