AUSTIN, US: Austin Kleon is the author of two influential and best-selling books: "Steal Like An Artist" and "Newspaper Blackout". His third book, "Show Your Work!", was published in March 2014. He was one of the keynote speakers at SXSW Interactive 2014.
By Mark Schefermann 4 Apr 2014
Originally, Gary Vaynerchuk wasn't on the schedule for SXSW 2014, so when I saw that he was the keynote speaker on the first day, I made sure that this was one talk I didn't miss.
By Mark Schefermann 1 Apr 2014
South by Southwest Interactive is one of the largest digital festivals in the world. Anyone who is in the advertising or digital industry should definitely have this event on their bucket list. This is the 21st festival and it takes place from 7-11 March in Austin, Texas. (video)
By Mark Schefermann 5 Mar 2014
A sad reality is that in 2013 there are still brands wanting to set Facebook "Likes" as their main objective. The question is not how many "Likes" you have but rather what you do with them and whether they come from relevant "fans" - ultimately brand advocates. (video)
By Mark Schefermann 12 Jun 2013
Gamification is essentially the concept of applying game-design methodologies to non-game scenarios to make them more interactive, engaging and fun. The use of game mechanics like points, badges, leader boards and avatars help improve motivation and learning in more formal type situations.
By Mark Schefermann 5 Feb 2013
What does it meant to live in a digital world? Well, I guess the reality is that our lives are becoming more and more connected. I often wonder how we ever survived without technology, the internet and social media. How did people organise things, how did they share memories and how did they remember people's birthdays and anniversaries?
By Mark Schefermann 26 Jan 2013
It all started on 9 January 2013, when FNB created an event on Facebook titled "You Can Help" with not much more information than that. From this initial stage they started seeding the URL www.youcanhelp.co.za and at this point there was only a landing page with the functionality to provide your cellphone number to get a reminder for the live broadcast on 17 January 2013.
By Mark Schefermann 25 Jan 2013
After studying a B Com Marketing Management at the University of Pretoria for two years, all the lecturers seemed to drill into us were the "4 Ps of Marketing". It appeared that that was all there was to marketing. Later on they started to teach us about the extra "3 Ps" namely "People", "Process" and "Physical Evidence".
By Mark Schefermann 22 Aug 2012
Today I realised that there are still people in South Africa who haven't heard about Pinterest and have no idea what it's all about. Based on this insight I have compiled this Prezi that is in essence a Pinterest 101. Even though you might think Pinterest has no relevance to your brand or business I would like to challenge this.
By Mark Schefermann 2 Jul 2012