It's the last working day before the PRISM Awards deadline and you are in the midst of our entry and thinking, why are we doing this? It's just an award right... it doesn't mean anything... Right..?
Whenever I conduct crisis communication training with clients, I always open with the story of Tony Hayward. Hayward, as you will recall, was the CEO of BP at the time of the oil spill in the Mexican Gulf. He made several unfortunate faux pas from the get-go - The New York Times reported that when the news broke, he asked fellow BP executives, "What the hell did we do to deserve this?" (video)
Here they are, Bizcommunity.com Marketing & Media South Africa's 2012 lists of most popular articles, those that drew the most comment, our most-read contributors, our most-visited galleries - and the ads from the Ornico Ad Showcase that got you voting.
Seeing as how the PR industry is partially fuelled by caffeine and sugar (at least at my office) I was extremely pleased at being offered a behind the scenes look at the Red Bull Flugtag held in Cape Town this past weekend. It was an object lesson in how to leverage your event to the max.
Mortimer Harvey's recent 21st birthday celebration at its home in Paulshof provided great excitement and cause for celebration as the agency welcomed clients and long standing friends, past, present and future to raise a glass to a truly independent South African success in the advertising and communication arena.
PA Series: Business writing, communication and negotiation skills will be taking place from 14 to 15 February 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Organised by marcus evans, the course trainer is Suezette Smit, founder and managing director of Performance Development Interactive, South Africa.
To find out more about character-based entertainment products, youth-orientated content and communications solutions, tune in to our last Biz Takeouts Marketing & Media radio show for 2012, streamed live from 5pm-6pm via 2oceansVibe Radio. The studio guest this Thursday evening, 6 December 2012, will be Richard Morgan-Grenville, CEO of Strika Entertainment. [twitterfall]
In anyone's world, 2012 has been a rollercoaster one. We still appear to be here, but who knows what will happen on 21 December if the dire warnings are in any way true. But operating on the positive assumption that there will be a 2013, I've been auditing MANGO-OMC's 2012 learnings and summarising them for our game plan for next year.
With the recent formation of Lefatse Vehicle Solutions - the result of a partnership between Boitumelong Holdings and Ros Roca Group - a leading manufacturer of waste equipment in Europe, Mann Made Media was tasked with developing a creative identity for the new brand.
Brand journalism has become the buzzword in the marketing and PR profession. As the digital space takes over and marketing and PR campaigns gear themselves towards "engaging" with their customers, brand journalism is two words on everyone's lips. But what is it?
Grapevine Communications' managing director, Marie Yossava, has attained the internationally recognised accreditation certification for PR practitioners, called the APR (Accredited in Public Relations), cum laude.
Focusing on employee-centric strategy before being client-centric should be the key of every organisation's success. It seems most organisations have made clients their first priority instead of those serving the needs/wants of the clients. Customer advocacy is important but it begins with ensuring that the employees live and breathe the brand before any external stakeholder, which will result in customer satisfaction.
SAIL Event Promoters has appointed Communication Services Africa, the communication strategist division of Celebrity Services Africa, to handle the PR and communication for the 152nd L'Ormarins Queen's Plate taking place at Kenilworth Race Course on 12 January 2013.
There are a significant number of misconceptions as to what exactly a PR strategy entails and how it adds value to business. This presents a considerable challenge for practitioners in the PR space, particularly with regards to the management of client expectations.
Most businesses focus more on their external communication strategies forgetting that the main drivers of their brand are its employees. Employees can play a major role in acting as ambassadors of the organisation through an internal communications plan. Involved, valued employees are much happier at their work environment.
As part of its integrated PR and social media campaign for Old Mutual South Africa, Positive Dialogue Communications, in collaboration with Radar, launched 25 Shesha Tuk Tuks, branded with Old Mutual Foundation's supported initiatives in the streets of Sandton, offering commuters a fun and affordable transport alternative to cut through the traffic.
Kagiso Media Limited on Monday announced the cancellation by mutual consent of negotiations with VenFin Media Investments Proprietary Limited‚ a wholly owned subsidiary of Remgro Limited‚ for the acquisition of various marketing assets.
The Eskom 49M initiative is a call for 49 million South Africans to embrace the culture of energy saving. Blue Moon is in a five-year partnership with Eskom, their role being to communicate the campaign internally, ensuring the initiative resonates with the Eskom audience and within the bigger energy efficiency landscape.
Cape Town-based digital media specialist, Digital Fire, has taken a winery in Darling to new social heights. Darling Cellars approached Digital Fire in February, striking up a brand/agency relationship that would lead to a staggering 4 900% growth of their Facebook following.
In the preceding week I was looking forward to my flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg over the weekend. However my excitement was short lived; on Friday afternoon I was one among the thousand of people who heard via e.tv news that 1time Airline had filed for liquidation.
The University of Cape Town, together with online education company, GetSmarter, recently launched the University of Cape Town Public Relations online short course that aims to equip professionals in the field of public relations with the skills required to utilise both traditional and new media tools.
Following a four-way pitch, marcusbrewster has been appointed as the South African PR agency for Movember, the global men's health charity. Last year some 18,000 South African Mo Bros and Mo Sistas registered as active participants in Movember and R4.9 million was raised.
The Bookmarks Awards has celebrated its fifth year of rewarding digital excellence, yesterday, 1 November 2012. The Awards, brought to the public by the Digital Media and Marketing Association (DMMA), is an initiative that recognises the companies and people in the digital industry who raise the bar from 'mediocre' to 'incredible'.
Effective integrated employee engagement (IEE) is about understanding your audience, targeting the message and maximising the media. In other words, with every brief you take, you need to understand exactly who you are talking to. Always communicate a single-minded message, broken down where appropriate, to the different audiences within an organisation.
At the eleventh edition of the Black Business Quarterly Awards (BBQ), held at Emperor's Palace on 19 October 2012, Vuma Reputation Management won the New and Innovative Business Award in recognition of its innovation in the area of corporate reputation management, crisis communication, media training and the integration of social media tools into the business environment.