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Building pan-African brands

Africa is an incredible continent of people who solve problems innovatively and we need to share this message with the world...

Natalia RosaBy Natalia Rosa 5 Jul 2021

#AfricaBrandSummit: Solly Moeng shares his passion and vision for Africa
#AfricaBrandSummit: Solly Moeng shares his passion and vision for Africa

WATCH: In this exclusive interview with Africa Brand Summit convenor, Solly Moeng, Bizcommunity's Marketing & Media editor Juanita Pienaar finds out more about the summit, Moeng's passion for Africa and his vision for the event going forward...

Juanita PienaarBy Juanita Pienaar 18 Sep 2020

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Ads are like shoes

Head of strategy at FCB Wired in Gaborone, Isaac Kwame Adom writes why, for him, ads are like shoes. Both have a basic function. For shoes, it's to protect your feet from the elements. For ads, it's to impact audience attitudes towards a brand. Both can leave lasting impressions but, can also be entirely forgettable...

Isaac Kwame AdomBy Isaac Kwame Adom 18 Aug 2020

Generating engagement through your brand narrative
Generating engagement through your brand narrative

Is brand storytelling just another marketing term that requires more effort and business's resources...?

Terence T ChinyangareBy Terence T Chinyangare 29 Nov 2019

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The significant shift from aspirational to inspirational brands

The Top Million research report into South Africa's top million households in 2019 - with a combined buying power of R700 billion - looks at what drives this 'Upper Middle Class'; what they are spending on; where they have cut back; and how marketers can reach this group...?

Louise BurgersBy Louise Burgers 13 Sep 2019

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How to be brave, brands

WGSN's 2019 report on brands and marketing touched on everything from the power of collaboration to meaningful content and the importance of authenticity - it also highlighted the rise of 'brave brands'...

Lynette BothaBy Lynette Botha 13 Sep 2019

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Much of brand management is a hit-and-miss affair. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't

The process of brand management is not as complicated as a lot of non-brand or marketers sees it...

Rirhandzu ShingwenyanaBy Rirhandzu Shingwenyana 7 Aug 2019

Personal brand leads organisational brand
Personal brand leads organisational brand

There's a lot of emphasis on personal brand these days, which is not surprising given the power of social media networking...

Johnny JohnsonBy Johnny Johnson 30 Jul 2019

Chijioke Dozie, Carbon CEO and co-founder.
#AfricaLeads: Africa is one of the most fertile regions for growth across industries

Paylater rebranded to Carbon to become a digital financial services platform, going "beyond banking", says CEO Chijioke Dozie...

Louise BurgersBy Louise Burgers 19 Jul 2019

Is your brand telling the true story?
Is your brand telling the true story?

Stories are a powerful part of the human experience. Yes, we see them told at bedtime to children listening in rapt silence, but they're also told daily in election campaigns, fundraising drives and in business, through brand storytelling...

Yaw DwomohBy Yaw Dwomoh 13 May 2019

Up, close and very personalised
Up, close and very personalised

The shift to a more individualised society that values experiences more than goods has resulted in a strong drive towards personalisation...

Refilwe MalulekeBy Refilwe Maluleke 23 Apr 2019

Khumo Theko, trend spotter at Flux Trends.
Brands, pay attention to these new urban tribes

Khumo Theko, trend spotter at Flux Trends highlights and identifies new urban tribes that brands should be aware of when communicating to their consumers...

Juanita PienaarBy Juanita Pienaar 3 Apr 2019

Why savvy instant messaging campaigns can drive global brand awareness
Why savvy instant messaging campaigns can drive global brand awareness

With the number of instant messaging app users worldwide expected to top 2.4 billion by 2021, there is no better time for brands to embrace using these platforms as a way to engage with customers. However, care must be taken in its adoption as the rules are still being made up as we go along...

Marco BroccardoBy Marco Broccardo 4 Feb 2019

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?...

Danette BreitenbachBy 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...

Danette BreitenbachBy Danette Breitenbach 6 Nov 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...

Louise BurgersBy Louise Burgers 18 May 2018

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Generation Z - Chasing butterflies (Part 1)

In some ways, Gen Z could be compared to a butterfly. Some are in a state of metamorphosis and some are already spreading their wings. On a more profound level, as they not only go through radical transformation but also radically transform the world that they affect...

Marthinus Van Loggerenberg and Tuelo LechutiBy Marthinus Van Loggerenberg and Tuelo Lechuti 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...

Louise BurgersBy Louise Burgers 14 May 2018

Crossing borders in Africa with events
Crossing borders in Africa with events

Organising events in other countries poses challenges in innumerable forms and can develop into situations which often require diplomacy and tact...

Glenn van EckBy Glenn van Eck 10 May 2018

TV celebrity and CEO of Special Effects Media, Danilo Acquisto. © .
Danilo Acquisto on the online video revolution (Part 1)

Everyone is creating online video nowadays and by doing this, bypassing traditional channels, serving hundreds of millions of people their lively forms of content. At a recent Heavy Chef event, Danilo Acquisto shared some secrets of creating successful online video strategies...

Juanita PienaarBy Juanita Pienaar 8 May 2018

'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...

Louise BurgersBy Louise Burgers 24 Apr 2018

Darrin Thomas, Manager, Marketing and Communications Africa, Virgin Atlantic Airways
Marketing Virgin Atlantic: Challenging the status quo with flair, passion and love

"I love that we, at Virgin Atlantic, are always taking calculated risks - we're always pushing the boundaries, but with the customer's best interests always in mind."

Cari CoetzeeBy Cari Coetzee 5 Apr 2018

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The true value of Twitter for brands that want to be effective

Why do brands need Twitter if there are hundreds of channels that already clutter our days? Shae Leigh explores the reasons why Twitter is still very relevant...

Shae LeighBy Shae Leigh 22 Mar 2018

Short and sweet - Storytelling for digital marketers
Short and sweet - Storytelling for digital marketers

Storytelling in branding is not a new concept. It is something that brands have mastered and failed at, left impressions and created legacies through. The best campaigns have been identified through their storytelling and connecting with their consumers...

Romi AdlerBy Romi Adler 12 Mar 2018

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