Jessica Tennant

Editor: Marketing & Media at
Location:Cape Town, South Africa


Jess is Marketing & Media Editor at She is also a contributing writer.
#Newsmaker: Keval Ramraj takes on the world of whisky

Keval Ramraj was recently appointed as brand manager for single malts at Pernod Ricard SA. His career in marketing started with an internship at the Durban office where he worked his way up the ranks, and he's determined to take The Glenlivet brand to the country's number one spot...

By Jessica Tennant 15 Mar 2019

#NedbankIMC2019: The tech, the trends and the timeless truths of marketing

Instead of asking how marketing is going to change in 10 years' time, David Duarte, CEO of Treeshake, believes it's a far more valuable question to ask how marketing is going to stay the same. In his words, 'What are the timeless truths of the marketing industry?'

By Jessica Tennant 15 Mar 2019

#Newsmaker: "I will always be a print girl" - Brand Cartel's Cilla Thompson

Brand Cartel's newly appointed Cilla Thompson tells us what it's like to be the oldest in the team and that all the office is missing is literally a pool and a flamingo. Oh and that she's rubbed shoulders with David Beckham and Antonio Banderas on shoot...

By Jessica Tennant 13 Mar 2019

#Newsmaker: Good things come to Brent Lindeque

The year is off to a great start for Brent Lindeque, founder of South Africa's Good Things Guy, having recently won 'Best South African Blog of the Year' and been named the category winner of 'Social Enterprise and Philanthropy' and the fourth most influential South African in the '100 Most Influential Young South Africans' poll...

By Jessica Tennant 12 Mar 2019

Marketing Achievement Awards usher in the future of marketing

Director of the Marketing Achievement Awards, Anne Kirkpatrick tells us how the idea came about through a conversation she had with Nando's CEO Geoff Whyte and how this programme fits neatly between other industry-specific programmes...

By Jessica Tennant 11 Mar 2019

IAB Insight Series: 6 principles of future focus in the digital economy

The IAB Insight Series held the last edition of its Q1 instalment, namely 'The Future of Work', this time focusing on transformation in the digital economy and the principles of future focus...

By Jessica Tennant 8 Mar 2019

#Newsmaker: Bridget Johnson, Riverbed's new ECD

Bridget Johnson, Riverbed's newly appointed ECD, tells us what she brings to the agency, besides cake on Fridays...

By Jessica Tennant 1 Mar 2019

#DesignIndaba2019: "#metoo means so much more" - Ellie Frymire

On day 2 of Design Indaba 2019 communications designer, Ellie Frymire talked about her thesis, #MeToo - An exploration of tweets using cluster analysis...

By Jessica Tennant 28 Feb 2019

#DesignIndaba2019: The commonalities of bad design projects

London-based design critic Alice Rawsthorn spoke all about bad design on Day 1 at Design Indaba 2019...

By Jessica Tennant 27 Feb 2019

#Newsmaker: Nobethu Jolobe on architecture in strategic branding and communications

Strategic branding and communications agency HKLM recently appointed Nobethu Jolobe, with a background in architecture, as creative director for 3D environmental projects...

By Jessica Tennant 26 Feb 2019

#NewCampaign: "Periods are normal, showing them should be too"

A new campaign by Libresse, called #BloodNormal, aims to encourage positive cultural change around euphemisms and end period shaming by showing realistic depictions of periods...

By Jessica Tennant 25 Feb 2019

#Newsmaker: Jared Kushner appointed CD at Digitas Liquorice

Jared Kushner has been appointed creative director at Digitas Liquorice Johannesburg...

By Jessica Tennant 7 Feb 2019

#Newsmaker: Kagiso Musi joins new agency Meta Media as MD

Having recently completed her MBA, Kagiso Musi has been appointed managing director of newly formed media agency Meta Media, sister agency to The MediaShop, both housed within new holding company, Park Advertising...

By Jessica Tennant 6 Feb 2019

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

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 1 Feb 2019

#BizTrends2019: Convergence, connections and trust

Jessica Tennant reports back on Charles Stuart's analysis of the annual 'Entertainment Media Outlook: An African Perspective', specifically with regard to three key trends in the entertainment and media space...

By Jessica Tennant 31 Jan 2019

#Newsmaker: Glen Bo joins Conversion Science

Glen Bo recently joined Conversion Science as head of Performance & Strategy. He has experience in the data-implementation and -strategy fields, and has worked with agencies such as Quirk, Neo@Ogilvy, M&CSaatchi and LKDA Strategic Creative...

By Jessica Tennant 25 Jan 2019

#Newsmaker: Terry Mckenna is The Odd Number's new ECD

The Odd Number has appointed Terry Mckenna as executive creative director with co-founder and former ECD Sibusiso "Sbu" Sitole moving into the role of chief creative officer...

By Jessica Tennant 23 Jan 2019

#NewCampaign: What matters to you, matters to Metropolitan

Metropolitan recently launched a campaign to reintroduce the brand to the market and get its clients optimistic about their future and the role the company plays in helping them achieve their financial goals and life aspirations...

By Jessica Tennant 18 Jan 2019

#NewCampaign: Re-think drinking and driving

In time for the festive season, Riverbed launched a campaign on behalf of the Association for Alcohol Responsibility and Education ( to continue the conversation around drinking and driving in South Africa...

By Jessica Tennant 24 Dec 2018

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