Milica Kuvalja is a Market Researcher at DIRECT MEDIA United Solutions, Belgrade. She graduated Management at the Faculty of Organizational Sciences and got her master’s degree at the same faculty in the field of Human Resource Management.
She began her career in marketing as a promoter, and while advancing to her present position, she had the opportunity to work with various clients, participate in pitches and development of tools within the DIRECT MEDIA United Solutions system, as well as to give presentations at the Direct Media Academy and Webiz courses. She’s a member of IAA Young Professionals, Serbian Chapter.
Although extraordinarily in love with agency work, she has another interesting passion which she nurtures.
MM: What was your first encounter with marketing?
Milica Kuvalja: Doing promotions, as a student, I had the opportunity to learn the basics of BTL marketing. That was an exceptional starting experience for me. By doing promotions for different product categories, targeted at different target groups, I’ve learned how to communicate with consumers of different segments and how to properly convey the brand message. What’s interesting is that, as a promoter, you not only get to meet your consumer, but you can also ask them everything you are interested in. So, besides promotion, you also do some research at the same time.
MM: They say you have a special passion for advertising. How did that passion develop?
Milica Kuvalja: I really believe in brands and advertising. Ads are there to contribute to awareness, and to shorten our research time, because consumers today are researchers, and they do quite a bit of consideration before making a purchasing decision. Ads are there to shorten that research process and save us some time.
MM: You are a market researcher in the agency. What does this mean exactly in everyday terms? What is your main task in the agency?
Milica Kuvalja: The research sector of a media agency has two focuses – the focus on the media market and focus on consumers. In this regard, my primary tasks are: monitoring the media market – which means working with all available industry-wide and proprietary tools, and defining different target groups, which means analysing the results of all relevant research available in the market and organizing additional qualitative and quantitative research.
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