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6 tips for effectively managing M&A communications
6 tips for effectively managing M&A communications

Effective communications are key during a merger or acquisition. Here's how to keep the lines clear....

By Shane Dolan 7 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

Controlling the narrative from the glass box
Controlling the narrative from the glass box

Brands are more accountable than ever in an age of radical transparency...

By Leon Ayo 30 Nov 2017

Chris Moerdyk
Do you know what is building and breaking down your reputation?

My clients usually contact me about their corporate reputation only once some sort of assault has been made on their brand - which is fine, but also a bit late...

By Chris Moerdyk, Issued by Chris Moerdyk 28 Nov 2017

#NewCampaign: Shake it like Bra Shakes
#NewCampaign: Shake it like Bra Shakes

Vodacom recently launched its summer rewards promotion, 'Shake Every Day'. Prior to the official launch, the campaign had already encountered 14 million customer interactions...

By Jessica Tennant 8 Nov 2017

PR in the digital mix
PR in the digital mix

It's a fascinating time to be working in media. It's not just PR that's changing, it's advertising too. In fact the lines between the two are becoming more and more blurred...

By Genevieve Cutts, Issued by MANGO-OMC 7 Nov 2017

#NewCampaign: It starts with...
#NewCampaign: It starts with...

Woolworths recently launched a digitally-led and multi-channel marketing campaign called the 'Starts With' challenge - a seven-week balanced living challenge facilitated through a Facebook event inviting participants to take part...

By Jessica Tennant 7 Nov 2017

Gwen Watkins
Why don't you 'like' me?

In a world of content writing, social media and e-news, the temptation to place all one's confidence in the new marketing credo is overwhelming. After all, with a thousand new 'likes' and happy faces, everyone wants you...

By Gwen Watkins, Issued by Freelancers Writing Services 6 Nov 2017

#Newsmaker: Native VML named Cannes' 'Entertainment Agency of the Year'
#Newsmaker: Native VML named Cannes' 'Entertainment Agency of the Year'

In the annual Cannes Lions Global Creativity Report, Native VML has been named the global 'Entertainment Agency of the Year' for 2017...

By Jessica Tennant 2 Nov 2017

#BODJHB: Are advertising agencies the cobbler's children? (Part 2)
#BODJHB: Are advertising agencies the cobbler's children? (Part 2)

In answer to the question, Lauren Woolf, founder of Mrs Woolf, told delegates of Business of Design Johannesburg 2017 the key findings from her Masters thesis, the problem and the implications...

By Jessica Tennant 1 Nov 2017

#BODJHB: Are advertising agencies the cobbler's children? (Part 1)
#BODJHB: Are advertising agencies the cobbler's children? (Part 1)

During her time at Ogilvy & Mather, Lauren Woolf, now founder of Mrs Woolf, recognised a paradox in the advertising world that led her to write a thesis on the subject as part of her MBA at the Berlin School of Creative Leadership...

By Jessica Tennant 27 Oct 2017

#NewCampaign: $15m Emirates campaign opens up a world of good times
#NewCampaign: $15m Emirates campaign opens up a world of good times

Emirates has launched a $15m campaign to inspire travel and promote the airline's network of global destinations. We go behind the scenes of the campaign with Boutros Boutros...

By Cari Coetzee 24 Oct 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

#StartupStory: Kingdom Agency
#StartupStory: Kingdom Agency

Kingdom is the new agency on the block, with a heart for positive messaging and making a difference. As such, the insight, strategy and creative agency, founded by friends Donna Mathews and Herman Wallis, applies a triple-win philosophy, whereby...

By Jessica Tennant 23 Oct 2017

Adapt or die - Activation agencies: Keep abreast with trends, or risk becoming obsolete
Adapt or die - Activation agencies: Keep abreast with trends, or risk becoming obsolete

Digital has radically transformed how we connect with customers and impacts the customer journey; there's pressure to deliver more for less; customer attention deficits are high; markets are saturated; and clients are squeezing budgets...

By Lauren Durant, Issued by Isilumko Activate 9 Oct 2017

Taking a closer look at media monitoring, AVE and regulation - Part three
Taking a closer look at media monitoring, AVE and regulation - Part three

In the final chapter of this three-part series on media monitoring, ROI Africa's Tonya Khoury shares insight into some of the biggest campaigns she's witnessed as well as some of the trends emerging in PR...

By Angie White 4 Oct 2017

Event technology: an enabler - not an end goal
Event technology: an enabler - not an end goal

Technology isn't there to showcase itself, it's there to enhance customer experiences and should be approached with a human-first mindset, writes Glenn van Eck...

By Glenn van Eck 29 Sep 2017

Chris Moerdyk
What to do when PR and ad budgets are cut due to a stagnant economy

The biggest challenge faced by PR and advertising agencies is to persuade their clients not to cut their budgets when the economy turns sour. Like right now when the Business Confidence Index in South Africa is as low as it was when PW Botha made his ill-fated Rubicon Speech...

By Chris Moerdyk, Issued by Chris Moerdyk 28 Sep 2017

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The preachers and the busker

A couple of days ago I was walking down a windy Queen Street, the main street in Auckland. It is a street every port city has...

By Damon Stapleton 27 Sep 2017

It's no point to play nice
It's no point to play nice

Ford, Spur and Jacaranda FM are just a few of the brands in South Africa that have recently been engulfed by reputational issues. And with each and every one of these organisations, what was sorely lacking during the eye of the proverbial storm was sound crisis management...

By Janine Lazarus, Issued by Janine Lazarus Media Consultancy 27 Sep 2017

Taking a closer look at media monitoring, AVE and regulation - Part two
Taking a closer look at media monitoring, AVE and regulation - Part two

In part two of this three-part series based on the media monitoring industry, ROI Africa's Tonya Khoury explains the algorithms she uses, live sentiment tracking and big content...

By Angie White 21 Sep 2017

Taking a closer look at media monitoring, AVE and regulation - Part one
Taking a closer look at media monitoring, AVE and regulation - Part one

In this three-part series, I chat to ROI Africa MD Tonya Khoury about the ins and outs of media monitoring, how AVE fits into it all (and if it should), the need for regulation in the industry, and what this all means for Bizcommunity...

By Angie White 15 Sep 2017

Gwen Watkins
Heads up

Effective headlines captivate audiences, essential as attention span is now around 15 secs (think billboard). Media websites want click-through, print media want purchasers - all depend on great headlines...

By Gwen Watkins, Issued by Freelancers Writing Services 12 Sep 2017

#InnovationMonth: A different take on communications
#InnovationMonth: A different take on communications

ByDesign Communications is celebrating its first year of business this month and has already won a few awards, including being named the SABRE EMEA Best New PR Consultancy in 2017...

By Jessica Tennant 12 Sep 2017

#AfricaAchiever: Vuma Reputation creates Africa division to drive expansion
#AfricaAchiever: Vuma Reputation creates Africa division to drive expansion

Bizcommunity Africa's #AfricaAchiever is Nonye Mpho Omotola, business director of Vuma Reputation Management's new Africa division, established to drive expansion on the continent...

By Louise Marsland 11 Sep 2017

Ryan McFadyen is one the co-founders of hyh, previously HaveYouHeard
HaveYouHeard's new identity offers a more holistic approach to advertising

Co-founder of HaveYouHeard, Ryan McFadyen, chats about how the company's new identity benefits the business from a marketing perspective and also shares the creative challenges they faced during the rebranding process...

By Juanita Pienaar 1 Sep 2017

Janine Lazarus
From attack dog to mentor

Life is a funny thing. But the one thing it has taught me is that the only constant is change. It doesn't come easily to most - not least of all to me. It can be a terrifying prospect, a leap into the unknown, and an utterly overwhelming inevitability...

By Janine Lazarus, Issued by Janine Lazarus Media Consultancy 1 Sep 2017

Chris Moerdyk
What has the Bell Pottinger saga taught us?

A lot of South Africans would have clapped their hands with joy after hearing that Bell Pottinger had been found guilty by their UK representative body of breaching the PR code of ethics. But, as the biblical saying goes, let him who is without sin cast the first stone...

By Chris Moerdyk, Issued by Chris Moerdyk 29 Aug 2017

#WomensMonth: Condriac's Keshia Patchiappen on climbing the corporate ladder
#WomensMonth: Condriac's Keshia Patchiappen on climbing the corporate ladder

Keshia Patchiappen, appointed a director at Condriac Digital Communications earlier this year, shares her journey from manager to leader over the course of her 11-year career trajectory from then intern to now CEO...

By Jessica Tennant 28 Aug 2017

#Loeries2017: TBWA\Raad on winning a Grand Prix in the ‘mother of all categories'
#Loeries2017: TBWA\Raad on winning a Grand Prix in the ‘mother of all categories'

TBWA\Raad, The Disruption Company, not only took home a Grand Prix for Nissan's Camelpower integrated campaign at this year's Loerie Awards, but also two silvers and one bronze...

By Jessica Tennant 25 Aug 2017

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