Category Archives: African entertainment

Mind your language

We live and work in a region that uses language well. East Africans are not by nature profane people. Cursing in the workplace is frowned upon. Western expatriates are often surprised to discover that swearing at staff doesn’t work here. … Continue reading

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Radio Ads are white noise

Following the revived APA Advertising Awards I promised some observations on the main categories. Radio has always been the medium with the greatest ability to reach consumers, so I’d like to start there. Last week I described the majority of … Continue reading

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Superbrands 2

It’s awards season in the field of marketing in East Africa: A time of contrasts. Next week sees the first Kenyan Advertising Awards competition to be held in over a decade.  We should welcome its return.  But we should acknowledge … Continue reading

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How not to engage staff

Leadership teams in Africa would be the first to admit that employee engagement is still a relatively new area of competence. Great strides are being made, but from a very low base. One might say this is inevitable on a … Continue reading

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Brands must face inwards too

I’m often surprised at how many companies still see branding as a side note: An activity to be conducted on the margins of the business. By people who aren’t don’t rate very highly. Who want to spend the company’s money … Continue reading

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Does sex still sell?

Doing anything in East Africa these days means spending a long time stationery on our crowded roads. Even if you have a driver – and I don’t – you rarely manage more than two city centre meetings a day. So, … Continue reading

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No, you Gantt.

Over the past 25 years I’ve been involved in a lot of projects in Africa. From the creation of a single radio commercial; to culture transformation programmes that span entire regions. And I have to tell you that I have … Continue reading

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Open minds make for better pitches I run a lot of advertising pitches for clients these days. It make a nice change, I can’t count the times I have stood up to pitch ideas myself. I’ve always really enjoyed it, … Continue reading

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Brand Obama

How is the health of this visiting Presidential brand? All eyes in East Africa are upon Kenya this week, as the most powerful man on the planet comes to call. There’s something for everyone. Car buffs are ogling pics of … Continue reading

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Cloudy outlook

Should modern business embrace the Cloud? It’s not often that IT people get to discuss a subject that the rest of us are prepared to entertain. IT remains a Dark Art, peopled by the bright and the uncommunicative. At worst … Continue reading

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