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The Loeries 2014: All the finalists
The Loeries 2014: All the finalists

The finalists have now been announced for the 2014 Loerie Awards. All the winners will be announced at the ceremonies on 20 and 21 September at the CTICC in Cape Town.

19 Sep 2014 06:30

The world's funniest joke - its implications for brands
The world's funniest joke - its implications for brands

The "world's funniest joke" was exhaustively researched by Professor Richard Wiseman of the University of Hertfordshire. The reason for the research was to discover the joke that had the widest appeal amongst different cultures, demographics and countries. The project to find this joke was called the LaughLab, and encompassed 40,000 jokes and 1.5 million ratings. [1]

By Sid Peimer 15 Sep 2014 14:00

Coffee and AR change the face of retail marketing - Digital Narrative
Coffee and AR change the face of retail marketing

vida e caffé has incorporated augmented reality in its marketing mix to up the ante around the competition launched this month by means of an interactive coffee sleeve, augmented by Digital Narrative, a Layar Certified Partner. The retailer has partnered with Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai and Dubai Tourism to offer the chance to win a luxurious trip to Dubai, a five-night stay at the stunning resort, and more. This competition and augmented reality experience is a first for South Africa on this scale.

Issued by Digital Narrative 15 Sep 2014 12:27

Louise Marsland
Does marketing have a marketing problem?

Marketing has changed in this digital era, we all know that. But outside of the colourful new open plan marketing divisions with shiny new social media teams and data specialists, does anyone else understand the paradigm shift of 'authenticity' and 'truth' that is now needed?

By Louise Marsland 8 Sep 2014 10:53

Kamogelo Modise
The blurred lines between online marketing and advertising

Although online marketing is a bigger umbrella in which you find online advertising, the two should not be confused as one.

By Kamogelo Modise 1 Sep 2014 14:56

The way Foreword for content marketing
The way Foreword for content marketing

Content marketing has become a necessity within most marketing plans, the purpose being to help build a long-term relationship with your customer by creating, curating and distributing content that adds value to their lives, which in turn drives your business goals. Candice Claassen, content marketing specialist and founder of newly launched content marketing company, Foreword, explains why it's so important to have a good content marketing strategy in place and how it adds value to the traditional marketing mix, the steps to follow to get it right, and how to measure how well your strategy is working.

Issued by Foreword 1 Sep 2014 08:26

Sid Peimer
The most amazing pitch in history

There are only two ways to grow your business organically. The first is to sell more to existing clients; the second is to get more clients. And the key to this organic growth is pitching.

By Sid Peimer 1 Sep 2014 06:46

Nando's takes a shot at a new TVC
Nando's takes a shot at a new TVC

In keeping with Nando's tradition, their new TVC is cheeky, controversial and amusing. (Video)

29 Aug 2014 16:35

Joseph Neusu
Emotional branding - The love affair between consumers and brands

I recently carried out a survey of newspaper advertisements, and I was shocked to learn that the majority are solely based on unsentimental logic and product specifications that do very little to tap into the power of consumers' emotions.

By Joseph Neusu 29 Aug 2014 14:45

Danette Breitenbach
Eugene... the new face of banking radio?

Radio has long been the battlefield for banking. Over the past couple of years the banking sector, because of some guy called Steve, became even more competitive.

By Danette Breitenbach 29 Aug 2014 08:02

DigitasLBi acquires African agency, Liquorice
DigitasLBi acquires African agency, Liquorice

African digital marketing agency, Liquorice, has been acquired by global marketing and technology agency Digitas LBi, part of Publicis Groupe.

26 Aug 2014 11:10

Andrea Mitchell
DigiChat with Andrea: Social media ROI

Recent research conducted by Fuseware and World Wide Worx examined the social media and social business activities of Africa's top 200 companies, and reports that 93% of major brands use Facebook, 79% use Twitter, 58% YouTube, 46% LinkedIn and 28% Pinterest.

By Andrea Mitchell 26 Aug 2014 08:03

Sid Peimer
There's no such thing as a strategic plan

'Strategic' and 'Plan' are two different concepts. A strategy is what we need to do to get from A to B (and deciding on what point B actually is). The plan is more specific and tells us how we will get to point B (the details).

By Sid Peimer 25 Aug 2014 05:08