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Call for entries: New Generation Social & Digital Media Awards

The New Generation Social & Digital Media Awards calls for entries for its eighth annual edition. One of the awards' key focus area is to celebrate individual talent from within agencies, corporates and learning institutes in South Africa through a range of awards categories. Agencies,...

30 Apr 2020

This week's top stories

Here are the top stories that made headlines in the last seven days, according to Acumen Media: The number of people testing positive for coronavirus continues to increases. The number of coronavirus infections in South Africa stands at 2,605, with 48 fatalities to date. Minister of cooperative...

17 Apr 2020

#LockdownDay11: Top stories in the last 24 hours

We are now halfway through the national lockdown. Let's take a look at what dominated the news headlines over the last 24 hours, according to Acumen Media. A bridal couple and wedding guests were arrested in KwaZulu-Natal yesterday for flouting national lockdown regulations. Tobacco...

6 Apr 2020

This week's top stories

As we head on to the second week of lockdown, Acumen Media has compiled stories that grabbed the headlines over the last seven days: The first positive coronavirus cases in townships were confirmed. The affected townships so far are Khayelitsha in the Western Cape, Alexandra in Gauging and...

3 Apr 2020

This week's top stories

Acumen Media has compiled stories that dominated the headlines this week: President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a national state of disaster as coronavirus continues to spread. Strict measures were implemented, including visas being revoked, international travel to high-risk countries being banned,...

20 Mar 2020

This week's top stories

Here are the news stories that dominated the headlines this week, compiled by Acumen Media: Stocks collapsed on the JSE as oil prices dropped dramatically and the novel coronavirus continues to spread globally. Brands such as Amplats, MTN, Sasol and BHP were affected, and the Rand also took a...

13 Mar 2020

John Vlismas, Carmen Murray launch new podcast

Boo-Yah! Modern Marketing co-founder Carmen Murray has collaborated with John Vlismas to launch The In with the Two Øutsiders podcast. The pair met when Murray interviewed Vlismas on her show and have united to unlock your inner Øutsider. The podcast is all about disrupting your thinking,...

18 Feb 2020

Top stories this week

Although this week marked 30 years since Nelson Mandela was released from prison, the State of the Nation Address was one of the week's top trending topics. As he promised during a media conference on Sunday, 8 February, Julius Malema and the Economic Freedom Fighters disrupted the proceedings over...

14 Feb 2020

Bloomberg includes WPP in 2020 gender-equality index

Bloomberg has included WPP in its gender-equality index (GEI) for the second consecutive year. WPP was selected to reflect the comprehensive disclosure of gender-related metrics and investment in workplace gender equality and the communities in which it operates. The Index is made up of 325...

22 Jan 2020

Digital Lab Africa opens call for applications

Digital Lab Africa (DLA) is calling on creatives and cultural entrepreneurs from Sub-Saharan Africa to submit applications to participate in the DLA#4 acceleration programme. Applications will close on 1 March 2020. Managed by the South African innovation hub Tshimologong Digital Innovation...

16 Jan 2020

Mediamark, TheSouthAfrican enter partnership

Mediamark and TheSouthAfrican recently entered a partnership. Mediamark will serve as the exclusive sales partner for TheSouthAfrican, offering its clients access to the website's advertising inventory, sponsorship opportunities, native advertising solutions and other customised packages....

20 Nov 2019

Vice Media swoops in on Refinery29's audience with acquisition

Financial Times reports that Vice Media will buy Refinery29, which will reportedly put the two digital media companies' value at $4bn. According to Vice Media CEO, Nancy Dubuc, Refinery29 is the right brand and cultural fit, with an audience - which mostly comprises of young women - that she expects...

7 Oct 2019

Boguslavsky & Co expands service offering

Digital strategy agency Boguslavsky & Co has expanded its offerings to include AI technologies through select technology partners. The agency will also offer data-driven customer insights - utilising data visualisation tools for business intelligence purposes. Boguslavsky & Co is a niche digital...

25 Sep 2019

Trigga appoints Eclipse PR as its PR, social media agency

Eclipse PR will manage online agricultural trading platform Trigga's public relations and social media. The appointment follows project work conducted by the agency to launch the brand to market earlier this year. As Trigga's PR and social media agency, Eclipse PR will develop a communication...

13 Sep 2019

Automattic Inc. to acquire Tumblr from Verizon

WordPress parent company Automattic Inc. is set to acquire Tumblr from Verizon. The sale comes as Verizon's focuses on growing its original content and subscription businesses on sites like HuffPost and TechCrunch. More than 200 staffers who worked on Tumblr at Verizon will reportedly be moving...

13 Aug 2019

Google's Digital Marketing Transformation programme is available in SA

Google's Digital Marketing Transformation (DMT) programme is now available in South Africa. DMT is aimed at enabling business growth by providing customised digital marketing advice - including digital marketing fundamentals, best practices and a focused customised roadmap. To work towards full...

17 Jul 2019

Digital Signage Expo opens call for speaker proposals, presentations

The Digital Signage Expo (DSE) is calling for speaker proposals and is accepting submissions for presentations to be given at its 2020 educational conference, which will take place from 31 March-3 April 2020 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The application deadline is 28 August 2019....

12 Jul 2019

Emerge to develop e-sports platform with Viacom Africa

Online e-sports developer and operator Emerge Gaming has disclosed that it will develop a competitive gaming e-sports platform based on its Arcade X technology with Viacom International Media Networks Africa. Emerge Gaming will operate and maintain the roll out of the e-sports product, which will...

13 Jun 2019

TimesLIVE's 2019 Elections website is up and running

TimeLIVE's 2019 General Elections website, which was technologically advanced with developer EightySix and data and analytics consultancy Outshine, is online. The website provides South Africans with relevant voting information before and throughout the polls taking place on 8 May 2019; the updated...

29 Apr 2019

Google to launch 18 Womenwill chapters in sub-Saharan Africa

Google is set to introduce 18 new Womenwill chapters across sub-Saharan Africa including South Africa. Womenwill is a Google initiative to create economic opportunity for women by helping them utilise technology to build skills, get inspired and connect with each other through training, events and...

8 Mar 2019

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...

21 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

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

Multichoice lists on the JSE

Following its split from Naspers, Multichoice Group has listed itself on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). The new company comprises of MultiChoice South Africa, MultiChoice Africa, and Showmax; it is expected to commence trading on 27 February 2019. Naspers is expected to hand over its...

22 Jan 2019

Edition B2B unveils Annual Buyers Guide, Independent Contractors Edition

In addition to unveiling its third annual Annual Buyers Guide, Edition B2B has also launched its first Independent Contractors Edition. The main aim of the Contractors Edition is to help educate and upskill workers on site. Both publications may be read on the website....

18 Jan 2019

Shareholders take Alphabet Inc. to task over Rubin payout

Google's parent company Alphabet Inc. was sued for approving Android creator Andy Rubin's $90m exit payment despite his misconduct allegations. The suit was filed by shareholders who claimed the board failed in its duties by allowing harassment to occur, approving big payouts, and keeping the...

11 Jan 2019

Pivotal forecasts Amazon's advertising revenues will reach $38bn

According to Pivotal Research, Amazon's advertising revenues are expected to surpass any other Amazon business by reaching $38bn in the next five years. Following conversations with marketers about the presence of the Amazon Advertising Platform, Pivotal has also initiated coverage of the e-commerce...

8 Jan 2019

Apple shows off its privacy policies at 2019 CES

The Independent reports that Apple has used the 2019 International CES in Las Vegas as an opportune time to belittle its competitors' privacy policies. Though it does not attend CES, Apple made its presence known through a billboard that reads "What happens on your iPhone stays on your iPhone." ...

8 Jan 2019

DSE extends Apex submission deadline

Digital Signage Expo (DSE) has extended the submission deadline for the 2019 Apex Awards to allow those precluded by holiday deadlines some additional time to participate. The new extended deadline to submit entries is 12pm on 16 January 2019. Additional information and entry forms are available...

3 Jan 2019

Publiseer introduces services to South Africa

Publiseer founders Chidi and Chika Nwaogu got the name of their company from one of South Africa's 11 official languages - 'publiseer' means 'publish' in Afrikaans - so it is only fitting that it would introduce the country to its digital publishing services. An additional perk to this expansion...

26 Nov 2018

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