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King James the Second wins Allan Gray account
King James the Second wins Allan Gray account

Allan Gray today announced its appointment of King James the Second (II) shortly after leaving its current agency, Ogilvy & Mather Cape Town...

By Jessica Tennant 3 days ago

Chris Moerdyk
Crisis communications is a very specialised business

I was having a chat a few weeks ago to Neeran Naidoo, CEO of Hewers Communications, with whom I have worked on and off for many years on various projects, mostly involving crisis communication...

By Chris Moerdyk, Issued by Chris Moerdyk 21 Jun 2017

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Outsurance's Father's Day debacle is a wake-up call for business to understand social issues

A few Mother's Days ago Bic insulted women, then there was Helen Zille, Rivers Church, Spur Steakranches, Chris Hart and Penny Sparrow. Last week it was Outsurance's Father's Day ad. The list of social media disasters goes on and on...

By Walter Pike 21 Jun 2017

Arthur Sadoun, Publicis Groupe's new CEO.
Publicis Groupe shifts spend on award shows, other events to AI initiative

Publicis Groupe's newly appointed CEO, Arthur Sadoun, has forbidden all of its agencies from participating in award shows for the next year, which means it will sit out of the 2018 Cannes Lions Festival...

By Jessica Tennant 21 Jun 2017

Hill's The Underdog Project in Cape Town
#OrchidsandOnions: There's no monopoly on capital doing good

When a brand does good for the society in which it exists, it can have powerful positive effects not only on its image, but also on sales...

By Brendan Seery 20 Jun 2017

Clare Bowen
Clare Bowen from Radiocentre sees radio differently

In an exclusive interview between sessions, Bowen and I discussed why creativity and effectiveness go hand in hand and why radio is still very much an effective medium for advertising when done well...

By Jessica Tennant 20 Jun 2017

Clare Bowen
Clare Bowen from Radiocentre sees radio differently

In an exclusive interview between sessions, Bowen and I discussed why creativity and effectiveness go hand in hand and why radio is still very much an effective medium for advertising when done well...

By Jessica Tennant 20 Jun 2017

#Newsmaker: Sue Napier returns to advertising, her happy place
#Newsmaker: Sue Napier returns to advertising, her happy place

The Hardy Boys has its lucky hands on Sue Napier, who also believes a little bit of luck has had a role to play in her achievements to date. This combined with her upbringing and the people and experiences that have helped shape who she is today, and having a supportive family that motivate her to do the hard yards...

By Jessica Tennant 19 Jun 2017

Ammentorp © –
Harnessing the skills of the future

Whitney Houston perhaps summed it up best when she crooned about the children being our future...

By Sharon Piehl 16 Jun 2017

AlphaSpirit © –
The changing face of digital agencies - adapt or die

Over the past two decades, the digital world has undergone a rapid evolution - from marketing mix newcomer, to a mandatory (yet not fully understood) element of brand communications...

By Tom Fels 15 Jun 2017

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Virtual meetings are still meetings

How not to be an ass-hat when it comes to telecons and video conferencing...

By Tiffany Markman 13 Jun 2017

OLC Experiential has a new space
OLC Experiential has a new space

Thursday, 1 June saw experiential agency OLC (Offlimit Communications) launch its new office at 34 Impala Road in Chislehurston, Sandton, in collaboration with Flux Trends' Dion Chang, who shared insights from this year's 'The State We're In' presentation called Dazed and Disoriented: The Impact of Being Woke...

By Jessica Tennant 6 Jun 2017

#AfricaMonth: Creating our own entrepreneurial opportunities in Africa
#AfricaMonth: Creating our own entrepreneurial opportunities in Africa

Entrepreneur, Abiot Mahlatse Ledwaba talks about the hustle and how he used his skills to create opportunities that helped him strengthen his brand and start his own business...

By Juanita Pienaar 26 May 2017

WE Communications launches global network of independent, specialist agencies
WE Communications launches global network of independent, specialist agencies

This week marked the launch of The Plus Network, founded by WE Communications...

By Jessica Tennant 12 May 2017

Chris Moerdyk
Why don't clients listen to their PR and ad agencies?

It is human nature that clients don't always listen to their PR and ad agencies and it often takes an independent outside “guru” to confirm what they are being told before clients sign off on strategy and campaigns...

By Chris Moerdyk, Issued by Chris Moerdyk 12 May 2017

Gwen Watkins
Why I love baby boomer clients

As a baby boomer, I am predisposed towards dealing with fellow baby boomers but even more so with other women baby boomers in management and top positions. The reason is simple; we have a no-nonsense response to life...

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

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Scopen 2017 planning, ready to meet top marketing execs

With the first edition of Agency Scope South Africa completed in 2016, Spanish-based independent research company Scopen and the Independent Agency Search & Selection Company (IAS) are well on the way to getting the research required to produce the 2017 edition...

By Johanna McDowell 12 May 2017

Nike Breaking 2 was so much bigger than an athlete breaking 2 hours
Nike Breaking 2 was so much bigger than an athlete breaking 2 hours

If you were to name the marathon athletes who attempted to break the two-hour barrier in the Nike Breaking 2 campaign last weekend, I would be surprised if more than 1% of you would get one name correct...

By Richard Dunn 10 May 2017

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The role of PR in shaping a future-fit industry

In his closing remarks at the end of the National Prisa Conference on Thursday, Daniel Munslow, CPRP and conference chairman said public relations has to start shaping the agenda to ensure a future-fit industry...

By Jessica Tennant 10 May 2017

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PR is optimistic, profitable and growing

The public relations (PR) industry is growing, and not only is it profitable, but it's also optimistic about this profitability despite profit margins being under pressure and clients being more demanding...

By Danette Breitenbach 9 May 2017

Same values, new business model
Same values, new business model

Public relations (PR) is a business that has moved from static to dynamic and it is our task to create new ways of doing PR, keeping in mind the values it has always opeated in...

By Danette Breitenbach 9 May 2017

Sejamothopo Motau
Rewarding a career of giving back

MP Sejamothopo "Sej" Motau has been honoured for his Lifetime Achievement at the 2017 Prism Awards held on Saturday evening at The Park House of Events on 7 at the Hyde Park Shopping Centre in Sandton.

By Danette Breitenbach 8 May 2017

Rise of the independents
Rise of the independents

This year's Prism Awards' most successful winners are all independent agencies - from Clockwork Media with 12 awards, PR Worx with 11, Atmosphere with 10 and Engage Joe Public with 5...

By Danette Breitenbach 8 May 2017

Mike Sharman, owner of Retroviral and Nicky James, co-founder and director of Tribeca Public Relations.
Future PR agency model wins Prism Awards

Tribeca Public Relations and Retroviral's RocoMamas #ElectionBurger has been crowned the 2017 Prism Awards' South African Campaign of the Year...

By Danette Breitenbach 8 May 2017

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A glimpse into the online newsroom

On day two of the National Prisa Conference, journalist, media consultant and trainer Marion Scher shared insights on managing news in digital media, how this has changed and stayed the same, and the relationship between public relations (PR) and the media in this regard...

By Jessica Tennant 8 May 2017

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Airline PR disasters and the lessons you can learn

In light of the recent news reports on bad customer service on airlines, Aki Kalliatakis from Leadership LaunchPad shares a number of ariline PR disasters and some lessons you can learn from them...

By Aki Kalliatakis 3 May 2017

Serving the Prism Awards
Serving the Prism Awards

This Saturday the public relations (PR) industry will celebrate 20 years of the Prism Awards. Entries have grown since the first Prism Awards in 1997, and today over 200 entries are received on average, annually...

By Danette Breitenbach 3 May 2017

Nicole Reitz-Chidrawi and Samantha Ferguson
#Newsmaker: Nicole Reitz-Chidrawi + Samantha Ferguson = Flint & Tinder

Nicole Reitz-Chidrawi (the flint) and Samantha Ferguson (the tinder) of boutique events company Flint & Tinder Events celebrate a year of event planning...

By Jessica Tennant 1 May 2017

Adiruch © –
The role of PR in lead generation

With the economy in a state of unprecedented instability, businesses are increasingly looking to see real and measurable results from their marketing efforts. In light of this growing trend, lead generation has become a key focal point for B2B enterprises anxious to understand the actual impact of their spend...

By Ronelle Bester 28 Apr 2017

Mpange Chapeshamano
#Newsmaker: Mpange Chapeshamano makes an Avatar comeback

Politics aside, integrated marketing agency Avatar has done a management reshuffle with co-founder Zibusiso Mkhwanazi stepping down as CEO to take on a bigger role as group CEO of Avatar Investment Holdings and the Avatar360 Group, which owns the agency's Johannesburg and Cape Town offices...

By Jessica Tennant 24 Apr 2017

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