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Local newspapers – an impactful way to connect with the vast emerging market

Consumers want to be informed about what is happening close to home, which is why local newspapers are still the central platform for this type of news. Caxton Local Media invests in 141 local newspapers that act as a community mouthpiece, bringing relevant information to the surrounding communities.

34 of these newspapers have an “emerged market” readership, including 11 urban papers in the Soweto areas and 11 isiZulu-written Eyethu papers across KwaZulu-Natal. These papers reach an extremely high number of people, with over 900 000 copies distributed weekly and between five and 10 people reading each issue.

According to ROOTS research, local newspapers are the broadest reaching print media in LSM 4 to 7, with 55% readership which is much higher than in daily or weekly papers. Local newspapers have 66% readership in Soweto, with Alex News alone having a 77% readership in Alexandra.

“Our target readership is no longer emerging. It has emerged. The financially empowered black middle class has more than trebled in the last 12 years driven by BBBEE, education, job opportunities in the civil sector, urbanisation, and access to finance. Our readership is aspiring and has no inhibitions in striving for success and for acquiring the fruits of that success,” says Jaco Koekemoer, Managing Director of Caxton Local Media and Coldset Printing at Caxton Group.

The population size is considerably larger in emerging markets, and is a segment with many unfulfilled needs. Now that their earnings have increased, they are more receptive to bigger purchase decisions. ROOTS research has shown that 29% of households in Alexandra earn between R12 000 and R24 999 and 68% fall within the LSM 6 and 7 profile.

The Caxton’s Eyethu brand is now the largest circulating isiZulu-community newspaper brand in KZN, with a total circulation in excess of 245 000 copies, significantly above the combined circulations of Ilanga and Isolezwe.

The African Reporter is one of the largest, and best-selling, sold community papers in the country, enjoying an extensive distribution exceeding 20 000 issues per week. “Being a sold paper means we have slightly more editorial space to cover a diverse range of topics and we are able to give each story a little more space than might be possible in a free sheet paper with a higher loading,” says Koekemoer.

Caxton prides itself on the high-quality content of these papers, allocating exceptional resources to their production, from highly-qualified journalists to superior printing. Every published story is of relevance, importance and interest to the vast majority of the community. There’s a focus on feel good stories about people in the area, especially where neighbours have collectively helped someone in the area. “Our emerged-market papers aim to uplift the community through positive human-interest stories,” says Koekemoer.

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Peter Langschmidt wins best presentation at PDRF Madrid


At this year’s PDRF (Publishing & Data Research Forum) in Madrid, the PRC’s (Publisher Research Council) Peter Langschmidt took top honours for South Africa when his presentation, entitled “The Reading Revolution. React, Reposition, Recalibrate” was judged to be the symposium’s best presentation out of all those submitted from around the world.

 The Publishing and Data Research Forum (PDRF), held every two years, is devoted to best practice and innovation in measuring publisher paper and online audiences around the world, where experts in media and audience research globally share ideas and solutions. This year’s symposium, held in Madrid from 14 to 17 October, looked forward to publishing in the 2020’s and was themed New Opportunities: New Approaches.

“It’s an honour for my paper to have been selected amongst many outstanding global presentations,” says Peter Langschmidt, Research Consultant to the PRC. “There were 42 papers presented by 60 media and research experts from over 30 countries. The paper details the manner of the work completed by the PRC across reading media platforms and a summary of projects handled over the last 18 months in South Africa.

The Publisher Research Council is now truly on the global publishing and media map and validates the principles, methods and manner of our media research. Our world first innovation of RGS (Reverse Geographic Sampling) where we combine an online sample with a face to face one to ensure optimum spread and household type was particularly well received.“

Further to the winning the award, the IAB (Interactive Advertising Bureau) has requested that this paper be presented at their annual conference in March 2018.

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Emerald Resort & Casino keeps local girls in school

Young female students face great challenges in terms of hygiene and sanitation at school. To assist, and as part of its main Corporate Social Initiative (CSI) project, Emerald Resort & Casino will be supplying 600 school girls with a year’s supply of sanitary towels.

“Our support for this initiative is based on statistics. Many girls in South Africa will miss on average four days of school every month, which translates to over a month a year, purely as a result of not being able to afford necessities like sanitary towels,” says Tanuja Gangabishun, Marketing Executive at Emerald Resort & Casino. “This means that they could possibly fall behind in class or even dropout of school altogether.

Directors Peter Ponoane and Dan Senekwala with Emerald Resort & Casino’s Tanuja Gangabishun

The lack of feminine hygiene products is an added challenge to pre-existing problems that lead to the high dropout rate of female students in primary and secondary schools.”

To date over 250 sanitary packs have already been distributed to Batloung Intermediary School, Tshirela Primary School, Dr Nhlapo Intermediary School  and Vukuzakhe Primary School. During the course 2017, a further 350 will be distributed to schools in the local Vaal area.

“It is important for the positive growth of education and our future that these girls stay in school, receive a proper education and to make the most of every day,” concludes Tanuja.

Should any companies in the Vaal area wish to assist with extending this project even further, they are welcome to make contact with me!”

Emerald Resort & Casino.

Tel:                              016 982 8000





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Consumers think about your brands all the time right? No.

Senior Marketing Scientist, Professor Justin Cohen of the Ehrenburg Bass Institute (EBI) recently addressed guests of SPARK Media in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town on the topic of Mental Availability – what it is and why it matters?

“Let’s get honest, consumers don’t spend time thinking about brands,” says Gill Randall, Joint CEO of SPARK Media. “We have far too much happening in our lives and we screen things out all the time.”

This may sound like common-sense, but the fact is, that most contemporary marketing theory focuses on the belief that consumers actually spend time and energy evaluating their brand choices.

“Most marketers still believe that we are highly rational beings, that we have relationships with brands, that our attitudes drive our behaviour, etc.  We now know that this isn’t true and this belief has the potential to derail our marketing strategies (thanks to discoveries from EBI and others).

We have been members of the Ehrenberg-Bass Institute for the last 15 years, which has given us access to their wealth of research on consumer behaviour,” says Gill. “The EBI is the world’s largest centre for research into marketing. Their expert team of marketing academics are building a culture of evidence-based marketing, giving us powerful insights into how marketing really works and how brands grow and we were so honoured to have Justin present to us.”

Justin Cohen is one of the Institute’s senior researchers, whose expertise is in route-to-market decision making, emerging markets, retailing, online marketing, and wine and food marketing. He has international experience as both a practitioner and researcher, which helps him to provide transformational, evidence-based strategies for his clients.

“Mental Availability in marketing is the propensity for a brand to be thought of in a buying situation – in other words, is your brand even being considered by consumers,” says Justin. “But it’s not just about being in the game and having great branding – memory structures need to be built in the consumer’s mind in an on-going way.”

Gill adds: “Identify key brand elements that will cue your brands in consumers’ minds – both physically and mentally and this will go a long way in helping buyers think of you – which is the real battle for marketers.”

Justin went on to say that many marketers may think that they have loyal consumers that are heavy category users but the truth is that even the biggest brands have a mostly light user consumer base – that is they have many different consumers using their brands less often. “People shop around and buy products that are in the same category as yours – so build relevant associative memory structures to help easy mental retrieval of your brand at the time of purchase. ” he says.

“Ultimately the message, media, creative and branding quality are what will set your brand apart. Continuous advertising means refreshing memory structures. Prioritise big reach media, avoid excessive frequency, build reach over time, be seen recently and space out your ads.” He uses a great example – given a choice between reaching one person twice or two people once, and he would inevitably choose the two people once option.

Leverage your owned distinctive assets in a creative way. “Nando’s does this really well,” says Gill.” Their advertising is easily identifiable every single time by their specific fonts and look, Game’s pink colour is undeniably theirs and instantly recognisable.”

Finishing off, Justin stressed: “Branding has to be the most crucial step in advertising. If it’s not branded, it’s just entertainment – the goal is to be remembered and to be bought.”

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Put your brand in advertising’s front seat

 Want to achieve maximum coverage while showing your full range? Dubbed “front-seat advertising”, Caxton’s local newspaper innovation the PowerWrap, is an effective marketing solution with proven results – perfect for brands who want the exclusivity of foremost hands-on interaction with consumers.

Local press is flourishing with 6.6 million copies delivered to homes and businesses across urban South Africa weekly, and 63% of purchase decision makers reading them (ROOTS 2016). Caxton and SPARK Media are giving brands impactful platforms to reach the right people, at the right place and time, in the right environment, with their highly innovative print solutions.

One of these is the PowerWrap, a world premiere in the printing industry. It’s large-scale, high-quality constat-paper wrapped around the whole newspaper, carrying an advertising message. The masthead of the main copy still stands out, so that the consumer immediately recognises their local newspaper. It gives brands the flexibility of displaying their offerings broadly across a pre-printed three-quarter, four-page leaflet. It gives brands an immediate interaction with the consumer because they need to physically remove the PowerWrap before reading the newspaper. Once removed, as a stand-alone, the Wrap has an extended shelf-life compared to regular print ads. This advertising format gives brands a competitive edge and is best used for store openings, launches and other tactical uses.

This ground-breaking print-ovation has attracted advertisers who haven’t traditionally advertised in local newspapers before. It has become a popular medium for clothing retailers, particularly for store openings, fast food campaigns and pharmaceutical products.

The response to this exciting new ad format has been outstanding, with many brands booking and then quickly re-booking PowerWrap campaigns. There is only one spot available per newspaper per week, so booking competition is fierce. Three of the Caxton’s papers (with a combined print order exceeding 100 000 copies) were sold for each week of the month, three years in advance.

“Our pharmaceutical customer was blown away by their PowerWrap campaign, reporting an immediate increase in market share by just under 10%,” says Jaco Koekemoer, Managing Director of Caxton Local Media and Coldset Printing at Caxton Group, “In December 2016, a top technology retailer pulled their TV and radio to run an eight-page PowerWrap around a million local papers. They experienced the best December in retail sales in the last nine years.”


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Harness the power of local newspaper inserts this festive season!

With the retail frenzy of Black Friday and the festive season fast approaching, Caxton Local Media Group and SPARK Media are gearing up for an influx of newspaper insertion demand, as more and more advertisers recognise the power of inserts as a powerful marketing tool.

Local newspapers are the preferred medium for retailers and businesses to bring their marketing communication to consumers. Newspaper inserts are a particularly important part of local advertising, offering consumers a complete brand-in-the-hand, with the convenience of a multitude of trusted product offers available at a glance.

As a premier sales tool, local newspaper inserts are easily accessible by a relevant audience and are designed to be picked up repeatedly, securing its place as an essential part of the multimedia marketing mix. 2016 Roots research found that 62% of South Africa’s purchase decision makers read local community newspapers, of which 93% read advertising inserts regardless of whether they are looking for something in particular or not.

“The month end week at Caxton’s Johannesburg plant regularly exceeds 20-million inserts for the local papers alone. The last week of November 2016 was the busiest inserting week to date at our Johannesburg factory, in fact, the single largest publication had 34 individual inserts with a total product weight of a 100 tons. During that single week, 26.5-million inserts were inserted into 53 local newspapers,” says Jaco Koekemoer, Managing Director of Caxton Local Media and Coldset Printing at Caxton Group

“Caxton’s 10 printing plants are best equipped to handle this type of operation in South Africa. As a one-stop printing and publishing provider, we’re able to offer highly affordable, discounted insert rates with an effective distribution method where consumers expect to find your leaflet inside their local newspaper,” says Koekemoer.


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Clover’s Cream O’Naise Guinness World Records attempt cancelled

The management of Clover regretfully announces that they have been forced to cancel their Guinness World Records title attempt at breaking the Longest Line of Sandwiches at Maponya Mall, today the 7th October, due to inclement weather.The company has been in planning for months to break a 4 kilometre long “Longest Line of Sandwiches record which would have utilised 420 litres of Cream O’Naise mayonnaise, 16 000 25cm baguettes, 64 800 slices of Clover Cheese, 810kgs (or 80 000) slices of tomatoes and 1 650 heads of lettuce,” explains Clover Senior Brand Manager Edith Molepo. “Our teams managed to get to 2468.93 meters before the rains came down.”“However it’s not all bad news though, we are thrilled to be able to still donate the completed sandwiches and unused sizable amount of bread and fresh raw ingredients to our chosen charities Choc and The Gift of the Givers and to Baragwanath Hospital to make delicious sandwiches with,” she says.“We have been overwhelmed at the amount of love shown on social media platforms by celebrities and people at home who were bitterly disappointed we couldn’t continue the record attempt, especially because the enthusiasm for our new Cream O’Naise mayonnaise has been extremely positive. However they have risen to the challenge beautifully and are continuing the fun by making their own attempts at creating the longest line of sandwiches using our newest product on the market, our creamy mayonnaise Cream O’Naise accompanied by #CreamONaiseGWR and #CreamyTilTheLastDrop.We would like to extend a massive thanks to our teams on the ground and to all our supporters at home and to those that made an effort to join us today at Maponya Mall.”


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Penquin, Spitfire and Suzuki SA win big at Next Generation Awards

Spitfire Inbound, Penquin and Suzuki SA are delighted after being announced as the gold winners in the ‘Best Revenue Marketing Campaign/Event’ and ‘Best Marketing Automation Campaign’ categories at the recent New Generation Awards which identifies winners at the forefront of South Africa’s future communications, media and digital technologies.

 “We went head to head against some really tough opposition and against large agencies,” says Veronica Wainstein, Penquin’s Managing Director, “but being an independent and full-service agency has had a great part to play in our success.”“It is inspiring to see that both categories that we entered with Suzuki SA, we won,” says Darren Leishman, CEO of Spitfire Inbound Marketing. “I believe that, in part, our success is the long lasting client relationships we’ve built over many years, with this client in particular, and being held accountable for our work with measurable objectives and benchmarks – our client’s successes are our successes.”

This year The New Generation Social & Digital Media Awards took place at Montecasino and received a record amount of entries. Awards included best social and digital media marketing campaigns, best use of online media and tools, outstanding individual performers and our main overall winners from the agency and corporate sectors.

Winning campaigns showed on-strategy creative execution that displayed a clear link between the original business objectives and the outcomes enabled by the work.“We’re extremely thrilled with the two Gold Awards that we achieved at New Generation which just reinforces our credo as a ‘results driven agency’ which wouldn’t be possible without the support of amazing clients like Suzuki SA,” concludes Wainstein.

Find out more about Penquin on their website or Spitfire Inbound Marketing at


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From start-up to 700% growth in just a year


Happy birthday to Hubble, a company that in under a year has achieved phenomenal growth nationally and internationally, and was quickly appointed Uber’s preferred in-vehicle entertainment partner.

“Excuse the pun, but it’s been an amazing ride,” says David Taitz, Sales and Commercial Director at Hubble. “In just one year, we as a company have grown over 700%. Not only have we achieved success in South Africa, but have partnered with Uber in Kenya, Ukraine and Dubai.”

Hubble was launched in September 2016 and has since introduced Uber ‘riders’ to in-vehicle entertainment. “We put the ‘riders’ in charge of what they want to see which ensures a positive experience from interested passengers. There are now over 500 screens in South Africa alone and we’ve just launched 200 screens in Ukraine!” The engaging platform offers video and interactive content in a captive environment with measurable ROI.Some interesting statistics have been collected over the course of the year. Extremely high engagement rates have been recorded, with some channels experiencing over 20% engagement (compared to 0.2 industry average). Hundreds of test drives have been booked, from the back seat of an Uber vehicle, for motor vehicle brands. 3 million passengers have experienced the screens, while millions of touches and video rotations have been collected for clients.

“The proof of advertising success comes in the form of ROI for brands which in turn means repeat business for a media owner,” explains Taitz. “Besides the international brands of McDonalds, BMW, Hugo Boss, Landrover and GoPro, local South African brands  Woolworths, Absa, DSTV, Savanna and Sanlam, to name a few, have benefitted from advertising on the in-vehicle entertainment screens.  In fact, a few of these clients have doubled their original ad-spend after achieving excellent returns on their spend.”

Hubble has announced that they will be launching the entertainment screens in Uber vehicles in Dubai and Kenya soon. The ultimate end goal is to create real value for the Uber rider and provide brands with a communication platform that has real and deep user engagement.

“Happy birthday Hubble, we are excited to see what the next 12 months hold for us,” concludes Taitz. “We would like to thank all of our partners that have accompanied us on this journey and look forward to achieving even more ROI for our advertisers and partners.”

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