Johannesburg, 26 September 2013


The out-of-home (OOH) medium is one of the most effective for advertisers in Africa and studies show that many African’s feel that OOH enhances their environment.  This is supported by advertisers and marketers who claim that OOH is key within their media plans as illustrated in a recent survey to major brands throughout Africa conducted by Continental Outdoor.  Many studies done by different organisations throughout Africa have shown the effectiveness of OOH with regards to recall and awareness of OOH media, along with the positive perception billboards and the like have on the average consumer.  


A recent study by TNS Mauritius revealed that (via 500 face-to-face interviews) 68% of consumers mentioned that they recall having seen a billboard the day before. Large billboards had the highest recall with 81% of consumers. Billboards are noted to contribute to the aesthetics of the environment with 69% of consumers agreeing that, ‘Billboards make the environment look colourful’. In addition, 50% of consumers agreed that they trust a brand or product that is advertised on a billboard


The PAMRO 2013 country reports revealed that in Botswana, consumer recall of OOH media for large billboards is high, at 60%. Street poles follow closely with a recall of 49%. In Namibia, consumer recall for large format billboards carrying advertising is 42%.  This high recall shows sensitivity to the medium. Large billboards in Zambia also have high recall, with 49% of the consumers having seen a billboard within the last 7 days.


The Zambia All Media Products Survey 2011 (ZAMPS) revealed that on average, 8 out of every 10 people have ever seen a type of either fixed or mobile advertising media. Billboards have high penetration and visibility followed by adverts on the side of vehicles and adverts on buses. Overall, 6 out of every 10 people can recall a brand advertised on the different types of OOH type they have come across.


With regards to the overall perception 9 out of 10 people are of the opinion that billboards make the environment colourful, 8 find the brand or product information on billboards useful and 7 trust the brand that is advertised on billboards.


The Continental Outdoor Media Tanzania Millward Brown Study showed that nearly 15% of the day is spent travelling. This presents a significant opportunity for OOH media. Out of all the campaigns tracked in the study, OOH media had consumer recall of 68%. The relative impact of OOH media in Tanzania is stronger than in most other developed markets in the world, however follows the trend within Africa.


Overall consumers believe that billboards add positively to the immediate environment and are aesthetically pleasing. These multiple research projections highlight the true value of OOH Advertising.