Polygon says that the mini-bus network, operated by Transmutanet in the Cape Town area, offers two powerful marketing opportunities.

Advertisers can either flight their ads on the high-definition digital screens located behind the driver's seat, which serves infotainment and advertising to commuters, or engage the taxi's onboard wifi for lead generation.

Remi du Preez, managing director at Polygon, says, "These onboard screens have been connected to Polygon's network, and now — for the first time — Google platform advertisers can serve ads directly into taxi environment."

du Preez adds that while the concept of using a screen inside a taxi to serve ads is not new, the loop-based models previously used were sometimes viewed as unreliable, as it was difficult to ascertain whether screens were online and ads were flighting within mini-busses.

"With these screens being programmatically connected through Polygon's network, clients have a direct and clear view of what is happening at screen-level because they own the interface that allows them to transact with these screens."

In terms of the opportunity offered through the onboard wifi, du Preez says that when commuters log in to the vehicle's Internet, Polygon will prompt users to opt-in for marketing services, driving lead generation for advertisers.

"Once commuters are online, there are additional advertising touchpoints along the user journey that marketers can take advantage of," du Preez says.

du Preez adds that this move will allow advertisers to reach a large, mobile audience, with Polygon now offering the first programmatic transit network in the country.

"Advertisers will also be able to collect first-party data on audiences, which means they can directly attribute a cost per lead in this dual DOOH and mobile environment. He adds that for leads-based businesses, Polygon's network-based model offers advertisers the full marketing funnel — from awareness, to lead and, ultimately, conversion," says du Preez.

Director at Transmutanet Faried Davids says they are excited about the collaboration with Polygon as they expect it to increase their exposure while fostering new revenue streams for the mini-bus network.

"We're thrilled to be a partner in growing this network and the technology that will lead to its roll-out across the country," adds Davids. 

du Preez adds, "As part of our quest to connect all screens across the continent — offering advertisers a single point of entry into a powerful, programmatically-enabled DOOH network. This latest move will allow our clients to tap into an audience that holds considerable buying power."

"We believe this will open new doors and uncover exciting opportunities for advertisers, while also providing us with a powerful case study for integrating other transit networks in the future," concludes du Preez. 

For more information, visit www.pdooh.co.za. You can also follow Polygon on LinkedIn

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