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All the Adfocus Awards 2017 winners.
#FMAdFocus2017: Innovation and consistency rewarded

This year's AdFocus Awards saw the best of the best recognised, honouring agencies and individuals, not just for their creative and marketing skills, but for their all-round business acumen....

By Danette Breitenbach 3 hours ago

L to R: Pieter Verwey (creative director) with the Pendoring in hand, Karen Meiring (director and head of Kyknet), Michelle Porter (client service director), and Aldri van Jaarsveld (managing director/art director).
#Pendoring2017: Praat met... Black Khaki

The Pendoring Awards not only reward marketing communication in all of SA's indigenous languages apart from English, they've also created their own ranking. Here, joint fourth-ranked Black Khaki shares, "You don't have to be English, wear a three-piece suit, or have the old-school English tie to be creative..."

By Leigh Andrews 3 hours ago

Post Office hosts free kids Christmas card workshop in Cape Town
Post Office hosts free kids Christmas card workshop in Cape Town

The South African Post Office will be hosting a free kids Christmas card workshop at the V&A Waterfront on Saturday, 8 December 2012, from 1.30-4.30pm. Kids will have the opportunity to create their own Christmas cards and post Santa their Christmas wish lists, which will be sent to the North Pole.

5 Dec 2012

Last SAARF RAMS for 2012 released
Last SAARF RAMS for 2012 released

The latest SAARF RAMS released yesterday, 4 December 2012, closes the year off quietly in the radio industry, with no significant changes for either the medium as a whole, or for individual radio stations.

5 Dec 2012

Dr Julie Reid
The digital disaster we know nothing about

According to a treaty South Africa agreed to with the International Telecommunications Union, we are committed to switching off our analogue television broadcasts by 2015, and start broadcasting via digital signals instead. It sounds simple enough. It also does not sound particularly exciting, does it?

By Dr Julie Reid 5 Dec 2012

SABC ... at it again
SABC ... at it again

NEWSWATCH: Just before three journalists were to be interviewed on Metro FM on the subject of the upcoming ANC elective conference in Mangaung and media coverage of the event, a call from "on high" apparently led to the three being stopped from going on air, reports Mail & Guardian.

5 Dec 2012

Rebranding for Zoom Advertising
Rebranding for Zoom Advertising

Zoom turns 15 in February 2013 and, as this is reportedly a very busy period for its clients, the company decided to celebrate its birthday at the end of 2012 with a party on its premises. This was the perfect opportunity to refresh the brand and décor of the agency.

5 Dec 2012

UCKG's 'Break the Silence. End the Violence' campaign
UCKG's 'Break the Silence. End the Violence' campaign

On Saturday, 24 November, to mark the start of the annual international 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children (25 November - 10 December), 4 000 people marched peacefully through the streets of Johannesburg as part of the "Break the Silence. End the Violence" campaign.

Issued by Universal Church of the Kingdom of God 4 Dec 2012

Salvation Army adds Christmas cheer
Salvation Army adds Christmas cheer

As the Salvation Army adds Christmas cheer with brass band ensembles at multiple shopping malls, the organisation has called upon members of the public to be vigilant, as con men will attempt to collect money on behalf of the organisation.

4 Dec 2012

Star Readers' Choice selects SABC 3 as best TV station
Star Readers' Choice selects SABC 3 as best TV station

In the recent Star Readers' Choice 2012 Awards, announced on Friday, 30 November 2012, readers voted SABC3 as the best TV station. Described as the most watched daytime channel amongst LSM 7-10 viewers, its signature properties Isidingo, Top Billing, Days of Our Lives, Survivor and Amazing Race continuing to dominate the channel's Top Ten.

4 Dec 2012

South African retailers - not investing enough in understanding online shopping behaviour

It is no secret that marketers spend a small fortune on studying shopper behaviour and use that information to shape the shoppers in-store experience. But what is required now is to translate that same effort to the online store.

Issued by Yellowwood Future Architects 4 Dec 2012

Zombies app takes over Cape Town
Zombies app takes over Cape Town

Bluegrass Digital, an innovative Cape Town-based agency, has recently teamed up with Kalahari.com to create an exciting, new Zombie app for die hard gamers who've attended the rAge Expo.

Issued by Bluegrass Digital 4 Dec 2012

Student writes 'supercool' script for TV

All dressed up with no money to go anywhere? Don't despair. There are great stories that you can enjoy on TV, entertaining local stories that make you laugh and cry and feel less alone in the world. Stories like the one written by Mantungwa Ndlangamandla.

Issued by Boston College 4 Dec 2012

Will Primedia relist on JSE?
Will Primedia relist on JSE?

Given Primedia's history of rapaciously buying media assets, the upcoming purchase of the rest of Johannesburg-based radio station Kaya FM is no big deal. What is a big deal is that Primedia might relist on the JSE. But the company seems intent on playing the deal down - especially the possible relisting, which has institutional investors very tuned in.

4 Dec 2012

Athar Naser
What brands can learn from publishers

Online publishers have been perfecting the art of creating online content since the advent of the web. While advertisers have long been using digital to get their message to the consumer, they've only just recently started emulating what publishers do best - developing content that keeps consumers coming back for more.

By Athar Naser 4 Dec 2012

AfricaCom 2012 produces two new bloggers
AfricaCom 2012 produces two new bloggers

As part of AfricaCom 2012, two new writers were launched into the technical writing world, as the successful winners of a youth competition. The winners, Lauren Leonard (19) and Simone Johnson (21) spent three days at the event immersing themselves into the world of technology and are now blogging.

4 Dec 2012

e.tv's eKasi Tour rolls out across South Africa and gets crowds hyped

Brand activations and entertainment company, the Zinto Activation Group (Zinto), recently teamed up with e.tv for the eKasi Tour campaign. The stars of e.tv's most popular local drama and reality shows are travelling across South Africa to rub shoulders with their fans at mall activations and shisa nyamas (braais).

Issued by Zinto Activation Group 4 Dec 2012

Onsert adds advertising impact on Caxton newspapers
Onsert adds advertising impact on Caxton newspapers

A new media type, the onsert or Power Note has specially formulated glue that allows it to be stuck on local newspapers and peeled off easily for immediate advertising impact. Originally developed in the US and Europe with great success, it is exclusively available to Caxton products for one year.

4 Dec 2012

John Laurence
Activating explicit, implicit memory encoding

A recent UCLA psychology study found that people often do not recall things they have seen hundreds of times. In the study, 54 people who worked in an office building were asked whether they knew of the location of their nearest fire extinguisher, but only 13 (24%) were able to correctly identify the location. But when asked to find a fire extinguisher, in other words to physically locate it, they were all able to do so quickly.

By John Laurence 4 Dec 2012

Amanda Cromhout
Loyalty is about engagement not points

The title of this piece is a "catch-phrase" beckoning throughout the global loyalty industry and is seen as one of the top loyalty trends of 2012. I say "globally", because coming from the South African loyalty market place, I can confidently state that South Africa is quickly catching up with the global landscape.

By Amanda Cromhout 4 Dec 2012

Chris Moerdyk
Is SA being priced out of the tourist market?

In the past, one of the big selling points about South Africa was that it was an inexpensive destination for foreign tourists. But nowadays, even with the rand having weakened like an overweight paunch-drunk boxer to worse than R9 to the US dollar, the country is getting a reputation for being a very expensive place to visit.

By Chris Moerdyk 3 Dec 2012

Gill Moodie
EXCLUSIVE: Media24 to close Sports Illustrated

Media24 is soon to announce the closure of Sports Illustrated, Bizcommunity has reliably learned.

By Gill Moodie 3 Dec 2012

Nicole Capper
Get ready for content marketing, SEO in 2013

In anyone's world, 2012 has been a rollercoaster one. We still appear to be here, but who knows what will happen on 21 December if the dire warnings are in any way true. But operating on the positive assumption that there will be a 2013, I've been auditing MANGO-OMC's 2012 learnings and summarising them for our game plan for next year.

By Nicole Capper 3 Dec 2012

What's in The Media magazine's December digital edition?
What's in The Media magazine's December digital edition?

The December edition of the Media magazine is, once again, jam packed with insightful information on what's happening in the media industry. Readers will find new ways to gauge the industry through value-added digital content, imagery, video and audio. Contributors include Trevor Ormerod, Chris Vick, Gordon Patterson, Dario Milo, Michelle Solomon and Sandra Gordon.

3 Dec 2012

Janine Lazarus
Dirty words

I don't know if, like me, you need to abscond from the daily grind of work, traffic, political upheaval and questionable government service delivery with the odd television fix. Maybe your poison falls more along the lines of late afternoon family soapies, the more cerebral documentaries, or even the never-ending slapstick comedy fare that that our state broadcaster churns out like a sausage machine.

By Janine Lazarus 3 Dec 2012

ABF host another successful crazy golf day

The ABF Vital Support Fund hosted their annual crazy golf day on the 27 November 2012 with the AdMad Media team taking the day's first place trophy. The event was held at Kyalami Golf Course with golfers geared up for the theme "Pirates of the Golf Course - On Stranger Greens".

Issued by Advertising Benevolent Fund 3 Dec 2012

[Biz Takeouts Podcast] 47: In-store digital signage solutions
[Biz Takeouts Podcast] 47: In-store digital signage solutions

To find out more about digital signage in the South African market, listen to the podcast of last week's Biz Takeouts Marketing & Media radio show which airs every Thursday 5pm-6pm, streamed live via 2oceansVibe Radio. [twitterfall]

3 Dec 2012

Technology Top 100 honours dotJWT
Technology Top 100 honours dotJWT

At the Technology Top 100 (TT100), the minister of science and technology, Derek Hanekom, presented JWT's multi-disciplinary digital agency, dotJWT the award for Excellence in the Management of Technology, competing against FNB, Altech, Bell Equipment and others.

3 Dec 2012

New beginnings - get ahead of the pack in 2013

This is the perfect time to set your 2013 New Year's resolutions and professional goals, in order to get ahead of the pack and come back with a clear vision of what you want to achieve and how you are going to do it.

Issued by Recruitgroup 3 Dec 2012

Eventing 2013: Deana Heslop-Mthembu, Managing Executive: Events, Blue Moon Corporate Communications
Eventing 2013: Deana Heslop-Mthembu, Managing Executive: Events, Blue Moon Corporate Communications

Global eventing trends this year have been ground breaking in different areas, with Tupac appearing "live" as a hologram at Coachella and the amazing sights we saw at the opening and closing of the Olympic Games.

Issued by Blue Moon Corporate Communications 3 Dec 2012

MacLennan on the march
MacLennan on the march

London-based advertising group, M&C Saatchi, plans to use South Africa as its launch pad into East and West Africa, says worldwide CEO Moray MacLennan.

3 Dec 2012

John Dixon
Draftfcb on the podium at Adfocus 2012

Draftfcb South Africa was one of the agencies in the spotlight at the prestigious Financial Mail AdFocus 2012 Awards. This year, AdFocus 2012 named Draftfcb South Africa CEO, John Dixon, as its Agency Leader of the Year and awarded Draftfcb Johannesburg ECD, Neo Mashigo, its New Broom Award.

Issued by FCB Africa 3 Dec 2012

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