What crazy, self-aggrandising, corporate-exploited BS has happened to Nek Nominations, the latest craze sweeping social media.
By Peter Mann 10 Feb 2014 06:48
The collapsing rand, interest-rate hikes, petrol-price increases, food-price inflation, balance-of-payments deficits - all spell a disastrously tough year for marketers...
By Peter Mann 4 Feb 2014 09:55
The flight from Joburg to Cape Town appeared empty. My aisle seat had two empty spaces in the row until they arrived and proved once again that you should never use your laptop to discuss business on an aircraft.
By Peter Mann 23 Jan 2014 06:42
I bottomed out on unwanted, unwarranted, unjustified bullxxxx marketing today when my cell rang with a Cape Town number I didn't recognise. (021 557 **83)
By Peter Mann 19 Jul 2013 09:27
The flood of comments on Twitter and other social media platforms around Oscar Pistorius highlight the extreme dangers of unmediated social media.
By Peter Mann 14 Feb 2013 17:02
One of the greatest ironies of the advertising industry is that they don't believe in their own product.
By Peter Mann 29 Sep 2012 09:00
Even though ad agency bosses and media owners sit on a veritable pile of money, they live in the land of declining returns - where you have to run harder just to stay in the same place.
By Peter Mann 26 Sep 2012 09:40
The other day I was asked whether PR practitioners now have more power than ad agency bosses. Brian Berkman who was writing for Advantage magazine kindly told me I could disagree if I wished (I do) and he gave me 200 words in which to do so.
By Peter Mann 20 Sep 2012 07:06
As President Jacob Zuma surveys the rash of headlines and news stories today lampooning him for blaming apartheid's long-deceased architect, Hendrik Verwoerd, for the current crisis in education in Limpopo; he has only himself to blame. His Verwoerd gaffe on Redi Thlabi's show destroys his credibility.
By Peter Mann 24 Jul 2012 12:15
Luminaries from the public relations industry gathered in Johannesburg on Sunday, 25 March 2012, to celebrate the annual PRISM Awards. Meropa Communications was not among them and - once again - we did not win any awards. You see, I don't believe PR agencies should win awards.
By Peter Mann 23 Mar 2012 10:04
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