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[Source Africa 2015] Wearing your heart on your sleeve
Wearing your heart on your sleeve

Whether shopping for something as simple as a pair of jeans or that must-have fashion item, the average consumer doesn't give much thought to...

By Nicci Botha 10 Jun 2015 08:00

[TrendTalk] Dealing with rapid change
Dealing with rapid change

Are you fully aware of the momentous change that is predicted in only the next five to 10 years and do you know how your industry will be affected by the top trends?...

By Louise Marsland 1 Jun 2015 13:56

Digital marketing innovation with Google Voice Search
Digital marketing innovation with Google Voice Search

Google recently got the digital marketer inside me intrigued with their "OK Google" advertising campaign, which the 72andSunny advertising agency produced for Google and rolled out in New York...

By Stephen Sandmann 1 Jun 2015 07:20

[TrendTalk] Can brands unlock the sharing economy?
Can brands unlock the sharing economy?

Can current business models unlock opportunities within 'the sharing economy', which is a real threat to businesses within the industries in which sharing models are gaining favour...?

By Louise Marsland 11 May 2015 07:16

A case history of branding from scratch
A case history of branding from scratch

When the printing and manufacturing Paarl Media Group decided to list on the JSE, it started on a journey into what could well have been into the dark unknown of choosing a new name...

By Chris Moerdyk 17 Mar 2015 07:45

[Design Indaba 2015] The selfie shapes monolithic fashion
The selfie shapes monolithic fashion

"... Me and the beach, me and my food, me and my shoes, me and my boyfriend, me and Li taking lots of selfies." - Li Edelkoort

By Jessica Taylor 2 Mar 2015 08:00

Craig Page-Lee
The consumer is in control

The consumer has to be at the centre of brand decisions because they are in control, at the centre of the experience and information flows...

By Craig Page-Lee 9 Feb 2015 07:35

Chris Hitchings
Media/brands on demand

After an exceedingly tough year in 2014, the media industry and brands need to explore new opportunities such as video-on-demand; second screening; and even longer form content to maximise brand spend and content...

By Chris Hitchings 9 Feb 2015 06:39

Jacques du Preez
International networks shift SA media landscape

Almost overnight, local South African media owners and advertising agencies have become global players as international agency and media networks continue their acquisition spree in southern Africa...

By Jacques du Preez 8 Feb 2015 08:01

Doug Mayne
It's not all about the money

Malls are crazy places where anything can happen. Most importantly, the bulk of this country's retail spending takes place in this environment...

By Doug Mayne 6 Feb 2015 08:54

Ann Nurock
Brands need a higher purpose

Everyone is looking for meaning and fulfilment. Today, consumers want meaning and value that go beyond products and services...

By Ann Nurock 6 Feb 2015 07:08

[Trends 2015] A return to brands with providence
A return to brands with providence

Consumers are returning to products that have distinct origins, providence and have stories to tell, says the newly appointed managing director of Pernod Ricard South Africa and Namibia, Paul Scanlon...

By Paul Scanlon 6 Feb 2015 06:17

Jonathan Deeb
Shifting the traditional agency model

So, has content killed the commercial? No, I don't believe so... but it does present a huge opportunity for brands to take advantage of this content...

By Jonathan Deeb 5 Feb 2015 08:38

Johanna McDowell
Winning the marketing race

While the fundamentals will always remain the same, 2015 will also bring 'silo-busting', 'agility marketing', and advertising decoupling and recoupling...

By Johanna McDowell 5 Feb 2015 07:14

[Trends 2015] Programmatic media-buying surge
Programmatic media-buying surge

John Bowles, joint-MD, of the Newspaper Advertising Bureau (NAB), predicts more private ad exchanges playing a role in the market.

By John Bowles 5 Feb 2015 06:37

[Trends 2015] The power of the crowd
The power of the crowd

BMi market research chief executive officer, Gareth Pearson, outlines his consumer brand trends in brief, which will shape 2015...

By Gareth Pearson 4 Feb 2015 10:56

Cécile Missildine
It's integrated communications or bust

South African communications agencies need to evolve and adapt their skill set to match global expectations and the global industry transition across the media and marketing communications...

By Cécile Missildine 4 Feb 2015 08:03

[Trends 2015] The rise of brand worlds
The rise of brand worlds

2015 will be a paradigm shift for agencies, says Felix Kessel, CEO of OwenKessel Leo Burnett, as the clients of today are entirely reshaping the agency model and will change the face of advertising...

By Felix Kessel 4 Feb 2015 07:20

[Trends 2015] Convergence marketing
Convergence marketing

Heidi Brauer, chief marketing officer of Hollard Insurance, believes solid client/agency relationships based on mutual respect, trust and collaboration are at the heart of industry growth going forward into the New Year...

By Heidi Brauer 3 Feb 2015 08:26

Dr. Ludi Koekemoer
A new breed of advertising creative needed

A look into the future demands a look into the past. Many moons ago advertising was fun, agencies provided serious strategic input and media planning...

By Dr. Ludi Koekemoer 3 Feb 2015 08:00

Mathias Rosenthal via 123RF
The rise of 'me'

In brand communication, 'knowing your target market' will cease to be about drawing an average every-man in outline, but will rather be about speaking to every individual customer who comes into contact with your products...

By Gaby de Abreu 3 Feb 2015 07:23

Dawn Rowlands
Invest in communication and content

Brands that stand out will create commercial success by attracting more users, more often. Brands that make it easy for consumers to recognise them (and love them) will win...

By Dawn Rowlands 2 Feb 2015 07:50

[Trends 2015] Create work that moves people
Create work that moves people

There are shifts in the industry - this is the era of disposable content and a demand for high-value content - the challenge is to still create the emotional work that moves people, says Brett Morris, CEO of FCB South Africa...

By Brett Morris 2 Feb 2015 07:02

Ravi Bhaya
The African digital revolution

As the world gets more inter-connected, the Internet of Things will become more of a reality in the emerging markets of Africa...

By Ravi Bhaya 2 Feb 2015 06:49

Wayne Naidoo
Power to the have-nots

As conventional models of reaching consumers become radically undermined, initially by mobile, the very notion of what a consumer is will change...

By Wayne Naidoo 30 Jan 2015 07:52

Andriy Popov via 123RF
Full adoption of mobile marketing in Africa

The impact of the mobile phone is one of the most important changes to have taken place in Africa in the last century. It has changed people, societies, communities and relationships...

By Henk Swanepoel 30 Jan 2015 07:15

[Trends 2015] e-Sports outstrips mainstream sports
e-Sports outstrips mainstream sports

While big data, content marketing and the cloud are up there in his trends for 2015 too, Vincent Maher, chief innovation officer at Kagiso Media, has also highlighted the growth of e-Sports...

By Vincent Maher 30 Jan 2015 06:36

George Golding
Your customers hold the power

2015 will continue to be all about the customer, for brands...

By George Golding 29 Jan 2015 09:03

Melissa Attree
Brands vs Publishers

We need to start making better long-term decisions when it comes to building communities with real social business and CRM strategies...

By Melissa Attree 29 Jan 2015 08:00

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

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