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CNA and Edgars stores to sport new look
CNA and Edgars stores to sport new look

A rebrand is on the cards for CNA and Edgars stores as part of Edcon's turnaround strategy to win back shoppers...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 3 days ago

This 'Kitten Kollege' YouTube series is the cutest thing you'll watch today
This 'Kitten Kollege' YouTube series is the cutest thing you'll watch today

Okay, so I'm a bit of a mad cat lady. If you ever wanted me to pay attention to something, bury that information in a cat video and send it to me...

By Andy Walker 20 Apr 2018

Empathy - a two-way street in customer service
Empathy - a two-way street in customer service

It's no secret that personalisation is essential in developing a successful customer experience. Central to that is getting to know all you can about your customer and using that information to drive the interaction...

By Wynand Smit 18 Apr 2018

One of the Castle Lite Unlocks concerts. Image supplied.
Castle Lite's 'Unlocks' concert brings the brand's purpose to life

Juanita Pienaar asks Castle Lite director Becky Opdyke how music ties into the message the brand is trying to convey to its consumers, specifically through the Castle Lite 'Unlocks' concerts...

By Juanita Pienaar 16 Apr 2018

Unbranded awning over Ta-Barbetta, the village baker | Mark Leach
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: The invisible baker

Diagonally across from our village house and on the opposite corner lies one of the great marketing mysteries of Malta, a retail conundrum that would perplex even Sherlock Holmes - the case of the invisible baker...

By Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster 13 Apr 2018

#Newsmaker: Daniel Moleka to showcase 'Immortal' collection at first Cannes' Fashion Street Show
#Newsmaker: Daniel Moleka to showcase 'Immortal' collection at first Cannes' Fashion Street Show

Daniel Moleka, owner of RedThread Apparel X and first-year student at Fedisa Fashion Design School in Cape Town, has been invited to showcase his 'Immortal' collection at the inaugural Fashion Street Show at the Cannes Film Festival...

By Jessica Tennant 10 Apr 2018

What business is Castle Lite in?
What business is Castle Lite in?

Bogosi Motshegwa writes how Castle Lite has proved that one can build a brand thinking from the periphery...

By Bogosi Motshegwa 9 Apr 2018

Easy steps to effective crisis communication
Easy steps to effective crisis communication

Organisations and their brands need to take consumers into their confidence when facing a crisis. Although this seems straightforward, it is rarely the case...

By Madelain Roscher 3 Apr 2018

#NewCampaign: Sol Beer's 'My sunshine in a bottle', a South African first
#NewCampaign: Sol Beer's 'My sunshine in a bottle', a South African first

Sol Beer's 'My sunshine in a bottle' campaign, created in partnership with The Odd Number and launched in November last year, has to date reached a new audience of 900,000 followers and an engagement rate of 6%, surpassing the industry standard of 1%...

By Jessica Tennant 28 Mar 2018

Tiger Brands' failed attempt to manage the listeriosis crisis is costing them severely
Tiger Brands' failed attempt to manage the listeriosis crisis is costing them severely

Failing to plan for a reputational crisis happens more often than it is comfortable to think about. Lunice Johnston writes about what steps are crucial to successfully handling a reputational crisis...

By Lunice Johnston 27 Mar 2018

Nicholas Haralambous
#ECMA18: It's not an apocalypse, it's a retail revolution

As store closures continue across the globe, we're witnessing the demise of physical retail as we know it...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 26 Mar 2018

Mastering experiential marketing with Studio H
Mastering experiential marketing with Studio H

We chat with Studio H founder Hannerie Visser about how they are using food to design brand experiences and create memorable campaigns for their clients...

By Ruth Cooper 16 Mar 2018

#SeamlessAfrica: Store 4.0 is an attitude, not a technology
#SeamlessAfrica: Store 4.0 is an attitude, not a technology

E-commerce may be where the retail industry is seeing growth, but the physical store is not dead. In fact, it may be more important than ever...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 12 Mar 2018

How retailers can apply platform business thinking to magnetise customers
How retailers can apply platform business thinking to magnetise customers

Local retailers have an incredible opportunity to get a head-start on competition, by applying the science of digital platform thinking, to transform decades-old practices...

By Mpumi Nhlapo 7 Mar 2018

#Newsmaker: Esther Hoogstad steers Spree's customer journey
#Newsmaker: Esther Hoogstad steers Spree's customer journey

Newly appointed as head of customer interaction and marketing at Spree, Esther Hoogstad will be taking charge of the online retailer's end to end customer experience...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 20 Feb 2018

Bar One Gym Squad gets Mzansi moving
Bar One Gym Squad gets Mzansi moving

The Bar One Gym Squad invites township communities in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape and the Free State to get active through free and frequent workout sessions...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 12 Feb 2018

Digital dynamism: A new world of retail opportunities
Digital dynamism: A new world of retail opportunities

Like their international counterparts, South African retailers would traditionally run specials where discounts or 'two for the price of one' offers are given for a period of between a few days and a few weeks...

By Garth Meier 8 Feb 2018

Lee Applbaum, global chief marketing officer, Patrón Spirits International.
#MeettheMarketer: Marketers are relying too heavily on data

The global chief marketing officer for Patrón Spirits International, Lee Applbaum, talks about how to deliver creative and beautiful marketing...

By Louise Marsland 8 Feb 2018

Charles Murito, country manager of Google Kenya |
Google Kenya's Charles Murito on digital advertising and the age of assistance

Google SA hosted a media event earlier this week to bring media practitioners across Africa up to speed on the latest technological advancements in the digital advertising space, focusing on Google Ads in particular...

By Jessica Tennant 7 Feb 2018

Four fast ways to maximise in-store promotions
Four fast ways to maximise in-store promotions

When economies are under pressure, brand owners must work hard to preserve their coveted customer loyalty and sales...

By Sandra Steenkamp 5 Feb 2018

The modern marketer is a connected one
The modern marketer is a connected one

In the 1970s, people were served about 300 ads a day. Today it's about 5,000 ads a day. It's a product-polluted world with smart consumers, where it's no longer about differentiation, but about multiple and meaningful connections, says Carmen Murray, founder of Boo-Yah!...

By Jessica Tennant 2 Feb 2018

#BizTrends2018: The new rules of retail
#BizTrends2018: The new rules of retail

If you're searching for proof that retail as we know it is changing, look no further than Shanghai's 24-hour, unstaffed, self-driving grocery store...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 29 Jan 2018

#NewCampaign: Omo challenges traditional gender roles
#NewCampaign: Omo challenges traditional gender roles

Omo's latest campaign, 'Dirt Is Good', is based on the premise that with Omo Auto, just a quick wash can remove the toughest stains, meaning 'less time washing, more time living'... a life full of play and active, shared experiences with your family and friends. Importantly, this message is not being directed at particular genders...

By Jessica Tennant 26 Jan 2018

Dolgachov © –
Has the digital era changed the luxury game for good?

The digital age poses challenges for all brands in every sector, and yet for the luxury market, the conundrum is a particularly tricky one...

By Megan Bowman 19 Jan 2018

10 lessons from a successful crowdfunding campaign
10 lessons from a successful crowdfunding campaign

After about 45 days of extreme effort, intense co-ordinating, crazy ideas and good luck, we managed to complete the most successful rewards-based crowdfunding campaign in South Africa to date with Sugarbird Gin...

By Rob Heyns 16 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: What does the travel store of the future look like?
#BizTrends2018: What does the travel store of the future look like?

The travel agency of tomorrow will blend a personal and human touch with digital technologies. Instead of travel agents, we'll see the emergence of...

By Jannine Adams 15 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: What is shaping grocery retail in South Africa - Part 1
#BizTrends2018: What is shaping grocery retail in South Africa - Part 1

In this two-part report, Trade Intelligence reveals the drivers and trends shaping grocery retail in South Africa in the short to medium term...

By Maryla Masojada 11 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Tight budgets, customer demand and African pride driving retail competitiveness
#BizTrends2018: Tight budgets, customer demand and African pride driving retail competitiveness

Budgets are tight, with rising electricity and petrol prices driving many households to tighten their purse strings. In response, the retail industry is becoming increasingly competitive...

By Lindy Lee 11 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Creating value remains key in the premium spirits brand experience
#BizTrends2018: Creating value remains key in the premium spirits brand experience

In challenging economic times, consumers either choose less expensive brands that allow them to buy more, or opt to buy less and trade up to indulge their tastes for aspirational brands...

By Elizabeth Lee Ming 10 Jan 2018

Nicola Cooper, senior trend analyst and cultural strategist at Nicola Cooper & Associates (NC&A).
#BizTrends2018: Connecting with ever-connected, ever-younger African consumers

With the largest 'youth bulge' in the world, the future of Africa is young, dynamic, determined. No one can afford to ignore the youth in Africa and the local and global business community needs to prepare for the ever-connected, younger generations...

By Nicola Cooper 10 Jan 2018

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