On Thursday 17th May 2018, GeoPoll and the Marketing Society of Kenya (MSK) jointly launched GeoPoll’s latest 2018 World Cup insights report to over 80 marketers, media owners and sports enthusiasts in Nairobi.

The colorful event was graced by such sports personalities as Carol Radul, renown Kenyan sports journalists, media buying agencies, and marketers. It was an opportunity for MSK members and brand owners seeking in on the World Cup season action to get fresh insights into how Africans will be watching this global event in less than a month.

The 20-page report is the product of a multi-country survey conducted by GeoPoll in 6 African countries to gain an understanding of the popularity of the World Cup in Africa, predict viewership trends for the tournament, and give insights into what teams Africans are rooting for in 2018. The report includes in-depth data on World Cup enthusiasm from 6 Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania.

The evening event was held in Nairobi. The program included a presentation of the main report highlights, a panel discussion by media owners and sports enthusiasts and a World Cup trivia competition.

The report presentation by J.P Murunga, GeoPoll’s Senior Client Services Manager opened up the stage to a moderated discussion amongst the invited panelists. The panelist were: Monicah Ndung’u – General Manager, Kwese Free Sports Kenya; Carol Radull – Sports presenter & enthusiast, Radio Africa Group; Akinyi Okulo, GeoPoll’s Senior Client Services Manager – media. The session was moderated by Michael Kwambo, Media and Communications Manager at the Kenya Rugby Union. The discussion dwelt on what the insights meant for all the stakeholders, lessons learned, and the next cause of action for marketers, media owners and media buying agencies.

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Some of the highlights of the panel discussion were: the lack of brand awareness amongst respondents of the survey; the growing interest towards football and the World Cup among female fans; the need for marketers to look at the event as one that happens every for years hence the need to find creative ways of appealing to fans beyond the 90 minutes of each game.

The World Cup Trivia session that followed the panel discussion was an opportunity for the guests to test their skills and knowledge of the sport as well as marketing around the World Cup season. GeoPoll conducted the 18 trivia exercise via a mobile web interface that contained multimedia based questions such as audio, videos, memes and photos. Analysis of the correct responses and the corresponding winners was completed within 5 minutes. Three Winners of the trivia walked away with some exclusive GeoPoll merchandise.

Download the full report here, or contact GeoPoll if you are interested in gaining access to our daily TV ratings during the World Cup or running a custom survey around World Cup activities, contact us