Michael O'Rourke, president of New York Festivals' World's Best Advertising? Awards, shares his perspective on judging what's deemed as the best advertising globally...
Which multi-million dollar advert won Super Bowl Sunday and what trended on social media, is as important these days, as which team won the actual football game...
Last week I wrote about how long the copy in your advertisement should be, but over and above this you might want to remember the following top copywriting rules...
It's a question I have begun to see more often, certainly from a South African context, and it got me thinking, has the banner ad had its days in the sun..?
Arctic Circle has created a debut TVC for the female aerosol, exclamation. It focuses on the persona and attitude of the exclamation girl.
20 Nov 2012 08:08
The Association for Communication and Advertising (ACA) will hold its 65th AGM at 3pm on 4 December 2012, at which time its board directors will be constituted. Interested parties should nominate board candidates before noon on Friday, 23 November 2012.
20 Nov 2012 07:58
When Sweet Spot Content received the brief from agency Lowe and Partners, it was challenged to create a 'different' world that would emulate the experience of eating and enjoying a Cornetto Black and White ice cream. (video)
19 Nov 2012 08:08
In an episode of season 5 of The Simpsons cartoon, the townsfolk of Springfield decided to legalise gambling in order to boost the town's flagging coffers. Marge, the mom, develops a gambling addiction after putting a loose coin in a slot machine. She becomes permanently glued to the machines, feeding in coins in a zombie-like fashion and consequently neglecting her family, who proceed to stir up all sorts of unconstrained mayhem.
By John Laurence 16 Nov 2012 09:48
Southern Comfort's latest TVC takes its positioning of 'Here's to the Unexpected' up several notches, giving it a fast-paced, contemporary and unexpected twist in its first locally produced commercial. It has begun airing on all SABC channels, e.tv and DStv this week.
15 Nov 2012 07:53
Following on its release of the Loeries official rankings for brands and agencies at the end of October, the awards have released all the official rankings for 2012. New additions this year include a top ten ranking for the rest of Africa & the Middle East category, for countries from outside of South Africa and a ranking for educational institutions.
14 Nov 2012 07:21
Big ideas are rare. So if you are going to go big, go really big; let's say 22 metres high by nine metres wide. That's the size of the new Doom billboard up in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
Issued by TBWA 14 Nov 2012 10:00
What do you do when a client asks you for a truly unique and captivating concept for a campaign? Where do you look for something genuinely beautiful and out of this world? When Investec Asset Management gave this challenge to Ireland/Davenport they found their answer in the Amazon.
Issued by Ireland/Davenport 14 Nov 2012 10:16
Leading market research firm Millward Brown has officially opened its newest office in Cairo, Egypt to serve the North Africa market. This is the third office opened by the global firm in the Africa and Middle East region this year.
Issued by Millward Brown 14 Nov 2012 09:08
Hunter's has just released its latest TVC as part of its new 'Chase the Heat' campaign, which will unfold over the next couple of months. (video)
14 Nov 2012 06:02
In celebration of Heineken's 15-year association with the James Bond franchise and, in anticipation of the launch of Skyfall at the end of November 2102, the company has launched its international 'Crack the Case' campaign in South Africa. (video)
13 Nov 2012 06:20
The Jupiter Drawing Room (Cape Town) has announced details of its Constructus Masterclass 2012 and has invited small local creative enterprises to participate. The annual event was started last year in an effort to support local majority black-owned creative entrepreneurs and transform the local industry.
Issued by The Jupiter Drawing Room Cape Town 13 Nov 2012 10:43
MACHINE recently launched this year's Marmite Halloween tactical campaign, 'Don't be afraid of the Dark', which encourages people to be brave and try the original dark stuff, because there really isn't anything to be afraid of.
Issued by Publicis Machine 12 Nov 2012 10:05
Kagiso Media Limited on Monday announced the cancellation by mutual consent of negotiations with VenFin Media Investments Proprietary Limited‚ a wholly owned subsidiary of Remgro Limited‚ for the acquisition of various marketing assets.
9 Nov 2012 11:29
Many companies talk about expanding into Africa. It's the next obvious frontier. However, it would be wrong to assume that a week's visit to Nigeria for example, with a population of over 160 million and 350 ethnic groups with twelve languages, will give you a true understanding of how to operate your brand in that market.
By Nonye Mpho Omotola 8 Nov 2012 09:53
Known for it's "dryness", Savanna was reportedly quite fascinated when antiperspirant brand Mitchum, claimed that it was "seriously dry too" in a recent radio ad. Savanna responded to Mitchum with its own radio ad.
8 Nov 2012 14:43
One of the biggest threats to the direct marketing industry is the apparent ease with which companies gain access to digital databases. While digital communication may appear to be one of the benefits of the information age, the use of unverified - or worse, illegal - databases carry enormous potential risk for brands that circumvent existing and pending legislation.
8 Nov 2012 06:44
One of the primary responsibilities of a business-to-business marketer is to generate leads; some do this through focused lead generation programs primarily through digital channels, while others take a more subtle approach through brand related marketing.
By Daryn Smith 7 Nov 2012 05:19
The ABF Vital Support Fund is hosting its much anticipated annual Crazy Golf Day on 27 November at the Kyalami Country Club. This year, batten down the hatches for "Pirates of the Golf Course - On Stranger Greens".
Issued by Advertising Benevolent Fund 7 Nov 2012 11:21
Pack and claim has degenerated to pack and price, a sort of jumbled catalogue paid for by suppliers. The worst of it is that the endless inserts that arrive with a thump in the local paper are largely neutralised by the opposition. The two main groups Pick n Pay and Shoprite/Checkers are producing such similar glossy inserts that if you look quickly, it is hard to tell whose insert you are seeing.
By Tony Wightman 6 Nov 2012 17:09
Shot by the talented Juniper of Bioscope films, the latest Toyota 86 TV commercial features the new "drifter car" slip-sliding across tarmac in a succession of beautifully shot slomo's and speedramps, until it bursts through its own logo, enticing everyone to "Go Play".
Issued by Glasshouse Mobile Editing Solutions 6 Nov 2012 12:16
Standard Bank's new 60-second brand ad 'Moving Forward' really does move you and ... sh-boom, sh-boom ...you can't help but sing along to the soundtrack of that 50s doo-wop classic, "Sh-Boom, Life Could Be a Dream" by The Crew Cuts, 1954.
Issued by TBWA 5 Nov 2012 10:25
Stretch Experiential Marketing will be conceptualising and executing some large activations at the 4U Plett Rage festival in Plettenberg Bay from 23 November to 8 December.
3 Nov 2012 12:16
The organisers say it has been a successful year for the Loeries, with the second largest number of entries received since 2008 - over 3,000 entry submissions from across Africa and the Middle East.
2 Nov 2012 11:34
The Bookmarks Awards has celebrated its fifth year of rewarding digital excellence, yesterday, 1 November 2012. The Awards, brought to the public by the Digital Media and Marketing Association (DMMA), is an initiative that recognises the companies and people in the digital industry who raise the bar from 'mediocre' to 'incredible'.
2 Nov 2012 13:16