Online marketing essential for enterprises in digital era

Saturday, Jan 14, 2017 09:37

Despite a large number of Internet users, investment for online advertisement in Viet Nam remains modest, a conference heard on Thursday. – Photo

Despite a large number of Internet users, investment for online advertisement in Viet Nam remains modest, a conference heard on Thursday.

The Institute for Brand and Competitiveness strategy co-ordinated with the Viet Nam Internet Association and Viet Nam Digital Communication Association to organise a conference on building enterprise branding in the digital era in Ha Noi.

Over the past decade, the Internet boom has had a significant impact on marketing activities, as well as the building and positioning of brands in the market.

Internet has also created stronger brand awareness than ever before and increased the number of people who know brands. According to the Institute for Brand and Competitiveness strategy, Viet Nam ranks 16th among the top 20 countries with the highest number of Internet users, with nearly 50 million people, of which, 60 per cent are young.

The Internet has become a popular source of advertising to users who want to search for product information. Seventy-three per cent of Vietnamese consumers seek out information on the Internet before making purchase decisions.

Most consumers in Viet Nam choose products and services based on brand identities.

Therefore, experts advised businesses to make changes to their business operations, adjusting brand identity to avoid falling behind compared to rivals.

To build brands in the digital era, businesses need to increase interaction in different environments, including the online environment, said Nguyen Quoc Thinh, an advisor for the National Trademark Programme.

"Businesses should not skip electronic branding, a strong interactive environment with low associated costs,” said Thinh.

Enterprises need to rethink the way they build their brands, not just their logos or advertising in the media, he said.

Currently, the application of the Internet in general, and digital technology in particular, to create and develop brands is still limited.

Data from Cimigo, a market research firm, showed that investment for online advertising in Viet Nam was only US$15 million in the past year.

Meanwhile, according to statistics from TNS Media Vietnam, the cost of online advertising accounts for less than 5 per cent of the total advertising costs, while 95 per cent of advertising spending is still through television, newspapers, magazines, even though these forms are more expensive.

Vu Xuan Truong from the Institute for Brand and Competitiveness strategy said that many businesses were paying attention to profits and business strategy, while their strategies for branding remained "vague”.

Therefore, businesses need a better strategy in branding in the digital era. In particular, businesses should focus on social networks due to their widespread use.

Experts said that businesses need to take advantage of opportunities afforded by the Internet to build their brands. Enterprises also need to increase connections with consumers, while ensuring the quality of goods and services. - VNS


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