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Listen up! Why Mastercard is becoming a sonic brand

Get ready to recognise the Mastercard brand not only with your eyes but also your ears. That's right, the latest phase of its brand evolution involves sonic melody that's set to form part of your Mastercard brand experience in the future...

By Leigh Andrews 8 Feb 2019

Economic growth of 4% forecast for Africa this year
Economic growth of 4% forecast for Africa this year

African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina confident of "very promising future" for continent...

7 Feb 2019

John Schnobrich via .
3 shifts that marketers need to consider

Success is dependent on how well one responds. Professional marketers are constantly having to evolve as industries shift. The competitive landscape, in market dynamics and consumer expectations, plays a mammoth role in how marketers respond to these shifts in the industry...

By Pieter Geyser 5 Feb 2019

Microsoft CMO on the transformation of digital marketing
Microsoft CMO on the transformation of digital marketing

Jessica Tennant interviews Peter DeBenedictis, chief marketing officer for Microsoft in the Middle East and Africa on his recent business trip to South Africa...

By Jessica Tennant 5 Feb 2019

#BizTrends2019: Bizcommunity hosts #BizTrendsLIVE!, an overview
#BizTrends2019: Bizcommunity hosts #BizTrendsLIVE!, an overview

Bizcommunity invited contributors to join its vision for Africa (with over 230 industry trend contributions making up the 2019 report) at BizTrendsLIVE!, which took place at Ster-Kinekor Sandton City in Johannesburg on Thursday, 31 January.

By Jessica Tennant, Issued by Bizcommunity.com 1 Feb 2019

Succeed at social media marketing with Namibia's V5 Digital Academy
Succeed at social media marketing with Namibia's V5 Digital Academy

Leading Namibian agency V5 Digital has partnered with D.O. Digital Academy to bring Namibians affordable online courses that enable participants to unlock the power of digital...

Issued by Techsys Digital 1 Feb 2019

#BizTrends2019: 9 Africa Trends for 2019
#BizTrends2019: 9 Africa Trends for 2019

Bizcommunity.Africa has curated our business-to-business outlook for Africa for this year...

By Louise Marsland 31 Jan 2019

The removal of trade barriers in Africa will transform the continent
The removal of trade barriers in Africa will transform the continent

Partnerships are key to improving prosperity and economic development in Africa...

30 Jan 2019

Zubeida Goolam and Wayne Flemming of BrandTruth.
#BizTrends2019: Five major digital and social media marketing trends accelerating in SA

The field of digital and social media marketing is constantly changing as technology advances and consumer needs develop. It is paramount for us to stay ahead of the curve with continual innovation and the application thereof...

By Zubeida Goolam and Wayne Flemming 29 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: The transformative power of transparency
#BizTrends2019: The transformative power of transparency

Transparency. Radical honesty. Authenticity. These words conjure up a new era in marketing, one that requires bravery and self-assurance, and will change the industry for good. Because, for audiences, customers and employees that have seen everything, it is time to reveal it all...

By Paula Hulley 25 Jan 2019

Sheila McGillivray, tribe leader at One Lady & A Tribe.
#BizTrends2019: The four Ps of cause marketing in 2019

More than ever we're seeing brands align with causes and let's face it, there so many current causes to be concerned about. This means cause marketing will be bigger than ever in 2019...

By Sheila McGillivray 25 Jan 2019

European Union and African Union Foreign Ministers take stock of their strong partnership. Credit: European External Action Service (EEAS)
Africa strengthens partnerships with Europe

The European Union is Africa's first partner in all sectors: in trade, in aid and investment, in peace and security...

24 Jan 2019

AfCFTA will facilitate the emergence of new Africa champions
AfCFTA will facilitate the emergence of new Africa champions

Africa CEO Forum 2019: 1,500 business leaders come together to make African economic integration a reality...

24 Jan 2019

Lamin Momodou Manneh, director, UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
#BizTrends2019: This could be a big year for Africa

This year, 2019, is a very promising year for the African continent: There is a lot of optimism about the return of the Africa rising sentiment...

By Lamin Momodou Manneh 21 Jan 2019

Mark Tomlinson, group managing director Hellocomputer.
#BizTrends2019: Embrace these business-changing themes or suffer the consequences...

This is a genuinely fascinating time to be alive, and yet it is even more fascinating to be in the business of communications, as we bear witness to and participate in some of the industry's most ground-breaking developments...

By Mark Tomlinson 21 Jan 2019

New APO Group CEO, Lionel Reina.
#BizTrends2019: Africa is one of the major players in the global economic future

New APO Group CEO, Lionel Reina, gives Bizcommunity.Africa his trend predictions for 2019...

17 Jan 2019

Why the wall?
Why the wall?

Chris Botha, group managing director of Park Advertising discusses why Wall Breakers will be the real change-makers in 2019...

By Chris Botha 16 Jan 2019

Olesia Bilkei ©
#BizTrends2019: Social marketing, and true word (of mouth) power

When Marian Salzman, one of the world's top trendspotters, invited me to discuss all things social marketing trend-related over coffee at the end of 2018, I jumped at the chance. This is the first of three overviews of our talking points...

By Leigh Andrews 15 Jan 2019

Godfrey Parkin, CEO of Britefire and of Angaza.
#BizTrends2019: Brand building must become more about customer experience

CX is everything. Businesses boom because they offer awesome differentiated customer experience, online and offline. The big trends in 2019 will follow this rule...

By Godfrey Parkin 14 Jan 2019

Not another consultant is what Africa needs
Not another consultant is what Africa needs

Our African consulting landscape consists of both global and local consultants who position themselves as subject matter experts, innovative thinkers, corporate entrepreneurs and so much more. If they're that good the next question I ask myself is if they're that prolific at setting up and running businesses, why aren't they running their own?...

By James Maposa 28 Dec 2018

Cause-related marketing: Why we do it and where the value lies
Cause-related marketing: Why we do it and where the value lies

In a society such as ours, in such dynamic, developmental evolution, causes are the fuel that helps drive change. Citizen activism brings issues to the nation's attention, it informs our people, inspires progress and supports our government...

By Joanna Oosthuizen 21 Dec 2018

#BestofBiz 2018: Marketing & Media Africa
#BestofBiz 2018: Marketing & Media Africa

We've compiled our annual #BestofBiz 2018 lists across all our industries featuring our most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views...

18 Dec 2018

Data science presents enormous opportunities in Africa
Data science presents enormous opportunities in Africa

Data science needs to embrace African context and work for greater good...

17 Dec 2018

Perfect pitch: Getting the brief right first
Perfect pitch: Getting the brief right first

If your pitch brief does not adequately explain the "job to be done", it's time and money wasted. To get a functional brief in writing, you need to create a document that communicates enough for an agency to put their heart into getting the job...

By Johanna McDowell 14 Dec 2018

Mandla Shezi, CEO of Hollard International.
Understanding the diversity of Africa is key to its growth

'Africa is not a country' and understanding Africa in all its diversity is fundamental to business excellence on the continent...

11 Dec 2018

Vlogstars! How to start winning at YouTube
Vlogstars! How to start winning at YouTube

"It's such a weird job title, to introduce yourself as a 'YouTuber', but only a small part of it is making the videos. It's a hugely complex role, which only content creators really understand..."

By Leigh Andrews 11 Dec 2018

Agency Scope UK 2018/2019: Early insights, possible trends
Agency Scope UK 2018/2019: Early insights, possible trends

Johanna McDowell, Scopen Partner and Director for UK and South Africa gives a few early insights and trends derived from interviews that are currently being conducted with CMOs of leading brands in the UK by Agency Scope...

10 Dec 2018

#AEC2018: Freedom of movement essential for Africa's transformation
#AEC2018: Freedom of movement essential for Africa's transformation

Africa Economic Conference 2018 focuses on Africa Visa Openness and integration...

7 Dec 2018

#AEC2018: Accelerating AfCFTA to create growth for Africa
#AEC2018: Accelerating AfCFTA to create growth for Africa

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) aims to create a single continental market for goods and services, with free movement of business persons and investments...

7 Dec 2018

#AEC2018: Africa's "easy decade" of economic growth is over
#AEC2018: Africa's "easy decade" of economic growth is over

Africa must focus now on its biggest resource for growth - its young people, experts urged...

6 Dec 2018

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