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American marketers have drawn criticism for "newsjacking" Hurricane Sandy. American Apparel offered a 20% discount for 36 hours "in case you are bored during the storm" and Sears advertised on Twitter "Did Hurricane Sandy affect your city? Get your generators, air mattresses & more in one place". There are several other examples in a similar vein.
By Ann Druce 31 Oct 2012 05:32
Media and commentators are eager to focus on "perceived battles" in the ANC ahead of its elective conference in Mangaung, instead of the party's policies, President Jacob Zuma said yesterday.
30 Oct 2012 08:27
The seventh edition of DISCOP Africa, which takes place at the Sandton Convention Centre from 31 October until 3 November 2012, has the SABC as its media sponsor. The expo brings people actively involved in the development, funding, production, programming, branding, marketing, licensing and merchandising of audiovisual content across all distribution platforms in 55 African countries.
30 Oct 2012 07:12
MTN will be a key operator in Africa to deliver Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 devices to its customers in South Africa in November, with Ghana and Nigeria following in December.
29 Oct 2012 15:55
President Jacob Zuma has withdrawn his claim for damages against a Zapiro cartoon published in the Sunday Times and agreed to pay half of its legal costs, according to the newspaper on Saturday.
29 Oct 2012 05:02
RamsayMedia is set to expand its role in the digital space. A partnership with leading SA mobile solutions provider Snapplify will see the media house provide content, service and support though mobile apps developed by the award-winning tech start-up, which will also manage their hosting in app stores.
27 Oct 2012 11:01
I'm always disturbed when watching a TV commercial and not get the message; this leaves me with a mixed bag of feelings.
By Bonnie Ramaila 27 Oct 2012 08:26
NEWSWATCH: It seems the "Mangaung Factor" could be at work... According to a Mail & Guardian report, Zuma has dropped his R1m claim that Zapiro's "rape" cartoon harmed his (Zuma's) dignity, and he's cut his claim for defamation from R4m to R100,000 - and he wants Zapiro to say "Sorry".
26 Oct 2012 16:24
The CEO of Moneyweb‚ Alec Hogg‚ has resigned from the multimedia outfit and is to become a non-executive director on the JSE-listed company's board.
By Alistair Anderson 26 Oct 2012 08:48
News of cost-cutting and title closures in the print industry don't shock anymore. They are just a fact of life.
By Gill Moodie: @grubstreetSA 25 Oct 2012 06:08
For the first time, the SATMA Awards, which honour and award traditional musicians across racial and ethnic backgrounds, will take place at the East London International Convention Centre on Saturday 27 October 2012 at 5.30pm.
24 Oct 2012 10:58
Much has been reported lately about the state of the print media in South Africa, with particular reference to a lack of innovation among newspapers and magazines.
By Ingrid Louw 24 Oct 2012 08:59
The phone call that no CEO wants to get is the one with the name Carte Blanche attached to it. Immediately the antennae go up - why do they want to talk to us? What do they know we don't?
By Marion Scher 24 Oct 2012 06:27
Biz Takeouts, Bizcommunity's marketing & media radio show, will be doing its first live outside broadcast on Thursday, 1 November 2012, at The Bookmarks 2012 awards ceremony in Cape Town. This non-profit initiative by the Digital Media & Marketing Association (DMMA) recognises and rewards those who have a made a significant contribution to the digital industry.
23 Oct 2012 12:39
Paying your TV licence may be "the right thing to do", but for eight years the SABC has been lying to us, according to the Sunday Times.
By Megan Power 22 Oct 2012 06:08
Government and the South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) have resolved to work closely together for the good of the country. The two parties held their annual meeting on Friday and Saturday in Magaliesburg.
22 Oct 2012 05:43
Is it me, or do other people also question why media focus on their content in their pay-off lines, positionings and/or slogans?
By Rolf Akermann 20 Oct 2012 08:04
The story of the SABC is haunting. I've been contemplating writing this article for weeks now. I just did not know where to start. Having consulted friends and colleagues, I have eventually relented. I thought I should perhaps start the story from the SABC of the late Zwelakhe Sisulu.
By Benedicta Dube 19 Oct 2012 06:39
It is thirty-five years on from 19 October 1977, and South Africa, as it marks National Media Freedom Day, is celebrating constitutionally guaranteed media freedom, freedom of expression, right to communication and access to information.
Issued by MDDA 18 Oct 2012 11:43
Following a reversal of the Competition Commission's approved merger of Primedia@Home and Paarl Media, earlier this year, the difficulty now facing Paarl Media is one of implementation. It was quoted in the media as saying that "the Commission's decision is incapable of being implemented - you cannot unscramble an omelette."
By Chris Charter & Kayley De Oliveira 18 Oct 2012 09:52
As part of John Brown Media's commitment to continued and sustainable growth in South Africa, they are proud to announce the appointment of Taweni Gondwe Xaba as a non-executive board member. Taweni brings over 16 years of experience from the advertising and publishing industries, with content generation and production as her specialist skills.
Issued by John Brown 17 Oct 2012 12:15
As part of its vision to expand beyond the magazine print market and capitalise on new developments in the media sector, Associated Magazines is changing its name to Associated Media Publishing.
17 Oct 2012 09:22
Poverty is currently humanity's greatest scandal and scourge and one of the top challenges of the century. It is the primary cause of hunger, anger, misery, desperation, frustration, disease, death, violence and wars. As a result it poses the greatest threat to global democracy, development, peace and prosperity.
By Thabani Khumalo 16 Oct 2012 13:00
SA is experiencing an increase in the growth of readership for traditional newspapers and a developing digital market‚ in contrast to the more developed countries‚ which are seeing a migration of readers to online platforms‚ according to a new survey by professional services group PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
16 Oct 2012 10:41
News outlets moving into the digital space need to come up with ways to engage readers personally and on a one-on-one basis if they want to understand their customers content needs and wants.
By Phakamisa Ndzamela 12 Oct 2012 08:40
Hell, in the blink of an eye, it's 10 years later. I would not have thought a decade would fly by so quickly, but there you are. And if you asked me if a whack had changed in that time, I would've answered "not so much".
By Harry Herber 12 Oct 2012 06:30
While the importance of having an online social media presence is becoming an increasingly critical form of consumer engagement and brand sustainability, businesses need to understand the potential repercussions of failing to manage their social media channels properly, especially during a crisis.
By John Ginsberg 12 Oct 2012 05:13
In recent weeks, World Wide Worx sent out the headline findings of the South African Social Media Landscape 2012 research study.
11 Oct 2012 12:07
The editorial costs of Business Day‚ Financial Mail and Summit TV are R85m a year and likely to rise to R100m over the next five years‚ BDFM publisher Peter Bruce said on Wednesday, 10 October 2012.
By Phakamisa Ndzamela 11 Oct 2012 11:50
The scandal about social media consulting firms buying fake followers to boost their own social media profiles as well as those of their clients is sad but not unexpected.
By Melody Maker 11 Oct 2012 07:00
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