ID Congress 2018: Mauritius for innovation, digital

by Herman Manson. The ID Congress has set out to explore creative opportunities between Africa and Mauritius and, ultimately, Asia.

Grubstreet: The Rand Daily Mail brand revived

by Gill Moodie (@grubstreetSA) The news that Times Media Group has brought back the famous Rand Daily Mail brand after almost 30 years is fascinating – and not because of the goodwill and nostalgia associated with the brand, but because the new RDM will be as far as you can get from the old on every level.

We’re living in the digital golden age. So, what are you doing about it?

We’re living in the digital golden age. So, what are you doing about it? by Fred Roed (@fred_roed) I have an unshakable belief that we’re living, right now, in one of the most crazy awesome times in human history. I believe that in 100 years from now, people will look back at the turn of the 21st century and say “Dayam, I wish I lived then!” – sorta like we do now thinking back to the 60’s, or the Enlightenment, or the industrial revolution, or the 80’s. Na, just kidding – the 80’s sucked.

Think about it. We’re living in a time where digital communication is changing everything. You know that right? Of course you do. The question really is, what are you doing about it?

So, running an agency, as I do, the question becomes even more critical. I’m at the forefront of all this stuff. We get updates daily, hourly, every minute, on new shit that’s getting done. Innovations, inventions, disruptions: these are the things that mark this amazing pocket of time called the digital age.

And what am I doing about it?

In the undeclared war between printed and digital media, there are many dates that will live on in infamy

by Arthur Goldstuck (@art2gee) In the undeclared war between printed and digital media, there are many dates that will live on in infamy.

28 October 2008: The Christian Science Monitor closes its daily print edition.

13 March 2012: The end of the Encylopaedia Britannica as a set of printed volumes.

And 18 October 2012: Newsweek announces it will cease publication of its weekly magazine, and become a digital-only publication.

The announcement last Thursday sent shock waves through the print media industry, representing a capitulation to the inexorable rise of digital media. Newsweek said it would lay off a portion of its staff, and those who remain will produce a paid-for online magazine called Newsweek Global. It will continue to exist alongside Newsweek’s online sister publication, the startlingly inappropriately titled The Daily Beast.

In an interview with the New York Times, editor-in-chief Tina Brown confessed: “You cannot actually change an era of enormous disruptive innovation. No one single person can reverse that trend. You can’t turn back what is an inexorable trend.”

Award-show behaving badly

Immature or wild at heart? Either one could describe the third annual Bookmarks awards evening, where the digital marketing and publishing evening took the opportunity last night, Thursday, 18 November 2010, to pat one another on the back – albeit cautiously.

Fall in entries for Digital Loeries points to adoption issues

Wading through the near endless amount of PR on the digital transformation and seamless integration of digital into the advertising world, it must be a little disconcerting for Clint Bryce, chairman of both the Digital and Online Advertising judging panels of the 2010 Loerie awards, to see entries in these categories decline this year in spite of steady growth in online ad spend.

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