Black Agencies is a directory of black owned and black run advertising agencies that have more than 5 full time employees, office and landline. These are agencies that can handle a R12 million+ a year retainer with very little headache for advertisers. The objective is to make it easier for marketers to buy marketing services from real black owned and black run agencies. Through economic inclusion the directory promotes black creative advertising excellence.

According to Adex, Total ad spend in South Africa is R42bn. The Black Agencies Movement will shift Total SA Advertising Spend by 25% (R10bn) to black owned agencies by 2019. We aim to achieve this through (a) showcasing black talent on existing and owned creative awards (b) centralizing access to the best black agencies in Africa.

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    • Lemok Agency

      Lemok is an agency that has its roots in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria and has earned itself international recognition. Known as Lemok, the township-based digital agency has managed to win over clients from Angola to Florida, USA in just five months of operation.

    • FORT

      FORT is a creative, content and production network which operates as an organised structure within which fresh ideas can flourish, creating value through specialised integration and a full service production offering.

    • Bakone Strategic Concepts Group

      At Bakone Group we have developed TDI – our unique formula which is critical to provide expert and strategic marketing solutions to our clients.

    • Overtime

       Our enormous experience and network of relationships, made of professionals that excel in their respective fields allows us to deliver high-end strategies and market related products.

      We offer the following services

      • Graphic Design
      • Brand and Marketing Strategy
      • Digital Marketing
      • Litho and Digital Printing (Large Format printing
      Our mission is to strive to be as strong as the biggest, yet as flexible as the smallest and our vision is to be the agency of choice for providing the most honest, profession and cost effective products and services.

    • The AllBrand Agency

      The AllBrand Agency combines sales and marketing into an explosive offering (termed SMARKETING) that guarantees their clients a truckloads of TLC. Traffic, Leads and Customers.

    • NineThirtyWan

      A difference. The kind you can take to the bank. A bunch of dreamers, creators, deepthinkers, freethinkers, geeks, and strategists who have an unhealthy obsession to turn creativity into a commercial advantage for clients… That’s us.

    • Quizel inc

      Quizel inc is willing and ready to serve the mass, wanna atleast host or create 5 to 8 events (music festivals,social expo etc) within the next 11 months market our own work and but need help to make of that to become a reality, to be honest we are new and probably thee underdogs within this industry but that doesn't mean we won't get the job done

    • ID Lab Brand

      We want you to judge us by our cover, because nothing makes us more proud then who we truly are. Our approach is simple, to make whatever we touch great, relatable and build a long lasting impression enough to echo beyond the subset of a simplistic market solution. We want to go the extra mile, we want to become part of peoples lives. We love people which makes us very eager to please. ID Lab Brand founded in 2015, we believe in the evolution of brands, and how they grow into higher levels of fulfilment, in usage and potential within both emerging markets and global economies. Our philosophy is to be honest and to tell the stories, the real way they should be told, about the things that matter the most.

    • Vixion Brand Agency

      Vixion is a black owned brand and design company that has identified that black owned companies with exceptional products and exceptional service delivery lack visual appeal, branding and identity in this competitive and digital dependant society. 80% of black owned companies strive to gain international exposure and awareness, however, this can not be achieved with a dismal brand identity.  Branding surpasses the product and service on online platforms simply because online, anything intangible is sold emotively. If it doesn't look the part it wont get the part. Business owners and employers make an extensive effort to look and dress the part in the physical sense for the company, we do the same in the abstract sense for the company. As vixionaries, we study companies or brands in order to solve their brand and visual communication problems.  A brand is not a logo, logo's are simply manifestations of a brand. A brand is the entirety of the company and how that entirety makes you feel and as vixionaries we sell your business for you from first sight.       

    • Ethno Afrika

      We have the following capabilities: National reach 50 Researchers 30 Data Analysts 20 Field Moderators Dedicated Panel Management division which curates a consumer panel of 15 000 active consumers within the Mass Market. We have a host of products and services that were specifically designed to address the issue of miscommunication and misrepresentation of the black middle class consumer.   For more information kindly visit www.ethnoafrika.co.za

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The Creative Counsel (TCC) has launched an incubator programme to support black businesses in the marketing and advertising industry. In the first phase of the project, TCC will take five startup businesses under its wing, which will be supported and mentored by the agency’s management team. “We have opened applications for black startups in media, marketing, digital, mobile and activations. We have no interest in taking any equity in the businesses but are passionate about supporting them with the infrastructure and administrative and accounting processes to succeed,” says TCC’s group co-CEO Ran Neu-Ner. “We believe successful black-owned businesses are the......

Marketing agency value management company, AdOps’s Angelika Kempe is teaming up with Nolundi Magqaza, a senior procurement consultant in an initiative to connect 100% black-owned advertising, communications and marketing agencies with corporate clients. Senior procurement consultant, Nolundi Magqaza and founder of AdOps, Angelika Kempe. Fresh and innovative agencies Through the 100% initiative, the pair aim to build a list of 100 black economic empowerment agencies spanning a range of disciplines by the end of September. The aim is to raise the profile of the many talented emerging agencies in South Africa among the country’s major brands and put the agencies in......

by MarkLives (@marklives) What are the expectations for the marketing and advertising industry in 2018? We emailed a panel of key industry executives for their take on the macro environment, budgets, changes in messaging, movement in the industry and any consumer and communication trends they’ll be looking out for. Mpange Chapeshamano, MD of Avatar Joburg, and Mthunzi Plaatjie, MD of Avatar Cape Town, respond. Mpange Chapeshamano & Mthunzi Plaatjie Previously managing director of Africa Red Advertising, reporting to the CEO of Ogilvy South Africa and overseeing of the network of agencies in 18 markets in Africa, Mpange Chapeshamano(Twitter/Instagram) has come from a heavy client-service background .......

by Herman Manson (@marklives) Monalisa Zwambila owns and manages what is probably South Africa’s largest independent, black-woman-owned advertising agency. Over the last decade, R\VERBED (Riverbed) has emerged as a medium-sized agency with revenue well above R50m and 40 employees, placing the agency in league with similar-sized agencies, such as Grey Africa, Saatchi & Saatchi and Net#work BBDO.  Year-on-year revenue growth in 2015 stood at 26%, 13% in 2016 and is projected to hit 35% in 2017, pushing it into to the R70m–R100m revenue tier. Zwambila studied accounting but her passion had always been music. She was a member of jazz band Basadi and music allowed her to......

Ad agency Black has undergone a strategic rebrand and repositioning as Black Africa Group — a creative business partner focused upon creating brand value and exponential growth. The agency is entering its 11th year as an independent agency, employees 35 people and has offices in Johannesburg, Port Louis (Mauritius), Nairobi (Kenya) and Kampala (Uganda). It enjoys Level 1 BEE status, revenue sits between R30–R40m and clients include Absa, Barclays Africa, Life HealthCare, Bonitas, the JSE, MultiChoice, Kenya Airways and a host of other brands. Executive director, Veejay Archary, launched Black, Brand Strategy & Design out of the design component of Herdbuoys McCann-Erickson,......

Agencies need practice in order to optimise their sales pitch to potential clients and this opportunity was offered to eight black-owned agencies last month. Agencies were deliberately selected for their BEE structures (preferably 100 % black-owned), along with their variety of services. Attendees On the day, the following agencies were in attendance: BWD Advertising: full-service advertising Purple Room: PR The Plum Factory: social and digital eNitiate: social and digital Glasshouse Communication Management: PR and corporate governance [note: Glasshouse is a subsidiary of Mazole Holdings] Avatar PR: PR and publicity Harambee: activations South Africa and Africa DAVID: full-service advertising From marketers......

By Jeremy Maggs The way most brands engage with black consumers is wrong, says a top PR man, who argues that agencies should invest more time in getting to understand their market and audience and less time in getting to know their clients Bonnke Shipalana. Picture: Thobeka Zazi Ndabula   A prominent public relations practitioner has hit out at the brand communications industry, claiming few agencies really understand black people. In a frank discussion with the FM, Bonnke Shipalana, CEO of The Communications Firm, says: “The majority of South Africans were born in an era where their voices were restrained by......

  The marketing and advertising industries are transforming. So why are so many black professionals disgruntled with the rate of progress? And is the quality of most of the work specifically directed at a black audiences still sub-par? We emailed a panel of key industry executives for their take. Next up is Ahmed Tilly of FCB Africa. Ahmed Tilly Ahmed Tilly (@AhmedTilly) has been in the business of ideas for just over 20 years. Recently appointed joint CCO at FCB Africa, he was runner-up Most Admired Creative Leader in South Africa and joint Most Admired Creative Leader in Jozi in 2016, according to our MarkLives Agency Leaders’ Most Admired poll. Tilly,......