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Madex visitors in for a treat at the 2019 #OGMarketingExpoExhibitors of Madex 2019, #TheOGMarketingExpo, are currently putting the final touches on their stand plans, and great news for visitors is that many are planning to launch new brands and products exclusively at the show. Co-located with Africa's premier promotional products expo, Markex, Madex 2019 takes place at Sandton Convention Centre on 5 and 6 June 2019. 23 May 2019 Read more

Be as human as possibleTechnology is changing the way we live our lives, however, technology does not tell the whole story. We do. 3 May 2019 Read more

Madex 2019: The talk here might be free, but it definitely ain't cheapCome and seek out the knowledge of successful thought leaders, disruptors, creatives, groundbreakers, innovators, mavericks and geniuses - all under one roof at Madex 2019, #TheOriginalMarketingExpo. 24 Apr 2019 Read more

Micro-moments: Could meeting instant gratification spell the end of 'now-now'?It takes only a simple glance around a room of people (be it in a business or social setting) to see how the smartphone has changed human behaviour. In addition to the physical actions, and more important to marketers, are the cognitive changes taking place. Most notably, instant gratification: a consumer behaviour that marketers need to heed now, as in present time. 7 Mar 2019 Read more

Celebration as leading exhibition organiser wins four industry awardsGatsby-inspired décor and fashion were the backdrop for this night of the stars awards evening, held at the elegant Montecasino Ballroom on Thursday, 31 January. 6 Feb 2019 Read more

Boom! Madex 2019 visitor registration announcedLeading off from yet another killer year in 2018, Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery has announced that visitor registration is open for Madex 2019 #TheOriginalMarketingExpo. 11 Jan 2019 Read more

Madex and Markex 2018: Building the branding conversationThe second annual Madex show, the ultimate marketing, advertising, design, social media and all that good stuff expo, recently provided solutions to the challenges faced by marketers across all industries, helping to breathe life into stale campaigns and put a shine on new strategies. 13 Jul 2018 Read more

Markex 2018: Use promotional items as part of your holistic marketing strategy in tough economic timesAs South Africans continue digesting the unwelcome news of the country's gross domestic product (GDP) reduction of 2.2 percentage points in Q1 of 2018 - the worst quarterly contraction in nine years - the marketing profession is evaluating its ongoing quest to showcase the value it can bring to business. 14 Jun 2018 Read more

Going green... and other marketing trends discussed at Madex 2018Going green is one of the major trends that marketers are seeing in the retail space, and part of a changing marketing landscape. This is according to Chantelle Booysen-Fourie, portfolio manager: communications, events and strategic partnerships at the Marketing Association of South Africa (MASA). Booysen-Fourie was speaking on the opening day of Madex and Markex 2018, co-located at Sandton Convention Centre on 5 and 6 June. 8 Jun 2018 Read more

Madex 2018 visitors, prepare to be astonished!Planning on coming through to experience all that is Madex 2018, the ultimate marketing, advertising, design, social media and all-that-good-stuff expo, on 6 and 7 June at Sandton Convention Centre? Well, here's a sneak peek on what our exhibitors are planning to wow you with this year! 31 May 2018 Read more

Markex 2018: Packed to the rafters!Co-located with Madex 2018, the ultimate marketing, advertising, design, social media and all that good stuff expo, Markex 2018 is the place to be for companies and individuals involved in the promotional goods industry. 18 May 2018 Read more

From stone - to smart tablets and back again (oh, and the glitch in the road)"I just want to be heard!" wails the marketing director (who shall remain anonymous due to his or her extreme thespian abilities). 17 May 2018 Read more

Even more in store (for you) at at this year's Madex exhibitionConceptualised and created for all in marketing - from digital and social media to advertising, PR and everything in between - Madex 2018 will take place on 6 and 7 June this year at Sandton Convention Centre. 10 May 2018 Read more

Oh goody! It's a goodie bag!Corporate gifts, giveaways, promotional items... we all like to receive them (them being freebies of course). 4 May 2018 Read more

Do you have what it takes to be a growth hacker?"Growth hacking" is "a process of rapid experimentation across marketing channels, product development, sales segments, and other areas of the business to identify the most efficient ways to grow a business" (thanks for this definition Wikipedia). Yeah, it sounds great, but also perhaps a bit (or a lot) confusing, which is why it this term is often misunderstood. 27 Mar 2018 Read more

How to remain relevant in the Facebook age of meaningful social interactionsWith Facebook announcing that it is pushing brand and publisher content out of news feeds, how can businesses, especially small and medium enterprises in South Africa, remain relevant? 9 Mar 2018 Read more

Hear us ROAR: Madex expo scoops two AAXO exhibition awardsMadex, the ultimate marketing, advertising, design, social media and all that good stuff expo, was the proud winner of two prestigious AAXO (African Association of Exhibition Organisers) ROAR (Respect, Opportunities, Achievement, Recognition) 2017 awards last week. The show came out as number one within both the "Best Trade Show under 6,000m²" and the "Best Expo Social Media" categories - a real coup for a show that was launched just last year, says Nick Sarnadas, event director at Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery. 7 Feb 2018 Read more

Shooting for the stars: Madex expo enters second year"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars." Inspirational words from American minister and author of The Power of Positive Thinking, Norman Vincent Peale, and a quote that has been taken to heart when it comes to the planning of the second iteration of Madex, the ultimate marketing, advertising, design, social media and all that good stuff expo. 24 Jan 2018 Read more

Finally, marketing has its crystal ballThis is what we know. We are living in a hyper-connected, digital world where machines are talking to other machines. But, it is, after all, still a human planet. So here's the important bit: the driving force to integrate the machine world into the human word is artificial intelligence; in short AI. 7 Dec 2017 Read more

Crowds swarm to Madex and Markex opening dayVisitors in their thousands thronged the Sandton Convention Centre, eager to get their fill of the high-level marketing-focused content on offer via two free-to-attend seminar theatres and the brand-new Cinema Theatre. “Awesome”, “amazing”, “fantastic” and “very interesting” were some of the comments received from attendees! 9 Jun 2017 Read more

Win with the Iconic Group at MadexThe various companies that fall under the Iconic Group's umbrella will be exhibiting at Madex 2017, which is being held at the Sandton Convention Centre on 7 and 8 June. All the companies in the group will exhibit side by side, these include: Wag the Dog Publishers, Stone Soup (PR), Ideaology (advertising and design), Snippet Video, Trisync Marketing and Rodoyo Digital (web design and development). Wag the Dog, which publishes The Media, The Media Online and EasyDIY, is an official media partner of Madex. 7 Jun 2017 Read more

It's time to get ‘reel' with the Madex Cinema TheatreIf there's one thing of which visitors to the Madex 2017 (Africa's brand spanking new marketing, advertising, design, social media, eventing and all that good stuff) expo can be assured, it's that this will be an event with a difference! 5 Jun 2017 Read more

Markex 2017 celebrates 30 years of promotional strategy and creativityMore than 80 exhibitors will be displaying their promotional items at Markex 2017, which this year celebrates a significant milestone: 30 years of showcasing dedicated marketing strategy and creativity in South Africa. For the first time this year, Markex will also be co-located with Madex 2017, Africa's only dedicated marketing show. 1 Jun 2017 Read more

Trend alert: Influencer marketing campaigns have burst through the doorInfluencers are specialists in their niche and just like a brand chooses them, they choose a brand that reflects their unique personality - one that is most likely already established on social media channels, such as Instagram and YouTube. 24 May 2017 Read more

The gift that keeps givingPromotional gifts are more than just keepsakes. These items have the great potential of turning customers into brand ambassadors. People love receiving free gifts and that's why promo gifts work. Yet, while giving and receiving might be easy, it is an intricate business to choose the ‘right' gift that has the ability to make your business go a long way. 17 May 2017 Read more

Markex and Madex show support for the homeless with Street SleeperCalling all visitors and exhibitors of the Markex and Madex 2017 events - it's your opportunity to spread the love - and the warmth - this winter. 4 May 2017 Read more

Quick, easy and free online registration to Markex 2017 now open!Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery, organiser of Africa's premier promotional product event, Markex 2017, has announced that visitor registration for the show is now officially open. 25 Apr 2017 Read more

A fool and his knowledge are soon partedHey, did you hear the one about Pope Francis shocking the world by endorsing Donald Trump for president? He even released a statement! And, oh my gosh, this story must be shared fast, far and wide, a woman stabbed her husband to death because he neglected her sexual needs (we don't really want to go into the details, but yeah you can find the story easily enough). 30 Mar 2017 Read more

Marketing is facing the literal deadlineThere has been a cartoon doing the rounds for many years of two dinosaurs perched on a rock watching Noah's ark floating away in the distance carrying a gamut of animals and a speech bubble stating an expletive, referring to the realisation that these massive creatures have indeed missed the deadline. 2 Mar 2017 Read more

Gain marketing muscle at Madex 2017; free pre-registration is now openDo you ever feel like all you have learnt, know and do is suddenly and without warning being turned upside down? In the past year have you looked at your job and muttered an oh-my-word, wow, seriously or sjoe? 22 Feb 2017 Read more

Are you ready for 2017?What does your gut feel say? Well, here's the deal. No longer is it viable to rely on your intuition to know where your marketing campaign is heading. We are now living in a data analytics world - and if that does not sound as exciting as the material one decades ago, believe us (or at least the trend setters who have studied this growing technology phenomenon) data analysis will take you to the next level. 28 Nov 2016 Read more

Markex 2016 settles into new roleThe first week in July saw the Sandton Convention Centre taken over by thousands of visitors coming to see the revamped Markex 2016, Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery's targeted promotional product expo. Taking place on 6 and 7 July this year, the focused event attracted 6,444 attendees, with more than 3,500 visiting the trade only section of the show. 10 Aug 2016 Read more

Markex 2016 draws in the crowdsThousands of visitors braved the cold in Sandton, Johannesburg, ensuring their entrance to the opening day of Markex 2016, the targeted promotional product expo. Markex ran from 6-7 July 2016 at the Sandton Convention Centre. 8 Jul 2016 Read more

Markex 2016 set to scorch in Highveld winterGet your brand's pulse racing by browsing the thrilling gadgets, gifts and varied marketing items on display at this year's Markex promotional product expo - running from 6 to 7 July 2016 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. 4 Jul 2016 Read more

Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery announces launch of new, dedicated, marketing event for 2017Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery has announced the addition of an all-new, dedicated marketing event: Madex 2017 (Marketing, Advertising and Design Exhibition), to the list of its portfolio of innovative trade shows. 1 Jul 2016 Read more

Markex 2016 welcomes 40 new exhibitors!Markex 2016 is set to be fresher and more focused than ever before, a sentiment underlined by the fact that this year's show has welcomed 40 new exhibitors on board. The targeted promotional product expo is running from 6 to 7 July at the conveniently located Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. 23 Jun 2016 Read more

Markex 2016 exhibitors go all out for this year's showThe over-riding theme for Markex 2016, the industry's hottest, most focused promotional products expo, is innovation, a focus that has certainly been borne through by this year's exhibitors, who are set to wow visitors. 7 Jun 2016 Read more

Discover the hottest marketing trends and topics at Markex 2016One of the biggest drawcards for visitors to last year's Markex show was the focus on content and information sharing, brought to attendees via the event's then newly introduced free seminar theatre - where attendees were invited to listen to some of the industry's foremost experts discuss the latest in sector trends. 27 May 2016 Read more

Don't miss out, book your place at Markex 2016Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery, organiser of the all-new Markex 2016 promotional products expo, has announced that visitor registrations are officially open. 19 May 2016 Read more

The impact of corporate gifting in businessThere is no doubt that gift-giving is another way to strengthen bonds with family and friends, but it can also help establish and enhance critical business relationships - both external and internal - making it a cost-effective means of recognising activities that benefit the business. 1 Mar 2016 Read more

Targeted promotional product focus announced for Markex 2016The ever-popular Markex show has been completely revamped, evolving into a fresher, more focused event for 2016. Taking place from 6 to 7 July at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, the 2016 iteration of this event - one that is 29 years in the making - will be a targeted promotional product event aimed specifically at resellers of promotional products and their corporate buyers. 1 Oct 2015 Read more

Markex 2015: covering the marketing mixThe first week of June saw the industry's hottest marketing, promotions and events expo, Markex 2015, take over the Sandton Convention Centre, with more than 8,500 marketers, event managers, advertising and public relations experts and promoters from Africa, Europe and Asia travelling to the expo to explore both Markex exhibition halls. 8 Jul 2015 Read more

Markex 2015 opens with a bang!Markex 2015, the industry's hottest marketing, promotions and events expo, was off to an explosive start this morning. Thousands of marketers, event managers, advertising and public relations experts and promoters travelled to the Sandton Convention Centre, packing out both Markex exhibition halls. 2 Jun 2015 Read more

Don't miss out - register for MICE Academy's VIP Workshop at Markex 2015 now!Event planners and marketing managers are in for a treat at the VIP "A Cut Above the Rest" exclusive workshop at Markex 2015. Taking place on the morning of the 4th of June, the workshop will be run by the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) Academy, and offers not only an excellent programme but an equally outstanding goodie bag - known as the "VIP Survival Tool Kit". 1 Jun 2015 Read more

With the beginning of June almost upon us, Markex 2015 exhibitors are putting the final touches on their product and services showcases. 25 May 2015 Read more

There's no doubt that Markex Joburg is the place to be for anyone involved in marketing, promotions and event production, but the 2015 show will appeal to a broader, more content-hungry crowd than ever before. Markex 2015 is set to take place from 2-4 June 2015 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. 19 May 2015 Read more

As the opening day of Markex 2015 draws ever closer, this year's exhibitors are putting in place the final touches to blow away the more than 10,000 visitors expected to attend the promotions, marketing and events focused expo. 8 May 2015 Read more

This year's Markex is offering a feast of free seminars for the content-hungry marketing crowd. Designed with a broader appeal in mind, Markex 2015 is the place to be for anyone involved in marketing, promotions and event production. Markex 2015 is set to take place from 2 to 4 June 2015 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. 16 Apr 2015 Read more

Are you involved in marketing, promotions or event production? Or are you a stand designer, printer, digital media pro, advertising executive, public relations consultant or décor expert? Whoever you are, Markex 2015 will have something of interest for you, so register as a delegate now on, in order to guarantee your free entry to this not-to-be missed show. 16 Apr 2015 Read more

A number of leading marketing associations and organisations have thrown their weight behind this year's Markex show, showing their support for the industry's top show for promotions, gifting, events and general marketing. Markex 2015 takes place from 2 to 4 June this year, at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. 28 Jan 2015 Read more

There's no doubt that Markex Joburg is the place to be for anyone involved in marketing, promotions and event production, but the 2015 show will appeal to a broader, more content-hungry crowd than ever before. Markex 2015 is set to take place from 2 to 4 June 2015 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. 5 Dec 2014 Read more

Markex, the hottest marketing, promotions and special events expo, is getting ready to take Gauteng by storm. Taking place at the Sandton Convention Centre from 10 to 12 June and at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 14 to 15 August, the exhibition will feature the latest trends, products and innovations in the marketing industry. 1 May 2014 Read more

The countdown has begun as marketers prepare for Markex 2014Jo'burg and Cape Town await the hottest marketing, promotions and special events expo in southern Africa, as Markex returns to both cities in this year. 5 Mar 2014 Read more

Brad Hook"Why not show off if you've got something to show?" January Jones, American actress

The world of marketing should, by design, be marketing itself constantly - acknowledging its grasp of relevant trends and its understanding of the markets it targets, while positioning itself as alert to the ever-prevalent nuances of change within the sectors it services.
 1 Jan 2014 Read more

Africa's hottest marketing, promotions and special events trade expo will see more than just tangible updates to the show itself, with an upgrade of the website taking centre stage ahead of two Markex 2014 shows, the first of which is set to hit Jozi from 10 - 12 June, before it moves on to the 2014 World Design Capital of Cape Town from 14 - 15 August. 11 Dec 2013 Read more

Ever alert to opportunities to improve the visitor and exhibitor experience, Markex - the show with the most enlightened ideas in the marketing, promotions and special events industry in South Africa - is once again upping its game with a new partnership that will add value to participants in Markex 2014. 4 Dec 2013 Read more