Brand South Africa's new chief marketing officer, Linda Sangaret, has a host of international experience with South African Tourism, in business and as a diplomat, that she hopes to put to good use in building the brand reputation...
'Accidental entrepreneur' Ravi Naidoo lets us in on why Design Indaba has turned the usual design philosophy of 'less is more' on its head: 'More is more' means this year's conference attendees will get more inspiration, more immersive experiences and more examples to reboot your creativity...
If your human billboard (HB) campaign lacks creativity, interactivity, research and most importantly strategy, then don't spend a cent of your marketing budget on this medium as in addition you'll waste effort, time and contribute to the population of killers. I'm not talking about handing out leaflets or waving and smiling interactivity but HBs should have some basic brand knowledge such as benefits, target market, few if not all key selling points in addition to interpersonal skills.
NEWSWATCH: An anonymous letter addressed to the SABC board and acting head of news Jimi Matthews alleges there is political interference in the organisation, reports Mail & Guardian. Meanwhile, it seems ANC members have taken to social media to comment on issues, and sometimes trash those they don't like, reports Times Live, while Politics Web reports on the Star having to apologise for a Zille headline, and Andrew Donaldson has a maths lesson for you; no cheating, and have those calculators ready.
Following the launch of their Baobab Suite (MBaaS) digital content distribution platform and app development framework for newspapers wanting to go digital, the Afrozaar.com team has not stopped promoting the need for a focus on mobile app sustainability.
It is not surprising happiness at work is linked to increased productivity, a significant decrease in sick leave and increased confidence. The December 2012 issue of Destiny magazine featured the findings following six years of extensive global research from the iOpener Institute for People and Performance (IPP).
More than half (53%) of adult South Africans and 52% of ANC supporters agree that the future of the ANC is uncertain because of the leadership issues within the party. Only two in every ten ANC supporters (19%) disagreed.
I&J recently revealed their all-new packaging upgrade, which is already appearing in stores countrywide. When the times called for a major packaging upgrade, they approached brand design specialist agency, Just Design.
The rate of change is ever increasing. Consumers are adopting new technology faster than ever before and their behaviour and expectations are changing.Businesses have to respond. And there are two trends emerging that will help companies do just that - the Lean Startup movement and the connected economy.
For the third year in a row since the Rand Show's relaunch and repositioning in 2010, the Greater Johannesburg Business Chamber has given its full endorsement to South Africa's biggest consumer exhibition.
Moving Tactics started the year with the Cape Town division moving into a new office space, and has experienced exciting internal growth and success in accumulating a few high-profile and extremely sought-after clients.
High-end liquor such as whiskeys, cognac and premium brandy are associated with images of wealth and sophistication, but are often enjoyed by a wide array of people from all walks of life. By tapping into digital marketing these brands can expect to further cement and grow brand awareness while boosting sales considerably.
With advertising and marketing budgets under growing pressure, South African brands are looking for ways to optimise their spending and drive maximum value out of every rand. One way marketers are looking to improve return on investment, is by taking a more integrated approach to managing campaigns across multiple media and channels.
She's dead, and we are not sad. For far too long the ever-present portfolio bag has been stultifying creative endeavour and boring prospective employers with its flat, black, uniform format - even extending its death grip to digital platforms.
The looming Mangaung conference meant that ANC politics was THE big story of 2012 while the news hounds were kept very, very busy covering tumultuous events such as the numerous service-delivery and wage protests throughout the country and the Marikana massacre.
Kaelo Engage, producers of Kaelo - Stories of Hope, South Africa's multimedia CSI communications platform, hosted Kaelo CSI Dialogues, held recently at Lilliesleaf Farm in Rivonia. The event discussed the need to integrate corporate social investment (CSI) activity into the broader strategy, thereby positively influencing a company's reputation.
WASHINGTON, US: "The mobile wave is going to sweep through and obliterate billions of jobs and millions of small businesses and that's going to be viewed with trepidation by politicians, unions and businessmen, all three, because they're going to see their world disrupted. But at the same time, it opens up the possibility for three or four billion people in the underclass to get a PhD."
Is Old Mutual finally getting to grips with its complex international business model? Its third quarter results seem to show that it has made progress retaining assets: net client cash flow (NCCF) was still out of the door, but at least it was only £500m instead of £5,4bn.
University of Johannesburg deputy vice-chancellor Adam Habib has emerged as the top candidate for the position of vice-chancellor at the University of the Witwatersrand. Incumbent Loyiso Nongxa, is to leave the post in May, after a 10-year stint.
While each of their companies had varying degrees of success, the chief executives of three of the major casino groups in southern Africa - Tsogo Sun, Sun International and Peermont - agree that the future looks promising for the sectpr although there are still hurdles some to overcome.
From Monday 10 December 2012, SAARF TAMS (Television and Audience Measurement Survey) will use the DStv audited figures for weighting the DStv penetration, PVR penetration within DStv and the bouquet percentages within the DStv and M-Net analogue universes on the TAMS panel. Audited DStv updated subscriber numbers will be included in all future bi-annual TAMS Universe update for weighting purposes only.
The digital marketing communications arena has seen phenomenal growth for South African email and mobile marketing company, GraphicMail. The South African online marketing environment has also seen sustainable growth, with more and more marketers realising the value of an integrated approach in order to improve their return on investment.