Promise kept: Stellar growth, prestigious account wins and new data offering Coming off the back of its 32% growth per annum for the last five years, and 34% in the past 12 months, as well as a successful B-BBEE deal that took its rating from Level 5 to Level 2, Johannesburg-based Promise Group has announced its new full-service data offering and acquisition of several more prestigious clients seeking the diversified and innovative solutions Promise delivers. “Our goal since inception 12 years ago has always been to innovate and offer a range of services that best serves each client,” says James Moffatt, Promise CEO. “The most recent client to join our stable of well-known brands is Rand Merchant Bank (RMB), a financial powerhouse that we are very proud to be servicing in a through-the-line capacity across its entire portfolio.” Preceding RMB at the start of the last financial year was Edcon Specialty, the division that houses Edgars Active, CNA, Boardmans, Red Square and Edcon Cellular; as well as its international brands portfolio that comprises iconic brands like Calvin Klein and Lipsy, Moffatt says. Promise was also successful in its through-the-line pitch for Castle Lager, and has secured responsibility for the entire digital marketing portfolio for long-standing client, AfriSam. Says Verushen Reddy, Director, Strategy & Innovation: “To continue innovating and charting new paths in our business, we have introduced a full-service data offering to assist clients to unlock the potential of their data, for both planning and ongoing optimisation. We believe this is a unique offering in the independent agency space.” Reddy adds that working with clients’ data to improve marketing and advertising while identifying opportunities for alternative revenue streams and business improvement is a key growth area for Promise, and one that is attracting interest from existing and potential clients. “This approach towards the generation of insights and . . .
The 1st annual Africa Communications Week (ACW) will take place between May 22 and May 26 2017. In partnership with the World Communication Forum Association, it aims to convene communications leaders from various backgrounds across the world, to ensure the most authoritative and comprehensive metrics to assess the role of communications in Africa’s development. Powered by a virtual international team of multi-talented communications professionals who share a vision for transformative change in Africa through strategic communications, Africa Communications Week’s key objective is to encourage and engage communicators across the board to critically assess how the communication industry impacts Africa’s development. ACW is open to all communicators with an expertise/interest in Africa, from African countries and across the globe. "Along with other fields such as economics, agriculture and technology, communications now has the opportunity to position itself and demonstrate its relevance as a real management discipline that contributes significantly to Africa’s socio-economic rise. And this is a collective effort that the industry should lead”, explains co-founder Annie Mutamba. Africa Communications Week is supported by an advisory board of seasoned communications professionals passionate about changing Africa’s narrative. They include: Wynne Musabayana, Head of Communications, Africa Union Yana Dubeykovskaya, President World Communication Forum Association Moky Makura, Country Representative South Africa, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Mimi Kalinda, MD Africa Communication Group Khalid Baddou, Head of Communication Africa, Western Union Thierry Hot, Founder, Rebranding Africa Forum Tidiane Dioh, Fonctionnaire International & Media specialist Each year around Africa Day, a series of conferences and events will be organized by communications practitioners and organizations in Africa and across the world. “It's time to . . .
Bespoke communications agency, Red Carpet Concepts, has acquired two new premium yoga clients, myUTOPIA and International Day of Yoga with Joëlle Sleebos and adidas. myUTOPIA is an exclusive Yoga, Barre and Pilates studio designed with the busy parent or executive on-the-go in mind. The all-inclusive offering caters organic mats, waters and towels for each class. In addition to the unsurpassed views from each of the two studios (heated and non-heated) the venue also boasts an on-site health food café and smoothie bar, Nourish, a Blow-dry bar, lunch time Botox, access to a Nutritionist, DNA testing, a Physio and all round pristine facilities for the discerning patron. The International Day of Yoga began in India in 2014, reaching SA in 2016. Joëlle Sleebos, renowned yoga teacher, group fitness instructor and personal trainer, hosted the first official International Day of Yoga in South Africa and this year plans to grow the event to 2000 practicing participants. On Saturday, 17 June at the CTICC yogis will unite for a good cause. Entry is free, though participants are encouraged to redeem a ticket and donate money to the Earthchild Project and mother2mother, two charities which are close to Joëlle’s heart. A yoga market, workshops and prizes will be on offer during the day. For more information of Red Carpet Concepts, please visit http://redcarpetconcepts.co.za/ CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Pan Africa media content creator Orama Media Group (OMG) is set to launch an Africa wide business analysis programme titled This Week in Africa. The programme is aimed at presenting and analysing business trends, movements and transactions across Africa in a simplified and exciting way. Anchored by Zimbabwean media personality and entrepreneur, Kumbirai Nhongo, the programme will simplify the process of doing business in Africa and bridge the information gap between investors and the actual business on the ground. “The programme itself is only the tip of the iceberg. Behind the programme is a team of analysts and strategists who will deliver market insights, research, financial markets information and risk profiles of African countries on a weekly basis on email and via our website. This will unlock immense value for viewers and potential investors on the continent. The idea is to use broadcasting as a platform to offer continent-wide consultative value”, Nhongo said. Orama Media Group is following modern trends and delivering the programme on various digital channels which include mobile apps, social media channels, terrestrial TV stations and its own website. The programme will be simulcast weekly in 34 African countries and immediately made available worldwide initially for free before a freemium option is implemented for investors and entrepreneurs. This is Orama Media Group’s first foray outside of Zimbabwe since opening an office in Rwanda earlier this year. In order to maximise the potential reach, the company has appointed KG&A Advertising as a strategic partner in this endeavour. KG&A Advertising is a strategic communications firm with a growing African footprint and present in Zimbabwe, Rwanda, South Africa and Tanzania. Through this partnership, Orama Media Group is confident of targeting and reaching a large proportion of Africa’s billion strong market. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Fast growing strategic communications firm KG&A Advertising has secured a partnership with pan African broadcast content provider, Orama Media Group to manage its media space and offer strategic research across Africa for its soon-to-be-launched This Week in Africa business programme. KG&A Advertising has been on a vigorous expansion drive and now operates from South Africa, Rwanda and Zimbabwe offering advertising, media, strategy and research services and will soon be opening office in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. Under this partnership, the firm will utilise its office network to promote media space on the This Week in Africa programme and also to conduct research and analysis on business trends and transactions across the entire continent. The programme will be simulcast in 34 African countries and the firm is responsible for partnerships, engagements and sales in all 34 countries from South Africa up to Tunisia. This is be an opportunity for the firm to expand into new markets and territories. “This is a huge opportunity for us to reinforce our strategic position in broadcast media and business analysis and to open ourselves up to new African markets. We will have the ability to assess new market opportunities on an operational level and to begin to create relationships through this agreement with Orama Media Group that will serve our global expansion vision well”, Regional Director, Alan Rwamushaija said. This Week in Africa is a business analysis programme that will be launched in June 2017. It offers analysis on business opportunities, transactions and markets across Africa and also offers analytical research on markets for investors. The partnership works well as KG&A Advertising will offer media and research services for the programme in order to deliver value to the end user. The service will be primarily delivered from the firm’s Rwandan office in Kigali with other country offices offering support. Rwanda is seen as one of Africa’s . . .
Sabelo Kheswa stage name THE DUSHMAN was born and bred in the township of kwamashu Durban on the 18 July 1987. The Dushman studied Business Management in Durban University of Technology and completed in 2011. The Dushman is currently planning to study Sound engineering in order to further his career in music. The Dushman is a hip hop artist and a songwriter. The Dushman is currently working on a 5 track E.P. called ‘LOVE PORTION’ to be released on 14 February 2018. Currently The Dushman is realising a single on the 7th of April 2017on all digital stores, the name of the song is called Candy. The song features two talented individuals Prime Zulu and Senzo Armour. Candy is a hip hop song with a feel of the 90s r n b music. The Dushman started his music career in 2007 inspired by the talented artist and music producer’s Zakes Bantwini and Polow the don. He started performing around the taverns and events around Durban, he has shared a stage with the likes of Zakwe, Mr Chaklas, Prime Zulu, Dj Bongz just to mention a few. Performing in an event in 2012 he was approached by the legendary musician Mr Chaklas after he saw him perform at the event, offered him a mentorship. Since his started being mentored by Mr Chaklas, The Dushman has appeared in two tv shows which include Late night with Nimrod and Take me out south Africa, has released a single track in 2015 on iTunes called ‘I am a Chaklas’ which saw the song reach 2800 downloads in its first week of release and currently working on a 5 track EP. The Dushman is a talented hip hop artist and song writer from the township of kwamashu who is mentored by the legendary musician Mr Chaklas. With a vision of studying sound engineering and becoming a global icon, this talent is sure the one to lookout for in the future. The Dushman is currently signed to an independent label TDM MUSIC GROUP. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
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Facebook on Wednesday reported that its quarterly profit surged as its ranks of monthly users closed in on two billion, but warned of rising expenses and slowing revenue growth. The leading social network said it made a profit of $3.06bn on $8.03bn in revenue in the first three months of this year, posting increases of 76% and 49%, respectively, compared to the same period last year. Meanwhile, the number of people using Facebook monthly increased 17% to 1.94 billion, according to the earnings report. "We had a good start to 2017," Facebook co-founder and chief Mark Zuckerberg said in the release. "We're continuing to build tools to support a strong global community." Facebook bested high expectations for revenue but fell short on profit. Shares fell 2.4%to $148.17 in after-market trades that followed the release of the earnings figures. The California-based company's shares had ended the trading day down less than a percent ahead of the earnings release and as it put out word of plans to hire an extra 3 000 staff to remove violent content such as the gruesome killings and suicides broadcast on its video platform. "They are working their butts off to fix it, but it is not an easy problem," Analyst Rob Enderle of Enderle Group said. "They really need to get that artificial intelligence up and running, they couldn't hire enough people to do real-time video review of everything."Facebook's efforts to better filter content come amid growing criticism over the use of the platform for promoting violence and hateful activity. Increased hiring also promises to push up operating costs and eat into profit at the social media giant. Enderle said he believes Facebook was intentionally downplaying expectations to avoid its shares taking big hits due to surprise disappointments later in the year. "It's likely Facebook is being very conservative," he said."They don't want to tank next quarter." Facebook still expects revenue growth to throttle back . . .
With the first edition of AGENCY SCOPE South Africa completed in 2016, Spanish-based independent research company SCOPEN and the Independent Agency Search & Selection Company (IAS) are well on the way to getting the research required to produce the 2017 edition. “In highlighting 15 key trends in the South African communication, marketing, procurement and advertising industry, the research comprises a series of analyses from the industry’s highest level decision makers, published exclusively for marketers and marketing agencies,” says Johanna McDowell, the CEO of the IAS. “The marketing professionals involved in the interviews are those who engage on an ongoing basis in the decision-making process for selecting and approving their agencies’ work, so AGENCY SCOPE gives agencies working with marketers first-hand information about their requirements.” The recruiting of eight researchers with high-level experience in the communications and marketing fields began in May. One will conduct the 40 interviews required in KwaZulu Natal; three will cover the Western Cape with 80 interviews; and four will be interviewing 150 marketers in Gauteng. “The size of the sample for 2017 has grown from 70 in 2016 to 250,” McDowell says, “giving an indication of how well received the first South African SCOPEN’s AGENCY SCOPE was. The market is more aware of the value the research offers now and the IAS better equipped to expand our research to include more key figures in our industry.” Researchers require an hour of face-to-face time with the most senior level marketers in corporate companies and government institutions, who will be rating their agencies across the creative, digital or media sectors. Once these face-to-face interviews are completed, an online survey will be sent to senior individuals employed by agencies – excluding owners and directors - to determine how others see the industry. At a later stage, another online survey designed specifically for the . . .
Offlimit Communication, aptly recoined as OLC, has enjoyed well over a decade breaking barriers and submerging consumers in first of its kind unforgettable experiences as one of Africa's most renowned BTL/ experiential agencies. OLC has now moved into its’ own space in Sandton, in a brand newly built office that is exclusively owned by the agency. The creative space (housed in Impala Office Park), was built from scratch and deliberately designed to inspire the creative clan of team OLC. Change and keeping on the innovative pulse has always been a priority for the agency, so in addition to a world class website makeover, the company is undergoes this milestone move to new premises in line with its many exciting changes. “We are thrilled to have built and have ownership of a space that is perfectly tailored to the needs and ethos of OLC- that being optimized creativity, productivity and kick-ass execution. It will definetly re-enforce our established leading position in our own space but most importantly keeping our OLC familly spirit high. The eco-friendly office park and this new office was deliberately designed and fitted to optimize the lifestyle centric approach the agency prides itself in. To be frank, we owe our amazing team this new slick space,” commented Jerome Cohen, MD at OLC. In the last 2 years OLC has doubled its’ revenue and attracted in house talents of industry specialists and game changers. This exponential growth of the agency can be attributed to their ground-breaking horizontal approach, resulting in a massive increase in their client base. If the bigger space is anything to go by, 2017 will be their most successful year yet! "It’s been a crazy time, but we have always managed to keep the balance. We believe in working hard, but true to our ethos of “living in the next”, we have invested and continue to shift the paradigm of optimizing potential in our carefully designed space. Yoga and Meditation will now be part of our weekly routine, so . . .