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'Beyond Retail' for Africa

Professional services firm, Deloitte was a title sponsor of the inaugural World Retail Congress Africa, held last month in Sandton. I spoke to Ilse du Toit, a manager within the Strategy & Innovation practice at Deloitte Consulting.

By Danette Breitenbach 17 Dec 2013 08:48

Mobile internet key in Africa

The fourth annual PwC South Africa Entertainment and Media Outlook was launched recently and I caught up with Vicki Myburgh, Entertainment & Media Industries Leader for PwC Southern Africa.

By Danette Breitenbach 29 Nov 2013 15:01

Y&R: I have an agency...

Y&R is committed to having 20 agencies on the African continent by 2015. Leading the charge to achieve this is Yossi Schwartz, chairman of Y&R South Africa.

By Danette Breitenbach 5 Sep 2013 05:42

Samsung targets infrastructure deals in Africa

After impressing African consumers with stylish mobile phones, tablet computers, and flat screen TV sets, Samsung, a global consumer electronics company has set its eyes on lucrative IT infrastructure deals with governments in Africa - in its quest for more growth on the continent.

By Walter Wafula 26 Nov 2012 12:22

NTV tops social media use in Uganda

Nation Television (NTV) is the savviest user of global social media networks in Uganda according to Top Corporate Brand on Social Media 2012, an online survey by HiPio.com, a social entertainment website in the country.

By Walter Wafula 9 Nov 2012 10:41

[Executive Check] Ad agencies ought to be intimate with clients to thrive

MetropolitanRepublic, a newcomer in Uganda's advertising industry became the first local agency to win an award at this year's Loeries in September. MetropolitanRepublic won bronze for their 2012 MTN Uganda campaign, titled David Dumba, which was aimed at promoting SIM card registration in the country. Alex Rukundo, the managing director MRU speaks about the award and the value that intimacy brings to advertising business.

By Walter Wafula 15 Oct 2012 10:25

Media houses fail to popularise national anthem

Media owners and managers in Uganda have been asked to popularise the national anthem on a daily basis, as part of preparations to mark Uganda's golden jubilee independence anniversary on Tuesday, 9 October 2012.

By Walter Wafula 8 Oct 2012 10:02

Arrest in $3,8m MTN fraud probe

The mobile operator's Ugandan subsidiary appears to have been taken for a ride by one of its suppliers after allegedly receiving falsified invoices worth millions of dollars for equipment it never received.

By Craig Wilson 12 Sep 2012 16:39

[PAMRO 2012] Day 2: The smart phone and the marketing game

It is estimated that by the end of 2012, there will be 735 million mobile subscribers in Africa. By 2014, the smart phone will be the main gadget that will be used to access the internet. What does this mean?

By Carole Kimutai 31 Aug 2012 13:06

[PAMRO 2012] Day 3: Measuring ROI on social media

Day 3 of the 14th Pan African Media Research Organisation (PAMRO) and All Africa Media Research Conference that ended on Wednesday, 29 August 2012, in Kampala, Uganda included a session that explored ways to measure ROI on social media.

By Carole Kimutai 31 Aug 2012 12:04

India's Flytxt signs mobile marketing deal with Warid

Uganda mobile operator Warid Telecom has contracted India's Flytxt, a provider of global real-time closed loop mobile marketing solutions, to manage its marketing campaigns.

By Walter Wafula 28 Aug 2012 16:36

[PAMRO 2012] Day 1: Ways of measuring media audiences

The 14th Pan African Media Research Organisation (PAMRO) and All Africa Media Research Conference is currently going on in Uganda's capital, Kampala. The opening day of conference involved engaging discussions on ways of measuring media audiences.

By Carole Kimutai 28 Aug 2012 10:18

Uganda names Top 50 Brands

As one of activities to commemorate Uganda gaining independence from the British in 1962, the Private Sector Foundation Uganda has identified and honoured its Top 50 Brands of the last five decades.

By Walter Wafula 23 Aug 2012 11:40

[Executive Check] Photojournalism remains a costly affair in Uganda - FCAU

The Foreign Correspondents Association of Uganda (FCAU) in partnership with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Victoria University, Tangerine, and def.i.ni.tion, unveiled the inaugural Uganda Press Photo Award last week to promote photojournalism in Uganda. Malcolm Webb, chair of FCAU and correspondent for Al Jazeera English in East Africa, speaks about the awards and photojournalism in Uganda.

By Walter Wafula 30 Jul 2012 10:11

[Executive Check] Mobile pay-TV takes shape in Uganda

The mobile phone is changing lifestyles and the business landscape in Africa. Many companies are innovating around the technology to thrive and remain relevant to their customers. Simon Arineitwe, country sales manager at StarTimes Uganda, speaks about the benefits of mobile TV and the firm's plans for the country.

By Walter Wafula 18 Jul 2012 11:40

[Executive Check] Social media marketing - a must in business

Many companies in Africa are embracing social media to reach their online customers like elsewhere in the world. Moses Serugo, an arts journalist, social media marketer and proprietor of Kampalaone.com spoke to Bizcommunity about the benefits of social media marketing in Uganda.

By Walter Wafula 12 Jul 2012 11:12

Ugandans get free access to Wikipedia

Ugandans who subscribe to Orange Uganda's network can now access Wikipedia for free, according to the company publicist, Patience Tindyebwa.

By Walter Wafula 4 Apr 2012 13:51

Get your companies online, marketers told

Globally, there is an increasing use of social media platforms like Facebook, and Twitter, by individuals and companies. In Uganda, like elsewhere, individuals are more aggressive in embracing the social change than businesses.

By Walter Wafula 14 Mar 2012 13:41

MTN tops advertising spend in Uganda

MTN, Uganda's largest mobile operator, maintained its lead as top advertiser in the country in 2011, according to a new media report by Ipsos-Synovate.

By Walter Wafula 22 Feb 2012 13:43

Ugandan journos to benefit from TechFest

Ugandan journalists will benefit from the inaugural TechFest Uganda expo, a technology expo which aims to encourage professionals from different industries to exploit today's technology innovations to their advantage, which takes place from 18-19 November 2011 alongside the Orange Expo 2011 (UMA Show grounds), in Kampala.

By Walter Wafula 17 Nov 2011 09:39

MultiChoice Uganda in new mobile payment deal

Payment of monthly DStv subscription fees is set to ease for many Ugandan subscribers following a deal between MultiChoice Uganda, a pay television service provider and Uganda Telecom Limited (UTL), a mobile operator.

By Walter Wafula 12 Oct 2011 12:53

AMI, Google starts project to keep African media alive

Bizcommunity.com has suspended the article 'AMI, Google starts project to keep African media alive' by Walter Wafula, published on Wednesday, 21 September 2011, pending an investigation in the correctness of the facts. We regret any confusion caused.

By Walter Wafula 21 Sep 2011 12:00

Google urges journos to go digital to thrive

At the recent Google's gUganda conference held in Kampala, Ugandan journalists were urged to embrace digital tools such as smartphones and tablet computers to secure their future as content providers.

By Walter Wafula 19 Sep 2011 12:37

Uganda: Pay TV service providers embrace mobile payments

A section of pay television consumers in Uganda can now pay their monthly bills via the MTN Mobile Money transfer platform. Last week, StarTimes a brand of Chinese-owned Star DTV, became the second pay TV service provider to enable its customers to make use of the mobile phone payment channel to settle their bills.

By Walter Wafula 12 Jul 2011 10:04

Neo@Ogilvy global CEO talks up role of emerging markets, mobile

Neo@Ogilvy's global CEO, New-York based Nasreen Madhany, has been visiting South Africa for a corporate summit, where she talked up the role emerging markets will play in the future profitability of her company.

By Herman Manson 5 Jul 2011 13:30

[Netprophet 2011] African ecommerce market has a long way to go

A billion Africans and 50 million bank accounts. In South Africa, credit cards are used by only 16.5% of the population (2008). No African country comes close to 1% of total retail spend spent online - the magic figure which constitutes the tipping point for digital retail growth. No wonder, then, that the ecommerce market in Africa hasn't bloomed.

By Herman Manson 12 May 2011 18:55

Significant shifts in South Africa, Africa's mobile patterns

A global study conducted by TNS Research Surveys shows that South Africans' unconditional love for handsets - more than content as it is in developed markets - is beginning to change and will even shift faster as bandwidth improves, and as cheaper smartphones appear on the market - probably from China.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 21 Apr 2011 09:37

Research reveals changes in online behaviour

Digital Life, a global research project into people's online activities and behaviour has revealed significant findings as well as indicators for the future of the world's online behaviour. The research covered 88% of the world's online population through 50,000 interviews with consumers in 46 countries.

By Carole Kimutai 3 Nov 2010 09:50

Third mobile money service for Uganda

The cost of sending and receiving money via mobile phones in Uganda is set to decline after a third telecommunication company launched its own version of MTN's Mobile Money and Zain's Zap last Friday, 26 March 2010.

By Walter Wafula 29 Mar 2010 10:37

Uganda: Operators urged to cut mobile broadband charges

The call for low cost mobile broadband connectivity was made by speakers at the inaugural meeting of Mobile Monday Kampala, held this week, 15 Feruary 2010. The meeting convened at least 85 participants to discuss the Future of Mobile Broadband in Uganda - the theme of the meeting.

By Walter Wafula 18 Feb 2010 08:29

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