Tractor Outdoor to relaunch high-definition, small-format screens at 80 BP and 100 Sasol forecourts across South Africa

Tractor Outdoor has taken advantage of this opportunity to relaunch its Digilites network of full-motion, high-definition, small-format screens at 80 BP and 100 Sasol forecourts across Gauteng, Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, and the Eastern Cape.

“Forecourts are high-traffic areas with fast food offerings, convenience and grocery stores, multiple loyalty partners, car washes and so forth, representing a powerful opportunity to influence the buying consideration of customers,” says Sales Director for Tractor Outdoor Lizelle Mc Connell.

A report by digital analytics group, Lightstone, found that the average South African visits a petrol station nine times a month, far more often than required just to refuel.

Forecourts offer the convenience of access and shopping and are perfectly positioned to provide for daily consumer necessities, particularly in the post-Covid environment where people favour convenient shopping centres.

The number of loyalty programmes operating at forecourts across South Africa is another clear indication that these are attractive, highly transactional spaces. Consumers are ready to spend money when they visit a forecourt; the key is to engage them at the right moment.

That is made so much easier by the lack of advertising clutter in these locations. Forecourts are clean, efficient spaces outside of the usual advertising network, where increasing saturation makes it hard to stand out.

This lack of competition for consumers’ attention, coupled with screens positioned at eye level, offers advertisers a unique opportunity to push targeted, relevant messages to people in a moment of decision-making.

With consumer spending shifting from busy commercial centres into outlying areas, the future looks bright for marketers putting their DOOH dough in the right places. In advertising location is everything. With the war for consumers’ attention heating up, location-based advertising presents an opportunity for brands to target consumers with laser focus.

This is because marketing messages can be placed in contextually relevant locations like malls, gyms, office blocks and bars, matching the message to the likely activity and thus increasing the likelihood of conversion. Furthermore, because this sort of advertising is inherently nonintrusive, it can catch people’s eyes as they move through the day without making them feel pestered or bombarded.