[Simone Puterman (@SimoneBiz)] Today we've launched our Biz reader survey, to which the first 1000 readers to respond will each receive a one-month subscription to iPad-only daily magazine iMaverick. Read more about the reader research here and take the survey here. read more
[Simone Puterman (@SimoneBiz)] First, the sad news: today the South African media community has been paying tribute to top economist Tony Twine, who passed away on Sunday 11 March after having suffered a heart attack last week - see Twitter and Google News - and Afrikaans actor Andrew Thompson committed suicide on Friday 9 March. We at Bizcommunity.com extend our condolences to family, friends and colleagues of both.
On a positive note, IOL has a new editor - Alastair Otter - and the Mail & Guardian a new associate editor - Phillip de Wet; 5FM has been teasing us with more lineup changes; and Black River FC has bagged Edcon's Legit account from The Jupiter Drawing Room; and 8ta's through-the-line services are out to tender.
Controversially: South Africa has a new brand slogan; Ster-Kinekor Theatres is no longer advertising its movie schedules in Independent Newspapers, according to iafrica.com; the Cape Argus has gone 'compact' since last Friday - read Gill Moodie's interview with editor-in-chief Chris Whitfield; Tiffany Markman has written a follow-up to her #bankwars: 'Steve' vs Standard Bank experience; and this morning 702's Redi Tlhabi hosted a debate between reputation manager/spin doctor Chris Vick and M&G editor Nic Dawes regarding media integrity, professionalism and accountability (listen to the 702 podcast).
In other news, Karin Botta and Uno de Waal from trigger/isobar (part of Aegis Media) are currently in Austin, Texas, attending the annual film, music and interactive festival SxSW and blogging about it here on Biz; the next Thought Leadership Digibate, hosted by Aegis Media in conjunction with Biz, will focus on the state of print media in SA this Friday 16 March; and we've partnered with iafrica.com to launch the Jobs Channel, which enables job seekers to search for jobs across a range of industries in SA. read more (1 Comment)
[Simone Puterman (@SimoneBiz)] I'm not going to rabbit on much about Design Indaba in this editorial column, as I'm saving it for the special edition newsletter which we will be putting out later this week (hint: send your press releases and gallery contributions for editorial consideration by end of Tuesday afternoon for possible inclusion, or forever hold your peace).
What I will say is that, once again, it was a well-run, thought-provoking and inspiring conference that was jam-packed with wonderful ideas showcasing how design is truly cross-discipline and should be part of everything we do. And the Design Indaba expo was crammed with the most wonderful, high quality South African design and craft, so much so that I'm still not sure I saw everything, despite having spent at least five hours perusing it over three separate occasions. read more
[Simone Puterman (@SimoneBiz)] On Thursday evening, 23 February 2012, when I caught wind of what has been nicknamed the #bankwars, my first reaction was to *wince* and tweet that "[t]his banking blowup on Twitter is just thoroughly cringeworthy. I see even @nedbank uttered something inane" (see this retweet to understand why). read more
[Simone Puterman (@SimoneBiz)] So the hoo-hah of the weekend was the announcement on Friday afternoon that the South African Reserve Bank governor would announcing something of "national importance" on Saturday afternoon, together with the president and the minister of finance. And, oh boy, did the speculation and rumours fly and the markets react! In the end, it turned out to be more a case of historical importance or significance: redesigning our note currency for improved security and honouring Madiba at the same time by including his face on the one side. read more
[Simone Puterman (@SimoneBiz)] So we've made it to February 2012 and, with the start of a new month in what is still the beginning of the year, comes a continuation of announcements of major comings and goings: Francois de Villiers, Happy Ntshingila, Vino Govender, Simon Camerer, Ishmet Davidson, Noel Studti, a new DMMA exco, etc etc. Of course, the big news of last week was Woolworths vs Frankie's, with the ASA ruling in favour of the little guy. read more
[Simone Puterman (@SimoneBiz)] With much sadness, we at Bizcommunity.com extend our condolences to family, friends and colleagues of John Farquhar, the legendary ad man and commentator who passed away this weekend after a long period of illness.
In conjuction with AdVantage magazine, which he co-founded in 1993, we have set up a special page to commemorate his life and legacy and we invite everyone to add pay tribute to this man of fascinating contradiction who had such an impact on the South African advertising, marketing and media industries.
Details of wake:
Happy lunching, John!
- Date: Friday 3 February
- Time: 12.30pm-3pm
- Venue: Bryanston Country Club, Bryanston Drive, Bryanston, Johannesburg
Wake details added at 9.50am on 31 January 2012. read more
[Simone Puterman (@SimoneBiz)] Being wished "Happy Birthday!" reflects the paradigm shift that communications has been experiencing lately. Thanks for making my day special yesterday, whether it was by Facebook, Twitter, email, BBM, Whatsapp, SMS or by phone!
On a sadder note, we at Bizcommunity.com extend our condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Michael Mayer, the South African voice artist extraordinaire who passed away over the weekend. read more
[Simone Puterman (@SimoneBiz)] It's mid-January 2012 already and mostly everyone should be back at work by now. A Happy New Year to those of you who've not been around in the past two weeks and boy, oh boy, do you have a lot of reading to catch up on since we commenced with our 2012 Biz Trends Report Series last Monday! And what a bumper crop it's been so far, with loads more still to come! Plus we're thrilled to announce Aegis Media as our VTS (Very Trendy Sponsor).
Talking about Aegis, the third Thought Leadership Digibate takes place this week at 9am on Thursday, 19 January 2012, and the theme this time around is search-based marketing. read more
[Simone Puterman (@SimoneBiz)] Hello, hello, hello and welcome to 2012! This is the future speaking!
I know there were a lot of readers out there who couldn't wait to see the back of 2011 and we're all desperately hoping for a bigger, better and brighter year this year... although what's been happening economically in Europe and America does cause some trepidation. read more
[Simone Puterman (@SimoneBiz)] We have now reached that point where we pause to take stock of the old year and set some intentions for the new - yes, this is your final Bizcommunity Marketing & Media South Africa newsletter for the year! We will resume again on Monday, 9 January 2012, although news will still be published on the portal by a skeleton staff over the holiday season. And don't forget that our annual Biz Trends Report Series commences in January.
For some of us, this festive season break just hasn't come quickly enough after what was both a long, tough and tiring year that managed to whiz by and leave us gasping, gobsmacked and all a-twitter, too. read more
[Simone Puterman (@SimoneBiz)] Once again, with it being both month- and year-end, it's people shifting jobs which has been generating some of the hottest news in the ad industry, eg: TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris's Damon Stapleton is heading off to Australia, not London; the VWV Group's Abey Mokgwatsane is joining Ogilvy South Africa; DDB SA's Matt Ross and Michael Udell are off to King James, and Brand Activation's Jason Knight is leaving for 180LA in Los Angeles.
In terms of account news, the big shock has been the announcement that Woolworths is moving its account in-house, so it's goodbye to The Jupiter Drawing Room (Cape Town) after five years of service at the end of January 2012. Meanwhile, Edcon has put its business out to pitch and this may mean that The Jupiter Drawing Room (Johannesburg), which has held parts of the Edcon business for as long as 14 years, might lose some or even all of the business and may also have to retrench staff if that is the case.
Nando's controversial TV ad, "Last Dictator Standing", continues to hog headlines and online discussion as well, after it announced last Thursday afternoon that it would no longer air the spot as part of its festive season campaign on TV. read more
[Simone Puterman (@SimoneBiz)] It's not just because of COP17 and CMP7, which started in Durban today, Monday, 28 November 2011, that all eyes are once again on South Africa. In the past few days, the outcry and outrage over the Protection of Information Bill and Black Tuesday have gone global, too, and then our communications industry have also managed to attract attention, both positive and negative.
Last Thursday, Blackriver FC and Retroviral Digital Communications launched the Last Dictator Standing TV ad as part of Nando's festive season campaign. read more
[Simone Puterman (@SimoneBiz)] The Right2Know Campaign and the South African National Editors' Forum (SANEF) are calling on all citizens to unite in the fight against the passing of controversial Protection of (State) Information Bill (POIB aka 'Secrecy Bill') in its current format, which is due to be voted on at 2pm in the National Assembly in Parliament tomorrow, Tuesday, 22 November 2011.
Apart from the call to dress in black or wear a black ribbon or an armband - initiated by the National Press Club on the weekend - all citizens are encouraged to protest in person at the six Right2Know pickets that will be happening across the country, as well as to make their voices heard via social media such as Twitter and Facebook.
Citizens are also encouraged to go attend Parliament tomorrow, as any member of the public may attend any plenary sitting of Parliament, by arriving at the Visitors' Centre with his or her ID or driver's licence - seats are given on a first-come, first-served basis. SANEF is also mobilising all editors who are able to be in Parliament to attend, and SANEF chair Mondli Makhanya will be addressing the media outside Parliament before and after the voting
The voting was originally supposed to be on Wednesday this week, hence the campaign moniker "Black Wednesday", a direct reference to the Black Wednesday of 19 October 1977, which saw the apartheid regime ban The World and Weekend World newspapers and Pro Veritate (a Christian publication), alongside 19 black organisations and detain scores of critics. read more (1 Comment)