Industry News

AutoTrader says #ByeByePrint #HelloDigital in industry defining move

For 25 years waiting rooms and living rooms have been anchored by the thick wedge that was AutoTrader’s flagship – a magazine with pages densely packed with cars for sale from all throughout the country. This month the magazine says goodbye to the South African public; a milestone that is both an end and a bold new beginning, and goes fully digital for the first time.

AutoTrader CEO George Mienie said, “The magazine was the start of our business and was the heart of the business for 15 years before the transition to digital started in 2008. At one stage it was so popular that our printers told us we had to hold off as the magazine size was going to break the binder! In fact, there were several instances when AutoTrader was late to retail shelves as a result of it having broken the binders. But today we live in a far more exciting reality. There’s no doubt that it’s time to fully embrace the digital age.”

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The State of Social Media in South Africa

by Darsana Vijay

Brought to you by: Unmetric & Whysatisfy

An analysis of South Africa’s 50 most valuable brands revealed that 45 out of 50 brands have an active social media presence on one or more social networks. However only 36% of these brands had accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube. Most notably, Instagram was the least preferred social network for brands despite the higher than average engagement other brands experience on this platform.

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Gumtree_5_Small-use_Vertical-01As of 20 April 2017, the country’s biggest online classifieds site, Gumtree South Africa, will be sporting a new logo as part of an ongoing and comprehensive redesign.

“Gumtree’s logo has remained unchanged since 2005, although the site has undergone major changes. Gumtree has always been an innovator in the classifieds’ space – it’s high-time that the image of the site matches the level of sophistication and development that has been rolled out behind the scenes,” says Claire Cobbledick, Head of Core for Gumtree South Africa.

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South Africa’s Advertising Standards Authority in Crisis

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), a respected industry self-regulatory body in South Africa, is in crisis and needs our support. It urgently requires short-term funding to keep it in business while a turnaround strategy is implemented. In partnership with a business rescue team, the ASA has identified ways in which it can improve and better serve the evolving advertising industry in future.

“Losing the ASA would be a truly sad day for not only the advertising industry, but more importantly for proponents of industry self-regulation in any form in South Africa. The ASA has served advertisers and consumers tirelessly for more than 50 years, and has always championed the highest standards of honesty and fairness across the industry. It has certainly had its issues in recent years, but these are already in the process of being resolved.” says Andrew Allison, Head of IAB SA Regulatory Affairs Council.

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New kid on the block now the biggest

Maroela Media, an Afrikaans news website who celebrates its sixth birthday in July, has surpassed all other Afrikaans websites in March 2017.

Maroela Media is now officially the biggest Afrikaans website and eighth biggest news website in South Africa. This youngster is also the only Afrikaans website under the Top 10 in South Africa.

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Independent Online signs with Lotame

In an African first, Independent Online (IOL) has signed with the world’s largest independent data management platform, Lotame. Initiated and facilitated by Lotame’s official reseller in Africa, Mark1 Media, IOL will now be able to know more about their audience than ever before.

User behaviour, interests and online journeys will enrich their offering not only to their readers, but to advertisers alike. IOL’s first-party data coupled with the third-party data available on the Lotame Data Exchange (LDX) means that they can target audiences far beyond their own inventory. The LDX allows IOL to gain more knowledge about their own users and expand it by seeking out lookalike audiences from across the Internet. Through Lotame, IOL’s audience data can also now be bought by advertisers programmatically or through direct deals.

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The High Net Worth Individual Report (2017)

The High Net Worth Individual Report (2017) is brought to you by Effective Measure, IAB South Africa, and Samsung.

The findings in this survey are based on over 9,000 respondents in South Africa with internet access. The survey was delivered between September and November 2016 with the objective of determining habits, attitudes, and product ownership among High Net
Worth Individuals.

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Why CMOs should have voice search on their radar

Tich Savanhu search specialist at Clicks2Customers

The rapid increase in voice searches has given many digital marketers pause for thought. While most are playing a wait and see game, there are some obvious short-term interventions required right now.

There is an astonishingly large amount of current data and predictions on how voice is on the rise. At the moment, 40 percent of US adults are searching by voice at least once a day, and that number would be much higher for the more tech-comfortable Generation Z.  Added to this, in May last year, one in five searches on an Android app were done via speech.

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Times Media completes move to Google App Engine to power its leading business news websites

Delivers benefits of speed, reliability, security and privacy to BusinessDAY, Financial Mail, RDM and BusinessLIVE audiences

Times Media Group has completed the transition of its business news websites to a server-less architecture that runs entirely on the Google App Engine (GAE) environment. TMG is also one of the first major publishers in SA to force the HTTPS protocol across all its business websites to guarantee the authenticity of its content, and protect the privacy and security of its readers, journalists and editors.

TMG recently replatformed and redesigned all its prominent business titles, Business Day, Financial Mail and RDM, and launched the new BusinessLIVE site, with premium content options from R120 a month.

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