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Winners from the 2019 Top Brands Awards. Image supplied.
All the big winners at the 21st Sunday Times Top Brands Awards

The results of the 2019 Sunday Times Top Brands Survey (now in its 21st year) was announced last night at an awards ceremony hosted at The Venue at the Houghton Hotel, Johannesburg...

20 Sep 2019

Koo won Overall Favourite Brand in the consumer section.
#TopBrands2019: Dishing up more love

It was a night of consistency at the 21st Sunday Times Top Brands Awards held at The Venue, The Houghton Hotel last night. Koo won Overall Favourite Brand in the consumer section...

By Danette Breitenbach 20 Sep 2019

#GartnerSYM: Offering the 'everything customer' the multi-experience
#GartnerSYM: Offering the 'everything customer' the multi-experience

Continuing the opening keynote from the first morning of Gartner Symposium 2019, Don Scheibenreif, distinguished VP analyst at Gartner, explained the concept of the 'everything consumer' and why we need to offer them the all-new multi-experience...

By Leigh Andrews 17 Sep 2019

Pentawards 2019 honours best in global packaging design
Pentawards 2019 honours best in global packaging design

The winners of the annual Pentawards, a prestigious packaging design competition, were recognised at a gala ceremony held on 12 September in London. Microsoft scooped the top Diamond prize...

16 Sep 2019

Sarika Modi, MD of Triple Eight Agency, at the Gender Mainstreaming Awards.
#FairnessFirst: Triple Eight on not just surviving but thriving as an all-female agency

Not only is Triple Eight Africa's fastest-growing all-female marketing agency, they were also the 'overall winners for investing in young women' at the recent Gender Mainstreaming Awards. Here's the essence of the socially conscious marketing, PR and digital agency's success...

By Leigh Andrews 16 Sep 2019

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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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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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The SA consumers with the power to make or break brands

The Top Million research report into South Africa's Upper Middle Class households in 2019 - with a combined buying power of R700 billion - was released by the UCT Marketing Institute and ad agency M&C Saatchi Abel, in both Johannesburg and Cape Town this week...

By Louise Marsland 12 Sep 2019

Marketing the future: Unlocking the human element in a digital world
Marketing the future: Unlocking the human element in a digital world

A data science expert, mind science practitioner and advertising strategist walk into a bar... When that trio actually comprises Shavani Naidoo of Primedia, Anne Thistleton of Light Consultancy and 'everyone's favourite ad commentator' Andy Rice, it must be the bar at IMM Graduate School's second annual 'marketing the future' event...

By Leigh Andrews 12 Sep 2019

Andrew Human to leave the Loeries
Andrew Human to leave the Loeries

CEO of the Loeries, Andrew Human, will be leaving the organisation after 15 years at the helm, during which time the Loeries was transformed into a globally recognised festival and the highest accolade for the advertising and brand communication industry across Africa and the Middle East...

Issued by Loeries 11 Sep 2019

Nonye Mpho Omotola, Managing Director, Africa Communications Media Group.
Forging an era of collaboration between Nigeria and South Africa

There are benefits to the two nations of Nigeria and South Africa coming together and working towards shared common goals...

By Nonye Mpho Omotola 11 Sep 2019

Panellists Bradshaw, Walsh and Viviers of Pick n Pay, Takealot and Capitec Bank respectively, with Kantar's Du Chenne.
Marketing fundamentals with the 2019 BrandZ CMO panel

The panel discussion at the Cape Town version of WPP and Kantar's Top 30 BrandZ Cape Town launch event for 2019 featured a panel of take-home marketing insights into the power of purpose and 'clicks and mortar' loyalty from some of the country's best-valued brands, namely Takealot, Capitec Bank and Pick n Pay...

By Leigh Andrews 10 Sep 2019

AFRIMA condemns xenophobia in Africa
AFRIMA condemns xenophobia in Africa

AFRIMA says lack of education, preventable diseases, and extreme poverty are the enemies of Africa and calls for peace in the wake of an upsurge of xenophobic violence in South Africa...

9 Sep 2019

Standard Bank team collecting their accolade.
How SA's second BrandZ winners are delivering brand legacy and innovation

The combination of legacy, clear brand purpose and the courage to innovate characterise this year's top three in the BrandZ Top 30 Most Valuable South African Brands...

By Danette Breitenbach 9 Sep 2019

Resilient brands defy macroeconomic challenges in the 2019 BrandZ Top 30 Most Valuable SA Brands
Resilient brands defy macroeconomic challenges in the 2019 BrandZ Top 30 Most Valuable SA Brands

The combined value of the brands in the BrandZ Top 30 Most Valuable South African Brands ranking, released today by WPP and Kantar and now in its second year, is $37.14bn...

Issued by Kantar 5 Sep 2019

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Western media, Chinese media... where is African media?

African communication professionals have started a movement to rebrand the continent....

By Zubeida Jaffer 30 Aug 2019

The Next Brand Ambassador judges (L-R), Odette van der Haar, Nandi Madida and Sylvester Chauke. Image supplied.
Publicis Africa appoints pioneer Odette van der Haar as MD

Publicis Africa has announced that industry heavyweight Odette van der Haar will be joining the agency as MD, strengthening the management team and building on the group's recent growth and successes...

29 Aug 2019

Alistair King, newest addition to the Loeries Hall of Fame.
#Loeries2019: Hall of Famer Alistair King on the industry's current seismic shift towards a more inclusive creative future

This year's Loeries Hall of Fame inductee is... Alistair King, founding creative partner of King James Group!

By Leigh Andrews 24 Aug 2019

Piwe Motshegoa, head of sales: general entertainment at DStv media sales. Image via Al Nicoll © via Gallo Images.
#Loeries2019: Africans aren't just swimming with the creative sharks, we are the sharks

Piwe Motshegoa, head of sales: general entertainment at DStv media sales, kicked off the DStv Seminar of Creativity - a highlight of Loeries Creative Week as the industry gets ready for the annual award nights - with a reminder that Africans hold all the storytelling magic they need...

By Leigh Andrews 23 Aug 2019

Sphelele Mjadu, Unilever Personal Care Senior Public Relations Manager for Africa and Anne Githuku-Shongwe, representative of UN Women South Africa’s Multi-Country Office, in the UN Women-Dove masterclass panel at the Loeries. Image via Al Nicoll © via Gallo Images.
#Loeries2019: Our responsibility of better representation in advertising, media

The media and advertising industries play an important role in stirring the way society is portrayed. Here's why UN Women and Dove's masterclass session at Loeries 2019 called for the creative industry as a whole to take a stand and work actively towards better representation, particularly in terms of gender...

By Leigh Andrews 23 Aug 2019

The Loeries' Game and Dion Wired 'What do CMOs really want' masterclass panel. Image via Al Nicoll © via Gallo Images.
#Loeries2019: What do CMOs really want from their agency?

One of the biggest changes to the advertising landscape in recent years? Bringing creatives in-house. But does it work to do so? The robust and honest discussion led by Joanne Joseph at the Loeries Masterclasses explained what this means for members of the industry working together in the future, and what both sides really want...

By Leigh Andrews 23 Aug 2019

#Loeries 2019: Brand SA tells untold stories
#Loeries 2019: Brand SA tells untold stories

One of the first Loeries Masterclasses for the day was hosted by Brand SA. Sithembile Ntombela, acting chief marketing officer of Brand SA, opened the floor for speakers stating that the session was about building the South African brand, and how all stakeholders can (and should) be involved...

By Angie White 22 Aug 2019

How to reposition and rebrand your business
How to reposition and rebrand your business

A year ago I had an opportunity to pitch a 360° rebrand for a big TV channel...

By Lungile Mayindi 22 Aug 2019

Kabelo Binns is group MD of FCB Wired and Hotwire PRC, Botswana.
Why 9:41 am means something

How confident are you of your brand and product? Could you only put the logo on the box without the brand name...?

By Kabelo Binns 20 Aug 2019

BBC focuses on branded services in Africa
BBC focuses on branded services in Africa

BBC Studios appoints Pierre Cloete as commercial director for branded services, Sub-Saharan Africa...

19 Aug 2019

Asha Ranchhod Patel, head of marketing at Google South Africa.
#Loeries2019: Tackling unconscious bias, raising jurors' cultural awareness

The Loeries is only the second international award show after the D&AD awards to introduce "unconscious bias" workshops for its judges. Asha Ranchhod Patel, head of marketing at Google South Africa, explains how the workshops work to sensitise judging panels and help them recognise their own inherent prejudices, while removing these from their judging decisions...

By Leigh Andrews 16 Aug 2019

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Licensing royalties. Cost or marketing investment?

Royalties paid for character licensing is not a direct cost to business - it is a marketing cost to increase sales, help build brands and, more importantly, profit margins...

By Alan Radmall 14 Aug 2019

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Fox Sports Africa rebrands as ESPN

The Walt Disney Company Africa will be rebranding the FOX Sports channels in Africa to ESPN...

8 Aug 2019

Image credit: Gerd Altmann from Pixabay.
Still that 11-letter word in marketing and communication: I-N-T-E-G-R-A-T-I-O-N

Integration remains a topic of much agreement, argument, analysis and ambiguity when it comes to getting it right...

By Ilse Struweg 8 Aug 2019

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