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Mobile apps allow for cost-effective research to help measure ROI

Following the success of ovatoyou's mobile study of SA bloggers, Amanda Reekie, founding director of ovatoyou and ImagineNATION Alliance, speaks to PR-Net on Tuesday, August 19 about how the PR industry can use affordable mobile research platforms to test shifts in sentiment and reputation and, more...

WeChat launches YouTube, global blog, Chatterbox

WeChat has announced the launch of Chatterbox, a global blog for everything fun and new about the app. The blog takes users inside its world, revealing product updates, senior executive insights, knowledgeable industry news and its marketing activities from across the globe. The company has also...

Rolling out merchant apps, new wave of mCommerce

In May 2014, ahead of the media launch for Standard Bank's new mCommerce app, SnapScan, Litha Communications was appointed to roll out the app to 5000 SMME merchants across South Africa. With five teams of 132 marketers, the company visited all hotspot shopping centres in South Africa, using an...

New app for Vodacom Durban July

For the Vodacom Durban July, taking place at Greyville racecourse, Durban on Saturday 5 July 2014, the company has released a free app that allows users to access fashion and celebrity news, betting and details of the venue and guides and tips on placing their bets for the day. For horseracing...

Score with 2014 FIFA World Cup apps

To keep fans up to speed during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, BlackBerry has launched several soccer apps. Other options include BBM sticker packs, BBM country flag shortcuts, BBM Channels and customised BBM PIN cards. Apps include Team Stream, Goal, Hooligans, June Cup and TheFanKit. BBM is available...

May Mobile report highlights SnapScan

The Native VML Mobile May 2014 report highlights how mobile contributes over 6% to sub-Saharan Africa's GDP, higher than any other comparable region in the world, according to the latest Sub-Saharan Africa Mobile Economy report by GSMA. Added to this, Zimbabwe has emerged as Africa's fastest growing...

Free SAA app for BlackBerry 10

SAA announced the availability of its new application for BlackBerry 10 smartphones on the BlackBerry World storefront. It has collaborated with Cytrus, one of South Africa's leading web and mobile application specialists, to produce the app to give users access to comprehensive travel and airline...

Vodacom acquires Neotel for R7bn

Vodacom has acquired Neotel for a total cash consideration of R7bn. Vodacom said it sees a significant opportunity to accelerate growth in unified communications products and services by integrating its extensive distribution and marketing capabilities with Neotel's fixed network and product...

SMS marketing most effective form of direct marketing [Infographic]

Direct marketing channels are where buyers and sellers can transact business (and communications) without ever meeting face-to-face or touching and feeling the merchandise. Did you know that SMS Marketing is one of the most effective forms of direct marketing?...

African Footballer of the Year campaign

The BBC African Footballer of the Year is a well established annual award with a 20-year history. It is given to the best African footballer of the year, as voted by the BBC audience via text message and online. The shortlist is put together by football experts from Africa. Last year's BBC World...

New Mobile DSP announces exclusive Strike Ad Partnership

New kid on the mobile block MaxAxion launched this year at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona with an offering allowing advertisers access to mobile traffic throughout Africa in the form of display, SMS and USSD inventory. MaxAxion has announced the exclusive Africa Partnership with Global...

Cell C takes a swipe at MTN

On Sunday, MTN placed full pages ads in Sunday Times in which it pleaded 'guilty'... to, among 'wrongdoings' ... "investing 83% of those billions back into SA." Yesterday Cell C hit back, using the exact same advert but, according to EWN, omitting some of the text. That now presents a different...

FNB releases credit card app

FNB has added credit card functionality to its banking app for smartphones and tablets that will enable customers to manage their credit cards more efficiently from their smart device. It allows them to activate and cancel credit cards, order additional or replacement credit cards, and view credit...

BBM adds AccuWeather channel

One of the world's leading multi-media global weather provider, AccuWeather is working with BlackBerry to provide weather content for BBM users everywhere. It has launched its own premiere BBM channel to coincide with the recent expansion of BBM, which is now available on iPhone and Android as well...

January mobile report tracks build-up to the 2014 SA elections

The January 2014 mobile report from Native VML reveals which Android OS is the most successful so far this year and gives the lowdown on locally assembled smartphones about to make their debut. It also demystifies why SMS are far from dead and how African apps are working hard to better the lives of...

On-the-go USB drives for smartphones and tablets

Strontium Technology, a PC and flash memory manufacturing company in Singapore, has launched on-the-go (OTG) USB drives for smartphones and tablets. These small USB drives have a standard USB on one end and a micro-USB on the other end so they can be accessed directly from a computer or from any OTG...

Update on local, international mobile news

The November Mobile Report 2013 from Native offers some predictions about the number of African mobile subscribers for 2019, how South Africans use their cellphone banking, that MTN is planning to launch its branded smartphones in South Africa and Apple's iPhone 5C outsells the Samsung Galaxy S4 in...

Econz Wireless accepted into Samsung's Enterprise Alliance Programme

Econz Wireless has been accepted into Samsung's Enterprise Alliance Programme (SEAP). With the range of Econz mobile enterprise applications, field workers are able to log time, attendance, jobs, tasks, sub-tasks, cost codes, breaks and work order information from their Samsung mobile devices....

Galaxy Gear extended to more Samsung devices

Samsung Electronics South Africa has announced the local availability of Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) software upgrade for Galaxy S4 3G. Galaxy Gear will enable S4 users to make and answer calls and view incoming alerts and notifications with just a glance. For a closer look at more important...

DStv launches Walka 4.3

In time for the festive season, DStv Mobile launches the new limited edition Walka 4.3, a slim, lightweight device with a 4.3? viewing screen providing digital visual and audio quality. It has a 16 x 9 aspect ratio and boasts a battery life of 3.5 hours. It will be available from major...

Pre-registration for iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c open at Cell C

Cell C announced it will offer iPhone 5s, the most forward-thinking smartphone in the world, and iPhone 5c, the most colourful iPhone yet, to customers beginning on 15 November 2013. Customers may pre-register interest today at http://www.cellc.co.za/preregister/iphone-5c-5s. For more information...

International calling promotion from Cell C

To give South Africans cheaper rates to connect with loved ones overseas during the holiday season, Cell C has launched its 65c per minute (pure per second billing) to both fixed and mobile lines for customers calling the UK, US, Germany, Greece, Portugal, France, Belgium, Canada, Spain, India,...

Angus Robinson releases October's mobile report

Angus Robinson of Native has released the October Mobile Report that reveals Samsung's new curved screen smartphone, Apple's new iPads and Pick n Pay's mobile loyalty app. The first African country makes a 4G roaming call, MTN dominates in Nigerian mobile market and BBM is finally available for all...

Updated version of Drifta viewer for Android

The updated version of the Drifta viewer for Android (Wi-Fi) app (version 2.0.213) has been released by DStv. It includes Miracast (a TV-out technology) detection and blocking, new branding and the removal of Wi-Fi password functionality. The update is published on the Google Play Store and...

DStv Mobile adds Mzansi Magic, kykNET

DStv Mobile has introduced two new channels - Mzansi Magic and kykNET to its offering. The local channel Mzansi Magic is in replacement of Africa Magic Movies and is largely the same as the satellite channel, but where licences have not been granted for certain movies, substitute movies have been...

Bizcommunity features on SABC1's Media Career Guide Show

Be sure to catch Bizcommunity.com's editor-at-large, Simone Puterman, on the repeat show of SABC1's Media Career Guide Show tonight, Monday, 11 February 2013, from 11pm-11.30pm. She will provide insightful career guidance for the marketing, advertising, media and retail industries. The show is...

The Annual extends to digital

In addition to its in-depth printed version, The Annual will go digital in 2013, as the go-to reference point for busy media users. It has collaborated with Brainstorm Mobile Solutions to produce the first app for iPads and iPhones, with other native apps to follow later in the year. It will offer...

Loyalty app can be customised to offer rewards, CRM

Bluezone Media has introduced MobiLoyalty, a mobile app designed to help local businesses reward their customer base quickly and easily. Loyalty programme options include Checkin, QR code, punch card and a rewards sharing system, depending on customer needs. The app can be linked to a matching web...

Two insurance offerings from Nashua Mobile

Nashua Mobile has introduced two new insurance offerings. These are credit protector insurance for cellular contract subscribers and a new tablet insurance offering. Credit Protector covers customers against paying telecommunications contract expenses in the event of death, permanent disability,...

This week's lineup on Media@SAfm show

This Sunday, 22 July 2012, the programme for Ashraf Garda's Media@SAfm show, 9am-11am on 104-107 FM nationwide, will include: A discussion on the Future of Media Conference as it moves to the airwaves. We get feedback on the 'Future of TV' with Chris Botha, the 'Future of Radio' with Gordon...

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