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Last call for entries: the second edition of the African Excellence Awards
Last call for entries: the second edition of the African Excellence Awards

The second round of the pan-African competition in PR and HR is open for submissions until 22 February 2017...

Issued by African Excellence Awards 20 Feb 2017

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Amazon wants to take over the boardroom, silence Skype with Chime

Internet behemoth Amazon has announced a new workplace messaging and conferencing facility. Dubbed Chime, the product is billed as a “communications service that transforms online meetings with a secure, easy-to-use application that you can trust”.

By Andy Walker 15 Feb 2017

Health & Pharma added to LIA competition for 2017
Health & Pharma added to LIA competition for 2017

In response to creatives for the inclusion of a Health & Pharmaceuticals award, London International Awards (LIA) has announced the addition of two new juries to judge entries in the new categories in the 2017 awards...

15 Feb 2017

Great talks move mountains
Great talks move mountains

Since 2007, members of the Gamatong team have attended twelve TED events, in eleven cities, in eight countries, on five continents. It's been a thrilling journey, as you might imagine. We've taken it all in, with eyes wide open, and pen in hand...

By Ithateng Mokgoro 14 Feb 2017

King IV as easy as 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 17
King IV as easy as 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 17

Most corporates already apply King III principles and soon King IV will replace King III in its entirety...

Issued by Blue Apple 14 Feb 2017

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Improve customer service with app connecting customers, brands in conversations

Bad customer service can be detrimental to one's business. This could include automated self-service, long wait times, poor attention and inexperienced agents...

14 Feb 2017

Six business lessons in learned in 150 days
Six business lessons in learned in 150 days

So we've been in operation for about 150 days, and there have been a few lessons, many in fact, and looking back, a few things have surprised me and stand out...

By Kevin Welman 13 Feb 2017

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Brandnew Creative Agency launches internship programme

Brandnew Creative Agency, based in Salt River, Cape Town, has launched its 'Brandnewbies' internship programme, comprising seven internship positions from March to August 2017...

13 Feb 2017

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Marketers will be required to implement stringent measures to effectively manage media costs

A major cause for concern is brewing in the South African media, advertising and communication industry. A trend that was recently blown wide open in the United States by the American Association of Advertisers (ANA) is also taking place on our shores on a seemingly widespread scale...

By Johanna McDowell 8 Feb 2017

Stretch and Point Blank merge to form new below the line agency: Elevator
Stretch and Point Blank merge to form new below the line agency: Elevator

Today saw the official launch of Elevator, a new below the line agency formed through a merger between Stretch Experiential Marketing and Point Blank Marketing Communications...

7 Feb 2017

WPP forms Health & Wellness company to extend competitive advantage
WPP forms Health & Wellness company to extend competitive advantage

A new subsidiary, WPP Health & Wellness, has been formed by WPP to build on it areas of competitive advantage and accelerate growth, new opportunities and better health outcomes for clients.

7 Feb 2017

GHCM's new MD on the importance of mentorship, youth empowerment
GHCM's new MD on the importance of mentorship, youth empowerment

Glasshouse Communication Management's (GHCM) new MD Nkhensani Moyane shares her personal drive for mentorship and inspiring confidence in the youth as they enter the job market...

By Leigh Andrews 6 Feb 2017

WPP invest in US VR company SubVRsive
WPP invest in US VR company SubVRsive

In line with its strategy of investing in technology, data and content, WPP has invested in SubVRsive, a US technology company that works with advertisers that want to engage consumers in the emerging virtual reality and augmented reality sector.

6 Feb 2017

Putting PR in perspective
Putting PR in perspective

With the first quarter of the year well underway and marketing budgets being finalised, the time has come for businesses to make the decision – do we hire PR professionals or don't we?...

By Daniella Hess, Issued by Grapevine Communications 2 Feb 2017

South African agencies offer big international brands local flavour
South African agencies offer big international brands local flavour

Despite globalisation, every country has its quirks, lingo and languages that must be spoken in the right way to attract the right people. South Africa is no different...

2 Feb 2017

Mitigate Millennial mishaps

In the face of post-demographic consumerism, advertising agencies have invested heavily in research and focus groups to ensure they deliver brand strategies that hit the mark and meet briefs from clients...

Issued by Paddington Station PR 1 Feb 2017

Rewarding the sweet spot in tough times
Rewarding the sweet spot in tough times

This year's Apex Awards entry process remains the same, with two rounds, but the percentages to win an Apex Award has dropped. However, do not mistake this for a lowering of standards or that it will be “easier” to win, warns ACA CEO Odette van der Haar...

By Danette Breitenbach 31 Jan 2017

FCB Cape Town wins Wesgro
FCB Cape Town wins Wesgro

Wesgro, the Western Cape's official tourism, trade and investment agency, has appointed FCB Cape Town to handle its estimated R15m annual marketing and communications account...

Issued by FCB Africa 25 Jan 2017

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Increasing the impact of business communication during a crisis

When an organisation faces a crisis, you expect it to act quickly to mitigate the reputational risk through strategic business communication tactics...

By Daniel Munslow 25 Jan 2017

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#BehindtheSelfie with… Nic Simmonds

This week, we find out what's really going on behind the selfie with Nic Simmonds, executive director at Johannesburg-based communications agency, Clockwork Media…

By Leigh Andrews 25 Jan 2017

Putting management back into events
Putting management back into events

When clients create a request for a proposal (RFP) or a tender for events management, it is vital that they understand that the nature and scope of work that an experienced events management team can offer far outweighs...

By Beaulah du Toit 24 Jan 2017

Brands can certainly take a page or two from the Ford Kuga saga
Brands can certainly take a page or two from the Ford Kuga saga

Silence can be a good response up until it comes back to bite you in the a** because your silence is much louder than what your initial response could have been...

By Khangelani Dziba 23 Jan 2017

Public relations is not a quick fix
Public relations is not a quick fix

Public relations is not a quick fix to help you increase revenue for the month. Good public relations doesn't happen on its own; it takes a lot of skill, and consistent hard work, over a period...

Issued by Emlo Communications 23 Jan 2017

Bridget von Holdt bids farewell to GHCM
Bridget von Holdt bids farewell to GHCM

Bridget von Holdt has handed over the reins of Glasshouse Communication Management after being at the helm of the PR consultancy for four years. She will be pursuing new ventures in the industry...

20 Jan 2017

Ogilvy SA's Pete Case named among top 10 creative heads in the world
Ogilvy SA's Pete Case named among top 10 creative heads in the world

Ogilvy & Mather South Africa's Pete Case has achieved global recognition as one of the world's top 10 chief creative officers in the prestigious Directory Big Won Network Rankings...

Issued by Ogilvy & Mather 20 Jan 2017

Crisis management: Can you afford not to take action?
Crisis management: Can you afford not to take action?

Social media has not changed the formula for communicating in a crisis - it has simply made it more important that companies be prepared, act quickly, and say the right things...

By Nigel Hollis, Issued by Kantar Millward Brown 20 Jan 2017

‘Run with it!': Vega develops future thinkers and resilient creative problem solvers
‘Run with it!': Vega develops future thinkers and resilient creative problem solvers

In industry, and as industry professionals will confirm, team leaders take in fresh graduates and expect them to ‘run with it'! The more independent and pro-active they are, the better the chances to stay on, and even better, excel...

By Naretha Pretorius, Issued by Vega School 19 Jan 2017

Where to now? Life isn’t only about work. You aren’t what you do; but you do what you are.
#BehindtheSelfie with… Daniel Munslow

This week, we find out what's really going on behind the selfie with Daniel Munslow, MD of MCC Consulting…

By Leigh Andrews 18 Jan 2017

Communications minister extends Aguma's acting CEO post
Communications minister extends Aguma's acting CEO post

The SABC has clarified that acting CEO James Aguma will remain in charge of the broadcaster for another three months after Communications Minister Faith Muthambi extended the delegation of authority...

By Bekezela Phakathi 13 Jan 2017

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