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Is Facebook about to set up a Johannesburg office? [Updates]

johannesburg-170478_1280 If a job posting on LinkedIn is anything to go by, then Facebook is about to open up operations in Johannesburg. The social network has posted a position for a Regional Measurement Lead to help bolster its advertising growth in Africa and South Africa. According to the posting: Facebook is seeking a highly quantitative, driven, and creative measurement lead to work within our Marketing Science Regional Measurement team to support its advertising business in South Africa and wider African market. ...

Advertising & Marketing

If you’re not using data, it’s pretty likely your PR strategy sucks

Data Online PR offers companies exposure online through social media, industry news websites and blogs. You are able to reach customers through niche websites, which creates a targeted and potentially measured approach. It reaches the digitally connected audience, who are reading news and researching during work hours and on their mobiles after hours or on the go. This is where traditional PR is extremely limited and where digital PR excels. Together, they make for a powerful marketing tool. However, without data ...

Ventureburn

Is 2015 the year for online shopping in South Africa?

ecommerce computer card Fresh ecommerce stats from Statista.com show that 40% of worldwide internet users have bought products or goods online via desktop, mobile, tablet or other online devices. This amounts to more than 1 billion online buyers and is projected to grow steadily. The boom in global online shopping comes off the back of innovative encryption and continuous security upgrades by leading payment gateway providers. eMarketer also estimates that business-to-consumer (B2C) ecommerce sales worldwide will reach US$1.92-trillion in 2016. Read more on Ventureburn.

General Tech

4 signs that it is time to replace your ERP system

Number four The enterprise resource planning (ERP) market is evolving at a rapid pace as a result of technology innovation. At the same time, most businesses are changing themselves as they try to keep up with the frantic pace of business in the digital era. That means that you should always be keeping a close eye on whether your enterprise business applications are keeping up with the changes in your business and its environment as well as whether you are taking full advantage ...

Security

Here’s what you need to know about securing the new era of big data

Security screen In the digital age, information is the new currency. And in order to get information, enterprises are mining data -- and lots of it -- for the knowledge that it can yield. On the scale of Internet commerce or social networks, the amount of data can be pretty large -- think of the hundreds of millions of smartphones and end-user devices. On the scale of consumer, medical, scientific, or research data, it can be gigantic, as sensors and ...

Social media

10 tips to repair your negative online reputation

Repairs No matter how excellent your brand is, misconduct and negative comments online can very quickly damage your digital reputation. You might not be able to delete what was said about you, and it is always a big mistake if you do, but there are steps that you can take to minimize the damage. In our digital business climate today, it’s important to have online reputation management (ORM) processes in place to help you gain a better understanding of your digital footprint, ...

Gearburn

‘H1Z1′, ‘Evolve’ beta and Dead Kings DLC: this week’s TGIF video roundup

H1Z1-lead TGIF, and we really shouldn’t be at work, but that won’t stop us from gandering through the week’s best tech, gadget and gaming videos, now will it? A day late and a dollar short? If you're wondering why out TGIF roundup is falling on a Monday this week, we blame CES 2015. But that doesn't mean Monday shouldn't at least get some of the fun. Get your week off to a good note by watching last week's most wonderful and weirdest tech ...

Ventureburn

Ubongo, Lekki Peninsula Affordable Schools named Africa’s top edupreneurs

books There are plenty of exciting entrepreneurs in Africa trying to kickstart education systems through affordable education, interactive games, online content and digital career discovery platforms. That level of entrepreneurship is being matched by interest from international investors. One such investor, Pearson, recently concluded its Edupreneurship Programme -- an attempt to help these startups scale effectively. Two of the continent's top edupreneurs -- Tanzanian-based, Ubongo, and Lekki Peninsula Affordable Schools from Nigeria -- were awarded by the Pearson Affordable Learning Fund ...

News

Xiaomi acquires 3% of Chinese games and software giant Kingsoft for $68M

OnePlus-One-vs-Xiaomi-Mi-3. Xiaomi, the world's third largest smartphone distributor, has acquired 2.98% of Kingsoft, a games and software company, for HK$527 million (~US$68 million). The Xiaomi investment in Kingsoft is expected to be completed at the end of January. The company bought its shares from internet giant Tencent, which reduced its stake in Kingsoft to 9.6%. Xiaomi has been on a fierce trajectory since it broke onto the technology scene in 2010. It has taken its dominance of the smartphone scene in China ...

Twitter

The twar that wasn’t: how Zelda and Redi showed that Twitter can be sane

Zelda On Saturday, the South African Twittersphere was set into a fresh rage spiral following comments from Nelson Mandela's former PA and confidant Zelda la Grange that president Jacob Zuma made white people feel unwelcome in the country. I'm sure comments like :unafrican to have dogs,stress is western creation,Van Riebeeck etc all good for investment in SA— Zelda (@ZeldalaGrangeSA) January 17, 2015 Makes white people really feel welcome in SA. I think I'm calling Jan today to ask him what de hell ...

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