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[Net Prophet 2016] Erik Hersman: technology is the easy part
[Net Prophet 2016] Erik Hersman: technology is the easy part

Kenya has earned the nickname 'Silicon Savannah' owing to its emergence as a recognised IT hub...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 8 Apr 2016

Jason Levin
[Secrets of success] Good old-fashioned values and service deliver winning formula

At last years' Financial Mail Annual Ad Focus Awards, HDI Youth Marketeers were awarded the Partnership Award for their work with Pick n Pay...

By Ann Nurock 10 Mar 2016

© Lulia Lun – 123RF.com
Hello Africa! Tell me how you're doin'!

Many multinational brands approach Africa with a near-desperate bright-eyed eagerness, trying to get to grips with her intricate market dynamics...

By Marthinus Van Loggerenberg 18 Jan 2016

©Sura Nualpradid via www.123RF.com
African startups named among 100 most inspiring uses of tech

Eight African startups and organisations have been named among the 2015 Nominet Trust 100 (NT100), a global celebration of the most inspiring uses...

By Tom Jackson 10 Dec 2015

Graham Cruikshanks
How to build a strong agency network in Africa

What makes a strong and effective African network? Is it the number of partnerships that have been established with local agency businesses in Nigeria, Kenya or Ghana...?

By Graham Cruikshanks 7 Oct 2015

Your customer is not a dummy
Your customer is not a dummy

A few months ago, I came across one of the best documentaries I have ever watched: The greatest movie ever sold. If you haven't seen it, look for it. Morgan Spurlock made a movie fully financed by product placement...

By Esther Karuku 17 Aug 2015

Coping under fire
Coping under fire

Janine Lazarus, founder and owner of Janine Lazarus media consultancy was a journalist for 31 years, and has worked across the board from newspapers to radio...

By Danette Breitenbach 3 Mar 2015

The images we were allowed to see... Zuma speaking before an orderly house. (Image: GCIS)
One step forwards, one back for democracy

If journalists in Zimbabwe had stood up in that country's parliament to protest against interference with their cellphone signals, they would have been laughed out of the place...

By Anton Harber 2 Mar 2015

Engaging with connected consumers - Part 2
Engaging with connected consumers - Part 2

It took 14 years to sell 40 million laptops, but only four years to sell 40 million tablets...

By Danette Breitenbach 12 Feb 2015

Engaging with connected consumers - Part 1
Engaging with connected consumers - Part 1

Yes, consumers are all in the digital space. Not all consumers are not the same, and no, not all digital consumers are same...

By Danette Breitenbach 11 Feb 2015

Anton Ressel
Learn to say 'No'

Saying 'No' can be a liberating experience for an entrepreneur...

By Anton Ressel 9 Feb 2015

Anton Harber
Depth of Africa coverage improves

Coverage of the rest of Africa in our media provides an interesting gauge of our relationship with the continent since our borders opened up 20 years ago...

By Anton Harber 5 Dec 2014

#MyDressMyChoice, #NudityIsNotMyChoice goes viral in Kenya
#MyDressMyChoice, #NudityIsNotMyChoice goes viral in Kenya

Twitter has been abuzz in Kenya with news about a woman being attacked and stripped at a bus stop because she was "inappropriately dressed". Subsequently the #MyDressMyChoice hashtag has been trending in Nairobi...

By Ilse van den Berg 19 Nov 2014

[AfricaCom 2014] FB's mission: to get Africa online
[AfricaCom 2014] FB's mission: to get Africa online

Consider how your life would change tomorrow if the internet was to be 'switched off'. Sure you could bear it for a week or so, but once the horrifying reality of, for instance, having to go into a bank kicks in...

By Sindy Peters 13 Nov 2014

Louise Marsland
[TrendTalk] The future of work

Do you remember work before the internet? When did we become so wired and connected to everything that work no longer has set working hours?

By Louise Marsland 7 Nov 2014

The responsive brand: how to handle social media
The responsive brand: how to handle social media

It took six months after the first reporting of the rear windows of Opel Corsa Lites shattering for the manufacturer to issue a recall. Today, this matter would have been handled very differently...

By Danette Breitenbach 3 Nov 2014

Application economy creates opportunity for Africa
Application economy creates opportunity for Africa

We all live in an application economy. Retail, news, entertainment, banking, education, government, communications - everything is driven by a connected, mobile, application-based world...

By Gary Lawrence 30 Oct 2014

Positioning luxury brands in emerging markets
Positioning luxury brands in emerging markets

We recently launched of a new premium whisky in the Tanzanian market. Do Tanzanians care where it's from, how it's made or who drinks it?

By Cobus van Zyl 28 Oct 2014

Bank on change in Africa
Bank on change in Africa

I have been part of the 'banked' segment of civilization since I was five years old. I have tried it all, from savings to home-loans, vehicle finance to credit card...

By Cobus van Zyl 1 Jul 2014

Kenya's internet market recovers lost ground
Kenya's internet market recovers lost ground

Kenyan internet subscriptions increased by 1.2 million to 13.1 million between October and December last year, recovering from losing almost one million subscribers during the previous quarter, according to the latest figures from the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK).

By Tom Jackson 18 Apr 2014

Africa is the youngest continent in the world in terms of its people and is expected to have the largest workforce in the world by 2035. Consumer-facing industries will grow significantly between now and 2010. (Image: NASA)
Bottom line: It's about Africa

Africa is the story, actually the big story is Africa*. This was the message from Malcolm Horne, of Broll at the fourth South African Council of Shopping Centres (SACSC) annual research conference.

By Danette Breitenbach 11 Apr 2014

The initiative provides an audio-based mobile training course targeting front line health workers (FLW) to help them deliver life-saving information, and is also aimed at helping pregnant women and their families prepare for the unexpected and potentially deadly situations that can arise in child birth.
The evolving business model for m-governance

A look at the evolving business model for (mobile governance) m-governance projects and the use of mobile technology as a catalyst for inclusive development.

By Vijay Sai Pratap 27 Mar 2014

Dina Saffer-Myers
Winning advertising creative - you get what you brief

A brand manager's dream: Produce a TV advert showcasing the benefits of a product whilst bringing a tear to the consumer's eye and galvanising them to rush out to purchase it.

By Dina Saffer-Myers 18 Mar 2014

Louise Marsland
The legitimacy of authenticity

There is always one speaker at Design Indaba that you fall in love with. Not just because of their inspiring or beautiful work, but because of them. Their authenticity. Their essential humanity that comes across.

By Louise Marsland 7 Mar 2014

Of mobile app success
Of mobile app success

According to the 2013 IHS Digital Content Report, worldwide consumer spend on digital movies, games, and apps (applications) grew 30% from 2012 to 2013. In total, global digital spend in 2013 surpassed USD 57 billion.

By Esther Karuku 4 Mar 2014

UCC launches ACIA Awards 2014
UCC launches ACIA Awards 2014

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has launched the 2014 edition of the ACIA Awards, which recognise innovations from local companies, groups or individuals in developing or adopting ICT.

By Tom Jackson 10 Feb 2014

Anton Harber
Bloomberg's Africa media plan raises questions

It may be imprudent to write this about someone who is spending $10m on African journalism. But then, of all the things I have been accused of in my time, prudence was never among them.

By Anton Harber 7 Feb 2014

Naseem Javed
Rebellion in the Dotcom Kingdom

TORONTO, CANADA: Since the invention of the internet, suddenly the phrase 'dot com' became the single most powerful word of the century...

By Naseem Javed 6 Feb 2014

[2014 trends] The big trend? Africa is on trend
[2014 trends] The big trend? Africa is on trend

The world is going gaga over culture, design and art from Africa, but back here on the continent we're innovating exciting solutions to uniquely African challenges. Here are my thoughts on the four biggest trends related to Africa...

By Oresti Patricios 20 Jan 2014

Bringing the gaming word to Africa
Bringing the gaming word to Africa

Early December last year IGN landed in Africa - to the applause of gamers on the continent. Perhaps the launch of IGN Africa slipped past you, but then now is all the more time to sit up and take notice.

By Danette Breitenbach 15 Jan 2014

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