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Bloomberg's Africa media plan raises questions

It may be imprudent to write this about someone who is spending $10m on African journalism. But then, of all the things I have been accused of in my time, prudence was never among them.

By Anton Harber 7 Feb 2014 05:23

Rebellion in the Dotcom Kingdom

TORONTO, CANADA: Since the invention of the internet, suddenly the phrase 'dot com' became the single most powerful word of the century...

By Naseem Javed 6 Feb 2014 09:41

'Beyond Retail' for Africa

Professional services firm, Deloitte was a title sponsor of the inaugural World Retail Congress Africa, held last month in Sandton. I spoke to Ilse du Toit, a manager within the Strategy & Innovation practice at Deloitte Consulting.

By Danette Breitenbach 17 Dec 2013 08:48

Imposing one story on Africa is doing it a disservice
Imposing one story on Africa is doing it a disservice

The African Media Leaders Forum in Addis Ababa last week ended on a weak note: Politicians want the media to generate a new, positive African narrative.

By Anton Harber 15 Nov 2013 06:33

African brandcrafting: an opportunity for growth

When it comes to international surveys, African brands have some way to go in realising their full potential.

By Chris Human 13 Sep 2013 07:30

Y&R: I have an agency...

Y&R is committed to having 20 agencies on the African continent by 2015. Leading the charge to achieve this is Yossi Schwartz, chairman of Y&R South Africa.

By Danette Breitenbach 5 Sep 2013 05:42

A mobile Africa: innovation is key

2012 saw the BuzzCity network grow by 67% with over 210.8 billion ads served across the globe and this extensive growth in mobile usage is certain to continue as we move through 2013.

By Dr KF Lai 21 Feb 2013 11:07

Mobile and digital trends in 5 African countries: a cultural interpretation

This piece addresses the intersections between technology and culture that I identified while doing fieldwork. Therefore, this is not the result of strict data analysis, but rather the outcome of an immersion in each of these cultures.

By Marcela Ospina 7 Feb 2013 12:15

[2013 trends] Africa's dynamic markets
[2013 trends] Africa's dynamic markets

The year 2013 for most brands, especially the ones coping with saturated markets in developed countries, will be a decisive one. Incorporating Africa into their corporate brand strategy, if they haven't done so, will be the better part of valour, so to speak.

By Obaika Consulting Team 31 Jan 2013 13:20

[2013 trends] Out-of-the-box branding
[2013 trends] Out-of-the-box branding

No, the concepts of "tribalism", "gamification" and "engagement" aren't a promo for the latest computer game, but are in fact the trends that will characterise the way companies and consumers interact in 2013. The branding industry is constantly developing and. while the following trends are evolutions rather than dynamic, short-term changes, we believe there are 10 areas that will define the brandscape over the next year.

By HKLM Exco Team 31 Jan 2013 12:33

[2013 trends] SA's youth trend-o-meter
[2013 trends] SA's youth trend-o-meter

Young South Africa is savvier than ever before. If you are looking for a smart and discerning prosumer, this group of kids, teens and young adults will give you more kicks than you've ever bargained for. They know just what they are looking for from any brand, and this makes them that much more satisfying to please. Here are a few trends to look out for in 2013.

By HDI Youth Marketeers Team 31 Jan 2013 11:30

[2013 trends] Africa poised for a great future
[2013 trends] Africa poised for a great future

As 2013 commences, afro-pessimism seems to cede to afro-optimism. There is a global consensus: Africa is poised for a great future. What will be the impact of Africa's growth on our industry? What will be the major trends of the year? In the business world, predicting the future is a crucial exercise.

By Nandkishor Buty 30 Jan 2013 12:39

[2013 trends] Africa finding its own solutions using mobile tech
[2013 trends] Africa finding its own solutions using mobile tech

There are several key trends that will present themselves in 2013. From m-payments to HIV/AIDS prevention, emerging markets are leading the way when it comes to innovative uses of mobile technology. Marketers, too, are seeing their roles and responsibilities expand.

By Dr KF Lai 25 Jan 2013 10:57

New appointments at Scanad Nigeria
New appointments at Scanad Nigeria

Rufai Ladipo has been appointed as the new chief executive officer of Scanad Nigeria Limited, the newest subsidiary of marketing services group of Scangroup Limited and partly owned by WPP. Fagbohun Abiodun Mesharck has also been appointed as head of media, while Kenyan Sameer Ambegaonkar has been appointed as managing consultant. The appointments are aimed at supporting the company's growth and expansion strategy in Nigeria.

By Carole Kimutai 30 Oct 2012 12:23

Nigeria frets over Kenya ICT

TechCentral wraps up the week's major technology news from around the African continent.

By Duncan McLeod 21 Aug 2012 10:24

Branding lessons from the Olympics

The world has caught Olympic fever and South Africans are glued to their TV screens thanks to the likes of Chad Le Clos, Cameron van der Burgh and the lightweight men's four rowing team, who have bagged three gold medals at the London 2012 Games.

By Donna Rachelson 8 Aug 2012 13:09

[BFMA 2012] Digital technology proves to be the next money maker

Day 1 of the Broadcast Film and Music Africa (BFMA) conference opened with a house full. The two day conference, under the theme "Innovation, investment and partnerships for local content and service excellence" takes place at the Oshwal Centre, located in the Nairobi Central Business District, Kenya.

By Carole Kimutai 11 Jul 2012 09:51

[Executive Check] Partnerships are critical for success in Africa's PR industry - Arcay
[Executive Check] Partnerships are critical for success in Africa's PR industry - Arcay

Global public relations and communications firm, Burson-Marsteller recently acquired a controlling stake in Johannesburg-based Arcay Communications. Founder and chairman of Arcay Burson-Marsteller, Robyn de Villiers speaks about the partnership and succeeding in Africa's PR industry.

By Walter Wafula 3 Jul 2012 14:52

Wasace super cable: more details emerge

The company behind the planned 40Tbit/s Wasace cable [David Ross Group] says the African leg of the submarine system will be ready for service in early 2014. And it's coming to SA.

By Duncan McLeod 11 May 2012 09:39

All set as BB StarGame housemates are revealed
All set as BB StarGame housemates are revealed

MultiChoice Malawi has announced that all is now set for the Big Brother StarGame which aired last night, 6 May 2012, on AfricaMagic Entertainment and DStv Channel 198.

By Gregory Gondwe 7 May 2012 10:52

Reuters makes final call for KSM Awards, announces seminar

Thomson Reuters, the global news and information company has made the final call for entries to the 2012 Kurt Schork Memorial (KSM) Awards which will take place in London in November, and made the announcement of a seminar on reporting on terrorism and global security.

By Walter Wafula 3 May 2012 11:41

Ugandans get free access to Wikipedia

Ugandans who subscribe to Orange Uganda's network can now access Wikipedia for free, according to the company publicist, Patience Tindyebwa.

By Walter Wafula 4 Apr 2012 13:51

Africa Magic rebrands
Africa Magic rebrands

MultiChoice Malawi has announced the rebranding of Africa Magic channels on DStv that they signposted earlier this month.

By Gregory Gondwe 26 Mar 2012 13:34

German institute to equip journos with digital journalism skills

African journalists in need of digital reporting skills have an opportunity to acquire them through the Intajour Fellowship Program which kicks off in September this year. This follows the call for applications for the fellowship programme by the International Academy of Journalism (IAJ) in Germany.

By Walter Wafula 23 Mar 2012 09:51

Get set for the .africa gold rush

Africa looks set to get its own generic top-level domain, .africa, in 2013 if the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) gives the go-ahead, which looks likely. The creation of the new domain could set off a gold rush and create headaches for businesses wanting to protect their brands.

By Craig Wilson 29 Feb 2012 09:48

BBA 7 brings double housemates
BBA 7 brings double housemates

Multichoice Malawi announced on 24 January 2012 that the Big Brother Africa housemates of Season 7, will go in the house in pairs, where they will choose whether to pair with spouses, friends or family.

By Gregory Gondwe 25 Jan 2012 13:24

Multichoice overwhelmed with Big Brother response
Multichoice overwhelmed with Big Brother response

Multichoice Malawi says it has been overwhelmed with interest that Malawians are showing soon after the announcement of the seventh season of Big Brother Africa.

By Gregory Gondwe 16 Jan 2012 10:30

CPJ report: 52 journalists jailed in Africa

There are currently 52 journalists imprisoned in Africa, in nine countries. More than half the jailed journalists are held in that scourge of media freedom - Eritrea. The most disturbing news to come out of CPJ's recent report on journalists behind bars, is that the trend of imprisoning journalists - often on trumped-up charges - has seen a sharp increase over the last decade.

By Theresa Mallinson 12 Dec 2011 10:05

AMI, Google starts project to keep African media alive

Bizcommunity.com has suspended the article 'AMI, Google starts project to keep African media alive' by Walter Wafula, published on Wednesday, 21 September 2011, pending an investigation in the correctness of the facts. We regret any confusion caused.

By Walter Wafula 21 Sep 2011 12:00

[Highway Africa 2011] Making the media work with the civil society

A meeting of senior media gurus from five African countries, took place on Saturday 17 September 2011 at the Highway Africa Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, agreed to disagree on whether the media needs to be bed fellows with civil society to achieve either parts' objectives or not.

By Gregory Gondwe 19 Sep 2011 10:37

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