What's news on social media?

Acumen Media has collected the most talked about stories on social media: • We were expecting "six of the best" from #TitoMboweni and the #BudgetSpeech but most left the event saying that it wasn't as bad as expected. Mboweni's analogy of the #Aloe made an impact. • #Eskom is still...

1 day ago

IAB SA wants feedback on social media practice guidelines

The IAB SA Agency Council is asking for feedback on the Advertising Code of Practice Social Media Guidelines. The aim of these guidelines is to ensure that brands are exercising ethical constraints on paid social media campaigns. The guidelines were first introduced to the digital industry in...

2 days ago

Entries for 2019 Property Journalism Awards are now open

The submissions for the 2019 instalment of the Property Journalism Awards for Excellence are officially open. Held by the South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) in partnership with Excellerate, the awards recognise South African property journalists who have made a noteworthy contribution...

2 days ago

PepsiCo shifts Gatorade digital work to TBWA\Chiat\Day

AdWeek reports that PepsiCo has tasked TBWA\Chiat\Day with the digital work on its Gatorade brand. Despite the move, PepsiCo has indicated that Chiat will continue to be its creative AOR (agency of record) in addition to taking on select digital marketing efforts for the brand. Recently, PepsiCo...

2 days ago

WPP partners with Waze to ease clients' advertising on Google

WPP has partnered with social navigation app Waze to make it easier for its clients to advertise on Google and directly reach and target drivers via the in-car platform. The partnership will launch in Canada, France, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States. It is designed to direct...

2 days ago

2019 NYF Film Craft executive jury announced

The New York Festivals Advertising Awards recently unveiled the executive jury for the 2019 NYF Film Craft. Some of the most technically advanced filmmakers from the industry's most respected production companies will gather to judge this year's Film Craft submissions in New York City on 30 April...

19 Feb 2019

More than one million load shedding searches on Google last week

Load shedding and Valentine's Day dominated search queries on Google South Africa this past week. 'Loadshedding schedule' generated more than 100,000 searches on Sunday. 'Load shedding schedule' generated more than 100,000 searches on Sunday. 'Eskom load shedding' generated more than 100,000...

18 Feb 2019

Volkswagen has a new lead creative agency in U.S

According to a report by Adweek, automaker company Volkswagen has named has named Johannes Leonardo as the lead brand agency in the United States. A Johannes Leonardo spokesperson confirms the decision followed a competitive pitch but declined to elaborate. The review also allegedly involved...

18 Feb 2019

The week's top social media stories

Here are the week's top stories on social media: #Eskom, #Sona and #PresidentRamaphosa were responsible for 74% of our conversation. Talks of sabotage and #Eskom holding the #Presidency ransom were rife and #PravinGordhan was sent in with the battle axe. #SonaDebate took full advantage of the...

18 Feb 2019

ADF&PCD New York to take place in September 2019

ADF&PCD New York, which is a North America event for the aerosol, dispensing, perfume and cosmetic packaging and design community, will take place from 17-18 September 2019 at the Altman Building & Metropolitan Pavilion in New York, USA. The event will provide visitors with new networking...

15 Feb 2019

Advertising legend Lee Clow retires

Adweek reports that Lee Clow has retired after 50 years in the advertising business, 30 of which he spent turning Apple into a case study on the effectiveness of creative marketing. The legendary creative was behind campaigns such as "Think Different", the Energizer bunny and the Taco Bell...

15 Feb 2019

Adweek Fastest Growing Agencies Awards now open for entries

Adweek's Fastest Growing Agencies Awards is accepting entries. The awards honour organisations large and small from all over the world whose industry presence is on the rise. View the categories and enter here. The early-bird deadline for entries is 11 March 2019....

15 Feb 2019

R2K to launch #LoveYourCommunityMedia campaign on World Radio Day

In celebration of World Radio Day on 13 February, R2K will launch its #LoveYourCommunityMedia campaign. The campaign is aimed at building and strengthening community media. The campaign will include a call for an annual grant to community media organisations to provide quality and independent...

13 Feb 2019

Sanef mourns the deaths of Brendan Boyle and Nonhlanhla Nhlapo

The South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) is grieving the loss of media colleagues Brendan Boyle and Nonhlanhla Nhlapo. Boyle succumbed to his battle to cancer on 11 February 2019. He was as a veteran journalist who worked on major South African newspapers and in international agencies....

13 Feb 2019

McCann Worldgroup retrenches workers at Detroit offices

AdWeek reports that IPG's McCann Worldgroup has retrenched an unspecified amount of employees from its Detroit offices. This follows the mass layoffs at General Motors. The company has not issued a Warn (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) notice, which is required by law for plant...

13 Feb 2019

Design Indaba's Nightscape is open and available to all

Design Indaba's Nightscape Festival will take place every evening from 5pm onwards from 27 February to 1 March 2019. This celebratory cultural and creative event is presented by Design Indaba and runs concurrently with the annual Design Indaba Conference and Cape Town Simulcast. Nightscape...

12 Feb 2019

Ad Stars Awards 2019 calls for entries

The 12th Ad Star Awards is inviting entries free of charge. The three-day festival will be held in Busan, South Korea from 22-24 August 2019. Dentsu Asia Pacific's Ted Lim and Joanna Monteiro of FCB Brazil are on board as its first 2019 Executive Judges. Click here to enter. The deadline is 15...

12 Feb 2019

Liberty Radio Awards calls for votes for best radio

The Liberty Radio Awards is calling on listeners to help a decide a winner for its My Station category by voting for their favourite radio station. A panel of radio and media specialists are currently reviewing the radio station entries. The My Station category is broken down into two...

11 Feb 2019

Apple transforms Ariana Grande and more to memojis at Grammys

At the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, Apple aired videos of Ariana Grande's 7 Rings, Khalid's Talk, and Florida Georgia Line's Simple in meme and emoji form, aptly referred to as ''memojis". Check out the videos below: ...

11 Feb 2019

Jeff Bezos reckons National Enquirer's exposé was politically motivated

It seems the rivalry between US President Donald Trump and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos rages on. In the latest instance, Bezos has seemingly uncovered a conspiracy involving a tabloid and some incriminating photographs. The tech billionaire has accused supermarket tabloid National Enquirer and its...

8 Feb 2019

The week on social media

Acumen Media has collated the week's biggest stories on social media. Let's have a look. President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered his State of the Nation address (SONA) and social media users had plenty to say -- from the EFF's calm to the number of things that Ramaphosa had done since being sworn in...

8 Feb 2019

Naomi Campbell will headline the 2019 Forbes Woman Africa Leading Women Summit

Naomi Campbell has been announced as the headline speaker for the 2019 Forbes Woman Africa Leading Women Summit, which will be held at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban on International Women's Day, 8 March 2019. The British-born supermodel and philanthropist...

7 Feb 2019

Mirum CEO Dan Khabie resigns

Dan Khabie has resigned as CEO of Mirum, a WPP-owned digital agency network. He has departed the role in the pursuit of other ventures outside the holding company and has agreed to stay on during a six-month transition process. His decision follows the merger of Wunderman and JWT, the latter of...

7 Feb 2019

Students disrupt media briefing at DUT

TimesLive reported that the EFF Student Command (EFFSC) disrupted the SA Students Congress' (Sasco) address at the Durban University of Technology (DUT). They had pushed TV cameras away and insulted journalists. One of them had also tried to assault a photographer who was taking pictures and...

7 Feb 2019

The One Show 2019's extended deadline is fast approaching

The extended deadline for The One Show 2019 ends on 8 February. Click here to enter.

5 Feb 2019

Super Clio announces winner for 2019

The Bud Light x HBO "Joust" advert is the 2019 Super Clio winner. The ad was created by the Droga5 and Wieden+Kennedy agency. ...

5 Feb 2019

GoodThingsGuy is SA's Blog of the Year

The SA Blog Awards named GoodThingsGuy as South Africa's Blog of the Year for the second year in a row. The blog also received the Best Lifestyle Blog award. The SA Blog Awards selects its winners through a process of public opinion, blogger opinion and social media expert's opinion. This year's...

4 Feb 2019

The news making headlines on social media

Acumen Media has unveiled this week's stories making headlines on social media. It's all about inquiries with the State Capture Inquiry, Mokgoro Inquiry and the PIC Inquiry making up a combined 40% of the week's top 10 stories. The 'Please Call Me' debacle reached the national consciousness this...

1 Feb 2019

The Wedding Bash(ers) crown season 2 winners

M-Net's The Wedding Bash(ers) recently crowned the winners of its second season - Megan and Jason. The show sees four South African celebrities - also referred to as 'The Squad' comprises former Miss South Africa Bernelee Daniel, entertainer Denise Zimba, chef and food stylist Zola Nene and top...

1 Feb 2019

Zara ridiculed for 'lousy' logo redesign

Design Taxi reports that designers are mocking Zara's new logo design. The company changed its spaced-out wordmark logo to one that is overlapping characters and serifs. Lifestyle and design enthusiast Jumabc. commented on the new logo saying, "Needs to fit in size zero," and Co-op designer...

30 Jan 2019

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