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As the world economy limps to recovery, Africa is increasingly becoming more important and on everyone's agenda. Here, I take a look at what is required to formulate Afro-centric marketing strategies that can succeed and this is what we can expect in 2013.
Gerry Costa 21 Jan 2013
Radio has always baffled media futurologists, effortlessly bouncing back from perceived 'threats' such as recession right through to technological revolution - something consistently touted by 'radio assassins' as the next to bring about the demise of the medium. Bucking the trend, year-on-year growth as an industry remains at a steady increase and this demonstrates its enduring relevance.
Matona Sakupwanya 21 Jan 2013
human.kind has just wrapped up a punishing two months of re-pitching on several of our long-term accounts. This was not expected. The truth is, we were blindsided. In retrospect though, we probably had it coming. If you've read my previous rants, you'll know what I'm getting at. Be that as it may, being the incumbent agency is a weird trip and I'm going to share it with you.
Matt Rowles 18 Jan 2013
How are P&G and Unilever differentiated? Does the Coca-Cola Company want to be known for obesity or health? Will supermarket brands be strengthened or weakened by their supply chains? The perfect storm of social media, continuing social unrest, concerns over the economy and environment will batter brands that are not resilient and adaptive, while shaking established ad agencies to their foundations.
Mike Freedman 17 Jan 2013
Primedia Unlimited's TLC has announced the launch of its salon media advertising and communication platform within hair and beauty salons. Current advertising platforms include mirror decals, indoor lightboxes and the ability to activate within the salon. The next phase of the business is the rollout of digital screens in these environments that will further improve the flexibility of the environment and platform.
17 Jan 2013
Good Hope FM's new brand ad, shot by Slim from Egg Films, comes with one, unmistakable message: if you don't have Good Hope FM, you have no hope. The deliciously tongue-in-cheek spot makes a great meal of a simple truth: Capetonians live in one of South Africa's greatest cities; and boy do they know it.
Egg Films 17 Jan 2013
Whenever I'm having a bad day, I remind myself of this: at least I'm not one of those people who used to wear a yellow Livestrong bracelet. Or worse, one of those diehards who still wear them (earlier today, while having lunch in a coffee shop in a Sandton shopping centre, I spotted a man wearing one. He was wearing a checked shirt and chinos, so he wasn't being an ironic hipster).
Sarah Britten 16 Jan 2013
King Price Insurance has recently launched a new ad campaign. The first advert and the series to follow track one man's desperate attempts to determine 'how they do it' - How is a company is able to offer the same insurance cover at the lowest price, with premiums that drop monthly? (video)
16 Jan 2013
Here's my list of old 'new' language rules for 2013: things that have evolved over the last few years, things pro writers are using in certain contexts and things you will see more and more in today's writing, now that you know what to look for. [Please note: the listed items are to be used only in light of the mini-disclaimer at the bottom.]
Tiffany Markman 15 Jan 2013
The public is invited to select the winner of this year's Best TV Sport Commercial, sponsored by Sports Illustrated, with voting now open, ahead of the Virgin Active Sport Industry Awards 2013 on 7 February 2013 at Emperor's Palace.
15 Jan 2013
Everyone is talking about content marketing these days - but what exactly is it and why should you care? Content marketing is a marketing activity that focuses on creating and distributing engaging, relevant, and valuable content to acquire and retain customers, and to build a stronger brand. It is the art of attracting customers to your products without an obvious sales pitch.
Jessica Davis 15 Jan 2013
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
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 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
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
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
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
2012 has come and gone as quickly as the New Year has begun. Now it's time to rejuvenate your agency and public relations campaigns with new thinking, re-invention and innovation. Reflecting on 2012 there are many case studies and examples of great PR campaigns, but there are also many mistakes which took place, particularly in the social media space.
Janine Lloyd 10 Jan 2013
Successful advertising depends on several aspects. Among them are appealing creative concepts, proper execution, and delivery. If one part of the chain is broken, the advertising will lose the effectiveness and the money is wasted. The point I want to emphasise is the delivery of the message. This part is called media planning and buying.
Tinyiko Maswanganye 9 Jan 2013
The seven Awards Categories introduced into last year's PRISM Awards are attracting growing interest from entrants. With a record number of entries expected for the 2013 PRISM Awards and the entry deadline of 25 January looming, organisers are being inundated with queries.
9 Jan 2013
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.
9 Jan 2013
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.
Subhash Chandra 9 Jan 2013
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.
Rolling Media 8 Jan 2013