You’re An Advertising Agency, You Say? That’s Interesting.

You’re at one of those networking events where people go to socialise, and hopefully make some decent contacts. Someone sidles up to you and asks if she can give you her business card. Sure, you say, what is it that you do? Oh, I’m in advertising; an ad agency, she offers. An ad agency? Which one? I take a look at her card. Ad agency, my foot. She’s in promotional gifts, promoting caps, T-shirts, pens, calendars and diaries. Continue reading

Every second person is now into web design, and that’s the problem

Being an ad agency (albeit a very small one), I have cause to come across many local websites and whilst there are some pretty good ones out there and many that do the job, there are many which attempt mediocrity, but fail.It’s frustrating to come across websites like this, knowing how much a decent on-line presence can do for a company.

Splashed across the internet are websites which are badly designed, badly written or badly built. Many have spelling mistakes, links that don’t work or pages that takes ages to download.. Unfortunately, sites such as these do their owners more harm than good in that they convey that either they don’t care or simply that they fail to grasp the role that a website plays in terms of marketing. Continue reading

You’re a marketing company looking for a good ad agency. Here you go

Years back, there were less than fifty advertising agencies in South Africa. Today, there are literally hundreds – with many being small start-ups and work-from-home operations. With this proliferation of ad and marketing agencies, a marketing manager or managing director’s decision to appoint the right one has become a lot more difficult. So, how to go about it? Continue reading

Why Fridge Magnets Work in Advertising Your Brand

In the big picture, they’re small but can sure work wonders.

In recessionary times, demand for promotional items like fridge magnets normally goes out the window. This is perhaps understandable, as put next to TV advertising, print advertising, radio advertising and outdoor advertising, they’re not considered mainstream media. More likely, they’re lumped together with pens, calendars, diaries, mugs and T-shirts as “nice-to-haves” as opposed to “must-haves” ie promotional paraphernalia which are popular in good times, but not so popular in bad. Maybe this shouldn’t be the case. Continue reading

The Cost of TV Advertising

The cost of TV advertising, or should that be, the cost of not advertising on TV?

There used to be a day when only the large well-established brands would consider advertising on television in South Africa. Back then, there were only three or four TV stations and they pretty much charged what they liked. The result was that smaller brands couldn’t get a look in. Today, the situation is much-changed – with more stations, more channels, more variety and more flexibility. These days, you’re just as likely to see a TV commercial for a brand you’ve never heard of as you are a brand you grew up with, and which (thanks to television advertising) is today a household name. Continue reading

What’s Needed is a Markex for Advertising Agencies

It’s hardly been a year and the Markex Show is with us again. In fact, Markex was hosted late last year – in August, due to the World Cup – so it’s been less than a year since the last and that’s why its coming has seemed to have caught many of us advertising-types off-guard. Regardless, it’s one of the most anticipated trade shows of the year, and a great fillup for business – if you’re a promotional gifts or event management company, that is. If you’re an advertising agency, it’s not as good. Continue reading – Frankly speaking, it’s just good frank advertising

Promoting life insurance is not easy. You’re trying to sell something that nobody really wants, even though they may see the need for it. In other words, it’s a necessary evil. We all know we’re going to die, we all know that we should be covered for the eventuality, but given the choice between splashing out on that new car we’ve had our eye on or paying monthly premiums for life insurance, it’s clear which one we’d go for. Continue reading

OK so Vodacom’s red. Got it, now what?

It seems there’s been a lot of response to Vodacom’s “red” campaign, much of it negative – which is a shame in a way as Vodacom’s advertising has always been of a high standard, and iconic in ways. Their “Yebo Gogo” campaign, for instance, was truly memorable and many of us found ourselves using the saying in response to questions posed. Example: Did you have a good break? Yebo, Gogo. Are you feeling better? Yebo, Gogo. More recent Vodacom advertising has been just as memorable. So it’s a pity in a sense that the company is now making the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Continue reading