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Apple Music, tech giant's streaming service, goes live

NEW YORK, USA: Apple Music, the tech giant's new streaming service, went live on Tuesday as the company behind iTunes looks to dominate the fast-growing sector. Apple Service began with the launch of Beats 1, an international radio station that will feature shows by high-profile artists, and...

Co-founder of Vega called up to Loeries judging panel

Greg Tregoning, a co-founder of Vega School of Brand Leadership (Vega), a division of the Independent Institute of Education (The IIE), has been invited to be a judge at the 2015 Loeries. He follows in the footsteps of fellow Vega co-founder, Dr Carla Enslin, and the school's Senior Copywriting...

The Johannesburg Times launches in SA

A newspaper called The Johannesburg Times has been launched in SA and is dedicated to telling the stories that influence our economy, media, commerce and progress. The Johannesburg Times aims to be a source of news on a variety of categories and pose the questions that will contribute to the...

Scene Xtreme cinema to open at Clearwater Mall

Nu Metro Cinemas has confirmed that their third Scene Xtreme cinema will be open to public at Clearwater Mall in Johannesburg from Thursday, 2 July 2015. The first "Xtreme" attraction was launched at Nu Metro The Glen late last year, along with Nu Metro Menlyn in Pretoria - which were the first...

Grant's Whisky launch #IOU campaign

Grant's Whisky launched a new TV campaign entitled '#IOU Africa'. Aligned with the Grant's #IOU campaign, the TV spot challenges the notion of individual success and reflects the reality that none of us have made it this far in life on our own but sometimes we find it hard to express gratitude to...

Creatives: Create a Greg & Lucky ad and win a Vega bursary!

Greg and Lucky need you! We're looking for Joburg's most creative brain to create the ultimate Greg & Lucky ad. Whether it's audio, print, animation or video, just make it really awesome! And if Greg and Lucky like what you do, you'll win a R100,000 bursary at The Vega School of Brand Leadership....

Nunu Ntshingila-Njeke bids farewell to O&M SA

Nunu Ntshingila-Njeke has decided to step down as Ogilvy & Mather (O&M) South Africa's chairman, after spending more than 15 years at the agency. Recognised as one of the highest-ranking woman in advertising, she has navigated the agency through the fast-paced communications landscape and...

Continental Media ready to grow following acquisition

Royal Bafokeng Holdings (RBH) and JCDecaux have completed their acquisition of one of Africa's leading outdoor advertising firm, Continental Outdoor Media, which operates across 14 African countries. RBH acquired a 30% stake and JCDecaux 70%. They will actively participate in Continental's further...

Times Creative Ad Challenge places 27 ads, worth R2.5m

This year's Times Creative Ad Challenge saw load shedding and Xenophobia as the top trending topics for submissions, with 27 ads being awarded placement value of over R2.5m. Ogilvy Cape Town walked away as the agency with most submissions, most placements and winner of the best ad, as chosen by the...

Karl Ahari gets a date with Dot

Celebrating the merger of Takealot.com and Kalahari, a new TVC features popular Kalahari.com character Karl Ahari in a lonely state, searching for love on a dating app. A blue light emanates from his mobile phone capturing his attention. A very dapper Karl sits in a restaurant, anxiously awaiting...

Radio campaign highlights plight of abandoned children

Just before the start of Child Protection Week, the Lonely Road Foundation, a NPO that assists impoverished South African communities manage the health and wellbeing of orphaned and vulnerable children, launched a hard-hitting 90-second radio spot flighted just before the start. Key to its success...

Social media recruitment attracts candidates though pictorial ads

Indayi Communications, a below-the-line marketing, advertising and branding agency in Johannesburg, recently used social media to recruit a person for a receptionist/admin position. Three bright and colourful adverts detailing the key qualities required by prospective candidates as well as the...

Cheapflights.co.za flights first ad campaign

Cheapflights.co.za, which launched its website in November 2014, has released its first advertising campaign in South Africa. Poking gentle fun at South African stereotypes, it highlights that cheap flights can be found for all South Africans to get to their high school reunion, their best friend's...

Prima Arc becomes Arc South Africa

Effective 1 June, Prima Arc officially changed its name to Arc, embracing the Arc Worldwide brand. The name change is part of a process that began in 2013, with Publicis' acquisition of Prima Plus, one of South Africa's first specialist Direct Marketing (DM) and CRM agencies. At the time of the...

South African Competitiveness Forum comes to KwaZulu-Natal

Brand South Africa will host the South African Competitiveness Forum (SACF) at Trade & Investment House, Durban from 9am to noon on Tuesday, 9 June 2015. The forum will enable Brand South Africa to work with its stakeholders to understand the unique features and competitiveness of the brand. The...

Unilever South Africa launches brightFuture global campaign

Unilever South Africa launched brightFuture, a global campaign, in Durban on 1 June 2015. The campaign focuses on the challenges facing the world today, beginning with a film 'The Way Kids See It', which captures the views of children from all over the world, including South Africa, on how to build...

MTN to sponsor new Africa category - Best Media Owner in Africa

In this year's Most Awards, MTN will sponsor the Best Media Owner in Africa in the Most Media Owners Award's new category, Africa. Media owners with Africa sales teams will be rated on their knowledge of their own brands, their understanding of client brands and market landscape, their service...

Brand South Africa participates at WEF on Africa

Closely underpinned to South Africa's NDP strategy, which will also be driving key discussion focus areas throughout the course of the WEF Africa 2015, is Agenda 2063 - which represents a collective effort and an opportunity for Africa to regain its power and determine its own destiny. Agenda...

Takealot lets you upgrade your homestead for less with 'cheaper than Nkandla' fire pool

Takealot.com is now officially SA's largest etailer, and is using its name to poke fun at the recent Nkandla report with its latest ad. In it, the etailer says it's easy for anyone to upgrade their home cost-effectively - think along the lines of a blow-up fire pool. The best part? They say: "If...

My Business Expo opens in Durban this week

The National Small Business Chamber (NSBC) seventh My Business Expo is back in Durban at the Durban Exhibition Centre on Thursday 4 June 2015. The Expo incorporates Business Start-up Expo, Access to Finance Indaba - New to South Africa and My Business Seminars. The latter is an experience where top...

Monday it is! An extra day to get your Loeries entries in...

You have one more day to get your Loeries 2015 entries in. That's right - you 're in luck if the Sunday deadline wasn't working for you, as you now have until Monday, 1 June to enter your work, and until the end of the week to deliver your physical entries to the Loeries office. Eligibility...

IAB's new media innovation portfolio headed up by Mike Carter

The IAB has established a new media innovation portfolio. Under the leadership of Mike Carter, Special Projects Director at MaxAxion, the new portfolio will initially focus on addressing the industry's knowledge gaps when it comes to programmatic media and the complexities of online advertising.

Meropa gives a glimpse into the life of a PR intern

Ever wondered what a PR internship actually entails? You're in for a treat. At the beginning of March 2015, interns Gugulethu and Fiona walked through Meropa's office doors, doe-eyed and eager to please. Meropa's digital and visual teams came up with a unique concept to document their journey....

Free webinar to explore mobile ad ecosystem

eMarketer is offering a free webinar to explore how the mobile ad ecosystem is developing this year on Thursday, 11 June 2015 at 1pm ET. Topics• How quickly spending on different ad formats is tipping toward mobile • Why marketers are getting more interested in advertising to people,...

International design award goes to Gauteng student

This year's Parkett Dietrich International Benchmark competition has been won by Tuami Zulu, an interior design graduate of The IIE from the Design School Southern Africa (DSSA), for his design and development of a centrepiece outdoor bench that communicates the culture of Southern Africa. He was...

Fab four foodies on Taste cover

The latest Taste magazine, from Woolworths, features the four legendary members of the food team that create the recipes featured in the magazine and on the recently relaunched www.taste.co.za website. They are food editor Abigail Donnelly, contributing editors Hannah Lewry and Phillippa Cheifitz...

FCB CT billboard shines a light on new Lexus adaptive headlights

Billboards aren't as static as they appear. In fact, FCB Cape Town has used reverse perspective to demonstrate Lexus' adaptive headlight technology to passing motorists, right on the billboard at Cape Town International Airport. It's simple: The headlights move and shine on the road as the Lexus...

Vega student wins Portfolio Night in South Africa

Young advertising copywriters, art directors and designers joined their peers from 13 countries and across 24 cities on Wednesday 20 May 2015 to take part in the South African segment of Portfolio Night at the Johannesburg and Cape Town Vega School of Brand Leadership (Vega) campuses. Vega...

Simon Dingle's Binary podcast is live!

You can listen to the first episode on Wearables by clicking here. Click here for more on this new podcast about people's relationship with information by Simon Dingle.

Don't be surprised to see your Instagram photos on sale...

The Washington Post reports that someone else can sell your Instagram photos for $90,000. It's not just a possibility - it's just happened. It seems Richard Prince has been 'rephotographing' since the 1970s, with his 'New Portraits' collection at New York's Frieze Art Fair comprising 37...

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