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The five faux pas of strategic planning
The five faux pas of strategic planning

Strategy is part science (based on fact) and part art (based on ideas). The result is that there is no one right answer. However, there are some wrong ones, and...

By Sid Peimer 11 Aug 2014 05:10

Lauren Heap
Shifting to the next phase of CRM: Marketing automation

One of the trends that has undoubtedly come to the fore over the past several years is marketing automation, which harnesses both the intelligence and convenience...

By Lauren Heap 30 Jul 2014 14:30

Graeme Wilson
Lead generation tips from the coolest kids in school

After a little playground analysis, we realised that the tactics used by cool kids to make friends aren't that different from the lead generation tactics smart marketers use to find new customers...

By Graeme Wilson 30 Jul 2014 14:00

Gerald Naidoo
Reaching the right customer at the right time

The ability to reach the right customer with the right offer at the right time, through the right channel, would be an incredible competitive differentiator for any business...

By Gerald Naidoo 30 Jul 2014 09:04

Jacques Swanepoel
SMS is a good fit for mobile marketers

Mobile instant messaging is on the rise, rapidly emerging as one of the preferred channels for communication between mobile phone users around the world...

By Jacques Swanepoel 27 Jul 2014 08:17

What should a modern marketing manager be able to do?
What should a modern marketing manager be able to do?

Many marketing people placed in companies are juniors, if they even exist at all - or the role is just not taken seriously at all by anyone internally...

By Chemory Gunko 24 Jul 2014 09:47

Dawn Rowlands
17 things that will make your brand loved, now!

I am constantly asked what makes a brand loved and in today's fast-moving world of inter-connectedness it is essential to have a framework of key points to work from...

By Dawn Rowlands 2 Jul 2014 13:03

Three key factors for achieving social media success
Three key factors for achieving social media success

Outbound marketing is in the intensive care unit, but it has also been certified dead in some quarters.

By Joseph Neusu 12 Jun 2014 14:00

[IMCC] Creativity through hacking
[IMCC] Creativity through hacking

David Moffatt, Managing Director of Hellocomputer, believes that creativity and emotional advertising are keys to integrated marketing, and 'hacking' is one of the doors to creativity.

By Sindy Peters 12 Jun 2014 07:03

The future of marketing
The future of marketing

The term 'marketing' is often thrown around loosely by organisational stakeholders and the general public alike, but what does marketing really mean?

By Marthinus Botha 22 May 2014 14:41

Rate of social, technology change leaves marketing behind
Rate of social, technology change leaves marketing behind

South African marketing and communications professionals need to step up the pace at which they integrate new technologies and social trends into their strategies.

By Diane Charton 20 May 2014 10:05

Jane Stevenson
Serving up tribal strategies

Building reputation goes beyond building brand awareness. It's connected to engagement, sharing, brand ambassadors and, of course, long-term relationships and loyalty.

By Jane Stevenson 15 May 2014 08:49

How to strut your social media content like a pro
How to strut your social media content like a pro

Content is a key driver on social media. Whether you create it yourself, or simply share it, your content needs to be relevant and useful.

By Catherine Milward-Bridges 13 May 2014 08:45

How to write a thrilling newsletter
How to write a thrilling newsletter

The newsletter always had the odds stacked against it. If it's not hard news and it's not a letter what exactly is it? I don't know. But here's five tips to make yours a must-read.

By Hansie Smit 12 May 2014 07:10

Marcus Stephens
Handle your digital data with care and respect

South African publishers and brands that want to experience the best returns from their investments in digital advertising and marketing, must be responsible and ethical in the ways that they use the wealth of consumer data they harvest.

By Marcus Stephens 24 Apr 2014 07:38

Where is your content marketing plan?
Where is your content marketing plan?

In the last few years, content marketing has become a hot topic for brands wanting to fight for their share of audience in the digital realm.

By Athar Naser 8 Apr 2014 06:34

Brand building vs ROI - what should your marketing agency focus on?
Brand building vs ROI - what should your marketing agency focus on?

When I was studying marketing, my lecturer said that one of the best ways to spread brand awareness is through your customers.

By Daryn Smith 31 Mar 2014 06:45

The anatomy of content marketing
The anatomy of content marketing

If you don't know what content means, don't bother looking it up in a dictionary, you may not find the answer you seek.

By Erik de Jager 13 Mar 2014 10:34

Globalisation: Could it be the fall of marketing?
Globalisation: Could it be the fall of marketing?

Acquisition by international firms of South African founded companies is killing marketing in the country. Yes I said it!...well most of them, not all.

By Sanele Mgaga 7 Mar 2014 14:45

Travis Bussiahn
The other 'i' word

Look at them over there. They're leaders in innovation. It's written on their wall in bold typography, on their website in luxurious .gif while their LinkedIn profiles deem them thus as well. They are captains of industry, masters of the future, legends of the letter 'i'.

By Travis Bussiahn 7 Mar 2014 06:40

Word of Mouth will stand the test of time
Word of Mouth will stand the test of time

I recently had a meeting with one of my suppliers who is the owner of a thriving printing business, and when I asked him how business was, he mentioned that despite the difficult economic times, his business has been sustainable through Word of Mouth (WOM) as a form of advertising.

By Tralone Khoza 17 Feb 2014 13:29

Gareth Slaven
What your website marketing approach says about you

There are a myriad of ways to approach your website marketing. Most marketers use a combination of tactics in order to optimise their online presence, but have a preference for one or two channels in particular.

By Gareth Slaven 14 Feb 2014 06:37

Is email marketing in 2014 still relevant?
Is email marketing in 2014 still relevant?

With a global community of email users expanding from 2.4 billion to 2.8 billion by 2017, it's not rocket science to deduce that email marketing is and should still be an important part of the (direct) marketer's arsenal, and the numbers speak for themselves.

By Nick Durrant 12 Feb 2014 07:00

Johan Walters
Tracking customer journeys by following their digital footprints

Thanks to all the data they can collect about their customers across digital touchpoints, brands today can build a powerful understanding of how customers arrive at the decision to buy their products or services.

By Johan Walters, Issued by 25AM 11 Feb 2014 10:53

Rolf Akermann
Trends for 2014: Now what?

It is of utmost importance for us marketers to know the trends and fully understand them. But should we all be following them like sheep?

By Rolf Akermann 7 Feb 2014 06:22

POPI: Your database butt-kick for 2014
POPI: Your database butt-kick for 2014

You've been meaning to do it, last year and the year before ... but in 2014 that untidy customer database may just become a huge liability.

By Kevin Bassett 6 Feb 2014 14:54

Dunja Kartte
The bad image of marketing metrics and how to overcome it

Do you know the financial impact of your marketing activities on your company's bottom-line? What is the impact of a 5% increase in customer satisfaction on your income statement?

By Dunja Kartte 5 Feb 2014 15:04

Travis Bussiahn
Fire your marketing team

If you haven't taken the time to authentically know your audience - not their age or wage or LSM, but their culture and hopes and dreams - then you're probably giving them headache pills for a calcium deficiency. (Video)

By Travis Bussiahn 4 Feb 2014 06:45

Catherine Milward-Bridges
Social media: If you cook it, will they come?

Whether you're an expert or a novice, sticking to the basics when using social media will save you a lot of time and gain you considerable traction, over time.

By Catherine Milward-Bridges 3 Feb 2014 14:30

Tiffany Markman
We need to stop being suckers

I'm sick of people trying to scam other people. I don't mean those poorly punctuated 'Dear Beloved' emails. Nor those irritating Amway-ers who were school friends...

By Tiffany Markman 3 Feb 2014 08:37

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