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Coca-Cola named Cannes Lions 2013 Creative Marketer of the Year
Coca-Cola named Cannes Lions 2013 Creative Marketer of the Year

The organisers of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity have named Coca-Cola as the recipient of the 2013 Creative Marketer of the Year Award.

29 Nov 2012 08:57

On the Dot festive celebrations... Contact us for 10% discount
On the Dot festive celebrations... Contact us for 10% discount

With over 60% market share distributing 65 million pamphlets and 7 million newspapers per month, On the Dot will put your message in just the right hands.

Issued by On The Dot 28 Nov 2012 11:31

2013 APEX Awards open for entry
2013 APEX Awards open for entry

The annual APEX Awards, which recognises and celebrates the highest standards of communications campaigns' effectiveness, are open for nominations. The deadline for submissions is 15 March 2013.

28 Nov 2012 11:05

Getting rid of so-so social media
Getting rid of so-so social media

In the past, marketers have stressed the importance of brand visibility. The argument has been that having your brand visible in all the right places is important, even without interaction with customers. Unfortunately, living in a world where consumers see and hear an average of 3000 marketing messages a day, there is simply too much clutter out there to stand out from the crowd.

By Tyrone Middleton 27 Nov 2012 16:28

John Laurence
Considering conscious, unconscious cues

From preparing yourself in the morning and driving to work, to most activities throughout the day, your brain relies on fast and efficient automatic behaviours to minimise the effort of having to consciously weigh-up every decision that is encountered on a repetitive basis. How entrenched is your product in your consumer's habitual repertoire?

By John Laurence 27 Nov 2012 09:37

Minister plans clamp on ambush marketing
Minister plans clamp on ambush marketing

Companies hoping to piggyback on next year's Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) to score free advertising could face criminal prosecution. Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has indicated his intention to designate the Afcon 2013 a "protected event" in terms of South Africa's ambush marketing legislation. This will ensure stringent advertising laws are enforced similar to those used during the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

27 Nov 2012 09:20

Athar Naser
Content marketing and social media

A few years ago brands were getting their heads around SEO and social media. Now content marketing has made it into the digital landscape and many are asking where SEO and social media fit into the picture.

By Athar Naser 26 Nov 2012 10:52

Content 2013 - The whole story
Content 2013 - The whole story

In today's fast-moving media environment, the role of branded content is becoming increasingly important. Content 2013 - SA's first, truly comprehensive content marketing conference, providing an all-encompassing and inclusive forum platform - will be taking place on 25 & 26 February 2013 at the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town.

Issued by MANGO-OMC 26 Nov 2012 09:07

South Africa's first crowd-sourced investment platform set to change the economic landscape
South Africa's first crowd-sourced investment platform set to change the economic landscape

Crowdinvest, the country's first ever crowd-sourced investment platform, looks set to revolutionise South Africa's economic landscape by breaking down investment barriers for a broad segment of the population.

Issued by Crowdinvest 23 Nov 2012 11:43

SuperSport shines at intl Sports Media Marketing Awards
SuperSport shines at intl Sports Media Marketing Awards

At the international Sports Media Marketing Awards - the industry Oscars - held in New York, SuperSport won a Gold and three Silver awards.

23 Nov 2012 09:21

Samantha Wright
The buzz around brand journalism

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?

By Samantha Wright 23 Nov 2012 08:26

Maria Berrios-Carter
Unthink lately?

There is a well-known creative condition called "analysis paralysis". Fuelled by our incessant hunger for information and meaning, we have created a society too focused on the thinking and less so on the doing, overanalysing ourselves into a full stop. And the only way to move passed the stupefying white page staring back at you is to practice the art of Unthink.

By Maria Berrios-Carter 23 Nov 2012 06:45

African Market Momentum: insights, obstacles and opportunities
African Market Momentum: insights, obstacles and opportunities

The CMO Council Africa Advisory Board Meeting is set to take place on Wednesday, 28 November 2012, via live tele-presence linking members and experts in Lagos, Nairobi, Johannesburg and Cape Town.

22 Nov 2012 12:28

Keeping an eye on competitors - Adcheck
Keeping an eye on competitors

Continuous competitor tracking has become vital in an environment where marketers have little time to check the advertisements of competitors says Angela Adamson, sales director at Adcheck.

Issued by Adcheck 21 Nov 2012 11:31

DStv brand campaign extends Javas' advice
DStv brand campaign extends Javas' advice

The new TVC for DStv, part of the integrated campaign executed by Ogilvy & Mather Johannesburg, introduces Javas, a sage adviser shipwrecked on a remote island who conjures up an answer to every possible problem. He graciously invites his fellow islanders to sip from the fountain of his wisdom. (video)

21 Nov 2012 10:51

Athar Naser
Difference between content marketing, SEO

Content marketing is not SEO. While they might overlap, content marketing and SEO are two distinct types of digital marketing. They are, however, mutually beneficial.

By Athar Naser 21 Nov 2012 07:00

Boomtown takes home an Assegai - Boomtown
Boomtown takes home an Assegai

Boomtown Strategic Brand Agency has achieved its second award in a week. Following its CLIO award, the agency won an Assegai for its Dream Starter campaign for Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU).

Issued by Boomtown 20 Nov 2012 10:44

Glen Meier
The craft of simplification

We all know the term 'less is more', but in a busy and complex world it is often forgotten. For a brand to say more and have optimal impact it needs to say less, less grey, less of the same, and more difference, more relevance. Simple doesn't mean easy though, and that's where the craft comes in. The craft of simplification.

By Glen Meier 20 Nov 2012 08:27

John Laurence
You are a unique individual - just like everyone else

In a passage borrowed from Columbia Business School professor, Sheen Inyengar's book, The Art of Choosing, she makes her point that although everyone believes they are unique, we are actually more alike than we think. Barnum Effect statements like this are often used by mentalists, fortune tellers and clairvoyants to make "accurate" predictions about their subjects. And I've seen them used in marketing research.

By John Laurence 18 Nov 2012 10:04

Ben Wagner
The importance of building shared values

In a highly-connected world where social media savvy-consumers expect greater transparency from the companies whose brands they use, the absence of shared values is becoming an imposing threat to companies' triple bottom lines*.

By Ben Wagner 16 Nov 2012 12:11

John Laurence
Lessons from Marge Simpson and casinos

In an episode of season 5 of The Simpsons cartoon, the townsfolk of Springfield decided to legalise gambling in order to boost the town's flagging coffers. Marge, the mom, develops a gambling addiction after putting a loose coin in a slot machine. She becomes permanently glued to the machines, feeding in coins in a zombie-like fashion and consequently neglecting her family, who proceed to stir up all sorts of unconstrained mayhem.

By John Laurence 16 Nov 2012 09:48

Tonight's Biz Takeouts show cancelled
Tonight's Biz Takeouts show cancelled

Tonight's Biz Takeouts Marketing & Media radio show, streamed live every Thursday from 5pm-6pm via 2oceansVibe Radio, has unfortunately been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. [twitterfall]

15 Nov 2012 11:25

Crowdsourcing ways to drive traffic, two companies team up
Crowdsourcing ways to drive traffic, two companies team up

Hiring Bounty, which makes use of crowdsourcing as a recruitment tool, and Idea Bounty, which solves business problems by tapping into the creativity of the masses, are working together to find the best and most creative idea to drive traffic to the recruitment site.

15 Nov 2012 10:13

Richard Mullins
Pay attention to mobile as email marketing channel

Email is still one of the most important and widely-used communication channels that marketers have at their disposal, but the way that many organisations use it is still surprisingly unrefined. Nowhere is this clearer than in the lack of attention many marketers pay to the mobile device as a channel for email marketing.

By Richard Mullins 15 Nov 2012 08:30

Indigo Tree launch sees jacaranda trees swathed in scented ribbons
Indigo Tree launch sees jacaranda trees swathed in scented ribbons

As a method of launching the new online fragrance site, Indigo Tree, Morrisjones wrapped rows and rows of jacaranda trees in designer-scented, purple ribbons.

15 Nov 2012 06:17

5FM appoints Natalie Frank as new marketing manager
5FM appoints Natalie Frank as new marketing manager

5FM has announced that Natalie Frank has been appointed as the station's new marketing manager which will see her developing and implementing the marketing and CSI strategy for 5FM and for promoting the station, its programming and events.

14 Nov 2012 15:47

34Woman and Clover lift the Clover Aardklop National Arts Festival to new heights! - 34
34Woman and Clover lift the Clover Aardklop National Arts Festival to new heights!

Tasked with developing an insightful, relevant marketing campaign that would connect with the festival's target audience, 34Woman used the classic knock-knock joke (or klop-klop grap, in Afrikaans) to give this year's Aardklop festival more gees.

Issued by 34 14 Nov 2012 10:35

Digital Marketing Institute partners with Vega School
Digital Marketing Institute partners with Vega School

The Irish-based Digital Marketing Institute announced a new partnership with Vega School of Brand Leadership to train over 3000 students in digital marketing in South Africa next year. The Institute forecasts that the South African market will generate revenues in excess of €3 million for the company by 2015.

14 Nov 2012 09:42

Millward Brown opens in Cairo, Egypt

Leading market research firm Millward Brown has officially opened its newest office in Cairo, Egypt to serve the North Africa market. This is the third office opened by the global firm in the Africa and Middle East region this year.

Issued by Millward Brown 14 Nov 2012 09:08

Louise Robinson
Marketing for results

You have a fantastic product or service. You have invested valuable resources into creating or acquiring an up-to-date, accurate and extensive database of prospective leads and clients for your company. So why aren't you seeing any results in terms of return on investment and sales?

By Louise Robinson 14 Nov 2012 07:46

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