Magna Carta wins African PR Consultancy of the Year 2016

Reputation Management agency, Magna Carta, won the Africa PR Consultancy of the year category at the SABRE Awards in Berlin, Germany last night.

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The awards were hosted by the Holmes Report, with their editors having reviewed the performance of 400 agencies based on their Report Card research process.  The judging process was extensive, involving hundreds of submissions from the best public relations and strategic communications firms from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Five African PR agencies were in the running for the prestigious Africa PR Agency of the Year award: Epic MSGLROUP, Atmosphere, Burson-Marsteller, Djembe Communications and Magna Carta.

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“We were delighted to be amongst top agencies as finalists for Africa PR Agency of the Year and we are thrilled to be recognised by the industry and our peers,” says CEO Vincent Magwenya.

With an ever-growing pan-African network of 19 countries, including Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Angola, Mozambique and, most recently, Zimbabwe, Magna Carta’s philosophy of continuous evolution remains a key driver in integrating global best practice, while keeping a finger on the pulse of local services and offerings

Magna-Carta, a finalist in Africa PR Consultancies of the Year 2016

Magna Carta Reputation Management Consultants is honoured to be a finalist in the Africa PR Consultancy of the year category at tonight’s SABRE Awards EMEA ceremony in Berlin, Germany.

It’s been an extensive judging process involving hundreds of submissions from the best public relations and strategic communications firms from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Five African PR agencies are in the running for the prestigious Africa PR Agency of the Year award: Epic MSGLROUP, Atmosphere, Burson-Marsteller, Djembe Communications and Magna Carta.

The awards are hosted by the Holmes Report, with their editors having reviewed the performance of 400 agencies based on their Report Card research process.

“We are delighted to be amongst the finalists for Africa PR Agency of the Year. It is always rewarding to be recognised by the industry and our peers,” says CEO Vincent Magwenya.

With an ever-growing pan-African network of 19 countries, including Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Angola, Mozambique and, most recently, Zimbabwe, Magna Carta’s philosophy of continuous evolution remains a key driver in integrating global best practice, while keeping a finger on the pulse of local services and offerings.

Magwenya oversees an approach that focuses on the broader African region, while ‘thinking out the box’ and focusing on developing new products. Magna Carta recently introduced a separate offering that looks to solidify higher-margin reputation management services, such as policy and regulatory advocacy, while improving content production and reputation management.

Magna Carta’s vision is to be an enabler of Africa’s social and economic growth, showcasing these opportunities to institutions and leaders who take their reputation seriously, because reputation is the foundation of success. Our values are: integrity, passion, commitment, pride, courage and curiosity.

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Crisis Communication Workshop: Learning to communicate effectively during a crisis

Magna Carta, South Africa’s leading reputation management consultancy, in collaboration with its Ghana affiliate – Touchpoint Magna Carta, is set to share tools for effective crisis communications with Public Relations (PR) and Corporate Communications Professionals in Ghana.

Slated for 23rd May, 2016 at the Holiday Inn in Accra, the Crisis Communications Workshop will provide customized crisis communications framework for participants and help them build issues-management and crisis-response infrastructure to support their business operations and corporate objectives.

With the use of simulation, communicators from diverse industries will be taken through a highly specialized training designed to effectively equip them during crises.

According to Clarence Amoatey, General Manager of Touchpoint Magna Carta, the facilitators of this Workshop will combine their experience in crisis management with latest case studies to deliver an interactive experience that will build participants’ resilience to crises.

“Any brand can be hit by crisis and the reputation of that brand is highly dependent on the effectiveness of its crisis management approach,” he said. “This workshop will be a great opportunity to grasp crisis management techniques from battle-tested experts who have decades of experience.”

“In the digital age of rapid information flow and consumption, brands have to appreciate the centrality of effective crisis management as a vital component of business sustainability” Vincent Magwenya, Chief Executive Officer of Magna Carta.

Key speakers at the Crisis Communications Workshop will be Vincent Magwenya, CEO of Magna Carta- South Africa; Evan Pickworth, Media Director of Magna Carta- South Africa; Mawuko Afadzinu (APR), Head of Marketing and Corporate Affairs of Stanbic Bank- Ghana; and Aba Lokko, Head of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs at the Tema Oil Refinery- Ghana.

For more information:

Moliehi Molekoa

Moliehi.Molekoa@magna-carta.co.za / +27 11 784 2598

Lessons from the #MangoSale: Always engage, especially in a crisis

There are many different factors that influence a customers purchasing decision to buy from you and not your competitor. They can be linked to your advertising or marketing campaigns or the credibility of your products and services; amongst other things. Word of mouth carries a lot more weight than other forms of marketing, which is why online influencers and ambassadors are on the rise thanks to social media. A brand’s reputation is at the centre of business success, and a high price isn’t a deterrent to many consumers, as long as the brand enjoys a good reputation.

With that said, consumers love a good bargain, which was seemingly the case when international fashion retailer Mango posted a #MangoSale on May 16th, sighting as much as 300% off certain items, with some going for as little as R1. Anyone would assume this must have been a glitch on the website, however the sale was still up after a few hours, giving consumers enough time to save hundreds of rands on designer items that would have cost a pretty penny at their original price.

Once the error had been identified, Mango’s team then opted to email consumers who had taken part in the sale, alerting them to the fact that their orders would be cancelled and their monies refunded. No press release. No apology. Just a simple email, which had many customers citing the consumer protection act and threatening to amplify their frustrations on social media and through reputable news sites. “During a crisis, user-generated content and the subsequent online reputation of a brand is put under the spotlight” – Vincent Magwenya. Furthermore, Mango quickly amended the terms and conditions on their website, which didn’t go unnoticed.

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This is where good crisis communication is key to maintaining a positive reputation.

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Consumers know the rules of engagement and want you to engage & keep them informed.. If you don’t, they will call you on it. Every brand has to handle issues or crises, it is how you handle them that the consumers will remember, and that is what will ultimately affect your bottom line.

A thoughtful reply, even without having to admit fault, shows that one cares about their customers, wants to retain their loyalty and is serious about mending the trust that has been broken. Having a crisis management plan and team in place is crucial to avoiding unnecessary backlash and damage to the brand, as well as managing customers and stakeholders’ relations.  We all know that failure to plan is planning to fail; therefore how you rise up from your errors ensures that you enjoy a positive reputation that lives well beyond the crisis.

Tiisetso Gama, Internal Communications Manager