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‘Africa is where others will look for the best in new innovation'
‘Africa is where others will look for the best in new innovation'

Between East and West: Africa's economic transformation will create a third centre of global power, according to a new ‘Afro-Optimism' series...

By Brett Parker 2 days ago

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#Newsmaker: Mpange Chapeshamano makes an Avatar comeback

Politics aside, integrated marketing agency Avatar has done a management reshuffle with co-founder Zibusiso Mkhwanazi stepping down as CEO to take on a bigger role as group CEO of Avatar Investment Holdings and the Avatar360 Group, which owns the agency's Johannesburg and Cape Town offices...

By Jessica Tennant 3 days ago

Cognifide reports on the Adobe US Summit 2017 in Vegas
Cognifide reports on the Adobe US Summit 2017 in Vegas

In a dazzling splash of lights, big screens and booming sound, Adobe hosted over 12,000 attendees at their 2017 Summit in Las Vegas...

By Jay Smith 21 Apr 2017

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Five ways for health and wellness brands to win on Instagram

A new generation of celebrities are teaching brands a great deal about how to generate content consumers engage with.

By Annabel Porter 21 Apr 2017

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Grow your storytelling, grow your brand

In prehistoric times, great stories were told sitting around a campfire. In the glow of the flames storytellers would share exciting tales to impart information, to teach, to encourage and to entertain. Storytelling is an evolutionary mechanism crucial to human communication and central to our success...

By Parusha Partab 20 Apr 2017

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The marketer of the future

Today's traditional media is rapidly evolving towards the marketing of the future. The ‘brandscape' has changed dramatically in a short space of time and marketers are struggling to keep pace with the new environment...

By Dr. Ludi Koekemoer 19 Apr 2017

#WTMA17: Using digital marketing to convince young Africans to travel
#WTMA17: Using digital marketing to convince young Africans to travel

"Africa's online landscape is mobile but mostly feature phone based. Travel still needs to better embrace mobile by delivering mobile and thumb ready experiences to the African youth."

By Cari Coetzee 19 Apr 2017

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Real-time advertising can catapult newspapers to greater revenues

Publications can improve advertising revenues if they take advantage of real-time print adverts and that will help not only their ailing fortunes but the ailing fortunes of publishing printers, too...

By Vaughan Patterson 18 Apr 2017

#OrchidsandOnions: The power of a still image trumps lazy copywriting every time
#OrchidsandOnions: The power of a still image trumps lazy copywriting every time

I was having an interesting discussion last week with someone who is in the image processing business and he was lamenting the fact that there is so much video around these days - in all areas of life, not just in the marketing sector - that it is becoming like wallpaper and in danger of losing its impact...

By Brendan Seery 18 Apr 2017

Media: Dark art or science?
Media: Dark art or science?

Let's face it, 2017 is already tougher than 2016, which was in turn was tougher than the previous year. The advertising industry is under pressure, and media agencies are not excluded from this...

By Quinton Jones 17 Apr 2017

CEO of Monash South Africa Sharad Mehra and former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Reigniting Africa

A few years ago, there was a sense of hope and optimism around Africa. Today that sense has faded and so we need to work to get back to that. Despite this, Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, says he is optimistic about the continent...

By Danette Breitenbach 13 Apr 2017

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Does leadership matter in nation brand building?

It may not be immediately apparent about why, and indeed whether, leadership matters in brand building. After all, at first glance, it may seem that a successful brand can be built through the technical application of principles of brand building and management...

By Manusha Pillai 11 Apr 2017

SouthAfricaIn3Words: one complex country, one complex hashtag
SouthAfricaIn3Words: one complex country, one complex hashtag

South Africa. Another large, populous country in Southern Africa that harbours a wealth of promise, but hasn't yet lived up to it this century...

By Andy Walker 10 Apr 2017

Why the exhibition industry ISN'T dying - and never will!
Why the exhibition industry ISN'T dying - and never will!

Justin Hawes, MD of exhibition, events and retail display company, Scan Display...

By Justin Hawes 7 Apr 2017

Opening up the African exhibition space
Opening up the African exhibition space

Africa offers a significant growth opportunity for exhibition organisers, with a high percentage already being run by international companies...

By Danette Breitenbach 7 Apr 2017

PR industry professionals must stand up for integrity
PR industry professionals must stand up for integrity

It is a sad day when PR firms tarnish the reputation of the industry as a whole...

By Janine Lloyd 6 Apr 2017

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Exhibitions: misunderstood and undervalued

Exhibitions add R66.5 billion to South Africa's GDP, contributing R3 billion to national taxes and 135,100 sustainable jobs. In 2015 of the five million visitors to exhibitions, tourists accounted for 1 million of these...

By Danette Breitenbach 6 Apr 2017

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How to adopt a digital innovation mindset

Companies that understand that fast-paced innovation is the key to long-term growth can take on even the largest enterprises who are slow to adapt to the fast-moving digital reality...

By Werner Vogels 5 Apr 2017

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Fake followers are a massive problem, as SA duo proves

It's almost become an unspoken fact over the years that social media has a major problem with fake followers. Now, two writers have brought the problem into the open by running a dummy Instagram account and buying fake followers in the process...

By Hadlee Simons 3 Apr 2017

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Brands and social media influencers, are you at risk?

Although Andy Warhol proclaimed in 1968 that, in the future, everyone would be world-famous for fifteen minutes, it is unlikely that he could possibly have imagined today's social media crazed world and the multiple platforms that exist to enable anyone, anywhere, to become a celebrity...

By Kelly Thompson 31 Mar 2017

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#In2SummitSA: The African era of communications

The Holmes Report's 2017 In2 Innovation Summit took place at The Maslow in Sandton on 29 March. Opening the event, Tim Sutton, chairman, EMEA and Asia-Pacific at Weber Shandwick, facilitated a panel discussion on ‘The African Era'...

By Jessica Tennant 29 Mar 2017

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Through the looking glass: Consumers on Instagram

The first digital photograph dates back to 1957. Today, more pictures are taken every two minutes than throughout the whole of the 1800s. And the vast majority of those are by people recording their lives and experiences, not brands or organisations.

By Izzy Pugh 29 Mar 2017

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10 ways publishers can increase and sustain website visitors

After almost a decade in the marketing and publishing industry, Greg Mason shares the common mistakes publishers make and how they can sustainably grow their audience...

By Greg Mason 28 Mar 2017

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A little less conversation, a little more action

Why an integrated data platform is the key to aligning marketing, sales and service...

By Michael Bornheim 24 Mar 2017

Content testing process.
How to test your content effectively

Great content that works is a real asset to any organisation. ..

By Kate Kenyon 23 Mar 2017

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In search of the agency model of the future

From the get go, one thing we can be certain of is that, like today, we will have multiple agency models going forward – some of which will not be agency-driven...

By John Little 22 Mar 2017

How direct are you?
How direct are you?

When I mention direct marketing, do you cringe and think of all those offers you receive overflowing in your postbox? Although this form of direct marketing does have a place, I'm talking about direct marketing with a bit more impact, that's far more memorable...

By Andrew MacKenzie 20 Mar 2017

Defining reputation in Africa
Defining reputation in Africa

By next year the African Reputation Index (AFI) should have a country or countries from Africa to add to the data set…

By Danette Breitenbach 20 Mar 2017

#SeamlessAfrica: A masterclass in millennial engagement and retention
#SeamlessAfrica: A masterclass in millennial engagement and retention

Millennials are known to be tech-savvy, socially engaged, have zero tolerance for delays and are always on the go...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 17 Mar 2017

African Reputation Index defines corporate reputation
African Reputation Index defines corporate reputation

While 80% of people will not buy from a company with a damaged reputation, the good reputation of a company brings with it benefits such as allowing it to charge a premium for its products...

By Danette Breitenbach 16 Mar 2017

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