You are right: the proposed changes, as well as the suspension of the implementation thereof, has created a lot of uncertainty. So much more could have been done in terms of communication around this point. We embarked on an education drive to inform our clients of these inevitable changes during the 3rd and 4th quarters of 2014. The response to the proposed changes was generally positive. I wish I could say the same thing when we communicated to our clients late last year to inform them that these changes would not be taking place after all! This was not received well, and I think our industry as a whole suffered reputational loss as a consequence of bad communication and ineffective leadership.
The participants of the pitch are as much at fault as the company procuring the service. As long as creative agencies continue to "feed the fire", the fire will continue to burn. The more we participate in pitches - the more we send out a message that there is no real value in what we offer.
I will only pitch work on the following conditions: A first round of shortlisting based purely on credentials and portfolio submission. There-after for those who pitch a creative solution, there needs to be a guaranteed rejection fee if their concept is not selected.
Thank you for the heads up Andre01. Yes, it is interesting to note the posting on the Nutritech site of the bona fides of their submitted product analysis. I am happy they have made this available on their site and I for one will always applaud transparency. That is excellent news.
However, what one has to bear in mind is that, no different than the mystery diner that the restaurateur knows about in advance, so goes the quality of the sample submitted for analysis by this or any other company. This applies to any product, foodstuffs included. Product contents can vary either by happenstance or by deliberate action. In many products you might well not know changes have been made. So, in short, the sample submitted may indeed closely match the label data, on the day it was submitted, so that the lab results are positive. But then, subsequent batches are back to normal (not so good).
One thing I wanted to reiterate (again) is that ISO does not fix this – if whey protein concentrate is substituted with sweet whey, the International Organization for Standardization is not going to correct the matter in situ as they are not there. Regulation at any other level cannot fix this and neither should it be expected to. The ultimate method for quality maintenance is ‘integrity’ on the part of the manufacturer (he does this out of professional pride and the desire to stay in business through continued sales) and of course, the vigilance of the consumer.
Expecting an army of product police to look out for something you should be looking out for is disingenuous. Who would they be? That’s right. Government employees. Shiftless bureaucrats who make a mess of everything and cost the taxpayer tons of cash. And that’s not just here – it’s everywhere.
I am stupefied by the number of otherwise intelligent people out there asking in one way or another for the suffocating and costly instruments of a nanny state. If a consumer is unhappy, tell the manufacturer; tell the retailer; tell a friend. Tell twenty friends if you wish. But above all, vote with your money for a product you and others trust.
It sounds exciting and a challenging task for the search engine. But I believe this would cause some privacy issue as this gives Google a lot more information about the user. Also there is the possibility of getting irrelevant information at times when you need something specific.But great direction, & analysis. This is the next development step of Google Now so it seems, and not actually very far out.
People borrow excessive amounts of money, spend it on second homes, new vehicles and what not and then complain when the bills come due, believing they're entitled to bailouts. No more bailouts for companies or individuals. I am tired of paying my bills, living frugally and then having to pay bailouts for those who decide to live high. I refuse to apply for payday online loans with no paperwork and pay for the overspenders and self-indulgent spongers.
Interesting to see that they have published independant laboratory test results and their ISO certification on their website, showing that these allegations are false http://www.nutritech.co.za/lab-tests/
I am also wondering where they got these. I have 15 years experience and still get paid peanuts. I would not recommend graphic designing for anyone. Only 1% of companies give bonuses, increases and other benefits. Everytime I have applied to new companies they insist on knowing what you earned previously and then offer you R500 more. There are thousands of new young designers willing to work for less so my experience counts for nothing. I am very disillusioned about the industry. After 15 years I am earning less than what they are suggesting here for 2 years experience. I am a good designer and have won a couple of design awards in the past, but it seems to count for nothing.
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Popular locations are always high in demand regardless of the country and city. This is because the area would have plenty of amenities right at your doorstep and convenience usually involves a big price tag. If you are willing to fork out the hefty sum of money, then simply inform your estate agent of your pre-requisites and there should not be much of a problem to clinch a deal at one of the prevalent districts.
Just recently I have received some info from my estate agent regarding property investment. I have always known the fact that this type of investment could have some quite positive returns but it requires a lot of effort and time. You would also need to know a lot about the property market and do some research to safeguard yourself from committing mistakes, and in this industry mistakes could cost you thousands of dollars. With guidance from the experts, you could actually succeed in this investment line.
One can have the best infrastructure, the best fabrics and accessories but without a stable workforce and with a very very militant unions one will not invest in SA clothing sector that easy again. Instead of running a business, one end up in the one after the other meeting with "we demand this and we demand that", and before you know it, your books are in the red with lost (strike) days, that's why we pulled out!
True I agree with you 100% we in the new age of consciousness,meaningless advertising time has run out. I couldn't believe ads on TV now days they just for sake of showing the brand can't even relate to the story which makes it hard to associate your self with the brand & today's advertising is killing TV programing also a lot of youth no more watches TV, also the social networks are loosing their edge,now its a matter of trust and brand loyalty and with out good advertising with an attached emotional feeling of association attached with the truth you won't reach any one. Also its time these advertisers look for alternative to get in contact with young coming local brands cause that's what's in now days international brands time is running out this also calls for new ways of doing business to even profit, the future of advertising is very tricky to those with traditional Values,they will loose. Brave up coming advertisers like my selfs time is now cause we really know the definition of different & what is it people really want,when u live in the township you learn all sorts of ways to reach and talk to your consumers today its a totally different game time for old is gone its generations Y's turn now its not only about Working experience any more but a skill & a skill its something you develop with in minutes,young adapt easily to this hash environment,we all born with experience, it is made up of years you in existence cause every encounter in life is experience which your mind records & projects into creative idea so we all experienced. Hope didn't step out of topic but I agree with the statement
This is a wonderful example of how a big conlomerate can do something right for its followers and clientele. Estate agents as well as house-hunters all over the world are really going to be greatful for this new platform!
This is an excellent advertising and marketing strategy that hopefully gives back to the people! I don't see estate agencies hooking up in the UK to do it, but it's still going to be quite interesting to see how the competition impacts the 2 companies launching the event.