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Douglas Kruger
Want to be an industry expert? Make this one principle your entire business model

Some goals require what seems like contradictory behaviour. Becoming a venerated thought-leader in your industry is one of them...

By Douglas Kruger 29 Jan 2015 14:14

Garren Coetzee
Look at the legs on that strategy

The term "Strategy" in day-to-day advertising, is thrown around as loosely as "Booty" is in modern day hip-hop. And even though both are constantly being referred to, no one can truly pinpoint what a good one looks like...

By Garren Coetzee 29 Jan 2015 14:05

George Golding
[Trends 2015] 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
[Trends 2015] 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
[Trends 2015] 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

Sid Peimer
How do you know your strategy is any good?

The 1958 French film Les Almants (The Lovers), about a woman involved in adultery, was a hit in France, but when it crossed the Atlantic to the US...

By Sid Peimer 29 Jan 2015 06:43

Chris Moerdyk
Let's encourage Zuma to bash whites

I am all in favour of President Jacob Zuma continuing his sniping campaign against whites and blaming everything on apartheid...

By Chris Moerdyk 29 Jan 2015 06:35

[NewsMaker] Laurian Ovens
[NewsMaker] Laurian Ovens

Well-loved South African brand, Peppadew, has launched a range of product innovation in the past year. Peppadew brand manager, Laurian Ovens, talks about the brand's move from pickles-only into other food categories...

By Louise Marsland 28 Jan 2015 14:15

Chemory Gunko
Blurred lines... how the vicious internet is creating a vicious world

In our competitive, cut-throat, winner-takes-all society, it seems like everybody is out for themselves...

By Chemory Gunko 28 Jan 2015 14:09

Chris Midgley
Changing the mindset of cost-cutting to value adding

As clients continue to brief agencies to "cut costs and work within smaller budgets" (often coupled with greater demands in terms of return on investment), it's not necessarily because clients want value for their money...

By Chris Midgley, Issued by Blast Brand Catalysts 28 Jan 2015 12:34

[Trends 2015] The disruption of media models
[Trends 2015] The disruption of media models

Traditional media models are broken and new business thinking is required going forward, urges Omar Essack, group deputy CEO of Kagiso Media...

By Omar Essack 28 Jan 2015 09:20

David Blyth
[Trends 2015] Mega-trend: Overt customer obsession

The fundamentals of marketing excellence will never change. Just like the shopkeepers who earned their customers' trust before the age of branding, powerful brands are those that understand and relate to people...

By David Blyth 28 Jan 2015 08:50

Heidi Myers
[Trends 2015] The importance of social listening in 2015

Social listening is arguably the most significant technology to hit marketing since social media itself. It will be a huge trend in 2015. So, what is social listening and why does it matter?...

By Heidi Myers 28 Jan 2015 08:01

Q&A with IAB Digital Summit speaker Matthew Bull
Q&A with IAB Digital Summit speaker Matthew Bull

As part of an exclusive five-part series, Bizcommunity chats to Matthew Bull from The Bull White House in New York, international speaker at the upcoming IAB Digital Summit in Association with

By Matthew Bull 28 Jan 2015 07:57

[Orchids & Onions] Landy ad does it in black and white, but as for PRWorx...
[Orchids & Onions] Landy ad does it in black and white, but as for PRWorx...

In this age of information overload and fast-forward flickering YouTube, a well thought-out still image still has the power to arrest and attract. And, in a marketing context, to get across a message without the proverbial thousand words...

By Brendan Seery 27 Jan 2015 14:00

Albert van Jaarsveld
Innovation, a catalyst for development

WEF is uniquely placed to offer South Africa a chance to position itself and communicate its value proposition to international decision makers...

By Albert van Jaarsveld 27 Jan 2015 13:53

Intrapreneurship: innovating from within the corporate cubicle
Intrapreneurship: innovating from within the corporate cubicle

In today's era of digital innovation, tech-savvy start-ups can launch new services and products at lightning speed. Some examples of companies that have done just this include WhatsApp...

By Lyndi Lawson-Smith 27 Jan 2015 13:50

Rose Setshoge
B2B marketers: don't just generate leads in 2015, produce convertible ones

Believe it not, lead generation still keeps most marketers awake at night! Although this is one of the vital marketing functions, it needs collaboration with the sales team in order to be effective...

By Rose Setshoge 27 Jan 2015 13:45

Keri-Ann Stanton
[Trends 2015] Back to basics communications engagement

The core of public relations is developing meaningful, relevant, sustainable relationships with media, influencers and consumers...

By Keri-Ann Stanton 27 Jan 2015 09:00

Jaco Pienaar
[Trends 2015] What to expect from 2015

Business has now resumed at its normal frenetic pace and thoughts have turned to how the local media landscape will change in 2015...

By Jaco Pienaar 27 Jan 2015 08:46

Gil Sperling
[Trends 2015] Explosive disruption for marketing

2015 will be the year that disruption becomes explosive on the marketing and advertising landscape. Organisations that fail to adequately understand and embrace the coming trends will be surpassed in the market...

By Gil Sperling 27 Jan 2015 08:30

Pepe Marais
[Trends 2015] A purpose-filled future

The more the world feels devoid of meaning, the more people are attracted to brands that display a deeper sense of purpose...

By Pepe Marais 27 Jan 2015 08:00

Do you actually know who the influencers are or is your influencer marketing a joke?
Do you actually know who the influencers are or is your influencer marketing a joke?

Amanda Sevasti is a well-known commentator on all things digital and a judge at the Bookmark Awards for 2015. She's been sharing her judging experience on Twitter...

By Walter Pike 27 Jan 2015 08:00

Four social networks that will rival Facebook and Twitter in 2015
Four social networks that will rival Facebook and Twitter in 2015

After years of domination by a few big names, social media is now expected to undergo some significant shifts and changes in the new year...

By Owen Andrew 27 Jan 2015 06:20

What we've learned from institutions of higher learning
What we've learned from institutions of higher learning

According to figures released by the Department of Basic Education, 403,874 students passed their NSC this year. Amid the excitement of negotiating this hurdle, for many it brings the question: "Where to now?" into sharp focus. For higher education institution brands, this is peak season, with brands playing an important role in informing decisions...

By Christopher Human 26 Jan 2015 10:45

[TrendTalk] Illuminating dark social
[TrendTalk] Illuminating dark social

In this online 'sharing economy', the currency is in measuring consumer activity. But with 'dark social' becoming the primary habitat of consumer-sharing globally, almost 60% of online user activity can't be tracked easily...

By Louise Marsland 26 Jan 2015 09:09

Gustav Goosen
[Trends 2015] The big online advertising trends

As always, it was a highly competitive space but this year that seemed the case more than ever - especially when it came to online advertising, fuelled by the continued growth of digital...

By Gustav Goosen 26 Jan 2015 09:05

Sampa Diseko
[Trends 2015] The 'sound' of Africa

Africa is entrenched in oral storytelling, movement and vocal expression. Marketers need to engage with the source of that sound...

By Sampa Diseko 26 Jan 2015 08:10

[Trends 2015] Newsflash: TV will not die
[Trends 2015] Newsflash: TV will not die

Every year, someone predicts the death of TV ads. They claim the evidence is everywhere, from rising digital media consumption to the increased popularity of the PVR. The only thing is that no one seems to have told TV...

By Stu Stobbs 26 Jan 2015 08:00

James Hurford
Persuasive power - ethos, pathos and logos

2300 years ago, the Greek philosopher Aristotle wrote down the secret to being a persuasive speaker. This secret forms the basis of nearly every public speaking book written since...

By James Hurford 26 Jan 2015 05:46

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