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SoLoMo: the glorious intersection of social, location and mobile that was going to superpower hyperlocal search and prove to be the holy grail, allowing retailers and other businesses to attract an army of smartphone-wielding customers. Pretty exciting stuff, especially during an economic downturn, right? In my opinion, quite the contrary.
By Vanessa Clark 23 Jan 2013 11:54
A fistful of mobile companies have come and gone during 2012. The next generation of startups is ready to hit the mobile industry with a host of new services of which most will, at best, either slither into mediocrity or just plain fail due to a lack of funding and media agency support. Breaking new ground is not easy; breaking new media ground that translates into profit is even more difficult.
By Petros Kondos 23 Jan 2013 11:27
The year ahead is unlikely to see any fantastical new developments in direct marketing; in fact, it's more likely to be characterised by the maturing of existing technologies and a return to more traditional practices.
By Warren Moss 22 Jan 2013 10:16
Context is king, but knowing what's around the next corner takes a little more than 20/20 vision. To find out what trends, innovations or environmental changes could affect your brand's future in 2013, here's some foresight.
By Oresti Patricios 22 Jan 2013 09:55
In 2012, brands asked some pertinent and challenging questions pertaining to influencer outreach and seeding their products. Insights gained both as a delegate and a speaker at a number of enlightening conferences over the past year have led me to the following observations about what brands want and how Africa's youth prefer to be communicated with - from a marketing and advertising perspective.
By Mongezi Mtati 21 Jan 2013 11:49
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 21 Jan 2013 11:40
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 18 Jan 2013 12:05
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 18 Jan 2013 11:37
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 18 Jan 2013 10:58
Tune in to this week's Biz Takeouts Marketing & Media radio show, streamed live 5pm-6pm via 2oceansVibe Radio to find out more about mobile in South Africa and Africa and what Google Mobile is up to in the mobile space. [twitterfall]
24 Jan 2013 07:36
As we gaily simulate horse-riding while singing in Korean, the eyes of judgment fall upon us for clinging to the relics of yesteryear. Don't allow yourself to get caught doing last years' exercises or wearing scrubs that are "Soooo 2012", oh my readers. This year, you're going to be ahead of the curve and I'm going to help you do just that. Presenting the health trends of 2013...
By Chamendran Naidoo 23 Jan 2013 11:48
Nowadays it seems that there are a million email and contact databases to choose from for your marketing - and whatever your budget, if you look hard enough, you'll find a price point to suit you.
By Chemory Gunko 23 Jan 2013 09:39
At midnight on 31 December 2012, champagne was popped and the year 2013 was ushered in. The start of a new year always brings about change, or at least the resolve to change. In the business world, it's no different. Marketing strategists and account managers will be on the lookout for trends that they can implement into their digital marketing strategy for the New Year. So what are these trends? What are the best practice tips to implement them? And how are they arrived at?
By Amy Johnson 22 Jan 2013 15:13
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 17 Jan 2013 13:28
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 16 Jan 2013 10:59
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 16 Jan 2013 10:40
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 16 Jan 2013 10:25
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.
16 Jan 2013 06:43
Bluegrass Digital, a London-born, Cape Town-based digital agency, is bridging the gap between south and west Africa. Experts in website technology, development, online marketing and forward-thinking, Bluegrass have now set their sights on the west after working in collaboration with various ad agencies in Nigeria.
Issued by Bluegrass Digital 24 Jan 2013 09:07
Europcar is offering a host of promotions on its car rentals and chauffeur service in conjunction with the relaunch of its website. The site now offers a quicker and more streamlined booking process in three simple steps, ensuring stress free and simplified car rental.
23 Jan 2013 14:03
With South African mobile penetration now at 100% and the rapid adoption of smart phones, the marketing landscape in South Africa is continually evolving to cater for advancements in the realm of digital and traditional mediums.
Issued by Get Smarter 23 Jan 2013 10:27
ICT Worx has formally been appointed the first IBM authorised training partner in South Africa under a new global model. Effective January 2013, IBM's authorised training partners will deliver training directly to clients, using its original developed training materials.
23 Jan 2013 09:48
Right now, several major shifts are taking place in South Africa and across the continent, which are dramatically increasing the relevance and influence of digital across the communication landscape.
Issued by Gloo 22 Jan 2013 10:00
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 OwenKessel 21 Jan 2013 11:14
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.
21 Jan 2013 08:35
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 18 Jan 2013 09:54
Soteria Online Backup, an online backup supplier has released a new website and a new product called CloudSync.
18 Jan 2013 08:51
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.
18 Jan 2013 08:24
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.
18 Jan 2013 07:26
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 GraphicMail 17 Jan 2013 12:07
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