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Lara Utian-Preston is the founder of Red Flag Content Relations.
#BizTrends2019: 3D design goes mainstream

While virtual reality, augmented reality and 360-degree video and photography become the norm within advertising, filmmaking, and content production, their applications across a range of other industries and sectors are also set to exponentially increase...

By Lara Utian-Preston 20 hours ago

Styli Charalambous, publisher and CEO at Daily Maverick.
#BizTrends2019: The pivot to reality for news media

After a decade of doom, and silver bullets that mostly fired blanks, the news media seems to be adjusting to its pivot to reality and acknowledging the death of the primarily ad-supported funding model for hard news...

By Styli Charalambous 20 hours ago

Agile, mobile, and accessible: Programmatic is the new startup
Agile, mobile, and accessible: Programmatic is the new startup

Many marketing departments will have to decide how much of their digital adspend should go on premium inventory and how much should go on programmatic. Keabetswe Kgomongwe from Hoorah examines why we should reframe the choice by comparing the two to established businesses and startups respectively...

By Keabetswe Kgomongwe 1 day ago

Peter Khoury, Creative Circle chairperson and CCO of TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris Johannesburg.
#BizTrends2019: The rise of live communications and branded everything

When you study the world's most iconic work from recent times, you see patterns that may give you a direction of where everything is headed - at least in the short term. However, the world is extremely complex currently, and nothing is clearly defined, especially in the long term...

By Peter Khoury 2 days ago

Kalliebree Keynerd, head of social media at Joe Public Connect.
#BizTrends2019: From disappearing acts to dark social and digital wellness

Kalliebree Keynerd, head of social media at Joe Public Connect, predicts we'll see more of the following six trends over the coming months...

By Kalliebree Keynerd 2 days ago

#BizTrends2019: Don't miss out on Google Shopping power because of poor feeds
#BizTrends2019: Don't miss out on Google Shopping power because of poor feeds

Google Shopping and Facebook Dynamic Product Ads are a powerful way for retailers to reach new customers and drive sales...

By Andrew Smit 14 Jan 2019

Five ways to hack Google rankings (Kidding. You can't. But you can do this...)
Five ways to hack Google rankings (Kidding. You can't. But you can do this...)

David Jenkins, founder and partner at digital marketing agency MickeyLlew, look at how to use customer reviews to boost your website's organic ranking on Google...

By David Jenkins 14 Jan 2019

Kirigo Kamore, content manager and global diversity champion at McCann Worldgroup.
#BizTrends2019: It's time to fully embrace the digifem consumer

If 2018 was the seismic and long-awaited quake of women's lib, then expect its aftershock this year, both off and online...

By Kirigo Kamore 14 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: The revival of print
#BizTrends2019: The revival of print

"Print is dead" they said, "go digital" they said - we've heard the maxim time and time again and resultantly relegated print to the sidelines, we've left it feeling hapless and irrelevant...

By Sam Swaine 14 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

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Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters tops US Google Search after Tebow engagement

On Thursday former NFL player Tim Tebow announced his engagement to South Africa's former Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters. Tebow broke the news on Instagram in a series of snaps that have since racked up more than 430,000 likes...

By Andy Walker 11 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Social brands get even smarter with insightful strategy
#BizTrends2019: Social brands get even smarter with insightful strategy

Some of the smartest brands will take advantage of growing trends to reach out to customers and interact more effectively with their audiences...

By Mongezi Mtati 11 Jan 2019

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Woolworths, Ubuntu Baba saga contains digital lessons for brands of all sizes

South African social media has been in an uproar following allegations that Woolworths had stolen the design of a baby carrier made by a local entrepreneur. This a typical David vs Goliath story. While that may be true, the saga contains digital lessons for brands of all sizes...

By Vumani Ncube 10 Jan 2019

Workforce of the future: What is driving it and where is it going?
Workforce of the future: What is driving it and where is it going?

An increasingly rapid pace of innovation is driving forward technological advances in the enterprise at an unprecedented rate, meaning that workforce dynamics are set to change drastically...

By Ronald Ravel 9 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: How fintech will democratise the internet
#BizTrends2019: How fintech will democratise the internet

Since the advent of the decentralised blockchain in 2009, ingeniously invented by the pseudonymous Satoshi Nakamoto, fintech has bloomed...

By Justin McCarthy 9 Jan 2019

2018 in review: The biggest stories of the year
2018 in review: The biggest stories of the year

This year has gone by in one indistinguishable blur. If you can't quite remember what happened in the past 12 months, enjoy a quick recap...

By Andy Walker 7 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: 4 Tech trends to watch for in 2019
#BizTrends2019: 4 Tech trends to watch for in 2019

It's that time of year again when everyone in the tech industry takes out their crystal balls and starts making predictions about what's going to happen in the industry in 2019...

By Esti Kilian 7 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: The future of learning in relation to disruptive innovations
#BizTrends2019: The future of learning in relation to disruptive innovations

According to American developmental biologist, Dr. Bruce Harold Lipton, the brain of a child under the age of seven is in a lower vibrational frequency, a state called theta, imagination...

By Neo Rantele Kuaho 7 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: The reality of future proofing
#BizTrends2019: The reality of future proofing

The ways of the future start today which is why future proofing is not something that can be ignored and shelved for a later stage...

By Bongani Chinkanda 7 Jan 2019

Juanita Pienaar, editorial assistant and content creator, Bizcommunity.
#BizTrends2019: Don't make your customers type

The problem with personalised messaging is time. The solution is to automate and, beyond bots, the solution is voice. Because if you are looking to provide the ultimate in convenience and seductiveness to your customers, don't make them type...

By Juanita Pienaar 7 Jan 2019

Kelly McGillivray, squad leader, theSQUAD Creative Event Management.
#BizTrends2019: 19 Event trends for 2019

Generally speaking event trends for 2019 are on two separate trajectories: mindfulness and technology. The most successful experiences will find ways to merge the two...

By Kelly McGillivray 1 Jan 2019

5 things that keep the advertising industry stagnant
5 things that keep the advertising industry stagnant

Chris Botha, group managing director of park advertising says that the advertising industry is remaining stagnant in some areas and that this will negatively impact us all...

By Chris Botha 31 Dec 2018

4 trends shaping the future of TV and entertainment
4 trends shaping the future of TV and entertainment

Jacques Bentley from Skyworth highlights four global industry trends that are making waves and are expected to gain even more momentum in 2019...

By Jacques Bentley 31 Dec 2018

Warren Moss is the founder and CEO of Demographica.
#BizTrends2019: The importance of the shift to post-modern marketing

How can a disruptive company rely on traditional, pre-modern marketing thinking to drive home the values of their 21st-century brand?

By Warren Moss 24 Dec 2018

YouTube's influencer marketing phenomenon (Infographic)
YouTube's influencer marketing phenomenon (Infographic)

In 2018, the number of channels earning six figures per year on YouTube grew by more than 40% year over year! To try and learn more about this, Shorr Packaging conducted an analysis of more than 1,500 YouTube user channels to learn more about the growing impact of YouTube influencer marketing...

By Matt Zajechowsk 19 Dec 2018

Danilo Acquisto CEO of Special Effects Media SA.
#BizTrends2019: The value of micro-influencers in marketing campaigns

As we move into 2019, it's becoming clear that using micro-influencers is becoming very valuable - perhaps more than using macro-influencers who have a very large audience reach. Here's why...

By Danilo Acquisto 18 Dec 2018

Lisa MacLeod, head of digital, Tiso Blackstar Group.
#BizTrends2019: Alexa, what are your predictions for 2019?

Part of our job [as publishers] is to connect readers and advertisers successfully, in a brand safe environment and to the benefit of both - and while we've been a bit slow thus far, the door is now open. Watch this space...

By Lisa Macleod 18 Dec 2018

Brett Morris, group CEO of FCB Africa.
#BizTrends2019: Creativity is the currency of the future

I never like to weigh in on trends or predictions because, among many other reasons I've given before, human beings are generally awful at predicting the future...

By Brett Morris 18 Dec 2018

#Newsmaker: Behind the keyboard w/ Mninawa Ntloko, SAB Sports Columnist of the Year
#Newsmaker: Behind the keyboard w/ Mninawa Ntloko, SAB Sports Columnist of the Year

Tiso Blackstar digital sports editor, Mninawa Ntloko, was named Sports Columnist of the Year at the SAB Sports Media Awards last month, for his weekly Business Day column Finding the net...

By Jessica Tennant 17 Dec 2018

Rob Stokes, chairman of Red & Yellow School.
#BizTrends2019: 5 tech trends that will disappoint in 2019

Beyond the lip service, I feel like we are in a trough of disillusionment on so many pivotal technologies. In particular, there are five emerging fields which have garnered tremendous excitement...

By Rob Stokes 14 Dec 2018

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