BizTrends 2018

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Egypt's Startup Reactor calls for applications
Egypt's Startup Reactor calls for applications

Egypt's Startup Reactor is seeking applications for its fifth cycle. The six-month accelerator programme is designed to support innovative startups with high growth potential in Egypt...

9 Jan 2018

Closing the wealth gap in Africa
Closing the wealth gap in Africa

From "Africa Reeling" to "Africa Rising", there's a new narrative for the African continent, now showing promising signs of sustainable growth under more stable governments.

By Kingsley Ighobor 9 Jan 2018

David Tiltman, head of content at Warc.
Digital transparency, key challenge for brands in 2018 - Warc Toolkit

Digital transparency will be a key challenge for brands in the year ahead concludes Warc, the global marketing intelligence service, in its 2018 Toolkit...

9 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Delivering UX with soul
#BizTrends2018: Delivering UX with soul

Programmatic has entrenched itself in our digital world and we all know it is not going anywhere, but we will see more channels being added, more capabilities and all being underpinned by artificial intelligence...

By Mike Carter 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Small is Africa's 'new smart' in 2018
#BizTrends2018: Small is Africa's 'new smart' in 2018

Africa has become a continent of catchphrases, be it 'Africa rising', 'untapped middle class', 'e-commerce explosion', 'leapfrogging technology' or 'brand loyalists', the list is endless... but what do they mean in a real-world context...?

By Ailsa Wingfield 8 Jan 2018

Ethiopia's new addiction - and what it says about media freedom
Ethiopia's new addiction - and what it says about media freedom

KANA TV marks a breakthrough in Ethiopian televised entertainment. It may also signal a shift in Ethiopia's much criticised media environment...

By James Jeffrey 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Sex, data and advertising
#BizTrends2018: Sex, data and advertising

Forget about Harry and Meghan, the match of the century is advertising and research, with data playing cupid...

By Natalie Otte, Ilse Dinner 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: The call for authentic, experiential retail design
#BizTrends2018: The call for authentic, experiential retail design

In today's dynamic business environment, we should be seeking to understand the trends impacting a broader range of industries, regardless of the business sector we're in...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 8 Jan 2018

BBC China editor quits in equal pay protest
BBC China editor quits in equal pay protest

BBC journalist Carrie Gracie announced Monday she had quit her post as China editor in protest at an "indefensible pay gap" at the British broadcaster, winning support from dozens of colleagues...

8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Mobile means more e-commerce opportunity than ever before
#BizTrends2018: Mobile means more e-commerce opportunity than ever before

The proliferation of mobile phone networks in Asia-Pacific and Africa has transformed how people connect, communicate and shop...

By Mark Mahoney 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Five Predictions for media
#BizTrends2018: Five Predictions for media

The demise of Twitter, consolidation in the media, the false economy of programmatic and other predictions...

By Lisa Macleod 8 Jan 2018

Kevin Welman, director and co-owner of ByDesign Communications.
#BizTrends2018: The rise (and rise) of influencers and specialists

There are two major trends affecting communications this year: influencer marketing and the rise of specialists...

By Kevin Welman 8 Jan 2018

Leigh Andrews, editor-in-chief of marketing and media at Bizcommunity.
#BizTrends2018: Rewind from attention spam back to attention span

One of the biggest trends we're set to see this year is a plethora of marketing messages facing ever-decreasing attention from consumers. Take note of the clever planning required for yours to stand out from the snowballing amount of spam...

By Leigh Andrews 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: It is time for marketing professionals to become more innovative
#BizTrends2018: It is time for marketing professionals to become more innovative

From AI and data visualisation to cutting-edge segmentation and contextual marketing; industry players must have a firm grip on the latest trends...

By Desiree Gullan 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Brands need to stop thinking like brands and become more human
#BizTrends2018: Brands need to stop thinking like brands and become more human

Brands need to become more human and create work that receives permission to communicate with their audiences...

By Dean Oelschig 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Identity crisis - the business of being WOKE
#BizTrends2018: Identity crisis - the business of being WOKE

In many ways 2017 was the watershed year for being 'woke': politically, economically, socially and culturally. Technology has for many years been the primary disruptor of business, but a socio-cultural wave will hit businesses in 2018. Brace yourselves for a year of dual disruption...

By Dion Chang 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Go where the people are
#BizTrends2018: Go where the people are

Demands on corporates are changing and agencies need to respond better...

By Gau Narayanan 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Get ready for fluid reality and a collapsing conversion funnel in 2018
#BizTrends2018: Get ready for fluid reality and a collapsing conversion funnel in 2018

By 2020, more people will have mobile phones than running water or electricity at home. And for the first time in history, more people will be connected to the internet than not...

By Nunu Ntshingila 8 Jan 2018

Samantha Wright, content producer at Tech Girl.
#BizTrends2018: Death to the influencer - a shift in word-of-mouth marketing

Influencer. The dirty word of 2017. It's interesting how the landscape shifts so quickly and in such a short period of time...

By Samantha Wright 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Storytelling has to sit at the core of it all
#BizTrends2018: Storytelling has to sit at the core of it all

90% of all internet traffic will be video based in 2019: there's absolutely no doubt that the way brands communicate will have to cater for an insatiable need for agile, high-quality video content...

By Brett Morris 8 Jan 2018

Matt Preschern, EVP and chief marketing officer of HCL Technologies.
#BizTrends2018: Marketing in the era of 'always on' communication

When the yachts contesting the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) left Cape Town bound for Melbourne, Australia. Matt Preschern, EVP and CMO of HCL Technologies, the tech partner of the VOR in Cape Town, shared his five most important trends in marketing today...

By Matt Preschern 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Telling the truth is not a lie
#BizTrends2018: Telling the truth is not a lie

Remind the world that responsible journalism in a healthy democracy holds power accountable and delivers the truth at all costs, despite what the architects of hate may say...

By Samantha Page 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: A short to-do list for the new year
#BizTrends2018: A short to-do list for the new year

Where does 2018 leave us mere mortals, all analogue by design, in a digital world that is catapulting forward at the speed of light...

By Pepe Marais 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Three things you have to know about your customers in 2018
#BizTrends2018: Three things you have to know about your customers in 2018

There are clear super-trends that determine what people need, what they think and how they are likely to behave. Here then are the 'big three' undercurrents all marketers and brand owners should bear in mind when trying to guess what to do next...

By Brandon de Kock 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Transformation, agency consolidation and real consumer insights
#BizTrends2018: Transformation, agency consolidation and real consumer insights

There is no doubt that there's loads of uncertainty ahead of the coming year. I believe that digital integration, continued agency consolidations, consumer insights and the looming MAC Charter deadline will be recurring themes...

By Kgaugelo Maphai 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: The Platform Economy
#BizTrends2018: The Platform Economy

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is ushering in technologies that can enable us, the South African digital industry, to change the course of history...

By Josephine Buys 8 Jan 2018

Chrisna Basson, head of strategy at Weathermen & Co, Namibia.
#BizTrends2018: A positive perspective on moving towards 4.0

What a year it's been! But enough people have written about that, so I'd rather look at a few of the consequences we'll feel in 2018. Which, to my surprise, are mostly positive. I've highlighted four of the best...

By Chrisna Basson 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: E-sports in South Africa - it's only just begun
#BizTrends2018: E-sports in South Africa - it's only just begun

E-sports in the last two years has exploded onto the South African scene with not much in the way of any sort of understanding of how to get involved. The biggest question is, where is this going to go in 2018 and onwards?

By Barry Louzada 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Top mobile trends for the 2018 consumer
#BizTrends2018: Top mobile trends for the 2018 consumer

Before we can start talking about any trends, marketers need to be aware of the fact that mobile starts with an understanding of how fiercely personal this device is, it has become more of an appendage than a device...

By Lynette Hundermark 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Prescriptive data in the digital space, the next big thing
#BizTrends2018: Prescriptive data in the digital space, the next big thing

The recent advances in data analytics and machine learning will see a huge shift in how we use data in 2018...

By Paula Raubenheimer 8 Jan 2018

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