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  • 3 simple ways to drive engagement on social media

    We live in a blessed time. Social media tools like Facebook and Twitter have finally allowed for the scaling of one-to-one relationships online. The problem is that few are taking the amazing opportunity to create long-term quality relations with their followers and fans. Things are improving but most are still committing "crimes" when it comes to online engagement with their followers. This post will cover three easy to understand guidelines which everyone can adapt to improve overall engagement with their followers, which will in turn bring more traffic, strengthen the brand and drive higher profits. 1. Leave no engagement left...

  • App Deathmatch: Nike+ vs Runkeeper

    A uncovered autobiography and cookbook written by Kentucky Friend Chicken founder Colonel Harland Sanders was made available for download via KFC's Facebook page last month, which documents Sanders's life up to 1966 -- annoyingly you have to "like" and add an app to your account, so we pulled out some lessons based on anecdotes for you. In 1971, Sanders sold KFC to a liquor and food conglomerate called Heublein, which later lead to the Colonel becoming bitter as the quality of his beloved KFC declined and his relationship with Heublein deteriorated.var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Facebook and CNN to make US political coverage an interactive social experience

    International news outfit CNN is partnering with Facebook to offer an interactive and "uniquely social experience" for CNN’s on-air, mobile and online audiences and Facebook users this US election period. Through this partnership, Facebook and CNN say they hope to "amplify the voices" of social media users as they share their opinions on candidates and topical issues facing the country ahead of Election Day. The duo claims that it will achieve this through an "innovative multi-platform " that includes: “I'm Voting” Facebook App "Facebook and CNN will launch an interactive, engaging “I'm Voting” Facebook application. The app will enable people who...

  • Updated iPhone Twitter app to come with interactive tweets

    This is interesting. Updates to the iPhone's Twitter app, set to roll out with iOS 6, will give users a much more interactive experience than they've has before. According to release notes leaked to 9to5Mac, Twitter for iPhone 4.4 will include increased interactivity, enhanced notifications, and improved search. The interactive tweeting element is probably the most interesting. The content previews, images, and videos you can see from your web-based Twitter feed will now be available on your iPhone. The social network will also reportedly curate the images and tweets around selected events. The big push for improved search and...

  • 6 finger lickin’ good tips for success from Colonel Sanders

    A uncovered autobiography and cookbook written by Kentucky Friend Chicken founder Colonel Harland Sanders was made available for download via KFC's Facebook page last month, which documents Sanders's life up to 1966 -- annoyingly you have to "like" and add an app to your account, so we pulled out some lessons based on anecdotes for you. In 1971, Sanders sold KFC to a liquor and food conglomerate called Heublein, which later lead to the Colonel becoming bitter as the quality of his beloved KFC declined and his relationship with Heublein deteriorated.var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Facebook rolls out App Centre in major English-speaking countries

    Facebook has rolled its App Centre to users in the United States, Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United Kingdom, a month after the portal first went live. Anyone using Facebook in those countries will now see the App Centre on the bookmark on the left side of their home page on Facebook.com and in the Facebook apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android. The social network claims that the App Centre has already "helped millions of people discover new mobile and web apps". The big winners so far appear to have been game developers,...

  • Kayak finally readies IPO, looks to raise $100M

    Online hotel, flight, and travel search service Kayak is finally ready to go public after making its first filing with US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in November 2010. According to its latest filings with the SEC, the company is looking to raise around US$100.6-million in its IPO. As AllThingsD notes, that's about double what it was looking for in its initial filing. The offering would entail Kayak selling four-million shares for between US$22 and US$25 a share. The company initially delayed going public amid a volatile market last September, and delayed again after Facebook's shaky public debut....

  • Q&A with EasiOnline.com: The latest kid on the online buying block

    A flurry of online buying companies has rushed in on South Africa, some local and some from abroad, and a relatively new kid on the block has launched recently, offering any number of products amidst stiff competition. We spoke to Ardi Coetzee and Kevin Pillay from EasiOnline about their plans and aims in this market. Ventureburn: Perhaps we can start with a little on each of your backgrounds? Kevin Pillay: Prior to Easionline, I've been involved in the financial selling and credit industries, and decided to go into online, and am extremely happy so far with what I or rather we...

  • Smartphones start to overtake feature phones in China

    China has over one-billion mobile phone users and for the first time they're buying more smartphones than feature phones. According to Tech in Asia, the country's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) released a report detailing the number of mobile phones sold in the first half of 2012. Of the 190-million phones sent out to retailers across the country, 107-million were 3G capable. Admittedly not all of those are smartphones. MIIT has however confirmed that feature phones were firmly in the minority of phones shipped in the first half of 2012. In fact, smartphones now account...

  • Dark Knight Rises 13-minute TV spot is full of win, and Batman

    The Dark Knight rises, the utterly-epic finale to the Batman trilogy hits theaters on 20 July. In celebration, or to fuel the viral flames of war which Batman has always been excellent at, there's a shiny new 13-minute long TV special to wrap your cape around. Some men just want to watch the world burn, others want to watch Batman TV specials. This TV spot is chock-full of spoilers. You have been warned. We're built up beyond belief now. This is a two-large-popcorn-and-one-huge-Sprite type of movie. Get stuck in!var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • New Robocop trailer aims for viral success [Video]

    That's right folks, there's a new Robocop movie in the works and it's building buzz for itself with a (yawn) viral campaign. One of the main thrusts of the campaign is a website for the film's villainous face of big business Omnicorp. The site is the home of an advert-style trailer showing off sky drones, a new dark and gritty version of the ED 209 and, of course, incredibly unsubtle hints of the programme that will eventually result in Robocop. Look, the YouTube version of the video has hit around 80 000 views since going live over the weekend....

  • Screw utility, the web’s always been about entertainment

    In a recent article that appeared on AllThingsD, Keval Desai argues that the web of entertainment is now surpassing the web of utility. That initially looked interesting to me. Looking back, glossy-style magazine and gossip columns have been around forever, games on the web for years, online video is pretty ubiquitous, and streaming music sites are old news. That got me wondering what amazing new forms of entertainment Desai was imagining for the web's future. Furthermore, I was intrigued by what he would define as the "web of utility". Desai attempts to back his whole hypothesis that the web has...

  • Deep Fried Man’s 11 steps to perfect Twitter etiquette

    Knowing the right and wrong way to conduct oneself on Twitter can be difficult, and so I present to you a guide to proper Twitter etiquette, so that you can be a true gentleman or lady of the Twittersphere. Each etiquette tip is, aptly, in tweet format. I actually did send all these out in tweets earlier this week, and #TwitterEtiquette ended up trending in South Africa. Which, since I don't have a day job and spend every waking hour on Twitter, is the equivalent of you getting a raise or promotion at work. Yay me! 1. Don't beg...

  • Here we go again: Cartoon of SA president causes Twitter storm

    Here we go again. Another illustration involving South African president Jacob Zuma has the country in a froth. This time though, it's not a painting and it's not hanging in a prominent gallery. The work in question comes from satirical cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro, better known as Zapiro. In the cartoon, Zuma is depicted as an actual penis looking at himself in a mirror. The cartoon, which appeared in the Friday edition of South African national weekly newspaper the Mail & Guardian, makes direct reference to Brett Murray's 'The Spear' painting. The painting, which became controversial after the ruling party took...

  • Table Magic: Africa’s bold answer to OpenTable

    With all the affection bestowed upon restaurant services like Zagat and OpenTable, it’s high time that a standout name starts crescendoing in Africa. Cape Town-based Table Magic is stepping forward to lend its voice. Last year, Google paid US$151 million to acquire restaurant ratings service Zagat, after its US$500 million bid to acquire Yelp fell through, and restaurant reservations service, OpenTable, is currently valued just over a billion US dollars. Whether one agrees with the jaw dropping price tags or