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Understanding the middle-class car buyer in SA
Over time, South Africa has experienced significant growth in its middle-class population1, having a major impact on the country's economy and consumer market. With this growth of the middle market, there is an increased demand for consumer goods, including cars. Data analysts have used new car sales as a strong measure of the middle class's financial health and purchasing power2. 19 Sep 2023 Read more

Grocery basket prices surge: How single women are adapting
Amidst the ongoing economic shifts and changes in consumer behaviour, the rising prices of essential goods continue to impact households worldwide. In South Africa, the February 2023 Household Affordability Index revealed a significant increase in the cost of the typical household food basket. Over the course of a year, the price surged by R572.64, marking a shift from R4,355.70 in February of the previous year to R4,928.34 in the same month this year.1 29 Aug 2023 Read more

KLA announces results of the Q2 Quarterly Buzz
KLA, the exclusive partner for YouGov in the sub-Saharan region, has announced the release of the third set of results from the Quarterly Buzz. This unique evaluation measures the top brands according to public perception, recorded daily over a three-month period. The first Quarterly Buzz was unveiled in January 2023. 10 Aug 2023 Read more

South African market research agency KLA celebrates 3 years of success with YouGov global partnership
KLA, a leading market research agency, is proud to mark three years of success in partnering with YouGov Global. Since the launch of the 'Plan and Track' solution, KLA has been leveraging the data-led offering from YouGov, an international research data and analytics group, to support its client base. 6 Jul 2023 Read more

KLA announces winners for 2023 Q1 Quarterly Buzz
KLA, YouGov's exclusive sub-Saharan partner, has released the second set of results from their Quarterly Buzz, which is an evaluation of the top brands according to public perception, measured daily over a three-month period. The first Quarterly Buzz was announced in January 2023. 24 Apr 2023 Read more

Semigration as an emerging trend: South Africans are seeking change and a better lifestyle
Post pandemic, there has been a shift in people's worldviews, with a reassessment of priorities and values. Corporate 'ways-of-working' have also been redefined as remote working opportunities offer previously unimaginable work environments. 13 Dec 2022 Read more

2022 Christmas spend: What to expect from consumers
These may be tough times, but South Africans are set to dig deep and plan for a happy and festive holiday season, even though their approaches to festivities and gift giving may be very different this year. Most remain motivated by the desire to feel a sense of connection and community and aren't prepared to compromise on this because budgets are tight. 17 Nov 2022 Read more

How the pandemic changed fashion
The global pandemic has changed consumer buying behaviour and expectations, and fashion isn't exempt. Today, consumers are slowing down and taking stock of their lives and their changing needs are reflected in their changing purchasing patterns. 29 Jul 2022 Read more

CBD usage and attitudes in South Africa: research reveals strong consumer interest in the category
For the past four years there has been a growing demand in the cannabinoid or CBD market, fuelled by increasing global trends and changing local legislation. In 2018 we saw the legalisation of cannabis for personal consumption, while CBD products with a quantity less than 20mg for daily dose were legalised in 2019. These changes have opened the market and contributed towards international market growth which is predicted to grow to $91,5bn by 2028. 22 Feb 2022 Read more

Municipal elections: Research indicates that South Africans will head to the polls
With the South African municipal elections due to be held next week on 1 November, all attention has been on municipal politics for some time now. The burning question is - will South Africans seize the opportunity to make their voices heard? We did some research to find the answer. 28 Oct 2021 Read more

Top 10 fashion brands in SA from January-July 2021
The retail industry has no doubt experienced critical losses due to the global Covid-19 pandemic. However, as we return to the new normal, retailers are looking at innovative ways of capturing market share from competitors, grabbing the attention of a customer who is consistently confronted with brand messaging and sales techniques. Having a positive recommendation of a brand supports brand consideration; and while fashion trends are continually changing, it is important to reflect on strong performing brands in order to envisage future trends. For this reason, we look into fashion brands that performed the strongest in terms of recommendation from January-July 2021. 14 Oct 2021 Read more

The Basic Income Grant - research reveals where opportunities lie for brands and businesses
The Basic Income Gant (BIG) is on everybody's lips at the moment. The South African government has been debating the pros and cons of the grant for as long as we have been a democracy. In August this year, the government implemented a Covid relief grant of R350, which some see as a precursor to the BIG. 6 Oct 2021 Read more

Cryptocurrency the currency of the future? Research reveals what South Africans think
Cryptocurrency is a hot topic. Colourful conversations and passionate debates about how it works and whether or not to invest have been commonplace at dinner parties, family gatherings, in the office and online, for some time now. Those that had invested were considered risk-takers while those who had not, were too nervous to invest and worried that the 'bubble may burst'. 15 Sep 2021 Read more

How to market meat-free to meat-eaters
Sometimes it feels as if every second person is 'going vegan' or cutting out meat. 3 Jun 2021 Read more

When evolving's just not enough: Research company KLA rebrands
Undertaking a rebranding process is no small quest. So you have to have an exceptionally good reason for doing it, and it's usually one of these: 8 Apr 2021 Read more

Your brand's not only about you: The role of research in a rebranding process
Kia claimed a Guinness World Record in early 2021. And it had nothing to do with cars. 30 Mar 2021 Read more

You bought what for dinner?!?
It's not always comfortable inviting new neighbours over for dinner; they could be unbearable from the moment they arrive. And then there's the added awkwardness of wearing masks and social distancing! But Mo and Lindi have taken the risk because 1) at some point they'll need a cup of sugar and 2) it's their experience that creating a community where they live, instead of just existing in their complex, can be rewarding. Especially after so many months of solitude. 18 Feb 2021 Read more

Meet some average South Africans as they head into December
KLA surveyed a cross-section of South Africans in November.1 What did we ask them? In a nutshell, we asked how they plan to experience the end of what has been a tumultuous year. 7 Dec 2020 Read more

Why real-time, always-on consumer data is a necessity
In the first article of this series, KLA's research director Caitlin Bauristhene drew on the film Moneyball to illustrate why businesses that embrace data will thrive. Now we go deeper, exploring the benefits of having access to a continuous flow of consumer data in a changed world. 25 Nov 2020 Read more

Data in business - and when to call in the cavalry
Jump forward 10 years, to 2030, and all businesses will have data-driven consumer insights at their fingertips, influencing every decision they make. 9 Oct 2020 Read more

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