Monthly Archive: March, 2016

Capitec Challenges the Big Brands

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The South African banking industry is going through some interesting times, what with Barclays looking to sell off its Absa share, and recent reports that all banks (not only FNB) have been closing branches… Continue reading

Brand Lessons from the Magic Kingdom

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There’s no doubting that Walt Disney built an impressive empire. The brand is synonymous with entertainment and childhood experiences — adventure, imagination, play. Amy Rees Anderson, an entrepreneur turned angel investor and small business mentor, writes… Continue reading

Cross-Cultural Communication Pitfalls

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As the world shrinks, doing business with people from different cultures becomes something of a minefield, especially when it comes to those ‘difficult’ conversations, when things have gone wrong, or when bargaining for… Continue reading

Resources For African Entrepreneurs

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Entrepreneur Club, a resource site for startups and SMMEs in Africa and the Middle East, has been launched by telecommunications giant Orange. The site is a repository of useful videos, advice and other… Continue reading

Ad of the Week – Keep it Fresh

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Every Wednesday I select a current ad to award the title of ‘Ad of the Week’, for my regular column on Marklives.com, Africa’s foremost marketing site. This week’s pick is a campaign from… Continue reading

Fierce Sun – a Word for Go-getter

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The word jua kali means ‘fierce sun’ in Swahili, but also translates to a person, businessman, or entrepreneur who can fix or practically do anything upon request. In Kenya these types of workers have… Continue reading

Bridging the Gap Between Marketing and IT

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According to the Harvard Business Review, the CMO Council has found that more than a third of CMOs believe that digital marketing will account for 75% or more of their spending within the… Continue reading

Nigeria’s S&T Media Secures $1m Seed Round

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I received an interesting report about Nigerian outdoor media company S&T Media. The advertising channel announced that it has received seed financing from early-stage technology venture capital firm, EchoVC Partners, who have committed up to… Continue reading

What is a Sprint, and When to Sprint?

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Getting a project off the ground, while everybody in the organisation is also busy with other day-to-day stuff, can cause unwanted delays in the project. Sprint is a technique that gets everyone co-ordinated… Continue reading

The One Open Letter All Business Leaders Should Read

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In an open letter to the chief executives at S&P 500 companies and large European organisations, Larry Fink, the chief executive at BlackRock, the world’s biggest investor with $4.6 trillion, puts the case for… Continue reading