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Shifting attitudes towards the body
Shifting attitudes towards the body

Would you want to be a Cyborg in the near future? A Cyborg is defined as a human enhanced by technology; that is a person whose physiological functioning is aided by a mechanical or electronic device...

By Danette Breitenbach 3 Jul 2015 13:56

All South Africans are living better than before
All South Africans are living better than before

South Africans have a better lifestyle than what they had 10 years ago! Media reports fuelling the general sympathy does not even mention this fact, which should be the basis of all business strategies...

By Erik du Plessis and Neil Higgs 3 Jul 2015 12:00

Kasi-youth: Disillusioned or empowered?
Kasi-youth: Disillusioned or empowered?

Delivering the keynote address at the National Youth Day celebrations in Pretoria, Zuma placed the importance of education at the centre of his speech followed by the importance of job creation.

By Amelia Richards 25 Jun 2015 09:12

The real issue behind youth unemployment in SA
The real issue behind youth unemployment in SA

Earlier this year, Business Day put the spotlight on the gravity of South Africa's unemployment problem. It's worse than it seems...

By Antoinette Pombo 9 Jun 2015 14:55

Can market research be trusted?
Can market research be trusted?

The failure of market research to get even close in predicting the result of the British general election is a disaster of global proportions...

By Tony Koenderman 15 May 2015 08:09

Current views on SA TV commercials 2015
Current views on SA TV commercials 2015

TV commercials still play a big part in most of our advertising campaigns, and it is therefore important to know to what extent consumers consider their relevance (video)...

By Mogorosi Mashilo 14 May 2015 08:57

Back to their roots
Back to their roots

Family is what the youth cannot live without. This is one of the key findings of the Sunday Times Generation Next Study. This was in response to the question about what things respondents cannot live without...

By Danette Breitenbach 14 May 2015 08:38

Why we should be investing in engagement
Why we should be investing in engagement

South Africa, alongside some of our BRICS partners, is globally recognised as among the most fertile grounds for new consumption of smartphones, online content and mobile applications...

By Glenn Gillis 23 Apr 2015 14:12

Danette Breitenbach
SAARF: Finding a way forward

Opinions on SAARF's role are split, but what is clear is that the organisation cannot continue in its current form or with its current ways...

By Danette Breitenbach 15 Apr 2015 05:34

Latest from the research front
Latest from the research front

The latest release of the All Media and Products Survey (AMPS), released today by the South African Audience Research Foundation (SAARF), shows overall stability of the media...

By Chris Brewer 2 Apr 2015 12:02

The elephant in the SAARF boardroom
The elephant in the SAARF boardroom

I remember, very well, the agony of SAARF Council meetings...

By Chris Brewer 23 Mar 2015 07:59

Should you attend the AMPS LSM funeral?
Should you attend the AMPS LSM funeral?

Hands up all those people who think they know what an LSM is and actually use this to define target markets, plan media schedules - or anything else, for that matter...

By Chris Brewer 16 Mar 2015 08:48

[TrendTalk] 2020 marketing vision
[TrendTalk] 2020 marketing vision

Is the 'Internet of Things' the biggest marketing trend for the next five years? International research shows that marketers and CEOs are prioritising the Internet of Things and believe it will have the biggest impact on marketers by 2020...

By Louise Marsland 13 Mar 2015 13:09

Antoinette Pombo
Is South Africa differentiating itself from Africa for the wrong reasons?

Why is it that South Africans have adopted a culture of expecting handouts? Contrary to common belief, handouts are not an inherent African ethos...

By Antoinette Pombo 11 Mar 2015 07:19

The impact of data
The impact of data

Mark Twain might have said that you get lies, damned lies, and statistics, but the new information age means more journalists are writing articles based on data than ever...

By Jaco Pienaar 9 Mar 2015 15:00

Engaging with connected consumers - Part 2
Engaging with connected consumers - Part 2

It took 14 years to sell 40 million laptops, but only four years to sell 40 million tablets...

By Danette Breitenbach 12 Feb 2015 05:34

Danette Breitenbach
Engaging with connected consumers - Part 1

Yes, consumers are all in the digital space. Not all consumers are not the same, and no, not all digital consumers are same...

By Danette Breitenbach 11 Feb 2015 06:01

Hansie Smit
SA Trendwatch 2015

Alarming trend news from the US is that Mom jeans are set to make a comeback in 2015. For the fashion unconscious, Mom jeans are high-wasted, ankle-length jean pants worn by Moms everywhere...

By Hansie Smit 29 Jan 2015 07:16

Sid Peimer
Satisfied customers don't mean repeat business

We ask customers how satisfied they are, because we think that satisfaction means profitability and growth. That's not necessarily true...

By Sid Peimer 13 Jan 2015 14:22

Albert van Jaarsveld
Innovation is key to our global competitiveness

On 3 September, the World Economic Forums released its 2014-2015 Global Competitiveness Report. Unfortunately, South Africa's over-all ranking has dropped by three points from 53 to 56...

By Albert van Jaarsveld 28 Oct 2014 09:14

Louise Marsland
Why these brands are growing

Global strategic marketing consultancy Added Value has found that brands that tap into cultural relevance and prove themselves to be authentic, honest, all natural, with a good story to tell, have brought back a traditional craft...

By Louise Marsland 17 Oct 2014 08:12

Louise Marsland
How to be a 'Millennial' brand

Every generation has its own music, its own icons, beliefs, culture, story - so why not their own brands? Is marketing so 'young' that it is only realising that you can't sell the same 'fairy-tale' to every generation?...

By Louise Marsland 6 Oct 2014 07:52

Digital marketing's social media and SEO - What you need to know
Digital marketing's social media and SEO - What you need to know

Digital marketing is an indispensable part of most brands' marketing mix today. This is reflected in South African digital marketing expenditure...

By Stephen Sandmann 2 Oct 2014 08:42

Christopher Smith
The importance of content marketing

A recent study showed that the average consumer visits over 2,500 websites per year. The study showed that video and rich content such as graphics and images kept the user's attention...

By Christopher Smith 16 Sep 2014 14:50

The world's funniest joke - its implications for brands
The world's funniest joke - its implications for brands

The "world's funniest joke" was exhaustively researched by Professor Richard Wiseman of the University of Hertfordshire. The reason for the research was to discover the joke that had the widest appeal...

By Sid Peimer 15 Sep 2014 14:00

Sid Peimer
How big data can tell if you're pregnant

Andrew Pole loved data, and while some of his research was questionable, the research he did for a major UK retailer to work out which customers were pregnant had a surprise result...

By Sid Peimer 10 Sep 2014 07:30

Danette Breitenbach
Join the radio 20% Club

This year's Radio Advertising Bureau's (RAB SA) RadioWorks Conference, which took place in Cape Town and Johannesburg, focused on how radio delivers Return On Investment (ROI).

By Danette Breitenbach 28 Aug 2014 08:50

Stephen Sandmann
Social media optimisation - what you need to know

South Africa's top brands invest heavily in social media. Research conducted by Fuseware and World Wide Worx this year revealed...

By Stephen Sandmann 22 Aug 2014 10:48

Louise Marsland
Millennials are moving the market

Is it fair to say that marketers and brands don't understand the youth market and need to work a lot harder to collaborate on the right content? Or...

By Louise Marsland 22 Aug 2014 06:08

Matthew Arnold
Pulling insights from under the hood of Facebook

Facebook marketing has grown dramatically in recent years and provides the ability for advertisers to get really great returns when managed correctly...

By Matthew Arnold 17 Aug 2014 13:19

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