On 16 September 2021, Netflix announced a commitment of $400,000 (R5.5m) in the form of a grant and creation of scholarships to extend the support for Black representation in the film and TV industry to the creative ecosystem in South Africa.
Everything has changed. That is a given. And so when Net#work BBDO moved into their new offices and started unpacking the 27 years of awards haul for the shelves, the leadership team had, well, a meltdown.
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YouTube has announced that the YouTube NextUp programme will be available in Nigeria and South Africa. The programme is an opportunity for local creators to take their content creation to the next level.
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Back in 2019, Build it set out with the objective of refreshing their brand, as well as having a broader market appeal. They achieved this by launching a modern and more contemporary brand identity that is bolder, brighter and simply better, giving their stores and overall image a more refined, aspirational, yet approachable feel.
But a brand is more than just its aesthetic appeal. Culture, defined by its essence and, ultimately, what it stands for, plays a significant role in the overall brand experience.
TBWA Hunt Lascaris Durban, in collaboration with their client, Build it, has taken great pride in conceptualising, creating and launching its new brand essence: Yes We Can!
The brand essence is the heart and soul of a brand – its nature, attitude, the way it behaves and what makes it unique. TBWA has contributed towards creating this powerful, new brand essence which aims to make Build it the most positive part of the building process.
Yes We Can! captures Build it’s flexible and passionate nature and the heart of its culture. It offers customers a positive direction towards Build it. It’s about always making a plan and making things possible.
The agency is the long-term strategic and creative partner of this leading building materials retail group in Southern Africa. The foundation of this partnership, now forged in solidarity, was laid at Build it’s inception.
“We’ve been a part of this brand since its birth, evolving with it every step of the way and walking this journey with its people for almost 36 years now,” said Praveen Inderpersadh, deputy managing director of TBWA Durban and brand custodian of Build it. “It’s been a great pleasure refreshing the brand in new ways and watching it grow over the years. It’s equally thrilling being able to lead Build it, strategically, down this new path.”
Build it was born from humble beginnings, as a department at the back of a Spar store, which then grew, with the brand now having over 390 stores nationwide. From becoming the largest building materials distributor in Southern Africa, to registering an incredible 20% growth in retail last year amid the pandemic, it’s very clear that evolving and moving forward is in Build it’s nature.
Over the years, the brand set out to win the hearts of one community at a time and improve the lives of people, and has been successful due to a passion for people, dedicated service, steadfast direction from their passionate leadership, and their ‘partner’, advertising agency TBWA.
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