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#Newsmaker: Tiso Blackstar's Lisa MacLeod, first-ever female VP of Wan-Ifra
#Newsmaker: Tiso Blackstar's Lisa MacLeod, first-ever female VP of Wan-Ifra

Lisa MacLeod, head of digital at Tiso Blackstar Group was recently elected VP of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (Wan-Ifra)...

By Jessica Tennant 28 Jun 2018

Youth might be at risk online with too much data sharing
Youth might be at risk online with too much data sharing

As Youth Month draws to a close, I am concerned about data and the security issues that pertain to it. Where do millennials stand in this era of unlimited data and heightened vulnerability?

By Manie van Schalkwyk 27 Jun 2018

Motheo Matsau, chief sales and marketing officer at Ster-Kinekor © .
#CannesLions2018: The CMO is the new CEO

Ann Nurock interviews Motheo Matsau, chief sales and marketing officer at Ster-Kinekor, asking him how important the partnership with Cannes Lions is for the cinema company and what he thought of this year's entries and winning work...

By Ann Nurock 27 Jun 2018

Closed Cannes
Closed Cannes

A week of sojourning in the French summer has drawn to a close. Cannes 2018 was different for everyone, that much is clear...

By Jarred Cinman 26 Jun 2018

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#OrchidsandOnions: Fly, the beloved country... high above the "vapour research"

These days, when you leave the toxic atmosphere of Twitter (and I am forced to lurk there as part of my job as a newsman), you feel as though you should have a chemical decontamination shower, so vile is some of the anger and hatred...

By Brendan Seery 26 Jun 2018

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The startling numbers behind Africa's Wikipedia knowledge gaps

Wikipedia is one of the internet's most trafficked websites. We've likely all visited it at least once, and spent countless nights travelling through informational rabbit holes...

By Andy Walker 26 Jun 2018

#YouthMonth: "The word 'advertising' frustrates me" - Adam Byars
#YouthMonth: "The word 'advertising' frustrates me" - Adam Byars

Adam Byars, co-MD and partner at Grid Worldwide, who recently took part in a panel discussion at the Sunday Times Generation Next conference, tells us about the good work HDI is doing in the youth marketing space and that even the best marketers can learn something from its Junior Board of Directors...

By Jessica Tennant 26 Jun 2018

#YouthMonth: The superpower that enables you to design the future
#YouthMonth: The superpower that enables you to design the future

WeThinkCode_ is a network of tech institutions dedicated to deliver Africa's human potential and meet the demand for software engineering skills...

By Ilse van den Berg 26 Jun 2018

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: A cauldron of frogs
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: A cauldron of frogs

It's been exactly 12 months since I relocated to Malta so it was sobering to see, during my recent return to South Africa, what had changed in the year that I was away...

By Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster 22 Jun 2018

Is Foogle the enemy?
Is Foogle the enemy?

Facebook and Google are the biggest media owners in almost every market across the globe and they seem to be heading for world domination, says Richard Lord. But, is that so bad?...

By Richard Lord 22 Jun 2018

Photo by Tim Gouw on Unsplash.
Marketing fragmentation: A cross-device world

Ellen De Matos Silva, shares her thoughts on fragmentation in marketing and how online users are becoming increasingly comfortable with a cross-device messaging world...

By Ellen De Matos Silva 22 Jun 2018

Bongani Chinkanda
Marketing to the next generation at the speed of culture

Bongani Chinkanda, CEO of HDI Youth Marketeers, the agency that conducts the research for the Sunday Times Generation Next study, released last week, provided an overview at the conference, which took place on Thursday, 14 June at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg...

By Jessica Tennant 22 Jun 2018

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#CannesLions2018: The Art of Branded Entertainment according to VML's Xenopoulos

As part of the 2017 Cannes Lions Branded Entertainment jury, Jason Xenopoulos, VML global chief vision officer and EMEA CCO, collaborated with the jury to write a book called The Art of Branded Entertainment, which was launched just one year later at Cannes Lions 2018 on Tuesday, 19 June...

By Jessica Tennant 22 Jun 2018

#Newsmaker: David Uribe, TBWA's data director for Africa, Middle East
#Newsmaker: David Uribe, TBWA's data director for Africa, Middle East

David Uribe, TBWA\Worldwide's regional data director for Africa and the Middle East, tells us that it took "lots of studying, trying, failing and repeating" to get to where he is today...

By Jessica Tennant, Issued by TBWA 21 Jun 2018

#CannesLions2018: CNN bringing branded content to Cannes
#CannesLions2018: CNN bringing branded content to Cannes

Ann Nurock interviews James Hunt, vice president of CNN Create, who talks to her about why CNN is increasing its presence at Cannes, elaborates on what type of clients CNN produces content for and what the importance of Africa is to CNN...

By Ann Nurock 21 Jun 2018

Behind the scenes of Bouwer Bosch comedy Thys & Trix
Behind the scenes of Bouwer Bosch comedy Thys & Trix

Daniel Dercksen talks with the creative team behind the hilarious action comedy Thys & Trix: writer-director Quentin C. Krog, screenwriter Frannie Van Der Walt, and actors/husband-and-wife team Leandie du Randt Bosch and Bouwer Bosch.

By Daniel Dercksen 20 Jun 2018

Social media for financial services: all the good and none of the bad
Social media for financial services: all the good and none of the bad

Social media is an excellent marketing tool, but in the wrong hands, it can also be severely damaging...

By linda graham 20 Jun 2018

Julian Boulding, president of thentworkone at the 2017 Indie Summit. Screengrab from thenetworkone channel on .
#CannesLions2018: A view on the agility and innovation of independent agencies

Ann Nurock interviews Julian Boulding, president and founder of thenetworkone at Cannes Lions 2018...

By Ann Nurock 20 Jun 2018

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#OrchidsandOnions: The boozy road not taken... and lies, damned lies and surveys

Hangovers, they say, are God's way of telling you to lay off the booze. And, anyone who has had one will know the "why did I do it?" feeling of remorse...

By Brendan Seery 19 Jun 2018

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'Okay Marcel, make me an ad': AI's role in the future of marketing

Publicis recently announced the launch of its bespoke artificial intelligence (AI) platform, Marcel. The platform was Publicis' major focus for the best part of the year and saw it pull out of all industry awards and events until it was complete...

By Shaune Jordaan 19 Jun 2018

Customer experience: you're most probably doing it wrong
Customer experience: you're most probably doing it wrong

Gone are the days of customer service consisting of treating buyers with common courtesy. Customer service has been disrupted by an expectation of a total customer experience that is dictated by the customer, not company policies...

By Juanita Vorster 19 Jun 2018

Brandon Kynoch
#YouthMonth: This 16-year-old developer is dominating the gaming industry

16-year-old self-taught game developer, Brandon Kynoch, is dominating the gaming industry with the App Store having chosen his game, Torus., as its 'Game of the Day' in 137 App Stores worldwide...

By Ilse van den Berg 19 Jun 2018

Using the speed of sound
Using the speed of sound

Did you know: the human brain processes sound at a higher speed than any of its other senses, making it a great tool to connect audiences with content and their emotions...

By Andreas Furtner 18 Jun 2018

Data protection in South Africa - Sleep a little easier
Data protection in South Africa - Sleep a little easier

Many facets of the digital ecosystem are complex and fragmented but, as the opaque and largely unverified world of data collection comes under scrutiny and the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) come into force in Europe, ignoring a data's source is no longer an option...

By Nick Bester 18 Jun 2018

Does your brand matter?
Does your brand matter?

More and more brands are finding it difficult to trade in this ever-changing and difficult market we find ourselves in. The biggest challenge is remaining relevant to a core target market...

By Jedd Cokayne 18 Jun 2018

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#YouthMonth: Yenani Madikwa is Cannes FCBSocialEye for 2018

Jessica Tennant interviews Yenani Madikwa, copywriter at FCB Africa, on winning this year's global Cannes FCBSocialEYE and how we can keep an eye on her this week...

By Jessica Tennant 18 Jun 2018

Jonathan Liebmann, founder and CEO of Propertuity. Image supplied.
Urban renewal: The physical manifestation of innovative thinking

A powerful lesson in how to turn vision into reality...

By Gil Sperling 15 Jun 2018

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: The propaganda of optimism
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: The propaganda of optimism

If South Africa is reality, then Malta is wonderland. Or vice versa, as I've discovered on a visit back to the old country...

By Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster 15 Jun 2018

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Robbie Williams (and his World Cup middle finger) spikes Google Search traffic

If you were expecting Will Smith to open the 2018 World Cup in Russia this evening, don't worry, we were, too...

By Andy Walker 15 Jun 2018

Black Friday: Sow now, reap later
Black Friday: Sow now, reap later

There's no doubt that Black Friday (and the subsequent Cyber Monday) has firmly embedded itself as part of the local sales cycle. With the annual shopping frenzy only due in November, it does not mean that marketers should not be preparing already...

By Grant Fleming 15 Jun 2018

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