In 2011 recorded errors ranged between 5% – 15%, depending on specific mainstream television channels. By 2016 the average error rate recorded was around 5%, marginally improving to 4% for 2017 – once again campaign and channel dependent. The proliferation of media channels have certainly made it extremely difficult for brands to keep track of all their advertising spend but it becomes clear that major marketing budgets are still being wasted.
Cutting adspend may bring short-term savings, but research shows that good marketing campaigns can have results that linger for up to five years. The long-term impact of cutting back on advertising could result in a longer recovery time when the economy starts to grow.
Retail advertising was under the spotlight at the Financial Mail and Ornico AdForum. A series of print, radio and television adverts were critiqued by a panel consisting of Havas CEO Lynn Madeley, Joe Public’s Xolisa Dyeshana, TBWA’s Sean Donovan and Ornico’s Mongezi Mtati.
Recent retail TV advertising, says Mtati, shows a slight shift from the traditionally price-sensitive model of communicating savings to now creating a narrative with visually appealing work. “Checkers, for instance, has been talking about its Gordon Ramsay food range for parents and children.”