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As home of inventions such as Kreepy Krauly and the Cat scan, SA continues to compete on innovation

Despite a sobering picture of South Africa's competitiveness, showing performance in the 2017-2018 World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Index to have slipped 14 positions from the 2016-2017 results, there are some bright spots - notably on the innovation front...

By Charl Bassil 1 day ago

#Newsmaker: Havas bids farewell to Welsh, promotes O'Connor and Sethebe to joint ECDs
#Newsmaker: Havas bids farewell to Welsh, promotes O'Connor and Sethebe to joint ECDs

Havas Johannesburg has announced chief creative officer Eoin Welsh's resignation, and the promotion of Fiona O'Connor and Tumi Sethebe as joint executive creative directors, effective 2 January 2018...

By Jessica Tennant 1 day ago

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 1 day ago

#Newsmaker: Grant Sithole joins Avatar as joint ECD
#Newsmaker: Grant Sithole joins Avatar as joint ECD

It was announced earlier this week that Grant Sithole, a former creative partner at Bakone, has been appointed to join Avatar as joint ECD alongside Brett Wild...

By Jessica Tennant 1 day ago

#Newsmaker: Mandy Leontakianakis guides Havas into 2018
#Newsmaker: Mandy Leontakianakis guides Havas into 2018

Havas recently appointed Mandy Leontakianakis as chief strategy officer to lead from Havas Johannesburg and across the group in Southern Africa, including Havas Boondoggle in Cape Town...

By Jessica Tennant 1 day ago

#StartupStory: TMI Media
#StartupStory: TMI Media

TMI Media was founded by Quinton Jones and Peter Brooke-Sumner, director of TMI (The Media Image), in October 2016 as a joint venture with a fully integrated digital offering, specially focused on data and analytics...

By Jessica Tennant 1 day ago

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Why PR is still important

Nowadays, all manner of marketing services are available, from advertising to inbound to content marketing to SEO. So, where, in this new media mix does PR fit? And is it still important?...

By Heather Baker 2 days ago

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"Like chicken soup for a dead man. It can't hurt"

I have been a creative for 25 years. It is all I have ever done to make a living. First as a photographer, and then as a creative in advertising. So, after a quarter of a century, I thought this would be a good time to write to my younger creative self about what I believe are the rules for successful creative living...

By Damon Stapleton 3 days ago

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Netflix users watched 1 billion hours of content a week in 2017

Netflix doesn't like giving out numbers - we still don't know exactly how many South Africans are on the platform, for example. But the company has revealed that in 2017, users around the world were watching over 140-million hours of content a day...

By Julia Breakey 3 days ago

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#OrchidsandOnions: Coca-Cola moves with the health-conscious times... and abuse takes to the road

Perhaps it's because we are sliding into the silly season, but I really have not seen anything this week which has irked me enough to hand out an Onion. And, I'd rather not devalue my critical currency, the Onion, by handing it out just because you expect me to be bitchy...

By Brendan Seery 12 Dec 2017

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Making local (even more) lekker: good for everyone

Why and how to protect the local film and advertising industry...

By Bobby Amm, Issued by CPA 12 Dec 2017

Is your brand suffering from small town syndrome?
Is your brand suffering from small town syndrome?

How to take your digital marketing activities from small-town to uptown...

By Fourie Rossouw 12 Dec 2017

Trish Gilford, a freelance media strategist working with the OMC.
OMC Road research update reveals how OOH industry has evolved

The OMC's Road measurement system update gives an overview of the methodology used, fieldwork efficiencies and innovation, insight and benchmarks as well as the benefits to media planners, media strategists and advertisers...

By Juanita Pienaar 11 Dec 2017

Marketing Minor: Making every guest feel like part of the family
Marketing Minor: Making every guest feel like part of the family

Minor Hotels has been going from strength to strength in establishing its hotels and brands across Africa. We chat with the regional marketing manager for Minor Hotels in Africa, Ivana Naidoo, about the brands, the industry and what it takes to market Minor Hotels...

By Cari Coetzee 8 Dec 2017

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The importance of avoiding plagiarism in your marketing campaign

It is extremely important to ensure that you are not plagiarising your marketing campaign from another brand. Here, we're taking a look at why...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 7 Dec 2017

6 tips for effectively managing M&A communications
6 tips for effectively managing M&A communications

Effective communications are key during a merger or acquisition. Here's how to keep the lines clear....

By Shane Dolan 7 Dec 2017

We don't talk anymore
We don't talk anymore

The ability to communicate - be it face-to-face or in written form - is withering away. And I mourn its imminent demise keenly...

By Janine Lazarus, Issued by Janine Lazarus Media Consultancy 7 Dec 2017

#Newsmaker: Junior Mokoma furthers his creative studies in Holland w/ Vega, FCB
#Newsmaker: Junior Mokoma furthers his creative studies in Holland w/ Vega, FCB

It was during his internship as a copywriter at FCB Africa in Johannesburg when Vega alumni student Junior Mokoma was offered the opportunity to study transmedia storytelling at Fontys Academy for Creative Industries in Tilburg, the Netherlands...

By Jessica Tennant 6 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

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#OrchidsandOnions: MTN's 'Bright side' really dazzles, but this Sunday Times sub sinks without a trace...

I've talked before about the mega-battles of the cell phone brands as they launch their end-of-year campaigns (why they focus on summer is a bit beyond me, given that summer's already been underway for almost three months by now)...

By Brendan Seery 5 Dec 2017

Trends and opportunities for exhibitions in 2018
Trends and opportunities for exhibitions in 2018

The hottest exhibition trends forecast for the forthcoming year to ensure that your business will own the exhibition space in 2018...

By Adam Dembovsky 5 Dec 2017

Digital marketing strategy for health and wellness businesses
Digital marketing strategy for health and wellness businesses

Brands have a golden opportunity to meet consumers where they're at with targeted marketing that offers valuable content and spot-on solutions...

By Desiree Gullan 5 Dec 2017

#Newsmaker: Kerry Hibberd to 'Change the World' w/ 'goodvertising' and Vodacom
#Newsmaker: Kerry Hibberd to 'Change the World' w/ 'goodvertising' and Vodacom

Net#work BBDO strategist Kerry Hibberd is going to be swapping creative strategy for volunteering next year, as part of Vodacom's Change the World programme...

By Jessica Tennant 4 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

#NewCampaign: Ocean Basket's latest campaign is a fine expression of food art
#NewCampaign: Ocean Basket's latest campaign is a fine expression of food art

Ocean Basket's unique 'Mediterrasian' sushi offering is on dazzling display in the recently launched #TheArtOfFusion brand campaign...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 4 Dec 2017

Is digital advertising worth all the hype?
Is digital advertising worth all the hype?

I read an article recently where the reporter said, inter alia that, "internet advertising is up by 13% from 2015 to 2016," and it was based on information from a usually credible source...

By Chris Brewer 4 Dec 2017

Down the rabbit hole of the summer campaign
Down the rabbit hole of the summer campaign

The great summer campaign idea is not inspired by where you end up in the rabbit hole but the process in the journey...

By Ndumiso Ndlela 4 Dec 2017

Bank advertising: a hit-or-miss
Bank advertising: a hit-or-miss

SA's big five banks spend millions of rands on advertising, a substantial amount of which is being spent on ads that miss the mark, according to market research agency Columinate, but audiences don't mind an ad that pushes a product or tells a story, as long as it's done well...

By Jessica Tennant 1 Dec 2017

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