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LIVE: Jacaranda FM launches its new brand positioning with a world first for radio
LIVE: Jacaranda FM launches its new brand positioning with a world first for radio

Jacaranda FM teamed up with advertising agency Halo to create a world first for radio – a live, lip sync, audiovisual campaign. This stunt marks the station's launch of a new brand positioning that promises to deliver more music you love...

By Jessica Tennant 15 Feb 2017

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Brands nudge their way towards goodness

Economics has long been based on the assumption that as humans we make rational, purposefully thought out decisions that are in our best interest...

By Leslie Pascaud 9 Feb 2017

Lady Gaga rocks the Super Bowl half time show - @forbes
#TRENDING: Brand activism ruled Super Bowl 2017

We are entering a new era of brand activism as brands step up to speak out against political decisions they feel are morally wrong…

By Louise Marsland 6 Feb 2017

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Building your brand through the power of storytelling

People love stories and, for as long as people have walked the earth, across all cultures, storytelling has been an important fabric of society...

By Nicole Shapiro 2 Feb 2017

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Building a team strong enough to carry a brand to success

We know that creating a strong company culture is crucial in order to hire the right employees – and then ensure they're inspired and enabled enough to help reach your business goals...

By Harry Welby-Cooke 20 Jan 2017

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Are you making these five logo design blunders?

A logo can be a very useful element for projecting the personality and message of a brand or business. Some of the most recognisable business logos in our world today include McDonalds, Addidas, Mercedes-Benz...

By Charles Mburugu 20 Dec 2016

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Empathy as a starting point to innovation

Often, the orientations to innovation are determined by the skills existing in a factory at a given time. Typically, the company owns a technical know-how and uses it to improve or transform its products...

By Amandine Robin 12 Dec 2016

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Social media sentiment shows why customer expectations matter

Brands that fail to meet customers' high expectations may see their market share slide. Marketing is a multi-billion rand exercise in setting expectations...

By JP Kloppers 8 Dec 2016

Emirates Twitter Page Leveraging off Jennifer Aniston brand association
When fame is no longer enough: Brand ambassadors in the age of social media

Starting in the 1940s and '50s, celebrity endorsements began changing the marketing landscape. Soap, shampoo, suntan lotion: Ronald Reagan himself endorsed a brand of cigarettes...

By JP Kloppers 5 Dec 2016

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Is Doom doomed?

Sitting with a group of friends over a bottle of Pinotage, an inevitable discussion of the 'Prophet of Doom' emerged. The majority of the guys in this discussion were of the opinion that Doom as a brand actually benefited by scoring free publicity...

By Jimmy Tembo 5 Dec 2016

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Maximising consumer engagement in a brand-push war zone

The age of using consumer touchpoint data to define targeting strategies is almost becoming defunct. In fact, many insights specialists would argue that we are still thinking in siloes based on this behaviour...

By Claudelle Naidoo 30 Nov 2016

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Developing a brand strategy

After crafting some form of customer strategy, you have a sound idea of how you want your company to interact with its potential customer base...

By James Maposa 29 Nov 2016

Five business branding mistakes to avoid
Five business branding mistakes to avoid

How you go about branding has the potential to either make or break your business. Here are some of the common mistakes you need to avoid at all costs...

By Charles Mburugu 29 Nov 2016

Medium Agency of the Year - AVATAR
Tough times make for big winners

The Financial Mail (FM) AdFocus Agency of the Year 2016 is PhD Media SA. The Agency, which also won the FM AdFocus Media Agency Award, boasted top scores across each category...

By Danette Breitenbach 24 Nov 2016

Invest in personal brand building for both you and the greater good
Invest in personal brand building for both you and the greater good

In a world where personal competition has greatly improved, significant investment must be committed to building your own personal brand...

By James Maposa 23 Nov 2016

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'Boardroom dancing': Five lessons strategists can learn from the dance world

As a strategist and ballroom dancer, I have had the unique and fortunate experience of living a life that (quite literally) straddles two worlds. Two ostensibly different worlds...

By Mike dos Santos 22 Nov 2016

Leveraging personal brand to build your company's brand
Leveraging personal brand to build your company's brand

Building a personal brand is a lot of hard work based on competition being at its most intense...

By James Maposa 17 Nov 2016

Emotive branding for success
Emotive branding for success

As it is the case with almost all aspects of our lives, we feel more comfortable, and able to work better, with those we easily connect with or get along well with us...

By Nkgadimeng Ramela 10 Nov 2016

Branson launches Virgin's revamped insurance offering
Branson launches Virgin's revamped insurance offering

Not exactly known for his shy and retiring demeanour, Sir Richard Branson made an entrance for the launch of Virgin Money's new insurance product...

By Nicci Botha 2 Nov 2016

Are you making these product packaging blunders?
Are you making these product packaging blunders?

The packaging of your product is as important as what you are selling. Having attractive and functional packaging can enhance your brand image and even result in higher sales...

By Charles Mburugu 2 Nov 2016

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The brand Thuli Madonsela

Thuli Madonsela was recently announced as 'one of the five extraordinary women who are responding to leadership challenges of the 21st century' by the Tällberg Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden...

By Jimmy Tembo 1 Nov 2016

Samsung and the millennial headache
Samsung and the millennial headache

The fact that it took Samsung about 40 days to start recalling their product left a void difficult to fill, the millennial market cannot afford and does not like ambiguity...

By Jimmy Tembo 25 Oct 2016

Multicultural marketing and activations - the African context
Multicultural marketing and activations - the African context

Since Africa is so diverse, it is truly imperative that marketers understand the cultural, linguistic and religious nuances of the various territories when integrating 'local' activities into marketing tactics and strategies...

By Vaughan Berry, Issued by Provantage Media Group 21 Oct 2016

Changing the face of business
Changing the face of business

The face of business is changing and in keeping with that change Times Media has redesigned its main print products and recently launched BusinessLIVE, a website that consolidates content, business and financial audiences...

By Danette Breitenbach 20 Oct 2016

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Brand on parade

Showing the best representation of your brand and your business online is essential in today's marketplace. The web is the main street of small business commerce, and your brand is on parade...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 12 Oct 2016

Branding lessons learnt from religion (Part 4)
Branding lessons learnt from religion (Part 4)

Jesus repeatedly taught about love, the relationship between God and man, man and God, and man with man. The denominator of this is that the teachings always had Man at heart, perhaps what we call customer-centric today...

By Jimmy Tembo 7 Oct 2016

Brand building in recessionary times - is your brand geared to weather the storm?
Brand building in recessionary times - is your brand geared to weather the storm?

Turbulence. It's a word that's on everyone's lips at the moment - from the highest rated economists, to businesses of all sizes, to the man on the street...

By Nicole Shapiro 5 Oct 2016

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The reality of perception

One of the age-old sayings is that "Perception is reality" and while many brands would like to think that they are immune to this, they are not...

By Mike Taberner 4 Oct 2016

How digital marketing can drive customer acquisition for financial brands
How digital marketing can drive customer acquisition for financial brands

South African banks and insurers have long struggled with the high costs of customer acquisition and fierce competition to attain new customers. The move online offers them ways to improve the efficiency...

By Bianca Quinn-Diavastos 3 Oct 2016

The Bank of Goodwill
The Bank of Goodwill

There is an invisible institution called the Bank of Goodwill. It is centuries old, and has stood the test of time. Every corporate needs an account with this institution - some more than others...

By Khuthalani Khumalo 26 Sep 2016

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