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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 3 days ago

Colin Cullis, product owner for Primedia Broadcasting's talk stations, 702 and CapeTalk.
#BizTrends2018: Radio trends for the year ahead - podcasts, streams and subscriptions

Here are three predictions for what will become more significant for radio broadcasters in 2018: Podcasts, streams and subscriptions...

By Colin Cullis 16 Jan 2018

10 things...
10 things...

Quinton Jones shares ten things clients should expect from their media agency in 2018...

By Quinton Jones 11 Jan 2018

Creative burnout
Creative burnout

Jessica Coombs of Native VML writes how dealing with creative burnout in all of its ugly forms is ultimately down to your company's culture....

By Jessica Coombs 10 Jan 2018

Daniel Munslow, independent communications consultant.
#BizTrends2018: Are you a reputational resilience expert or crisis fodder?

2017 was not a good year for companies handling crises. The number of casualties was alarming. We had our pick of it - from motoring, to beverages, to aviation, and everything in between...

By Daniel Munslow 8 Jan 2018

Omar Essack, CEO of Primedia Broadcasting.
#BizTrends2018: Advertising platform accountability

We live in a world of blurred lines. There are companies that look and feel like cab companies. We love the services they deliver, so we're grateful for them but they claim not to be cab companies...

By Omar Essack 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: A few 'bone shakers' for media in 2018
#BizTrends2018: A few 'bone shakers' for media in 2018

Going into 2018, we need to give the word disruption the respect it deserves...

By Graham Deneys 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Telling the truth is not a lie
#BizTrends2018: Telling the truth is not a lie

Remind the world that responsible journalism in a healthy democracy holds power accountable and delivers the truth at all costs, despite what the architects of hate may say...

By Samantha Page 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Transformation, agency consolidation and real consumer insights
#BizTrends2018: Transformation, agency consolidation and real consumer insights

There is no doubt that there's loads of uncertainty ahead of the coming year. I believe that digital integration, continued agency consolidations, consumer insights and the looming MAC Charter deadline will be recurring themes...

By Kgaugelo Maphai 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Prescriptive data in the digital space, the next big thing
#BizTrends2018: Prescriptive data in the digital space, the next big thing

The recent advances in data analytics and machine learning will see a huge shift in how we use data in 2018...

By Paula Raubenheimer 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Five Predictions for media
#BizTrends2018: Five Predictions for media

The demise of Twitter, consolidation in the media, the false economy of programmatic and other predictions...

By Lisa Macleod 8 Jan 2018

Eyewitness News reporter Gia Nicolaides.
#BizTrends2018: Information overload - finding the 'right' kind of news

If you heard the news today, it's because you chose to. It doesn't mean that you and I have consumed the same news and even if we have, the information and our level of engagement may be different...

By Gia Nicolaides 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: The near future of data fusion
#BizTrends2018: The near future of data fusion

The future of research and particularly media research, will be data fusion as opposed to the traditional single source...

By Peter Langschmidt 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Location strategy's new role in the marketing mix
#BizTrends2018: Location strategy's new role in the marketing mix

The increasing importance of location strategy as a key standalone element of any marketer's brand plans...

By Marc du Plessis 8 Jan 2018

The Spur racist incident. Screenshot,  via YouTube. ©
2017 in review: The heinous horrors that got you angry this year

This year has been a whirlwind of racist exposé after sexist exposé after "How have they been running a business? Holy sh!t" exposé (part 2)...

By Julia Breakey 21 Dec 2017

#StartupStory: TMI Media
#StartupStory: TMI Media

TMI Media was founded by Quinton Jones and Peter Brooke-Sumner, director of TMI (The Media Image), in October 2016 as a joint venture with a fully integrated digital offering, specially focused on data and analytics...

By Jessica Tennant 15 Dec 2017

Trish Gilford, a freelance media strategist working with the OMC.
OMC Road research update reveals how OOH industry has evolved

The OMC's Road measurement system update gives an overview of the methodology used, fieldwork efficiencies and innovation, insight and benchmarks as well as the benefits to media planners, media strategists and advertisers...

By Juanita Pienaar 11 Dec 2017

We don't talk anymore
We don't talk anymore

The ability to communicate - be it face-to-face or in written form - is withering away. And I mourn its imminent demise keenly...

By Janine Lazarus, Issued by Janine Lazarus Media Consultancy 7 Dec 2017

Professor Kaymanthri Moodley, director, Centre for Medical Ethics & Law, Stellenbosch University. Photo: YouTube
#WorldAIDSDay2017: Preying on hope

At the turn of the century, and influenced by his distrust of Western medicine, then-president Thabo Mbeki lost the plot. amid much media coverage, he proclaimed that HIV didn't cause Aids...

By Nicci Botha 1 Dec 2017

Photo: 10:23 campaign
Challenging bad medicine: How to use the media effectively

Here's an interesting factoid for you - 10:23 is the saturation point at which the original substance is so diluted that can no longer be detected in a solution....

By Nicci Botha 30 Nov 2017

The 2017 Digital Salt event.
The future of media

Gustav Goosen elaborates on some of the mobile and data content his team presented at the Digital Salt event which he believes are areas that will have significant influence on the future of media, way beyond what we've seen thus far...

By Gustav Goosen 28 Nov 2017

#Newsmaker: Kriya Gangiah shakes things up
#Newsmaker: Kriya Gangiah shakes things up

'Info-tainment professional' and Jacaranda FM's digital lead, Kriya Gangiah, while still on air for the Saturday Top 20 show, recently left the station's midweek evening drive show to focus her time and energy on some undisclosed opportunities...

By Jessica Tennant 22 Nov 2017

Milosh Kojadinovich ©
TV we got right

There's one thing I've been meaning to write about for a long time - a very long time, in fact - and it has to do with an aspect of our broadcasting talents that I've neglected to thank. Yes, ultimately the SABC (who would have thought...

By Chris Brewer 20 Nov 2017

Image credit: Sebastien Decoret - .
Fake news: Welcome to the Mad Hatter's tea party

Fake news was the topic of one of the sessions at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference that took place recently at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) campus in Johannesburg...

By Danette Breitenbach 20 Nov 2017

#Newsmaker: Justine Cullinan wins Veuve Clicquot Elle Boss Corporate Award
#Newsmaker: Justine Cullinan wins Veuve Clicquot Elle Boss Corporate Award

5FM's station manager Justine Cullinan won the Corporate Award at the Veuve Clicquot Elle Boss Awards on Thursday, 9 November. It was just her and overall winner Amanda Dambuza, founder and director of consulting company Uyandiswa, who took home awards on the night...

By Jessica Tennant 17 Nov 2017

John Sanei
#Newsmaker: Singularity University invites John Sanei to panel

John Sanei, business innovation strategist, trend specialist, futurist and author of South African bestseller What's your moonshot?, has been invited to join Singularity University's panel of global speakers...

By Jessica Tennant 15 Nov 2017

#Newsmaker: Amanda Dambuza named Veuve Clicquot Elle Boss 2017
#Newsmaker: Amanda Dambuza named Veuve Clicquot Elle Boss 2017

This year's deserving recipient of the Veuve Clicquot Elle Boss Award is Amanda Dambuza, founder and director of consulting company Uyandiswa, currently in its fourth year and already employing more than 70 people...

By Jessica Tennant 14 Nov 2017

ABC Q3 2017 results continue declining trend
ABC Q3 2017 results continue declining trend

The Audit Bureau of Circulations of South Africa (ABC) third quarter results released this morning show the continuation of the declining trend seen in Q1 and Q2 of this year, both in the press and magazine categories...

By Danette Breitenbach 8 Nov 2017

Pavel Timofeev © –
Innuendo and the power of the pen

Very sad that Tiso Blackstar is about to close The Times because it remains unprofitable.

By Chris Brewer 6 Nov 2017

#Newsmaker: Buitendach, Singiswa win Sikuvile Journalism Award for presentation of Financial Mail covers
#Newsmaker: Buitendach, Singiswa win Sikuvile Journalism Award for presentation of Financial Mail covers

Sarah Buitendach and Vuyo Singiswa of Tiso Blackstar Group recently won a Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Award in the Presentation category for the 2016 Financial Mail covers they worked on together...

By Jessica Tennant 24 Oct 2017

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