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A brief guide to creating powerful hashtags

If you've ever wondered what fuels social media these days, the answer is the hashtag. No longer the currency of gum-chewing, pre-teen girls, a powerful hashtag can circle the world faster than Superman can change into tights...

By Steven Slotow 2 days ago

Stories sharing a boon for digital marketers
Stories sharing a boon for digital marketers

Updated Stories feature creates new opportunities for engagement across Facebook's family of apps...

By Gil Sperling 11 Jul 2018

Ethiopia allows access to over 260 blocked websites
Ethiopia allows access to over 260 blocked websites

The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomed the Ethiopian government's decision to allow access to 264 websites, including news outlets and blogs, that were blocked in the country...

6 Jul 2018

Meet the Cameroonian startup creating a social network for Africa
Meet the Cameroonian startup creating a social network for Africa

Cameroonian startup Dikalo has launched a localised Africa-specific social communications platform...

By Gabriella Mulligan 6 Jul 2018

Smaller is better, especially with influence
Smaller is better, especially with influence

The big names in influencer realms may pull in the big bucks and big audiences, but it is the micro influencer that is finally finding its place in the sun, writes Federico Dedeu...

By Federico Dedeu 6 Jul 2018

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KFC South Africa's hilarious World Cup ad hits 9GAG

Congrats, KFC South Africa, you're now 9GAG famous...

By Andy Walker 5 Jul 2018

Building a digital continent
Building a digital continent

Building a digital continent: towards a new model for collaboration between Africa and its more developed peers...

By Michael Pittelkow 5 Jul 2018

SA's Reach Lions-winning work...
#CannesLions2018: Reach Lions winners!

The 65th annual Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity continued on 21 June, with the 2018 Creative Data, Direct, Media, PR and Social & Influencer winners announced during the Reach award ceremony...

21 Jun 2018

#NewCampaign: Knysna Tourism shares the unique #SpiritofKnysna
#NewCampaign: Knysna Tourism shares the unique #SpiritofKnysna

Knysna Tourism's #SpiritofKnysna campaign pays homage to Knysna's scenic beauty, people and unique spirit, demonstrating the destinations resilience to rise above the trauma of the past year...

20 Jun 2018

Privacy - The new luxury purchase
Privacy - The new luxury purchase

In the wake of the recent Facebook scandal that revealed how Cambridge Analytical had gained improper access to the sensitive, personal information of up to 87 million Facebook users, consumers around the world are waking up to the value of personal privacy...

By Bronwyn Williams 20 Jun 2018

CPJ slams Tanzania govt for "draconian" social media laws
CPJ slams Tanzania govt for "draconian" social media laws

Tanzania forces forums, blogs, and streaming websites to comply with draconian regulations...

19 Jun 2018

Tanzania shuts down Jamii Forums over tough new rules
Tanzania shuts down Jamii Forums over tough new rules

A popular Tanzanian blogging site, Jamii Forums, has shut down following government enforcement of harsh new online content regulations...

14 Jun 2018

Mike Sharman, Retroviral co-founder, CEO and chief creative strategist and Shaka Sisulu, entrepreneur and founder of digital and social media agency Plum. Image supplied.
Shaka Sisulu acquires 51% stake in Retroviral Digital Communications

Entrepreneur, Shaka Sisulu has announced that he has acquired a 51% stake in Retroviral Digital Communications...

13 Jun 2018

How AI is being used in customer support in Africa
How AI is being used in customer support in Africa

Delivering artificial intelligence-powered experiences and tools to filter social media to empower customer service...

5 Jun 2018

#NEWSWATCH: Uganda's 'social media tax' condemned
#NEWSWATCH: Uganda's 'social media tax' condemned

Uganda is in the news today across the globe for what is being called a "social media tax" on social media users in the East African country, which has in the past imposed draconian laws that curb press freedom and freedom of speech.

By Louise Marsland 1 Jun 2018

Building better relationships between brands and influencers
Building better relationships between brands and influencers

Ofentse Maloba explores ways how brands and influencers can build better relationships that can benefit them both...

By Ofentse Maloba 31 May 2018

Top 3 takeouts from Zuckerberg's fireside chat at Viva Tech
Top 3 takeouts from Zuckerberg's fireside chat at Viva Tech

During a fireside chat with Publicis Groupe chairman and co-founder, Maurice Levy, at the recent Viva Tech event, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke about privacy, GDPR, his plans for governance, and how he intends to fight bad content...

29 May 2018

GDPR: ground zero for a more trusted, secure internet
GDPR: ground zero for a more trusted, secure internet

Most of us have been bombarded recently by a barrage of emails from companies begging us to "stay in touch" or "opt in" or informing us of a "policy update". On May 25, an historic date for the internet, the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force...

By Bill Buchanan 28 May 2018

Corporate crises expose leaders to new challenge
Corporate crises expose leaders to new challenge

A series of corporate communication missteps and ponderous responses has exposed a gap in the skills mix at executive and directorial levels across South Africa ...

By Auguste Coetzer 24 May 2018

Facebook hub, Lagos, Nigeria.
Facebook launches Africa's first hub space in Nigeria

In partnership with CcHub, Facebook launches NG_Hub in Lagos - its first hub space in Africa...

23 May 2018

How to grow your business with these influencer marketing strategies
How to grow your business with these influencer marketing strategies

The fall of traditional outbound marketing strategies has seen the meteoric rise of influencer marketing This is due to its potential to grow your business manifold. It can help you to engage with your audience and improve your brand's visibility.

By Brian Mechem 22 May 2018

Jared Molko. Image by Gregor Rohrig
#AfricaMonth: Africa's time to shine

It's Africa Month, which is a great time to reflect on where we are as a connected society and what role we as African digital citizens have to play in the near future...

By Jared Molko 21 May 2018

UN urges release of Mauritanian blogger
UN urges release of Mauritanian blogger

UN experts urge immediate release of detained Mauritanian blogger eligible for release on time-served...

10 May 2018

#NewCampaign: Gimme #HopeJoanna
#NewCampaign: Gimme #HopeJoanna

Grid Worldwide launched its #HopeJoanna campaign on Freedom Day (Friday, 27 April) highlighting the highs and lows of the past 30 years in an effort to convey a message of hope and a sense of optimism to all South Africans...

By Jessica Tennant 9 May 2018

Sudan cracks down on social media activity
Sudan cracks down on social media activity

Four Sudanese citizens charged with defamation and cybercrimes for social media activity...

7 May 2018

Campaign to encourage African languages on social media
Campaign to encourage African languages on social media

Twitter indexes Kiswahili as one of its languages for #AfricanLanguagesDay and Africa Day...

4 May 2018

Snapchat Spectacles.
Snapchat reveals new Spectacles that can take photos

Snap Inc. is determined to make its camera-equipped sunglasses, developed for Snapchat users, a hit...

2 May 2018

Emilar Gandhi, public policy manager for the SADC region for Facebook | Photo: Jessica Tennant
Facebook Africa, Digify Africa launch online safety programme for SA youth

Facebook Africa and Digify Africa have partnered to launch an online safety programme called Ilizwe Lam, Xhosa for my world...

By Jessica Tennant 25 Apr 2018

The Soapbox Films team with Stein back-left.
VR and digital video storytelling as top marketing tools for 2018

Creative director and virtual reality expert Brendan Stein of Soapbox Films video production company explains how to make B2B video pop and why you need to get to the 'why' fast in your VR and video marketing, or else...

By Leigh Andrews 19 Apr 2018

Bruce Daisley of Twitter on the power of amazing culture businesses (Part 3)
Bruce Daisley of Twitter on the power of amazing culture businesses (Part 3)

Bruce Daisley is VP for Europe at Twitter, and runs the Eat Sleep Work Repeat podcast. In the last part of this three-part article, Jon Ratcliffe chatted with him about purpose, well-being, what advice he can give young students entering the industry...

By Jon Ratcliffe 19 Apr 2018

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