The role of advertising in creating product awareness: a case study of Bamburi Cement Company Limited.

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Kampala international University, College of Economics and Management
The primary purpose of this study was to find out the role of advertising in creating product awareness: a case study of Bamburi cement Company Limited. The study investigated the role of advertising for Bamburi, in creating product awareness, the advertising technique that the firms used and the levels of awareness on Bamburi company products by the consumers. The study covered the marketing department's staff of Bamburi Cement Company, namely the marketing manager and the sales representatives. Also a sample of the target population was used which consisted the residents of two estates from Mombasa and Eldoret towns. A total of 40 Subjects were used. Data was collected through interviews and issuance of questionnaires. Information was presented in the form of analysis tables whose findings were reinforced by descriptions on their contents for easy analysis and clarifications by the researcher. The results of data analysis showed that Bamburi Cement Company did not have clear policy on advertising, but advertising as a mode of promotion used to reach out to the consumers by the firm was definitely there. Awareness levels by the consumers on the brand name of the company's cements were low and the firm used the product concept to be in the market. In conclusion, the data suggested that the firm did not give an emphasis to advertising in its marketing activities, especially to inform the public about its products. It is recommended that the firm should recreate current advertisements and increase their rate of advertising and the overall shift from the product to the marketing concept to be adopted by the firm.
A Research Dissertation Submitted to the School of Business and Management in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Business Administration of Kampala International University
Advertising, Product awareness, Bamburi Cement Company Limited