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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

#BizTrends2019: Bizcommunity hosts #BizTrendsLIVE!, an overview
#BizTrends2019: Bizcommunity hosts #BizTrendsLIVE!, an overview

Bizcommunity invited contributors to join its vision for Africa (with over 230 industry trend contributions making up the 2019 report) at BizTrendsLIVE!, which took place at Ster-Kinekor Sandton City in Johannesburg on Thursday, 31 January.

By Jessica Tennant, Issued by Bizcommunity.com 1 Feb 2019

#BizTrends2019: 9 Africa Trends for 2019
#BizTrends2019: 9 Africa Trends for 2019

Bizcommunity.Africa has curated our business-to-business outlook for Africa for this year...

By Louise Marsland 31 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Speaking of things yet to come
#BizTrends2019: Speaking of things yet to come

Whilst it is exciting to think of the future and to guess what may or may not come to pass, it is also an undertaking that requires deep reflection...

By Sizakele Marutlulle 31 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: The next shiny innovations
#BizTrends2019: The next shiny innovations

Scott Wilson, President Africa and Europe, Burson Cohn & Wolfe (BCW) looks at trends he sees as relevant to both the European and African markets...

By Danette Breitenbach 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: Two anti-trend predictions that will be true in 2019, and 2119
#BizTrends2019: Two anti-trend predictions that will be true in 2019, and 2119

I've stopped going to conferences. For two reasons...

By Matt Ross 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

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

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

John Little, regional managing partner of The Observatory International.
#BizTrends2019: Shaping the agency of the future

Ad agency CEOs entering 2019 have much to think about. Here is my list of 'future trends' that might deserve their full attention...

By John Little 23 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 speed of culture
#BizTrends2019: The speed of culture

A lot happens in a year, and as our population and their access to the world and each other grows, our collective innovation and productivity will continue to grow exponentially, making each passing year increasingly dense with 'trends' and 'disruptions'...

By Yatish Narsi 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

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

Andy Hadfield, CEO, forgood.co.za
#BizTrends2019: Quick hit trends and the problem with competing giving behaviours

The social impact space is buzzing. Social entrepreneurship is the next "rock star" career, there's more investment flowing into social ventures...

By Andy Hadfield 17 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: Vertical video, Amazon muscle and integration in 2019
#BizTrends2019: Vertical video, Amazon muscle and integration in 2019

Keeping ahead of global trends is always on my bucket list. I'd love to predict precisely what's going to become a 'thing' for marketing houses and agencies, but I'll go with emerging trends I've noted this year - and possibly put money on my predictions...

By Johanna McDowell 11 Jan 2019

Tseliso Rangaka, ECD of Ogilvy and chairman of the Loeries.
#BizTrends2019: The year creatives will hack bravery

With another year setting in, I found myself reflecting on what it takes to hack bravery. I came to the conclusion that it's about being brave when facing a scary situation, which in turn involves overcoming two equally scary concepts: Risk and fear...

By Tseliso Rangaka 9 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Deriving greater business impact from CSI initiatives
#BizTrends2019: Deriving greater business impact from CSI initiatives

The operating environment for corporate social investment (CSI) initiatives for 2019 and beyond is being reshaped by changing business models and digital disruption...

By Professor Elain Vlok 7 Jan 2019

'Africa Rising' is a global megatrend - Euromonitor
'Africa Rising' is a global megatrend - Euromonitor

Euromonitor International has just released a Shifting Market Frontiers Megatrend forecast in which it pegs 'Africa Rising' as a megatrend...

By Louise Marsland 24 Apr 2018

#BizTrends2018: Boldly advancing into the digital technology future
#BizTrends2018: Boldly advancing into the digital technology future

There is real concern at both business and individual level about how rapidly the digital technology environment is changing...

By Lebo Madiba 29 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: To survive, marketing must kill its darlings in 2018
#BizTrends2018: To survive, marketing must kill its darlings in 2018

With being an early mover comes uncertainties that cannot be accounted for a hundred percent, as is the principle of risk and reward...

By Tom Manners 11 Jan 2018

Nicola Cooper, senior trend analyst and cultural strategist at Nicola Cooper & Associates (NC&A).
#BizTrends2018: Connecting with ever-connected, ever-younger African consumers

With the largest 'youth bulge' in the world, the future of Africa is young, dynamic, determined. No one can afford to ignore the youth in Africa and the local and global business community needs to prepare for the ever-connected, younger generations...

By Nicola Cooper 10 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: How do we amplify emotional connections through consumer ecosystems?
#BizTrends2018: How do we amplify emotional connections through consumer ecosystems?

Our physical and virtual environments are merging at a rapid pace, making us more digitally connected than ever before. Consumers want what they want and they want it now...

By Molefi Moloantoa 9 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: ...And the Bots are live!
#BizTrends2018: ...And the Bots are live!

Here are just a few questions to ask yourself that could influence how you move forward in 2018...

By Sue Disler 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Small is Africa's 'new smart' in 2018
#BizTrends2018: Small is Africa's 'new smart' in 2018

Africa has become a continent of catchphrases, be it 'Africa rising', 'untapped middle class', 'e-commerce explosion', 'leapfrogging technology' or 'brand loyalists', the list is endless... but what do they mean in a real-world context...?

By Ailsa Wingfield 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Three things you have to know about your customers in 2018
#BizTrends2018: Three things you have to know about your customers in 2018

There are clear super-trends that determine what people need, what they think and how they are likely to behave. Here then are the 'big three' undercurrents all marketers and brand owners should bear in mind when trying to guess what to do next...

By Brandon de Kock 8 Jan 2018

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