Given that many of the trends we see in Africa are what's manifesting in other countries, it's unsurprising to see the continued convergence in basic wants and needs, says Sarah Dexter, managing partner at MullenLowe SA...
Skills, technology and trust are the three key areas of concern for South African CEOs according to PwC's latest CEO Survey, the 20th Annual Global CEO Survey...
How to simplify the marketing conversation and really know your customer, advises Rudy Hassiem, managing director of Brandnew Creative Agency…
Nothing is truly original, so the experts say… everything has been seen, or done, once before. And true creativity is a synthesis of all that an active and alert mind absorbs from everywhere...
In a top ten ‘A-list' that includes the likes of Donald Trump, KFC and Pokémon, industry authority Ad Age announced Netflix as its marketer of the year for its highly effective work in 2016. Here's how your brand can follow suit…
How smart marketers survived 2016 to position themselves for success in 2017, according to Nicole Shapiro, associate director at Added Value…
We're currently functioning in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0, and need to assess talent requirements going forward, says Stijn Smolders, CEO of Sprout Performance Partners…
In 2017, successful marketers will innovate to build better brand experiences and connected consumer journeys that are less intrusive, and they will focus on developing engaging content that resonates with consumers across channels and platforms. This will drive hyper personalised marketing planning, and channel neutrality, customised messaging and brand experience will be in the spotlight this year…
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.
Rose Setshoge 11 Dec 2012
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.
Rod Baker 11 Dec 2012
A hacker has claimed responsibility for disrupting SA's Department of Social Development's website and hacking those of the National Planning Commission and the National Population Unit.
11 Dec 2012
Jacaranda FM has moved to its new studio in Midrand, facing the N1 between New Road and Olifantsfontein, after 13 years in Centurion.
10 Dec 2012
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.
Afrozaar 10 Dec 2012
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).
Ndalo Media 10 Dec 2012
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.
Ipsos 10 Dec 2012
The traditional creative team of Art Director and Copywriter, which has ruled advertising since television emerged as the dominant medium in the 1950s, is about to get the heave-ho.
Gloo 10 Dec 2012
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.
Digital Fire 10 Dec 2012
Local company Future Mobile Technology (FMT) has developed an Android application, Netsurfer Scholar that will give users online access to material they need for school.
10 Dec 2012
To find out more about character-based entertainment products, youth-orientated content and communications solutions with Strika Entertainment, listen to last week's podcast of the Biz Takeouts Marketing & Media radio show, which airs every Thursday at 5-6pm streamed live via 2oceansVibe Radio. [twitterfall]
10 Dec 2012
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.
Attila Bernariusz 10 Dec 2012
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.
Carmen Schaefer and Dr Carla Enslin 10 Dec 2012
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.
Gill Moodie 10 Dec 2012
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.
9 Dec 2012
Tourism Radio, a Cape Town based enterprise, was invited to take part in the premier internet and blogging expo in the world, Le Web in Paris, France.
9 Dec 2012
Young emerging artists, between the ages of 21 and 35, should start preparing their work for the March opening of the 2013 Absa L'Atelier art competition.
9 Dec 2012
Riverbed study reveals online retailers need to increase website performance during holiday season to retain customers.
9 Dec 2012
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."
9 Dec 2012
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.
8 Dec 2012
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.
8 Dec 2012
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.
8 Dec 2012
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.
8 Dec 2012
Durban's import capacity will increase sharply once a multi-billion rand project to feed an ever-increasing appetite for goods from overseas gets off the ground.
7 Dec 2012
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.
SharpSpring 7 Dec 2012
Ben Wren, Co-founder and former CEO of 60 Layers of Cake has joined the team at OwenKessel and will be heading up its new Cape Town office as of January 2013.
Owen Kessel Leo Burnett 7 Dec 2012
Addressing the CSI Dialogues this week, Kaelo Engage managing director Sarah Campbell highlighted that whilst it is important to initially inspire and motivate staff to get involved, gaining longer-term commitment requires strategic support.
Kaelo Engage 7 Dec 2012
PA Series: Business writing, communication and negotiation skills will be taking place from 14 to 15 February 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Organised by marcus evans, the course trainer is Suezette Smit, founder and managing director of Performance Development Interactive, South Africa.
Marcus Evans 7 Dec 2012