The creative economy is important as service industries lead the economy, and also support the wider economy in terms of progress and growth...
BERLIN, GERMANY: The impact of the deadly Ebola virus fell mainly on three African countries but tourism has taken a hit across the continent of more than 50 nations as fear has kept many visitors away, tourism chiefs say...
The Primedia Lifestyle Group has been awarded marketing rights to its first African shopping centre, Maerua Mall, based in Namibia.
When MPs discussed the Report on Alcohol Abuse in Namibia late last week, Republican Party MP, Clara Gowases, called for a ban on the advertising of alcoholic beverages, reports Mathia Haufiku...
According to ZenithOptimedia's new Advertising Expenditure Forecasts, global adspend will be boosted this year by the three 'semi-quadrennial' events...
A brand manager's dream: Produce a TV advert showcasing the benefits of a product whilst bringing a tear to the consumer's eye and galvanising them to rush out to purchase it.
Is Africa the Dark Continent when it comes to the advertising industry? On the contrary, says Alan Edgar, Regional Creative Director, Ogilvy Africa and one of regional judges for African and Middle Eastern categories at this year's Loeries. It's alive and vibrant, but in dire need of world-class tertiary training institutions to tap into that potential.
Bank Windhoek recently contracted Z-Card Africa, Middle East, India and Turkey (ZAMI) for the second time, to reproduce three different Z-Cards which engage the youth and educate them about the bank's different debit accounts and cards.
"We must keep women media professionals within the media sector". This was the message received by the more than 50 participants attending the 3rd Annual WAN-IFRA Women in News Summit in Lusaka, Zambia, this week, which brought together women from the media industry in Botswana, Namibia and Zambia for a three-day event.
90% of success is just 'pitching up'. Be there and you will be relevant, right? Not in Namibia. The South Africans seem to have taken a rather arrogant view. "We dominate from our strategy and buying power" is how one agency put it. Understandably so; they can show client value without having to get outside of their comfort zones.
PARIS, FRANCE / DARMSTADT, GERMANY /KIEV, UKRAINE: Seattle Times executive editor David Boardman has joined the programme of the World Editors Forum, to be held in Kiev, Ukraine, from 2 to 5 September next, to discuss the paper's radically restructured news operation in a much anticipated session dedicated to innovations in newsroom organisation.
CNBC Africa, a CNBC International franchise owned by Africa Business News, has entered into a joint venture with Mozambique's state broadcaster, Televisão de Moçambique (TVM), and will open a bureau in Maputo. CNBC Africa's country bureau representative will be Sunnyboy Mshengu.
An initiative of the African Arts Institute, in partnership with the Goethe-Institut, the Southern African Training Hub will host a three-year programme in cultural leadership, governance and entrepreneurship will be launched in Johannesburg, South Africa during May 2012. It will host candidates from Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
The Women in News (WIN) programme, a leadership programme for African women working in media and launched by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) in 2010, is now accepting applications from women media professionals from either the business or editorial side of newspapers in Botswana, Namibia and Zambia.
NEW YORK, US: Global online consumer confidence fell for the seventh consecutive quarter as confidence in 31 of 56 global markets measured declined, according to from Nielsen, a leading global provider of insights and analytics into what consumers watch and buy.
South Africa has emerged as the most valuable nation brand on the African continent in 2011, scoring a value of US$149.7 billion, distantly followed by Egypt (US$79.2 billion) and Nigeria (US$56 billion) in third place, while MTN is voted Africa's most valuable corporate brand, according to a UK-based Brand Finance study's findings released today, Wednesday 25 May 2011, in Johannesburg by the Brand Leadership Academy.
After months of behind-the-scenes activity, we're thrilled to unveil a revamped, Bizcommunity 2011, featuring a host of new features and an expanded set of self-promotional tools. What hasn't changed, however, is our commitment to quality news, carefully edited, curated and aggregated daily by the biz editorial teams from specialist journalists, our communities of industry leaders, other news sources and press releases you submit.
SADC countries, home to about 280 million people, contribute a modest 2% to the global tourism market despite boasting amazing tourist destinations and having 'solid' marketing strategies in place. RETOSA, a permanent SADC body tasked to develop tourism in the region through effective marketing, met in Durban, South Africa, during the 2011 Tourism Indaba to plot the way forward in removing barriers hampering tourism growth and development in the region.
South Africa, the continent's largest economy and ranked 32nd globally in business tourism, is aggressively marketing its African portfolio to boost tourism numbers and revenues amid a steady increase in spend and visitors coming from Africa, in particular Angola, Zimbabwe and Nigeria.
The Loerie Awards has introduced a PR category to this year's awards. Public Relations Industry of Southern Africa (PRISA) spokesperson Bridget von Holdt believes the move is indicative of the importance of strategic communication in the overall communication mix and that the inclusion of PR exposes other industries to the real value of strategic communication and its vital role in brand management.
Here is a roundup of the posts published on sxswsa.co.za this weekend. We're over halfway through SxSW Interactive in Austin, Texas, but there's still plenty material in the works, so keep an eye on the blog for another few days. Also, follow @sxswsa, or the entire #sxswsa Twitter list. [view twitterfall]
The problem that we face in South African commerce right now is that very few top CEOs know what SEO, or what SEM marketing entails. Some might say, "well that's because it's not important, and how can it result in sales?" Hmmm, this attitude would make you look foolish in front of a company (competitor) that has grasped the potential which Google, Yahoo and other search engines present.
The sixth Maputo International Advertising Festival will take place from 25-27 May 2011, AMEP - the Mozambican Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations Association announced yesterday. The festival recognises advertising agencies, producers and communications companies worldwide especially from Africa and the Indian Ocean regions.
Google Instant search is annoying for some, and useful to others. One fact does remain - it runs on the same search engine and the search results are exactly the same. The difference it brings is in how the user reacts to the results they see.
ATLANTA, US: CNN has announced the launch of a new initiative for journalism students, called CNN iReport University, linked to iReport, the network's user-generated news community.
The diary of investment prospects in Namibia - the world's fifth largest uranium producer - contains, among others, exploring a land of relative peace where opportunities to make a ‘lot of money' abound in sectors such as mining, fisheries, agriculture, manufacturing, energy, tourism and human resources development.
The move is seen as part of the company's investment plans which are believed to see it investing in a number of other southern African nations.
Time off work usually means a chance to lie back, switch off your computer, and relax. This past festive season proved to be a different retreat in Namibia. Not only were consumers on holiday with their family and friends, they decided to bring an extra friend along, the cellphone, their only constant link to their bank.
It wasn't a great first day for fast-moving consumer goods company CIC Holdings on Friday, when it became the first foreign company to have a primary listing on the JSE's AltX. The company has plans to expand operations into southern Africa in the next couple of years.