[Sara Butchart] Oh how I love my PVR! After years of being in the advertising and communications business, my husband and I delight in zapping the rubbish ads and moving on to what we really want to watch - the programme! It's a global trend which is resulting in more and more interest being placed on AFP's (Advertiser Funded Programmes) with some really interesting results.
[Anton Harber] We need to learn to celebrate the big victories, and not dwell on the small defeats. The Protection of State Information Bill currently awaiting President Jacob Zuma's signature is a victory for organised citizens' power.
[Rod Baker] NEWSWATCH: Mail & Guardian's editor-in-chief, Nic Dawes, has resigned to take up a post at the Hindustan Times in New Delhi, the newspaper reports.
[Sandra Roberts] Ex-spokesperson for the Hawks McIntosh Polela is the latest to be felled in a spate of twitter-induced career suicides (or at least setbacks), demonstrating that the balance between communicating quickly and communicating carefully can be difficult for communicators.
[Rod Baker] NEWSWATCH: SABC3 has landed in hot water for not placing the correct age restriction on the All My Children soapie, reports IOL, and Lisa Hiemer, writing in journalism.co.za, reports on a new study that shows surprisingly strong investigative journalism in independent local papers in three provinces.
[Justin Hawes] Exhibiting can be daunting, especially because it can be one of the more costly marketing options for your business. To make sure you manage the process properly, and see ROI, I recommend you follow five simple steps.
[Aki Kalliatakis] The single most-cited source of frustration for customers is delays and long queues. Your company needs to take this seriously because when customers are kept waiting patience turns to frustration very quickly - and they then start looking for other things that have gone wrong.
[Sean Paine] With business intelligence (BI) being top of mind for enterprises at the moment, this industry is likely to attract a series of newcomers and fly-by-night businesses.
[Amanda Cromhout] Sounds easy doesn't it? But how do you start such a strategy? Do you even know who your most profitable customers are?
[Rod Baker] NEWSWATCH: The Gupta family isn't going to talk to the media until the report on its guests landing at Waterkloof is finalised, reports Mail & Guardian, and BD Live reports the DA is urging Zuma not to sign the secrecy bill. The ConCourt has reserved judgment on media's access to the Krejcir hearing, reports Mail & Guardian, and IOL reports that a Sun reporter has been charged in the UK hacking probe.
[Jonathan Stilwell] Why are most agency creatives so obsessed with metal? Why do we covet these birds, lions, pencils, medals and cubes so much? To many of our client services friends, they may as well be bookends or doorstops.
[Naseem Javed] The digital world is passing through the eye of the needle and domain name expansion is forcing all kinds on adjustments and re-alignments to cope with name identity survival.
[Robert Sussman] One of the main challenges behind the increase in adoption of Voice over IP (VoIP) technology within the corporate market lies in the quality of the call. Unlike email, latency does affect the end product in voice. An email will be sent and arrive as a solid unit; there is no break in transmission or delay in receiving the whole package. The same cannot be said for voice.
[Robert Sussman] While the trend to outsource critical services and support shows no sign of abating, businesses seem reluctant to take on the new outsource business model. The result is that businesses today engage the market based on outdated methodology.
[Robert Sussman] It may be one of the more convenient and most accessible means of modern communication, but the reality of engaging in corporate email communication is effective management and adherence to legislation. Email has grown to the extent that it is far more than a mere practical way to digitally interact. This established medium in society is widely considered to be, first and foremost, a critical business tool.
[Ann Druce] There's no question that social media is gaining momentum as a business tool in South Africa, with LinkedIn undoubtedly still the most popular networking option for individuals. But while membership has increased, not everybody's actually using it.
[Siddharth Bawa] By revisiting your marketing strategy and using a digital communications platform, you will not only avoid the extraneous costs of traditional media, but also yield the ROI companies expect.
[Douglas Kruger] Talent can be reduced to an equation with four major elements. The first and most important of these elements is 'yearning.' To become talented at something, anything, you have to dearly want to! When we yearn, we find ways around any obstacle; we overcome any hindrance. (video)
[Wayne Harrison] The process we follow when dating and sussing out a potential partner is quite similar to how we decide which brands understand us, suit our lifestyle and could be compatible in the long term. This process can be broken into four stages: flirting, dating, commitment, and sharing.
[Marion Scher] This week saw one of those 'classic' stories in the South African media. It was a sad tale of a question paper set for Grade 7 pupils by the Mpumalanga Department of Education's Nkangala District.