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TweetDeck might not be free for much longer

Struggling to nail down a reliable revenue stream while controlling its often-irate user base, Twitter may soon charge you to use some elements of its currently free service TweetDeck...

By Andy Walker 8 hours ago

How to hack Pinterest to market your business
How to hack Pinterest to market your business

Marketing is a dense arena with many companies adopting the same stale approach. But, there is a new strategy you can implement focusing on the sleeping giant of the social media realm...

1 day ago

What your business can learn from the #NerdNation
What your business can learn from the #NerdNation

They wear black hoodies, live in California, write code and give quirky and inspiring TED Talks. Some build annoyingly addictive social media networks and have movies made about them...

By Gary Willmott 1 day ago

The MediaShop moves offices
The MediaShop moves offices

The MediaShop's Johannesburg office moved premises Wednesday, 22 March after 20 years at its previous location in Morningside. The new address is Building B, The Main Straight Office Park, corner of Main and Portman Roads in Bryanston...

2 days ago

Should Kia Picanto tow onto Lamborghini?
Should Kia Picanto tow onto Lamborghini?

Q: Social listening simplified and amplified: How often does it happen that a brand gets to observe what people are actually saying about their brand...

By Bogosi Motshegwa 2 days ago

Entries for 2017 Facebook Awards now open
Entries for 2017 Facebook Awards now open

Entries for the 2017 Facebook Awards are now open and this year it's all about the work that moved people – the work that made the community laugh, cry, love, wow and buy...

2 days ago

Cerebra on stage.
#Bookmarks2017: Digital download with... Cerebra

Local digirati shone at the recent IAB Bookmark Awards 2017. Here's some feedback from Jacques Shalom, ECD at Cerebra...

By Leigh Andrews 20 Mar 2017

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Social media marketing: What can we expect for 2017?

Social media marketing is an ever-changing field, and it has moved far beyond the days when posting links on Digg counted as social media marketing...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 17 Mar 2017

AutoTrader and Liquorice launch Twitter's first-ever virtual drag race
AutoTrader and Liquorice launch Twitter's first-ever virtual drag race

AutoTrader and Liquorice have launched #COTYDragRace, Twitter's first-ever virtual drag race...

15 Mar 2017

Day dawns on Facebook, introducing visual new ways to share your life with your friends
Day dawns on Facebook, introducing visual new ways to share your life with your friends

Facebook has introduced Messenger Day, a new way to share what you're up to through videos and photos. You can enhance your Day's visuals and videos with effects, then share them with everyone or choose family members and friends who can view and reply to your messages before your Day disappears after 24 hours.

By Stan Chudnovsky 15 Mar 2017

HDI Youth Marketeers share social media rules
HDI Youth Marketeers share social media rules

Teens and young adults from HDI Youth Marketeers' Junior Board of Directors have supplied the top ten rules when it comes to social media, to avoid being unliked, unfollowed and maybe blocked...

14 Mar 2017

Social media can be a menace to successful internet marketing
Social media can be a menace to successful internet marketing

If you are using social media as a marketing tool to either make profit or earn a living, you should know that you can quickly get consumed by it for hours on end, wasting time with no tangible benefit...

Issued by Docs.Zone 14 Mar 2017

Insurance rivals go head-to-head in aid of charity
Insurance rivals go head-to-head in aid of charity

The King Price family arrived to work this morning to find an empty throne – their king (mascot) has been abducted by one of its (green with envy) competitors over the weekend...

13 Mar 2017

Chris Bertish finishes first solo, unsupported transatlantic SUP Crossing
Chris Bertish finishes first solo, unsupported transatlantic SUP Crossing

Yesterday Chris Bertish, internationally acclaimed speaker, big wave surfer and Guinness SUP world record holder, completed the first solo, unsupported transatlantic SUP Crossing, presented by Carrick Wealth...

10 Mar 2017

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Facebook family to grow with second Zuckerberg baby

SAN FRANCISCO - Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday revealed that Facebook's first family is growing, with a baby sister on the way for one-year-old daughter Maxima...

10 Mar 2017

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Twitter talks security after OR Tambo International heist

Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport was the scene of an estimated US$15 million heist on Tuesday night...

By Andy Walker 9 Mar 2017

Facebook celebrates International Women's Day with #SheMeansBusiness campaign
Facebook celebrates International Women's Day with #SheMeansBusiness campaign

NEWSWATCH: In celebration of International Women's Day on Wednesday, 8 March, Facebook is sharing inspiration and knowledge through a global livestreaming event with Facebook Live broadcasts by influential leaders, public figures and NGOs. The social media giant is also inviting women from all walks of life to do the same, using the hashtag #SheMeansBusiness...

8 Mar 2017

Lancewood adds Emoji Meals bot to Ultimate Braai Master series
Lancewood adds Emoji Meals bot to Ultimate Braai Master series

Keeping up with the trend of real-time social media consumer engagement, Lancewood has brought an innovative addition to its Ultimate Braai Master...

7 Mar 2017

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TBWA launches virtual entrepreneurship academy in Tanzania

Advertising agency, TBWA\ Khanga Rue has launched a free 12-class series on entrepreneurship for young people in Tanzania called “Noa Ubongo” or “Sharpen Your Brain” in Swahili…

7 Mar 2017

Respond Social bridges the gap between social media and formal complaints management
Respond Social bridges the gap between social media and formal complaints management

Very often customers are guaranteed a rapid response via social media compared to using call centres or email. It makes sense therefore for customer experience managers to be able to monitor and manage all feedback, including social media, via one platform...

Issued by Cirrus TechVue 6 Mar 2017

Newsclip launches Social Stream+, integrated social media tracking solution
Newsclip launches Social Stream+, integrated social media tracking solution

Brands are increasingly in the spotlight on social media and it is important for businesses to be able to track conversations and mentions about their brands...

3 Mar 2017

Social analysis shows majority of Americans against Trump's immigration order
Social analysis shows majority of Americans against Trump's immigration order

Analysis of sentiment based social media points to the unpopularity of proposed Trump policies – such as the border wall and the so-called ‘Muslim ban' – contrary to findings of traditional polling...

By JP Kloppers 2 Mar 2017

YouTube is bringing live TV channels to all devices
YouTube is bringing live TV channels to all devices

YouTube announced yesterday that its live TV service, set to take on cable, was officially a-go...

By Julia Breakey 1 Mar 2017

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How to Instagram as an SME: utilising the platform for local success

Instagram's user base is growing at speed passing the 600m follower mark back in December 2016. Since it was first introduced five years ago, it has overtaken Twitter to become the social media's rising star for businesses. So how can you use this platform to your advantage as a small business?

By Matt Foster 28 Feb 2017

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Social media tips for businesses

Jared Koning, CSO at Fatality, shares ten social media tips for businesses...

By Jared Koning 24 Feb 2017

Narendra trumps Donald on Facebook followers
Narendra trumps Donald on Facebook followers

Burson-Marsteller's latest research into how world leaders, governments and international organisations communicate via social media has been released...

22 Feb 2017

The Style Group innovates with modern social media commerce
The Style Group innovates with modern social media commerce

Nigerian contemporary lifestyle retail group, The Style Group is offering fashion, accessories and design services via modern social media commerce. In the booming social media and e-commerce market of Nigeria, its model is a hit and is reaching thousands of Nigerians eager to shop online.

17 Feb 2017

Data is the ‘new oil' and everyone needs to know what they're leaking
Data is the ‘new oil' and everyone needs to know what they're leaking

F-Secure's Chief Research Officer, Mikko Hypponen, warns about the growing intrusiveness of social media and internet-connected devices...

Issued by Maximizer Software 16 Feb 2017

Snaplytics releases Snapchat trends report
Snaplytics releases Snapchat trends report

Copenhagen, Denmark – Snaplytics, the SaaS company offering Snapchat marketing insights, has released a comprehensive survey of Snapchat data to better understand how brands are using the site to communicate with their followers...

14 Feb 2017

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