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#BizTrends2019: The speed of culture
#BizTrends2019: The speed of culture

A lot happens in a year, and as our population and their access to the world and each other grows, our collective innovation and productivity will continue to grow exponentially, making each passing year increasingly dense with 'trends' and 'disruptions'...

By Yatish Narsi 22 Jan 2019

Mark Tomlinson, group managing director Hellocomputer.
#BizTrends2019: Embrace these business-changing themes or suffer the consequences...

This is a genuinely fascinating time to be alive, and yet it is even more fascinating to be in the business of communications, as we bear witness to and participate in some of the industry's most ground-breaking developments...

By Mark Tomlinson 21 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

Kalliebree Keynerd, head of social media at Joe Public Connect.
#BizTrends2019: From disappearing acts to dark social and digital wellness

Kalliebree Keynerd, head of social media at Joe Public Connect, predicts we'll see more of the following six trends over the coming months...

By Kalliebree Keynerd 16 Jan 2019

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#BizTrends2019: Social marketing, and true word (of mouth) power

When Marian Salzman, one of the world's top trendspotters, invited me to discuss all things social marketing trend-related over coffee at the end of 2018, I jumped at the chance. This is the first of three overviews of our talking points...

By Leigh Andrews 15 Jan 2019

BizTrendsLIVE! Avoid the FOMO!
BizTrendsLIVE! Avoid the FOMO!

If you haven't got around to booking for the BizTrendsLIVE! yet, here's some info so you avoid FOMO...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 15 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Digital, data-driven biometrics
#BizTrends2019: Digital, data-driven biometrics

The global biometrics market is growing rapidly. In fact, research indicates that the global market is growing a compounded growth rate of 22.9%...

By Pine Pienaar 15 Jan 2019

BizTrendsLIVE! January 2019 speaker line up
BizTrendsLIVE! January 2019 speaker line up

Bizcommunity invites you to join us as four 'Afro-futurists', all published authors, all experienced global keynote speakers and trend consultants, impart their knowledge in one intensive morning session...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 6 Dec 2018

The Mann brothers - Mic, Shayne and Kevin.
How to leapfrog your industry's disruption and future-proof Africa

Mann Made recently disrupted themselves before anyone else could with a rebrand. Here's how what started out as a wedding video company by three brothers in 2000 has transformed into a storytelling, forward-thinking, 65-employee strong experiential brand agency that hosts the SingularityU SA Summit...

By Leigh Andrews 4 Sep 2018

How Africa can embrace an AI-enabled future
How Africa can embrace an AI-enabled future

AI is expected to create 2.3 million new jobs by 2020. Five ways to prepare for a future with artificial intelligence...

By Zoaib Hoosen 18 Jul 2018

The Soapbox Films team with Stein back-left.
VR and digital video storytelling as top marketing tools for 2018

Creative director and virtual reality expert Brendan Stein of Soapbox Films video production company explains how to make B2B video pop and why you need to get to the 'why' fast in your VR and video marketing, or else...

By Leigh Andrews 19 Apr 2018

#BizTrends2018: How to manoeuvre through 2018 and come out the other side
#BizTrends2018: How to manoeuvre through 2018 and come out the other side

Local industry research has been turned on its head leaving many agencies and clients really scrambling to build benchmarks for success and establishing a new normal...

By Natasha Fourie 5 Feb 2018

Mike Sharman, owner, Retroviral Digital Communications.
#BizTrends2018: Putting the 'I' in live.

Live has been the major evolution in digital over the past two years, but it is still under-utilised from a brand perspective in South Africa...

By Mike Sharman 11 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: 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

#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

Mike Oelschig, head of advisory at Cerebra.
#BizTrends2018: The (eventual) rise of the social command centre in South Africa

Terms like "command centre" or "digital centre of excellence" have been in the South African marketing landscape's lexicon for a few years now; but for the most part that is largely where the concept has remained. Until now...

By Mike Oelschig 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

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

Natalie Pool, Native VML's head of content.
#BizTrends2018: Is the 280-character count the end of brands on Twitter?

If nothing else, Twitter has long since been defined by its ruthless 140-character count. It forced us to choose our words carefully. It challenged us to get the point. It reimagined short stories. It captivated our diminishing attention spans in a way that Facebook, TV, teachers and even news bulletins couldn't...

By Natalie Pool 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

Gustav Goosen, CEO of The SpaceStation.
#BizTrends2018: The digital marketing trends marketers need to pay attention to

Truly understanding your customer... and other complexities we can expect in 2018...

By Gustav Goosen 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: An augmented reality check
#BizTrends2018: An augmented reality check

If we look at how tech companies are ploughing money into AR and VR developments it's easy to see why analysts are so bullish about the growth in this space...

By Johan Walters 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Personalised advertising, robots and AR
#BizTrends2018: Personalised advertising, robots and AR

2018 is going to be an incredible year for personalised advertising, robots taking over and your car knowing when you need milk...

By Bianca Quinn-Diavastos 8 Jan 2018

Gil Sperling, CTO of Popimedia.
#BizTrends2018: You guessed it, it's the year of video

Cisco released a report late 2017 which, if its predictions are to be believed, adds fuel to marketers angling for increased budget for video creation...

By Gil Sperling 8 Jan 2018

Digital trends for 2018
Digital trends for 2018

Digital trends inform business owners on how to improve their content marketing efforts...

By Allon Raiz 21 Nov 2017

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The digital trends driving the future of marketing

With growth and increased revenue taking centre stage as top priorities, generating demonstrable, bottom-line benefits for clients has never been more important...

By Tom Manners 23 Aug 2017

César Vacchiano
The final frontier of the independent agency

The success of South African agencies in Cannes recently is a reflection of the big talent in the country. Taking this talent and the size of the agencies into account and adding the knowledge and professionalism of South African agencies, it would be logical for the country to be a hub for the rest of the countries in Sub-Saharan Africa...

By Danette Breitenbach 14 Aug 2017

Mpange Chapeshamano
#Newsmaker: Mpange Chapeshamano makes an Avatar comeback

Politics aside, integrated marketing agency Avatar has done a management reshuffle with co-founder Zibusiso Mkhwanazi stepping down as CEO to take on a bigger role as group CEO of Avatar Investment Holdings and the Avatar360 Group, which owns the agency's Johannesburg and Cape Town offices...

By Jessica Tennant 24 Apr 2017

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The five biggest advances in media and marketing today

The media world is changing more rapidly than ever before. Keep up...

By Ross Sergeant 20 Mar 2017

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