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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
The new Amstel TVC, The Boxer, was the only entry from South Africa to receive an award in the Online Film Production and Post-Production for Cinematography category at the London International Advertising (LIA) Awards. (video)
OwenKessel, a leading ideas centric and media agnostic advertising agency in association with Greg Gray of Velocity Films, has scooped a silver LIA award for best Cinematography and was a finalist in Direction in the Online Film Production and Post Production category for Amstel's new TVC "The Boxer".
The AdFocus 2012 winners were announced on Wednesday, 28 November 2012, at Kyalami's Theatre on the Track in Johannesburg. The keynote speaker at the awards was Carol Abade, Kenyan-born Group CEO of Exp.
At the Smartest Event, held at Wanderers Club, Johannesburg this morning, King James won the Agencies' Agency of the Year (Angy) Award for the second year in succession.
The battle for township dwellers' political emotions is on. With an estimated 65% of "Johannesburgers" residing in its townships, it looks like political parties could maximise their outdoor media assets by switching from a philosophy of "being seen" to one of "having impact".
Joe Public has been recognised as Financial Mail AdFocus's Advertising Agency of the Year for 2012.
Tune in to tonight's Biz Takeouts Marketing & Media radio show, streamed live from 5pm-6pm via 2oceansVibe Radio, to find out more about in-store digital signage solutions and effective communication tools. The studio guest this Thursday evening, 29 November 2012, will be Chris Day, MD of Moving Tactics. [twitterfall]
The SABC has expressed its concern regarding The Star newspapers' headline "SABC bans Zuma Advert", published on 27 November 2012. The broadcaster is of the view that the advert implied an endorsement of the product sold by the Fish and Chip Company, but the headline made no reference to the ad actually being for fish and chips.
The annual APEX Awards, which recognises and celebrates the highest standards of communications campaigns' effectiveness, are open for nominations. The deadline for submissions is 15 March 2013.
In the past, marketers have stressed the importance of brand visibility. The argument has been that having your brand visible in all the right places is important, even without interaction with customers. Unfortunately, living in a world where consumers see and hear an average of 3000 marketing messages a day, there is simply too much clutter out there to stand out from the crowd.
Volcano Group, one of South Africa's award-winning independent agencies and members of the leading global ICOM+In network, recently launched a sizzling new 360-degree integrated campaign for the enormously popular international brand, Tabasco.
Companies hoping to piggyback on next year's Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) to score free advertising could face criminal prosecution. Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has indicated his intention to designate the Afcon 2013 a "protected event" in terms of South Africa's ambush marketing legislation. This will ensure stringent advertising laws are enforced similar to those used during the 2010 Fifa World Cup.
The Creative Circle Ad of the Month results for October 2012 have been announced, and chairperson for the advertising judging panel that month, Justin Gomes, commenting on the winning ads, added that "digital needs to be taken as seriously as all the other categories, especially if the industry wants to start making international inroads in a category where South Africa has been particularly creatively dire."
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, to find out more about full service agency Y&R South Africa. [twitterfall]
The Smartest Event takes place on Thursday, 29 November 2012, at the Wanderers Club in Johannesburg, where the annual marketing conference will launch the sixth edition of the Future Group's hardcover brand communication review, The Annual. It will also present the third Agencies' Agency award.
What a breath of fresh air, a bold and confident statement, that the Times Media Group's (TMG) rate setting for 2013 would be based on the Advertising Media Forum (AMF) definition of core circulation. This will send a clear message to advertisers that TMG not only means business but will commit to a partnership of shared responsibility and reward.
There is a well-known creative condition called "analysis paralysis". Fuelled by our incessant hunger for information and meaning, we have created a society too focused on the thinking and less so on the doing, overanalysing ourselves into a full stop. And the only way to move passed the stupefying white page staring back at you is to practice the art of Unthink.
At the international Sports Media Marketing Awards - the industry Oscars - held in New York, SuperSport won a Gold and three Silver awards.
Egg Film's Kim Geldenhuys recently directed Nedbank Private Wealth No Stone Unturned. The commercial was shot on location in Morocco at Ait Benhaddou, a fortified city and UNESCO World Heritage Site that has hosted films like Gladiator and Prince of Persia.
The new television commercial from Draftfcb Cape Town for South African icon, Klipdrift Export, highlights that the Distell brand has as much appeal and zest for life today as it had when it was launched over 70 years ago.