BREAKING: Joe Public United now majority-black‑owned

by MarkLives. Joe Public United has announced that 60% of the company has been acquired by black shareholders.

#AgencyFocus: Joe Public United — purpose parallel with profit

by Sabrina Forbes. Joe Public has evolved from traditional ATL to digital at the core — enter Joe Public 2.0.

Agency Leaders: 2013’s most-admired ad agency in Johannesburg

by Herman Manson (@marklives) It’s always good to know what the boss thinks. Having polled Johannesburg’s agency leaders, we can now tell what those leading the city’s ad agencies think of their competitors, whom they see as effective managers and great creatives, and where they believe their future competition is likely to come from.

Joe Public heads to Cape Town

by Herman Manson (@marklives) Joe Public is working on setting up a new agency in Cape Town. Gareth Leck, MD at Joe Public Advertising, says the new agency will be formally launched in June 2013. It is being set up for Joe Public by Leon Jacobs, until recently the Executive Creative Director at Saatchi & Saatchi in Geneva and before that Regional Creative Director at Saatchi & Saatchi in Hong Kong.

Jacobs has a long history in South African advertising having previously worked at the Saatchi & Saatchi in Cape Town, TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris and at Giant Films.

Agency Leaders: 2012’s most-admired ad agency in South Africa

by Herman Manson (@marklives) Who is the most admired ad agency, creative director, or agency boss in the country? MarkLives asked South Africa’s ad agency MDs and CEOs to nominate their peers whom they most admired during the course of 2012.

Agency strategy insight: Managing 100% growth over 9 months

by Herman Manson (@marklives) You’ve just doubled your revenue over a nine month period and grown your staff by 60%. For any ad agency that is a tall order. Now you have to ensure the market doesn’t perceive you as having grown too fast, you need to convince existing clients that the attention they are receiving won’t diminish and that the core of senior agency personnel won’t be over-stretched, all while joe publicplanning new business units and international expansion.

The team at Joe Public are juggling all of the above, with some success it would seem, while remaining true to their people centric growth philosophy. It’s a philosophy that have taken the business to new heights, as their growth figures show, in a tough market, and made them stand out in an industry where most of the recent buzz has centred on Cape Town agencies.

Joe Public MD Gareth Leck says this year has been a break-through year for the agency after it won the Jet ATL business earlier in the year. The agency name also keeps popping up on shortlists for important pitches.

The agency is managing the rapid growth through owner managed subsidiaries, like its brand and design studio, Shift, launched in January. It already employs a staff of 10. The agency has a stake in the business, but the culture remains entrepreneurial, and the team manageable in size. Similarly its BTL specialist agency, Ignite (which employs 8), has signed up clients such as such as Anglo American, SAB, Colgate Palmolive, Foodcorp, Jet and Unilever, and also houses a team of ten.

What to do about the ‘Why’ – Joe Public’s journey to purpose

A radical rock star wannabe, Pepe Marais, executive creative director of Joe Public, describes how, in retrospect, he sees himself in the early days of his advertising career. Over the past five years he has come to redefine himself, cleaning up his act, in his words, in step with the transformation of the agency he co-founded with business partner Gareth Leck.

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