[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.
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- 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
[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
[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
[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
[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
[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
[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
[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
[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
[Jessica Tennant] It was an eventful week with Bell Pottinger CEO James Henderson issuing an apology, Abey Mokgwatsane's resignation from Ogilvy & Mather South Africa, the 2017 Apex Awards and the Cape Town sessions of The One Club's One-ID Creative Boot Camp to name just a few of this week's headlines.
UK-based public relations consultancy, Bell Pottinger terminated its contract with Gupta-owned Oakbay Capital three months ago when they were accused of a social media campaign they were involved with highlighting the issue of economic emancipation in an inappropriate and offensive manner. Henderson claims to have been misled, saying that this does not reflect the values of the company and that they are ‘deeply sorry'. read more