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#BizTrends2018: Transformation, agency consolidation and real consumer insights
#BizTrends2018: Transformation, agency consolidation and real consumer insights

There is no doubt that there's loads of uncertainty ahead of the coming year. I believe that digital integration, continued agency consolidations, consumer insights and the looming MAC Charter deadline will be recurring themes...

By Kgaugelo Maphai 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: E-sports in South Africa - it's only just begun
#BizTrends2018: E-sports in South Africa - it's only just begun

E-sports in the last two years has exploded onto the South African scene with not much in the way of any sort of understanding of how to get involved. The biggest question is, where is this going to go in 2018 and onwards?

By Barry Louzada 8 Jan 2018

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Raise the bar on your next corporate exhibition or go home

If participating as an exhibitor in one or various exhibitions is part of your organisation's below the line advertising (BTL) strategy then that part of your marketing budget should not be wasted but should be well spent and hopefully with some ROI...

By Tralone Khoza 28 Dec 2017

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Why creativity in events is imperative

Creativity. Intangible but immensely powerful within the events sector. But despite its power, it's tough to gauge, difficult to define and sometimes hard to find. And few realise how important creativity is in pulling off unreal events that deliver real results...

By David Limbert 22 Dec 2017

Linda Mertens, program manager at The Next Web. Image provided.
#CreativeMorningsCT: TNW's Linda Mertens on mental health, the role of creatives and top 2018 trends

Linda Mertens from The Next Web (TNW) on having an open, educated and inclusive conversation about mental health, the role of creatives in this ever-evolving technological world and top trends for 2018...

By Juanita Pienaar 20 Dec 2017

Palesa Madumo, executive director of strategy at Vuma Reputation Management and founder of Prisms Young Judges and Bongani Mogari, PR coordinator at Seven Colors Communications and 2017 Prisms Young Judge.
#PrismAwards2018: Call for young judges

The Prism Awards are once again searching for 11 of the best young minds seeking the title of Prisms Young Judge for the 2018 awards...

By Juanita Pienaar 15 Dec 2017

Do award shows really matter?
Do award shows really matter?

On the back of the Publicis Groupe's announcement at Cannes this year that it will be transferring its award show spend to its investment in AI, agencies are increasingly questioning whether participating in award shows really matters.

By Jessica Tennant 6 Dec 2017

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#BCXDisrupt2017: "Social instability will get us long before AI does."

If I had a dollar for every time I've heard someone use the words innovation or disruption in a boardroom or conference venue in the last ten years, I'd have 0.892 bitcoin. Sadly, there is an inverse correlation between the number of people who talk about innovation and disruption, and the number of people who actually innovate and disrupt...

By Mike Stopforth 5 Dec 2017

#Newsmaker: Net#work's Brad Reilly on the multiple award-winning Vagina Varsity campaign
#Newsmaker: Net#work's Brad Reilly on the multiple award-winning Vagina Varsity campaign

Net#work BBDO's Vagina Varsity campaign for Libresse recently received its 14th award at the Epica Awards in the 'Health, Beauty and Fashion Digital Campaigns' category, and was the only South African campaign to be awarded at the prize giving ceremony in Berlin on 16 November...

By Jessica Tennant 4 Dec 2017

African expansion "massive focus" for SA's Quicket in 2018
African expansion "massive focus" for SA's Quicket in 2018

South African online ticketing startup Quicket has a "massive focus" on expanding to other African countries next year as it looks to create a truly pan-African solution for events...

By Tom Jackson 4 Dec 2017

Jesse Clegg fest master.
Reap the benefits of sending your music videos to film festivals

When directors think of sending their work to film festivals, they generally only think of submitting short or feature films. Even micro 60-sec shorts have their own festivals these days...

By Quinton Lavery 23 Nov 2017

Current chairperson of the FM AdFocus Awards, Craig Page-Lee.
#FMAdFocus2017: Judging the Student of the Year category

A few of the judges and current chairperson, Craig Page-Lee comment on the overall quality of the work received for the AdFocus Student of the Year Award and what they were specifically looking for from the entries...

By Juanita Pienaar 22 Nov 2017

Jason Walden, a visual communications student at Vega School of Brand Leadership Johannesburg.
#FMAdFocus2017: Top student nominee: Jason Walden

Jason Walden, a visual communications student at Vega School of Brand Leadership Johannesburg, was recently announced as one of three finalists in the student category of the 2017 AdFocus Awards...

By Juanita Pienaar 22 Nov 2017

Raquel Ribeiro (on the right) and a friend at this year's Loerie Awards.
#FMAdFocus2017: Top student nominee: Raquel Ribeiro

Raquel Ribeiro, a communication design student at the University of Johannesburg, was recently announced as one of three finalists in the student category of the 2017 AdFocus Awards...

By Juanita Pienaar 20 Nov 2017

#Newsmaker: Justine Cullinan wins Veuve Clicquot Elle Boss Corporate Award
#Newsmaker: Justine Cullinan wins Veuve Clicquot Elle Boss Corporate Award

5FM's station manager Justine Cullinan won the Corporate Award at the Veuve Clicquot Elle Boss Awards on Thursday, 9 November. It was just her and overall winner Amanda Dambuza, founder and director of consulting company Uyandiswa, who took home awards on the night...

By Jessica Tennant 17 Nov 2017

John Sanei
#Newsmaker: Singularity University invites John Sanei to panel

John Sanei, business innovation strategist, trend specialist, futurist and author of South African bestseller What's your moonshot?, has been invited to join Singularity University's panel of global speakers...

By Jessica Tennant 15 Nov 2017

Local agency approached to cover Beaumont's world-record circumnavigation
Local agency approached to cover Beaumont's world-record circumnavigation

Scottish cyclist Mark Beaumont approached South African sports production agency MoonSport to cover his Artemis World Cycle, which he recently completed, breaking the Guinness World Record for circumnavigation by bicycle in 78 days, 14 hours and 40 minutes...

By Jessica Tennant 15 Nov 2017

#Newsmaker: Amanda Dambuza named Veuve Clicquot Elle Boss 2017
#Newsmaker: Amanda Dambuza named Veuve Clicquot Elle Boss 2017

This year's deserving recipient of the Veuve Clicquot Elle Boss Award is Amanda Dambuza, founder and director of consulting company Uyandiswa, currently in its fourth year and already employing more than 70 people...

By Jessica Tennant 14 Nov 2017

#Assegais2017: Where quantity and quality meet
#Assegais2017: Where quantity and quality meet

The DMASA Assegai Awards might be all about the numbers, but the Awards are no game. With ROI a key measurement of a campaign, only those that deliver are rewarded, and despite a tough year, the industry accomplished that...

By Danette Breitenbach 10 Nov 2017

#ICYMI: The Liberty Radio Awards roadshow, entries open
#ICYMI: The Liberty Radio Awards roadshow, entries open

The Liberty Radio Awards roadshow took place over the last three days across Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town respectively, where CEO and convener of the Awards Lance Rothschild explained the new entry system for the 2018 Awards...

By Jessica Tennant 9 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

The Liquorice team with Enver Groenewald from Unilever.
#MMASASmarties17: Sexy, practical and successful

Who says sex does not sell? Havas Boondoggle believes it does, but only if you do your research, understand your market and create an award-winning campaign around that...

By Danette Breitenbach 3 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

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#Pendoring2017: Lucky number two!

This year's main Pendoring winners are up-and-coming, relatively young agencies who are showing their mettle using local insights to create excellent, truly South African work...

By Danette Breitenbach 30 Oct 2017

Ask Afrika's Orange Index Awards: Taking away our emotions
Ask Afrika's Orange Index Awards: Taking away our emotions

Technology might be assisting us to deliver the highest levels of customer satisfaction ever, but this is at the cost of our humanity...

By Danette Breitenbach 27 Oct 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

Chris Weylandt
#BODJHB: Chris Weylandt on the basics of retail

On day two of the Johannesburg version of Business of Design, Chris Weylandt explained his tactics to competing or rather leading in the retail game...

By Jessica Tennant 20 Oct 2017

All the winners of the Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Awards 2017.
Sikuvile Awards 2017: Recognising the soldiers of the truth

The Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalist of the Year 2017, City Press' Sipho Masondo, says he received death threats as well as bribes when he was working on the story that earned him the Award...

By Danette Breitenbach 20 Oct 2017

Trevyn McGowan, co-founder of Business of Design and the Guild Group.
#BODJHB: A disconnect between business and purpose

Trevyn McGowan, co-founder of Business of Design and the Guild Group, opened day one of Business of Design in Johannesburg this morning, reflecting on the past year, which has been an extraordinary year for them with new ventures and a massive amount of hiring in a short space of time...

By Jessica Tennant 19 Oct 2017

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