Celebrating entrepreneurship, journalistic excellence and woke creative strategy - 23 Oct 2017

[Leigh Andrews] As we near the end of October it's time to gear up for the final big industry award shows. The Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Awards 2017 took place last week and we'll be covering the 2017 Pendoring Awards, which focus on promoting and rewarding outstanding Afrikaans advertising this Friday. #ICYMI: Top industry headlines and insights

We also continue our celebration of African entrepreneurship at its best in our #EntrepreneurMonth special section. read more

New agencies form, online consumer trust divides - 16 Oct 2017

[Leigh Andrews] Top headlines this week:

  • Japan's media face the occupational hazard of 'death by overwork', with a ‘100-hour-a-month' overtime cap now in the works.
  • Juanita Pienaar finds out how the Demographica-Stein IAS partnership ushers in new growth in the African B2B market.
  • I also report back on one of my favourite sessions from Business of Design: Rob Stokes, chairman of Red & Yellow, explained the longevity of creative thinking and its use in not letting robots take your job with the rise of AI. Click here and here for other #BODCT overviews.
  • Kantar TNS' latest Connected Life research taps into the ‘consumer trust divide' for brands online globally, with insight into the SA consumer.
In case you missed it...
  • Research and insights abound this week, with Jessica Tennant reporting on the launch of Crimson Hexagon and YouKnow's social analytics-based consumer trends report.
  • On celebrating its 13th year, agency Ireland/Davenport shook things up by changing its name to Collective ID.
  • The King James Group has also brought together its digital agencies in Johannesburg and Cape Town to create a combined entity under the banner of King James Digital.
  • And Danette Breitenbach covered the #AmasaAwards2017, where Halo Advertising scooped the Roger Garlick Grand Prix for client Jacaranda's 'More music you love' campaign.
A busy week, as always. read more

Lang’s leaving and Vodafone rebrands globally - 9 Oct 2017

[Leigh Andrews] It's been a bumper week for industry news. First up, I got the scoop on Graham Lang leaving the SA creative industry in good hands when he leaves SA for Canada come end-November. read more

Honouring that enterprising entrepreneurial spirit - 2 Oct 2017

[Leigh Andrews] Welcome to October, where we will celebrate African entrepreneurship at its best. Click through to our #EntrepreneurMonth special section for updates throughout the month. #ICYMI: News making headlines this week

Also click through to our annual Focus on Youth Marketing trend report, curated by Louise Marsland and published last week. read more

Media outlook and consumer spend insights - 26 Sep 2017

[Leigh Andrews] We hope your shortened work week is off to a good start. It's certainly been a busy one for us, with last week's release of PWC's entertainment and media outlook 2017 to 2021. read more

Digital dominates - 18 Sep 2017

[Jessica Tennant] Last week Kantar Millward Brown announced South Africa's Top 10 Best Liked Ads for Q1 and Q2 2017. In number one spot for quarter one is ‘The Best Things Come in Glass' for client Consol Glass by agency Grey Advertising, and taking first place in quarter two is ‘Tougher-er my Son' for Toyota Hilux by FCB Joburg. read more

Bell Pottinger expelled, on sale - 11 Sep 2017

[Jessica Tennant] Shortly after the announcement of Bell Pottinger UK CEO James Henderson's resignation, the PR firm has since been expelled from the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) for at least five years. The regulator showed no mercy, imposing the harshest sanction in the industry's history. read more

SA speaks out on social media about Bell Pottinger, new YouTube logo - 4 Sep 2017

[Leigh Andrews] South Africans' eyes have been on the news that Bell Pottinger UK CEO James Henderson has stepped down this weekend, yet retains his stake in the company. Interesting timing as the UK's PRCA is set to hand down an announcement on its sanction of Bell Pottinger later this week. read more

Hashtag celebrations and industry inspiration - 28 Aug 2017

[Leigh Andrews] Welcome to the new week! We kick off with the news that the hashtag is ten years old. Hard to believe it's been just a decade since its introduction to online posts and making social media that much more manageable. read more

Celebrating female leadership and this year’s Loerie winners - 21 Aug 2017

[Leigh Andrews] You'd need to have skipped the country and been far away from social media to not have known the 39th annual Loeries took place this past weekend. In a nutshell: BBDO MEA took the title of regional agency group of the year, KFC Africa CMO Mike Middleton was awarded this year's Marketing Leadership and Innovation Award, and Nathan Reddy, chief creative officer and founder of Grid Worldwide Branding and Design, was this year's Hall of Fame inductee. read more

Get your #WomensMonth and #Loeries2017 fix on Biz! - 14 Aug 2017

[Leigh Andrews] Making headlines this week is the news that Tanja Lategan, former CEO of Primedia Online, has just been appointed as MD at Creative Spark, which was acquired by the M&C Saatchi Group in 2015. Lategan, who comes with 14 years of digital experience, will steer the digital agency through its next phase of growth in delivering powerful ideas for a digital world. read more

August is all about ABCs, #WomensMonth and the Loeries! - 7 Aug 2017

[Leigh Andrews] Louise Marsland kicks things off this week by sharing the top outcomes of the Daily Maverick's The Gathering 2017 media edition, which took place at the CTICC last week. Click through to her coverage on how to save SA from state capture and media elitism, why fake news is ‘weaponised social media', and why media freedom remains a cornerstone of democracy. With Women's Day taking place this Wednesday, our #WomensMonth coverage is well under way on Biz. read more

Digital is now and it's time to focus on women in leadership - 31 Jul 2017

[Jessica Tennant] Last week's [[http://www.bizcommunity.com/DigitalMarketingFocus#edscolumn #DigitalMarketing special report]], curated by Louise Marsland, featured the likes of Facebook's Nunu Ntshingila, who explains how to turn mobile video into a marketing star for your business and Platinum Seed's recently appointed design director, Ally Behr, who explains how artificial intelligence is dominating conversations. On the subject of digital marketing, our top news story was that of Liquorice winning the Avon account. Following an extensive and competitive pitch, it was appointed Avon South Africa's digital and social media agency of record. read more

#CSIMonth success and fake news findings - 24 Jul 2017

[Leigh Andrews] July is #CSIMonth on Biz, and Juanita Pienaar kicks off this week's coverage with feedback from last weekend's 5 For Change black tie gala, which raised awareness as well as over R240k for five social enterprises. This year's beneficiaries included Ikhaya Le Langa (Home of the Sun), Numeric, Sunshine Cinema, Dine With and Community Keepers. Sticking to the topic of CSI, I attended the media launch of Yo Yoga Cape Town's #Yochallenge. read more

Emojis and PR – the good, the bad and the ugly - 17 Jul 2017

[Leigh Andrews] It's World Emoji Day Yes, those little smiley face emoticons are everywhere and a great way to make your marketing more Millennial-friendly. But beware, if not included in the Unicode Standard, there's no guarantee they will show up in all the communications you send out, writes Selina Sutton. read more

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