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  • Turning interns into future leaders

    Since 2012 we have taken young black talent taken under our creative-wing, and in those six years we have nurtured 30 individuals (including our 2018 in-take) and moulded them into highly-employable advertising execs. Many of which have stayed on at Boomtown, including our Art Director......

  • Living creatively

    By Unathi Dyani, illustrator and graphic designer Many have questioned the origin of human existence and searched every corner of their mind to find a reasonable explanation. Some have yielded themselves to the idea of a higher power, a creator, who thought out the universe, nature......

  • Personalisation

    By Andrew MacKenzie How ‘brand you’ came to be From cans of Coca-Cola to luxury handbags, marketing is stamping our names on the things we buy, setting us out as unique individuals. Marketing has moved from a product focus to consumer focus: who they are and......

  • The Herald to launch revamped HeraldLIVE with Boomtown-created engagement campaign

    South Africa’s oldest newspaper, The Herald, is jumping into the digital world with both feet and running a launch campaign with the help of Boomtown, to drive awareness of its new HeraldLIVE online platform. “We’re really proud of the new HeraldLIVE website. It’s been an extensive journey......

  • What’s seen and what’s said

    By Nick de Beer The relationship between good design and effective copy Within the complex world of advertising, what’s really doing the selling: the image or the copy? The reality is that both play an integral part in the selling process for almost every piece......

  • Reach for the Stars

    By Andrew MacKenzie Elon Musk, the world’s best PR starman Elon Musk is a PR master. The smiling CEO/ founder/ billionaire who is kinda nerdy and silly, and always seems to come across as a guy you could have a beer with. And there’s so......

  • Illovo appoints Boomtown for research project

    Africa’s biggest sugar producer, Illovo, has appointed Boomtown for a consumer research project. With proven expertise within the FMCG sector, the Boomtown strategy department is working on market research into the main markets for the popular brand. “We’re familiar with the FMCG markets across various......

  • Add value before self-promoting on social media

    By Yolandi Allen Add value before self-promoting on social media Businesses often misunderstand the function of social media. A quick scroll through most business pages on Facebook will quickly reveal their errors. Social media and our newsfeeds are saturated with well-meaning posts about yet another product......

  • Christmas

    By Andrew MacKenzie The five biggest mistakes made by marketers in the Christmas lead-up Silly season is almost upon us, and most marketers and entrepreneurs are experiencing the pre-holiday campaign rush. Even if you haven’t been planning since March for the Christmas rush, here are......

  • Sarah Baartman District Municipality appoints Boomtown for tourism brief

    Following a tender process, Boomtown has been appointed to review and implement the Sarah Baartman District Municipality’s tourism marketing strategy over 32 months. Boomtown previously worked with the Sarah Baartman Municipality’s tourism department for over ten years until 2015. “We’re delighted that the tourism team......

  • Are you asking the why beyond the why?

    By Lara-Anne Derbyshire Your company is planning on launching a competitive product offering to new regions that, if successful, is set to shake up the market and monumentally increase your brand awareness and profit margins across the country. The most important thing to plan your go......

  • Brand storytelling

    By Andrew MacKenzie Consumers are actively seeking out brands who have a story to tell; they need to believe in and immerse themselves in something more significant than a rational brand proposition. Why? When we look at traditional advertising channels, there are some alarming concerns......

  • Simplicity to the power of three

    By Glen Meier A lot has changed since Henry Ford said: ‘you can have any colour as long as its black.’ Today consumers are spoilt for choice. The question is: is the increasing number of options stimulating purchase, or causing purchase-paralysis? Product choice, marketing messages and......

  • Twizza partners with Boomtown

    We have begun work on a number of projects for Queenstown-based Twizza, a beverage manufacturer specialising in high-quality carbonated soft drinks for the South African market. Both based in the Eastern Cape, and with a presence across South Africa, we have carried out extensive in-field......

  • Does your understanding of consumers go beyond the city bubble?

    By Andrew MacKenzie The mindset and behaviours of most rural South Africans are quite different to those in urban locations, and it impacts how you market your brand or business. I encourage our team to escape their bubble of craft beers and food festivals to......