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The power of consumer insights (combined with woke strategy and creative)
The power of consumer insights (combined with woke strategy and creative)

Never has it been so evident to acknowledge and value the power of consumer insights in 2017...

By Thomas Sepheka 3 days ago

Morris and Mtongana.
#BODCT: Redesigning the world one business at a time, to surprise and delight customers

Big brands shared the role of design in their business at Business of Design, with Adrian Morris, partner and MD at Design Partnership speaking of current the physical reboot trend responding to a changing landscape, while Brian Mtongana, head of design at Woolworths, honed in on the role of packaging in sales...

By Leigh Andrews 16 Oct 2017

Simelane and Cooper.
#BODCT: Surprise! THIS is today's African consumer

Read up on key insights from the first sessions of Business of Design - Mduduzi Simelane talks about how to enhance the continent's filmmakers, while trend analyst, Nicola Cooper shares a snapshot of today's African consumer. It's probably not who your brand is targeting...

By Leigh Andrews 11 Oct 2017

The compelling power of good storytelling in advertising
The compelling power of good storytelling in advertising

Bizcommunity.Africa columnist, Garikai Nhongo, on how to best use storytelling in advertising...

By Garikai Nhongo 11 Oct 2017

Mike Middleton, chief marketing officer at KFC is ranked as the top brand representative.
Official 2017 Loeries rankings revealed!

The Loeries has released its annual official rankings which provide a comprehensive overview of the annual performance across the brand communications industry throughout Africa and the Middle East...

6 Oct 2017

Africa still mobile
Africa still mobile

Africa's story remains a mobile one with mobile internet access the largest contributor of growth across the continent...

By Danette Breitenbach 28 Sep 2017

Angelika Kempe
#InnovationMonth: How to really save money on production costs

Angelika Kempe, executive consultant at AdOps Value, shares what to look out for when assessing production cost estimates, as well as the impact of the ANA's recent report that advertising agencies and their holding companies are less-than transparent regarding production costs and the risk associated with it...

By Leigh Andrews 22 Sep 2017

The anatomy of a creative concept
The anatomy of a creative concept

The human body does not live in isolation. It is a well-oiled machine, consisting of intense streams of information relayed between muscles, veins, and nerves. Here Peter Crafford takes us through the anatomy of a creative concept...

By Peter Barnard 15 Sep 2017

On a scale of Coca-Cola to Pepsi: How to make your brand pop on social media
On a scale of Coca-Cola to Pepsi: How to make your brand pop on social media

In a world where everyone is constantly scrolling down their screen, it's easy for brands' content to get lost in the clutter of posts on the timeline. Here's how to make content pop!...

By Babalwa Nyembezi 13 Sep 2017

Garikai Nhongo.
In defence of the advertising generalist

Bizcommunity Africa columnist, Garikai Nhongo, on how to become an advertising generalist...

By Garikai Nhongo 12 Sep 2017

Luca Bertolli ©
#Pamro2017: Why most quantitative research is inefficient and wasteful

Mike Broom elaborates on why he says most quantitative research and advertising spend is wasteful and inefficient at #Pamro2017...

By Juanita Pienaar 6 Sep 2017

Marcel de Grijs ©
Five fast stats about social media

Video killed the radio star, it was alleged in 1981 by pop group The Buggles in the song of the same name. But has social media caused the death of newspapers, magazines, and television?...

By Iza Grek 6 Sep 2017

Team Y&R on stage at the Loeries.
#Loeries2017: Graham Lang on Y&R's collaborative year of firsts

In addition to Y&R Dubai bringing home their first-ever Grand Prix, Y&R South Africa and the Y&R Mena network stood out as true stars of this year's Loeries...

By Leigh Andrews 1 Sep 2017

#MediaAlert! Windhoek Beer and Jupiter part ways
#MediaAlert! Windhoek Beer and Jupiter part ways

The Windhoek Beer account is out to pitch after parting ways with advertising agency, The Jupiter Drawing Room Cape Town...

31 Aug 2017

Pum Lefebure
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#Loeries2017: Design Army's Pum Lefebure on how to master the art of seduction

Pum Lefebure, co-founder and CCO of Design Army, based in Washington DC was the last speaker of the day at the DStv Seminar of Creativity, where she explained how marketing is a lot like dating, and how similarly falling in love with a brand goes from flirting to romance to seduction...

By Jessica Tennant 19 Aug 2017

Weera Saad
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#Loeries2017: Be the popes, the geeks and the rock and rollers, says Creative Shop's Weera Saad

First up at today's DStv Seminar of Creativity was Facebook's head Creative Shop: MEA, Weera Saad, who spoke about how things have changed over time and how we need to change to ride this new wave that's arrived. “It's a brave new world, the big wave is here and it's perfect, and it's staring you in the face.” We need to surf it, she said...

By Jessica Tennant 18 Aug 2017

Garikai Nhongo
Calls to professionalise advertising industry in Rwanda

How to create a viable advertising industry in Rwanda from a collection of disparate advertising agencies...

By Garikai Nhongo 28 Jul 2017

Cobus van Zyl, COO (right) and Rashid Tenga, CEO, of Aggrey & Clifford.
East Africa agency named as one of world's best

Tanzanian-based agency, Aggrey & Clifford, has been recognised as one of the world's leading independent agencies...

17 May 2017

(L-R): Kamal Ogundeji, director, Centrespread Grey; Peter Jackson, CEO Grey Africa Network; Kola Ayanwale, CEO, Centrespread Grey; Tola Obi, COO, Centrespread Grey; Dele Odugbemi, Africa regional coordinator Grey Africa Network; Marc Lax, client service director Grey Africa Network.
Grey re-enters Nigeria with Centrespread affiliate

Grey continues its expansion in key African markets with the appointment of Centrespread as its affiliate in Nigeria....

6 Apr 2017

Digital agency People Input joins Dentsu Aegis Network
Digital agency People Input joins Dentsu Aegis Network

Dentsu Aegis Network strengthens digital capabilities in Sub Saharan Africa through partnership with People Input International…

8 Mar 2017

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TBWA launches virtual entrepreneurship academy in Tanzania

Advertising agency, TBWA\ Khanga Rue has launched a free 12-class series on entrepreneurship for young people in Tanzania called “Noa Ubongo” or “Sharpen Your Brain” in Swahili…

7 Mar 2017

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Is traditional advertising really dead?

Brands could be focusing on the wrong goal post, says David Karega, a communication specialist at Hill+Knowlton Strategies in Kenya...

By David Karega 9 Dec 2016

Loeries helps to relaunch Kenyan creative awards
Loeries helps to relaunch Kenyan creative awards

Kenya's Association of Practitioners in Advertising (APA) has partnered with the Loeries to relaunch the APA Awards after 12 years...

4 Nov 2016

Programmatic advertising increases globally
Programmatic advertising increases globally

In 2016, more than 60% of global digital display advertising will be made up of programmatic ads - online display ads placed using a combination of artificial intelligence and real-time bidding...

19 Jul 2016

How to create high impact advertising
How to create high impact advertising

Over the past few articles (more than 50 in fact) we have discussed various ways of how to develop and create good advertising. If you haven't read them all then you should consider doing so now...

By Chris Brewer 18 Jul 2016

Removing stereotypes in advertising - Unilever launches #unstereotype
Removing stereotypes in advertising - Unilever launches #unstereotype

To remove the stereotypes in advertising, Unilever announced at Cannes #unstereotype, its global ambition for all of its brands and the industry at large to advance advertising away from stereotypical portrayals of gender...

18 Jul 2016

Ecobank campaign
Ecobank launches new consumer campaign

Ecobank launches 'Move On Up' consumer campaign to promote its brand across Africa...

28 Jun 2016

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#TRENDING: What do an umbrella, a shark and a house plant have in common?

The influential Consumer Goods Forum summit was held in Africa for the first time - these are the top trends emerging...

By Louise Marsland 20 Jun 2016

#CGFsummit: Reasons to believe in Africa
#CGFsummit: Reasons to believe in Africa

There are many reasons to invest in Africa and even more reasons to believe in Africa, international delegates were told at the Consumer Goods Forum global summit in Cape Town...

By Louise Marsland 17 Jun 2016

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#CGFSummit: Future of retailing in sub-Saharan Africa

Five things you need to know about the future of the retail market in sub-Saharan Africa...

By Louise Marsland 16 Jun 2016

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