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Chinese President Xi Jinping, BRICS Summit, South Africa.
The next decade of BRICS

Chinese president shares thoughts on world's next decade, at BRICS Business Forum...

30 Jul 2018

How Africa can embrace an AI-enabled future
How Africa can embrace an AI-enabled future

AI is expected to create 2.3 million new jobs by 2020. Five ways to prepare for a future with artificial intelligence...

By Zoaib Hoosen 18 Jul 2018

'Africa Rising' is a global megatrend - Euromonitor
'Africa Rising' is a global megatrend - Euromonitor

Euromonitor International has just released a Shifting Market Frontiers Megatrend forecast in which it pegs 'Africa Rising' as a megatrend...

By Louise Marsland 24 Apr 2018

The Soapbox Films team with Stein back-left.
VR and digital video storytelling as top marketing tools for 2018

Creative director and virtual reality expert Brendan Stein of Soapbox Films video production company explains how to make B2B video pop and why you need to get to the 'why' fast in your VR and video marketing, or else...

By Leigh Andrews 19 Apr 2018

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Why and how to add ephemeral content to your marketing strategy

Temporary content and impermanence is the name of the game when it comes to social media for consumers in 2018. Here's why you're missing out if Snapchat, Periscope, Facebook Live and Instagram Stories aren't part of your brand's marketing strategy...

By Leigh Andrews 12 Apr 2018

#BizTrends2018: 18 trends for 2018
#BizTrends2018: 18 trends for 2018

Bizcommunity.com's 18 trends for 2018 from BizTrends2018 trend analyst, curator and editor, Louise Marsland...

By Louise Marsland 10 Apr 2018

Caroline Kende-Robb is chief advisor to Rt. Hon. Gordon Brown, chair of the UK Education Commission.
These are the eight reasons why 2018 could be Africa's year

It is in Africa where the rays of prosperity are shining brightest. 2018 will be a breakout year for many - though not all - African economies, owing to gains in eight key areas...

By Caroline Kende-Robb 27 Mar 2018

Consumer engagement today is shaped by technology
Consumer engagement today is shaped by technology

Gil Sperling writes that marketers need a fundamental shift in outlook to remain relevant...

By Gil Sperling 15 Mar 2018

Pete Case, chief creative officer, Ogilvy & Mather South Africa.
#BizTrends2018: The transformation of the advertising space

The reality of effectively marketing through the line, has for many years been an incredibly complex discussion. Our industry is constantly adapting to the changing needs of the consumer landscape and there are huge pressures that everyone is feeling on both agency and client side to deliver...

By Pete Case 5 Feb 2018

#BizTrends2018: How to manoeuvre through 2018 and come out the other side
#BizTrends2018: How to manoeuvre through 2018 and come out the other side

Local industry research has been turned on its head leaving many agencies and clients really scrambling to build benchmarks for success and establishing a new normal...

By Natasha Fourie 5 Feb 2018

#BizTrends2018: It's not on top, it's inside
#BizTrends2018: It's not on top, it's inside

The truth is that almost everything has changed in the world of marketing communication - and those that own the data, have the power...

By Gillian Rightford 2 Feb 2018

#BizTrends2018: Trends in ad ops and ad tech
#BizTrends2018: Trends in ad ops and ad tech

Ad operations professionals are now under immense pressure to upskill and provide data driven insights...

By Pilira Mwambala 2 Feb 2018

#BizTrends2018: Communication planning in a disruptive world
#BizTrends2018: Communication planning in a disruptive world

Those in leadership positions within the media industry face a daunting task. Technology has completely reshaped business and it's not done yet...

By Gisela Seeley 30 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: The new rules of retail
#BizTrends2018: The new rules of retail

If you're searching for proof that retail as we know it is changing, look no further than Shanghai's 24-hour, unstaffed, self-driving grocery store...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 29 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Boldly advancing into the digital technology future
#BizTrends2018: Boldly advancing into the digital technology future

There is real concern at both business and individual level about how rapidly the digital technology environment is changing...

By Lebo Madiba 29 Jan 2018

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What's trending? Retro-millennia

Perhaps as a reaction to the disillusionment of adulthood, the millennial generation is looking back to the comforts of childhood brands and media as a balm for their collective pre-mid-life-crisis...

By Bronwyn Williams 29 Jan 2018

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Trends 2018: Omnichannel is the new normal

As smart technology enters our homes, cars, work and leisure time, marketers have the opportunity to innovate and reach potential customers via ever-expanding touch points...

By Jainita Khatri 25 Jan 2018

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Top ten global consumer trends

The market research company, Euromonitor International revealed the top 10 global consumer trends for 2018...

23 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Talking to Africa in 2018
#BizTrends2018: Talking to Africa in 2018

Africa is at an interesting and exciting crossroads in its history. The predicted ease with which globalisation would be adopted is being questioned and nationalism is rising. Yet the continent is becoming an economic, political and cultural melting pot. It is inevitable if Africa is going to truly rise...

By Mimi Kalinda 22 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: The agencies of the future will be agile
#BizTrends2018: The agencies of the future will be agile

New agency models, with creativity at the core, but more agile and flexible and inclusive of a variety of talent, will ensure a creative renaissance...

By Karabo Denalane 22 Jan 2018

Janine Lloyd, CEO of PR Expert.
#BizTrends2018: The low-down on 2018 PR and marketing trends

This year is going to continue to be a tough journey for all businesses as they grapple for market share and growth during a difficult economy...

By Janine Lloyd 15 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: To survive, marketing must kill its darlings in 2018
#BizTrends2018: To survive, marketing must kill its darlings in 2018

With being an early mover comes uncertainties that cannot be accounted for a hundred percent, as is the principle of risk and reward...

By Tom Manners 11 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Africans for Africans by Africans
#BizTrends2018: Africans for Africans by Africans

Africa has a population of over 1 billion people, 70% of which are youthful, aspirational and passionate about their continent. The proposition 'Africans for Africans by Africans' has become a dominant force with young people in Africa...

By Nonye Mpho Omotola 10 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: The changing media environment for ad agencies
#BizTrends2018: The changing media environment for ad agencies

Like all sectors within the economy, we face economic and political instability which can have an impact on investment and ultimately marketing spend...

By Odette van der Haar 10 Jan 2018

Nicola Cooper, senior trend analyst and cultural strategist at Nicola Cooper & Associates (NC&A).
#BizTrends2018: Connecting with ever-connected, ever-younger African consumers

With the largest 'youth bulge' in the world, the future of Africa is young, dynamic, determined. No one can afford to ignore the youth in Africa and the local and global business community needs to prepare for the ever-connected, younger generations...

By Nicola Cooper 10 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Delivering UX with soul
#BizTrends2018: Delivering UX with soul

Programmatic has entrenched itself in our digital world and we all know it is not going anywhere, but we will see more channels being added, more capabilities and all being underpinned by artificial intelligence...

By Mike Carter 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Small is Africa's 'new smart' in 2018
#BizTrends2018: Small is Africa's 'new smart' in 2018

Africa has become a continent of catchphrases, be it 'Africa rising', 'untapped middle class', 'e-commerce explosion', 'leapfrogging technology' or 'brand loyalists', the list is endless... but what do they mean in a real-world context...?

By Ailsa Wingfield 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Sex, data and advertising
#BizTrends2018: Sex, data and advertising

Forget about Harry and Meghan, the match of the century is advertising and research, with data playing cupid...

By Natalie Otte, Ilse Dinner 8 Jan 2018

Daniel Munslow, independent communications consultant.
#BizTrends2018: Are you a reputational resilience expert or crisis fodder?

2017 was not a good year for companies handling crises. The number of casualties was alarming. We had our pick of it - from motoring, to beverages, to aviation, and everything in between...

By Daniel Munslow 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: The ever-changing consumer
#BizTrends2018: The ever-changing consumer

In order for businesses to strive and even survive in many instances, it is vital that they take on a 'human-centered' approach to every aspect of their business and invest more time and effort on truly trying to understand their customers...

By Dave Nemeth 8 Jan 2018

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