The world is more interdependent and interconnected than ever before. Technology is ensuring the free flow of ideas, information and energy; creative co-operation and influence; and is bringing change across the globe that is happening at an unprecedented and accelerated rate.
By Gisele Wertheim Aymes 25 Jan 2013 12:59
South Africa is a complicated place - each year outdoes the last in the 'magnitude of change' stakes. And we just know this year will deliver even more surprises. Nonetheless, important trends appeared across the brandscape during 2012. Here I explore the key brand moments of the year just passed, and take a peek at what might be ahead.
By Janice Spark 25 Jan 2013 12:24
There are several key trends that will present themselves in 2013. From m-payments to HIV/AIDS prevention, emerging markets are leading the way when it comes to innovative uses of mobile technology. Marketers, too, are seeing their roles and responsibilities expand.
By Dr KF Lai 25 Jan 2013 10:57
At the end of 2012, it's the perfect time for reflection - and at DQ&A Media Group, that means thinking about how strategies took shape, how tactics and techniques were adapted, and of course, how successful they all were. Andries de Jonge, Publisher Consultant and co-owner of DQ&A Media Group, shares his thoughts on 2013...
The following are my thoughts on trends that will emerge in the retail and shopper marketing space in South Africa.
By Bernard Matlhaga 24 Jan 2013 12:54
So here we are in 2013 - the Mayan trend predictions for 2012 having spectacularly failed to materialise, leaving some of us with hangovers and debt that we had secretly hoped would be wiped clean in a Mayan-flavoured apocalypse. Now is the time for us to look into our crystal balls, and see if we can get our predictions for media and advertising regulation a bit more spot-on than the poor Mayans did.
By Gail Schimmel 24 Jan 2013 12:05
A transformation is in motion amongst shoppers and retailers country-wide. Consumers are becoming more discerning and demanding, and retailers and manufacturers are under pressure to innovate, offer quality and savings - all in one eco-friendly package! Here are some interesting trends for the retail sector that I've identified for 2013.
By Gareth Pearson 23 Jan 2013 12:48
SoLoMo: the glorious intersection of social, location and mobile that was going to superpower hyperlocal search and prove to be the holy grail, allowing retailers and other businesses to attract an army of smartphone-wielding customers. Pretty exciting stuff, especially during an economic downturn, right? In my opinion, quite the contrary.
By Vanessa Clark 23 Jan 2013 11:54
As we gaily simulate horse-riding while singing in Korean, the eyes of judgment fall upon us for clinging to the relics of yesteryear. Don't allow yourself to get caught doing last years' exercises or wearing scrubs that are "Soooo 2012", oh my readers. This year, you're going to be ahead of the curve and I'm going to help you do just that. Presenting the health trends of 2013...
By Chamendran Naidoo 23 Jan 2013 11:48
A fistful of mobile companies have come and gone during 2012. The next generation of startups is ready to hit the mobile industry with a host of new services of which most will, at best, either slither into mediocrity or just plain fail due to a lack of funding and media agency support. Breaking new ground is not easy; breaking new media ground that translates into profit is even more difficult.
By Petros Kondos 23 Jan 2013 11:27
There's a transformational shift happening and it's picking up pace in the New Year. Business and its far-reaching (some might say overreaching) arm, advertising, are becoming more responsible, more caring and more sustainable.
By Thomas Kolster 22 Jan 2013 10:53
Making predictions in a world that moves as quickly as the one we live in today is brave and perhaps even a little foolish. But based on the way the world evolved last year, here are a few trends I expect to play out in 2013 and beyond.
The year ahead is unlikely to see any fantastical new developments in direct marketing; in fact, it's more likely to be characterised by the maturing of existing technologies and a return to more traditional practices.
By Warren Moss 22 Jan 2013 10:16
As the world economy limps to recovery, Africa is increasingly becoming more important and on everyone's agenda. Here, I take a look at what is required to formulate Afro-centric marketing strategies that can succeed and this is what we can expect in 2013.
By Gerry Costa 21 Jan 2013 12:37
In 2012, brands asked some pertinent and challenging questions pertaining to influencer outreach and seeding their products. Insights gained both as a delegate and a speaker at a number of enlightening conferences over the past year have led me to the following observations about what brands want and how Africa's youth prefer to be communicated with - from a marketing and advertising perspective.
By Mongezi Mtati 21 Jan 2013 11:49
Radio has always baffled media futurologists, effortlessly bouncing back from perceived 'threats' such as recession right through to technological revolution - something consistently touted by 'radio assassins' as the next to bring about the demise of the medium. Bucking the trend, year-on-year growth as an industry remains at a steady increase and this demonstrates its enduring relevance.
By Matona Sakupwanya 21 Jan 2013 11:40
Find out more about the current of the South African e-commerce environment and the trends in online shopping over the past decade by listening to the podcast of last week's Biz Takeouts Marketing & Media radio show, which airs every Thursday from 5-6pm streamed live via 2oceansVibe Radio. [twitterfall]
21 Jan 2013 09:28
Increasingly, people are valuing intangibles benefits of a job over the bottom-line salary. 2013 will be the year where recruitment and talent retention are governed by the environment and not simply the pay check.
By Greg Schneider 18 Jan 2013 11:37
I'm quite new to education, but completely immersed and have much to say. I thought I'd focus my crystal ball on a broad range of education industry issues, and wanted to avoid at all costs penning another "Have you heard about Khan Academy?" piece, (But now that that's done)...
By Josh Adler 18 Jan 2013 10:58
How are P&G and Unilever differentiated? Does the Coca-Cola Company want to be known for obesity or health? Will supermarket brands be strengthened or weakened by their supply chains? The perfect storm of social media, continuing social unrest, concerns over the economy and environment will batter brands that are not resilient and adaptive, while shaking established ad agencies to their foundations.
By Mike Freedman 17 Jan 2013 14:04
It seems we are at a point where technology advances so quickly, it is almost unsettling. Of course, it is a matter of perception but, for what it is worth, my subjective experience over the past five years has been one where a disturbingly high number of 'impossibles' have suddenly become 'possible'.
By Craig Kolb 17 Jan 2013 13:28
The first Biz Takeouts Marketing & Media radio show of 2013 kicks off tonight, Thursday, 17 January 2013, streamed live from 5pm-6pm via 2oceansVibe Radio. We will look at the state of e-commerce in South Africa with studio guest and CEO of Loot.co.za, Gary Hadfield. [twitterfall]
17 Jan 2013 12:15
Belatedly, sales - long the corporate stepchild - is emerging not only as a topic worthy of academic and executive attention but also as the business function where substantive improvement is not only doable but also capable of delivering extremely attractive improvements in shareholder returns.
By Peter Gilbert 17 Jan 2013 12:10
Improvements in the way SMS is billed for, efficient spam deterrents, evolving technology capabilities and better handling of subscriptions services lay the foundation for another exciting year for SMS as a business communication channel.
By Dr Pieter Streicher 17 Jan 2013 06:06
Looking back at the internal communication landscape in South Africa over the past year, and the trends that we are implementing in dozens of companies across Africa, here are some of the highlights of what can be expected in this specialised discipline in 2013.
By Daniel Munslow 16 Jan 2013 10:59
In reviewing the past few years from an events perspective, I'm tempted to ask: "Where did all the fun go?" As both the South African and the international events industries have grown, developed, matured and become increasingly competitive - all within the context of the global economic crisis - I might be forgiven for thinking that the game plan has changed.
By Karen Ashwin 16 Jan 2013 10:40
Here's my list of old 'new' language rules for 2013: things that have evolved over the last few years, things pro writers are using in certain contexts and things you will see more and more in today's writing, now that you know what to look for. [Please note: the listed items are to be used only in light of the mini-disclaimer at the bottom.]
By Tiffany Markman 15 Jan 2013 12:05