Chappies #DidYouKnow Competition

Recently Chappies made 12 fantastic retro notebooks. Because it’s good to share we decided to give away 5 of these to people that submit the best “Did You Know” facts to the @ChappiesSA twitter handle using the hashtag #DidYouKnow. The competition closes at the end of today, with the winners being selected by real Chappies Did You Know writers. Below is one of them hard at work looking at the submissions so far, we will let you know who the winners are tomorrow. To see our other latest Chappies campaign go to


Dimitri Maex: Sexy Little Numbers

Dimitri Maex (Twitter @DimitriMaex), Managing Director, OgilvyOne New York, is about to launch a new book on Data. Data today is being created at unprecedented levels. Virtually every time someone views something online, enters search on Google, or even surfs the web on a smart phone, another chunk of data gets added – in real time – to the multibillion gigabyte (and growing) trove of data that can help us better understand and predict consumer behaviour.

The book will help identify your business’s most profitable customers, craft a better marketing strategy to communicate with them, and inspire them to buy more. The best part is that it will help you do this in plain English, using the data you already have. (To find out more and/or buy a copy go to )

In his clear, easy-to-understand style, Dimitri explains how to:

  • Identify which customers are most valuable, which have the most potential to be valuable, which are most likely to buy more in the future, and which are not worth targeting.
  • Get into your customers’ heads to understand what they are really looking for and to predict which products or services they will buy in the future.
  • Find these customers in places they visit, on websites they browse, on social networks they go to, on search engines they use or on TV programs they watch.
  • Allocate your marketing assets in the best possible way and pinpoint the areas that will generate the highest possible returns.
  • Get the most out of your website, the emails you send out, the online banners you buy or the ads you place on social networks.
  • Learn which customers are preparing to defect to the competition and how to stop them.
  • Determine why customers are buying your product – Is it because it is perfect for their needs, because they liked your ad, because of an appealing price. or because they just have the habit of purchasing from you.

Ogilvy Interns Q&A: Alice van der Poel

PicMeet the wonderful Alice van der Poel, who recently joined us to intern with our accounts team.

You can follow Alice on twitter @Alice_vdp1

Below is a Q&A to see what Alice thinks of life @OgilvyCT so far.

1. What is the most embarrassing thing that COULD happen to you at Ogilvy?

When I think of the most embarrassing thing that could happen to me at Ogilvy, what comes to mind is an amalgamation of the centre stairs, a series of badly missed stairs, legs in the air, bump on the head, laughing…. lots of laughing…. and then maybe crying.

2. What is the most embarrassing thing that HAS happened to you?

TBA – Nothing truly embarrassing has happened to me yet, but watch this space! I am bound to have something to write here by the time I am done.

3. Who are you most scared of/nervous to speak to?

Traffic! They scare me more than the five o’clock traffic home!

4. When you tell people that you are interning at Ogilvy, how do they respond?

Their responses differ – most people are really impressed, others are inquisitive, a select few had never heard of it (I mean really?!). And then you get the jealous ones who don’t say much at all J.

5. If you could be anyone in the agency for one day, who would it be?

Carol Jeffrey– who wouldn’t want to sit in that beautiful office for a day?! Mountain looking over your shoulder!

6. Do you take the lift or the stairs?

Because I am on the sixth floor, I take the lift up to my desk when I am coming into and going out of the building but I take the stairs running around in between – need to keep up the pace J.

7. How many cups of tea/coffee have you been drinking per day?

I don’t have any – despite the winter chill, I am a juice person!

8. What did you wear on your first day, and why?

I wore black boots, black tights, a black-and-white polka dot jersey and a black jacket. Sounds very gothic (which can guarantee is not my style) but the reason I chose so much black is because it always looks smarter than a colour. Wanted to be safe for my first day!

9. What surprised you most about working at Ogilvy?

How difficult selling great creative work can be: I looked through about six or seven campaign ideas the creatives did recently and nearly fell off my chair they were so good, only to find out the client only liked one or two! I thought they would love all of them. However, the creatives take it with a pinch of salt which I thought was great.

10. If you were offered a job at Ogilvy, but you had to run naked up and down the stairs first, would you do it?

Without a doubt!