The media needs to start questioning itself more

Following Media Freedom Week hosted by Media Monitoring Africa last week, Chris Louw, Digital Strategist at Caxton Local Newspapers says that the rise of fake news, anonymous advertising and the influence of political leaders on the media is concerning. As a guest on the panel discussion ‘Are we “post truth” or “post journalism, and does […]

Newsprint has to adapt to the ever changing world

Gone are the days when a newspaper publisher just offered newspapers! Thanks to technology, changing media consumption behaviour and the nature of business, newsprint has to adapt. And it has.   Caxton Local Media is so much more than just newspapers. “We’re constantly changing and adapting, we’re not just a newsprint company anymore – we’re […]

Only advertise on trusted publisher websites!

A large media company recently published an expose on fake news websites and advertisers that mistakenly landed up advertising on these platforms. SPARK Media’s solution to online advertisers is practical while offering solutions and ideas to help brands be safe and stay safe. “While fake news is a global problem and very difficult to identify […]

The beauty of local ROP is everything

An oft neglected advertising space is a newspaper’s ROP (Run of Print) space. It’s a very powerful platform that Caxton Local Newspapers is unlocking for local and national businesses. “ROP is still a very powerful space,” says Jaco Koekemoer, MD of Caxton Local Media & Coldset Printing, “and one of the most powerful elements within […]

ROOTS 2019 is loading!

South Africa’s largest urban community quantitative survey, ROOTS, is currently in field. ROOTS 2019 is set to launch in the first quarter of next year. The new instalment of the survey balances trendability while keeping up to date with current industry developments.  “ROOTS 2019 shows what consumers look like, how they behave, where they shop, […]

Guzzle launches app for SME retailers

On the back of a successful website re-launch, South Africa’s premier online retail aggregator Guzzle, which allows consumers to browse the best deals from South Africa’s largest retailers, has just launched its business-to-business app that will allow local businesses to create catalogues on the fly. “Not many small to medium businesses have the capital available […]

SPARK Media wins at Most 2018

SPARK Media has won the highly competitive newspaper category at The 2018 MOST Awards. “This has been a complete team effort and we’re extremely excited to have been declared the winners of the newspaper category,” says Gill Randall, Joint CEO of SPARK Media. “We’re extremely happy that our firm belief in revolutionary, evidence-based marketing principles […]

Guzzle revamps premier retail offering

South Africa’s premier online retail aggregator Guzzle, which allows consumers to browse the best deals from South Africa’s largest retailers, has revamped its look and feel. Partnering with SPARK Media and Caxton, Guzzle has led the online retail catalogue aggregator space since its inception in 2011 and has seen some impressive growth. “By July 2018, […]

Debbie McIntyre promoted to Head of Integrated Media Solutions

After a lot of listening and interpreting of client’s needs, SPARK Media has appointed Debbie to a newly created role as Head of Integrated Media Solutions. This will enable her to offer clients access to all Caxton Magazines and SPARK Media platforms, focusing on a cross platform approach and making sure that this is a […]

Eye tracking reveals attention to advertising

One of the more effective means of measuring the levels of attention that consumers are placing on your print and online advertising, is to use eye tracking as a research tool. SPARK Media will this September be hosting Mike Follet from Lumen, an attention technology company based in London, to explore this evidence-based tactic. “We […]