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TGI brings new digital tools to SA market research

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South African advertising, marketing and media industries will soon have access to consumer measurement tools, thanks to the introduction of survey delivery software developed by Kantar Media’s Target Group Index (TGI).

TGI, a global products and brands survey, is used by the majority of top 50 advertisers and media owners in South Africa.) and the Television Audience Measurement Survey (TAMS). The TGI sample is in the process of being aligned to the new currencies.

Addressing thought-leaders at a conference hosted by Ask Afrika in Johannesburg recently, London-based Head of TGI International at Kantar Media, Geoff Wicken, said TGI’s latest innovations offer sophisticated marketing solutions in the digital space, and are soon to be introduced in South Africa.

One is the TGI Target Snapshot, a web app designed for advertising, marketing and media agencies to enable their workforce to quickly and simply access and understand key insights into a product or brand’s consumers. Another is TGI Clickstream, metered consumer mobile behaviour, enabling better planning and selling amongst all players in the digital media marketplace by evaluating the most effective online inventory. Further programmatic solutions empower the delivery of effective campaigns for clients, allowing trading desks to access data from multiple sources.

“These innovations, combining online and offline data, will provide marketers with key brand insights at their fingertips, and the beauty of TGI is its ability to tie up with existing measurement currencies in South Africa. TGI will integrate seamlessly with these currencies,” said Wicken.

Wicken added that TGI’s advanced tools are not only able to provide advertisers, agencies, media owners and publishers with a better understanding of their markets, they can also be integrated with a client’s own consumer studies, enhancing a brand’s own survey information to optimise consumer profiling and segmentation.

TGI has various integrated software modules – harmonised to 70 global markets –providing a complete view of consumer behaviour and characteristics, covering product and brand use, attitudes and motivations, media and digital engagement, leisure activities and demographics. Thus TGI is the ideal vehicle for product brand positioning.

“TGI is not a measurement currency itself, but it’s the only current products and brands survey that compliments all the new measurement currencies, enriching their data and enabling smarter, more integrated marketing solutions,” explained TGI director Maria Petousis.

Ask Afrika is South Africa’s largest independent market research company, used as a preferred research partner across various industries to co-craft customer service strategies. Aside from its wide South African footprint, Ask Afrika operates in a dozen African countries.

CEO of Ask Afrika, Andrea Rademeyer, told the conference delegates: “Ask Afrika is one of Kantar Media TGI’s top five global partners, and our partnership has yielded many cutting edge developments over the past eight years. TGI in South Africa is constantly integrating benchmarks and currency support, making it a powerful player in the new brand and product currency landscape. We look forward to continuing this partnership, and to bringing new innovations to South Africa, ensuring fluidity between all our measurement currencies.”

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Notre Dame, Scoop Makhathini, GoT, top week in search

From fire disaster to social media disaster, the top Google searches this week covered a wide gamut of themes.

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Paris and the whole world looked on in shock as the 856-year-old medieval Catholic cathedral crumbled into ash. The tragic infernal destruction of this tourist attraction of historical and religious significance led South Africans to generate more than 200 000 search queries for “Notre Dame Cathedral” on Monday. Authorities are investigating the cause of the fire that razed the architectural icon.

In other top trending searches on Google this week, radio presenter Siyabonga Ngwekazi, AKA Scoop Makhathini, went viral when it appeared he had taken to Twitter to expose his girlfriend, Akhona Carpede, for cheating on him. Scoop has since come out to say that he was not responsible for the bitter rant and that his account was hacked. “Scoop Makhathini” generated more than 20 000 search queries on Wednesday.

Fans generated more than 20 000 search queries for “Sam Smith” on Tuesday ahead of the the British superstar’s Cape Town performance at the Grand West Casino. Smith ended up cutting his performance short that night due to vocal strain.

Local Game of Thrones superfans were beside themselves on Sunday, searching the internet high and low for the first episode of the American fantasy drama’s eighth season. “Game of Thrones, season 8, episode 1” generated more than 100 000 queries on Google Search on the weekend.

As the festivities kicked off in California with headliners such as Childish Gambino and Ariana Grande, South Africans generated more than 2 000 search queries for “Coachella” on Saturday.

South Africans generated more than 5 000 search queries for “Wendy Williams” on Friday  as it emerged that the American talk show host had filed for divorce from her husband Kevin Hunter after 21 years of marriage. Hunter has long been rumored to have been cheating on Williams, which reportedly finally led to the divorce.

Search trends information is gleaned from data collated by Google based on what South Africans have been searching for and asking Google. Google processes more than 40 000 search queries every second. This translates to more than a billion searches per day and 1.2 trillion searches per year worldwide. Live Google search trends data is available at https://www.google.co.za/trends/hottrends#pn=p40

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5G smartphones to hit 5M sales in 2019

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According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global smartphone shipments will reach a modest 5 million units in 2019. Early 5G smartphone models will be expensive and available in limited volumes. Samsung, LG and Huawei will be the early 5G smartphone leaders this year, followed by Apple next year.

Ken Hyers, Director at Strategy Analytics, said, “We forecast global 5G smartphone shipments will reach a modest 5 million units in 2019. Less than 1 percent of all smartphones shipped worldwide will be 5G-enabled this year. Global 5G smartphone shipments are tiny for now, due to expensive device pricing, component bottlenecks, and restricted availability of active 5G networks.”

Ville Petteri-Ukonaho, senior analyst at Strategy Analytics, added, “Samsung will be the early 5G smartphone leader in the first half of 2019, due to initial launches across South Korea and the United States. We predict LG, Huawei, Xiaomi, Motorola and others will follow later in the year, followed by Apple iPhone with its first 5G model during the second half of 2020. The iPhone looks set to be at least a year behind Samsung in the 5G smartphone race and Apple must be careful not to fall too far behind.”

Neil Mawston, executive director at Strategy Analytics, added, “The short-term outlook for 5G smartphones is weak, but the long-term opportunity remains huge. We forecast 1 billion 5G smartphones to ship worldwide per year by 2025. The introduction of 5G networks, by carriers like Verizon or China Mobile, opens up high-speed, ultra-low-latency services such as 8K video, streaming games, and augmented reality for business. The next big question for the mobile industry is how much extra consumers are really willing to pay, if anything, for those emerging 5G smartphones and services.”

Strategy Analytics provides a snapshot analyses for the outlook for 5G smartphone market in this Insight report: 5G Smartphones : From Zero to a Billion

Strategy Analytics provides a deep-dive into the air-interface technologies that will power phones through 2024 across 88 countries here: Global Handset Sales Forecast by 88 Countries and 19 Technologies : 2003 to 2024

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