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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,......

By Herman Manson   M&C Saatchi Group and Avatar South Africa have officially “parted ways”, a joint statement by the two groups has confirmed. “Zibusiso Mkhwanazi (Founder M&N Brands, the holding company for Avatar) and Jerry Mpufane, Chairman of M&C SAATCHI Group (Johannesburg) have confirmed that the two companies will amicably part and go their separate ways,” the statement reads. “M&N Brands has embarked on a path to build a Pan-African network, thus realizing a long-held dream.  M&C SAATCHI Group already operates a very successful African network of its own, servicing clients in more than 20 markets on the continent.......

By James De Villiers A scene from the advertisement Wimpy allegedly copied from McDonald’s (Screenshot, YouTube) After McDonald’s accused Wimpy South Africa of plagiarism, Wimpy fired its advertising agency The Odd Number.  Three people who previously worked on the McDonald’s advertising account, joined The Odd Number earlier this year. They are accused of reproducing a McDonald’s advert for Wimpy. The advert, The National Breakfast, aired across South Africa in July. McDonald’s withdrew its version of the advert before it aired.    Wimpy South Africa is “terminating its relationship” with advertising agency The Odd Number over allegations of plagiarism, advertising publication Marklives reported on Friday.......

Issued By Primedia Outdoor In continuous efforts to expand innovative product offerings in sub-Saharan Africa, Primedia Outdoor has announced Radio-to-Road initiative in Zambia, an integrated multi-channel solution that enables audio and visual channel synchronicity allowing clients to create high-impact campaigns. To build memorable content that is appealing and engaging, Primedia Outdoor has partnered with the local Zambian commercial radio station, Hot FM, to bring ad campaigns to life. The number-one news and entertainment broadcaster has an average listenership of three million people who tune in every day covering mainly the centre of commerce, Lusaka and the Copperbelt province. Coupled with......

By Leigh Andrews The Cannes Film Festival is usually filled with chatter about the winning work and those impressive evening gowns the celebs wear. Comments following the 2018 version are proving more substantial than usual, as diversity was front and foremost at the 71st Cannes Film Festival. Having taken place from 8 to 19 May 2018, there have been accolades aplenty for Africa at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, with the following five SA films selected to take part in this year’s Festival: The following five South African films will be included in the official programme: Rafiki; The Harvesters/Die Stropers; Miles from Nowhere; The......

Issued by Ads24 Ads24 is pleased to announce the winners of its #Ads24Diski18 online tournament, which was live on its website from July to 3 August. Nikki Lewin (Alphabet Soup), Wilise Laurent (Dentsu Aegis), Marizanne Scholtz (HAVAS), Keeva Arnold (TBWA Hunt Lascaris), Ilse Hayes (CARAT), Ricardo Lopes (OMD) each walk away with a PS4 console and official 2018 FIFA game. The Ads24Diski18! campaign aims to create awareness among national media agencies around the enormous reach and potential of Ads24’s mass market titles: Soccer Laduma, Kick Off, Daily Sun and Die Son. “This year the Diski activation coincided with the FIFA......

BY: JUANITA PIENAAR Sum of 21 Academy is a creative agency that offers a 12-month training platform to young, previously disadvantaged creatives and communicators who already have a tertiary qualification and want to enter the creative industry. Due to a significant increase in the uptake of young creatives, a steady client growth and an expanding footprint, the agency has been positioned as a creative force to be reckoned with. “The fact that Sum of 21 functions as a fully-fledged creative entity and agency sets it apart from other internship and learnership programmes. It generates real-life marketing projects for young creatives and......

By Jessica Tennant In the run-up to the 21st Prism Awards taking place on Sunday, 22 April, we chatted to this year’s cohort of young judges about their fresh approach to the judging process. In this series of interviews, we find out what they’ve learnt working alongside the cluster judges and what their young minds bring to the table. “What has made judging even more exciting this year is for the second time, we invited young communication enthusiasts from across the country to participate in the judging process, and selected 11 of the coolest, brightest minds who brought some really......

The annual Apex events were held at the Sandton Convention Centre today, 16 July, where the Association for Communication and Advertising (ACA) hosted its ‘NeXt Level of Thinking Masterclass’ in the morning followed by the Apex Awards gala event in the evening. The masterclass was hosted by Provantage Media Group. This year’s captains of industry who took to stage delivered presentations on the latest thought leadership topics affecting the business of marketing and communications. The theme for the morning was ‘Effectively navigating communications campaigns in a dynamic environment’. Five highly respected industry leaders – Musa Kalenga (House of Brave), Sharon......

By Leigh Andrew Tseliso Rangaka, executive creative director at Ogilvy Cape Town, has just been announced as the new chairperson of the Loeries. I caught up with him for an exclusive chat on what he’ll bring to the table. Tseliso Rangaka, ECD of Ogilvy Cape Town is new chairperson of the Loeries. Every two years, a highlight of Loeries Creative Week is finding out who has been elected as new chairperson for the next two-year stint. Rangaka, four years older than the awards now in their fourth decade, shares what he’ll keep from outgoing ‘chair-aunty’ Suhana Gordhan’s time in the......

  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......

  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......

    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...

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......

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......

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......

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......

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......

Black graduates are faced with the bitter choice of either working for free, for the bare minimum, or not working at all. South Africa has one of the highest unemployment rates globally, according to the International Labour Organisation (ILO). It is a wide ranging socio-economic challenge that should be considered a national crisis. Without downplaying the significance of graduation, one cannot ignore the possibility of unemployment that follows the shares and retweets of your graduation pictures on social media. Soon after that, one realises that this harrowing reality is skewed along the lines of race and social background. Evidently, our graduate......