With Christmas closing in on us, we've all been bombarded by cheap tinsel, Boney M and a gaudy plethora of competing product displays in most of the supermarkets we've frequented over the past month or so. Most marketers view the festive season as a prime opportunity to boost product sales, and it can be, if it's done smartly.
Natasha McClymont 5 Dec 2012
Online publishers have been perfecting the art of creating online content since the advent of the web. While advertisers have long been using digital to get their message to the consumer, they've only just recently started emulating what publishers do best - developing content that keeps consumers coming back for more.
Athar Naser 4 Dec 2012
In the past, one of the big selling points about South Africa was that it was an inexpensive destination for foreign tourists. But nowadays, even with the rand having weakened like an overweight paunch-drunk boxer to worse than R9 to the US dollar, the country is getting a reputation for being a very expensive place to visit.
Chris Moerdyk 3 Dec 2012
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.
Nicole Capper 3 Dec 2012
The December edition of the Media magazine is, once again, jam packed with insightful information on what's happening in the media industry. Readers will find new ways to gauge the industry through value-added digital content, imagery, video and audio. Contributors include Trevor Ormerod, Chris Vick, Gordon Patterson, Dario Milo, Michelle Solomon and Sandra Gordon.
3 Dec 2012
Leo Burnett is pioneering a new approach to shopper marketing that pays attention to extending the shopper journey both pre- and post-purchase. This idea has been doing the rounds at large multinational corporations as they look for better ways to find new audiences beyond 'interruption' marketing. This article is a quick summary of some of the innovative thinking coming from the Leo Burnett strategic function.
Matt Rose 30 Nov 2012
With ever-changing shopper trends marketers have recognised the need to stay closer to the consumers and connect better with their shoppers in order to keep abreast. A closer look at consumer decisions identified that 68% of shoppers make decisions at shelf. Shoppers are more easily influenced by emotional stimuli in comparison to rationally prescribed messaging.
Shantel Bassanna 30 Nov 2012
At the Smartest Event, held at Wanderers Club, Johannesburg this morning, King James won the Agencies' Agency of the Year (Angy) Award for the second year in succession.
29 Nov 2012
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
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.
On The Dot 28 Nov 2012
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
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.
Tyrone Middleton 27 Nov 2012
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?
John Laurence 27 Nov 2012
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
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.
MANGO-OMC 26 Nov 2012
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.
Crowdinvest 23 Nov 2012
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
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?
Samantha Wright 23 Nov 2012
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.
Maria Berrios-Carter 23 Nov 2012
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
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
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.
Glen Meier 20 Nov 2012
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.
John Laurence 18 Nov 2012
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.
John Laurence 16 Nov 2012