The Human ‘X-FACTOR’ in AI-Driven Marketing

By: Jhene Nel, Divisional Head of Sales at Webfluential A few years ago, as whispers of artificial intelligence (AI) began permeating the marketing sector, there was a palpable buzz. Part excitement, part scepticism. Across industry gatherings and in hushed conference calls, professionals half-joked about AI potentially rendering traditional skills redundant. However, as we ventured into […]

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The World’s Most Effective Marketers are announced

Effie Worldwide has today announced the 2023 Effie Index® (effieindex.com), the 13th annual ranking of the companies behind the world’s most effective marketing initiatives. FMCG/CPG, fast food and beverage companies dominated this year’s rankings, with 3 out of the Top 5 Most Effective Brands being QSRs. AB InBev and McDonald’s demonstrate their dedication to effectiveness […]

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Nedbank’s We’re for Africa campaign celebrates innovation through AI

African excellence is taking its rightful spot on the global stage as the continent’s development and prosperity continue to accelerate. Nedbank’s We’re for Africa campaign celebrates this excellence and exemplifies it through its innovative use of artificial intelligence (AI). The group is shaping communities through initiatives that support economic empowerment, environmental conservation, and community development. […]

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Effie SA Hosts Dialogue on AI’s Impact on Marketing Effectiveness

Effie South Africa recently hosted a groundbreaking dialogue featuring a panel of leading advertising executives and industry experts. The dialogue focused on the profound impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on the effectiveness of marketing campaigns and the broader agency-client ecosystem. Under the theme “From Disruption to Creation: AI’s Impact on the Agency-Client Ecosystem,” the dialogue […]

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The ACA Announces 2024/25 Board of Directors

The Association for Communication and Advertising (ACA) South Africa is pleased to announce the new Board of Directors for the 2024/25 fiscal year. The industry leaders responsible for overseeing the ACA’s commitment to the marketing and communication industry’s transformation, self-regulation, ethics promotion, advocacy, and global guidance, among others, for members, were elected at the 77th […]

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Effie Worldwide Report Shows Humanity Lies at the Heart of Effectiveness

The most important factor driving effectiveness in marketing isn’t data or AI, but human qualities and behaviours says a new global report by Effie Worldwide. The report, titled ‘Making Effectiveness Happen’, surveyed 170+ leaders and senior marketers across the industry at the world’s most effective companies, including ranked top performers in the Global Effie Index […]

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New MRF MAPS™ Consumer Data Reveals Shifting South African Landscape

The Marketing Research Foundation (MRF) and Plus94 Research announced the successful unveiling of the latest comprehensive MAPS™ (Marketing All Product Survey) dataset through a global webinar presented in partnership with ESOMAR, the world’s leading voice for the data analytics profession. The MAPS™ May 2024 release incorporated three full years of data from 2021 through 2023, […]

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The Three Apples That Changed Our World

By: Murray Legg, Co-Founder of Webfluential Three iconic apples have profoundly shaped human behaviour over the centuries. It began with Eve’s fateful bite, symbolising our innate temptation for social status. Then came Newton’s apple, revealing the gravitational forces that exist between objects and people. Finally, there was Steve Jobs’ Apple, putting a powerful handheld window […]

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