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Facebook adds Messenger Rooms to WhatsApp in the latest beta
Facebook adds Messenger Rooms to WhatsApp in the latest beta

Just last week Facebook started rolling out its Messenger Rooms group call service to users of the eponymous chat app...

By Andy Walker 21 May 2020

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Customer communication is always vital, Covid-19 makes it even more so

As the world starts to emerge from under the shadow of Covid-19 and economic activity resumes at a meaningful level, a few things will set the companies apart that survive and go on to thrive from those that don't...

By Greg Chen 8 May 2020

The IAB's Digital Audio Committee members, Francois Retief (Iona FM), Gavin Kennedy (Solid Gold Podcast Studio) and Julian Jordaan (365 Digital).
[Radio & Podcasts] IAB's Digital Audio Committee members on the future of digital audio broadcasting

For our April radio and podcasting feature, IAB's Digital Audio Committee members, Gavin Kennedy, Francois Retief and Julian Jordaan discuss the role Covid-19 plays in the current digital audio broadcasting space and what the future holds for the industry as a whole...

By Juanita Pienaar 30 Apr 2020

[Radio & Podcasts] Smart radio habits
[Radio & Podcasts] Smart radio habits

I remember when I first started using a Sonic electric toothbrush. I could barely get the job done in between all the giggles. It tickled my mouth so much I thought I'd have to go back to the manual variety...

By Diane Macpherson 16 Apr 2020

#StartupStory: Could Peers24 be our very own social media network?
#StartupStory: Could Peers24 be our very own social media network?

Developed in the backyard of South Africa, Peers24 is a social media network that focuses on value-driven content...

By Evan-Lee Courie 13 Feb 2020

#StartupStory: WhatsOnSale at the virtual mall?
#StartupStory: WhatsOnSale at the virtual mall?

Jalome Chirwa met Emmanuel Mareme and Milaan Mashele at a launch that sparked the idea of WhatsOnSale, a web and mobile platform aimed at the retail industry...

By Evan-Lee Courie 11 Feb 2020

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The war for the digital customer moves to the first mile as voice interfaces begin to mature

The shift away from text-based and visual communication to multi-sensory (voice and visual) is one of the most significant trends to emerge from the next wave of artificial intelligence technologies...

By Richard Mullins 5 Feb 2020

#StartupStory: be.first aims to help you buy better
#StartupStory: be.first aims to help you buy better

be.first is a mobile app that allows you to find and share product recommendations in a single place...

By Evan-Lee Courie 28 Jan 2020

Odette van der Haar, managing director of Publicis.
#BizTrends2020: Imagine the impossible

In order to stay in business, one needs to stay abreast with technology and remain up to date with the latest innovations...

By Odette van der Haar 24 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: Educating Gen Alpha
#BizTrends2020: Educating Gen Alpha

In today's society, the youth are ageing at a faster rate than ever before. But are our educational facilitators ready for this, or are they in need of a reboot?

By Nicola Cooper 21 Jan 2020

Boniswa Pezisa, CEO of Net#work BBDO.
#BizTrends2020: The rise of essentialism, mindfulness and Boomer apps

I predict we will see a rise of essentialism and discernment, mindfulness and wholesomeness, and Boomer apps over the course of 2020...

By Boniswa Pezisa 9 Jan 2020

Dion Chang, founder of Flux Trends.
#BizTrends2020: The politics of rage; the quest for middle ground

By the end of 2019, the rising anger around the globe was palpable, as were the divisions that fuelled the rage...

By Dion Chang 6 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: Trends for the near future
#BizTrends2020: Trends for the near future

In the knowledge economy, every glimpse of the probable future carries monetary value...

By Marian Salzman 6 Jan 2020

New monetisation models for media are needed
New monetisation models for media are needed

Journalists need to be taught how to be entrepreneurs so they can contribute to the survival of the media industry, said Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, chairman of the APO Group...

By Louise Burgers 16 Dec 2019

South Africa received more spam calls and SMSes in 2019 than ever before
South Africa received more spam calls and SMSes in 2019 than ever before

Spam calls. You'd probably rather receive a lump of coal in your stock this Christmas, but it's an annoyance that affects all phone owners worldwide. In South Africa though, you may experience it more frequently than others...

By Andy Walker 6 Dec 2019

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#EntrepreneurMonth: Local website OverHere is redefining the way people travel

As South Africans plan for their December holidays, they can rely on new features in a completely free-to-use website developed by a Pretoria-based entrepreneur, Leon Schnell, founder of OverHere.co.za...

By Robin Fredericks 25 Nov 2019

#EntrepreneurMonth: How AI startup ask-jean is disrupting the SA wine tech industry
#EntrepreneurMonth: How AI startup ask-jean is disrupting the SA wine tech industry

It's not always easy to know what wine to pair or purchase when you're planning an occasion with friends or when you're in a store having to make a selection. Ask-jean, a voluntary data hub has come along to simplify the decision-making process, with the wine consumer in mind...

By Robin Fredericks 25 Nov 2019

#EntrepreneurMonth: Creating cyber-savvy kids with CyberSharp
#EntrepreneurMonth: Creating cyber-savvy kids with CyberSharp

Anyone under the age of 25 doesn't remember a life without the internet and cellphones. Whether in our homes or schools, they have become an integral part of our lives for communication, education and, of course, social interaction. But with all their benefits, also comes the unexpected or unseen threats - especially for our children...

By Shan Radcliffe 25 Nov 2019

Cell C CEO Douglas Cragie Stevenson. Image source: Cell C.
Cell C's 4G coverage will be even greater thanks to latest MTN deal

Cell C and MTN on Monday announced a new roaming agreement, building on and extending the firms' previous agreement made in 2018, and pushing Cell C's LTE coverage further across South Africa...

By Andy Walker 19 Nov 2019

#AfricaCom: Smartphone costs the biggest barrier to a digitally inclusive Africa
#AfricaCom: Smartphone costs the biggest barrier to a digitally inclusive Africa

The next technological evolution is advancing at an exponential rate and by leaving out some on this journey, we allow the current societal divides and inequalities to deepen...

By Sindy Peters 15 Nov 2019

Image source: PwC global entertainment and media outlook.
#PwCOutlook: E&M gets personal

The main findings of the 10th edition of the African version of the PwC Entertainment and Media Outlook: An African perspective, 2019 - 2023 was recently presented in Johannesburg...

By Danette Breitenbach 15 Nov 2019

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Brand recognition is vital to success: SMS can help small businesses build it

Smaller businesses face numerous obstacles when it comes to surviving. One of the biggest of those obstacles is brand recognition...

By Greg Chen 10 Oct 2019

How different is Big Tech from State Capture?
How different is Big Tech from State Capture?

If advertising is about enabling choice, why is Business SA out of ideas? Approximately 90% of every rand spent on digital advertising finds its way into the tubes that keep Silicon Valley's lights on, by way of an Irish holiday...

By Derek Abdinor 8 Oct 2019

One app to rule them all: Rise of the super app
One app to rule them all: Rise of the super app

Now is the perfect time to get in on the super app game, establishing your company as a preferred partner or supplier early on...

By Lee Naik 8 Oct 2019

Moshe Ndiki is Telkom's new brand ambassador. Image supplied.
#Newsmaker: Telkom appoints Moshe Ndiki as its new brand ambassador

Telkom recently announced media personality and social media star Moshe Ndiki as its brand ambassador...

By Juanita Pienaar 18 Sep 2019

Why making mobile data cheaper is vital to kickstarting startup sector
Why making mobile data cheaper is vital to kickstarting startup sector

It's a widely acknowledged truth that if South Africa is to escape the economic morass it finds itself in, it needs to provide as much support to SMEs as possible...

By Greg Chen 13 Sep 2019

MTA expert, Joel Rubinson at the MMA SA's recent Thought Leadership Event, The Future of Attribution.
MTA expert Joel Rubinson on the future of attribution

The Mobile Marketing Association of SA's (MMA SA) recent thought leadership event, The Future of Attribution, focused on MTA with guest speaker, Joel Rubinson...

By Danette Breitenbach 3 Sep 2019

#WomensMonth: Ally Nezar says 'fintech was a natural fit'
#WomensMonth: Ally Nezar says 'fintech was a natural fit'

Ally Nezar is the marketing executive for Sureswipe, an independent card payment acceptance company in South Africa...

By Evan-Lee Courie 30 Aug 2019

Empowering news organisations through technological innovation
Empowering news organisations through technological innovation

Google launched the Google News Initiative, followed by the GNI Innovation Challenge to aid publishers in Africa transition to digital. We speak to Google's Mich Atagana about the initiative...

By Louise Burgers 28 Aug 2019

#Loeries 2019: Brand SA tells untold stories
#Loeries 2019: Brand SA tells untold stories

One of the first Loeries Masterclasses for the day was hosted by Brand SA. Sithembile Ntombela, acting chief marketing officer of Brand SA, opened the floor for speakers stating that the session was about building the South African brand, and how all stakeholders can (and should) be involved...

By Angie White 22 Aug 2019

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