Louis Olivieri

Marketing Specialist

Louis Olivieri is a marketing specialist having practiced the profession in Malta since 1988. Louis was responsible for launching and developing a number of internationally known brand names, growing them to become leaders on the Maltese market. At the same time, he developed marketing departments and staff. In 2006, he ventured into his private practice as a marketing and business development consultant. Since then, he has worked for a number of organisations in different market sectors. Louis is a Business Management graduate and a Chartered Marketer. In parallel to his private practice, he takes various initiatives to give a contribution to the development of the marketing profession. Among others, Louis set up The Chartered Institute of Marketing Malta Branch, launching it in 2009 and chairing it until 2015. He also Chairs the Marketing Committee within the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry.

The value and purpose of building a brand

Wednesday 05th October 2016

A brand is an asset of which value is measured by the percentage contribution to total profit. An organisation owning or representing brands is likely to enjoy many advantages through having them. The path for success in launching and building brands lies in adhering to values and delivering the promise which customers expect from the product or service. Essentially, it is a case of deeds not words in offering a good quality product, packaged in a way in which its market segment relates to it.

The payback for the time and investment needed to build a brand will be that of creating demand for the product or service. When brands attain popularity, they facilitate penetration in the market as well as the work of sales people. They are also more likely to benefit from effective marketing initiatives, promotion and communication and give the organization better negotiating power. One example is that of increased chances of enjoying prominence, for example when displayed in retail outlets in the case of fast moving consumer goods (FMCGs). On a corporate level, strong brands earn companies a healthy turnover, they contribute to a good corporate identity, as well as to increasing equity and goodwill. These are only a few benefits which a product or service with a strong brand name can bring to an organisation – enough to consider building brands as an important business objective.

Extending further than satisfying the needs and wants of customers, a brand can become a part of society and culture. For example, Guinness has established itself as part of Ireland’s lifestyle, and is one of the main icons representing the culture of the country. In Malta, Cisk and Kinnie are two products which contribute to national pride. Very often they offer a sense of patriotism to the Maltese people when introducing these two products to tourists, foreign relatives and friends. In the case of Switzerland, known to be a wealthy country, prestigious brands of watches contribute to the status of their country with precision. Strong brands such as those of famous fashion houses, fragrances and jewelry can have an influence on trends and lifestyle. Even Pokémon Go clearly influenced trends and people’s lifestyle.

The marketing skills required to build a brand lie in obtaining a deep knowledge, understanding and a good relationship with current and potential customers. Identifying the needs, wants and consumer behavior patterns are key ingredients which fuel the inspiration for ideas, as well as the development of new products and services. The next bold task of the marketer is to give the product or service a name, identity, a place in the market and to create customer engagement and affinity with the product. This leads to the creation of demand and products used as status symbols.
Effective brand building is the result of good marketing planning, implementation skills and creativity; knowing how this is all communicated, getting the target audience to relate to the message and being successful in coming across as planned.

Daniel Bugeja

Business Doctor

The Importance of Assessing Staff Engagement Within Your Company

January 2018

Having strong engagement within a company yields better results in general

Joseph Micallef

Chief Operations Officer at BEAT

The Individual As The Driver Of Change

January 2018

Change remains one of the most topical – and in many ways, still controversial – aspects of organisational management.

George Mangion

Senior Partner, PKF Malta

The shifting sands of our financial services sector

January 2018

At a slow but unrelenting pace, the mood for change in Europe is getting stronger following the BEPS and ATID measures, not to mention the negative publicity from the PANA review.

Paul Bugeja

CEO of the Malta Tourism Authority

Sustaining the Valletta 2018 effect

December 2017

Now that Valletta 2018 is round the corner, it is satisfying to note that the build-up of marketing towards it has generated a positive effect for the Maltese islands.

Daniel Debono

EU affairs manager, Head of Brussels operations, Malta Business Bureau

2018: A Critical Year For The EU To Deliver

December 2017

When one looks back at President Juncker’s 10 political guidelines that were set at the beginning of his mandate, one concludes that this last Commission programme is a continuation of the work undertaken over the past four years, and aims to complete some of the political projects.

Louis Olivieri

Marketing Specialist

Corporate Anniversaries – More Than A Reason To Party

December 2017

It pays organisations to capitalise on special occasions with elements which contribute to and/or are compatible with the reasons for their existence and growth path.