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The dawn of mobile influence

Published by on Oct 19th, 2012, 2 Comments

When we all sat down for PriceCheck’s presentation at the Online Retail Conference in Cape Town last week, online and brick-and-mortar retailers both expected a lecture on price comparison. We were wrong.

Andre de Wet (GM of PriceCheck) took us through a rather enlightening talk showing that physical retailers stores’ walls are evaporating and with the mobile tools that consumers have nowadays, strategies need to change for a retailer to stay at the top.

De Wet stressed that “mobile shopping is not necessarily mobile buying.” In other words, while 50-60% of your customers will use their phones inside your store, it is for research and price comparisons and not to purchase goods. However, this research directly affects purchasing behaviour. And interestingly for the future, 14% of those on mobile click on the buy button anyway.

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The Vodacom App Star Challenge goes international

Published by on Oct 19th, 2012, No Comments

Vodacom’s talent search for innovative Apps has gone international with the addition of countries such as Egypt, Kenya, Lesotho, Qatar and Tanzania. Developers not only have an opportunity to design and showcase their apps in South Africa, they now have an opportunity to participate in the international Vodafone App Star Challenge which provides an opportunity to increase exposure of their apps by commercialising them to millions of customers globally.

The competition has two segments – the local and the international challenge. In the local challenge, the top three finalists will be rewarded for developing innovative apps. The top two finalists will also get an opportunity to compete against international participants from competing countries. Winners of the international challenge will be eligible for $25 000, $15 000 and $10 000 cash prizes for the first, second and third prizes respectively; and the fourth and fifth prize winners will receive $2 000 each.

“In the 2011 Vodacom App Star Challenge, we saw some highly innovative apps come to the fore. This year we’re hoping that innovation will be switched a notch higher and that it will also feature a variety of unique apps that may contribute towards helping South Africa in addressing its socio-economic challenges,” said Prins Mhlanga, Managing Executive of Digital Media at Vodacom.

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Final day: Win a ticket to the 2012 CS Forum!

Published by on Oct 19th, 2012, 1 Comment

Today is your last chance to win a ticket to the 2012 CS Forum taking place from the 24 – 26 October in Stellenbosch!

 

If you’d still like to enter, here’s what you need to do:

1. Visit the CS Forum website and take a look around at the speakers (including those from Facebook, Twitter, MailChimp and eBay), schedule and workshops available.

2. Then tell us in the comments section of this post why we should give you the ticket!

3. You also need to tweet your answer to @bandwidthblog with the hashtag #csforum12.

For more information about the CS Forum Workshops taking place on the 24th October, click here.

The winner will be announced on Monday 22 October. Good Luck!

 

Important Notice: Travel to and accommodation in Cape Town is the responsibility of the winner.

88mph launches in Cape Town with Google Umbono

Published by on Oct 19th, 2012, 1 Comment

Investors increasing speed to exactly 88mph: How Google is taking entrepreneurship forward in Cape Town, South Africa and Africa.

Many of you will know who 88mph is, and for those who don’t, it doesn’t refer to the speed of bikers in a recent article I wrote on News24. Nor does it mean the WordPress development company at 88mph.com. In a move that was applauded from Cairo to Cape Town, 88mph, a top African start-up incubator, has merged forces with Google (Umbono) and created a fantastic space for entrepreneurial investment and lab-type assistance. Their opening launch party happened on Wednesday in offices which are almost finished and already stylish, situated at 66 Albert Road, Woodstock.

The event was all about what they revolve around: tech start-ups. Kicking off with a few short presentations from Johanna Kollar and Kresten Buch on how they plan to invest, 88mph and Google showed investors how the ecosystem in South Africa has more than enough deal flow, and in turn showed entrepreneurs that a stint on the 4th floor will give you the kick your idea needs. While craft beer and ice tea flowed freely and pizzas were scoffed in seconds, 8 teams pitched for a chance at winning techware and a place on the 4th floor.

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Alan Knott-Craig Jnr. steps down as Mxit CEO

Published by on Oct 18th, 2012, 6 Comments

According to a post by Memeburn, Mxit has announced today that Alan Knott-Craig Jnr. has stepped down as the company’s CEO.

Mxit, which was acquired by Knott-Craig last year is Africa’s largest mobile social network and available in 128 countries including the United Kingdom, United States, Nigeria, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain.

“While the shareholders and I share the same vision, we differ on how to get there. Therefore, I agreed to go my own way. I wish them all the best for the future. Mxit is Africa’s biggest tech success story, and can be a global success story,” said Knott-Craig Jnr.

CFO Francois Swart will step in as the interim CEO of Mxit until such time as a new CEO is appointed.

2012 Bookmarks Awards Shortlist

Published by on Oct 18th, 2012, No Comments

The Bookmarks committee is proud to announce the shortlist for 2012.

The shortlisted entries were selected by the esteemed judges from the hundreds of companies that entered, a record breaking number compared to that of previous years. “This year has truly reflected the immense popularity and competitive spirit within the digital realm of the industry. The increase in the number of entries is testament to the success and credibility of the Bookmarks Awards and I am blown away by the quality of the entries this year,”says chairwoman of Bookmarks Nikki Cockcroft.

The Bookmarks Awards, powered by FNB is the only platform dedicated to celebrating all that is digital. The Awards is an initiative launched in 2008 by the DMMA (Digital Media and Marketing Association), a non-profit organisation that aims to grow and sustain a vibrant and profitable digital industry.

The Awards are held as an accolade geared towards the strengthening of the profile of online media, rewarding excellence in digital publishing, advertising and marketing, as well as benchmarking local talent against international standards.

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FNB offers additional discounts on Smart Devices and Laptops

Published by on Oct 18th, 2012, 5 Comments

Gadget junkies have always liked FNB for their great app and smartphone and tablet deals. FNB today announced that new and existing FNB Cheque Account and Credit Card customers can now qualify for an additional discount on their already reduced retail rates for a smartphone, tablet or laptop. This additional saving is available to both new and existing customers who have both an FNB Cheque Account and Credit Card, and constitutes a total saving of up to R2 400 per device provided the user pays for the device over a two year period.

The offer will apply to all brands and models in the FNB range including the popular Apple iPhone, iPad and MacBooks, BlackBerry smartphones, Samsung SIII and new Samsung Note 10.1, Acer Windows laptops, to name but a few out of the range of more than 20 devices. (more…)

Google to host Android event on 29 October

Published by on Oct 18th, 2012, No Comments

Following shortly after Apple sent out an invitation for its event on 23 October that is expected to reveal an iPad Mini, Mac Mini and 13-inch Macbook Pro with retina display, Google has also issued an invite of its own.

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