World Economic Forum Calls For #internet4all

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Today, the Word Economic Forum (WEF) called for a campaign to promote internet access as a basic right. Elsie Kanza, Head of Africa and Member of the Executive Committee for the WEF, writes… Continue reading

Google Gives Guidance: Designing a Better Mobile UX

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People are starting to use their mobile devices (phones and tablets) more and more for internet access, and are demanding a more fluid and easy-to-use experience, especially when it comes to shopping. 30%… Continue reading

You Are More Powerful Than You Know

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Here’s something to meditate on today: a blog post by the irrepressible Seth Godin, who is always good for a philosophical discussion about the world of business. MORE POWERFUL THAN YOU KNOW I… Continue reading

What to do when things get heated

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No matter how reasonable you try to be in a work transaction, sometimes lines get crossed, mistakes get made, and conversations turn into arguments. It’s a lose-lose situation, with both (or all) parties… Continue reading

So You’re Disruptive? – Yeah, Right…

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For my Friday Funny, here’s a cartoon. But like all good humour, it deals with something a little more serious under the surface. “When every innovation claims to be disruptive, ‘disruptive’ loses its… Continue reading

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