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Episode 162: Ravi Naidoo takes us through 21 years of Design Indaba - Part 1

Date: 11 Feb 2016
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[2013 trends] Radio raises the volume
[2013 trends] Radio raises the volume

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.

By Matona Sakupwanya

Facebook facts and fiction - Student Brands
Facebook facts and fiction

The advent of Facebook is arguably an invention that changed the world as we know it. Indeed, Facebook has linked people to each other, to advertisers and to brands in a way that is as ingenious as it is effective.

Issued by Student Brands

OwenKessel appoints Catri Dixon as Head of Digital - Owen Kessel Leo Burnett
OwenKessel appoints Catri Dixon as Head of Digital

Digital and online marketing strategist, Catri Dixon will be taking the helm of OwenKessel's digital arm in her new role as Head of Digital. Dixon's main role will be providing strategic solutions and campaigns for OwenKessel and its existing stable of clients.

Issued by Owen Kessel Leo Burnett

Popular Mechanics gets 'in the zone'
Popular Mechanics gets 'in the zone'

The February issue of Popular Mechanics, on sale today, showcases a compelling line-up of gadgets, gaming, leisure activities, sci-tech and other features directed specifically at the curious teenagers who make up an increasingly important segment of the brand's audience. The custom-produced content forms part of PM Zone, the magazine's new bound-in teen supplement that made its debut last month.

[2013 trends] The year we stop living to work, start working to live
[2013 trends] The year we stop living to work, start working to live

Increasingly, people are valuing intangibles benefits of a job over the bottom-line salary. 2013 will be the year where recruitment and talent retention are governed by the environment and not simply the pay check.

By Greg Schneider

[2013 trends] Eyes front and centre
[2013 trends] Eyes front and centre

How does your brand break through the clutter? If you're in the business of understanding and catering to the evolution of consumer needs, desires and expectations, look front and centre. Here are my predictions for 2013...

By Abey Mokgwatsane

[2013 trends] Changes #trending, opportunities knocking in education sector
[2013 trends] Changes #trending, opportunities knocking in education sector

I'm quite new to education, but completely immersed and have much to say. I thought I'd focus my crystal ball on a broad range of education industry issues, and wanted to avoid at all costs penning another "Have you heard about Khan Academy?" piece, (But now that that's done)...

By Josh Adler

Promise closes off 2012 with five new clients

Promise closed off 2012 with five new account wins. The agency will be delivering through-the-line and Digital solutions to clients within the financial, retail and food services categories.

Issued by Promise Brand Specialists

Marketing software solution available for South African businesses
Marketing software solution available for South African businesses

MPULL, a cloud-based marketing software solution incorporating operation and resource management and lead nurturing, began development of its end-to-end solution, which having been in its beta phase for over two years now, is now being used by South African brands.

Samsung offers VIP Purchase Programme
Samsung offers VIP Purchase Programme

Samsung offers a VIP Purchase Programme (VPP) that claims to provide professional organisations with access to what the company says is an exclusive e-commerce portal that has the latest products available for purchase.

New website from Soteria Online Backup, plus new product
New website from Soteria Online Backup, plus new product

Soteria Online Backup, an online backup supplier has released a new website and a new product called CloudSync.

[2013 trends] South Africa's marketing research industry in 2013 and beyond
[2013 trends] South Africa's marketing research industry in 2013 and beyond

It seems we are at a point where technology advances so quickly, it is almost unsettling. Of course, it is a matter of perception but, for what it is worth, my subjective experience over the past five years has been one where a disturbingly high number of 'impossibles' have suddenly become 'possible'.

By Craig Kolb

GraphicMail makes top 500 South African websites - SharpSpring
GraphicMail makes top 500 South African websites

Mobile and email marketing is still a relatively young industry in South Africa, even with companies like GraphicMail having operated here for more than a decade. The industry has, however, in recent years picked up the pace, as is evident in Alexa.com's website rankings.

Issued by SharpSpring

[2013 trends] Internal communication: high value, low cost
[2013 trends] Internal communication: high value, low cost

Looking back at the internal communication landscape in South Africa over the past year, and the trends that we are implementing in dozens of companies across Africa, here are some of the highlights of what can be expected in this specialised discipline in 2013.

By Daniel Munslow

[2013 trends] Cheaper, better, faster
[2013 trends] Cheaper, better, faster

The biggest change in South Africa will be the continued growth of mobile and online, and how this affects everything we do - all of our buying habits, from deodorant to cars, and how, when and where we do it.

By Gillian Rightford

[2013 trends] Everything's so serious - time we loosened up a little!
[2013 trends] Everything's so serious - time we loosened up a little!

In reviewing the past few years from an events perspective, I'm tempted to ask: "Where did all the fun go?" As both the South African and the international events industries have grown, developed, matured and become increasingly competitive - all within the context of the global economic crisis - I might be forgiven for thinking that the game plan has changed.

By Karen Ashwin

Department's appeal bid may delay digital migration
Department's appeal bid may delay digital migration

The migration to digital broadcasting from analogue signal has suffered another major setback after yesterday's decision by the Department of Communications to appeal against last month's court decision in favour of e.tv.

[2013 trends] Social media marketing and the youth
[2013 trends] Social media marketing and the youth

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.

By Bradley Maseko

[2013 trends] Game on for retailers going mobile
[2013 trends] Game on for retailers going mobile

As crisis-hit Europe continues to impact economic growth, and projections for the local economy are trimmed, the battle for a share of consumer spend is getting increasingly fierce. Retailers will rely on technology to drive innovative discount models and integrated loyalty programmes by optimising the one device every consumer has access to already - even in-store - the mobile phone.

By Steve Cragg

Paul Anderson
Five smart CRM customisation tips to drive in more business

The past few years have seen heavy automation of customer relationship management system. Both small and big companies have invested in customer relationship management (CRM) software implementation with a promise to offer better and personalised customer services.

By Paul Anderson

[2013 trends] Who said magazines are dead?
[2013 trends] Who said magazines are dead?

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.

By Sue Disler

[2013 trends] Time of choices, decisions for strategic marketing management
[2013 trends] Time of choices, decisions for strategic marketing management

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...

By Darren Woolley

Five ways to ignite your social media presence in 2013 - Digital Fire
Five ways to ignite your social media presence in 2013

Businesses are, once again, in the proverbial 'review period', where social media campaigns are waded through and analysed in order to quantify the efforts of the past 12 months.

Issued by Digital Fire

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A six-year-old debate: Internet versus non-Internet marketing

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.

By Allison Ross

Entrepreneurs Organisation launches bootcamp in February

The Cape Town branch of Entrepreneurs Organisation (EO) will be launching its Entrepreneur Bootcamp in February 2013. It is a collective commons free access online learning resource for aspiring entrepreneurs.

Wesley Lynch
The world needs African solutions

African software has had some qualified global successes, but more often than not our home-grown innovations don't 'take' well in other territories. To overcome this, we need to think wider. While African solutions are often preferred in dealing with African problems, our software developers must also identify global applications for their solutions, if they are to have global success.

By Wesley Lynch

Gavin Mills
Let's face(book) it

How marvelous, the wonderful world of online... And how ironic that virtual society is evolving along the same lines as social behaviour in the real world.

By Gavin Mills

Cloud CRM vs on-premise CRM
Cloud CRM vs on-premise CRM

For most companies which have adopted CRM or customer relationship management to improve their business performances the difficulty arises when it comes to choose between on-premise and cloud based CRM.

By Paul Anderson

World Wide Creative appoints new Cape Town GM

World Wide Creative (WWC), the Cape Town-based digital marketing agency headed up by Fred Roed and Mike Perk, recently announced the appointment of a new GM for their Cape Town office in the form of Alex Acton.

Issued by World Wide Creative

New motoring site for consumers
New motoring site for consumers

A new editorial site has launched to offer consumers coverage of local and international motoring news as it happens.

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