#BizTrends2018: To survive, marketing must kill its darlings in 2018
#BizTrends2018: To survive, marketing must kill its darlings in 2018

When Stephen King said you must "Kill your darlings", he was not suggesting that one of his famous psychopathic characters must kill a loved one, but rather giving writing advice. Quoting William Faulkner, who said that, "In writing, you must kill your darlings", King advises that writers should never be too precious or become overly sentimental when it comes to their work - if it needs to be cut, it needs to be cut. And the same is true for the marketing industry.

By Tom Manners 11 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Africans for Africans by Africans
#BizTrends2018: Africans for Africans by Africans

Africa has a population of over 1 billion people, 70% of which are youthful, aspirational and passionate about their continent. The proposition 'Africans for Africans by Africans' has become a dominant force with young people in Africa. It is about change and holding businesses, governments and institutions accountable and so ultimately driving transformation.

By Nonye Mpho Omotola 10 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: An augmented reality check
#BizTrends2018: An augmented reality check

The large analyst houses do not have an enviable task making predictions given the monumental speed of change in the tech space. At the end of 2016, Gartner predicted that by 2020, 100 million consumers will be shopping in augmented reality. Six months later, the company went on to say that by 2019, augmented, virtual and mixed realities (AR, VR and MR) would be evaluated and adopted in 20% of large enterprises across the globe.

By Johan Walters 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: A short to-do list for the new year
#BizTrends2018: A short to-do list for the new year

It is said that the technology within our smartphones doubles in its capability every 18 months. If you had to run the math on this little statistic, it will show that your phone will be one million times more powerful in 30 years' time. Now there's power in your hands.

By Pepe Marais 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Prescriptive data in the digital space, the next big thing
#BizTrends2018: Prescriptive data in the digital space, the next big thing

The recent advances in data analytics and machine learning will see a huge shift in how we use data in 2018.

By Paula Raubenheimer 8 Jan 2018

Matt Preschern, EVP and chief marketing officer of HCL Technologies.
#BizTrends2018: Marketing in the era of 'always on' communication

When the yachts contesting the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) left Cape Town on Sunday, 10 December bound for Melbourne, Australia. Matt Preschern, EVP and chief marketing officer of HCL Technologies, the technology partner of the VOR in Cape Town, who features on the Forbes list of the 50 most influential CMOs, shared the five most important trends he sees in marketing today.

By Matt Preschern 8 Jan 2018

Nicole Solarsh Glickman, creative group head at House of Brave.
#BizTrends2018: Refocus on the business of advertising

For years we've been told that the future of advertising is the internet and data. So, we all followed the trend and jumped onto the super highway. From the days of dial-up to LTE and fibre, we have continuously raced ahead, finding new ways to create new waves. Today, streams of videos, interviews, content, shows, sounds, and apps, are brought to us by brand X.

By nicole glickman 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Identity crisis - the business of being WOKE
#BizTrends2018: Identity crisis - the business of being WOKE

In hindsight 2017 can be boiled down to one big laundry day: a lot of dirty laundry was exposed, aired, disinfected and ironed flat. In terms of trends, it's been a long time coming and 2018 is going to be the year brands and businesses are forced to go from 'woke', to being wide awake. There are tectonic plates of change grinding beneath our feet, and for those businesses which don't tread carefully, there's a very real risk of falling into the abyss of political incorrectness and obsolescence.

By Dion Chang 8 Jan 2018

Kevin Welman, director and co-owner of ByDesign Communications.
#BizTrends2018: The rise (and rise) of influencers and specialists

The communications industry has changed substantially over the last few years with digital, social, influencers, fake news, the speed of the news cycle, the era of distrust... and in 2018 (and beyond) the speed of these changes shows no signs of slowing down.

By Kevin Welman 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Five Predictions for media
#BizTrends2018: Five Predictions for media

Last year for Bizcommunity.com BizTrends I predicted the rise of bots and AI - which may have been a little too far into the distant future for the publishing industry at least!

By Lisa Macleod 8 Jan 2018

Search for the Face of Africa begins

The search for fresh modelling talent begins this month as TV channel M-Net and mobile phone company Nokia start holding open castings for aspiring models in Accra, Addis Ababa, Cape Town, Dar es Salaam, Gaborone, Johannesburg, Kampala, Kigali, Lagos, Luanda, Lusaka, Nairobi and Windhoek.

7 Dec 2005

South African films find winning ways

Culminating a week of winning news, Gavin Hood's 'Tsotsi' received the Critics Jury award for Best South African feature film at the Cape Town World Cinema Festival on 19 November. Hood was in Hollywood for the long, arduous 2006 Oscar-nomination lobby process, beginning with a screening of Tsotsi for the Foreign Press Association.

21 Nov 2005

Shaken and Stirred on e

Prepare to be shaken and stirred, thrown off a cliff and dangled from helicopters and speeding trains, when e.tv launches the James Bond Festival this weekend. Beginning this Sunday, 1 August at 8pm, the super-spy movie series will see you through the rest of winter and keep you entertained right into the first month of spring.

29 Jul 2004

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