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Today, gatekeepers make the worst brand builders
Today, gatekeepers make the worst brand builders

One of the many benefits of working for an advertising agency is that I get to experience working with numerous and diverse businesses. During my interactions one thing is very clear - to create consistency in the mind of the consumer, one needs a single, definable brand expression...

By Mike Jones 10 Apr 2017

Why the exhibition industry ISN'T dying - and never will!
Why the exhibition industry ISN'T dying - and never will!

Justin Hawes, MD of exhibition, events and retail display company, Scan Display...

By Justin Hawes 7 Apr 2017

Burgers, breakfasts and beyond with McDonald's SA
Burgers, breakfasts and beyond with McDonald's SA

McDonald's South Africa serves over a million breakfasts every month, meaning that its recent National Breakfast Day promotion...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 6 Apr 2017

#BrandManagerMonth: Building a whiskey brand that's #3xBetter
#BrandManagerMonth: Building a whiskey brand that's #3xBetter

The export numbers for Irish whiskey are predicted to double to 12 million cases by 2020, with Africa seen as a key growth market for the category...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 27 Mar 2017

Jade Kirkel
#BrandManagerMonth: How Sorbet's Jade Kirkel sells a feeling

Here, Jade Kirkel, brand manager of Sorbet Group, and daughter of founder Ian Fuhr, shares her perspective on working for your dad, being a mother of three and staying in the job market, and why to stop trying to make everything balance all the time...

By Jessica Tennant 24 Mar 2017

#SeamlessAfrica: Tackling the omnichannel retail reality
#SeamlessAfrica: Tackling the omnichannel retail reality

‘Omnichannel' is not merely a business buzzword, it's the new retail reality. Amanda Herson, e-commerce director for the Cape Union Mart Group, shared her thoughts...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 20 Mar 2017

#SeamlessAfrica: A masterclass in millennial engagement and retention
#SeamlessAfrica: A masterclass in millennial engagement and retention

Millennials are known to be tech-savvy, socially engaged, have zero tolerance for delays and are always on the go...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 17 Mar 2017

Having a story to tell helps your commodity become a brand
Having a story to tell helps your commodity become a brand

It is not enough to be a great farmer nowadays. You also need to be a great marketer and learning to think about yourself, those that work for you and what you produce in the way that a journalist would...

By Brian Berkman 7 Mar 2017

#eComConfex: Become digitally intelligent, or go home
#eComConfex: Become digitally intelligent, or go home

If your business does not have digital intelligence at its core by 2020 you may as well go home. This is according to James McCormick...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 3 Mar 2017

#eComConfex: A crash course in cross-border e-commerce
#eComConfex: A crash course in cross-border e-commerce

As the CEO of the continent's largest online shopping platform, Nigeria-born Chris Folayan knows a thing or two about creating online experiences...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 27 Feb 2017

Ambiente: Feedback from Frankfurt
Ambiente: Feedback from Frankfurt

Ambiente is one of the leading trade fairs showcasing design across dining, giving and living…

By Dave Nemeth 13 Feb 2017

Trade mark registration: Truworths no longer has "the look"
Trade mark registration: Truworths no longer has "the look"

Ackermans has recently been successful in a precedent setting trade mark dispute against Truworths which was heard by the Supreme Court of Appeal. The trade mark at the centre of the dispute was “THE LOOK”...

By Janine Hollesen 16 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: The shift from the experience economy to the transformation economy
#BizTrends2017: The shift from the experience economy to the transformation economy

The world is in a silent revolution. Global consciousness is growing. Passion for mindless luxury is waning. Consumers are increasingly mindful of not only what their chosen product gives them, but how it makes them feel...

By Claudia Roth 11 Jan 2017

How to prevent ads from killing your website
How to prevent ads from killing your website

We've all seen it and we've all hated it. Your webpage begins to load and then, right in mid-load it stalls out. It's not just a brief hiccup, you stare at half a page for an eternity while an ad loads. Get past that ad and then the next one starts...

By Sven Hammar 12 Dec 2016

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Understanding mass personalisation and why your brand needs it

Mass personalisation is not just a buzzword or international trend making waves overseas. It's here and already making its presence felt in the local consumer market. Here's what you need to know...

By Gareth Pearson 8 Dec 2016

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How to deliver the only exceptional value shoppers want these December holidays

The highly competitive December holiday marketing has no place for the pliant and weak marketers. It is a war room affair...

By Bandile Ndzishe 8 Dec 2016

The Russell Hobbs Rush.
Russell Hobbs Rush: Make a dash for it!

By the time December sneaks up on us, the average consumer is on the verge of Festive Fatigue. Branded content becomes white noise, and shelf liners and POS collateral of all shapes and sizes morphs into a solitary red blur of a fat man in a suit with a jolly grin, sans differentiation...

By Mike Sharman 8 Dec 2016

How to use real-time analytics to capatalise on the festive shopping season
How to use real-time analytics to capatalise on the festive shopping season

Christmas is getting earlier and earlier every year and nothing symbolises the start of the Christmas shopping season better than Black Friday. While most of us are not that diligent, according to a recent survey, a growing number of consumers are beginning to start holiday shopping earlier every year, so how can we utilise consumer behaviour to be best prepared?

By Pieter Engelbrecht 1 Dec 2016

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How to keep customers from abandoning your shopping cart

On average customers abandon items in their online shopping carts 69% of the time (an average from 34 different e-commerce studies). This is a shocking figure. The pessimist sees this as a failure to convert customers, but the optimist sees this as an opportunity to make more sales...

By Sven Hammar 30 Nov 2016

'Yule' struggle without solid Christmas sales
'Yule' struggle without solid Christmas sales

Mid-year seems a little early for Christmas planning, but retailers hoping to put the ho-ho-ho back into yuletide sales are well advised to start early...

By Aki Kalliatakis 25 Nov 2016

Why more businesses are choosing to provide discounts and coupons for customers
Why more businesses are choosing to provide discounts and coupons for customers

Offering coupons, discounts and other ways of getting money off products and services to your customers is one of the best ways to improve customer relations and satisfaction...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 18 Nov 2016

Marketing tips for franchisors seeking high-quality franchisees
Marketing tips for franchisors seeking high-quality franchisees

Many franchise owners have found that it is hard to find good franchisees in a difficult economy and, when these can be found, how to attract them in the face of many competing franchises...

By Eric Parker 20 Oct 2016

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Is it wise for brands to insult black township consumers who are worth R100bn?

The township economy is worth R100bn, while the stokvel industry is estimated to be worth around R70bn. This is according to the Gauteng MEC for economic development, agriculture and rural development, Lebogang Maile...

By Bandile Ndzishe 12 Oct 2016

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#InnovationMonth: Mastering innovation and marketing at retail

If I was entrusted with running your retail company's marketing department in a capacity as your marketing director, where would I begin to innovate? Well, quite frankly, I would not spend time thinking about where to begin, I would just get on with it...

By Bandile Ndzishe 28 Sep 2016

How in-store media can influence the purchasing decision
How in-store media can influence the purchasing decision

Marketers should be thinking of retail spaces as a plethora of communication touch points that provide multiple access points to consumers...

By Stefan Abro 16 Sep 2016

KFC Head cook, Sam Mdluli (who has been with KFC for 25 years) and J’Something
KFC's return to 'It's Finger Lickin' Good'

In 2012, KFC changed their tagline to 'So Good', but South African consumers, stubborn as they are, never stopped licking their fingers...

By Cari Coetzee 14 Sep 2016

How to make your retail store stand out
How to make your retail store stand out

Are you looking for innovative ways to make your retail store a more appealing place to shop?...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 14 Sep 2016

Boris Dzhingarov
10 tips for taking product photos that sell themselves

The media you use to sell your products is almost as important as the products themselves, particularly for online stores...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 13 Sep 2016

#WomensMonth: Kate Schrire and The Creamery of the crop
#WomensMonth: Kate Schrire and The Creamery of the crop

Strawberry basil, white nectarine, jasmine blossom, hot cross bun, pistachio, and Catawba grape are not your average ice cream flavours and when 'garden mint' in a sugar cone tastes like exactly that, it must be true that The Creamery is the cream of the crop in the ice cream business...

By Jessica Tennant 2 Aug 2016

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