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BrandMapp is a unique South African dataset that uses a mega-sample of more than 30 000 respondents to profile the 12 million adults who live in mid to top-income households earning in excess of R10 000 per month. Now in its eighth year, the BrandMapp survey is a bespoke, independent survey that powers the WhyFive consumer insights consultancy.
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Do middle class South Africans care about the climate crisis?Have you noticed that the planet seems to be throwing something of a temper tantrum? Western Germany has been roiled by devastating floods, Haiti has been shook to its core by massive earthquakes and wildfires are still sweeping through the United States. Rain has fallen on the summit of Greenland's ice sheet for the first time on record. The tiny town of Sitacusa on Sicily recorded what is believed to be the highest temperature ever recorded in Europe - 48.8ºC - which may not be hot enough to bake off a pizza but would certainly melt mozzarella in a minute. 8 Sep 2021 Read more

For SA's middle class, Covid is not the worst stressorAny measure of happiness in South Africa during Covid times has to take into consideration that we are a nation, already chronically and highly stressed by the impacts of obdurate social and economic inequality. When a mega-sample of 30,000 mid-income South Africans participating in the latest BrandMapp survey were given a list of 'which of these things keep you up at night?', the average respondent ticked off no less than seven items. 27 Jul 2021 Read more

How resilient is SA's middle class in Covid times?South Africa's economy was in poor shape before the global pandemic hit 18 months ago, so it's not surprising that we have found ourselves significantly short of breath before even setting out to climb the hill of Covid recovery.  And for brand owners and marketers trying to work out how to deal with changes to the landscape in coming months, understanding the real impact on how employment and income have been affected is clearly a strategic imperative. Put simply: How much money do consumers actually have to spend on anything right now? 26 Jul 2021 Read more

30,000 South Africans detail their digital experience during 1st pandemic yearIn the first year of Covid, across the shutdown world, digital has been a frontline worker. Internet connections, devices and apps have helped us to keep working, studying and going to school. More than that, at the worst of lockdown times, we've been able to still connect with friends, family and community, as well as shops, healthcare providers, personal trainers and bankers. Cut off from real-world culture, digital has also dominated keeping ourselves entertained. Of course, nothing has been ideal, and it may not have been easy, but many people have been keeping their show mostly on the road in these extraordinarily tough times, thanks to the new intensity of digital penetration in our day-to-day lives. 7 Jul 2021 Read more

BrandMapp 2021 demystifies pandemic influence on SA shopping landscapeAs with every other aspect of life, the pandemic has changed how and when we shop, as well as where and what we buy.  Consumers have gone digital and tried out new delivery modes, as well as switched brands and relentlessly shopped for value. There's talk of the 'homebody economy' firing up DIY, hardware and gardening sales; and the 'nesting economy' that's emerged from our focus on our home-bound creature comforts. When it comes to this radical disruption of our shopping habits, it's hard to get a handle on what's really happening with South African consumers, and where we're heading. 23 Jun 2021 Read more

Is our motor industry coughing?Very few business sectors will be immune to Covid-19, but some, like the auto industry, seem more likely than others to be in need of a ventilator. 10 Jun 2020 Read more

Data shows lockdown sucks... literally!As someone who's job is to find stories in data, Covid-19 is starting to feel like War and Peace. Not a day goes past without a stat being flung about that has the potential to melt your brain and make you question everything you thought you knew or hoped was true. 26 May 2020 Read more

PVRs and video stars!In the online world ad blockers are throttling marketers' ability to get banner ads in front of digital audiences - and curtailing media owners' ability to monetise their audiences. The same is true in the pay TV world where personal video recorders (PVRs) are increasingly used by viewers to avoid watching advertising messages. Brandon de Kock, WhyFive's director of storytelling, argues that knowing who is blocking what ad messages is crucial for reaching the right people and avoiding wastage. 23 Feb 2016 Read more

SA Brain Drain 2.0 - watch this space!Sir Isaac Newton probably never intended his third law to be applied to post-colonial African states. But it could certainly be argued that the arrival of democracy at the tip of Africa in 1994 was met with an almost equal and opposite departure of cold, hard cash and intellectual capital. Statistics are sketchy, but by all accounts, for the decade that followed, somewhere in the region of 5,000 professionals left our shores every year. They were mostly young, privileged, educated and mostly loaded - and a perfect example of something called a 'brain drain'. 16 Feb 2016 Read more

Do you know your audience?A crystal-clear picture of your target audience is the holy grail of all marketers but as media fragments and trading conditions get tighter it is the publishers and content marketers who need this clarity the most. Who are your customers and how do they differ from your competitors' customers? Demography is obviously the starting point here, but what do they think, own, buy, spend, do, love and hate? Understanding the unique attributes of your audience is crucial for content creation, style, tone and channel selection. It's also crucial for ad sales storytelling which in many instances appears to be lacking at best. 12 Feb 2016 Read more