One of South Africa's top lifestyle bloggers, Christine Meintjes is a determined businesswoman and founder of the internationally acclaimed Pretty Blog, which has over 80,000 followers on Facebook alone. But Meintjes' ambitions don't stop there...
In the last year, we've seen moments of advertising brilliance indicating the industry is finally moving towards a new way of portraying women. One that is more representative of the way they see themselves...
Trends come and go. But with my more than ten years in PR I am sure of one trend that is here to stay - and that is video. We have all been watching video climb the popularity charts...
"You get two types of people in the workplace, those that get stuck in and 'do' and those that sit on the sidelines, observe and then critique what has been done"...
With mobile marketing so focused on the usual metrics so integral to campaigns, sometimes it's worthwhile to take a step back and focus on the bigger picture...
The following is a breakdown of social media marketing trends for 2013.This year I take a look at both external (the youth market) and internal (business marketing efforts) trends that I predict will play a crucial role in further cementing the role of social media marketing in the overall marketing strategies for most brands and businesses seeking to effectively engage the youth market through social media platforms.
Bradley Maseko 15 Jan 2013
It's been six years since I started my business with a bee in my bonnet and brazenly expressed my views on Bizcommunity. I found nothing more annoying than web designers and Internet marketers telling SMME owners they MUST have websites, search engine optimisation and social media profiles in order to succeed.
Allison Ross 14 Jan 2013
What an interesting dilemma it was for me moving into publishing almost three years ago. The glossy was HERO and digital was a very, very bad word indeed. But I was excited that, for first time, I could really get to grips with CONTENT. In advertising that's the missing, quintessential link. In order to understand where I am headed here, let me contextualise my thinking by way of illustrating a historical, time-stamped journey of sorts.
Sue Disler 14 Jan 2013
Last year was certainly an economic roller-coaster ride. In 2013, marketers will need to look through the uncertainty and make some longer-term plans, as well as choices and decisions, on how they will steer their brands forward. So here are some of the decisions and choices to be made in 2013, in no particular order...
Darren Woolley 14 Jan 2013
Taking place 14 March 2013 in Johannesburg, The Youth Social Media Marketing Conference seeks to re-educate delegates on industry trends and developments with regards to the youth market, and inform them on effectively engaging the youth through social media platforms.
Branded Youth 14 Jan 2013
You want to make a difference, solve problems, be original, be trendsetting, have an opinion, create, manage projects, build relationships, compete in a business world, innovate, inspire, have fun, communicate, be local, be global, be you.
Inscape Design College 14 Jan 2013
Two November events saw BMi Research raising funds for the Ubuhle Care and Development Centre, a charity that helps orphans and vulnerable children in farm communities living in the Bronkhorstspruit Metsweding District. BMi Research has supported Ubuhle Care and Development Centre since 2008.
BMi Research 14 Jan 2013
African software has had some qualified global successes, but more often than not our home-grown innovations don't 'take' well in other territories. To overcome this, we need to think wider. While African solutions are often preferred in dealing with African problems, our software developers must also identify global applications for their solutions, if they are to have global success.
Wesley Lynch 14 Jan 2013
Community broadcasters, local and community newspapers are invited to submit entries for the 2012 MDDA-Sanlam Local Media Awards. The MDDA-Sanlam Local Media Awards are entering their third year and are growing from strength to strength in celebration of excellence in the community and small commercial media sector.
MDDA 14 Jan 2013
The Cape Town branch of Entrepreneurs Organisation (EO) will be launching its Entrepreneur Bootcamp in February 2013. It is a collective commons free access online learning resource for aspiring entrepreneurs.
14 Jan 2013
Businesses are, once again, in the proverbial 'review period', where social media campaigns are waded through and analysed in order to quantify the efforts of the past 12 months.
Digital Fire 14 Jan 2013
If you're walking down the streets of downtown Johannesburg or through the tiled walkways of the V&A waterfront, it's evident that brands are very much a part of our everyday lives. We engage with a multitude of brands in so many different ways and on so many different levels.
Justin Hawes, MD of exhibition specialist, Scan Display, has been elected to the IFES Board as Treasurer. The Board consists of four members, and this is the first time that an African member has been represented on the Board.
Scan Display 14 Jan 2013
The Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI), due to become law early this year, introduces legal protection in SA for the first time against the serious risks and harm arising from the unauthorised collection and abuse of personal information.
Steve Ferguson 14 Jan 2013
The third Media Development and Diversity Agency-Sanlam Local Media Awards is open for community broadcasters, local and community newspapers to celebrate excellence in the community and small commercial media sector. Entries close on 31 January 2013.
14 Jan 2013
The world is passing through the eye of the needle and an all out digital transition is responsible for ushering us into a new era where new age media will demand new skills. So what will it take to prepare for such mega branding movements and what are the key facts? A new boom awaits...
Naseem Javed 14 Jan 2013
If you were Larry Page, how would you feel about the fact that Android's dominant position as mobile operating system of choice, 136 million Android handsets shipped between July and September 2012 (75% of smartphones shipped during Q3) - do not all result in a proportionate share of advertising opportunities for Google?
Llew Claasen 13 Jan 2013
My son recently acquired his driver's license after numerous lessons, countless hours of supervised practice and one mildly traumatic failed attempt. Although costly and stressful for both son and parents, we're now relatively confident in his ability to be let loose on the road.
Allison Ross 12 Jan 2013
2012 has been a long year for everybody, ups and downs, good clients and... Um... less good clients, campaigns that ran smoothly and some that fell a little flat. So, as an agency, we are mentally preparing ourselves for next year by getting together some of our resolutions for 2013.
Natasha McClymont 12 Jan 2013
Music Exchange, South Africa's two-day independent music conference that gets everyone in the music industry talking, is set to take place from 21-22 March 2013.
Triple M Entertainment 11 Jan 2013
DStv's latest commercial was recently shot by Bevan Cullinan of Fresh Eye Films. A continuation of a series of ads, this one shows a range of activities that can now be done courtesy of your PVR freeing up the time.
Fresh Eye Films 11 Jan 2013
Touted as the only international competition recognising excellence in financial advertising and marketing, the Midas Awards 2012 featured a strong contingent of local winners, with Jo'burg-based Volcano Advertising joining the accolades for their TVC entitled 'Protection' for client Mutual and Federal.
Volcano 11 Jan 2013
A new editorial site has launched to offer consumers coverage of local and international motoring news as it happens.
11 Jan 2013
Following a successful pilot project in December 2012, students at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) will be able to access academic and financial information on their mobile devices through ITS Mobiles' new app. It will be the first institution to go live on the application in South Africa.
11 Jan 2013
The Media magazine kicks off its January 2013 offering with a hard-hitting investigative slant into black market magazine trading which has led to arrests. Contributors include Raymond Louw, Jacques du Preez, Paula Slier, Harry Herber, Okyerebea Ampofo-Anti and Howard Thomas.
11 Jan 2013
At the end of November 2012, a new magazine, Thrive, was launched to specifically address mental health in the hope of helping end the stifling silence surrounding mental illness. Pick n Pay Pharmacy sponsored the launch issue.
11 Jan 2013
The SA National Editors' Forum (Sanef) has condemned what it terms "the vicious attack" by striking farmworkers on Cape Times' journalists covering the workers' unprotected strike at De Doorns in the Western Cape on 9 January and has called on the police to arrest the attackers and prosecute them.
11 Jan 2013