Industry News / 14.08.2018

  It's an open secret that advertising people hate timesheets, though it remains the preferred pricing model with no sign of an alternative. Our daily job is to find creative solutions for our clients, but we have done little to find a solution to our ancient pricing model that we despise so much even though our industry keeps changing.   Hourly rate is one of the simplest pricing models, almost like a copout for people who don’t know how to price their services. What can one do in an hour? Plenty. Are all hours worth the same? No, they are not. Each advertising...

Industry News / 13.08.2018

  Everyday there is a debate on transformation in the advertising industry and mainly that it is not happening fast enough. Transformation is a very broad term and it is usually misunderstood as everyone seems to have tailored its definition to their own business needs. It is usually defined from personal business needs point of view based on the challenges that a particular business is faced with but to be able to clearly understand transformation we first need to ask ourselves why we need transformation in the first place, once we know the answer to that question it will then become easier to...

Uncategorized / 13.08.2018

Everyday there is a debate on transformation in the advertising industry and mainly that it is not happening fast enough. Transformation is a very broad term and it is usually misunderstood as everyone seems to have tailored its definition to their own business needs. It is usually defined from personal business needs point of view based on the challenges that a particular business is faced with but to be able to clearly understand transformation we first need to ask ourselves why we need transformation in the first place, once we know the answer to that question it will then become easier to...

Industry News / 13.08.2018

    While I cringe at the title of this article, it’s a fair question. It’s like asking if there’s a viable market for Chinese advertising agencies in China. But the question is relevant here, given our political history and the current economic structure. The most-transformed sector in the county is the public sector, simply because we have the political power. http://www.marklives.com/2016/06/motive-is-there-a-viable-market-for-black-ad-agencies-in-sa/ Article originally published on Marklives.com...

Uncategorized / 13.08.2018

While I cringe at the title of this article, it’s a fair question. It’s like asking if there’s a viable market for Chinese advertising agencies in China. But the question is relevant here, given our political history and the current economic structure. The most-transformed sector in the county is the public sector, simply because we have the political power. http://www.marklives.com/2016/06/motive-is-there-a-viable-market-for-black-ad-agencies-in-sa/...

Industry News, Thought Leadership / 12.08.2018

by Herman Manson (@marklives) Over the course of two months, we asked a panel of black agency leaders to discuss progress in how the marketing and advertising industries are transforming. The individual opinions flowing back to us made clear several factors highlighting the limits of the transformation project to date. With the issues spelled out, it’s time for the industry to collectively find the creative solutions to these problems — surely it can’t sell this service when failing to apply it to itself? Range of issues Let’s highlight the range of issues identified by our panellists first. Why do so many black professionals...

Industry News, Thought Leadership / 12.08.2018

by TJ Njozela (@tj_njozela) Yes, this is another article about transformation. No, it’s not a rant. Yes, it’s going to be controversial. Black people might find the awkwardness of ‘white people smiles’ in the office a lot more awkward, and white people might start wondering if young black creatives really are ‘gathering’ to talk about fashion and music, or if they’re plotting the next #ThingThatMustFall. But, ladies and gentlemen of the advertising industry, I put it to you that, while this series of articles is going to be challenging and, at times, as comfortable as a turbulent flight back from the Loeries...

Industry News, Thought Leadership / 12.08.2018

by TJ Njozela (@tj_njozela) Previously, we looked at why the elephant is in the room. Now, we’re going to talk about the challenges of having a pachyderm in an advertising boardroom. Eish, white people, this one is mostly about you people. Not in a bad way, but we need to have some real talk for you to understand some things. Here are a few. 1. It’s not unfair There are a few counter arguments that say that black economic empowerment (BEE) or transformation are just forms of reverse racism. That’s like saying that an economics teacher, who gives more attention to a...

Industry News, Thought Leadership / 12.08.2018

by TJ Njozela (@tj_njozela) In the second column in this trilogy on transformation in the ad industry, I addressed how the white peeps contribute to its stumbling along. We’ve still got a long way to go but at least you’ve got a starting point. My people, I’m just going to go straight into it. Sorry, not sorry. F&$k BLAxellence Yeah, I said it. And, no, it’s not coconut tendencies. But before you run to Black Twitter to have my black status revoked, let me explain. Say you want to go out for dinner. It’s pay day, and to give meaning to the end...

Industry News / 10.08.2018

Good afternoon Nontokozo Madonsela, Congratulations on the appointment of 3 marking agencies. www.marklives.com/radar/mmi-appoints-three-comms-agencies/ According to the revised MAC charter, this year was supposed to be an exciting year for transformation in the Marketing, Advertising and Communications industry. I found it a little disappointing and depressing that none of the agencies chosen we real black-owned companies. In the future, please consider working with black-owned agencies.   Here's a list of more than 70 credible black-owned agencies. http://www.blackagencies.co.za/find-an-agency/ Rgds, Bongani _______________   Dear Bongani, Thank you for making contact and for sharing the link with the black owned agencies. I wish to assure you that we followed a rigorous process in the appointment of the marketing...