Acquisition by international firms of South African founded companies is killing marketing in the country. Yes I said it!...well most of them, not all.
By Sanele Mgaga 7 Mar 2014 14:45
There is always one speaker at Design Indaba that you fall in love with. Not just because of their inspiring or beautiful work, but because of them. Their authenticity. Their essential humanity that comes across.
By Louise Marsland 7 Mar 2014 09:50
There are a number of specialists who all contribute to analysing and interpreting big data. We'd like to add a less obvious specialisation into the mix, namely animation and gaming.
By Glenn Gillis 7 Mar 2014 06:54
Look at them over there. They're leaders in innovation. It's written on their wall in bold typography, on their website in luxurious .gif while their LinkedIn profiles deem them thus as well. They are captains of industry, masters of the future, legends of the letter 'i'.
By Travis Bussiahn 7 Mar 2014 06:40
Selfies are on the rise. And we're all guilty of taking a few of our own and exposing them to the social networking world.
By Daphney Mngomeni 6 Mar 2014 11:33
Most companies have heard about big data, and are vaguely aware of the benefits. Unfortunately, it remains a 'nice idea' but one whose benefits are not well understood.
By Gerald Naidoo 6 Mar 2014 07:10
For better or worse, technology has changed how we engage with media. And despite the 'print is dead' argument, clients of public relations firms still expect to get their column centimetres. So how is technology shaping the lives of media professionals?
By Jaco Pienaar 6 Mar 2014 06:30
As the rand weakens and the pula strengthens, so consumers in Botswana find the gap in the cost of goods between South Africa and Botswana in Woolworths grows and not in their favour.
By Gwen Watkins 5 Mar 2014 16:02
The consequences of the shutdown were felt as far afield from the U.S. as here in South Africa, as was demonstrated by several of the reseller channels.
By Simon Campbell-Young 5 Mar 2014 14:30
The financial landscape is risky, uncertain, and unfriendly... and just perfect for the launch of your content marketing campaign.
By Mark Wright 5 Mar 2014 14:05
Two things happened in the ad industry in the last few months that would have made David Ogilvy cringe in his grave.
By Suhana Gordhan, Issued by NATIVE VML 5 Mar 2014 07:33
Translating product information into information that can be understood and, perchance liked, is up to the copywriter - however, there are many fingers clutching at their pens, which may result in what the adage warns of cooks and the broth.
By Claudio Milo 5 Mar 2014 06:30
We spend a significant part of our lives chasing a salary that'll enable us to afford to buy a home. Then we spend a significant part of our day away from that home, to earn enough money to be able to keep it.
By Catherine Milward-Bridges 4 Mar 2014 14:33
Following months of talks between the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) and the telecoms industry, the regulator announced that mobile termination rates in South Africa would drop significantly.
By Mitchell Barker 4 Mar 2014 09:26
On the eve before the world's TV cameras will be allowed for the first time into a courtroom to televise
the trial of legendary Paralympian Oscar Pistorius, a dubiously innocuous marketing tactic on the part of a Cape Town bakery was called publicly into question.
By Janine Lazarus 4 Mar 2014 07:27
As the world's media gathered today outside and inside the High Court in Pretoria, there are many questions in the public's mind. Is this fair? Is this not voyeurism of the highest order? Will it influence the outcome? Is it necessary?
By Marion Scher 3 Mar 2014 14:56
The Design Indaba 2014 Expo was once again a feast for the eyes and mind, while providing creatives from all walks of life the opportunity to showcase their crafts on an internationally-attended playing field.
By Shan Radcliffe 3 Mar 2014 13:38
Anyone in the creative communications milieu at this stage of 2014 will tell you the importance of storytelling and story-making as a creative trend, this year other kinds of storytelling genres emerged.
By Terry Levin 3 Mar 2014 12:25
Those who did arrive early on Friday at the Design Indaba were rewarded by listening to Issa Diabate, who apparently even trended on Twitter during his presentation.
By Terry Levin 3 Mar 2014 11:10
How does one define a designer these days? Designers are so much more than building constructors, typography poets and chair and vase crafters. Designers are creators, activists, humanitarians, revolutionaries, risk takers, visionaries.
By Ruth Cooper 3 Mar 2014 09:18
Great relationships are like Russian Matryoshka Dolls. They are a series of partnerships within partnerships - between client and agency, between agencies, and even between departments within the client's own business.
By Jason Xenopoulos 3 Mar 2014 07:00
"While there are a few leaders with integrity, they are overwhelmed by the never-ending scandals of corruption: from the Arms Deal to Travelgate, from Guptagate, to Nkandlagate....
By Ed Herbst 28 Feb 2014 14:17
At a creative conference you always expect to hear from pros in the industry, but boy, was Marcello Serpa a treat on day two of Design Indaba. (video)
By Ilse van den Berg 28 Feb 2014 12:24
Reward-based initiatives offer retailers a perfect way to link their digital marketing spend to their point of sale, closing the loop between the two, and making digital ROI easier to measure and optimise.
By Pete Case, Issued by Gloo 28 Feb 2014 11:49
Almost every Design Indaba presenter refers to their country or city of origin as being formative to the success of their design approach and ethos. The evidence stacks up annually as one case study after the next demonstrates that the best design solutions grow out of a sense of place, context and location and are fundamental to inspiration.
By Terry Levin 28 Feb 2014 09:15
This week's decision by Judge Dunstan Mlambo to allow the broadcasting of the Oscar Pistorius trial was itself broadcast live - and provided a vivid demonstration of the value of letting cameras into courts.
By Anton Harber 28 Feb 2014 06:12
Easily the most mythical of all designers - part alchemist, part shaman, with the sensibilities and integrity of the Dalai Lama, Thomas Heatherwick was back on the Indaba stage after an absence of nine years.
By Terry Levin 27 Feb 2014 14:45
Offering a media monitoring (or clipping) service should be easy. How difficult can it really be to provide clients with content relevant to them or featuring their brand and working out a value for that?
By Jaco Pienaar 27 Feb 2014 14:31
A look at South African corporate and company websites shows many read like an annual report... and that makes them boring.
By Marion Scher 27 Feb 2014 13:52
There's one slot at Design Indaba I implore you never to miss, and that's the Pecha Kucha presentations. Seven top graduates from around the world presented their projects at this year's event, but three stood out - particularly in the simulcast auditorium where they all received a rousing applause.
By Sindy Peters 27 Feb 2014 11:30
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