25 Years of Excellence
Last year, we celebrated one of our biggest milestones so far, clocking 25 years in the media industry. The journey to where we are now has had all the elements of a true adventure and we are proud of the challenges we have overcome and the successes we have achieved so far.
As we look forward to the next couple of years, our goal is to make an even bigger impact on the media industry and to live up to our promise of “leaving a mark”
To commemorate an era of excellence, we would like to share the story with you of who we are, where we came from and what the future looks like for us. We believe that every success story has a humble beginning, and the story of Black Dot Media is one worth telling.
Originally established as D&C Billboards in 1991, the company started with only two employees in a rented one room office at Chilindo House, near Soweto Market.
D&C Billboards started as a small outdoor company doing signs, banners and billboards and four years down the line transformed into an advertising agency. This transition promoted the name change from D&C Billboards to D&C Advertising.
The company’s big break came in 1992, when the Zambia State Insurance Corporation (ZSIC) awarded D&C Advertising with a contract worth about K20 million at the time. Over the years, D&C Advertising grew its client base and became a full house advertising agency.
In 2013, D&C Advertising became the official Zambian representative of Saatchi & Saatchi, Publicis Worldwide and Leo Burnet. This was made possible through an affiliation with Publicis Africa Group, one of the largest communications & fastest growing creative networks in the world. This affiliation led to the rebranding of D&C Advertising to what is now known as Black Dot Media.
Introducing The Hub
In 2016, we embarked on an incredible journey to build new offices that reflected both our growth and our unique personality. We created the HUB, a modern building with a professional outlook and a fun burst of personality inside.
Today the HUB is home to Black Dot Media and three of its newly formed sister companies, Stimuli PR– Offering top notch Public Relations and Media consultancy; Intrepid Media a Research and Media Planning and Buying Company and lastly, Brandwise Limited offering quality supply and branding of assorted promotional and collateral material.
What Our Future Looks Like
At the beginning of 2017, we officially launched our digital department. We believe that the internet has completely changed how the world does business and we want to be one of the first creative agencies to get a niche in digital marketing. Our digital team is also responsible for leaving our footprint online and we now have a dedicated presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
For us, this is only the beginning of our story. Using this platform, we hope to share more of our plans as they unfold. Our aim is to create unforgettable and impactful work that remains etched on the minds of audiences for years to come. We hope that you will join us on this amazing journey!