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Of foxes and paradoxes in the media henhouse

Future historians may well scramble to understand what was going on at the Media Freedom Conference in London and the simultaneous Social Media summit at the White House (held earlier this year in July). They will surely be confounded by media policy in the post-broadcast era by looking at these two events. And they will struggle to reconcile what is claimed to be policy against what is actually practised on the ground...

By Derek Abdinor 3 days ago

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CMO Summit at Leaderex: How AI is changing the way we work

Artificial Intelligence and other technologies are changing the way organisations work. To be successful in this new way of work, requires more than just implementing new technologies...

By Danette Breitenbach 13 Sep 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...?

By Louise Marsland 13 Sep 2019

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Relationship management: Don't draw the 'divorce card' too quickly

Understanding client-agency relationships is just the tip of the iceberg, it's managing them that is the recipe for success, writes Johanna McDowell...

By Johanna McDowell 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'...

By Lynette Botha 13 Sep 2019

#Newsmaker: How Georgie Badiel-Liberty is bringing sub-Saharan Africa's water scarcity to the forefront
#Newsmaker: How Georgie Badiel-Liberty is bringing sub-Saharan Africa's water scarcity to the forefront

International model and activist, Georgie Badiel-Liberty was recently in Cape Town to participate in the Doha Debate and talks to us about the important work she is doing through her foundation to create awareness around the world water crisis...

By Juanita Pienaar 12 Sep 2019

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Who killed the copywriter? The death of the English language in advertising

The answer, definitely and resoundingly, is "the art director". But is this true?

By Manqoba Zondi 12 Sep 2019

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Strategy vs creative: The number one pitch killer

It is not a new issue, but one that continues to create angst for marketers and agencies - writes Johanna McDowell, CEO of the Independent Agency Search & Selection Company (IAS) and Scopen partner...

By Johanna McDowell 5 Sep 2019

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Do you know what your customers want their customers to experience?

It's a common question that we assume everyone knows or understands. But assuming versus engaging, in order to know, are vastly different...

By Jane Stevenson 3 Sep 2019

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5 mistakes grown-up brand blogs shouldn't make

Here are five mistakes even grown-up brand blogs make...

By Louisa Douwes Dekker 2 Sep 2019

Empowering news organisations through technological innovation
Empowering news organisations through technological innovation

Google launched the Google News Initiative, followed by the GNI Innovation Challenge to aid publishers in Africa transition to digital. We speak to Google's Mich Atagana about the initiative...

By Louise Marsland 28 Aug 2019

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PR and marketing: Worlds that merge to unite

Today, the world of PR, marketing and advertising are connected in more than one way - all of which are complex and granular...

By Linda Hassall 26 Aug 2019

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#Loeries2019: Andrea Quaye wins the Marketing Leadership and Innovation Award!

Andrea Quaye, vice president of marketing at Anheuser-Busch InBev, has been awarded the Marketing Leadership and Innovation Award for 2019...

By Juanita Pienaar 23 Aug 2019

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5 ways to make your event pay with social media

Are you maximising your presence there and ensuring you will get the best return on your promotional investment...

By Talitha Spykerman 21 Aug 2019

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Results from Agency Scope UK 2018/2019 indicate concerns with consumers and the changing digital environment

The completion of the third edition of Agency Scope UK 2018/2019 enable us to note where South Africa stands in comparison...

By Johanna McDowell 19 Aug 2019

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#WorldExpo2020: How local businesses can unlock B2B and B2G value

We speak to VP of business programming for World Expo 2020 (one of the biggest event on the planet), South African, Shaun Vorster about the opportunities that this event will afford businesses in South Africa and across the rest of Africa...

By Juanita Pienaar 19 Aug 2019

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Facebook can now fact-check news in African languages

Facebook on Wednesday announced a partnership with fact-checking company Africa Check to bring local African language support to its third-party Fact-Checking programme...

By Shereesa Moodley 16 Aug 2019

Tosin Lanipekun, executive director of Advertising Week Africa.
Joburg to host first Advertising Week Africa

Advertising Week Africa comes to the continent for the first time, hosted in Johannesburg, in October 2019...

By Louise Marsland 12 Aug 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...

By Rirhandzu Shingwenyana 7 Aug 2019

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Kantar's Eric Salama discusses the way forward under new owner Bain Capital

Kantar CEO Eric Salama presented an update on the new ownership structure and the opportunities under, Bain Capital during a press call held on Thursday...

By Juanita Pienaar 5 Aug 2019

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Here's what SMEs need to know about using their customer communication channels effectively

There are a few basic things every business can do to ensure that its communication strategy is as effective as possible...

By Greg Chen 2 Aug 2019

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Elon Musk says Netflix and YouTube are coming to Teslas

"Netflix and drive" might become a thing now that Elon Musk revealed upcoming support for the streaming service and YouTube on his Tesla vehicles...

By Shereesa Moodley 31 Jul 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...

By Johnny Johnson 30 Jul 2019

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Is it premium versus programmatic or premium and programmatic?

The media landscape is changing rapidly and the way that media agencies are planning and buying digital media is ever-evolving...

By Mark Botha 29 Jul 2019

5 ways to drive growth through customer retention
5 ways to drive growth through customer retention

Businesses have become obsessed with their growth curve, regardless of the metric, number of users, customers and followers growth...

By Kirsty Sharman 25 Jul 2019

#FB@15: Inside Facebook's 4 Cs for innovation
#FB@15: Inside Facebook's 4 Cs for innovation

Looking to the future, Nunu Ntshingila, head of Facebook Africa, shared the four Cs - which are key trends directing their business for the next few years...

By Elouise Kelly 23 Jul 2019

African design showcased at Bloomingdale's The Lion King pop-up
African design showcased at Bloomingdale's The Lion King pop-up

African brands like MaXhosa by Laduma, Pichulik and AAKS are on show in the U.S. as part of The Lion King pop-up concept shop at Bloomingdale's...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 22 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...

By Louise Marsland 19 Jul 2019

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Key questions to consider before investing in AI for marketing

AccuraCast director Jérôme Divecha offers clear advice to see if AI could help your business make the next big step forward...

By Jérôme Divecha 17 Jul 2019

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How to use design thinking to build the next Amazon

Anyone aspiring to build the next Amazon needs to adopt a similar approach to Jeff Bezos's insistence on an empty chair...

By Anne-marie le Roux 15 Jul 2019

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