ODMA Cape Town Round One Closes For 2011


The third workshop of Ogilvy’s Digital Marketing Academy (ODMA) has come to a close in Cape Town and, once again, was well received by all. As part of their project work the students are required to build their own online identity across social media platforms. This round saw Account Manager, Justin Sheard, create a blog where friends and fans vote between songs to help determine the sound of his band.

Another member, Ivan Colic, created an infographic site – Afrographique – which has drawn international attention.

ODMA Cape Town round two takes place later this year. If you’re interested in attending an ODMA course, or in having one run for your organisation, contact Dave Duarte here.south-african-linkdin-807x1024

How To Fridays

Ogilvy Cape Town staff have been looking forward to the end of the week ever since the start of How To Fridays (and not a moment before). Thanks to Chris Rawlinson – Ogilvy Cape Town’s own digital chap – Fridays are now punctuated with inspirational talks from guest speakers who have been breaking ground in the digital marketing world. So far we’ve been treated to the following:

  • Simon Back – Owner of Backsberg Estate Cellars, who together with his marketing team have built an impressive online community through their various digital campaigns.
  • Fred Roed – CEO of World Wide Creative and founder of the Heavy Chef Project, an organisation for practical learning within the digital world.
  • Nic Haralambous – Founder of the successful start-up, Motribe, a platform enabling users, brands, agencies and publishers across the world to build and manage their own mobile social communities.
  • Vanessa Raphaely – Editor of Cosmopolitan magazine and editorial director of Associated Magazines. She is also the name behind well known blogger Hurricane Vanessa.
  • Tim Bishop – CTO of mobile marketing company, Prezence Digital, a company specialising in mobile marketing and innovation.
  • Paul Galatis – Co-owner of YuppieChef, the premium kitchen store that does things a little digitally.
  • Charl Norman – Co-founder of BlueWorld Communities, an award winning internet tech company that owns online destinations in the entertainment, motoring and dating space.


A big thanks to all the speakers. If you’re interested in speaking at a How To Friday, contact Chris here. Click through to watch videos of Ogilvy Cape Town’s How to Friday talks here.

Farewell To Bill Stephens

Ogilvy Cape Town pulled out all the stops for Bill Stephen’s farewell following his retirement.  A longstanding VW client, Bill has also been a loyal friend of the agency.

Starting work on the VW brand at Ogilvy Cape Town as a Business Director, he later joined VW as Communications General Manager. This position allowed him to continue to build the relationship between the brand and the agency, resulting in some of the most breakthrough and successful advertising in the history of South Africa. It was an evening full of memories and great entertainment and we wish Bill all the best.

Bill Stephens (left) and Mel Miller, a fellow member of the original VW team.


From left: David Kramer, Clive Hunter’s wife, Clive Hunter and Bob Rightford.

Gold At The Clio Awards

clioooo1Ogilvy Cape Town recently expanded its pile of Golds with the addition of a Gold Clio for the Volkswagen Crafter print ads. The ads speak for themselves and have won awards at the Cannes Lions, the Loeries and now the Clios.

  • Art director – Jennifer Macfarlane
  • Copywriter – Cuanan Cronwright
  • Photographer – Guy Neveling

Kiwi: Kiwi Takkie Brite Campaign

Winner, Vusi Nhlapo, with runner-up, Patricia Radebe, and the Kiwi team.Vusi-Nhlapo-at-work-1024x681

In line with Kiwi’s brand ideals of dignity, hard work and community upliftment, our latest campaign for the company stretched far beyond the requirement of building brand awareness, to making a significant difference in the lives of two struggling community members.

Set up as a competition, two lucky finalists were given the opportunity to each run their own business, in the form of a Kiwi Takkie Brite wash station (based on the concept of the handy shoe shine station), while at the same time acting as brand ambassadors for the product.

Set up at the Randburg and Vereeniging taxi ranks, the two contestants worked against each other in competition for the title of the Ultimate Kiwi Bozza (bozza meaning boss) as well as for a bursary to study business and R20 000 in startup capital.

This ground-breaking activation served as an impactful experiment that Ogilvy Cape Town and Kiwi hope to roll out further in the future.