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No, the concepts of "tribalism", "gamification" and "engagement" aren't a promo for the latest computer game, but are in fact the trends that will characterise the way companies and consumers interact in 2013. The branding industry is constantly developing and. while the following trends are evolutions rather than dynamic, short-term changes, we believe there are 10 areas that will define the brandscape over the next year.
By HKLM Exco Team 31 Jan 2013 12:33
As 2013 commences, afro-pessimism seems to cede to afro-optimism. There is a global consensus: Africa is poised for a great future. What will be the impact of Africa's growth on our industry? What will be the major trends of the year? In the business world, predicting the future is a crucial exercise.
By Nandkishor Buty 30 Jan 2013 12:39
No matter how slow off the mark, we have all come to the realisation that, no matter what line of business we are in, drastic measures are needed in order for us to not only increase market share but also to survive. It is not, however, all doom and gloom and for those who are embracing innovation and prepared to experiment with new ideas, a lot of opportunity awaits to reconnect with consumers and rise above the negative economic factors.
By Dave Nemeth 30 Jan 2013 10:44
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
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
Context is king, but knowing what's around the next corner takes a little more than 20/20 vision. To find out what trends, innovations or environmental changes could affect your brand's future in 2013, here's some foresight.
By Oresti Patricios 22 Jan 2013 09:55
NEWSWATCH: Rebecca Davis, writing in Daily Maverick, tries reading The New Age and asks whether it really is pro-ANC. Meanwhile, it appears there's no hassle for MTN after Lord Hoffman cleared the company over the Iran deal, reports Politics Web; mobile provider Turkcell and its subsidiary, East Asian Consortium (EAC), had lodged a claim against MTN.
By Rod Baker 4 Feb 2013 10:14
NEWSWATCH: The row between DA leader Helen Zille and The New Age, regarded by many critics as little more than a government mouthpiece, is hotting up, reports IOL. And to add fuel to the fire, Politics Web reports that the DA is to investigate Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane's reported splurge of almost R700,000 on a business briefing hosted by The New Age.
By Rod Baker 31 Jan 2013 09:52
NEWSWATCH: According to a Mail & Guardian report, The New Age has claimed that the videos of the children used in FNB's "You Can Help" ad campaign were scripted and that the children were paid. In its turn, FNB has accused the New Age of 'lazy' reporting, reports Mail & Guardian
By Rod Baker 30 Jan 2013 07:56
NEWSWATCH: FNB has bounced back following its tiff with the ANC over its recent 'You Can Help' advertising campaign with full-page adverts in a number of national newspapers. The adverts are written to look like poetry, reports iafrica.com.
By Rod Baker 28 Jan 2013 07:03
NEWSWATCH: An ANC delegation is to meet with FNB representatives today at 11am at Luthuli House to discuss First National Bank's 'You Can Help Campaign', reports IOL, which also reports that the Democratic Alliance wants a probe of state adspend in The New Age.
25 Jan 2013 06:34
For years, digital agencies and publishers have tried to sell the value of their medium by attacking traditional media such as television, print and outdoor. These old-fashioned channels are outdated, we are told; they are irrelevant and taking their last breaths of life in a market that is shifting over to digital platforms.
By Melody Maker 25 Jan 2013 04:05
Despite the myth that consumers do not notice advertising anymore, research results in fact show the exact opposite; and what's more, these results also prove print advertising's efficacy, says Ask Afrika's Dr Amelia Richards, client services director for the company.
22 Jan 2013 09:16
NEWSWATCH: 2012 saw news around Marikana, Zumaville, Julius Malema and the school textbook crisis, but the National Press Club decided rhino in South Africa was the 2012 Newsmaker of The Year - and that led to some strident criticism, reports Times Live.
By Rod Baker 21 Jan 2013 06:06
The SA National Editors' Forum (Sanef) says it condemns in the strongest terms the detention of journalists and photographers by Correctional Services officers while on an official visit to the Groenpunt Maximum Security Correctional Centre in the Free State, the site of a violent demonstration by prisoners a week earlier. The parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Correctional Services arranged the official tour of the prison by the media.
19 Jan 2013 10:00
LONDON, UK / BERLIN, GERMANY / PARIS, FRANCE / BRASILIA, BRAZIL: The way in which we keep up with the news has changed greatly over the past decade. How many of us still buy a daily newspaper? Many of us opt to get our news from a variety of online sources.
By Ilse du Plessis 16 Jan 2013 06:29
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
The following is a breakdown of social media marketing trends for 2013.This year I take a look at both external (the youth market) and internal (business marketing efforts) trends that I predict will play a crucial role in further cementing the role of social media marketing in the overall marketing strategies for most brands and businesses seeking to effectively engage the youth market through social media platforms.
By Bradley Maseko 15 Jan 2013 01:02
What an interesting dilemma it was for me moving into publishing almost three years ago. The glossy was HERO and digital was a very, very bad word indeed. But I was excited that, for first time, I could really get to grips with CONTENT. In advertising that's the missing, quintessential link. In order to understand where I am headed here, let me contextualise my thinking by way of illustrating a historical, time-stamped journey of sorts.
By Sue Disler 14 Jan 2013 14:44
Last year was certainly an economic roller-coaster ride. In 2013, marketers will need to look through the uncertainty and make some longer-term plans, as well as choices and decisions, on how they will steer their brands forward. So here are some of the decisions and choices to be made in 2013, in no particular order...
By Darren Woolley 14 Jan 2013 14:14
The seven Awards Categories introduced into last year's PRISM Awards are attracting growing interest from entrants. With a record number of entries expected for the 2013 PRISM Awards and the entry deadline of 25 January looming, organisers are being inundated with queries.
9 Jan 2013 10:15
Journalists are encouraged to enter the seventh annual Taco Kuiper Award, which celebrates outstanding examples of investigative journalism published or broadcast by South African media.
29 Jan 2013 09:12
A newspaper report accusing ministers of being disrespectful towards the media was based on "generalisation" and was unfortunate, the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) said.
22 Jan 2013 09:55
NEWSWATCH: Mail & Guardian reports Caxton has boosted its stake in Times Media Group.
16 Jan 2013 06:24
The SA National Editors' Forum (Sanef) has condemned what it terms "the vicious attack" by striking farmworkers on Cape Times' journalists covering the workers' unprotected strike at De Doorns in the Western Cape on 9 January and has called on the police to arrest the attackers and prosecute them.
11 Jan 2013 07:45
CLEVELAND, US: The 2013 Tabbies Call for Entries is now available at the TABPI website, allowing all b2b editors, publishers and art directors the opportunity to have their best work judged by their peers. The Tabbies, the editorial and design awards program run by Trade, Association and Business Publications International (TABPI), is again partnering with the US's American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE), New Zealand's Magazine Publishers Association (MPA), South Africa's SAFREA, Australia's Society of Editors NSW and the Magazine Publishers Association of South Africa (MPASA).
10 Jan 2013 09:23
During the month of January 2013, the Sunday Times will donate R1.2 million worth of school fee prizes to at least 80 children to cover the costs of the 2013 academic year.
10 Jan 2013 08:21
A man and his son have been arrested in connection with the illegal possession of copies of Sowetan's matric results supplement the night before the official release.
By Katlego Moeng, Crime Reporter 7 Jan 2013 08:08
NEW YORK, US: Millward Brown, a global research agency, expert in helping companies grow great brands, has released its annual top 10 digital and media predictions, highlighting growing trends in the media sector.
7 Jan 2013 06:22
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