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Delivering on African Excellence 2017
Delivering on African Excellence 2017

Engage Joe Public, the PR and communications offering of Joe Public United, entered the 2017 African Excellence Awards and succeeded in winning two awards this past week...

Issued by Joe Public United 2 days ago

Mpange Chapeshamano
#Newsmaker: Mpange Chapeshamano makes an Avatar comeback

Politics aside, integrated marketing agency Avatar has done a management reshuffle with co-founder Zibusiso Mkhwanazi stepping down as CEO to take on a bigger role as group CEO of Avatar Investment Holdings and the Avatar360 Group, which owns the agency's Johannesburg and Cape Town offices...

By Jessica Tennant 24 Apr 2017

Celebrating 13 South African Gold Quills winners
Celebrating 13 South African Gold Quills winners

The International Association of Business Communicators has announced the excellence and merit winners of the 2017 IABC Gold Quill Awards programme...

21 Apr 2017

Grapevine chosen to represent Beautiful News, a showcase of South Africa's positive stories
Grapevine chosen to represent Beautiful News, a showcase of South Africa's positive stories

The creators of 21 Icons South Africa, Ginkgo Agency, has appointed Grapevine Communications to launch its digital platform, Beautiful News, that delivers an inspiring story each day that reflects the goodness of South Africa's people...

Issued by Grapevine Communications 20 Apr 2017

87% of PR executives believe the term “public relations” does not describe their future
87% of PR executives believe the term “public relations” does not describe their future

Key findings from the USC Annenberg CPR's global communications report...

By Daniel Munslow 19 Apr 2017

Big winner at the inaugural African SABRE Awards
Big winner at the inaugural African SABRE Awards

Burson-Marsteller Africa is a big winner at the first-ever African SABRE Awards in public relations...

19 Apr 2017

Ajay, left, and Atul Gupta. Picture: Martin Rhodes,
Bell Pottinger walks away from the Guptas

UK-based public relations firm Bell Pottinger announced on Wednesday that it was cutting ties with Gupta-owned Oakbay, saying its ability to be an effective advocate for the company had been compromised...

By Natasha Marrian and Genevieve Quintal 18 Apr 2017

Celebrating 10 years of creative excellence and successful brand-building
Celebrating 10 years of creative excellence and successful brand-building

While celebrating a landmark 10 years in business, The Marketing Kraal is making plans to enter the next phase with a bang...

Issued by The Marketing Kraal 18 Apr 2017

Openfield to run with PR for the Currie Cup
Openfield to run with PR for the Currie Cup

Openfield has been appointed by SA Rugby to manage and implement the PR and brand activations for the 2017 Currie Cup season...

Issued by Openfield 13 Apr 2017

Louw’s mottos: Smile and the world will smile back, and laughter is the best medicine.
#BehindtheSelfie with... Marisa Louw

This week we find out what's really going on behind the selfie with technophile Marisa ‘just call me eM' Louw, founder and managing director of the Emlo Communications PR agency in Johannesburg...

By Leigh Andrews 12 Apr 2017

#OneShow2017: Public relations finalists revealed!
#OneShow2017: Public relations finalists revealed!

Finalists in the ‘public relations' category have been revealed for One Show 2017, with two South African entries making the grade...

12 Apr 2017

OLC breaks barriers again with McDonald's National Breakfast Day
OLC breaks barriers again with McDonald's National Breakfast Day

McDonald's SA recently celebrated their iconic National Breakfast Day, where their customers could enjoy the world-renowned Egg McMuffin and small filter coffee for only R10...

Issued by Offlimit Communications 10 Apr 2017

You're probably using the word ‘revert' incorrectly
You're probably using the word ‘revert' incorrectly

There is no such noun as ‘a revert'. There is also no such verb phrase, in the context of replying to someone, as ‘revert back'. You're bastardising an innocent verb. Find out why...

By Tiffany Markman 6 Apr 2017

PR industry professionals must stand up for integrity
PR industry professionals must stand up for integrity

It is a sad day when PR firms tarnish the reputation of the industry as a whole...

By Janine Lloyd 6 Apr 2017

What a swhopper of a day for Burger King SA
What a swhopper of a day for Burger King SA

A project Techsys Digital was so excited to be a part of last year was the Burger King South Africa Swhopper Day...

Issued by Techsys Digital 6 Apr 2017

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In black and white: PR firm making headlines for all the wrong reasons

NEWSWATCH: PR firms aim for good headlines for their clients, not ones where their own reputation is brought to question. That's exactly why we're seeing British firm Bell Pottinger gaining media mentions lately...

5 Apr 2017

Judith Middleton
Evolution: It's a matter of relationships and value

Relationships matter in public relations, and having retained a client for over 10 years is no mean feat...

By Judith Middleton, Issued by DUO Marketing + Communications 4 Apr 2017

Mastering strategic growth in 2017 with Publicis Machine's Moagi Bodibe
Mastering strategic growth in 2017 with Publicis Machine's Moagi Bodibe

Publicis Machine's recently appointed chief strategy officer Moagi Bodibe recommends stopping to pause for thought and ensure your game plan is watertight to get ahead in the coming months...

By Leigh Andrews 3 Apr 2017

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Maybe I worry too much

As we stare down the political abyss brought on by Mr Bumble and wonder what on earth is going to happen next, I began wondering if the advertising industry isn't in a similar position...

By Chris Brewer 3 Apr 2017

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#BrandManagerMonth: Welcome the elephant in the room

Whether you're interacting with volatile colleagues in the workplace or at home wanting to relax after a long day, chances are you're avoiding raising an important conversation in order to keep the peace, which in turn creates a toxic cycle. Here's what I learned from HumanEdge's Crucial Conversations course...

By Leigh Andrews 31 Mar 2017

Know thy customer with AMO from Effective Intelligence
Know thy customer with AMO from Effective Intelligence

With so many tools, platforms and communication channels, modern business executives would be forgiven for feeling a little intimidated when planning their next advertising or marketing campaign...

Issued by Effective Intelligence 31 Mar 2017

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#In2SummitSA: The African era of communications

The Holmes Report's 2017 In2 Innovation Summit took place at The Maslow in Sandton on 29 March. Opening the event, Tim Sutton, chairman, EMEA and Asia-Pacific at Weber Shandwick, facilitated a panel discussion on ‘The African Era'...

By Jessica Tennant 29 Mar 2017

Launching #MoreThanData to Investec staff
Launching #MoreThanData to Investec staff

icandi CQ recently conceptualised and implemented an innovative internal communication campaign for Investec Private Banking to launch Investec's #MoreThanData marketing campaign, for young professionals, to staff...

Issued by icandi CQ 24 Mar 2017

Leading communicator Maxim Behar, keynote speaker at 2017 PRISA National Conference
Leading communicator Maxim Behar, keynote speaker at 2017 PRISA National Conference

Celebrating its diamond anniversary this year, the Public Relations Institute (PRISA) is pulling out all the stops for its annual conference running from 4-5 May 2017, at the Indaba Hotel in Fourways, Johannesburg...

Issued by PRISA 24 Mar 2017

Ogilvy Public Relations announces senior promotions
Ogilvy Public Relations announces senior promotions

Two recent promotions strengthen Ogilvy Public Relations' commitment to adding value to both employees and clients...

Issued by Ogilvy & Mather 24 Mar 2017

Insel joins Dentsu Aegis Network
Insel joins Dentsu Aegis Network

ACCRA, Ghana - Insel Communications has announced its new affiliation with leading global advertising network Dentsu Aegis Network Sub-Saharan Africa...

Issued by Dentsu Aegis Network 22 Mar 2017

The MediaShop moves offices
The MediaShop moves offices

The MediaShop's Johannesburg office moved premises Wednesday, 22 March after 20 years at its previous location in Morningside. The new address is Building B, The Main Straight Office Park, corner of Main and Portman Roads in Bryanston...

22 Mar 2017

Defining reputation in Africa
Defining reputation in Africa

By next year the African Reputation Index (AFI) should have a country or countries from Africa to add to the data set…

By Danette Breitenbach 20 Mar 2017

#PRISMAwards2017: It's a celebration
#PRISMAwards2017: It's a celebration

A PRISM Award is about the wow factor; not business as usual. This year the Awards, which recognise the public relations (PR) industry and its work, celebrate its 20th year. The aim is to get 300 entries - a far cry from the five in its inaugural year...

By Danette Breitenbach 16 Mar 2017

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