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The gig economy reenergised by Covid-19

The way people live, work and spend their money has changed drastically over the past decade, particularly with the rise of smartphone technology. Being connected to just about the whole world via social media, has created many ways to make and spend money and has given rise to the gig economy as we now know it. The term “gig” is slang for job that lasts a specified period of time, most commonly used in the past by musicians. More recently however, this term has become more common when referring to a ‘freelancing’, ‘moonlighting’ or ‘side hustle’ situation where…

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Digital Marketing as a career

A study by Hootsuite has shown that we spend an average of 6 hours a day online, to put that in perspective it’s a quarter of our lives. Whether we are scanning social media channels on our phone, ordering groceries through an online app via a tablet or planning a holiday on a laptop, PC or smart TV, access to the internet has become an integrated necessity of our lives. With so much time being spent online and the decline of other traditional forms of marketing, branding and advertising in the digital space has become a necessity if…

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IMM Graduate School is offering fast-paced express courses that you can do in less than 1 week for just R475 per course while in lockdown

Covid-19 is here and it’s not going to disappear overnight. South Africans still have a long way to go in the fight against the corona virus before life returns back to normal. With the country in lockdown for 21 days, millions of South Africans are beginning to feel the pinch as businesses start to cut salaries and in some cases jobs. Tammyn Gregory shared her story with us: “I work in the hospitality industry. The emergence of Covid-19 in China and the steady spread across the globe already impacted our sector even before the first cases were reported in South…

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Why the traditional B2C model is dead

Digital marketing is changing the marketing game rapidly and all marketers need to catch up.  If you have not immersed yourself in the waters of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) yet, it is time to dive straight into the deep end. Not only has the 4IR changed the way businesses relate to customers, it has changed the way businesses relate to themselves. Business with personality To be relevant to people, and to remain relevant, businesses need to have a personality. They can no longer afford to just have a brand; they need to be a brand and subsequently business…

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12 Digital Marketing Trends and Innovations For 2020

Alex Membrillo Source: https://www.cardinaldigitalmarketing.com/blog/12-digital-marketing-trends-and-innovations-for-2020/ Technology has turned the world into a global village in terms of effortlessly connecting people from all different countries and cultures. Sharing information is more accessible than it ever has before, making it much easier to generate product awareness or promote your service. And since the internet is such a powerful tool that can be used to generate ROI, investing in digital marketing cannot be ignored. According to eMarketer, “worldwide digital ad spend is predicted to reach over $375 billion by 2021.”     Therefore, to keep up with your competition then you must keep…

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Top marketing trends for 2020

Christian Thomson Forbes Councils Member – Oct 3, 2019 Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesagencycouncil/2019/10/03/top-marketing-trends-for-2020/#1fd6396613d5 With the speed at which modern technology is growing and evolving, it is no surprise that everything that relies on it must move at a similarly breakneck pace. Digital marketing is no exception. With constant updates, new techniques, and changes to algorithms, digital marketers are frequently scrambling just to keep up. Being aware of emerging or continuing trends is a vital part of staying on top of the game. With a brand-new decade rapidly approaching, here are some of the top marketing trends for 2020. Shoppable Posts It’s…

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Winning in the game of sports sponsorship

With the Cricket World Cup, Afcon, Netball World Cup and now the Rugby World Cup taking place, Michael Bratt explores this valuable marketing option, and the intricacies involved in it. This year has been a bumper time for major sporting competitions; with the Cricket World Cup, the Women’s Soccer World Cup, the African Cup of Nations, and now the Rugby World Cup all taking place. Each has not only attracted sports fans in droves, but also brands looking to take advantage of marketing opportunities. Just like sports broadcast rights, sports sponsorship is a lucrative industry in South Africa, worth…

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Is Marketing a good career choice?

Marketing has been around for as long as people have been selling things but officially arose as a career choice in the early 1900s. Having said that, marketing as a discipline is relatively new compared to economics, production and accounting. Marketing is broadly defined as “activities undertaken by a company to promote the buying or selling of a product or service. Marketing includes advertising, selling, and delivering products to consumers or other businesses”. Traditional vs digital marketing In this digital age, we as consumers are constantly confronted by technology and the internet. Some people use the internet for anything…

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Social Media Management

Social Media has infiltrated nearly every aspect of our lives  Social media is constantly evolving and has infiltrated nearly every aspect of our lives – keeping up with it isn’t an easy task. Of course, social media isn’t just for personal use -it has become an integral part of digital marketing and can help a business develop from a start-up into a smooth-running machine. Social media marketing is all about communication.  According to industry legend, Neil Patel, “Social media marketing is the process of creating content that you have tailored to the context of each individual social media platform in…

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The scope of a Digital Marketing Career

Marketing is an integral part of any business, so it makes sense that only the best of the best would be tasked with the responsibility of creating awareness and promoting a brand. It’s a highly lucrative career, but only if you have the right skills and training. Of course, there’s no shortage of guides and how-to’s online that promise to make you an expert in the marketing world – but these only scratch the surface. Industry experts like Neil Patel, Rand Fishkin and Jeff Bullas have all dished out a lot of articles explaining key marketing techniques and trends, but…

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