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John Deere Sub-Saharan Africa


Brand Strategy, Visual Language, Tagline, Marketing Strategy, Communication Strategy, Photography, Brand Experience

Understand Today

John Deere, ranked by Forbes as one of the top 100 Most Valuable Global brands 2019, is the world’s largest manufacturer of agricultural equipment and is committed to the success of people whose work is linked to the land – those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich, and build upon the land to meet the world’s constantly increasing need for food, fuel, clothing, shelter and infrastructure. John Deere Sub Sahara Africa has been supporting African farmers for over 50 years by investing in dealerships across the continent and branch operations in 23 countries. The changing landscape of agriculture, geo-politics and economic shifts in Africa necessitated the need to re-visit the brand and determine if its geared for a changing continent.

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Explore Possibilities

Valora partnered with John Deere Sub-Sahara Africa to re-position the brand for the local markets. Valora’s exploratory process focused on South, East and West Africa and related customer segments. We conducted research with John Deere SSA’s executive leadership, dealer network and immersed ourselves in farming environments with farmers. We discovered a brand that had lost its relevance and authenticity. It had instead, become unapproachable, expensive and exclusive to a small segment of the market. Its position outside of South Africa had dwindled and was not top of mind for farmer’s considering buying a tractor or harvester. These and other key insights informed our strategic direction and a deliberate journey to creating Africa’s most admired Agri brand.

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Shape Tomorrow

A practical Pan African brand strategy supported by a braver vision and clear intent to be at the centre of unlimited collective power for farmers and all those linked to the land was developed. The strategy was brought to life through a localised visual language, new Tagline, marketing tactics, channel strategy and reputation management. The future of John Deere SSA and its ambitions to lead the green revolution was set and the new brand was launched at NAMPO Harvest Day, the largest agricultural exhibition under private ownership in the southern hemisphere. Valora’s partnership with John Deere SSA continues as we localise the new positioning in key markets across Africa.

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