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Leo van de Polder on expanding the Shop network in South Africa
Leo van de Polder on expanding the Shop network in South Africa

With a presence in more than 20 countries across 6 continents, the Shop Association's purpose is to empower its broad spectrum of members with ongoing education, networking opportunities and real-world insights...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 9 hours ago

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 12 hours ago

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Anybody fancy building a dangerous cathedral?

There is a story about three men who spent their lives quarrying rocks. When asked what they were doing, one replied, "Breaking rocks." The second said, "Earning a living." The third said, "Building a cathedral..."

By Damon Stapleton 14 hours ago

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Deception is the lowest form of marketing

People first engage with people and brands for many reasons related to the first-impression they create - but they stay engaged when there is recognition of, and comfort in the VALUES of those people and brands...

By Nick Grubb 17 hours ago

On the humanisation of black stories in 2019
On the humanisation of black stories in 2019

As a consumer of local content in 2019, I am ready to see bodies of work that focus on the humanisation of black characters with well-rounded lives that are not solely centred around tried and tested concepts of tragedy, trauma and beating the odds...

By Rebone Masemola 1 day ago

Dali Tembo, managing director of Instant Grass International.
#BizTrends2019: The year we rethink segmentation

If there's one thing we love as marketers, it's squeezing ever-evolving consumers into deceptively neat PowerPoint boxes. Too many customer segmentation reports are based on over-simplified, outdated data - just ask 'Bargaining Busi' and 'Premium Pam'...

By Dali Tembo 1 day ago

#BizTrends2019: Year of the social impact brand (again)
#BizTrends2019: Year of the social impact brand (again)

Amidst two extremes -- audience apathy on one end and backlash against perceived social washing on the other -- the ad industry has emerged fresh-faced and focused: Ready to prove that we're thoughtful, attentive partners who listen when our audience speaks, able to hold a conversation that doesn't always place ourselves and our interests at the very centre of it...

By Auryn Hiscock and Mikhaila Hunter 1 day ago

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 2 days ago

Marketing research - Fact or fiction?
Marketing research - Fact or fiction?

It's an important question since many marketing decisions are made on the results of marketing research. Decisions should be made on findings that are valid and reliable, but this knowledge formulation and dissemination is not working well in marketing...

By mike broom 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

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 1 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

#NewCampaign: Re-think drinking and driving
#NewCampaign: Re-think drinking and driving

In time for the festive season, Riverbed launched a campaign on behalf of the Association for Alcohol Responsibility and Education (aware.org) to continue the conversation around drinking and driving in South Africa...

By Jessica Tennant 24 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

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

Marketing spend per platform - and who takes the lead?
Marketing spend per platform - and who takes the lead?

IAS managing director and Scopen Africa and UK partner Johanna McDowell takes BizCommunity readers through current trends in marketing to communications investment ratios, highlighting where South Africa ranks compared to the global average...

By Johanna McDowell 20 Dec 2018

Kim Winstanley, chief growth officer and partner at Worx Group.
#BizTrends2019: Going green has never been more golden

The year 2018 was packed with environmental buzzwords. Sustainable, eco-friendly, low-carbon footprint, and upcycle are just some of the words that we are used to hearing in conversations with our clients, and for good reason...

By Kim Winstanley 20 Dec 2018

#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 20 Dec 2018

Topaz Booysen, head of marketing at Popimedia.
#BizTrends2019: We're in denial about the death of loyalty

As consumers, we're enjoying unprecedented variety in shopping aisles that span continents and are more vocal, demanding and unforgiving of brands than ever before...

By Topaz Booysen 19 Dec 2018

Chantel Botha, head of customer experience strategy and consulting at BrandLove.
#BizTrends2019: The brand promise chasm is widening for consumers

At the end of every year I take out my crystal ball, dust it off and think about the future...

By Chantel Botha 19 Dec 2018

The SheSays Cape Town founders are brand strategist Marina Tokar, senior copywriter Johannie Van As and content strategy director Anelde Greeff.
#BizTrends2019: The untapped opportunity of female empowerment

Globally, the women's empowerment movement has reached a fever pitch. #Metoo has toppled titans in industries ranging from film to advertising to tech, pushing against the 'boys club' ethos prevalent in senior ranks...

By SheSays Cape Town founders 18 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

Nicola Cooper, senior trend analyst and cultural strategist at Nicola Cooper & Associates.
#BizTrends2019: South African business, meet your future consumer

With the majority of South African consumers being under the age of 21, we cannot look to Gen Z or those younger as our 'future' consumer. Gen Z is already entering varsity and/or the work environment, which means our 'future' consumers are even younger...

By Nicola Cooper 18 Dec 2018

#BizTrends2019: The 2018 buzzwords I'm hoping won't make it to 2019
#BizTrends2019: The 2018 buzzwords I'm hoping won't make it to 2019

Here, six popular buzzwords from the worlds of marketing, communication and media that Tiffany Markman is hoping we won't see in 2019...

By Tiffany Markman 18 Dec 2018

Pepe Marais, founding partner and group chief creative officer of Joe Public United
#BizTrends2019: The year of making love

One of the most sobering marketing tweets of 2018 was by Chris Botha, CEO of The Media Shop...

By Pepe Marais 14 Dec 2018

Heidi Brauer, chief marketing officer of Hollard Insurance.
#BizTrends2019: The strategist is dead, long live strategy

In my BizTrends piece last year, I confessed to having a magic wand in my office...

By Heidi Brauer 14 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

Mike Beukes, ECD at Duke Advertising.
#BizTrends2019: These are tumultuous times. These are tremendous times

In psychology, there's a term known as post-traumatic growth. If you haven't already worked it out, it talks to the idea of rising from the ashes. Or, to use a phrase coined by Nassim Taleb, being 'antifragile'. What didn't kill us, made us stronger...

By Mike Beukes 13 Dec 2018

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 11 Dec 2018

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