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Dr William Mapham.
#Designindaba2018: SA's crowd-sourced solution for a global problem

Dr William Mapham, an ophthalmologist hailing from the Eastern Cape, who conceived the Vula app, whilst working at the Vula Emehlo Eye Clinic in rural Swaziland and experiencing first-hand the difficulties faced by rural health workers in need of specialist advice, spoke on Day 2 of Design Indaba and received a standing ovation...

By Sue Disler 2 days ago

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Marketers to take digital in-house at unprecedented rate

Johanna McDowell writes that in 2018 more and more marketers will handle more and more digital marketing in-house...

By Johanna McDowell 2 days ago

Don't overlook consumers in Africa's rural areas
Don't overlook consumers in Africa's rural areas

Rural areas are arguably the most overlooked spaces in Africa, in terms of government services as well as corporate attention. It's a mistake to rule out rural spaces and consumers, especially in Africa. Global commerce is fiercely competitive, with business leaders and investors still waking to the vast potential of Africa's burgeoning consumer market. The continent, now home to more than 1.1 billion people, will account for one-fifth of the world's population by 2025...

By Ben Leo 20 Feb 2018

UK retail loyalty programmes suffer from a lack of differentiation
UK retail loyalty programmes suffer from a lack of differentiation

The Retail Loyalty Programmes in the UK 2018 survey has found that UK retail loyalty programme operators are struggling to bring fresh ideas to the programme benefit mix...

20 Feb 2018

H&M and Woolworths score top marks in customer centricity rankings
H&M and Woolworths score top marks in customer centricity rankings

With economic conditions in South Africa likely to remain weak, the apparel retail industry growth forecast for 2018 is muted...

19 Feb 2018

How well is SA's vitamins and supplements market?
How well is SA's vitamins and supplements market?

Stimulated by an ageing global population and increased focus on health, wellness and preventative healthcare, there has been significant growth in the vitamins and dietary supplements market...

Issued by Insight Survey 19 Feb 2018

The decline of the Zuma years
The decline of the Zuma years

The perceptions of South Africans over the Zuma years show a clear trend of declining optimism and dwindling appreciation of the work undertaken by government in different areas of delivery...

Issued by Ipsos 16 Feb 2018

PRC releases Pams that measures reading across multiple platforms
PRC releases Pams that measures reading across multiple platforms

The PRC (Publisher Research Council) has released the first Pams (Publisher Audience Measure Survey) results that measure reading across multiple platforms...

15 Feb 2018

Pams: Fusing the future
Pams: Fusing the future

While the first Publisher Audience Measure Survey (Pams) has been released by the Publisher Research Council, the data is still being validated and will not be available until it is checked...

By Danette Breitenbach 15 Feb 2018

The Greenhouse
The Greenhouse

To truly gain insights from consumers, it is vitally important that we meet them and interact with them in the most natural, human way. We developed the IGI Greenhouse platform to do just that...

Issued by IGI 15 Feb 2018

Magazines ABC Q4 2017: Customs the biggest loser
Magazines ABC Q4 2017: Customs the biggest loser

Significant declines in Custom magazines and to a lesser extent in Consumer publications saw the overall decline in magazines edge to just over eight percent (8.1%) over Q3 and a 16.6% decline over the prior year...

By Danette Breitenbach 14 Feb 2018

Newspapers ABC Q4 2017: Losses across the board
Newspapers ABC Q4 2017: Losses across the board

In the Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC) 4th quarter 2017 release, Press saw a 2.1% decline over Q3, and 5.1% decline over the prior year...

By Danette Breitenbach 14 Feb 2018

Brand Council presents Brand Barometer Survey results
Brand Council presents Brand Barometer Survey results

Brand Council South Africa (BCSA) presented the annual Brand Barometer Survey results from 2017, providing all who attended the event with sobering truths about the state of our industry...

14 Feb 2018

South Africans are sentimental spenders - Mastercard Love Index
South Africans are sentimental spenders - Mastercard Love Index

South Africans continue to say "I love you" by investing in experiences over material goods, as new data shows sentimental spending has increased by 50% since 2015...

13 Feb 2018

Brent Spilkin and Vega introduce WTF, new course for freelancers
Brent Spilkin and Vega introduce WTF, new course for freelancers

South Africans are three times more likely to freelance than their global counterparts, but the freelance movement is not a millennial movement, says Brent Spilkin, also known as 'Spillly', author of What the Freelance...

By Jessica Tennant 13 Feb 2018

Inma report: The emerging value of content
Inma report: The emerging value of content

According to a new Inma report, news media companies are discovering the emerging value of content to create data-infused reader-based business models that are impacting corporate cultures and audience relationships...

7 Feb 2018

Scopen global EO César Vacchiano with South African partner Johanna McDowell.
Scopen Agency Scope: "Not just an opinion, it's actually ground in reality"

Johanna McDowell of the IAS is also the South African partner of Scopen. Over what she described as 'the best sandwich ever' at Bizcommunity's offices in the MadWorld Orange Block in Woodstock, McDowell shared a wealth of insights into the local marketing-agency relationship, as well as SA-specific insights and what attendees can expect from the upcoming Scopen masterclasses...

By Leigh Andrews 7 Feb 2018

Survey reveals interesting data about Nigeria's tech industry
Survey reveals interesting data about Nigeria's tech industry

On-demand software development company, Devcenter, recently released the data from its survey to Nigerian developers in the tech ecosystem... [INFOGRAPHIC]

7 Feb 2018

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Pudding needs proof

Marketing in SA remains on the back foot as the discipline is still perceived to be more concerned with creativity than business results. The upshot is that marketing is not taken seriously in the boardroom, says the latest Brand Barometer Survey...

5 Feb 2018

Africa's consumer goods and retail sectors driven by expanding middle class, tech development
Africa's consumer goods and retail sectors driven by expanding middle class, tech development

In Africa and the Middle East, the value of mergers and acquisitions transactions is expected to rise to $6.4 billion in 2018 and will continue to rise in 2019, to $6.6 billion...

1 Feb 2018

Retailer spend on AI to reach $7.3bn by 2022
Retailer spend on AI to reach $7.3bn by 2022

As retailers target new avenues to increase personalisation of the customer experience, global retailer spending on AI is predicted to reach $7.3 billion per annum by 2022...

1 Feb 2018

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Global ad spend will reach $37bn in the next five years

Video advertising spend on YouTube and Facebook to grow by 130% in just 5 years...

30 Jan 2018

Brands with a purpose: Engaging where it matters
Brands with a purpose: Engaging where it matters

With many of our fellow countrymen struggling to make ends meet, brands have stepped in to provide them with a picture of a future worth striving for...

By Stuart Innell 30 Jan 2018

Future-fitting SA businesses
Future-fitting SA businesses

Technology, and the speed of technology, and skills are two of the country's CEOs most significant business concerns which also include cyber threats. This was the finding of PwC's most recent Annual Global CEO Survey...

By Danette Breitenbach 30 Jan 2018

Kantar TNS announces new CEO in South Africa
Kantar TNS announces new CEO in South Africa

Ivan Moroke has been appointed as CEO, Kantar TNS, South Africa. He will take up his position officially from 1 February 2018...

Issued by Kantar TNS 29 Jan 2018

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The anxious optimist in the corner

PwC's 21st Annual Global CEO Survey was recently released locally, following its global release in Davos at the World Economic Forum (WEF), with an emphasis on South Africa...

By Danette Breitenbach 29 Jan 2018

Next Einstein Forum survey to measure gender gap in African STEM education
Next Einstein Forum survey to measure gender gap in African STEM education

The Next Einstein Forum has launched a survey that hopes to measure the existing gender gap in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) education and research in Africa...

26 Jan 2018

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Warc report shows global adspend growth to accelerate to +4.7%

Global adspend growth to accelerate to +4.7% in 2018, reaching a total of $572bn...

23 Jan 2018

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Top ten global consumer trends

The market research company, Euromonitor International revealed the top 10 global consumer trends for 2018...

23 Jan 2018

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