Uzoma Ukah,
The rise and rise of 'Wakanda' marketing

There's a popular rule in Hollywood - if it has been done before, then it can be done again. And again. That's why you see remakes of films, and remakes of remakes.

By Uzoma Ukah 16 hours ago

Advertising Week reveals speaker line-up
Advertising Week reveals speaker line-up

Global brand, Advertising Week, has announced the preliminary list of global thought leaders coming to Johannesburg for inaugural Advertising Week Africa.

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

I read, the other day, a very powerful statement on the packaging of a new iPhone X. I found it placed in the famously self-proclaimed 'perfect box'. Inside the box, I saw an endorsement that has left me wondering why we spend so much on advertising campaigns when it is the simple things that tend to make the most impact.

By Kabelo Binns 2 days ago

Africa Channel grows Africa-based team
Africa Channel grows Africa-based team

TAC Studios, the production arm of The Africa Channel, announces the appointment of Mokopi Shale to the position of senior development producer, as part of the studio's growing Africa-based team in Johannesburg to take African content to the rest of the world.

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Mandi Fine, CEO of F/NE Group Global.
#WomensMonth: Generic business lessons for the 21st Century from healthcare advertising

Mandi Fine is CEO of F/NE Group Global, a strategic consultancy that works with some of the world's top brands and corporations and turns 20 years old this August. Here, Fine explains how specific data science and storytelling skills are transforming marketing and communications, as well as future trends to embrace in any industry.

By Leigh Andrews 2 days ago

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'Troubling' erosion of press freedom in certain SADC states

The Committee to Protect Journalists has noted "a deeply troubling erosion of press freedom in several member states, including attacks on individual journalists, media suspensions, internet shutdowns, and restrictive legislation.

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

BBC Studios has announced the appointment of Pierre Cloete as commercial director for branded services, Sub-Saharan Africa. The appointment of a commercial director for branded services in Sub-Saharan Africa follows the recent reorganisation of CEMA from general market management to a focus on specialist lines of business.

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Image credit: Lisbon International Advertising Festival.
2019 Lisbon International Advertising Festival gets global grand jury

The grand jury of the 2019 Lisbon International Advertising Festival has been announced. The advertising festival will take place at the Ciência Viva museum in the capital of Portugal on 20 September 2019.

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Results from Agency Scope UK 2018/2019 indicate concerns with consumers and the changing digital environment

With the completion of the third edition of Agency Scope UK 2018/2019, a summary of 15 key trends and 10 conclusions in the UK from the highest-level decision-makers in marketing, communications, advertising, digital, media and procurement enable us to note where South Africa stands in comparison.

By Johanna McDowell 3 days ago

Shaun Vorster is the vice president of business programming at World Expo 2020. Image supplied.
#WorldExpo2020: How local businesses can unlock B2B and B2G value

The first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region, will take place from 20 October 2020 to 10 April 2021 and we spoke to VP of business programming, South African, Shaun Vorster about the opportunities that this event will afford businesses in South Africa and the rest of Africa.

By Juanita Pienaar 3 days ago

Festivals can transform cities by making space for overlooked people and cultures
Festivals can transform cities by making space for overlooked people and cultures

Cities all over the world are facing major crises - from failing services and mounting inequalities, to climate emergencies. And arts and culture have a surprisingly critical role in tackling these kind of urban challenges.

By Beth Perry and Rike Sitas 16 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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Facebook can now fact-check news in African languages

Facebook on Wednesday announced a partnership with fact-checking company Africa Check to bring local African language support to its third-party Fact-Checking programme.

By Shereesa Moodley 16 Aug 2019