- 24 % of Consumers Ignore Brands Online
Nigerian consumers are turning their back on branded content as 24 per cent ‘actively ignore’ social posts or adverts from brands, a report by a global research consultancy, Kantar TNS, has revealed.
The report said brands struggle to get people to engage them as many consumers feel bombarded by local brands on social platforms, with 34 per cent of them saying they feel ‘constantly followed’ by online adverts.
In the report, which covered over 70,000 consumers, there is a global scepticism on purchasing brands online, with 57 per cent of respondents from Scandinavian countries (the highest), such as Sweden and Denmark, recorded, adding that they ignore content from brands.
At the other end of the scale, 15 per cent of those in Saudi Arabia and 19 per cent of Brazilians avoid branded content.
China and South Africa sit closer to the global average with 24 per cent and 26 per cent of respondents expressing cynicism.
Meanwhile, the popularity of Instagram and Snapchat has soared in the last two years globally as people seek out real, personal and ‘in-the-moment’ content.
Accordingly, about one out of five, representing 16 percent of Nigerian internet-users, are on Snapchat, an increase from 12 percent two years ago.
Instagram has also seen a surge in popularity, with local use jumping to 41 per cent, up from 16 percent in 2014.
Kantar TNS Global Director, Michael Nicholas, said: “The rise of Instagram and Snapchat taps into people’s desire for instant, entertaining content from friends, peers and influencers, often enhanced by fun filters and editing.
“There is a real opportunity for brands to tap into this trend by creating “personalisable” and shareable content, such as videos and stories. The challenge is how to focus the right content to the right people, on the right platforms and at the right moments.
“Some brands are getting it spot on; in the past year, we’ve seen the likes of Disney, Starbucks and McDonald’s use Snapchat’s filters to engage consumers in a way that doesn’t feel intrusive.This is key to overcoming many people’s fundamental negative perceptions of brand activity online.”
However, the study found that influencers and celebrities hold the key to swaying people’s views of brands, especially the younger generation of Nigerians.
Accordingly, two out of five (43 per cent) of 16 to 24 year olds said in the survey that they trusted what people say online about brands more than ‘official’ sources, such as newspapers, brands’ own websites or TV adverts.
While young people are the biggest social media users across all platforms, the rise of the ‘Instagram’ is also gaining momentum.
The report stated that 34 per cent of Nigerian internet users age between 55 and 65 use Instagram, a 35 per cent jump since this time last year.
The appeal of in-the-moment photo-sharing is also growing in this group with 17 percent of those aged 55 – 65 on Snapchat, up from nine percent last year.
The firm stated in the study that the rise in users of all ages spells opportunity for brands that can create engaging and shareable content.
However, with 29 percent of Nigerians objecting to the idea of their online behaviour being tracked by adverts, they need to tread carefully.
“Younger people are more influencer-oriented than ever before, trusting bloggers and peers rather than information from brands. The older generation’s ‘influencer network’is still primarily friends and family, but considering this group’s adoption of other trends, we may very soon see them going online for inspiration and information,” said Nicholas.