According to a recent report by online market research agency, Columinate, just over one-third (36%) of smartphone users in South Africa now own a Samsung. The findings revealed a decline of 19% for Blackberry and an increase of 29% for Samsung since 2011. Despite this decrease Blackberry still holds 33% of the market. Nokia has also somewhat bared the brunt of Samsung's domination slotting in at third with 13%, and Apple holds 11% of the market. 3 Jul 2014 Read more >>

Columinate pioneered the use of Market Research Online Communities (MROCs) in South Africa back in 2008. Formally, MROCs (also known as Online Communities or Insight Communities) are defined as private online sites where hundreds of pre-profiled consumers are invited to participate in research activities, hold discussions, blog, and share ideas and experiences, while a trained qualitative researcher systematically moderates and analyses the feedback. These communities typically last for two weeks or longer. Informally, these communities are also known as a 'research buffet' or 'focus group on steroids', as they offer such a rich experience for the researcher, client and participants. 20 May 2014 Read more >>

Specialist online marketing research agency, Columinate, has released its third annual 'Internet Banking SITEisfaction® in South Africa' survey. Launched in 2012, the survey is a measure of customer satisfaction with online banking services in South Africa. The report is the only one of its kind to focus exclusively on internet banking and is viewed by the industry as a key feedback tool for the banks evaluated as it reveals the behaviours and experiences of their online customers. 14 Apr 2014 Read more >>

Columinate and the South African Black Entrepreneurs Forum (SABEF) have collaborated to better understand South Africa's township entrepreneurs and small business owners. In March 2013 SABEF kicked off the Kasi-to-Kasi SME development tour in Soweto - launched by the global entrepreneur Mr Kelly Ritchie and the late Gauteng MEC of Economic Development, Nkosiphendule Kolisile. This is an initiative aimed at developing potential and current entrepreneurs and small business owners to seek business opportunities in their township communities. The programme brought together academic, technical and strategic business resources to inspire and motivate township entrepreneurs. 12 Mar 2014 Read more >>

Social media has arrived, but how are marketers responding to it? I will assume it's no longer necessary to quote "social media gurus" to demonstrate the significance of social media and that soon "optional" will not be an accurate way to describe the medium's marketing potential. A remaining question is: How do we better engage consumers with brands on social media? 18 Jul 2013 Read more >>

Columinate and the South African Black Entrepreneurs Forum (SABEF) have collaborated to better understand South Africa's township entrepreneurs and small business owners. SABEF recently kicked off the Kasi-to-Kasi SME development tour - an initiative aimed at developing potential and current entrepreneurs and small business owners to seek opportunities in their communities. The programme brings together academic, technical and strategic business resources to inspire and motivate township entrepreneurs. 7 Jun 2013 Read more >>

Online research specialist Columinate has released the results of the second annual Internet Banking SITEisfaction survey, one of the most comprehensive reports on customers' usage and perceptions of e-banking in South Africa. The survey quizzed over 1,400 South African e-bankers on their online banking habits and attitudes, and revealed several interesting trends. Henk Pretorius, Columinate CEO, explains that the survey is important as it provides insights into one of the fastest changing areas of customer banking. "This year we saw big changes in the way customers approach their digital banking. The increased availability of mobile apps, wider usage of self-service features and new security concerns are a few of the changes that banks and customers have had to adapt to," he reports. 8 May 2013 Read more >>

There is an important meeting around the corner. In the boardroom there will be questions. You need the facts, but you can't wait a week, let alone a month for the results. 1 Feb 2013 Read more >>

When it comes to qualitative research, focus groups are probably what you are most familiar with. But when it comes to engaging with LSMs 6-10, who mostly have internet access, this old-school methodology is no longer the best way to capture the thoughts and perceptions of these respondents. Why is this? Well because the Market Research Online Community or MROC can offer something far better: richer data is gathered, at a better price and offering a more exciting experience for both clients and respondents. 25 Jan 2013 Read more >>

Although Halloween is primarily celebrated in the USA, here in South Africa, the Halloween spirit (excuse the pun) is catching on. 31 Oct 2012 Read more >>

Columinate (Pty) Ltd, specialist online market research firm, has appointed Henk Pretorius as CEO of the company. The move comes after the company has shown significant growth since its inception in 2008. 4 Oct 2012 Read more >>

Online research specialists, Columinate, have been awarded the contract to conduct research into the South African digital market on behalf of the DMMA. The project, dubbed "The State of South Africa's Digital Nation: 2012" - will aim to provide robust and rich findings into consumers' online habits to assist marketers and advertisers to better understand the online consumer. 21 Sep 2012 Read more >>

The South African Market Research Online Community (MROC) pioneers, Columinate, are one of the leaders in the MROC methodology in South Africa. They have developed this methodology steadily for almost five years after running numerous communities across diverse industries. Two recent innovations in this space are Advertising Testing and the Emotional Elicitation Technique. 13 Sep 2012 Read more >>

Columinate conducted research on the Market Research Online Community (MROC) methodology to ascertain whether respondents who take part in these online communities enjoy the experience and how engaged respondents are when it comes to taking part in MROCs. The research revealed that respondents find the MROC experience to be engaging, valuable and fun. 25 Jun 2012 Read more >>

While many South African banking consumers are taking advantage of the ease and convenience of Internet Banking to meet their basic banking requirements, most have yet to fully harness the potential of their online banking facilities. That's according to the results of recent research conducted with 1 353 Internet banking users by online market research specialist, Columinate, aimed at assessing the Internet banking habits and behaviours of users of this banking medium as well as the overall levels of satisfaction of Internet banking customers with the online offerings of their banks. 16 Apr 2012 Read more >>

Columinate recently conducted research amongst 1611 members of their online panel into the choice of charities people would prefer to donate money to. Specifically, respondents were asked the following question: Imagine the following scenario: You have won R100 000 000 in the lottery draw. However, one condition is that you must donate half of that amount to a charity. Which one type of charity would you donate the R50 000 000 to? 16 Mar 2012 Read more >>

The recently completed vote on the Protection of State Information Bill (POIB), which has been widely criticised by human rights and media groups, was accompanied by a day of protest on 22 November dubbed "Black Tuesday". The National Press Club asked those opposed to the bill to wear black clothes or armbands in protest against the bill and various protesters were picketing around the country to voice their concerns. 23 Nov 2011 Read more >>

In a recent survey with 407 smartphone owners, Columinate confirmed the notion that smartphones are indeed used all the time and everywhere. The inquiry into smartphone behaviour was commissioned by Vodacom to establish how people use their smartphones and, more specifically, apps. The research was used to guide Vodacom's strategy for the launch of its app store on 1 September 2011. 6 Oct 2011 Read more >>

Pieter Uys, Vodacom CEO, has announced that Vodacom will be providing a mobile app store to consumers in September 2011. The announcement came after an extensive inquiry into the local mobile app ecosystem through a multi-phased market research project conducted by Columinate. Vodacom shared the results of the Columinate research with industry stakeholders at a special event held at the Melrose Arch Hotel in Johannesburg on Friday, 26 August. 31 Aug 2011 Read more >>

Columinate's Elna Smit won the Best Overall Paper award at the SAMRA 2011 conference. According to Mr Neil Higgs, Elna's paper titled "Online research communities - the voice of the employee and the ear of the employer" won by an overwhelming margin. The paper focused on online communities as an employee research tool to harness bottom-up feedback through employee involvement. This is the second win for Columinate. In 2009, Henk Pretorius won both the first time speaker and Best Overall Paper award. 8 Jun 2011 Read more >>

The 5th of June marks World Environment Day and Columinate is proud to be celebrating this day with you. By providing innovative online market research services, Columinate offers its clients an environmentally friendly way to harness insights and connect through online communities. 1 Jun 2011 Read more >>

Columinate, South Africa's leading online market research company, have harnessed panel and survey technology from Toluna - the leading online market research panel and survey software provider to the global market research industry. This technology enables Columinate to provide clients with a fully managed research service, all under one roof, without the need to outsource panel or data collection activities. The move also makes it possible for Columinate to raise the standards of online data collection in South Africa to provide clients with premium online market research services. 19 Apr 2011 Read more >>

Online Insight Communities give you the opportunity to gain profound insight into your brand's consumers, their social networking habits, their expectations of online marketing, and what they demand from your brand. Furthermore, these communities allow brand and marketing managers to proactively harness insights to direct their chosen strategy. 2 Feb 2011 Read more >>

With marketing research response rates declining across world markets and methodologies, respondents' experience of research, a factor that is often overlooked, becomes increasingly significant. It is more important than ever before to create engaging research experiences in order to ensure the sustainability of the industry. 5 Nov 2010 Read more >>

Columinate co-founder Henk Pretorius will be speaking at the Consumer Insight and Research Management Conference, presented by Joshua West. The focus of his talk, titled 'Increasing research bandwidth with online insight communities' will be online insight communities. 20 Aug 2010 Read more >>

Columinate is deemed South Africa's specialist online marketing and website research company. By uniting collaboration and illumination, the company's boutique research offering gives valued clients the opportunity to explore innovative research approaches and gain from fast, cost-effective, superior insights. 29 Jun 2010 Read more >>

More than a year ago, Columinate introduced a market research solution that assisted South African companies to conduct cost-effective market research during the recession while still meeting essential needs such as speed, quality and value of insight. One year later and Market Research Online Communities (MROCs) continue to allow companies to stretch their research budgets and gather rich insights from their consumers and employees, all for a fixed monthly cost with an even better MROC platform. 12 Apr 2010 Read more >>

Internet penetration is growing rapidly in South Africa and websites are becoming regular and important customer interfaces. The effectiveness of the website design and functioning impact the user experience which plays a key role in the ensuring return visits and healthy brand perceptions. This emphasises the importance of measuring and managing the website visitor satisfaction in order to gain a proactive advantage. 9 Nov 2009 Read more >>

Columinate walked away with two awards at the recent Southern African Marketing Research (SAMRA) conference held at the Spier Estate in Stellenbosch last week. 9 Jun 2009 Read more >>

The economic downturn is a reality that all industries are facing, a reality that has forced us to rethink the way in which we purchase and consume everything, including research. These challenging economic times call for research that is cost-effective while still meeting the needs of the client in terms of speed, quality and value of insight. Columinate has the solution: Market Research Online Communities (MROCs) - a new and innovative method that will forever change the way in which qualitative research is done. 16 Apr 2009 Read more >>

Columinate is a multipart online solutions company offering online marketing research-, website testing and creative design. From the principle of collaborative illumination the company provides innovative and integrated solutions. 18 Nov 2008 Read more >>