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Winning advertising creative - you get what you brief

A brand manager's dream: Produce a TV advert showcasing the benefits of a product whilst bringing a tear to the consumer's eye and galvanising them to rush out to purchase it.

By Dina Saffer-Myers 18 Mar 2014 15:51

'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

Africa: An advertising voyage of discovery

After a year of my boss convincing me that real opportunities are in the rest of Africa, I decided to follow him to Kenya.

By Vanita 'Bezi Phiri 15 Oct 2013 08:00

#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] 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

Samsung targets infrastructure deals in Africa

After impressing African consumers with stylish mobile phones, tablet computers, and flat screen TV sets, Samsung, a global consumer electronics company has set its eyes on lucrative IT infrastructure deals with governments in Africa - in its quest for more growth on the continent.

By Walter Wafula 26 Nov 2012 12:22

NTV tops social media use in Uganda

Nation Television (NTV) is the savviest user of global social media networks in Uganda according to Top Corporate Brand on Social Media 2012, an online survey by HiPio.com, a social entertainment website in the country.

By Walter Wafula 9 Nov 2012 10:41

Nairobi Half Life with Mugambi Nthinga

Nairobi Half Life is a film about a young man going to the city to follow his dream and instead ends up in crime. The film was submitted for an Oscar award. Mugambi Nthinga, one of the cast members speaks to us about Kenya's growing film industry and what the submission means. [video]

By Carole Kimutai 2 Nov 2012 07:30

Nairobi Half Life with Tosh Gitonga

Nairobi Half Life is a film about a young man going to the city to follow his dream and instead ends up in crime. The film was submitted for an Oscar award. Tosh Gitonga, director of the film, speaks to us about Kenya's growing film industry and what the submission means. [video]

By Carole Kimutai 1 Nov 2012 14:36

[Executive Check] Ad agencies ought to be intimate with clients to thrive

MetropolitanRepublic, a newcomer in Uganda's advertising industry became the first local agency to win an award at this year's Loeries in September. MetropolitanRepublic won bronze for their 2012 MTN Uganda campaign, titled David Dumba, which was aimed at promoting SIM card registration in the country. Alex Rukundo, the managing director MRU speaks about the award and the value that intimacy brings to advertising business.

By Walter Wafula 15 Oct 2012 10:25

[PAMRO 2012] Day 2: The smart phone and the marketing game

It is estimated that by the end of 2012, there will be 735 million mobile subscribers in Africa. By 2014, the smart phone will be the main gadget that will be used to access the internet. What does this mean?

By Carole Kimutai 31 Aug 2012 13:06

[PAMRO 2012] Day 3: Measuring ROI on social media

Day 3 of the 14th Pan African Media Research Organisation (PAMRO) and All Africa Media Research Conference that ended on Wednesday, 29 August 2012, in Kampala, Uganda included a session that explored ways to measure ROI on social media.

By Carole Kimutai 31 Aug 2012 12:04

Ugandan brands battle for post London Olympics shine

Looks like Season II of the London 2012 Olympics is taking shape in Uganda with big, small, popular and almost forgotten brands taking part in the 'Olympics brand championship.'

By Walter Wafula 16 Aug 2012 11:06

Kenya's Molo Milk TVC tops list

Buzeki Dairies 'Molo Milk' television commercial is the most effective in the Kenyan market. This is according to a recently unveiled advertising effectiveness evaluation tool - SPOT ON - launched in Kenya by Ipsos Synovate.

By Carole Kimutai 16 Jul 2012 10:03

[Executive Check] Social media marketing - a must in business

Many companies in Africa are embracing social media to reach their online customers like elsewhere in the world. Moses Serugo, an arts journalist, social media marketer and proprietor of Kampalaone.com spoke to Bizcommunity about the benefits of social media marketing in Uganda.

By Walter Wafula 12 Jul 2012 11:12

Kenya's advertising sector attracts new players, technologies

In the last six months, Kenya's advertising industry has attracted both local and international players. The new kid on the block is American agency TBWA which opened an East Africa office barely four months ago. Other new international agencies who have already come to the scene are French-based, Havas Media International and South African media group, Carat.

By Carole Kimutai 11 Jul 2012 10:36

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

Mobile makers looking at apps to grow market share

The fight for the mobile phone market in Kenya is now about Apps. In a strategic move geared at boosting local technology entrepreneurship prospects, Samsung has confirmed plans to provide support to local developers deploying their applications on the popular Android platform.

By Carole Kimutai 19 Jun 2012 12:16

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

Kenya's media to question opinion polls

A few weeks ago, Nation Media Group (NMG), a media house in Kenya sent a notice to its journalists asking them to treat, with skepticism, opinion polls trumpeting the rising or falling fortunes of Kenyan political leaders. "We take the view that, not knowing the sponsors of and how the polling was conducted, we risk our reputation if we play up the "findings" of these pollsters," read the notice.

By Carole Kimutai 7 Jun 2012 12:58

Kenya's retail sector seeks development policy

For the fifth year running, the National Economic Survey has identified the retail and wholesale trade sectors as key growth drivers of Kenya's economy. In 2011, the wholesale and retail trade sector showed a growth of 7.3%, beating the manufacturing, building and construction, agriculture, transport and communication sectors.

By Carole Kimutai 6 Jun 2012 12:03

NMG's 11 rules of political advertising

One way politicians will market themselves is through media advertising. The Nation Media Group (NMG) has already set the rules as far as political advertising is concerned in the lead up to the general elections, expected to take place in March 2013.

By Carole Kimutai 17 Apr 2012 13:00

Ogilvy Kenya Board announces leadership change

The Board of Ogilvy Kenya has reviewed its senior management structure and dropped the position of group chief executive officer following the resignation of Koome Mwambia who until February 2012 held that position.

By Carole Kimutai 23 Mar 2012 10:55

Research backed media buying key to marketing success

Often, advertising and marketing managers in developing countries practice shadowboxing when it comes to buying media. Their advertising decisions are informed by hearsay and past marketing success.

By Walter Wafula 19 Mar 2012 10:10