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Lions Innovation programme roars to the edge

Lions Innovation has released its programme of live tech demonstrations, immersive performances and the latest innovations in voice tech, bots, AI, IoT, AR and mixed realities

19 May 2017

Trialogue director Cathy Duff
Tracking a decade of trends in SA's CSI space

According to Trialogue director Cathy Duff, despite uncertainty and tougher trading conditions in almost every sector of the economy

19 May 2017

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Context - the key to unlocking emerging market potential

South Africa tends to fall into the same style of activations - especially when looking at emerging markets

By Cas Dreijer 18 May 2017

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Samra2017: Throwing bones and singing praise songs

Kantar TNS presented research titled: ‘Throwing bones and singing praise songs, drawing inspiration from African culture to develop locally relevant projective techniques'.

By Leigh Andrews 18 May 2017

Group photo of all 2017 laureates. Image credit: Cartier
Call to enter Cartier Women's Initiative Awards 2018

Entries to the Cartier Women's Initiative Awards 2018 are open until 31 August 2017. The awards seek inspirational female entrepreneurs worldwide

18 May 2017

Toyota Hilux parks itself in the premium space with Kipling-inspired commercial
Toyota Hilux parks itself in the premium space with Kipling-inspired commercial

Toyota South Africa is positioning the much-loved Toyota Hilux as a truly premium vehicle with a new commercial that celebrates its more aspirational qualities, while holding on to the marque's authentic, South African charm

Issued by FCB Africa 18 May 2017

Understanding and engaging with the stokvel market
Understanding and engaging with the stokvel market

The term stokvel originated from local stock fairs in the Eastern Cape in which five to 50 members of colleagues, family and friends pooled resources to trade livestock with English settlers

By Miguel Correia, Issued by Zinto Activation Group 18 May 2017

The millennial mindset and the future of the shopping mall
The millennial mindset and the future of the shopping mall

Millennials have exceptional trendsetting power and businesses are competing to capture their attention and a share of their wallets

By Lauren Hartzenberg 18 May 2017

Mall Ads launches Mall Talkers
Mall Ads launches Mall Talkers

With a long history in the mall space, the team at Mall Ads, a company of Provantage Media Group, has created a solution for brands that is cost-effective and delivers on reach, frequency and impact - Mall Talkers

Issued by Provantage Media Group 18 May 2017

Chantel Troskie, customer experience account manager at Oracle SA.
Get ready for the AI startup retail CX revolution

Virtual chatbots are becoming commonplace in the B2B marketing sector as well as for general online consumer shopping. Here's what else to expect from the AI retail startup boom

By Leigh Andrews 18 May 2017

Advertising vs adtech - is there a difference?
Advertising vs adtech - is there a difference?

Digital has been a buzzword in the advertising fraternity for some time now. A fair portion of ad spend is being attributed to digital advertising, but is it being channelled in the right direction to get the best return on investment?..

Issued by Ads24 18 May 2017

Shifting prospects illuminated in Nielsen's fourth Africa Prospects Indicator
Shifting prospects illuminated in Nielsen's fourth Africa Prospects Indicator

Nielsen's latest APi report reveals seven of the eight markets have changed rankings with Kenya now in first place and Cote d'Ivoire second while Tanzania remains steadfast in third position

Issued by Nielsen 18 May 2017

Darren Scott joins OFM
Darren Scott joins OFM

Well-known veteran radio presenter Darren Scott will be joining the OFM family from Monday, 3 July, as the host of the brand-new afternoon drive show, Just Plain Drive on OFM

Issued by OFM Radio 18 May 2017

#CMO2020: The role of marketers in a data-driven world
#CMO2020: The role of marketers in a data-driven world

Speakers at the CMO2020 event debated the role and relevance of marketers in a data-driven, technological world, leading up to 2020

By Juanita Pienaar 18 May 2017

Adam Howard, owner of Howard Audio.
The producers' wrap: Adam Howard of Howard Audio

I spoke to some of the people responsible for SA's recent One Show-winning work, behind the scenes. Next up is Adam Howard, owner of Howard Audio

By Leigh Andrews 18 May 2017

Kantar Millward Brown announces South Africa's Top 10 Best Liked Ads for Q3 and Q4 2016
Kantar Millward Brown announces South Africa's Top 10 Best Liked Ads for Q3 and Q4 2016

Kantar Millward Brown's Best Liked Ads list celebrates SA's favourite TV commercials. These are the ads that have been rated as the best liked by the South African audience

Issued by Kantar Millward Brown 18 May 2017

Engage Joe Public MD, Keri-Ann Stanton
#Prisms2017 winners: Engage Joe Public

The 2017 Prism Awards took place at a ceremony at The Park House of Events on 6 May 2017 and I chatted to some of the gold winners

By Juanita Pienaar 18 May 2017

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, at center in 2013 photo at the New York Stock Exchange debut of the social network, is flanked by co-founders Jack Dorsey, at left, and Ev Williams. Stone is returning to work at Twitter after a six-year hiatus |
Twitter shares rise on word of Biz Stone's return

SAN FRANCISCO - Twitter shares gained Tuesday on word that co-founder Biz Stone was returning to the social network after six years away

18 May 2017

Vivendi sponsors Lions Entertainment, as programme is announced
Vivendi sponsors Lions Entertainment, as programme is announced

Vivendi has been announced as Lions Entertainment main sponsor, while the full Lions Entertainment programme is also announced

18 May 2017

France fines Facebook for data protection breaches
France fines Facebook for data protection breaches

PARIS, France: France's data protection agency said Tuesday it had fined Facebook for collecting information on users without their knowledge, following a probe of the social network in cooperation with other European regulators

18 May 2017

Radio group AME makes move on Moneyweb
Radio group AME makes move on Moneyweb

Radio station owner African Media Entertainment (AME) is offering to buy financial news service Moneyweb for about R28m

By Robert Laing 18 May 2017

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Samra2017: Fact-phobia vs credible data

In the second punch presentation of the day, Kate Niemöller of IQ Business spoke eloquently on the topic of fact-phobia vs credible data: The war between truth and propaganda in one of the most interesting sessions of the first day of Samra's 2017 conference

By Leigh Andrews 18 May 2017

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Samra2017: The reality of researchers being locked out of boardrooms

The research industry was 'the man' over the last 70 years. Now, it is lying on its death bed. Do you have the courage to resuscitate it? Bérengère Parouty and Heather Tluczek of Kantar TNS unpacked this topic in a research paper presentation at Samra 2017 on how market research agencies will remain relevant in the future: Through symbiosis, evolution or extinction

By Leigh Andrews 18 May 2017

Mark Tulay, director of Strategic Investor Initiative at New York-based CECP
Employees, customers empower CEOs to embrace sustainability

Businesses that contribute to socioeconomic development can dramatically outperform

18 May 2017

Linda Bucklin © –
Samra2017: Ensuring market research doesn't go the way of the dinosaur

Elna Pretorius, co-founder of Columinate touched on the topics of memes and how to make marketing research sexy again

By Leigh Andrews 18 May 2017

New video streaming service with designs on Africa
New video streaming service with designs on Africa

A new video streaming service has launched in South Africa, with intentions to roll out throughout the African continent

18 May 2017

Samra CEO Leonie Vorster opening the two-day annual Samra conference.
Samra2017: From research industry to insights industry

The 38th Samra conference got underway with a strong focus on the value of marketing research and whether we should perhaps reframe it as an insights industry

By Leigh Andrews 17 May 2017

The Most Eligible Bachelor” campaign from Ogilvy Africa for OL Pejeta Conservancy.
Agencies shine at African Cristal Festival 2017

Agencies shine at African Cristal Festival 2017, held over the weekend, with Ogilvy Africa named Best Agency on the continent

17 May 2017

Vodacom to buy R35bn stake in Safaricom
Vodacom to buy R35bn stake in Safaricom

In what is the largest transaction Vodacom has done to date, the mobile telecoms group will buy most of its parent, Vodafone's, interest in Kenya's Safaricom in a share-swap deal valued at R35bn

17 May 2017

New online calculator tracks economic impact of events, festivals
New online calculator tracks economic impact of events, festivals

Festival and event organisers will be able to track the economic impact of their events

17 May 2017

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