Ryan McManus, ECD at Native VML.
The producers' wrap: Ryan McManus of Native VML

SA was responsible for 42 wins at the One Show 2017: six bronze, one silver, and one gold pencil, as well as 10 merit awards, with 10th spot in the country rankings. I spoke to some of the people responsible for this winning work behind the scenes. Next up is Native VML.

By Leigh Andrews 11 hours ago

Gen X: Decluttering misconceptions about what it means to be an adult in 2017 (part 2)
Gen X: Decluttering misconceptions about what it means to be an adult in 2017 (part 2)

While the world was focusing on Millennials and Baby Boomers, Gen X were quietly reinventing what it means to be an adult today...

By Jessica Tennant 11 hours ago

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#OrchidsandOnions: When there's no getting over that rainbow, a dog will still love you...

I was reading something the other day about being bullied in the workplace. It happened to me over a period of years and I had no option - because my family was young and we needed the money - but to stick it out. But it ate into my soul and left me feeling demeaned and worthless at times.

By Brendan Seery 12 hours ago

2017 SITEisfaction survey celebrates Capitec as Best Digital Bank
2017 SITEisfaction survey celebrates Capitec as Best Digital Bank

Modern independent insights agency Columinate has revealed the results of its sixth annual Internet Banking SITEisfaction® survey, highlighting Capitec's steady rise to securing the top spot in the digital banking category, ousting FNB as the category owners. Capitec also secured top honours in the Mobile Banking category, but FNB beat the newcomer by a nose (0.8 percentage points) to hold on to the top position in the Internet Banking category.

Issued by Columinate 13 hours ago

Grey Africa welcomes new interns Peace Maluleke and Solomon Molefe
Grey Africa welcomes new interns Peace Maluleke and Solomon Molefe

Grey Africa has welcomed two new PR interns to the team.

Issued by Grey 14 hours ago

Team Meropa
Bringing Holmes the communication accolades with Meropa

Back in April, SA's largest independent national public relations consultancy, Meropa Communications, was again included in The Holmes Report's global annual ranking. Agency managing director Patrick Gearing weights in.

By Leigh Andrews 14 hours ago

The future of advertising
The future of advertising

Everyone's talking about it... falling circulations, viewers flocking to various competitive TV channels and a myriad of online internet offers, streaming options and, oh, there are so many others.

By Chris Brewer 1 day ago

Thebe Ikalafeng, brand and reputation expert, at 2017 African Utility Week
#AUW2017: Why utilities need to build better brands

The ever-vibrant and inspirational Thebe Ikalafeng delivered one of the keynote talks at the recently concluded 2017 African Utility Week. His key message was that the utilities sector across the continent needs to start building great brands and, in turn, deliver on the promise of those brands.

By Sindy Peters 19 May 2017

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Allan Gray lets go of Ogilvy & Mather Cape Town

NEWSWATCH: Allan Gray has let go of ad agency, Ogilvy & Mather Cape Town, effective 31 July, and is in the process of appointing a new agency to manage the account. The new agency and the reasoning have not yet been disclosed.

19 May 2017

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Samra2017: Telling FMCG stories without getting stuck on the product shot

Natalie Botha and Saiesh Ajudhiya of Kantar Millward Brown presented their research on untold emotions: future-proofing adverts by understanding non-verbal responses from consumers.

By Leigh Andrews 19 May 2017

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#Samra2017: Questions to help you uncover fake news

‘Fake news' was a hot topic at the annual Samra conference held earlier this week. I chatted to CEO Leonie Vorster about the importance of future-proofing decision-making as part of an overarching marketing strategy, especially in the current media climate of fake news.

By Leigh Andrews 19 May 2017

Shield, Chelsea Football Club partnership announces fan competition
Shield, Chelsea Football Club partnership announces fan competition

Following the announcement of a partnership between Shield and the Chelsea Football Club, Shield has set out to find South Africa's best aspiring soccer star and give him the opportunity to spend a day training with Club's coaches at the team's training ground in Cobham to see what it takes to play like a champion. In addition, one lucky fan will win a Chelsea FC dream trip to watch the first team training and meet the team at the Cobham Training Centre.

17 May 2017

Relevant retail research analysis at annual SACSC conference
Relevant retail research analysis at annual SACSC conference

Stakeholders forming part of the broader shopping centre and retail industries are gathering at The Maslow Hotel in Sandton today for the annual South African Council of Shopping Centres (SACSC) Research Conference. Sponsored by Cushman & Wakefield Excellerate, this year's event boasts a stellar line-up of speakers seeking to highlight, dissect and analyse industry trends affecting business's bottom line.

By Lauren Hartzenberg 17 May 2017