I have been visiting Harare over the past year and am always perplexed by the number of new outdoor advertising sites each time. Given that the economy is stagnant and...
Tatenda Chiweshe 4 Sep 2014
During a recent appearance on Maggs on Media, I stated that the most important foundation for any outdoor media effectiveness is to look at the medium in terms of 'narrow-casting'. After a barrage of emails asking for an explanation, here is how I see it.
Tatenda Chiweshe 31 Mar 2014
When people say "That's unfortunate but somebody's got to do it" I have spent the last two months being that 'somebody'. While you were enjoying the holidays, Media Trace was out in the Gauteng townships finding out who is saying what, where, when, how, who often, and about what in the outdoor space.
Tatenda Chiweshe 5 Feb 2013
The battle for township dwellers' political emotions is on. With an estimated 65% of "Johannesburgers" residing in its townships, it looks like political parties could maximise their outdoor media assets by switching from a philosophy of "being seen" to one of "having impact".
Tatenda Chiweshe 29 Nov 2012
We all know that big guys with big money tend to win bigger, it is no secret that the best way to reap big rewards from billboards in Africa is to start with a battalion of cash. That way you can subsume fledgling enterprises that have great assets but lack volumes to service big brand needs.
Tatenda Chiweshe 19 Nov 2012
Last week as I met with several major media buyers in Gaborone presenting Media Trace's Botswana Outsights Report for October 2012, it became clear that October and November is their critical planning and buying season for the next year.
Tatenda Chiweshe 31 Oct 2012
90% of success is just 'pitching up'. Be there and you will be relevant, right? Not in Namibia. The South Africans seem to have taken a rather arrogant view. "We dominate from our strategy and buying power" is how one agency put it. Understandably so; they can show client value without having to get outside of their comfort zones.
Tatenda Chiweshe 31 Aug 2012
Big brands in South Africa are obliged to place a large portion of their outdoor spend in Johannesburg. Although public statistics are scant, there is no doubt that the city is South Africa's most important in terms of population, GDP, consumer spend, international arrivals and almost every other economic indicator that would tickle a media/advertising professional's fancy.
Tatenda Chiweshe 28 Aug 2012
Radio, TV, print and digital are simple - they come to you. I can hear a campaign on radio, watch it on TV, read it on print media in the comfort of my own environment and then go to sleep knowing that my brand is in a good space. Why wouldn't I? I heard it four times on radio on my way to work, and only heard my competitor's once. I'm 'killing it' would be an obvious conclusion.
Tatenda Chiweshe 24 Aug 2012