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Dove: It shouldn't have happened
Dove: It shouldn't have happened

Who first raised the outcry when Dove's by now notorious campaign, featuring a black woman who removes her T-shirt to reveal a more ‘clean' white woman, broke?...

By Monalisa Zwambila, Issued by Riverbed 8 hours ago

Video dominates news consumption in Africa
Video dominates news consumption in Africa

Recent study reveals that TV and mobile video content is the primary source of information in Africa and the Middle East...

2 days ago

BREAKING: Ireland/Davenport changes its name
BREAKING: Ireland/Davenport changes its name

Ireland/Davenport (ID) celebrated its 13th year at its office in Illovo, Johannesburg this evening and to mark the occasion along with its increase in black ownership from 25.1% to 51%, the boutique communications agency has been renamed...

10 Oct 2017

Adapt or die - Activation agencies: Keep abreast with trends, or risk becoming obsolete
Adapt or die - Activation agencies: Keep abreast with trends, or risk becoming obsolete

Digital has radically transformed how we connect with customers and impacts the customer journey; there's pressure to deliver more for less; customer attention deficits are high; markets are saturated; and clients are squeezing budgets...

By Lauren Durant, Issued by Isilumko Activate 9 Oct 2017

Andrea Quaye
AB InBev Africa appoints Dentsu Aegis

AB InBev Africa has appointed Dentsu Aegis as its media planning and buying agency for its Africa business...

4 Oct 2017

Taking a closer look at media monitoring, AVE and regulation - Part three
Taking a closer look at media monitoring, AVE and regulation - Part three

In the final chapter of this three-part series on media monitoring, ROI Africa's Tonya Khoury shares insight into some of the biggest campaigns she's witnessed as well as some of the trends emerging in PR...

By Angie White 4 Oct 2017

The ‘Write' Emotion
The ‘Write' Emotion

There are four core human emotions that make us want to talk in the social space, and every piece of content we create needs to be aimed at one of these...

By Dale Ferreira 4 Oct 2017

Dodgy 'Dr Joe' removed from Gems website amid HPCSA probe
Dodgy 'Dr Joe' removed from Gems website amid HPCSA probe

The 'House call with Dr Joe' column on the Gems website has been taken down after TimesLIVE alleged PR staffers were writing the content...

By Naledi Shange 3 Oct 2017

Andreas Smit
Brand ambassadors: Evaluating the real cost of using cheap promoters

How do you measure cost per contact? If like so many in the marketing game - you compare the cost of a “like” on Facebook with the cost of a promoter directly engaging with a consumer - then let me offer you an alternative view...

By Andreas Smit, Issued by Isilumko Activate 2 Oct 2017

Leo Burnett acquires Radar
Leo Burnett acquires Radar

Cape Town-based advertising agency Radar has joined Publicis-owned Leo Burnett as part of a drive by the global giant to increase their profile and presence in Africa as a full-service agency...

29 Sep 2017

Event technology: an enabler - not an end goal
Event technology: an enabler - not an end goal

Technology isn't there to showcase itself, it's there to enhance customer experiences and should be approached with a human-first mindset, writes Glenn van Eck...

By Glenn van Eck 29 Sep 2017

Chris Moerdyk
What to do when PR and ad budgets are cut due to a stagnant economy

The biggest challenge faced by PR and advertising agencies is to persuade their clients not to cut their budgets when the economy turns sour. Like right now when the Business Confidence Index in South Africa is as low as it was when PW Botha made his ill-fated Rubicon Speech...

By Chris Moerdyk, Issued by Chris Moerdyk 28 Sep 2017

The Jupiter Drawing Room CT team. Front row L-R: Michelle Beh and Lucas van Vuuren. Back row L-R: Kevan Aspoas, Luanne Slingerland and Suasnn Kompa.
The Jupiter Drawing Room Cape Town restructures

The Jupiter Drawing Room Cape Town has restructured to ensure clients have a one-on-one relationship with the key people working on their account...

28 Sep 2017

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The preachers and the busker

A couple of days ago I was walking down a windy Queen Street, the main street in Auckland. It is a street every port city has...

By Damon Stapleton 27 Sep 2017

SA's social brand champions
SA's social brand champions

The local social benchmark was announced on Monday, 18 September, at the Bryanston Country Club in Sandton when the Brand Intelligence company joined Arthur Goldstuck of World Wide Worx for South Africa's Social Media Landscape briefing...

Issued by Ornico 27 Sep 2017

It's no point to play nice
It's no point to play nice

Ford, Spur and Jacaranda FM are just a few of the brands in South Africa that have recently been engulfed by reputational issues. And with each and every one of these organisations, what was sorely lacking during the eye of the proverbial storm was sound crisis management...

By Janine Lazarus, Issued by Janine Lazarus Media Consultancy 27 Sep 2017

Tongji University students tackle rhino horn demand management in China using design
Tongji University students tackle rhino horn demand management in China using design

Forty students from China's Tongji University in Shanghai have spent the last few months contributing to the fight against rhino poaching in Africa...

22 Sep 2017

Taking a closer look at media monitoring, AVE and regulation - Part two
Taking a closer look at media monitoring, AVE and regulation - Part two

In part two of this three-part series based on the media monitoring industry, ROI Africa's Tonya Khoury explains the algorithms she uses, live sentiment tracking and big content...

By Angie White 21 Sep 2017

Taking a closer look at media monitoring, AVE and regulation - Part one
Taking a closer look at media monitoring, AVE and regulation - Part one

In this three-part series, I chat to ROI Africa MD Tonya Khoury about the ins and outs of media monitoring, how AVE fits into it all (and if it should), the need for regulation in the industry, and what this all means for Bizcommunity...

By Angie White 15 Sep 2017

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PR firm Bell Pottinger puts UK arm into administration

LONDON - The UK arm of public relations firm Bell Pottinger entered administration on Tuesday after being 'heavily financially impacted' by the fallout from an alleged racially charged ad campaign in South Africa...

13 Sep 2017

Gwen Watkins
Heads up

Effective headlines captivate audiences, essential as attention span is now around 15 secs (think billboard). Media websites want click-through, print media want purchasers - all depend on great headlines...

By Gwen Watkins, Issued by Freelancers Writing Services 12 Sep 2017

#InnovationMonth: A different take on communications
#InnovationMonth: A different take on communications

ByDesign Communications is celebrating its first year of business this month and has already won a few awards, including being named the SABRE EMEA Best New PR Consultancy in 2017...

By Jessica Tennant 12 Sep 2017

#NewCampaign: Building brand Stellenbosch with #lovingStellenbosch tourism campaign
#NewCampaign: Building brand Stellenbosch with #lovingStellenbosch tourism campaign

The campaign acknowledges the importance of motivating and involving both local inhabitants and visitors in promoting and building brand Stellenbosch as a special and preferred tourist destination...

11 Sep 2017

#AfricaAchiever: Vuma Reputation creates Africa division to drive expansion
#AfricaAchiever: Vuma Reputation creates Africa division to drive expansion

Bizcommunity Africa's #AfricaAchiever is Nonye Mpho Omotola, business director of Vuma Reputation Management's new Africa division, established to drive expansion on the continent...

By Louise Marsland 11 Sep 2017

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How PR giant Bell Pottinger made itself look bad

The reputation of global PR company Bell Pottinger has suffered a massive blow. The boss has resigned, clients have walked, the firm has been expelled from the Public Relations and Communications Association and it has now put itself up for sale...

By Paula Keaveney 8 Sep 2017

Are African companies prepared to respond to crisis?
Are African companies prepared to respond to crisis?

How a business responds when things go wrong can mean the difference between a swift resolution and making the problem a whole lot worse...

By Nicole Suter 7 Sep 2017

An abbreviated year
An abbreviated year

This year has seen Litha Communications supply PR and events management services to multiple organisations in both the private and public sector...

Issued by Litha Communications 6 Sep 2017

Names suggested for SABC board sent to Parliament
Names suggested for SABC board sent to Parliament

The beleaguered SABC is a step closer to having a permanent board after Parliament's communications portfolio committee drew up a final list of the 12-member board on Tuesday, following much deliberation...

By Bekezela Phakathi 6 Sep 2017

Levergy to go BOS
Levergy to go BOS

Emerging player in the sports drinks market, BOS Sport, has appointed Discovery Sports Industry Awards Agency of the Year, Levergy, as their new creative agency...

Issued by Levergy 5 Sep 2017

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