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Pepe Marais, of Joe Public United. Picture: Michel Bega.
The amazing story behind Joe Public, Africa's number one ad agency

When Pepe Marais was saved by a surfer two decades ago, no one could have guessed they'd start a business together...

By Brendan Seery 9 Nov 2018

#ShopperInsights2019: Innovation drives brand success at shelf
#ShopperInsights2019: Innovation drives brand success at shelf

Lindt is a premium brand growing in a declining market. A luxury product generally bought as a gift, the brand launched a cheaper version catering to personal indulgence. Not only did this expand...

By Danette Breitenbach 9 Nov 2018

How brands can win in the digital era
How brands can win in the digital era

We are entering the digital era. In 2022 voice commerce sales is projected to be US$40bn in the US alone. Does this mean marketers should abandon long-term branding?...

By Danette Breitenbach 6 Nov 2018

Brands disrupting the playing fields
Brands disrupting the playing fields

Not every brand is an Amazon that can disrupt its category, but every brand can learn lessons from disruption brands; lessons that can be applied to any market...

By Danette Breitenbach 6 Nov 2018

Standardbank team announced as the country’s most valuable brand at the inaugural BrandZ Top 30 Most Valuable South African Brands.
Local banks shine at inaugural BrandZ Top 30 Awards

Standard Bank was crowned the country's most valuable brand at the inaugural BrandZ Top 30 Most Valuable South African Brands when it launched at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange on Wednesday morning...

By Danette Breitenbach 1 Nov 2018

#NewCampaign: Indie 'Mullets' campaign strips away the bullsh*t
#NewCampaign: Indie 'Mullets' campaign strips away the bullsh*t

Indie's new 'Mullets' campaign seeks to convince millennials that its insurance premium is something to care about...

By Jessica Tennant 31 Oct 2018

Will it be a holly jolly Christmas for your brand?
Will it be a holly jolly Christmas for your brand?

Put a jingle in your bell this year by tracking and optimising your Christmas TV advertising...

By Irina Herf 29 Oct 2018

The story substance
The story substance

Why the world wants a story and not a sale...

By Wayne Flemming 27 Oct 2018

The problem with knee-jerk marketing
The problem with knee-jerk marketing

When times get tough and business slows down, or when brands are faced with new competition, we start pulling out the stops with our marketing. Grasping at straws, we reach for lifelines in the hope that one standalone marketing tactic will get customers pouring through the doors...

By Kirsten McLeod Grobler 22 Oct 2018

Make the most of your marketing budget
Make the most of your marketing budget

Tough financial times are pushing businesses to cut costs in order to strengthen the bottom line. The mistake many organisations make is to cut the budgets, instead of first analysing marketing expenses and determining which avenues are offering the best return on investment...

By Mike Salomon 12 Oct 2018

Creating brands that influence an intersectionally inclusive world
Creating brands that influence an intersectionally inclusive world

Local brands, marketers and creators need to get better at designing campaigns and content that reflects intersectional narratives and imagery that include LGBTQI+ communities, people with albinism and the disabled...

By Rebone Masemola 9 Oct 2018

Goodbye consumers, hello AI!
Goodbye consumers, hello AI!

The job of branded goods and companies is about to get much harder, says Sandra Burger, business unit manager at The MediaShop...

By Sandra Burger 4 Oct 2018

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CMOs need to embrace new technologies and tools to build brand trust

BrandQuantum recently hosted a marketing roundtable to debate the role of marketing in today's digital business environment and some of the key challenges they are facing...

By Paula Sartini 1 Oct 2018

#NewCampaign: Giant Films' Ian Gabriel on the new Carling Black Label ad
#NewCampaign: Giant Films' Ian Gabriel on the new Carling Black Label ad

Giant Films recently completed an ad for Carling Black Label offering a fresh take on masculinity...

By Jessica Tennant 27 Sep 2018

Chris Moerdyk
A great new way of getting consumers to love your brand

Never before in the history of mankind has it been more difficult to get public attention as it is right now. And its driving brand managers to distraction...

By Chris Moerdyk, Issued by Chris Moerdyk 26 Sep 2018

Today's the day...
Today's the day...

How many brands sent out 'Happy Heritage Day' messages yesterday and what were they hoping to achieve by doing so?...

By Mick Shepard and Nick Liatos 24 Sep 2018

The biggest lessons brands can learn from music artists
The biggest lessons brands can learn from music artists

Siphiwe Mpeta tackles the topic of personal branding by using music as a frame of reference...

By Siphiwe Mpeta 19 Sep 2018

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#OrchidsandOnions: Nike's Caster Semenya ad just does it

Great marketing is one thing, poor customer service and incompetence is another - and that's why Telkom gets both an Orchid and an Onion this week...

By Brendan Seery 18 Sep 2018

The tango of Donald Trump and Nike
The tango of Donald Trump and Nike

Outrage. Hatred. These are not normally words you would say are the way forward for a brand. In the past, a brand has always tried to have a position that was not controversial. A position where you attacked your competitors and nobody else. You stayed in your lane. Stuck to your knitting...

By Damon Stapleton 12 Sep 2018

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#OrchidsandOnions: Nando's not chicken in deflating egos

A huge fail for your billboard outside the Wanderers featuring the name 'Rabada', Web Africa. Speed over to collect your Onion...

By Brendan Seery 11 Sep 2018

Customer service remains top of the list
Customer service remains top of the list

Customers choose brands that value them and understand their needs...

By Werner Theron 4 Sep 2018

#Loeries2018: Tres Colacion and Giancarlo Rodas on winning a Grand Prix for 'Lucky Face'
#Loeries2018: Tres Colacion and Giancarlo Rodas on winning a Grand Prix for 'Lucky Face'

Impact BBDO Dubai took home a Grand Prix for La Libanaise Des Jeux's 'Lucky Face' in the integrated campaign category at this year's Loerie Awards on Saturday, 18 August at the Durban ICC...

By Jessica Tennant 4 Sep 2018

5 ways CX is emotional rather than rational
5 ways CX is emotional rather than rational

Brendon Bairstow-Klopper suggests that it is more sensible to take a macro-level view by practising the peak-end rule. The peak-end rule says that customers remember their peak-experience with a brand, rather than specific interactions...

By Brendon Bairstow-Klopper 4 Sep 2018

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Loeries2018: Pete Case on winning a Grand Prix for 'The World's First Baby Marathon'

Ogilvy Johannesburg took home a Grand Prix for Kimberly-Clark's 'The World's First Baby Marathon' in the film communication category at this year's Loerie Awards on Saturday, 18 August at the Durban ICC...

By Jessica Tennant 31 Aug 2018

Tactical war rooms: The key to sponsorship success
Tactical war rooms: The key to sponsorship success

Mike Stopforth elaborates on how brands can leverage tactical war rooms for content excellence around sponsorship properties...

By Mike Stopforth 30 Aug 2018

Big social on a small budget
Big social on a small budget

Wayne Flemming tackles the issues and provides solutions to the ultimate small business question, how do you do social media on a small budget?...

By Wayne Flemming 29 Aug 2018

Sarina de Beer, managing director of Ask Afrika. Image credit: .
Ask Afrika Icon Brands research: Fomo or doing good?

In a world where everyone wants to be a disruptor, ask yourself why are you 'disrupting'? Is it just Fomo or are you busy with something that is better for the world?...

By Danette Breitenbach 27 Aug 2018

Agencies and brands: Battle for the market
Agencies and brands: Battle for the market

Brand clutter is fast becoming the biggest challenge and barrier to revenue for many businesses both locally and internationally...

By Keenan Bouwer 23 Aug 2018

Why lipstick matters... to businesses
Why lipstick matters... to businesses

Branding, just like lipstick, is not purely cosmetic. As a key manifestation of a brand's identity, colour has the power to serve as a vital cue to consumers...

By Abigail Sizaliyo 22 Aug 2018

The path to sustainable growth is customer acquisition (Part 2)
The path to sustainable growth is customer acquisition (Part 2)

This is a continuation of Tyron Sharnock's article on customer loyalty and how it has long been regarded as a critical component to building a brand with traditional models focusing on loyalty metrics such as customer retention and repurchase...

By Tyron Sharnock 21 Aug 2018

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