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Heat up your brand this winter: Successful BTL marketing campaigns to inspire your next move
Winter isn’t just for fan heaters, electric blankets, and Woollies Chuckles hot chocolate; it’s a season where: 30 May 2024 Read more

Unlocking the power of promotional trade marketing: A data-driven approach
In the age of TikTok, Instagram, Facebook (the list goes on and on…) digital channels often steal the spotlight and take priority. One strategy remains a cornerstone for influencing consumer behavior: promotional trade marketing. 29 Apr 2024 Read more

Beyond AI-deas: Data-led brand activations for lasting consumer loyalty, trust and advocacy
In today's economic climate, marked by rising inflation and heightened price sensitivity, the battle for consumer attention and loyalty has intensified. Brands are seeking innovative ways to break through the noise, especially in competitive consumer markets. 14 Feb 2024 Read more

Tradeway Promotions welcomes creative giant, David Tshabalala, as head of design
In a significant move to strengthen its creative leadership, Tradeway Promotions has appointed David Tshabalala as head of design. Celebrated as an influential thought leader and a beacon of creativity, Tshabalala, also known by his artistic moniker Slaying Goliath, is set to steer Tradeway's design vision into the future. 15 Nov 2023 Read more

Tradeway Promotions wins with Jacobs at inaugural Shop! South Africa Awards
Tradeway Promotions, a leading below-the-line marketing agency, is thrilled to announce its recent win at the Shop! South Africa (Shop! SA) Awards. The agency has been awarded Silver in the Grocery Shopper Marketing - Food category for its exceptional Jacobs Douwe Egberts Jacobs Aroma campaign. This recognition was a part of the inaugural Shopper Marketing Awards, which celebrate the industry's creativity, innovation, and excellence across retail executions. 9 Nov 2023 Read more

Festive season frenzy: How to activate brand awareness this Black Friday and beyond
Black Friday signals the beginning of the festive season frenzy. In the world of retail and consumer goods, that means one thing - opportunity. And not just any opportunity. It's the kind of seismic moment that can make or break annual targets. Last year, FNB reported that its customers alone spent a record R3bn on Black Friday, with 80% of spend taking place in physical stores - an increase of 18% from the previous year. This year, Black Friday is expected to be even bigger, with many South African retailers planning a bonanza Black Friday period. For brands, this means increased consumer footfall with intent to buy. But how do you cut through the noise and make sure your brand not only survives but thrives in this ultra-competitive landscape? 1 Nov 2023 Read more

Tradeway Promotions enhances KZN capabilities with regional CEO, Noxie Ntsoane
When it comes to below-the-line brand activations and promotions, a national agency is only as good as its strength in each and any region. In pursuit of ensuring Tradeway is the leading agency in each of South Africa's three major economic hubs, we are strengthening our operational expertise with executive appointments of senior stakeholders in KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape. 11 Aug 2023 Read more

4 alcohol consumption trends moving the market
Between flavour exploration, an explosion of local boutique brands, premiumisation, and health-conscious options, consumers of alcohol are spoilt for choice. Understanding what motivates consumers at point of sale - in-store, online or on-consumption - is key to building effective promotional marketing strategies in an increasingly competitive market. Leveraging the expertise of an experienced promotional agency can help you create experiences that resonate with consumer buyer behaviour to maximise market share and sales. 6 Mar 2023 Read more

Activate the power of partnerships: How to maximise value with your promotions agency
Corporate marketing ecosystems are complex. Large internal teams spanning brand, digital, trade and public relations (the list goes on!) are supported by a network of supplier marketing agencies - who all, in turn, have their own networks of partners and suppliers (collectively this is "the channel"). 31 Jan 2023 Read more

Don't be a (m)all flower | The Great Retail Revival and why mall activations have never been more relevant
E-commerce has never been easier, safer, or more convenient. But, as it turns out, us humans haven't gone full cyborg, yet. We love connecting over real-life shared experiences. And shoppers, starved of everyday opportunities to connect during the pandemic are making up for lost time in SA's malls in a big way. It's time for brands to follow suit. Stop being a wall flower on supermarket shelves. Get back into the forecourts of malls and forefronts of consumers' minds with experiential events and brand activations. 15 Nov 2022 Read more

7 global trends impacting FMCG locally - plus some trade secrets to boost sales in 2023 and beyond!
Fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) contribute R1tn to South Africa's annual gross domestic product (roughly 20% of economic production) and employs 2.5 million people (or 16% of the country's total formal labour force). But this robust sector isn't immune from disruptive innovation and evolving consumer behaviour. 6 Oct 2022 Read more

10 banking trends in South Africa shaking up the future of below-the-line marketing
The term 'trends' is certainly not something new to the world of below-the-line marketing or consumer promotions in general. After all, this has been a longstanding buzzword that touches just about every factor of life to some degree or another. And you guessed it, that most certainly includes the banking industry in South Africa. 8 Apr 2022 Read more

Lead with human-to-human marketing in 2022
Over the past two years, the world has undergone some immense changes. As a society, we've experienced lockdowns and isolation, had the option to shop in-store stripped away and been deprived of attending countless in-person events. 25 Feb 2022 Read more

Retail apocalypse? No way, SA!
Buying online may be convenient, but most local shoppers still prefer hitting the malls. 3 Dec 2021 Read more

We are vac-in business!
Get in touch with us today and let's discuss how we could add a new perspective to your marketing plans whilst remaining safe and compliant! 12 Nov 2021 Read more

Promotions and activations: A brave (not so) new world lockdown Level 2
Do yourself a favour and take a drive through your nearest township or city centre today. Check out the throngs of people in the shopping malls, cruise past the bustling taxi ranks, bus terminuses and informal traders. See those queues of shoppers masked up, socially distanced and sanitised to within an inch of their lives outside the local Shoprite, Checkers and Woolies? It's business as usual on the streets of SA. 1 Sep 2020 Read more

Immersive brand experiences
As technology intensifies and competition proliferates, customers are demanding more bespoke and engaging interactions to give a brand the attention it warrants. 4 Sep 2016 Read more

Why all marketing should be experiential
While many businesses are including experiential marketing campaigns into their strategies, the brands that wholeheartedly take advantage of experiences as a core aspect of their businesses are benefitting most. With the real focus of any activation being the consumer, in-person events are a natural progression away from interruption-based tactics and towards editorially driven material. 2 Sep 2016 Read more

Using a flash mob to create brand awareness
The why

While activations can and do take place anywhere and in just about any form, often all you need is a spontaneous song and dance to turn your frown upside down.
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Are you ready for experiential marketing?
Humans are odd little creatures, don't you think? We buy products in the hope that they will make us happy, boost our confidence, give us a feeling of satisfaction, or fit in better. Why else would we flash logos on the outside of products? Predictably, though, the serotonin-induced thrill of the new fades away. The feelings of expectation and exhilaration we felt at the moment of purchase are soon spurned by our frontal cortex. We can't help it! It's part of what makes us human. The good news for marketers, though, is that even the most jaded shopper can be influenced by the power of an experience. 25 Aug 2016 Read more


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