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Boris Dzhingarov
Four reasons to use social media as your focus group

With increasing connectivity through social media, focus groups are arguably no longer essential. Instead, you can gauge reactions from a target demographic directly on social media...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 1 day ago

Nunu Ntshingila (regional director of Facebook Africa), Sello Hatang (chief executive Nelson Mandela Foundation) and Nicola Mendelsohn (vice president Europe Middle East & Africa, Facebook) – at the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
Facebook announce three-year partnership with Nelson Mandela Foundation

Facebook has announced a three-year partnership to support The Nelson Mandela archive, based at the Nelson Mandela Foundation...

3 days ago

Viral video success in 2018
Viral video success in 2018

Jon Ratcliffe writes about why he believes that the best way to communicate marketing messages today is through data-driven social video on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram...

By Jon Ratcliffe 3 days ago

Splash, Department of Water and Sanitation mascot. © screenshot, @DWS_RSA via Twitter.
South Africa's #SaveWater mascot Splash is scarier than the drought

While the City of Cape Town is using apps, Twitter campaigns and Mmusi Maimane's bucket delegation skills to remind South Africans to save water, the nation's Department of Water and Sanitation is taking a - ahem - different approach...

By Andy Walker 19 Feb 2018

Fort Review launches second edition, a video series
Fort Review launches second edition, a video series

Last week marked the launch of Fort Review's second edition, this time in the form of a thought-provoking nine-part video series covering everything from black excellence to erotic capital...

By Jessica Tennant 16 Feb 2018

Facebook, Twitter not fully complying with consumer rules: EU
Facebook, Twitter not fully complying with consumer rules: EU

The European Commission said on Thursday that certain social media companies need to do more to fully comply with EU consumer rules, singling out in particular Facebook and Twitter...

16 Feb 2018

Grey Advertising Africa welcomes new social media intern to its team
Grey Advertising Africa welcomes new social media intern to its team

GreySouth Africa has appointed Dineo Nyamane as a social media intern...

Issued by Grey 16 Feb 2018

Zexit rules social media
Zexit rules social media

With a combined viewing of over 675-billion, President Jacob Zuma's exit was the biggest story to hit South African social media. It even dwarfed online activity on Oscar Pistorius...

By Nivashni Nair 15 Feb 2018

Team Vidr, L to R: Ayomide Okunowo, Roxy Kirsten, Sean Wilson-Smith, and Chaulele Alexander Jana.
#StartupStory: Talking video on video with Vidr

In this meta-interview, I chat to Sean Wilson-Smith, founder of Vidr, about the successes on their startup life so far, along with a 5-minute video of our interview if you'd prefer to listen to rather than read his words...

By Leigh Andrews 14 Feb 2018

Google takes on Snapchat with its own 'Stories' format
Google takes on Snapchat with its own 'Stories' format

PARIS, France - Google launched its own "stories" format on Tuesday to compete with Snapchat and Instagram with image-driven news articles aimed at mobile phone and tablet users...

14 Feb 2018

How retailers and shopping centres can take advantage of the newly launched WhatsApp business app
How retailers and shopping centres can take advantage of the newly launched WhatsApp business app

Customers want the extra attention... and frankly, they deserve it...

Issued by Lemok Group 13 Feb 2018

Brent Spilkin and Vega introduce WTF, new course for freelancers
Brent Spilkin and Vega introduce WTF, new course for freelancers

South Africans are three times more likely to freelance than their global counterparts, but the freelance movement is not a millennial movement, says Brent Spilkin, also known as 'Spillly', author of What the Freelance...

By Jessica Tennant 13 Feb 2018

Property online: how digital media is changing the industry
Property online: how digital media is changing the industry

The world isn't going digital - it's already there. Businesses without an online presence are fast fading into anonymity...

By Debbie Reabow 12 Feb 2018

Personal branding: The value of a platform
Personal branding: The value of a platform

Mike Saunders writes about how ultimately the internet gives people an opportunity to scale their platform easily, giving them the opportunity to influence more and sell more...

By Mike Saunders 12 Feb 2018

One of many #Peoplekind memes that sprang up across the web. Image © –
#FairnessFirst: Why Trudeau will bounce back from #Peoplekind

In the wake of his #Peoplekind comment, a joke that "didn't play well out of context", The Evening Standard has provided a lookback on Trudeau's push for gender equality...

By Leigh Andrews 12 Feb 2018

Durban bridal show taps into the big business of beauty
Durban bridal show taps into the big business of beauty

The newly upgraded bridal exhibition, NWJ Bridal and Beauty Experience, will from this year be incorporating an interactive beauty aspect into its event offering...

9 Feb 2018

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Raccoons, superheroes and bald heads are getting new emoji this year

Expect to see more options when picking out the perfect emoji to accompany your messages this year...

By Andy Walker 9 Feb 2018

#StartupStory: Playbook
#StartupStory: Playbook

Playbook is a web-based platform that simplifies the creative procurement process by making sure SA creatives and artists 'play by the book' in terms of bookings, performances or commissions...

By Jessica Tennant 8 Feb 2018

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Selfie Kid: Superbowl 52 births February's first wholesome meme

Many South Africans may not think of American Football as a valid sport (I mean, we have rugby after all), but we most certainly recognise a good meme when we see one...

By Andy Walker 7 Feb 2018

Facebook partners for a safer internet in Africa
Facebook partners for a safer internet in Africa

Facebook today announced a number of partnerships across Africa to explore ways to make the internet safer for all...

6 Feb 2018

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YouTube labels state-sponsored news as rules tighten

YouTube began labeling news broadcasts that get government money as it vowed to be stricter about content at the globally popular online video-sharing service...

5 Feb 2018

Cox of the February 2018 cover of Cosmo SA - now trending everywhere!
#FairnessFirst: #SayYesToLove with Cosmo SA's Laverne Cox cover exclusive!

Topics for inclusion, equality and diversity in the media sphere itself remained under the media spotlight this week as social media netizens celebrated Cosmopolitan South Africa's decision to place Laverne Cox on the cover, with their logo suitably rainbow-hued to show support of the LGBTQI+ community...

By Leigh Andrews 5 Feb 2018

Facebook booming even as time spent on it drops
Facebook booming even as time spent on it drops

SAN FRANCISCO, US - Facebook on Wednesday reported a big jump in profits even though people are spending less time on the world's biggest social network...

2 Feb 2018

Facebook bans ads for cryptocurrencies
Facebook bans ads for cryptocurrencies

WASHINGTON, US - Facebook says it is banning all ads related to cryptocurrencies in an effort to fight scams...

1 Feb 2018

Embrace digital but ignore traditional media at your peril
Embrace digital but ignore traditional media at your peril

Thabiso Dlamini explores several reasons why marketers need to focus on developing their relationship with traditional media now more than ever...

By Thabiso Dlamini 1 Feb 2018

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Global ad spend will reach $37bn in the next five years

Video advertising spend on YouTube and Facebook to grow by 130% in just 5 years...

30 Jan 2018

China tightens screws on social media
China tightens screws on social media

BEIJING, China - Chinese authorities have ordered a major social media platform to curb "harmful content" more effectively as they intensify oversight of online expression -- even taking aim at rap music, crude cartoons, dirty jokes and celebrity gossip...

29 Jan 2018

#NewCampaign: Omo challenges traditional gender roles
#NewCampaign: Omo challenges traditional gender roles

Omo's latest campaign, 'Dirt Is Good', is based on the premise that with Omo Auto, just a quick wash can remove the toughest stains, meaning 'less time washing, more time living'... a life full of play and active, shared experiences with your family and friends. Importantly, this message is not being directed at particular genders...

By Jessica Tennant 26 Jan 2018

Namibia achieves global fame after Trump blunder
Namibia achieves global fame after Trump blunder

One of Namibia's top tourism brands, The Gondwana Collection, has achieved global fame for trolling Trump's missteps on Africa...

26 Jan 2018

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