Is Africa the Dark Continent when it comes to the advertising industry? On the contrary, says Alan Edgar, Regional Creative Director, Ogilvy Africa and one of regional judges for African and Middle Eastern categories at this year's Loeries. It's alive and vibrant, but in dire need of world-class tertiary training institutions to tap into that potential.
Staff Reporter 21 Sep 2013
Aegis Media were asked to do a campaign for Baileys, a Diageo brand, in both Nigeria and Kenya, and 72 hours later had a creative concept and execution plan that fully answered and met the client's brief and saw three of their network brands - Posterscope, Isobar and Carat working as one integrated unit.
9 Jul 2013
Loerie entries are now open, and those that get their work in by 15 April 2013; get 10% off their entry fee. The final deadline for entries is 31 May and agencies or marketers throughout Africa and the Middle East can enter their work.
4 Apr 2013
The year 2013 for most brands, especially the ones coping with saturated markets in developed countries, will be a decisive one. Incorporating Africa into their corporate brand strategy, if they haven't done so, will be the better part of valour, so to speak.
Obaika Consulting Team 31 Jan 2013
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.
HKLM Exco Team 31 Jan 2013
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.
Nandkishor Buty 30 Jan 2013
Many companies talk about expanding into Africa. It's the next obvious frontier. However, it would be wrong to assume that a week's visit to Nigeria for example, with a population of over 160 million and 350 ethnic groups with twelve languages, will give you a true understanding of how to operate your brand in that market.
Nonye Mpho Omotola 8 Nov 2012
MetropolitanRepublic, a newcomer in Uganda's advertising industry became the first local agency to win an award at this year's Loeries in September. MetropolitanRepublic won bronze for their 2012 MTN Uganda campaign, titled David Dumba, which was aimed at promoting SIM card registration in the country. Alex Rukundo, the managing director MRU speaks about the award and the value that intimacy brings to advertising business.
Walter Wafula 15 Oct 2012
Many companies in Africa are embracing social media to reach their online customers like elsewhere in the world. Moses Serugo, an arts journalist, social media marketer and proprietor of Kampalaone.com spoke to Bizcommunity about the benefits of social media marketing in Uganda.
Walter Wafula 12 Jul 2012
Email marketing puts the ability to connect with potential and existing customers at the touch of a button. Despite this simplicity, however, deciding how to approach and manage the process of email marketing can still be a challenge for businesses looking to leverage the channel to communicate competently and achieve a high return on investment.
Wikus Engelbrecht 18 Jun 2012
Samsung Electronics, the long-time supporter of African football, is rallying fans across the continent to show their passion for the game by launching a series of interactive live and online events for fans to gather and share the excitement of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations 2012, taking place in Gabon-Equatorial Guinea.
31 Jan 2012
AccessKenya Group, a corporate internet solutions and IT services provider has realigned its marketing strategies to increase interactivity with youthful internet users through targeted media campaigns in a bid to encourage fixed-price internet connectivity and increase the number of customers in the next financial year.
Carole Kimutai: @CaroleKimutai 15 Nov 2011
After entering into a distributor agreement with Kenya-based Ramco Printing Works Ltd, Z-Card Africa, Middle East, India and Turkey (ZAMI) launched Z-Card Kenya as its PocketMedia hub for East Africa on Tuesday 11 October 2011.
13 Oct 2011
Bizcommunity.com has now expanded its operations into 16 new sectors and will soon venture into another 17, providing a whole new range of target audiences for advertisers. The most critical aspect of this is the quality of content and this is a formal invitation to you to become a recognised contributor on Bizcommunity.
Bizcommunity.com 3 Oct 2011
Bizcommunity.com - South Africa's largest online B2B publisher - is set to grow even more with the introduction of 16 new content channels, with weekly newsletters, as from last week Tuesday, 20 September 2011.
Bizcommunity.com 20 Sep 2011
In a strategic bid to further enhance awareness on the distinct Kenyan tea attributes in the international markets, the Tea Board of Kenya (TBK) has retained Phipps PR, a food and drinks public relations agency to handle its publicity brief in the United Kingdom.
Carole Kimutai 10 Aug 2011
The sixth Maputo International Advertising Festival will take place from 25-27 May 2011, AMEP - the Mozambican Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations Association announced yesterday. The festival recognises advertising agencies, producers and communications companies worldwide especially from Africa and the Indian Ocean regions.
23 Feb 2011
So what we can expect to see in 2011? The industry is always changing and new trends are constantly developing and therefore it is crucial to keep the following top of mind.
Adene van der Walt 18 Jan 2011
The recent global recession has changed our world forever. In a new digital age, characterised by oversupply and too many product types in almost every market, the challenge for companies will be to locate and capture pools of high-profit demand and be able to move with speed and flexibility to take advantage of them. Here are 11 trends for 2011.
Gisele Wertheim Aymes 18 Jan 2011
If 2010 could be summed up as soccer, vuvuzelas and national pride, 2011 will be all about the hard work of restoring the economy to sustainable growth, paying attention to environmental concerns and mastering the technologies that are changing the world. Here are a few trends to watch in 2011.
Janice Spark 17 Jan 2011
Who is Jabulani the Octopus? When did it last snow on Table Mountain? What does a kudu sound like when it is dying? Why should we care about Australopithecus sediba? What happens when a whale jumps on your boat? And what in the world does any of this have to do with online destination marketing?
Tara Turkington 25 Oct 2010
While there can be many ways of analysing any competition, this year the Loeries has introduced official winners rankings which aim to be a transparent mechanism for reporting the outcome of the awards. With the release of the printed Loeries annual, additional rankings will be published, including top 10 tables for all the individual credits, eg ECD, illustrator, writer and director, as well as post production/VFX, etc.
4 Oct 2010
Four Grands Prix were handed out this past weekend at the 32nd annual The Loerie Awards, held for the second time at Good Hope Centre in Cape Town: King James once again in TV & Cinema Commercials for Allan Gray's 'Legend'; the VWV Group in Experiential: Live Events for the 2010 FIFA World Cup closing ceremony; Boogerman+ Partners Architects in Architecture & Interior Design for Soccer City aka FNB Stadium aka National Stadium; and Grid Worldwide Branding and Tonic Design in Design Mixed-Media Campaign for the Comair/British Airways SLOW Lounge.
4 Oct 2010
Japanese online car dealers are becoming more aggressive in selling off their cars to people in Uganda, in the wake of the economic crisis. The most aggressive marketers include; Japan Auto Trade, Click n Buy and Pick n Buy24.
Walter Wafula 13 May 2009
Globally-renowned integrated marketing communications expert, Mike Walsh is in Kenya for a week long mentorship visit. Walsh, former CEO of Ogilvy & Mather (O&M) Europe and chairman of Ogilvy United Kingdom is an Ogilvy worldwide ambassador.
Carole Kimutai 22 Sep 2008