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.
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.
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.
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.
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)...
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 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.
Soteria Online Backup, an online backup supplier has released a new website and a new product called CloudSync.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
A new editorial site has launched to offer consumers coverage of local and international motoring news as it happens.