Industry Updates

Taxi branding in action: A campaign case study

19 Jan 2017

The commuter market is South Africa’s largest consumer segment comprising over 22 million people. Advertising on taxis should therefore be an excellent way to reach an extensive audience. However, this approach should not be a shot in the dark, but a calculated investment. For this reason, as part of Primedia Outdoor’s investment in research expertise and innovative market intelligence, they set out to track and measure taxi movement over a three month campaign period between February and April 2016.

In order to do this, each taxi was fitted with a tracking device, through which the study tracked 67 vehicles over a 3 month campaign period, in 3 different regions: 32 vehicles in Gauteng, 20 vehicles in KwaZulu-Natal, and 15 vehicles in the Eastern Cape.

The main objectives of the case study were (i) to determine campaign coverage and (ii) to quantify opportunities to see (OTS).  With advanced geo-spatial analysis, Primedia Outdoor calculated OTS based on the movement of taxis within set out target coverage areas.

Over the 3 months measured, the 67 taxis travelled a total of 571 716 km - a distance equivalent to travelling the circumference of the earth 14.27 times! Of the total number of kilometres travelled, the campaign target areas that were covered during the campaign came to 206 225 km.

Looking at the target area coverage, the study showed that the campaign generated OTS of more than 6 million in a single month, with an aggregated opportunity to see of 18 million over the total campaign period. This highlights the extraordinary ability of the branded taxi campaigns to offer high reach and frequency objectives.

In Gauteng, 32 vehicles achieved coverage of 14 campaign target areas, including Soweto, Mamelodi, Alexandra, Germiston, and Roodepoort. Travelling a total of 78 446 km, the total OTS in one month amounted to 4 279 307 within the campaign target areas. The taxis tracked in Gauteng travelled through major convergence nodes and densely populated areas.

Example of campaign target area coverage: Soweto
In KwaZulu-Natal, the study tracked 20 vehicles reaching eight campaign target areas, including Pietermaritzburg, Durban, Newcastle and Blaauwbosch, among others. The total OTS achieved in one month was 1 426 813, with the taxis again travelling through major convergence nodes and densely populated areas.

Example of campaign target area coverage: Durban

Eastern Cape
Finally, in the Eastern Cape, the study tracked 15 vehicles, reaching seven campaign target areas. Yet again, the vehicles travelled through major convergence nodes and densely populated areas, providing an OTS of 568 244 within a month.

Example of campaign target area coverage: Port Elizabeth

Taxi branding campaigns are an appealing product offering, as they quite literally become “moving billboards” for brands. According to Ruchelle Barker, Marketing Intelligence Manager for Primedia Outdoor, the case study confirms branded taxis’ ability to reach an extensive audience.  “Through the tracking of taxis, we have been able to demonstrate the ability of taxi branding to offer extensive coverage of strategically selected target areas,” she says.

About Primedia Outdoor
Primedia Outdoor is the largest wholly South-African-owned outdoor advertising media specialist, focusing primarily on the marketing and selling of outdoor advertising signage.  With over 17 000 advertising faces across the country, it offers national outdoor exposure across a mix of media types. These include high-end digital signs, airport advertising, freeway and suburban spectaculars and street furniture, as well as taxi and bus branding, taxi rank branding and Rank TV.
Primedia Outdoor provides flexible coverage of the entire socio-economic spectrum, from cosmopolitan consumers in major urban areas through to those living in rural communities in Limpopo and the Eastern Cape.

Issued on behalf of Primedia Outdoor by Stone Soup Public Relations
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