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Free up creative expressionThere's #creative freedom in the last three trends that we explore in this week's Creative Curves series grand finale. If you missed the first two blogs in our Ebony+Ivory Design Leadership Series, take a quick click check here. 22 Sep 2021 Read more

Stand out #design skills of spliced visualsThere's #creative fun and then there's the thrill of the chase of #opencreativity briefs. We opened up our brief and challenged our #ImpactPossibilities designers to translate some of this hands-off year's design trends. 16 Aug 2021 Read more

Socioeconomic measures (SEMs) enable marketers to grasp realities for South AfricansHistory shows that a boom tends to follow a recession. While the uptick may be slow to tick over, when it picks up momentum, it unfurls like the Protea seed after the wildfire. How do you prepare today for a full new bloom? 4 Aug 2021 Read more

Design trends that 'make it pop'We've got our designs on the trends that move the stylus and your brand position. Follow the Ebony+Ivory Creative Curves Series in which we feature visual creativity techniques to attract and hold the attention of busy minds. 8 Jul 2021 Read more

Media planning that interprets multiple studies to position brandsCategory leaders are positioned with pinpoint purpose, not randomly conceived. If there is a home truth that emerges as we reach the fourth lense in the Ebony+Ivory Marketing Segmentation South Africa Series, it is that media agencies must interpret multiple data streams. Their role is to identify which market - specifically - a specific brand can grow its share of category. 28 Apr 2021 Read more

Platform zone: Radio and reading in South AfricaIn this second part of our exploration of media platforms, we scan why content reading and listening patterns are important when generating media strategy. 24 Mar 2021 Read more

Data insights: Platforms - value in content mapping and viewingMoving from silo media planning to content mapping and a 'value in' instead of 'cost out' approach to media procurement. 26 Feb 2021 Read more

Perfect purchasing power ratiosWhen it comes to effective media segmentation, the feisty film footballer Rod Tidwell's "show me the money" line to his agent Jerry Maguire may resonate with most marketers. As now more than ever, businesses look to their brands to deliver more strategic clout that translates into sales. 10 Feb 2021 Read more

Market segmentation: people and placesSouth Africans in 2021 - The real socio-economic measure (SEM) reality check 


In this article, we map the geo-flow of households, people and living standards in Mzansi - giving marketers a strategic view of the realities in which South Africans live, move and work. 29 Jan 2021 Read more


The post-Amps landscape: play it as it liesMining South Africa's rich vein of marketing and media data to ensure meaningful and addressable media buying and planning decisions. 20 Jan 2021 Read more

2021 - The road to recoveryGenerating people-centred insights to drive market recovery and sustainability in South Africa. 12 Jan 2021 Read more

My Kreepy Teacher strikes funny bone, just right, for Kreepy KraulyDigital times have changed since 2013 when the Kreepy Krauly mockumentary, Kreepy Wrangler went viral but what remains the same is the South African brand of humour - and the power of parody to send a brand into shareable subspace. 20 Oct 2020 Read more

Women in advertising: Talking inspiration at the women's table of leadership"Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all other women" - Maya Angelou 13 Aug 2020 Read more

TLC for Lambano + St John Children's Critical Care partnershipWhen two incredible South African healthcare organisations joined forces to help more critically ill children and their families, Ebony+Ivory was thrilled to be a part of it with logo design, radio production plus media planning and buying help for the combined brand. 7 Jul 2020 Read more

#Covid-19 is a white swan - Ebony+Ivory proves thisThe term black swan has been popularised for describing unforeseen events and it has been wrongly used to describe the Covid-19 pandemic. There is another term, white swan, which is more apt for this pandemic. A white swan event is one that we could have seen coming. This is true of Covid-19 as many experts have, for decades, outlined the possibility of a global infection pandemic. In fact, as a species, we have lived through a number of real-life pandemics in our history. 9 Apr 2020 Read more

Ebony + Ivory wins the Sasria accountEbony + Ivory, South Africa's longest-standing through-the-line agency, has just won the sought-after Sasria account. Sasria is the South African Special Risks Insurance Association, a state-owned company and the only short-term insurer that provides cover to all the people and businesses that have assets in South Africa. 8 Apr 2020 Read more

Ebony + Ivory pulls off Brand SA's Giyani Activation Constitution Awareness Campaign in under a weekDuring the Giyani Activation Constitution Awareness Campaign, Brand South Africa was promoting freedom of expression and identity using the platform of South African language and the culture of reading. 6 Mar 2020 Read more

SA's #FreshAt50 agency of the future E+I celebrates its 50th anniversaryThe 1960s were advertising's coming of age era or perhaps best known for its 'creative revolution'. It was during this time that Paul Middleton Snr launched his agency, followed by a name change in 1989 when Paul David Middleton bought the business and named it Ebony+Ivory, or E+I in corridor talk. 28 Feb 2020 Read more