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The need for authentic data in the Transit Environment

Shamy Naidu, Executive: Transit Ads™ outlines the need for authentic data within the realm of out of home advertising, especially when it comes to the transit environment.

Over the past few years we’ve been witness to an enormous growth within the transit environment in South Africa. Public Transport nodes and facilities have been upgraded, extended and added to. We’ve seen the inception of the Gautrain, the BRT and IRT systems and overall, most bus, rail and taxi facilities across the country have had a significant makeover.

Information and advertising and the way we access it, consume it and share it has also undergone significant changes. And with these changes has come the fake news, false advertising, stories that have been spun in order to propagate hatred and coupled to all of that the falsification of data and research.

In our industry we, unfortunately, come across false data more often than we should. Because of this, and also in spite of it, at Transit Ads™ we are sticklers for authenticity. All our research, our data, our statistics and numbers are verified. We do this because it makes us better at what we do, it keeps us aligned with consumer behaviour and it ensures that we consistently create and execute great campaigns for our clients. We understand that a successful advertising campaign, with success that continues long after the campaign has ended, relies on authentic data collection, research and the relevant interpretation of that data.

Keeping fingers on pulses and teams on the ground

At Transit Ads™, not only do we quite literally keep our finger on the pulse – we have a dedicated team manning all aspects of TRANSIT.TV™ from programming to advertising to on-site operational teams, and our ear to the ground, Transit Ads™ representatives are present at transit nodes, taxi ranks, train stations and bus stations to ensure that all parts of a campaign are running smoothly. Furthermore, we constantly have conversations with our target audience.

When marketers approach us, we strategically create campaigns that are relevant to the target audience, because we know and understand these consumers. In fact, a large part of what we do revolves around research and part of it is having conversations with commuters, i.e. the people who engage with our advertising platforms every morning and every evening as they travel to and from work, school and everywhere else. We ask them what they like, what they buy (including what they like to buy and what they buy out of necessity), when they purchase, where and why.

We dig deeper and go even further and ask them what influenced a particular purchasing decision. We also ask them what type of content they’d like to engage with on our platforms, especially on TRANSIT.TV™.

Inside a taxi TRANSIT.TV™ flights to an audience that is captive for at least 20 minutes at a time – enough time for them to assimilate both brand messaging and call to action. It is also enough time for the consumer to forge or further enhance affiliation with a brand.

Brand/Consumer centric approach

If advertisers want their brand creative and messaging to stick they need to align themselves with consumer needs. Our platforms revolve around both the consumer and the advertiser. Why? In order for advertising to be effective it needs to be delivered to the consumer in an engaging manner, at a place and time when the consumer is most open to assimilating it. Over and above knowing what the consumer wants and how he or she wants to consume your brand message, the other element of marketing success is location and placement. 

Data is what we use to effectively position our platforms.  We take a scientific approach called EMM or environment media mapping. This process ensures that every single screen, billboard, Powa Towa and branding platform is placed for best visibility, maximum impact and most effective engagement. 

When it entails effectively engaging with South Africa’s commuters, it is accurate data, research and authentic results that will ensure that advertising campaigns within the highly desirable transit environment are effective and successful against brand and budget objectives

Transit Ads™ implements OOH campaign for SPAR Money Transfers

To promote its Instant Money transfer service offering to a wide-ranging target audience, SPAR has implemented an out of home campaign with Transit Ads™. 
 
Says John Goncalves of Transit Ads™, “SPAR has partnered with Transit Ads™ on a variety of marketing projects in the past, and now they’ve partnered with us to ensure that millions of consumers know about their Instant Money offering and – through effective messaging and execution – will be enticed to use it.”
 
To create awareness, promote the service and prompt action, the SPAR Money Transfer messaging is visible on Powa Towas located in taxi ranks and strip malls across the country. Measuring 12 metres in height, Powa Towas are a dominant structure within a commuter environment and each Powa Towa has been strategically located to maximise visibility and impact. 
 
The campaign is amplified through TRANSIT.TV™, South Africa’s largest place-based digital television network. A SPAR Money Transfer commercial is flighting on screens in taxis, in train stations, at bus and taxi ranks, to an audience of 16,5 million commuters. TRANSIT.TV™ is viewed in a captive environment with high dwell times, and as such it generates unrivalled reach, frequency and assimilation (when compared with traditional television).
 
The Transit Ads™ portfolio offers a wide range of strategically placed, highly impactful advertising platforms across South Africa. Each platform is specifically geo-located to ensure that brand messaging reaches the right audience in the right place and at the right time.
 
“Transit Ads™ offers larger-than-life story-telling capacity. With the SPAR campaign, Powa Towas and TRANSIT.TV™ offer a powerful combination. Each platform is contextually relevant and works to enhance the other platform to dramatically extend reach and frequency. The result is a campaign that effectively, strategically and geographically engages with a large consumer base when this consumer is open and attentive to advertising messaging. Both platforms are highly visible, effective and targeted,” concludes Goncalves. 

Transit Ads outlines new Taxi Branding Regulations

Shamy Naidu, Executive of out of home transit environment specialist Transit Ads™ outlines the new taxi advertising regulations as recently gazetted by the South African Department of Transport.

On the 18th of August 2017, the Department of Transport gazetted the new taxi branding and advertising regulations. The new regulations affect how brands and media owners advertise on minibus taxis.

Unfortunately, the broader advertising and media industry was not consulted during the lead up to the proclamation of the new regulations. The decision to implement these changes followed a process of exclusive interaction between government, taxi bosses and taxi associations.

It came as a surprise to the entire industry when on the 18th August this year the new regulations were gazetted. At the same time, the Distinguishing Marks for Mini-Bus and Midi-Bus Regulations published in 2007 were repealed.

The new regulation, The Regulations on Colour Coding and Branding on Minibuses and Midibuses used for Minibus Taxi -type Services, 2017 came into effect on the 18th August 2017, with all affected parties given a period of six-months from date of publication to comply.

Unfortunate as it may be that the consultative process was flawed, we believe that there are some positives in the current proclamation of the regulations. It further highlights Government’s intent to regulate the taxi industry; while at the same time it protects brands through regulating the advertising methodologies employed within this space.

Transit Ads™ made immediate representations to the Department of Transport on the regulations. We did this with a view to negotiating the ideal methods to be employed to ensure maximum exposure for brands on the vehicles whilst remaining within the constraints of the new laws.

The regulations affect how brands advertise on the exterior of taxis, so it is of utmost importance for brands, marketers and media owners to understand what these new regulations entail.  The consultation held between Transit Ads™ and the Department of Transport, post this gazette, has ensured that Transit Ads™ is ideally positioned to seamlessly implement the new branding regulations on behalf of its clients. Through our consultations and interpretations of the new bylaws, we have agreed on the new format of how a taxi can be branded and received the necessary acknowledgement from the Department of Transport.

The new Act reads as follows:

Advertising is permitted on any minibus or midibus used for minibus taxi –type services, subject to sub regulations (2) and (3).

Advertisements must only appear on the side panels or sliding door to the rear of the driver and to the rear of the front seat passenger doors.

No advertising, logo, sticker, distinguishing mark, identification or livery may be painted or displayed on a vehicle other than those authorised by these Regulations or permitted in terms of any other law,

An operator who contravenes or fails to comply with these Regulations is guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding three months.

Only minibus and midibus taxis will be affected

In terms of taxis affected by the act, these regulations only apply to minibuses and midibuses used for minibus taxi-type services, and not to any other type of vehicles used for any other type of public transport service.

New Format of advertising incorporating the New Regulation

Basically, what has changed is the regulation of which particular surface areas on the exterior of the taxi can be branded. The below images demonstrate the new advertising formats:

FULL WRAP

TAXI REAR WITH CONTRAVISION

TAXI REAR – WITHOUT CONTRAVISION

TAXI FRONT

Why the Regulations can be a good thing

It can be argued that the new Regulations ensure that all exterior branding is uniform and consistent. It also protects the integrity of the South African taxi associations, in terms of them adhering to regulations passed by Government.

Download the Regulation Gazette, No. 41046 of 18 August, 2017 here.