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When brands get social media engagement right
When brands get social media engagement right

Social media has become an increasingly valuable component for consideration with a lot of PR strategies over the years. It's exciting to see how various brands are using social media to convey their brand personality...

By Sheila Afari 26 Apr 2019

Controlling a crisis - The ultimate possible disruption
Controlling a crisis - The ultimate possible disruption

Whether a company enjoys the size and stature of Ford, Tiger Brands or KPMG, or is a much smaller enterprise, the fundamentals surrounding reputation and perception remain unchanged, clearly underscoring the absolute need to be prepared for a crisis...

By Jennifer Stein 11 Mar 2019

Microsoft CMO on the transformation of digital marketing
Microsoft CMO on the transformation of digital marketing

Jessica Tennant interviews Peter DeBenedictis, chief marketing officer for Microsoft in the Middle East and Africa on his recent business trip to South Africa...

By Jessica Tennant 5 Feb 2019

Africa is a market of opportunity for PR
Africa is a market of opportunity for PR

Bizcommunity.com chats to Scott Wilson, president Africa and Europe, Burson Cohn & Wolfe ...

By Danette Breitenbach 30 Oct 2018

#Apex2018: How to build a global brand with a local insight
#Apex2018: How to build a global brand with a local insight

Veteran marketer Sharon Keith shared four basic principles in explaining how to build global brands at the local level and examples to demonstrate these at the ACA SA's Apex 'Next Level of Thinking Masterclass'...

By Jessica Tennant 26 Jul 2018

Taazima Kala-Essack, lead consultant, Hotwire PRC, Botswana.
How to implement those big ideas

Is overthinking one of the problems plaguing the communications industry and, especially, the public relations sector of that industry?

By TAAZIMA KALA-ESSACK 23 May 2018

#AfricaMonth: Look for the opportunities in Africa
#AfricaMonth: Look for the opportunities in Africa

Africa is a hot bed of opportunities. If you look for that opportunity you will find it, says Robyn de Villiers, vice chair of APRA and chair and CEO of Burson Cohn & Wolfe Africa...

By Louise Marsland 18 May 2018

Brian Tjugum, managing director, Weber Shandwick EMEA Social Impact practice.
#AfricaMonth: Purpose-driven communications in Africa

The need for accelerated social progress and purpose-driven communications is at an all-time high, especially in Africa...

By Louise Marsland 14 May 2018

Sebastian Kaulitzki ©
#Prisms2018: Out of Africa - an insider's perspective

The following is an excerpt from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations International (CIPRI) 2017 Maggie Nally Memorial Lecture I delivered at the House of Lords, Palace of Westminster...

By Robyn de Villiers 23 Apr 2018

#AfricaLEAD: Jack Leslie on why this is Africa's time
#AfricaLEAD: Jack Leslie on why this is Africa's time

Chairman of Weber Shandwick, Jack Leslie, tells Bizcommunity.Africa what it will take to attract multi-national investment to Africa, the final frontier for growth and expansion for business at a pan-African level...

By Louise Marsland 16 Apr 2018

Daniel Munslow is a director of MCC Consulting.
The role of communicators in the SDGs in Africa

How Africa's communicators can aid the United Nations in communicating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)...

By Daniel Munslow 9 Mar 2018

#DigitalSummit2018: Championing diversity in digital
#DigitalSummit2018: Championing diversity in digital

Catherine Grenfell, ex-5FM presenter who co-founded and manages The Eye radio station, opened this year's IAB Digital Summit sharing her experience of digital and what she predicts for the industry...

By Jessica Tennant 5 Mar 2018

The state of PR in the new age
The state of PR in the new age

Traditional vs digital PR. Is it two sides of the same coin?

By Thandukwazi Gcabashe 14 Feb 2018

Charles Murito, country manager of Google Kenya |
Google Kenya's Charles Murito on digital advertising and the age of assistance

Google SA hosted a media event earlier this week to bring media practitioners across Africa up to speed on the latest technological advancements in the digital advertising space, focusing on Google Ads in particular...

By Jessica Tennant 7 Feb 2018

It's true what they say; prevention is better than cure
It's true what they say; prevention is better than cure

In the wake of the H&M debacle, Thandukwazi Gcabashe comments on the critical role PR plays in making sure marketing campaigns have gone through a reputational lens before being launched...

By Thandukwazi Gcabashe 24 Jan 2018

Janine Lloyd, CEO of PR Expert.
#BizTrends2018: The low-down on 2018 PR and marketing trends

This year is going to continue to be a tough journey for all businesses as they grapple for market share and growth during a difficult economy...

By Janine Lloyd 15 Jan 2018

#NewCampaign: $15m Emirates campaign opens up a world of good times
#NewCampaign: $15m Emirates campaign opens up a world of good times

Emirates has launched a $15m campaign to inspire travel and promote the airline's network of global destinations. We go behind the scenes of the campaign with Boutros Boutros...

By Cari Coetzee 24 Oct 2017

#AfricaAchiever: Vuma Reputation creates Africa division to drive expansion
#AfricaAchiever: Vuma Reputation creates Africa division to drive expansion

Bizcommunity Africa's #AfricaAchiever is Nonye Mpho Omotola, business director of Vuma Reputation Management's new Africa division, established to drive expansion on the continent...

By Louise Marsland 11 Sep 2017

Challenges with being a PR agency exclusively to SMEs
Challenges with being a PR agency exclusively to SMEs

Thoriso Kolobe lists several challenges her PR agency faced by offering its services exclusively to SMEs...

By Thoriso Kolobe 11 Aug 2017

Planning: The key ingredient to avoid a social media crisis
Planning: The key ingredient to avoid a social media crisis

The idea that content for social media cannot be planned and that live content can only be decided at the last minute, is an antiquated concept, writes Suzanne van Aswegen...

By Suzanne van Aswegen 24 Jul 2017

Kenya PR firm awarded for social media campaign

Kenyan public relations firm, Gina Din Corporate Communications (GDCC) has won two global public relations awards for the 'Kenyan for Kenya' social media campaign.

By Carole Kimutai 16 Nov 2012

Have PR companies killed objectivity?

A call from a public relations company is every editor's nightmare. Gone are the days when an invite would be sent to your desk and that would be the only communication from a PR agency. These days, an invite (on email or hardcopy) is followed by a phone call seeking confirmation as to whether you will attend the event or you will send a reporter.

By Carole Kimutai 18 Oct 2012

Kenya's media to question opinion polls

A few weeks ago, Nation Media Group (NMG), a media house in Kenya sent a notice to its journalists asking them to treat, with skepticism, opinion polls trumpeting the rising or falling fortunes of Kenyan political leaders. "We take the view that, not knowing the sponsors of and how the polling was conducted, we risk our reputation if we play up the "findings" of these pollsters," read the notice.

By Carole Kimutai 7 Jun 2012

Walter Wafula
Superbrands East Africa unveils new council

Superbrands East Africa has appointed a 12-member council covering the period 2012-2014 to oversee the selection of the regions leading brands and culminating in a gala dinner where the top brands are recognised and awarded.

By Walter Wafula 5 Apr 2012

Ogilvy Kenya Board announces leadership change
Ogilvy Kenya Board announces leadership change

The Board of Ogilvy Kenya has reviewed its senior management structure and dropped the position of group chief executive officer following the resignation of Koome Mwambia who until February 2012 held that position.

By Carole Kimutai 23 Mar 2012

Listen before you jump into social, says Diane Charton
Listen before you jump into social, says Diane Charton

Acceleration Media is an old hand at the digital media game. It was launched as a specialist online media company more than 12 years ago, at a point in time when everybody was talking about the potential of online media but when advertisers were not nearly as invested in the medium as they are today.

By Herman Manson 19 Mar 2012

Kenya's advertising guru nominated for business leader award
Kenya's advertising guru nominated for business leader award

Bharat Thakrar, CEO of Scangroup Limited, has been nominated for the 2011 All Africa Business Leader Awards in the Africa Entrepreneur of the Year award category. Thakrar has been recognised for his entrepreneurial skills in building Scangroup into a powerful pan African business. The awards aims at recognising business leaders and companies that have excelled in Africa over the last year.

By Carole Kimutai 18 Oct 2011

PR profession in Kenya under scrutiny

Kenya's Public Relations sector is one of the fastest growing in the East African region; but a recent report on the practice of PR in Kenya has revealed serious gaps in the profession. The report highlights three areas of grave concern; a general deficiency in understanding of PR, lack of standardised training, and puny PR ethics, regulation and standards.

By Carole Kimutai 10 Oct 2011

Kenya's Nova Nee eyes more East African markets
Kenya's Nova Nee eyes more East African markets

Nova Nee, a public relations agency in Kenya has set its eyes on the East African market amidst cut throat competition for accounts by established domestic and multinational firms in the region. Beth Maina-Mwaura, the firm's managing director spoke to Bizcommunity about the firm's plans.

By Walter Wafula 21 Sep 2011

London based PR agency to market Kenyan tea
London based PR agency to market Kenyan tea

In a strategic bid to further enhance awareness on the distinct Kenyan tea attributes in the international markets, the Tea Board of Kenya (TBK) has retained Phipps PR, a food and drinks public relations agency to handle its publicity brief in the United Kingdom.

By Carole Kimutai 10 Aug 2011

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