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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

Contact engagement - The new deliverability gem

Have you ever wondered why your emails are no longer getting to the inbox, despite all your best practice efforts? Have a look at what the ISPs consider before allowing your mail to reach the inbox...

By Lindani Tshabangu 21 Nov 2013 07:38

The complexity of relativity in consumer decision making

The essence of human behaviour is relativity - humans compare - whether consciously or subconsciously. Perception is the tool which enables the brain to more efficiently create a fit between us and an environment by interpreting context in a relative way.

By Werner van Zyl 23 Oct 2013 10:49

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

It's not just a telephone anymore

It's time to get your mobile strategy on the ball. The age of telephone marketing has evolved to sharing content via email, SMS and social media on mobile devices. Less talking, more sharing.

By Nina Joubert 15 Aug 2013 06:01

Reasons why the consumerisation of the enterprise is no longer a question

NEWTON, US: In some ways, you could say that the consumerisation of the enterprise was inevitable. The line between personal devices and enterprise has become increasingly blurred.

By Ilan Hertz 31 Jul 2013 06:37

How stock footage can enhance your video marketing

NEW YORK, US: If you aren't already doing video marketing of some sort, you should be thinking about it.

By Danny Groner 30 Jul 2013 05:38

Digital, traditional media go hand in hand

It's been exciting watching the phenomenal growth of digital media both locally and globally in the past say two decades. This, of course, has given marketers a whole new category of media in which to spend our advertising budgets.

By Noëleen Bruton 13 May 2013 11:27

The anatomy of a logo

Before you sign off on that near perfect logo you've had commissioned, here are a few things to consider when making your choice.

By Chemory Gunko 6 May 2013 09:30

Crafting your personal brand story

Often, in business or personal encounters with other people, we hear the phrase, "So, tell me a bit about yourself." Yet many of us don't have a well-packaged answer ready. And that means that we miss out on an opportunity to quickly convey all the most important things we want people to know about us. Instead, we ramble and leave out key bits of information.

By Donna Rachelson 23 Apr 2013 14:33

Clean Slate Brands are the future

LONDON, UK: Heritage is the new baggage. The future belongs to Clean Slate Brands.

By David Mattin 22 Apr 2013 09:09

How to become a new business power player

SEATTLE, US: Fred is the owner of a small design firm. His work has recently become recognised for using design thinking to build brands through social media.

By Ted Leonhardt 20 Apr 2013 12:35

[SXSW 2013] A brief overview

Anyone who knows anything about SXSW knows that it is a frenzied week of interactive conferences, film and music. This year it is even bigger as its the 20th anniversary of the event, which means there are over 5 000 events in the city of Austin, Texas.

By Keenan Harduth 14 Mar 2013 10:17

[SXSW 2013] How brands survive in China

After six years of research into why businesses succeed or fail in China, Emily Chong, the acting vice president of design and marketing for Frog innovation specialists, tackles the subject of survival strategies for brands in China. The parallels and differences in marketing to South Africans were startling.

By Keenan Harduth 13 Mar 2013 10:28

The real Africa is not English, French, nor Portuguese

As more and more companies line up to enter Africa, the world's second most populous continent with a rising middle class of more than 300 million, companies with language localisation strategies will enjoy early-mover advantage.

By Ian Henderson 12 Mar 2013 10:31

[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

What is content marketing & why should you care

Everyone is talking about content marketing these days - but what exactly is it and why should you care? Content marketing is a marketing activity that focuses on creating and distributing engaging, relevant, and valuable content to acquire and retain customers, and to build a stronger brand. It is the art of attracting customers to your products without an obvious sales pitch.

By Jessica Davis 15 Jan 2013 07:28

Botswana billboard buying season now open

Last week as I met with several major media buyers in Gaborone presenting Media Trace's Botswana Outsights Report for October 2012, it became clear that October and November is their critical planning and buying season for the next year.

By Tatenda Chiweshe 31 Oct 2012 11:02

Namibian billboards - being better

90% of success is just 'pitching up'. Be there and you will be relevant, right? Not in Namibia. The South Africans seem to have taken a rather arrogant view. "We dominate from our strategy and buying power" is how one agency put it. Understandably so; they can show client value without having to get outside of their comfort zones.

By Tatenda Chiweshe 31 Aug 2012 09:30

Airtel splashes K1.1m in SMS promotion

Airtel Malawi has reportedly spent K1.1 million in the ongoing 'Yabooka SMS Promotion'. In the third draw, expected to reach a grand finale in October, a lucky subscriber will cart home a grand prize of K5 million.

By Gregory Gondwe 21 Aug 2012 12:33

Malawi's companies to maximize phone usage

Companies and organisations in Malawi that use CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) and any other phone telecommunication have a new product on the market after Teleservice Traders Limited (TT), unveiled a product, which uses wired and wireless technology, called Private Automatic Branch Exchange (PABX) - Music/Advert on Hold system.

By Gregory Gondwe 14 Aug 2012 15:31

Outdoor media in Zimbabwe - The First Frontier!

At the risk of over-simplifying the science (and art) that culminates in media placement, one of the guiding principles is positioning around relevant content that is consumed by a predetermined volume of the target market.

By Tatenda Chiweshe 9 Jul 2012 09:46

How to stimulate brand recommendations

Research organisations are constantly updating figures tallying how many branded messages are being pushed at consumers. In South Africa, we are currently being bombarded with around 900 branded messages per week. What is even more staggering is that only four of those messages break through the increasing advertising clutter to generate top-of-mind awareness.

By Jason Stewart 28 Jun 2012 14:51

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