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IAB SA: Message from the CEO

jb_iabJosephine Buys, CEO IAB SA

For many, 2016 was a year of tumultuous change.  For IAB SA, we saw several changes of our own.

Jarred Cinman, the first IAB SA chairperson, stepped down. Three years ago, Jarred was instrumental in the agreement reached with IAB Global to evolve the then Digital Media & Marketing Association into the first IAB on the African continent, one of over 40 chapters worldwide. Jarred has been a source of personal strength and a mentor to me in my onboarding and I will be forever grateful for his guidance and support in navigating this often challenging, always exciting role.

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IAB Education 2017 – contribute now and score Skills Development and Responsible Social Marketing BEE Points for 2016!

cpd1As 2016 draws to a rapid close, we are thrilled to announce that the IAB SA will be taking an active role in education, learning and development in 2017.

We will not become a training institution, but rather, will partner with those providers already in the industry to achieve several strategic goals including the need to provide a mechanism for us to create a greater awareness of interactive advertising and marketing as a profession and, in doing so, to drive professionalism, ethics and discipline within our industry; to encourage transformation of the sector by actively participating in industry Learnerships; professional qualification and Continuing Professional Development (“CPD”); further to play an active role in advocacy for the industry amongst our customers and to actively participate in the crucial role of Responsible Marketing.

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When fame is no longer enough: Brand ambassadors in the age of social media

JP Kloppers – BrandsEye CEO

Starting in the 1940s and ‘50s, celebrity endorsements began changing the marketing landscape. Soap, shampoo, suntan lotion: Ronald Reagan himself endorsed a brand of cigarettes. Leveraging Hollywood stars’ power and recognisability, companies first tapped into the potential of the Big Screen.

1948 ad featuring Roland Regan in Life Magazine


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Judges Announced for the IAB SA Bookmark Awards 2017

judges-announcementThe IAB SA has announced the list of judges that will decide which contenders will scoop a coveted Bookmark Award in 2017. The team of judges, led by Jury President John Dixon, features more diverse industry players than ever before.

Josephine Buys, CEO of IAB SA says, “Our mid-year, judges workshop yielded valuable insights from the best in the business for judging the Bookmarks 2017.  We have secured the time and talent of some of the brightest minds in digital and have expanded our pool of experts to include gamers, innovators and engineers.”

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Are you ready for 2017?

By Nick Sarnadas, event director: Madex 2017, Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery

What does your gut feel say? Well, here’s the deal. No longer is it viable to rely on your intuition to know where your marketing campaign is heading. We are now living in a data analytics world – and if that does not sound as exciting as the material one decades ago, believe us (or at least the trend setters who have studied this growing technology phenomenon) data analysis will take you to the next level.

Analyse it, use it well and be set to soar! But do remember to look at solid (that’s reliable and not vague) data. Garbage in, garbage out, still applies.

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Effective Measure South Africa Appoints Greg Mason as Country Manager

Effective Measure, the digital audience measurement provider for IAB SA and data intelligence solutions company, announced today that Greg Mason joins them as Country Manager – South Africa as of 2 January 2017. Mason will be taking over the reins from from SSA Lead, Nicolle Harding, who moves on to another role.

Scott Julian, Effective Measure CEO, said: “Greg joins Effective Measure at a crucial time as we work towards releasing Dashboard 2.0. His experience working with publishers and his knowledge of the South African digital ecosystem makes him an extraordinary fit for Effective Measure.”
“We are extremely pleased to be welcoming him to the Effective Measure team.”

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Native Advertising Guidlines

These are designed to offer clarity, good practice and a launchpad for further discussion around the marketing tool known as Native Advertising. While they aim to simplify concepts and provide examples it remains cognisant that our market evolves quickly and the lifespan of these guidelines are likely to last a year whereupon it will be updated.

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Ad blocking has far-reaching effects for digital advertising

By Josephine Buys, CEO of IAB SA

One of the trends that could change the face of the Internet is the increasing use of ad blocking software. Whilst this technology is not new, the web seems to have reached a tipping point where frustrated users are jumping the technical hurdles in larger numbers to filter out online ads.

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The IAB SA hosted its second annual IAB Digital Summit in Newtown, Johannesburg, on March 3 2016.

The event covered topics including programmatic; premium display; native advertising; content marketing; ad blocking; click fraud; viewability; diversity and transformation in SA media; the “new partnership” between publishers and agencies; media planning in SA; mobile advertising (including video); measurement; regulation such as the Protection of Personal Information Act and the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act; and broad-based black economic empowerment.


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