Suck It Up, Baby!

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It’s Wednesday, which means that it’s Ad of the Week Time — my weekly column on Marklives.com (Africa’s foremost marketing site) that celebrates the best of advertising in South Africa. This week’s winner… Continue reading

The Pitfalls of New Markets

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South African businesses wishing to expand into Africa should take heed of how the pioneers have fared. Truworths and Woolworths — not so good; Shoprite — not too bad. Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya —… Continue reading

US Gets Chesa Nyama

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Denizens of Nashville, Tennessee, will get to taste the best of South African braai culture, courtesy of Chesa Nyama. That may seem like taking braai to the land of the … well, the… Continue reading

Tim Cohen Moves

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Financial Mail’s editor, Tim Cohen, writes today about his move to Business Day. Cohen has steered the FM through rocky waters, with falling circulation having been experienced throughout the print world. In his final editorial… Continue reading

Smaller Bites = Bigger Gains

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I have written about the dangers of multitasking before — studies at MIT concluded that the human brain is only capable of focusing on one thing at a time. Yes, you can drive… Continue reading

Get Fibre, Get Speed, Get BoltSpeed

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Every Wednesday I choose one of the top ads from the current crop, to feature as ‘Ad of the Week’ in my column on Marklives.com — Africa’s foremost marketing site. This week we… Continue reading

Loyalty Programs – the Good and the Bad

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Brands use loyalty programs to great effect — some, like Clicks and Spur, attribute a large percentage of sales to their loyalty programs. But it’s no magic bullet: loyalty programs need to be… Continue reading

Drowning in Data

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This is the information age, and no doubt there is enough information. But is there too much? Can your business handle all the data that is available, filter what is pertinent and analyse… Continue reading

Use Your Hands to Make Yourself Heard

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Every week, in my column on Marklives.com, I select an ad from the current ‘crop’ to feature as my ‘Ad of the Week’. This week it’s a PSA (public service announcement) for the… Continue reading

Reasons to Invest in Africa

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Direct foreign investment into Africa could help the global economy, as the returns should be good, and fuel a beneficial cycle. Konstantin Makarov, managing partner of StratLink Africa, writes for Ventureburn about the main strategies that investors… Continue reading