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(c) Stefan Holm -
H&M 'racist' ad adds to company's woes

STOCKHOLM - A racism scandal at H&M is the latest indication of management problems at the Swedish clothing giant, once the darling of shoppers but now struggling to make the switch to e-commerce, analysts say.

21 hours ago

(c) Alexander Kirch -
Facebook move will play out in long-term: analysts

NEW YORK - Facebook's move to highlight posts from friends and family over those from brands and publications follows months of turmoil for the social network and will result in lower advertising revenue - at least in the short-term, analysts said...

21 hours ago

Nandi Zambodla, strategist at FCB Cape Town.
#BizTrends2018: Millennials are not a homogenous group

The biggest potential trend for 2018 could be marketers realising it is time to re-evaluate what we know to be true about millennials as a collective...

By Nandi Zambodla 3 days ago

Rio brings in state law cracking down on sexist ads
Rio brings in state law cracking down on sexist ads

RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state on Wednesday brought in a law cracking down on ads deemed to be sexist, threatening violators with hefty fines...

12 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: 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

Nicole Solarsh Glickman, creative group head at House of Brave.
#BizTrends2018: Refocus on the business of advertising

For years we've been told that the future of advertising is the internet and data. So, we all followed the trend and jumped onto the super highway. From the days of dial-up to LTE and fibre, we have continuously raced ahead, finding new ways to create new waves. Today, streams of videos, interviews, content, shows, sounds, and apps, are brought to us by brand X...

By nicole glickman 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

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: 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: 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

OJ Van Jaarsveld, account director and film producer at Young Gun Films.
#BizTrends2018: The collaborative SA film producer-consumer cycle

OJ Van Jaarsveld of Young Guns Films says there are four main South African audience trends directly influencing what the film industry is doing, along with eight local film production trends, which in turn will affect the audience...

8 Jan 2018

Omar Essack, CEO of Primedia Broadcasting.
#BizTrends2018: Advertising platform accountability

We live in a world of blurred lines. There are companies that look and feel like cab companies. We love the services they deliver, so we're grateful for them but they claim not to be cab companies...

By Omar Essack 8 Jan 2018

Amanda Dlamini, strategic planning manager at Y&R.
#BizTrends2018: Treading softly - creativity in sensitive times

The world of advertising and creativity has come under great scrutiny in recent years. The rise of consumer activism has caused ordinary people throughout the world to question the integrity of brands as well as corporations at large...

By Amanda Dlamini 8 Jan 2018

Launching the Debmarine Namibia campaign.
Campaign promotes road safety in Namibia

As part of a social responsibility campaign, Namibia's Debmarine embarked upon a long road safety awareness campaign to promote and inculcate road-safety consciousness in Namibia...

22 Dec 2017

Tami Ruschin, MD of The Stylista.
Pinning down real street style with The Stylista's social content

Shh... Word on the stylish digital street is that The Stylista is the place to be. It's a user-generated social media space for those interested in fashion, beauty and lifestyle, with a distinctive SA flavour. MD Tami Ruschin explains the beauty of creating customised content to delight brands and consumers alike...

By Leigh Andrews 21 Dec 2017

Marketers more likely to distribute video on social media vs. paid advertising
Marketers more likely to distribute video on social media vs. paid advertising

A new study shows how marketers use video to generate return on attention (ROA) by socialising business narratives rather than broadcasting them...

15 Dec 2017

#Newsmaker: Mandy Leontakianakis guides Havas into 2018
#Newsmaker: Mandy Leontakianakis guides Havas into 2018

Havas recently appointed Mandy Leontakianakis as chief strategy officer to lead from Havas Johannesburg and across the group in Southern Africa, including Havas Boondoggle in Cape Town...

By Jessica Tennant 15 Dec 2017

macgyverhh -
Why PR is still important

Nowadays, all manner of marketing services are available, from advertising to inbound to content marketing to SEO. So, where, in this new media mix does PR fit? And is it still important?...

By Heather Baker 14 Dec 2017

Mela Events owners,Enelra Booth (L) and Tiziana Tucci (R) with M&N Brands Group CEO, Zibusiso Mkhwanazi.
M&N Brands: Building an SA-owned ad network, for Africans, by Africans

Earlier this week, it was announced that M&N Brands has acquired Mela Events. Here, M&N Brands Group CEO Zibusiso Mkhwanazi and Mela Events' owners, Tiziana Tucci and Enelra Booth, let us in on what the acquisition foretells of M&N Brands' pan-African future...

By Leigh Andrews 13 Dec 2017

Valeriya Kuznetsova © –
Taking TV into the real world in 2018 with commercial partnerships

In this era of multi-channel marketing, success is no longer measured by the advert, but rather the full viewer package. Debbie Brady, commercial director for Discovery Networks Africa, lets us in on the importance of commercial partnerships to generate revenue and increase brand awareness...

By Leigh Andrews 12 Dec 2017

Quality content is key to advertising success irrespective of reading platform
Quality content is key to advertising success irrespective of reading platform

Lumen proves that the actual viewing of, as opposed to potential exposure to adverts (no matter the reading platform of digital or print) leads to almost 9 times more sales...

12 Dec 2017

Three new client wins for Weathermen & Co
Three new client wins for Weathermen & Co

Namibian advertising agency, Weathermen & Co is ending off the year on a high with three new client wins...

8 Dec 2017

From algorithms to AI, Kantar Millward Brown forecasts SEA changes in the digital advertising ecosystems in 2018
From algorithms to AI, Kantar Millward Brown forecasts SEA changes in the digital advertising ecosystems in 2018

Annual Media and Digital Predictions highlight continued evolutions in branded storytelling, cross-media measurement and ROI...

Issued by Kantar Millward Brown 7 Dec 2017

A festival of African creativity launched by Absolut
A festival of African creativity launched by Absolut

Capitalising on the success of its One Source campaign, Absolut Vodka has launched a festival of African creativity in 2018...

5 Dec 2017

The World’s Most Eligible Bachelor campaign.
APA results: Kenya's thriving advertising industry

The fastest and most affordable connectivity in sub-Saharan Africa enables Kenya to punch well above its weight in the IT sector generally...

4 Dec 2017

Screengrab from the #NoConditionsApply campaign.
The gender tradition-transforming power of advertising

Swati Bhattacharya, CCO of FCB Ulka in India, explains the intricacies of changing a 400-year-old Hindu tradition from one of status-based exclusion into a sisterhood of inclusion through the #NoConditionsApply campaign...

By Leigh Andrews 30 Nov 2017

#Newsmaker: Fort's Amr Singh on what makes a good director
#Newsmaker: Fort's Amr Singh on what makes a good director

Fort agency's creative partner and director Amr Singh recently won the Craft Gold for Best Directing at the 2017 PromaxBDA Africa Awards for his work on DStv Africa's brand film in collaboration with Studio Zoo...

By Jessica Tennant 29 Nov 2017

TBWA Africa Conference kicks off, telling African stories
TBWA Africa Conference kicks off, telling African stories

The TBWA\ annual Africa conference taking place in Durban this week has attracted delegates from 29 countries on the continent and further afield...

28 Nov 2017

The 2017 Digital Salt event.
The future of media

Gustav Goosen elaborates on some of the mobile and data content his team presented at the Digital Salt event which he believes are areas that will have significant influence on the future of media, way beyond what we've seen thus far...

By Gustav Goosen 28 Nov 2017

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