NOIDA (UP), INDIA: Unlike the traditional forms of marketing such as advertising, wherein almost everything has been said and done, search marketing is still dynamically growing and best practices are invented day in and day out. Every year, search engine marketers get filled with anticipation wondering what would emerge as the "next big thing" in search marketing.
A floating vending machine, described as a world first, intrigued holiday bathers at Clifton Beach, Cape Town, as part of the exciting, interactive activation of the Lipton Ice Sea: Never Lose Your Cool campaign.
Commercial feature: Hot on the heels of international trends, RollingMedia is delighted to launch an innovative suite of media packages for brands looking to maximise their outdoor visibility.
NEW YORK, US: Millward Brown, a global research agency, expert in helping companies grow great brands, has released its annual top 10 digital and media predictions, highlighting growing trends in the media sector.
Here they are, Bizcommunity.com Marketing & Media South Africa's 2012 lists of most popular articles, those that drew the most comment, our most-read contributors, our most-visited galleries - and the ads from the Ornico Ad Showcase that got you voting.
LAS VEGAS, US: With the rapid changes that happen in the advertising industry, deciding how to spend your marketing dollars can be a challenge. We make that choice easier with our infographic: "Advertising in the United States - Television vs Online".
Craig Page-Lee, managing director Posterscope, shares his views on what he reckons will be the out-of-home trends in 2013.
NEW YORK, US: The Midas Awards, for the World's Best Financial Advertising, announced the award winners for the 2012 competition. This year's Midas Grand Jury awarded one Grand Midas, 26 Gold Ingots, 46 Silver Ingots, and 63 Finalists. The 2012 Midas Awards competition received entries from 28 countries and is reputed to be the only international competition that recognises excellence in financial services communications on a global scale.
Looking at what marketers can do to relate better to the major spenders.
An "anti-mosquito" campaign for Swedish client ThermaCELL has pulled in more than 1,000 Facebook likes in the first two weeks of its launch in November and a sharp increase in awareness from consumers as well as customers and other retailers.
YouTube has released a list of South Africa's top ten most popular YouTube video ads of the year. These are the South African ads which achieved the largest number of views from people in South Africa. Ranked in order they are:
It seems like just yesterday that the most overused word in the media planner's vocabulary suddenly appeared: convergence. I remember thinking how cool it was, and wondering how come the penny took so long to drop. Convergence was inevitable. Technology was flying and a single gadget that truly ran your life was surely on the cards somewhere in the not too distant future. Well, it has arrived.
Primedia Unlimited subsidiary, TLC Unlimited, has announced the launch of a new mobile geo-targeting advertising platform that enables advertisers to convey strategic and geographically focused SMS via an advanced database system that targets specific audiences based on cross-demographics such as location, age, gender and income.
Conduit extends heartfelt seasons greetings to all of their esteemed clients. It has been another year of incredible growth for the company and they thank their agency friends and their bold brands for the patronage and affording them the opportunity of bringing ambitious projects to life.
So, the City of Joburg plans to spend - some might say, squander - as much as R10m on an image enhancement campaign. Some "image consultants" have quoted the city as much R55m for the job - which is probably more a telling indicator of just how bad its brand is than a real cost measurement.
Seeing as how the PR industry is partially fuelled by caffeine and sugar (at least at my office) I was extremely pleased at being offered a behind the scenes look at the Red Bull Flugtag held in Cape Town this past weekend. It was an object lesson in how to leverage your event to the max.
We have all been stunned by seeing an advertisement in an environment that we do not think is right for the brand. I was shocked when seeing a canned food brand (I'll not mention the name as I'll have the agency, media planner and client on my back in a tick) advertised on the DStv Super Sport 2 channel at 4pm during a cricket match on Sunday, 9 December. As a big brand, I am familiar with it and could not fathom why the client / agency would be advertising during a cricket on a DStv channel.
The Community Individual Development Trust (CIDT), pioneers of the free university education movement in South Africa, has acquired a 26% shareholding in Mortimer Harvey. The agency will also have a key role in the CIDT's Maharishi Institute with the establishment of the Mortimer Harvey Design Incubator as an integral part of the Institute's curriculum.
In a Forbes article of 5 November, it is reported that recent consumer reviews in the US and Europe found that the number of people who claim they will buy the next device from Apple, has dropped to levels lower that in 2009. A lack of recent innovation in new products is cited as the main reason for this.
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.
Mortimer Harvey's recent 21st birthday celebration at its home in Paulshof provided great excitement and cause for celebration as the agency welcomed clients and long standing friends, past, present and future to raise a glass to a truly independent South African success in the advertising and communication arena.
Egg Films' Bruno Bossi recently travelled to Namibia to direct the latest Hunter's commercial, Chase the Heat. Conceived by 140 BBDO's creative team of Ross Nieuwenhuizen, Michael Pearson and Ivan Johnson, the commercial takes the Hunter's campaign further, faster.
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.
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.
During tomorrow's Soweto Derby, the Magic Mirror will launch the second Nando's festive campaign ad.
To assist in alleviating stress over career choices, in educating the public about the various careers available in advertising and in shifting the focus to private college course options, the AAA School of Advertising has extended its 2013 application date to 21 January 2013, unlike the majority of tertiary educational institutions that close for applications by the end of September.
With Christmas closing in on us, we've all been bombarded by cheap tinsel, Boney M and a gaudy plethora of competing product displays in most of the supermarkets we've frequented over the past month or so. Most marketers view the festive season as a prime opportunity to boost product sales, and it can be, if it's done smartly.
Zoom turns 15 in February 2013 and, as this is reportedly a very busy period for its clients, the company decided to celebrate its birthday at the end of 2012 with a party on its premises. This was the perfect opportunity to refresh the brand and décor of the agency.