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Transit advertising (A 'Quantum' leap into commuters)
Transit advertising (A 'Quantum' leap into commuters)

Almost 70% of working-class citizens use minibus taxis also known as 'Quantum' to get to work and back. It is believed to be a powerful brand carrier as it holds the highest brand recall when fully wrapped in a vinyl that provides 100% brand exclusivity...

By Omphemetse Mokwena 1 day ago

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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 1 day ago

#BizTrends2019: Technology and other packaging disruptors in 2019
#BizTrends2019: Technology and other packaging disruptors in 2019

Packaging design in South Africa in 2019 will be shaped (at an alarming rate) by changes in technology and the way products are viewed and selected...

By Gail Macleod 3 days ago

Five ways to hack Google rankings (Kidding. You can't. But you can do this...)
Five ways to hack Google rankings (Kidding. You can't. But you can do this...)

David Jenkins, founder and partner at digital marketing agency MickeyLlew, look at how to use customer reviews to boost your website's organic ranking on Google...

By David Jenkins 3 days ago

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Woolworths, Ubuntu Baba saga contains digital lessons for brands of all sizes

South African social media has been in an uproar following allegations that Woolworths had stolen the design of a baby carrier made by a local entrepreneur. This a typical David vs Goliath story. While that may be true, the saga contains digital lessons for brands of all sizes...

By Vumani Ncube 10 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

Music in advertising
Music in advertising

Adam Howard of Howard Audio explains the strong bond between brand and music as he takes us through the evolution of the Maq Campaign music brand mnemonic while Bliss Brands Marketing Director Liezel Bygate says the proof is in the sales figures...

By Adam Howard 31 Dec 2018

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 19 Dec 2018

#NewCampaign: The sound of Russell Hobbs
#NewCampaign: The sound of Russell Hobbs

Household appliances manufacturer Russell Hobbs recently launched its latest TV commercial, 'All Day Every Day', featuring a soundtrack composed from the sounds of its products...

By Jessica Tennant 28 Nov 2018

Chris Moerdyk
The future of mass media and advertising

It is usually folly to indulge in any form of crystal ball-gazing when it comes to the future of mass media and their relationships with the advertising world, but I have, for the past few months, been trying to arrive at what I think are some fairly logical conclusions...

By Chris Moerdyk, Issued by Chris Moerdyk 27 Nov 2018

#NewCampaign: All you people, this ad's for you
#NewCampaign: All you people, this ad's for you

Nando's' new ad highlights the ways in which South Africans typically stereotype one another and the inherent hypocrisy that comes with that, with uniquely local scenes of people pigeonholing one another...

By Jessica Tennant 26 Nov 2018

Brands are so much more than just a logo
Brands are so much more than just a logo

As consumers start to think about their Christmas purchases and where they're going to find the additional money to buy those presents the kids wrote to Father Christmas about, retailers start to realise that this is their last ditch effort to make target for the year. That is surely a daunting task in the current economy - stuff nightmares are made of...

By Jedd Cokayne 22 Nov 2018

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

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