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Mike Beukes, ECD at Duke Advertising.
#BizTrends2019: These are tumultuous times. These are tremendous times

In psychology, there's a term known as post-traumatic growth. If you haven't already worked it out, it talks to the idea of rising from the ashes. Or, to use a phrase coined by Nassim Taleb, being 'antifragile'. What didn't kill us, made us stronger...

By Mike Beukes 31 Jan 2019

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Anybody want tickets to Fyre Festival?

There is an adage in advertising that says nothing kills a bad product faster than good advertising. Of course, that is assuming the product actually exists...

By Damon Stapleton 30 Jan 2019

Warren Moss is the founder and CEO of Demographica.
#BizTrends2019: The importance of the shift to post-modern marketing

How can a disruptive company rely on traditional, pre-modern marketing thinking to drive home the values of their 21st-century brand?

By Warren Moss 30 Jan 2019

Asking the right questions means that you answer the right question
Asking the right questions means that you answer the right question

I read an article the other day by Tim Williams, whose wisdom I quote at least three times a week, which suggested that agencies should "Stop Filling Orders and Start Solving Problems"...

By Gillian Rightford 29 Jan 2019

Danilo Acquisto CEO of Special Effects Media SA.
#BizTrends2019: The value of micro-influencers in marketing campaigns

As we move into 2019, it's becoming clear that using micro-influencers is becoming very valuable - perhaps more than using macro-influencers who have a very large audience reach. Here's why...

By Danilo Acquisto 29 Jan 2019

Heidi Brauer, chief marketing officer of Hollard Insurance.
#BizTrends2019: The strategist is dead, long live strategy

In my BizTrends piece last year, I confessed to having a magic wand in my office...

By Heidi Brauer 28 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: The transformative power of transparency
#BizTrends2019: The transformative power of transparency

Transparency. Radical honesty. Authenticity. These words conjure up a new era in marketing, one that requires bravery and self-assurance, and will change the industry for good. Because, for audiences, customers and employees that have seen everything, it is time to reveal it all...

By Paula Hulley 25 Jan 2019

Sheila McGillivray, tribe leader at One Lady & A Tribe.
#BizTrends2019: The four Ps of cause marketing in 2019

More than ever we're seeing brands align with causes and let's face it, there so many current causes to be concerned about. This means cause marketing will be bigger than ever in 2019...

By Sheila McGillivray 25 Jan 2019

Pepe Marais, founding partner and group chief creative officer of Joe Public United
#BizTrends2019: The year of making love

One of the most sobering marketing tweets of 2018 was by Chris Botha, CEO of The Media Shop...

By Pepe Marais 24 Jan 2019

Topaz Booysen, head of marketing at Popimedia.
#BizTrends2019: We're in denial about the death of loyalty

As consumers, we're enjoying unprecedented variety in shopping aisles that span continents and are more vocal, demanding and unforgiving of brands than ever before...

By Topaz Booysen 24 Jan 2019

The SheSays Cape Town founders are brand strategist Marina Tokar, content strategy director Anelde Greeff and senior copywriter Johannie Van As.
#BizTrends2019: The untapped opportunity of female empowerment

Globally, the women's empowerment movement has reached a fever pitch. #Metoo has toppled titans in industries ranging from film to advertising to tech, pushing against the 'boys club' ethos prevalent in senior ranks...

By SheSays Cape Town founders 23 Jan 2019

Chantel Botha, head of customer experience strategy and consulting at BrandLove.
#BizTrends2019: The brand promise chasm is widening for consumers

At the end of every year I take out my crystal ball, dust it off and think about the future...

By Chantel Botha 23 Jan 2019

#VWDriveDry: Take home lessons
#VWDriveDry: Take home lessons

On Thursday, 10 January 2019, Twitter went into a frenzy over what appeared to be Nomuzi "Moozlie" Mabena in a car crash captured on InstaLive...

By Sheila Afari 22 Jan 2019

Nicola Cooper, senior trend analyst and cultural strategist at Nicola Cooper & Associates.
#BizTrends2019: South African business, meet your future consumer

With the majority of South African consumers being under the age of 21, we cannot look to Gen Z or those younger as our 'future' consumer. Gen Z is already entering varsity and/or the work environment, which means our 'future' consumers are even younger...

By Nicola Cooper 22 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: The 2018 buzzwords I'm hoping won't make it to 2019
#BizTrends2019: The 2018 buzzwords I'm hoping won't make it to 2019

Here, six popular buzzwords from the worlds of marketing, communication and media that Tiffany Markman is hoping we won't see in 2019...

By Tiffany Markman 22 Jan 2019

Mark Tomlinson, group managing director Hellocomputer.
#BizTrends2019: Embrace these business-changing themes or suffer the consequences...

This is a genuinely fascinating time to be alive, and yet it is even more fascinating to be in the business of communications, as we bear witness to and participate in some of the industry's most ground-breaking developments...

By Mark Tomlinson 21 Jan 2019

#NewCampaign: What matters to you, matters to Metropolitan
#NewCampaign: What matters to you, matters to Metropolitan

Metropolitan recently launched a campaign to reintroduce the brand to the market and get its clients optimistic about their future and the role the company plays in helping them achieve their financial goals and life aspirations...

By Jessica Tennant 18 Jan 2019

Chris Moerdyk
How to get masses of free publicity

With traditional mass media advertising so expensive these days some clever marketers are finding ways of vastly increasing their impact and reach...

By Chris Moerdyk, Issued by Chris Moerdyk 18 Jan 2019

Agile, mobile, and accessible: Programmatic is the new startup
Agile, mobile, and accessible: Programmatic is the new startup

Many marketing departments will have to decide how much of their digital adspend should go on premium inventory and how much should go on programmatic. Keabetswe Kgomongwe from Hoorah examines why we should reframe the choice by comparing the two to established businesses and startups respectively...

By Keabetswe Kgomongwe 17 Jan 2019

Kim Winstanley, chief growth officer and partner at Worx Group.
#BizTrends2019: Going green has never been more golden

The year 2018 was packed with environmental buzzwords. Sustainable, eco-friendly, low-carbon footprint, and upcycle are just some of the words that we are used to hearing in conversations with our clients, and for good reason...

By Kim Winstanley 17 Jan 2019

Leo van de Polder on expanding the Shop network in South Africa
Leo van de Polder on expanding the Shop network in South Africa

With a presence in more than 20 countries, the Shop Association's purpose is to empower its members with ongoing education, networking opportunities and real-world insights...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 16 Jan 2019

Why the wall?
Why the wall?

Chris Botha, group managing director of Park Advertising discusses why Wall Breakers will be the real change-makers in 2019...

By Chris Botha 16 Jan 2019

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Anybody fancy building a dangerous cathedral?

There is a story about three men who spent their lives quarrying rocks. When asked what they were doing, one replied, "Breaking rocks." The second said, "Earning a living." The third said, "Building a cathedral..."

By Damon Stapleton 16 Jan 2019

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Deception is the lowest form of marketing

People first engage with people and brands for many reasons related to the first-impression they create - but they stay engaged when there is recognition of, and comfort in the VALUES of those people and brands...

By Nick Grubb 16 Jan 2019

Esports: Geemax on streaming for South Africa
Esports: Geemax on streaming for South Africa

George Smith AKA Geemax is a 28-year-old South African video game streamer hailing from Johannesburg. He is currently one of the most popular South African video game streamers around and is also a well-known shout caster...

By Iain Fenton 15 Jan 2019

On the humanisation of black stories in 2019
On the humanisation of black stories in 2019

As a consumer of local content in 2019, I am ready to see bodies of work that focus on the humanisation of black characters with well-rounded lives that are not solely centred around tried and tested concepts of tragedy, trauma and beating the odds...

By Rebone Masemola 15 Jan 2019

Dali Tembo, managing director of Instant Grass International.
#BizTrends2019: The year we rethink segmentation

If there's one thing we love as marketers, it's squeezing ever-evolving consumers into deceptively neat PowerPoint boxes. Too many customer segmentation reports are based on over-simplified, outdated data - just ask 'Bargaining Busi' and 'Premium Pam'...

By Dali Tembo 15 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Year of the social impact brand (again)
#BizTrends2019: Year of the social impact brand (again)

Amidst two extremes -- audience apathy on one end and backlash against perceived social washing on the other -- the ad industry has emerged fresh-faced and focused: Ready to prove that we're thoughtful, attentive partners who listen when our audience speaks, able to hold a conversation that doesn't always place ourselves and our interests at the very centre of it...

By Auryn Hiscock and Mikhaila Hunter 15 Jan 2019

Godfrey Parkin, CEO of Britefire and of Angaza.
#BizTrends2019: Brand building must become more about customer experience

CX is everything. Businesses boom because they offer awesome differentiated customer experience, online and offline. The big trends in 2019 will follow this rule...

By Godfrey Parkin 14 Jan 2019

Marketing research - Fact or fiction?
Marketing research - Fact or fiction?

It's an important question since many marketing decisions are made on the results of marketing research. Decisions should be made on findings that are valid and reliable, but this knowledge formulation and dissemination is not working well in marketing...

By mike broom 7 Jan 2019

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