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[2013 trends] Looking ahead at retail, shopper marketing in SA
[2013 trends] Looking ahead at retail, shopper marketing in SA

The following are my thoughts on trends that will emerge in the retail and shopper marketing space in South Africa.

By Bernard Matlhaga 24 Jan 2013 12:54

[2013 trends] Media and advertising regulation in 2013
[2013 trends] Media and advertising regulation in 2013

So here we are in 2013 - the Mayan trend predictions for 2012 having spectacularly failed to materialise, leaving some of us with hangovers and debt that we had secretly hoped would be wiped clean in a Mayan-flavoured apocalypse. Now is the time for us to look into our crystal balls, and see if we can get our predictions for media and advertising regulation a bit more spot-on than the poor Mayans did.

By Gail Schimmel 24 Jan 2013 12:05

[2013 trends] Predictions for the retail sector
[2013 trends] Predictions for the retail sector

A transformation is in motion amongst shoppers and retailers country-wide. Consumers are becoming more discerning and demanding, and retailers and manufacturers are under pressure to innovate, offer quality and savings - all in one eco-friendly package! Here are some interesting trends for the retail sector that I've identified for 2013.

By Gareth Pearson 23 Jan 2013 12:48

[2013 trends] Mobile money to give SoLoMo a kick in the pants?
[2013 trends] Mobile money to give SoLoMo a kick in the pants?

SoLoMo: the glorious intersection of social, location and mobile that was going to superpower hyperlocal search and prove to be the holy grail, allowing retailers and other businesses to attract an army of smartphone-wielding customers. Pretty exciting stuff, especially during an economic downturn, right? In my opinion, quite the contrary.

By Vanessa Clark 23 Jan 2013 11:54

[2013 trends] Tracking and training
[2013 trends] Tracking and training

As we gaily simulate horse-riding while singing in Korean, the eyes of judgment fall upon us for clinging to the relics of yesteryear. Don't allow yourself to get caught doing last years' exercises or wearing scrubs that are "Soooo 2012", oh my readers. This year, you're going to be ahead of the curve and I'm going to help you do just that. Presenting the health trends of 2013...

By Chamendran Naidoo 23 Jan 2013 11:48

[2013 trends] Mobile - more of the same? Probably not
[2013 trends] Mobile - more of the same? Probably not

A fistful of mobile companies have come and gone during 2012. The next generation of startups is ready to hit the mobile industry with a host of new services of which most will, at best, either slither into mediocrity or just plain fail due to a lack of funding and media agency support. Breaking new ground is not easy; breaking new media ground that translates into profit is even more difficult.

By Petros Kondos 23 Jan 2013 11:27

[2013 trends] 'Goodvertising' - the key to brand leadership
[2013 trends] 'Goodvertising' - the key to brand leadership

There's a transformational shift happening and it's picking up pace in the New Year. Business and its far-reaching (some might say overreaching) arm, advertising, are becoming more responsible, more caring and more sustainable.

By Thomas Kolster 22 Jan 2013 10:53

Six business trends that will shape the world in 2013 - 25AM
Six business trends that will shape the world in 2013

Making predictions in a world that moves as quickly as the one we live in today is brave and perhaps even a little foolish. But based on the way the world evolved last year, here are a few trends I expect to play out in 2013 and beyond.

By Stephanie Houslay, Issued by 25AM 22 Jan 2013 10:21

[2013 trends] Targeted direct marketing to come into its own
[2013 trends] Targeted direct marketing to come into its own

The year ahead is unlikely to see any fantastical new developments in direct marketing; in fact, it's more likely to be characterised by the maturing of existing technologies and a return to more traditional practices.

By Warren Moss 22 Jan 2013 10:16

[2013 trends] The year of the snake
[2013 trends] The year of the snake

Context is king, but knowing what's around the next corner takes a little more than 20/20 vision. To find out what trends, innovations or environmental changes could affect your brand's future in 2013, here's some foresight.

By Oresti Patricios 22 Jan 2013 09:55

[2013 trends] At the heart of African marketing
[2013 trends] At the heart of African marketing

As the world economy limps to recovery, Africa is increasingly becoming more important and on everyone's agenda. Here, I take a look at what is required to formulate Afro-centric marketing strategies that can succeed and this is what we can expect in 2013.

By Gerry Costa 21 Jan 2013 12:37

[2013 trends] Seven youth-influencer outreach insights
[2013 trends] Seven youth-influencer outreach insights

In 2012, brands asked some pertinent and challenging questions pertaining to influencer outreach and seeding their products. Insights gained both as a delegate and a speaker at a number of enlightening conferences over the past year have led me to the following observations about what brands want and how Africa's youth prefer to be communicated with - from a marketing and advertising perspective.

By Mongezi Mtati 21 Jan 2013 11:49

[2013 trends] Radio raises the volume
[2013 trends] Radio raises the volume

Radio has always baffled media futurologists, effortlessly bouncing back from perceived 'threats' such as recession right through to technological revolution - something consistently touted by 'radio assassins' as the next to bring about the demise of the medium. Bucking the trend, year-on-year growth as an industry remains at a steady increase and this demonstrates its enduring relevance.

By Matona Sakupwanya 21 Jan 2013 11:40

[Biz Takeouts Podcast] 49: The state of e-commerce in South Africa
[Biz Takeouts Podcast] 49: The state of e-commerce in South Africa

Find out more about the current of the South African e-commerce environment and the trends in online shopping over the past decade by listening to the podcast of last week's Biz Takeouts Marketing & Media radio show, which airs every Thursday from 5-6pm streamed live via 2oceansVibe Radio. [twitterfall]

21 Jan 2013 09:28

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