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#Loeries2018: WiM Africa masterclass on the progress of women in media

The Loeries masterclasses started off with a bang, with the well-supported launch of the Women in Marketing: Africa initiative...

By Angie White 16 Aug 2018

Youth might be at risk online with too much data sharing
Youth might be at risk online with too much data sharing

As Youth Month draws to a close, I am concerned about data and the security issues that pertain to it. Where do millennials stand in this era of unlimited data and heightened vulnerability?

By Manie van Schalkwyk 27 Jun 2018

#YouthMonth: "The word 'advertising' frustrates me" - Adam Byars
#YouthMonth: "The word 'advertising' frustrates me" - Adam Byars

Adam Byars, co-MD and partner at Grid Worldwide, who recently took part in a panel discussion at the Sunday Times Generation Next conference, tells us about the good work HDI is doing in the youth marketing space and that even the best marketers can learn something from its Junior Board of Directors...

By Jessica Tennant 26 Jun 2018

Bongani Chinkanda
Marketing to the next generation at the speed of culture

Bongani Chinkanda, CEO of HDI Youth Marketeers, the agency that conducts the research for the Sunday Times Generation Next study, released last week, provided an overview at the conference, which took place on Thursday, 14 June at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg...

By Jessica Tennant 22 Jun 2018

#AfricaMonth: The digital life expectancy of Africa's youth
#AfricaMonth: The digital life expectancy of Africa's youth

Africa's new digitised youth population, Generation Z, will define Africa's digital future and these are the skills they will need to do it...

By Louise Marsland 8 May 2018

#AfricaMonth: Africa's youth represent hope for the future
#AfricaMonth: Africa's youth represent hope for the future

A new generation is emerging across Africa who have never known life without the internet or social media. How will their consumer behaviour and spending patterns shape business and society in the future...?

By Louise Marsland 2 May 2018

The top tips for live experiences in 2018
The top tips for live experiences in 2018

The younger generation offers valuable insight as to where brands should be focusing their efforts...

By Glenn van Eck 27 Feb 2018

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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

Nandi Zambodla, strategist at FCB Cape Town.
#BizTrends2018: Millennials are not a homogenous group

The biggest potential trend for 2018 could be marketers realising it is time to re-evaluate what we know to be true about millennials as a collective...

By Nandi Zambodla 12 Jan 2018

To succeed with youth on social media, let them be part of the brand's story
To succeed with youth on social media, let them be part of the brand's story

South Africa's first digital-native generation is coming of age, and it's changing the rules for marketers...

By Ernst Wittmann 2 Nov 2017

Rui Alves
#NewCampaign: TBWA, Joburg Ballet launch series of little ballets inspired by big social stories

TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris and the Joburg Ballet launched a campaign to grow its existing audience and ensure a sustainable, ongoing reconsideration of ballet as a relevant art form amongst the youth...

By Jessica Tennant 6 Oct 2017

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Do Millennials really exist?

Does the construct of Millennials really exist or is it just hype based on the idealism of the era?

By Allon Raiz 7 Jul 2017

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Inspiring and nurturing tomorrow's talent

“Great companies don't hire skilled people and motivate them, they hire already motivated people and inspire them.” This quote is taken from Simon Sinek's book Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, and describes, in essence, the Native VML way of recruitment for our various learning programmes...

By Samantha Bezuidenhout 3 Jul 2017

#NewCampaign: Adidas Originals teams up with young creatives to tell product stories
#NewCampaign: Adidas Originals teams up with young creatives to tell product stories

Adidas Originals kicked off a three-month campaign earlier this month, that engages the youth to tell three key product stories for Campus in June, NMD in July and EQT in August...

By Jessica Tennant 30 Jun 2017

Catherine Bothma
Marketing to the youth of 2017

Catherine Bothma, MD of HDI Youth Marketeers, presented attendees at the Sunday Times Generation Next Youth Marketing Conference on Thursday, 11 May, with the key findings from this year's study...

By Jessica Tennant 16 May 2017

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Facebook knows when teens are vulnerable, then targets them with ads

“Don't be evil” is a common phrase uttered by Google executives, but we can't help but think Facebook should perhaps adopt it too...

By Andy Walker 3 May 2017

Three essential tips you don't get from a marketing degree
Three essential tips you don't get from a marketing degree

Market conditions are becoming ever more challenging for youth marketers. The economy is straining under political pressure, technology has enabled one of the most powerful youth generations in history...

By Antoinette Pombo 31 Oct 2016

123RF
The modern marketing paradox

The youth are exposed to around 3000 ads per day and only a fraction of those come anywhere close to being noticed. It's no wonder then that brand managers are trying everything to get their brands to stand out...

By Antoinette Pombo 12 Oct 2016

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Five tips to win the youth over for brand managers

If you're over the age of 25, you'll be able to reminisce how easy it must have been to be the brand manager for Citi Golf. That's because every adolescent who passed their driver's licence drove a Citi Golf...

By Antoinette Pombo 5 Oct 2016

Defining work for a new generation
Defining work for a new generation

The nature of work has changed and the design of the workplace and spaces of the future will influence the human mind in the workplace. The role of millennials in the workplace, the way they think and work, are an important aspect of this...

By Danette Breitenbach 5 Oct 2016

Are you struggling to understand Generation Y in the workplace?
Are you struggling to understand Generation Y in the workplace?

Generation Y, also known as millennials, were born between 1982 and 2003. They're between the ages of 13 and 34, so they're either in high school, tertiary institutions or employed in junior to mid positions...

By Antoinette Pombo 31 Aug 2016

David Blyth
The youth: Instapreneurs and socially important persons

With direct youth spend in South Africa sitting at a hefty R130bn per annum, marketers need to sit up and take notice of the youth market. They are not just 'the future' as we are often told - they are 'the now'...

By David Blyth, Issued by Yellowwood Future Architects 8 Jul 2016

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#YouthMonth: Marketing to the next generation

The Sunday Times Youth Marketing Conference, which took place on Friday, 10 June, opened with a keynote by Jason Levin, MD of HDI Youth Marketeers, providing an overview of the 12th Sunday Times Generation Next survey...

By Jessica Tennant 15 Jun 2016

#YouthMonth: How brands can win with Generation Z [Infographic]
#YouthMonth: How brands can win with Generation Z [Infographic]

This group of youngsters is also called the "Pluralist Generation" because they are so diverse in race, religion, politics. They believe people can coexist happily, and have a more optimistic view of the future...

By Beverley Klein 7 Jun 2016

#YouthMonth Newsmaker: Chanelle Carawan from Student Brands
#YouthMonth Newsmaker: Chanelle Carawan from Student Brands

Chanelle Carawan is only 23 years old and has been appointed operations director at online student portal, Student Brands South Africa...

By Beverley Klein 6 Jun 2016

David Blyth
Marketing to SA's youth: Seven ways to fly or fail

Gone are the days of children being seen and not heard. Today's youth have a voice and they are not scared to use it. The problem, at times, is that we're not yet listening. We should be...

By David Blyth, Issued by Yellowwood Future Architects 24 May 2016

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#BrandManagerMonth: Mokebe Thulo on marketing to millennials

Face-to-face engagement is the way to speak to our young people, says Mokebe Thulo, portfolio manager of HDI Youth Marketeers, who recently spoke on the Sunday Times Generation Next study at the Future-Ready Marketing Conference on Thursday, 10 March at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Rosebank, Johannesburg...

By Jessica Tennant 16 Mar 2016

Jason Levin
[Secrets of success] Good old-fashioned values and service deliver winning formula

At last years' Financial Mail Annual Ad Focus Awards, HDI Youth Marketeers were awarded the Partnership Award for their work with Pick n Pay...

By Ann Nurock 10 Mar 2016

Why Generation Y run away and how to make them stay
Why Generation Y run away and how to make them stay

A 2012 study by Millennial Branding predicted that by 2025, 75% of the workforce will consist of millennials. Also known as Generation Y, millennials have been weaned on digital technology...

By Lidia van Wyk 16 Feb 2016

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Ever wanted a career where you could save the world and make money?

The world as we knew it has changed. Remember the days when all your phone did was send a text, make a phone call and possibly play a very low-tech game, like snake...?

By Kanchana Moodliar 15 Dec 2015

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