DigitLab recognised in KZN as a Top 100 Business
DigitLab recognised in KZN as a Top 100 Business

On the evening of 22 June, KZN's premier businesses gathered to support and promote the province's top companies and entrepreneurs. The Standard Bank KwaZulu-Natal Top Business Awards have firmly established themselves as a highlight in the KwaZulu-Natal business calendar.

Issued by DigitLab 1 hour ago

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: A cauldron of frogs
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: A cauldron of frogs

It's been exactly 12 months since I relocated to Malta so it was sobering to see, during my recent return to South Africa, what had changed in the year that I was away...

By Marcus 'The Maltese Falcon' Brewster 3 hours ago

MMA Smarties entrants must highlight business results in 2018 submissions to win
MMA Smarties entrants must highlight business results in 2018 submissions to win

Deadline looms for South African hopefuls: closing date set for 29 June

Issued by Mobile Marketing Association 4 hours ago

Pacinamix high-fives McDonald's SA in being crowned the nation's Coolest Fast Food Places
Pacinamix high-fives McDonald's SA in being crowned the nation's Coolest Fast Food Places

As McDonald's South Africa's (SA) public relations, communications and activations agency, Pacinamix is proud to be part of the winning team that brought home the title of Coolest Fast Food Places at the recent 2018 Sunday Times Generation Next Awards held at the Sandton Convention Centre on 14 June 2018.

Issued by Pacinamix 4 hours ago

#Loeries2018: Suhana Gordhan's advertising journey (Part 2)
#Loeries2018: Suhana Gordhan's advertising journey (Part 2)

Raizcorp hosted entrepreneurs and ad people on Friday morning, 8 June, for the second talk in the Loeries Creativity Series at its offices in Sandton. This time, Loeries chair aunty and creative director at FCB Africa, Suhana Gordhan shared her thoughts on the power of creative thinking, what creativity means to her and lessons in leadership she's learnt along her journey in advertising from the boys' locker room to the beaches of Nicaragua, everything from: feelings of fear, doubt and inferiority, consciously turning these into hunger, trust and vulnerability; dealing with dictators; running in high heels; and what it's like to be a woman of colour in the South African context.

By Jessica Tennant 14 Jun 2018

DNA Brand Architects wins prestigious 2018 Gold Quill Award for Steers
DNA Brand Architects wins prestigious 2018 Gold Quill Award for Steers

On the back of an impressive win at the PRISM Awards a few weeks back, DNA Brand Architects received another global recognition at the prestigious International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Gold Quill Awards Gala, for their Steers Respek Nation campaign. The world's best business communicators gathered in Montréal Canada to celebrate excellence in strategic communication and to give kudos to communication campaigns that got the nod at this prestigious event.

Issued by DNA Brand Architects 11 Jun 2018

#FairnessFirst: All you need to know to #unstereotype advertising
#FairnessFirst: All you need to know to #unstereotype advertising

The Unstereotype Alliance launched at Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity last year and has just joined Twitter. The World Federation of Advertisers has also released a guide that makes the social and business case for 'unstereotyping' ads. Here's why you need to download, absorb and implement it, now!

By Leigh Andrews 11 Jun 2018

How to balls-up a brand with blatant misogyny (Updated)
How to balls-up a brand with blatant misogyny (Updated)

If you're someone who loves a bit of stereotypical gender bashing you're in for a real treat. If not, buckle up for this sexist, crass, offensive bottled misogyny featuring Vale Bru - a lekker microbrewery with really kiff okes running rampant while calling themselves brewers.

By Shae Leigh 6 Jun 2018

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#OrchidsandOnions: The future of advertising may be - shock! horror! - digital fraud

There are many moments which remain in our memories but, for a petrolhead like me, it will always be the moment I first had control of a car...when I managed to get it moving forward in first gear without stalling and then, because we had a long driveway, a quick change into second gear and braking to a stop.

By brendan seery 29 May 2018

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: What Malta learned from Marilyn; the wages of sun
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: What Malta learned from Marilyn; the wages of sun

If there was a theme song for public relations in general and reputation management in particular, it should be the Marilyn Monroe and Frankie Vaughn duet Specialisation from her under-appreciated 1960 movie Let's make love.

By Marcus 'The Maltese Falcon' Brewster 25 May 2018

Barbara Kaija, group editor-in-chief of New Vision Press and Publishing Company and Noura al Hourani, lead Arabic editor at Syria Direct.
Wan-Ifra reveals 2018 Laureates of Women in News Editorial Leadership Award

Wan-Ifra has announced the 2018 Laureates of the Women in News Editorial Leadership Award.

24 May 2018

The misconceptions about public relations and how to spot a good PR practitioner
The misconceptions about public relations and how to spot a good PR practitioner

"Public relations (PR) is all glitz and glamour," said no PR practitioner (PRP) ever who is worth their salt. I've been working in the PR industry since 2009 and to date I still hear this common misconception.

By Jennilee Peremore 23 May 2018

I love qualitative research, but I hate focus groups - Here's why
I love qualitative research, but I hate focus groups - Here's why

Before we started Columinate in 2008, I worked at a traditional research agency. While the quantitative work was interesting, I really found a knack for doing qualitative work, especially moderating focus groups. In those days, a focus group seemed to be the only solution in the qual stable, and let me tell you, I moderated enough focus groups to have a decent enough sample size to tell me that I hated doing it.

By Elna Pretorius, Issued by Columinate 23 May 2018