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Why and how to add ephemeral content to your marketing strategy

Temporary content and impermanence is the name of the game when it comes to social media for consumers in 2018. Here's why you're missing out if Snapchat, Periscope, Facebook Live and Instagram Stories aren't part of your brand's marketing strategy...

By Leigh Andrews 12 Apr 2018

SACPCMP uses Games of Thrones-themed activations to engage with youth
SACPCMP uses Games of Thrones-themed activations to engage with youth

Embarking on a youth-focused activation programme to transform the construction industry, the SACPCMP is targeting its accredited universities...

11 Apr 2018

The top tips for live experiences in 2018
The top tips for live experiences in 2018

The younger generation offers valuable insight as to where brands should be focusing their efforts...

By Glenn van Eck 27 Feb 2018

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Google Kenya's Charles Murito on digital advertising and the age of assistance

Google SA hosted a media event earlier this week to bring media practitioners across Africa up to speed on the latest technological advancements in the digital advertising space, focusing on Google Ads in particular...

By Jessica Tennant 7 Feb 2018

Facebook partners for a safer internet in Africa
Facebook partners for a safer internet in Africa

Facebook today announced a number of partnerships across Africa to explore ways to make the internet safer for all...

6 Feb 2018

Youth Trends 2018
Youth Trends 2018

Youth are synonymous with having extremely short attention spans. With that being said, the truth is that this is a problem that plagues most of us in this non-stop world of content consumption...

By Mokebe Thulo with contribution from Kgomotso Mokob, Issued by HDI Youth Marketeers 30 Jan 2018

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Technology in Africa: A guide for the year ahead

Many would say that in this age of exponential technology acceleration, a start-of-the-year tech trends report is rapidly becoming an exercise in futility. But don't believe them...

By Lee Naik 24 Jan 2018

Nandi Zambodla, strategist at FCB Cape Town.
#BizTrends2018: Millennials are not a homogenous group

The biggest potential trend for 2018 could be marketers realising it is time to re-evaluate what we know to be true about millennials as a collective...

By Nandi Zambodla 12 Jan 2018

How to tell an African story
How to tell an African story

Music and storytelling have always been intrinsically linked. On Saturday, 2 December, South Africa witnessed this truth in its finest form with Casper Nyovest managing an incredible feat, and making history, by attracting an incredible 68,000 South African youth to Soccer City...

By Bongani Chinkanda, Issued by HDI Youth Marketeers 6 Dec 2017

Deutsche Welle launches multimedia project for African youth
Deutsche Welle launches multimedia project for African youth

Reaching The 77 percent - Deutsche Welle launches new debate platform for young Africans...

5 Dec 2017

Meet newly appointed HDI CEO, Bongani Chinkanda
Meet newly appointed HDI CEO, Bongani Chinkanda

An avid technophile and youth enthusiast, Bongani Chinkanda believes that now is the time for transformation in the marketing industry...

Issued by HDI Youth Marketeers 17 Nov 2017

To succeed with youth on social media, let them be part of the brand's story
To succeed with youth on social media, let them be part of the brand's story

South Africa's first digital-native generation is coming of age, and it's changing the rules for marketers...

By Ernst Wittmann 2 Nov 2017

Capturing the Generation Z opportunity
Capturing the Generation Z opportunity

Marketers who want to ensure the longevity of their brands and win the consumer of the future need to come to grips with what the under-21s - Generation Z - want and value...

By Rachel Thompson, Issued by GfK South Africa 11 Oct 2017

Meet our junior board of directors!
Meet our junior board of directors!

With an annual direct spend of over R137bn, it may seem like a no-brainer for brands to prioritise understanding what makes more than 50% of South Africa's population tick...

Issued by HDI Youth Marketeers 6 Oct 2017

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#NewCampaign: TBWA, Joburg Ballet launch series of little ballets inspired by big social stories

TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris and the Joburg Ballet recently launched a campaign to grow its existing audience and ensure a sustainable and ongoing reconsideration of ballet as a relevant art form amongst the youth...

By Jessica Tennant 6 Oct 2017

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Samsung still best loved brand amongst South African youth

Samsung wins again at the 2017/18 Ask Afrika Youth Brands Awards, South Africa's youth endorsing it as their brand of choice across the Smartphone, Tablet Devices and Cellular Phone categories...

31 Aug 2017

Jack Ma launches African Young Entrepreneurs Fund
Jack Ma launches African Young Entrepreneurs Fund

UNCTAD adviser, Alibaba's Jack Ma, has launched an African Young Entrepreneurs Fund worth $10 million...

27 Jul 2017

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Do Millennials really exist?

Does the construct of Millennials really exist or is it just hype based on the idealism of the era?

By Allon Raiz 7 Jul 2017

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Inspiring and nurturing tomorrow's talent

“Great companies don't hire skilled people and motivate them, they hire already motivated people and inspire them.” This quote is taken from Simon Sinek's book Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, and describes, in essence, the Native VML way of recruitment for our various learning programmes...

By Samantha Bezuidenhout 3 Jul 2017

#NewCampaign: Adidas Originals teams up with young creatives to tell product stories
#NewCampaign: Adidas Originals teams up with young creatives to tell product stories

Adidas Originals kicked off a three-month campaign earlier this month, that engages the youth to tell three key product stories for Campus in June, NMD in July and EQT in August...

By Jessica Tennant 30 Jun 2017

What the next generation youth wants from a brand
What the next generation youth wants from a brand

In South Africa, approximately half of the population is under the age of 25. Due to the size and buying potential of the youth market, the segment is of great significance to brands planning to stimulate new demand...

Issued by Zinto Activation Group 21 Jun 2017

Damelin voted among the top five ‘Coolest Colleges' in the Sunday Times Generation Next Awards
Damelin voted among the top five ‘Coolest Colleges' in the Sunday Times Generation Next Awards

Damelin, a leader in private education in South Africa, walked away as one of the ‘Coolest Colleges' in the country at the Sunday Times Generation Next Awards held on Thursday, 11 May, at Sandton Convention Centre Pavilion...

Issued by Damelin 1 Jun 2017

Ask Afrika Kasi Star & Youth Brands Conference pinpoints targeting tips
Ask Afrika Kasi Star & Youth Brands Conference pinpoints targeting tips

The Ask Afrika Kasi Star and Youth Brands Conference will share top trends and insights at the Zonki Shebeen venue in Muldersdrift on Thursday, 22 June...

31 May 2017

Catherine Bothma
Marketing to the youth of 2017

Catherine Bothma, MD of HDI Youth Marketeers, presented attendees at the Sunday Times Generation Next Youth Marketing Conference on Thursday, 11 May, with the key findings from this year's study...

By Jessica Tennant 16 May 2017

The Castle of Good Hope exhibition stand at the 2017 Rand Easter Show.
Educating tomorrow's leaders with SchoolMedia

One of the stands at the recent Rand Easter Show gave an easy-to-absorb timeline history of the Castle of Good Hope. Khethi Ngwenya, managing director of SchoolMedia, explains how and why they brought the idea to life...

By Leigh Andrews 15 May 2017

Sunday Times Generation Next youth survey reveals the 'coolest' brands, celebs
Sunday Times Generation Next youth survey reveals the 'coolest' brands, celebs

The results of the thirteenth Sunday Times Generation Next youth survey were announced at the Awards held at Sandton Convention Centre on Thursday, 11 May. Nike was once again awarded as the 'Overall Coolest Brand', after claiming top spot in three of the 75 categories surveyed...

12 May 2017

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Facebook knows when teens are vulnerable, then targets them with ads

“Don't be evil” is a common phrase uttered by Google executives, but we can't help but think Facebook should perhaps adopt it too...

By Andy Walker 3 May 2017

Catherine Bothma, Managing Director at HDI Youth Marketeers.
Now's the time for self-regulation: HDI on the ethics of youth marketing

HDI Youth Marketeers' Managing Director Catherine Bothma, and youth expert, Jason Levin take the time to respond to some of the most frequently asked questions about the ethics of youth marketing....

21 Apr 2017

15 ways to know it's time to move out and ‘adult'
15 ways to know it's time to move out and ‘adult'

HDI Youth Marketeers asked their Junior Board of Directors and staff about when they knew it was time to move out. According to them, here are the top 15 triggers that signify that the time has come...

Issued by HDI Youth Marketeers 30 Mar 2017

Design Indaba '17: A youth marketer's take-outs
Design Indaba '17: A youth marketer's take-outs

HDI Youth Marketeers sent three members of their creative team to the 2017 Design Indaba (dubbed "the Cirque du Soleil for the intellect") to soak up the creative greatness of the world's most inspired thinkers, creators and inventors...

Issued by HDI Youth Marketeers 10 Mar 2017

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