(22 June 2012, Johannesburg) Research conducted about the typical Gautrain user revealed that business and airport commuters are not the only groups travelling extensively on the train, with the recently opened Park Station route allowing advertisers to reach an interesting array of travellers: those who want to access shopping malls previously inconvenient and inaccessible to them. outdoor advertising

"Park Station serves as a major transport interchange, with commuters from Soweto, as well as from the west and south of Johannesburg. Of these travellers, a lot are business, but interestingly, research shows that a growing number of people are using the Gautrain at off-peak periods to travel to and from large shopping malls, previously not accessible to them. They now do not have to worry about congested traffic routes," Adelaide McKelvey, Continental Outdoor Media sales and marketing director.
Continental Outdoor Media has what is known as the 'Born to Shop' outdoor advertising package available to clients at Park Station and the wider Gautrain route. "We encourage advertisers to remember that shopping malls have become less about shopping and more about entertainment. With apps and technology to serve up deals to customers the minute they step through the doors, malls are firmly embracing the smart phone crowd. Creative campaigns should take this into account when purchasing this network package," said McKelvey.
The research also revealed that shoppers who spend time in retail shopping malls are more likely to make impulse purchases than those who shop online. "There are a large number of retailers whose locations exist almost exclusively within larger malls. The challenge for these stores is letting customers know that they exist and that they offer products and services that Park Station commuters would be interested in," McKelvey noted.

Meanwhile, Continental Outdoor Media has also devised a Gautrain 'hip and happening' network package. The research indicated that 44% of the group defined as 'hip and happening' travel on the Gautrain on a regular basis. Characteristics of this marketing cluster include an aversion to taking on 'adult' burdens and being tied down by bonds and children, preferring instead to prolong their youth. A significant number of this group are already earning substantial salaries and wish to cram as much as they can into each day with preferred leisure activities being out of home. "This is a hence a key target group for outdoor advertisers," she said.

More statistics about Park Station:
This station draws commuters from Soweto, the west and south of Johannesburg. It is a major 'intersection' with many key nearby attraction points including:

  • Banking headquarters
  • Government offices
  • Protea Hotel, Parktonian
  • The heart of the CBD
  • Coca Cola Park and Jhb Stadium
  • FNB Stadium in Soweto
  • Major corporate headquarters
  • Newtown and all rejuvenated precincts
  • University of Johannesburg
  • SABC

Please note that other Continental Outdoor Media's Gautrain packages include:
Sunset Cruise
Sunrise Group
High Flyers
Born to Shop
Hip 'n Happening
Sports and Entertainment.

Visit Continental Outdoor Media for more details on each package.