Category Archives: African marketing

Long service redefined

A good friend, whose business has been successful for more than two decades, admits one defeat. He has no member of staff with more than 8 years’ service. Is he a monster or a slave driver? No, he’s an urbane … Continue reading

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Jingle Bells

When you have been around the block a few times, as have I, you begin to see trends coming back. You see it in fashion. You see it in holiday destinations. And trends also return in advertising. Not because the … Continue reading

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CEO’s set brand ethics

Last month, Uber’s new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi used Linked In to broadcast Uber’s new cultural norms. Like many an incoming CEO, he must work quickly to address negative aspects of his predecessor’s legacy. In the case of Travis Kalanik a … Continue reading

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Diversity can produce dividends.

Recently I was with a large group of staff discussing the positive aspects of their work culture. They were emphatic about one thing: ‘We are a very diverse group.’ Indeed, there were men and women, old and young, Asian and … Continue reading

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Toxic brands

While I was in South Africa last week, President Zuma unveiled a new statue to the late Oliver Reginald Tambo, former President in Exile of the ANC during the Anti-Apartheid Struggle. O.R. Tambo was the legal partner and lifelong friend … Continue reading

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Retail success requires relationships

One of the greatest retail success stories in the world, that has prospered for over a century, is now facing down new retail giants. Very soon, online shopping portals Amazon, Alibaba and eBay will command 40% of global e-commerce. Like … Continue reading

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Not different enough

There’s a lot of loose talk about differentiation these days. Most of it happens in Marketing Departments, and not enough at the Boardroom table. Frankly, we need to get better at it if we hope to build our regional economy. … Continue reading

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The human voice

There’s nothing quite like the human voice, is there? As our primary means of communication, nothing can engage us quite like it. It can enrapture or enrage; inspire or oppress. The composer Richard Strauss noted that the human voice is … Continue reading

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Last mile delivery

With the continued development of the Standard Gauge Railway, East Africa can look forward to big changes in the way goods are imported and exported, and indeed delivered to customers. My understanding is that two container trains per day will … Continue reading

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