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'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

#PAMRO15: The role of media audience research in emerging markets

There is a need for transparency, and to tell not just one story, but many.

By Oresti Patricios 26 Sep 2013 07:10

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

Africa shows its social side

Africa is the final economic frontier and marketers are actively looking to market their brands on the continent.

By Danette Breitenbach 12 Sep 2013 14:57

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

[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

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

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

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

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

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

The role of email marketing in the multi-channel evolution: Part 1

Email is still the most cost-effective marketing tool, enabling you to reach people who have actually given you permission to communicate with them and who are therefore more likely to pay attention to your message and respond to your calls-to-action.

By Wikus Engelbrecht 21 Jun 2012 14:31

10 tips on how to do email marketing right

Email marketing puts the ability to connect with potential and existing customers at the touch of a button. Despite this simplicity, however, deciding how to approach and manage the process of email marketing can still be a challenge for businesses looking to leverage the channel to communicate competently and achieve a high return on investment.

By Wikus Engelbrecht 18 Jun 2012 12:44

Scangroup and Ogilvy announce a joint venture in Ghana

Scangroup and Ogilvy, associates of WPP, a global advertising and marketing services company, have announced the launch of two advertising firms, Scanad Ghana Limited and Ogilvy Ghana Limited. The move is aimed at expanding Scangroup and Ogilvy operations in Africa and to serve an existing demand for marketing and communication services.

By Carole Kimutai 30 Sep 2011 09:07

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

SA, Africa's most valuable nation brand

South Africa has emerged as the most valuable nation brand on the African continent in 2011, scoring a value of US$149.7 billion, distantly followed by Egypt (US$79.2 billion) and Nigeria (US$56 billion) in third place, while MTN is voted Africa's most valuable corporate brand, according to a UK-based Brand Finance study's findings released today, Wednesday 25 May 2011, in Johannesburg by the Brand Leadership Academy.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 25 May 2011 13:45

Do corporate CEOs understand the importance of SEO?

The problem that we face in South African commerce right now is that very few top CEOs know what SEO, or what SEM marketing entails. Some might say, "well that's because it's not important, and how can it result in sales?" Hmmm, this attitude would make you look foolish in front of a company (competitor) that has grasped the potential which Google, Yahoo and other search engines present.

By Shaune Jordaan 1 Mar 2011 11:24

Google Instant is great news for SEO

Google Instant search is annoying for some, and useful to others. One fact does remain - it runs on the same search engine and the search results are exactly the same. The difference it brings is in how the user reacts to the results they see.

By Shaune Jordaan 22 Feb 2011 12:12

[2011 trends] It's a Wild. Wired. Wellthy. World!

The recent global recession has changed our world forever. In a new digital age, characterised by oversupply and too many product types in almost every market, the challenge for companies will be to locate and capture pools of high-profit demand and be able to move with speed and flexibility to take advantage of them. Here are 11 trends for 2011.

By Gisèle Wertheim Aymés 18 Jan 2011 14:17

[2011 trends] A year of hard work for brands

If 2010 could be summed up as soccer, vuvuzelas and national pride, 2011 will be all about the hard work of restoring the economy to sustainable growth, paying attention to environmental concerns and mastering the technologies that are changing the world. Here are a few trends to watch in 2011.

By Janice Spark 17 Jan 2011 15:27

[2011 trends] SEO more challenging in 2011

2010 has come and gone and what a year it was. 2011 is upon us now, and I think it is time I prognosticate the digital marketing trends for this year. Here are my top 11 predictions.

By Yoray Narainpersad 11 Jan 2011 11:51

[IMCC] "Out-imagine your competition" - Dan Pinch

PR and marketing departments need to work together to generate creative ideas. This is the opinion of both social media expert Dan Pinch and Bizcommunity's own Chris Moerdyk, keynote speakers on day one of the two-day 2010 Integrated Marketing Communication (IMC) Conference. The event began today, Wednesday, 27 October 2010, in Cape Town at the Crystal Towers Hotel and Spa.

By Sindy Peters 27 Oct 2010 13:49

Storytelling, social networking, destination marketing: selling tourism online

Who is Jabulani the Octopus? When did it last snow on Table Mountain? What does a kudu sound like when it is dying? Why should we care about Australopithecus sediba? What happens when a whale jumps on your boat? And what in the world does any of this have to do with online destination marketing?

By Tara Turkington 25 Oct 2010 12:40

The mass media without the masses

Monday, 3 May 2010, marks the annual commemoration of World Press Freedom Day - a day when all global citizens should remember, celebrate and protect the crucial role that free media plays within democracy and development.

By Thabani Khumalo 30 Apr 2010 12:23

Facebook investigates SA market - from a distance

If you look closely, you will notice a pair of eyes and a nose peeking over the wall at the South African market. It belongs to Facebook, which recently signed with Habari Media to represent it locally. Trevor Johnson, head of strategy and planning, Facebook EMEA, says this is in line with the group's strategy for emerging markets, whereby it signs with knowledgeable local partners rather than investing directly into a country.

By Herman Manson 9 Apr 2010 13:02

The head, heart and hand of branding

The brand new world created by globalisation, informed citizenry and consumer's demand for brand experience presents a challenge for global brands to balance their aggressive marketing campaigns with social responsibility.

By Thabani Khumalo 15 Oct 2009 11:45

The art of investing in Nigeria

Despite facing serious challenges which include, among others, organised crime, 419 scam, corruption, power issues, instability in the oil-rich Niger Delta region, Nigerian authorities believe their country's market-size coupled with endless business opportunities make an African ‘heaven' for investment.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 18 Sep 2009 09:51