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WhatsApp launches business app
WhatsApp launches business app

NEWSWATCH: WhatsApp has launched WhatsApp Business - a free-to-download Android app for small businesses which allows them to chat with users...

By Ilse van den Berg 2 days ago

Team Black Bean Productions.
#LoeriesRanking with... Black Bean Productions

What better way to creatively ease into the working year than with a reminder of some of last year's top contenders at the Loeries? We continue the local insights with Black Bean Productions...

By Leigh Andrews 2 days ago

iDidTht releases Craft Awards Rankings 2017
iDidTht releases Craft Awards Rankings 2017

iDidTht has released its Craft Awards Rankings for 2017, celebrating the best craft of the year by production companies in SA...

2 days ago

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Has the digital era changed the luxury game for good?

The digital age poses challenges for all brands in every sector, and yet for the luxury market, the conundrum is a particularly tricky one...

By Megan Bowman 2 days ago

The village of Zejtun lies in the south of the island of Malta | Mark Leach
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: The culture of connection

Valletta, the baroque cityscape on the island fortress of Malta, is making global headlines this month - indeed this year - as it assumes the mantle of European Capital of Culture 2018. Last year, after having fallen in love with this little corner of the Mediterranean, I relocated to the archipelago for a sabbatical to take a front row seat for the programme of the next 12 months...

By Marcus 'The Maltese Falcon' Brewster 2 days ago

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In-the-moment-marketing: The lucrative hunting grounds for hoteliers

Let's face it. Traditional marketing methods are increasingly becoming obsolete at the speed of the internet revolution. On the other hand, smart technologies are creating immense opportunities that hotel brands can leverage for more cost-efficient guest acquisition...

By Joseph Neusu 2 days ago

iDidTht.com Craft Awards December 2017: Yet another visual spectacular for Absolut
iDidTht.com Craft Awards December 2017: Yet another visual spectacular for Absolut

IDidTht's December SA Film Reel Monthly Craft Awards were judged by Cameron Watson, creative director at King James, who selected Absolut's 'One Source Live - Africa on Fire' by Sunu from Egg Films for Best of Reel for Direction Craft...

2 days ago

Top five trends for convenience retail in 2018
Top five trends for convenience retail in 2018

According to Joe Boyle, director at FreshStop, these are the trends that will continue to strategically shape the future of convenience retailing...

2 days ago

Brendah Nyakudya-Dandala, founder of Content Candy.
Content Candy expands to Zimbabwe

South African digital and content marketing studio, Content Candy, is expanding its operations to Zimbabwe...

2 days ago

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Facebook, Twitter, YouTube pressed over terror content

WASHINGTON - Terrorists and hate groups continue to get their propaganda onto social media platforms despite efforts by Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to shut them down, a US Senate panel heard on Wednesday...

2 days ago

Facebook agrees to widen probe of Brexit vote fake news
Facebook agrees to widen probe of Brexit vote fake news

LONDON - British lawmakers probing possible Russian interference in the Brexit referendum revealed on Wednesday that Facebook had agreed to broaden its own investigation into fake news around the vote, after the social media platform's initial efforts drew criticism...

2 days ago

ADC Advertising, Interactive and Motion/Film Craft juries announced
ADC Advertising, Interactive and Motion/Film Craft juries announced

NEW YORK - The One Club for Creativity today announced full juries for the Advertising, Interactive and Motion/Film Craft categories of the ADC 97th Annual Awards...

3 days ago

Body positive movement a significant trend for ladieswear in 2018
Body positive movement a significant trend for ladieswear in 2018

We recently saw a global clothing retailer unwittingly become the target of consumer fury locally, as a result of their sizing...

3 days ago

Entries open for first African edition of Ciclope
Entries open for first African edition of Ciclope

Ciclope, an international festival that recognises and rewards exceptional craft in moving image, is coming to Cape Town this year in its first ever Africa regional leg, shining a light on production excellence across the continent...

3 days ago

Putting money where the mouth is - sugar, public health and the advertising industry
Putting money where the mouth is - sugar, public health and the advertising industry

Changing behaviour is difficult - particularly amidst million-dollar advertising onslaughts...

By Deborah Minors 3 days ago

The competitive edge: Why an effective PR strategy is a must for the hospitality industry
The competitive edge: Why an effective PR strategy is a must for the hospitality industry

The hotel industry is a highly competitive field, so it is no surprise that an effective PR strategy is paramount to enabling long-term, sustained messaging to keep your establishment top of mind...

3 days ago

Kenya's Nailab selects 15 startups for Make-IT accelerator
Kenya's Nailab selects 15 startups for Make-IT accelerator

Kenyan incubator Nailab has announced the 15 startups that will take part in its Make-IT accelerator programme, designed to strengthen entrepreneurs' skills for scaling their businesses...

By Tom Jackson 3 days ago

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What the Zuck? How to adjust your digital marketing strategy after Facebook's announcement

The shockwaves of Mark Zuckerberg's recent announcement regarding the impending change to Facebook's algorithm reverberated across the world...

By Shelley Finch 17 Jan 2018

ODA Advertising joins Magnet Global Network
ODA Advertising joins Magnet Global Network

Magnet Global Network has expanded its geographic reach and capabilities with the addition of ODA Advertising, a 26-year-old creative advertising agency based in Durban, KZN...

17 Jan 2018

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YouTube toughens rules regarding which videos get ads

SAN FRANCISCO - YouTube on Tuesday announced ramped-up rules regarding when it will run ads with videos as it scrambled to quell concerns by brands about being paired with troublesome content...

17 Jan 2018

IAB SA announces Bookmarks 2018 jury president, chairs
IAB SA announces Bookmarks 2018 jury president, chairs

The IAB SA today announced M&C Saatchi Abel chairman Jerry Mpufane as jury president as well as the jury chairs for the 10th annual Bookmark Awards taking place 1 March in Johannesburg...

17 Jan 2018

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Maybe we should try 'fun' this year

Last year was a very serious year. People were very serious. They were serious about where advertising is going...

By Damon Stapleton 17 Jan 2018

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How corporate SA can transition towards customer centricity and embrace the global paradigm

If your company is not thinking about embracing the global paradigm towards customer centricity, you should spend your remaining profits building a time machine to review the moments that lead to your demise...

By Matthew Westaway 17 Jan 2018

#BehindtheSelfie with... Nkanyezi Masango
#BehindtheSelfie with... Nkanyezi Masango

This week, we go behind the selfie with Nkanyezi Masango, creative director at King James Group...

By Leigh Andrews 17 Jan 2018

Nic Simmonds
Take a shot and keep up, or die

Its goal to become the best advertising and communications agency in Africa in the next five years may sound crazy, but considering the last five years, Nic Simmonds, Clockwork Media's executive director, believes they have a shot...

By Danette Breitenbach 17 Jan 2018

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Daily Mail returns to Virgin Trains after outcry

LONDON, UK: Virgin boss Richard Branson on Monday said he would resume offering the right-wing tabloid the Daily Mail on his trains after a decision not to stock them sparked accusations of censorship last week...

17 Jan 2018

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#OrchidsandOnions: Lesbians at the dinner table? Who cares? We're more worried about our taxpayer cash being squandered

I just wonder if South Africans are not more liberal and "let and let live" than a lot of people - and advertising agencies - give them credit for...

By Brendan Seery 17 Jan 2018

Investment into African tech startups hit record high in 2017
Investment into African tech startups hit record high in 2017

Investment into African tech startups hit the highest levels since records began in 2017, with 159 startups raising in excess of $195 million...

17 Jan 2018

Legal defence fund set up for Jacques Pauw over The President's Keepers
Legal defence fund set up for Jacques Pauw over The President's Keepers

On Monday, Media Monitoring Africa announced a "legal defence fund" for journalist and author Jacques Pauw to fight legal challenges over his explosive 2017 book, The President's Keepers.

By Khulekani Magubane 16 Jan 2018

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