The winners of the IAB Bookmark Awards were announced to a packed audience of the digital industry’s finest at The Galleria, Sandton last night. South Africa’s top talent and most memorable campaigns were recognised, illustrating how far the digital industry has come and laying the path for future innovation.
Josephine Buys, CEO of the IAB SA says, “Congratulations to all the incredible creatives, agencies, publishers and campaigns that were recognised this evening. We received a record number of entries this year, many of which exhibited groundbreaking digital knowledge and strategic relevance. Our judges were inspired by the way our winning entrants combined courage, creativity and business savvy to create enduring work.”
Technology developments have had a profound effect on emerging economies in Africa. The widespread adoption of mobile phones, in particular, has seen a proliferation of new and innovative ways for businesses to reach and engage their customers, and for governments to provide services to their citizens. In other parts of the world, we talk about technology with reference to disruption – the disruption of communication methods, business models, even entire industries. Given the dramatic changes we’re seeing closer to home, it’s perhaps more accurate to frame the conversation in terms of transformation.
Accenture Interactive, Diamond Sponsor for the IAB Digital Summit, has announced that Didier Uljasz will be the keynote speaker at the IAB Digital Summit 2017. Uljasz, Managing Director at Accenture Interactive, is the Head of the agency’s Personalisation practice across EALA and Digital Marketing Lead for Middle East, Africa, Russia and Turkey. He will bring deep experience on channeling detailed customer data for tangible business impact.
With his background as a data scientist, Uljasz has worked with global clients on several large-scale digital transformation programs in sectors spanning retail, automotive, telecoms, media and banking. These engagements often have the common objective to transform big data into actionable insights that lead to value for businesses and their customers.
The IAB Digital Summit, powered by Accenture Interactive, is where digital, business, advertising and content converge. On 16 March 2017, at The Galleria Sandton, a heavy-hitting panel of local and international experts in each field will gather to have a dynamic, interactive discussion on the future and influence of digital in our country.
Says IAB SA CEO, Josephine Buys, “In just one day, Summit attendees will be exposed to some of the latest digital trends, techniques and insights that will have an impact on their business immediately and for years to come. If digital touches any aspect of your business, this is a critical event to attend.”
Alexandra Salomon is a veteran in online marketing, global advertising, digital publishing/media, and international business. She has worked for leading brands including AOL, Overture, Yahoo, and LivingSocial, as well as start-ups and consulting services.
A career in digital holds rich potential for success and growth in the information age. Our technology evolves by the second, yet the real potential lies in the people behind the technology. As digital impacts the lives of every human being in some way, it is essential that our engineers, managers, developers and marketers are as diverse as the society they serve.
South African agencies, publishers, marketers and individuals brought talent and digital innovation in spades to the IAB Bookmark Awards this year. Following several weeks of judging, the panel has narrowed down the record number of entries into a list of official finalists.
Josephine Buys, CEO of IAB SA says, “We are thrilled with the response to the IAB Bookmark Awards this year. Each entry tells a unique story of how digital can be used to achieve relevant, lasting results in multiple sectors.”
By Chris Borain, Chairman of the IAB SA
We have reached a critical juncture for digital, both locally and globally. Digital has evolved from one aspect of the media mix to a powerful, pervasive medium with an influence that cannot be ignored.
The PwC Media Outlook for 2016-2020 shows that mobile access has impacted several billion people in less than five years. In comparison to the 20m people impacted over 60 years by the industrial revolution, it is clear that digital is the driver for rapid change in human history. This is an exciting time, and an opportunity for publishers, brands and agencies to collaborate to create a digital landscape that is fair, measurable and constructive.