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African Blogger Awards Entries now Open

Published by on Feb 27th, 2014, No Comments

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Entries to the 2014 African Blogger Awards, the continent’s very first awards programme that measures online and social influencers’ reach and influence through data analysis, are open to bloggers, Instagrammers, Tweeters and YouTubers across Africa.

The Awards have been divided into 36 categories, providing the opportunity for influencers on these platforms to be measured objectively against their peers, and duly recognised for their achievements. Categories are diverse, and include sectors such as Advice, Fashion and Beauty, Events and Nightlife, Education, Sports, Political, Technology and Gadgets, and Youth Culture among others.

“The African Blogger Awards are the first completely impartial, objective awards for online and social influencers on the African continent because winners will be determined by data analytics provided by Webfluential, and not through peer nominations,” says Mike Sharman, co-founder of the African Blogger Awards. (more…)

What does the “Engaged Economy” Mean?

Published by on Feb 27th, 2014, No Comments

Desere1Africa may be rising in terms of its economy and infrastructure deployment, connecting more and more Africans to the communications grid, but New Media communications organisation, Ole! Media Group, cautions businesses to be aware that not everyone is switched on to the latest mobile App. By focusing only on the “shiny baubles” of smartphone and tablet apps, when the vast majority of their customers still use basic feature phones, companies operating across the continent, run the risk of having their messages remaining unheard and their brand unengaged.

Although urbanisation of Africa is underway and smartphones are appearing more widely on the continent, they still account for less than 30% of cellphone users.  In fact, by 2015 it is reckoned there will be 5.6 non-smartphone users to every one smartphone across Africa.  In South Africa, there are approximately 8 million laptop or PC users accessing the internet versus more than five times that number of cellphone users, and with mobile internet and USSD access available to 90% of the user base in Africa, it seems pretty clear that an effective communication strategy in Africa needs to include content that is accessible via a wide variety of mobile devices. (more…)

KPMG Study Reveals 96% of Businesses Say They Are Not Managing Data Effectively

Published by on Feb 25th, 2014, No Comments

going-beyond-data-analytics-cover160KPMG Capital recently announced findings from a recent data and analytics (D&A) report that reveal a stark disconnect between C-suite executives who realise the value of big data, but are unsure of how to effectively implement and manage their existing resources. Going beyond the data: Achieving actionable insights from data and analytics, which interviewed 144 CFOs and CIOs from multinational companies with annual revenues of US$1 billion or more, also discovered a large majority of executives (75 percent) find it difficult to make decisions around D&A, even though 99 percent consider it to be important to their business.

“We live in an increasingly data-driven world where D&A has the potential to revolutionise the way we conduct and manage business operations across the entire enterprise,” said Mark Toon, CEO of KPMG Capital. “From CEOs, to CFOs, CIOs and CMOs, the challenge for today’s executive is understanding how to draw actionable insights from data and turn them into tangible, genuine results. This report demonstrates not only the hunger to harness new D&A capabilities, but also the greater level of support that’s needed to operationalise these insights.” (more…)

Nokia finally launches 3 Android Phones

Published by on Feb 24th, 2014, 1 Comment

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Who would have thought? Nokia has now officially launched three Android phones – called the X, X+ and the XL.

All three run on a custom version of Android which uses a Windows Phone looking tiles interface. The phone will benefit from the huge Android apps ecosystem, while staying true to the look and feel of the latest Nokia phones. Nokia and Microsoft is supplying apps with the phone, and Microsoft’s own online services (Bing, Live, OneDrive etc) are bundled with the phone, not Google’s like most other Android phones. (more…)

The Business Side to the Upcoming Wearables Market

Published by on Feb 18th, 2014, No Comments

 

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Since the rumours many months ago that a certain consumer electronics company was going to introduce a smart watch, people have in equal parts been sceptical and excited about the potential of wearable technology. But despite the consumer appeal, is there a business case for using such things in the enterprise? Greg Vercellotti, executive director of Dariel Solutions, takes a closer look.

“If there was one thing that stood out from the Consumer Electronics Show held in Vegas last month, then it was how technology companies are looking at wearable technology as the next big thing. Whether this is going to be just a passing fad or is an accurate reflection of what the market wants will be hotly debated over the coming months,” he says.

Companies like Google, Samsung, and Sony, amongst others, have been promoting their products from glasses to wrist watches. (more…)

Strategy Works: MTN Legal Action Against Icasa Has Major Ramifications

Published by on Feb 15th, 2014, No Comments

MTN-LogoMTN’s decision to take legal action against Icasa, and by extension the government, over the recently announced mobile termination rates (MTR) is a game changing step that could have ramifications for years to come, according to Steven Ambrose, Strategy Works CEO.

Vodacom and MTN both publicly voiced their displeasure at the new termination rates announced by ICASA on 29 January. The main bone of contention was the significant and unprecedented asymmetry** awarded to smaller operators.

Icasa initially proposed an asymmetry rate of 40 cents in 2013 and then announced a final rate of 44 cents.

“The result of this would be a net cash flow effect of R1 billion in the initial year of the new termination regime from the larger networks to the smaller ones. This is amount that was too significant for the larger networks to ignore,” he says. (more…)

Vodacom launches “Vouchercloud” location based voucher service

Published by on Feb 13th, 2014, 1 Comment

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Vodacom today announced the launch of vouchercloud, a geo-location enabled app that seeks out the best local deals and displays them via smartphone.

Through vouchercloud, Vodacom has partnered with a range of top brands to deliver instant exclusive deals across a range of categories including shopping, eating out, leisure and entertainment. Some of our partners include Edgars, Jet, Makro, Game, Planet Fitness, Doppio Zero, Nu-metro Cinemas, McDonalds, Adega, Billabong and Pizza E Vino.

Hemmanth Singh, Managing Executive: m-Commerce at Vodacom said: “In the current economic environment, we’re all looking for ways to save money. Why not get your smartphone to work for you? It’ll locate all the nearby deals, sift through them and show you only those relevant to you, and then it’ll give you step by step guidance right to the door. With our extensive partner network, we’re confident you’ll be saving money from day one.” (more…)

Facebook announces “Paper” App (Video)

Published by on Jan 30th, 2014, No Comments

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Nowadays it looks like everyone is trying to develop an innovative way to stay up to date with news and your social feeds. We are already spoiled for choice through apps like Flipboard and Pulse, but now Facebook wants in on the action as well.

Today they announced their new “Paper” app – it will naturally focus on your Facebook feed, but presents it in a very natural newspaper-esque design, with natural folding and flipping screen elements. Instead of sticking to the typical up and down scrolling metaphor, Paper will use a horizontal pane to move around between stories. (more…)

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