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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

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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

Andrea Quaye has been awarded the Marketing Leadership and Innovation Award for 2019. Image supplied.
#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

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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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

Ad Tech Masterclass in Nigeria.
Creating a brand safe environment for advertisers in Africa

Masterclasses on programmatic advertising buying have been held by 365 Digital in Nigeria, as well as other African markets...

By Louise Marsland 11 Jul 2019

Advertising can lead the charge on climate change. Here's how
Advertising can lead the charge on climate change. Here's how

The climate crisis has been a dark cloud on the horizon for some time now, but 2019 is the year the world's political and business leaders at Davos officially put the issue at the top of their "worry list"...

By Andrew MacKenzie 3 Jul 2019

Content is king but is it relevant to your audience?
Content is king but is it relevant to your audience?

Today, content creation is no longer limited to certain campaigns, it has become so broad to the extent that everything a business does is now part of a content strategy...

By Minnie-lee Tagwirei 1 Jul 2019

#AdForumSummit2019: Key learnings
#AdForumSummit2019: Key learnings

Johanna McDowell shares key learnings from the AdForum Worldwide Summit in Los Angeles, where she and other top players in the advertising industry visited various agencies and experienced how they are shaping the future...

By Johanna McDowell 17 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...

By Juanita Pienaar 3 Apr 2019

Design Indaba CEO and founder Ravi Naidoo with David Droga, founder and creative chairman, Droga5. © .
#DesignIndaba2019: Droga: Make advertising that people give a shit about

Three days of Design Indaba inspiration culminated in headline act David Droga, whose career in advertising traverses Saatchi & Saatchi in London, Publicis, NYC, to starting his own New York-based agency, Droga5 in 2006...

By Terry Levin 4 Mar 2019

3 reasons why influencer marketing sucks right now
3 reasons why influencer marketing sucks right now

The term 'influencer marketing' has never been sexier than now, but many agencies are not getting it right. Welcome to the world of micro influencers...

By Marc Kornberger 8 Feb 2019

Microsoft CMO on the transformation of digital marketing
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

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...

By Marco Broccardo 4 Feb 2019

#BizTrends2019: Bizcommunity hosts #BizTrendsLIVE!, an overview
#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 Bizcommunity.com 1 Feb 2019

Brett Morris, group CEO of FCB Africa.
#BizTrends2019: Creativity is the currency of the future

I never like to weigh in on trends or predictions because, among many other reasons I've given before, human beings are generally awful at predicting the future...

By Brett Morris 25 Jan 2019

Bogosi Motshegwa, founder/brand consultant, Thinkerneur.
#BizTrends2019: Ad agencies of the future are building new models

Wise ad agency leaders are not just observing; they are taking the right steps to ensure that they are not rendered obsolete during this inevitable transformation process. Those who get it are primed to thrive, and those who don't are destined to shut-down...

By Bogosi Motshegwa 21 Jan 2019

Why the wall?
Why the wall?

Chris Botha, group managing director of Park Advertising discusses why Wall Breakers will be the real change-makers in 2019...

By Chris Botha 16 Jan 2019

Advertising is dead. Long live value-tising
Advertising is dead. Long live value-tising

As we begin 2019, our industry sits quaking in its ethically sourced vintage leather boots. Panic and anxiety around data, consultants, insourcing, etc. But has this all not been self-inflicted? Is this all the final acknowledgement of an industry with an identity crisis?

By Mike Silver 16 Jan 2019

Peter Khoury, Creative Circle chairperson and CCO of TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris Johannesburg.
#BizTrends2019: The rise of live communications and branded everything

When you study the world's most iconic work from recent times, you see patterns that may give you a direction of where everything is headed - at least in the short term. However, the world is extremely complex currently, and nothing is clearly defined, especially in the long term...

By Peter Khoury 16 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Social brands get even smarter with insightful strategy
#BizTrends2019: Social brands get even smarter with insightful strategy

Some of the smartest brands will take advantage of growing trends to reach out to customers and interact more effectively with their audiences...

By Mongezi Mtati 11 Jan 2019

Cause-related marketing: Why we do it and where the value lies
Cause-related marketing: Why we do it and where the value lies

In a society such as ours, in such dynamic, developmental evolution, causes are the fuel that helps drive change. Citizen activism brings issues to the nation's attention, it informs our people, inspires progress and supports our government...

By Joanna Oosthuizen 21 Dec 2018

Perfect pitch: Getting the brief right first
Perfect pitch: Getting the brief right first

If your pitch brief does not adequately explain the "job to be done", it's time and money wasted. To get a functional brief in writing, you need to create a document that communicates enough for an agency to put their heart into getting the job...

By Johanna McDowell 14 Dec 2018

Zibusiso Mkhwanazi
M&C Saatchi and M&N Brands part to grow independently

Zibusiso Mkhwanazi, founder of M&N brands, Avatar's holding company and Jerry Mpufane, chairman of M&C Saatchi Group confirmed in a statement that the two companies will amicably part and go their separate ways...

By Jessica Tennant 28 Aug 2018

#Loeries2018: Welcome to the hypermarket
#Loeries2018: Welcome to the hypermarket

The second speaker at the 2018 DStv Seminar of Creativity was Lethepu Matshaba, vice president of Homecare Southern Africa at Unilever SA, who spoke on the relevance of creativity in a hyper-fragmented world...

By Angie White 17 Aug 2018

The need for the advertising industry to modernise
The need for the advertising industry to modernise

There has long been a need for the advertising industry to modernise. Now digital transformation is upon us and change is non-negotiable. At the same time, the industry is facing disruption from new entrants...

By Alistair Mokoena 3 Aug 2018

How to deal with the troll armies
How to deal with the troll armies

Reporters Without Borders has recommended that media organisations and journalists around the world strengthen training in digital security in the face of increasing cyberviolence...

By Louise Marsland 31 Jul 2018

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