Posts tagged as Social Media

THE 5 PR BRICKS – What they are and how they relate to social

Simone Carter Posted by on the 5th of December 2013 | Comments

Over the past few years, press conferences have become Twitter chats, reporters have become bloggers, news clips have become news links, press kits have become content, and user feedback has become a social media conversation. However, no matter how much technology changes (and will continue to change) the way that we communicate, the basic principles of media communication remain the same.

Developed by Cerebra’s Managing Director, Craig Rodney, the 5 PR bricks are the fundamental pillars for becoming the ultimate PR consultant and knowing where to add value so that clients keep coming back for more. Of course, it’s not as easy as just knowing what they are; it’s up to you to follow through with each one of them.

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WPP acquires a majority stake in Cerebra

Cerebra Posted by on the 27th of November 2013 | Comments

Cerebra is proud to announce the sale of a majority stake in the business to leading global communications services company, WPP. The deal positions Cerebra perfectly to take advantage of the growing social media and social business opportunity within South Africa and across the continent.

Founded in 2006 headquartered in Johannesburg, and employing around 35 people, Cerebra
Is best known for building, engaging and activating brand communities for clients including Vodacom, Nedbank, Hollard, Absa, and Autopage.

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Same same but different – the importance of tracking your competitors on Social Media

Keenan Harduth Posted by on the 19th of November 2013 | Comments

As the digital space evolves and more and more businesses are competing for limited space on Social Media platforms, tracking your competitors is more important than ever. Not only can competitor analysis in the digital realm help form benchmarks to better your own digital strategy but it will also offer insights that traditional market analysis can’t.

Many businesses feel that it is important to make their own mark in their fields of expertise regardless of what competitors are doing. The general sentiment amongst brands seems to be that that looking to other brands to help form best practices or benchmarks is counterintuitive; Social Media does however propose a unique case.

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The story behind the Brand Convection Model

Reece Jacobsen Posted by on the 7th of November 2013 | Comments

That awkward moment when you ask your boss what your job actually is.

That’s actually how it all started, a conversation between Craig Rodney and myself about what my job entails, after nearly four years as a Community Manager. When he asked what I meant, I simply stated, “Is my job to make the community care about the brand, or to make the brand care about the community?”

It was a tough question; we hadn’t considered that it could be both.

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Tapping Into Your Brand’s Information Mainline – The Enterprise Technology Show 2013

Keenan Harduth Posted by on the 3rd of November 2013 | Comments

Cerebra was fortunate enough to be involved in last year’s Internet Show as an exhibitor and with a speaking spot. This year, I returned on behalf of Cerebra to what has evolved into The Enterprise Technology Show. Made up of the Internet Show, Loyalty World, The Marketing Technology Show, Big Data World Africa and The Mobile Show Africa 2014, the two-day show, exhibition and conference comprised of a completely free conference and an all-new VIP event, which included keynote speakers and focused, breakaway roundtable discussions.

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The 2013 Cerebra Social Business Africa Report

Cerebra Posted by on the 12th of August 2013 | Comments

New research report by Cerebra, examines the social media and social business practices of Africa’s top 200 companies.

When ranking brand social engagement in Africa, telecoms companies lead the way, occupying four of the top five positions. In no particular order, they are: Safaricom (@Safaricomltd), MTN Nigeria (@MTNNg), Mobinil (@Mobinil), Maroc Telecom (@Maroc_Telecom). This according to the 2013 Cerebra Social Business Africa Report, a comprehensive study of the internal collaboration and external social engagement of Africa’s top 200 companies, powered by Fuseware.

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Instagram is moving (literally)

Posted by on the 21st of June 2013 | Comments

If you download the update you’ll see that you can now choose between photo or video and then (as per normal photo usage) choose filters before you publish.

On face value, from a product development point of view, it makes sense that one of the fastest growing photo editing and sharing social networks would expand their offering.

However…..

I think that Instagram was one of the first apps I downloaded when I upgraded to an iPhone (it’s been around since Oct 2010.) I’m a visual person with a very short attention span so being able to see ‘slice of life’ pics from all over the world was appealing – still is. It’s a true mobile photo sharing and editing app that just works, and stuff looks amazing, what’s not to love?

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Facebook To Charge For Private Messaging?

Posted by on the 26th of March 2013 | Comments

This morning the office was abuzz with talk of Facebook’s latest change – seems the company has rolled out preliminary testing on their messaging service. Basically, should you wish to send a private message to someone who is not a connection, Facebook will charge you anywhere from $1 (approx. R9,46) to deliver your message. If you don’t pay, your message will be sent to that recipients spam folder.

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I tried to test this today by sending a message to a colleague who is not a friend on Facebook, and my message went through just fine. So although this testing phase has been rolled out in South Africa, it’s clearly only to a percentage of the South African users, for now.

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SXSW: Behaviour on the Internet

Posted by on the 18th of March 2013 | Comments

The majority of all the sessions I attended had one key point – explaining how humans behave on the web, and how we can take “advantage” of that behavior.

Sounds easy, but it seems most of us, as much as we use the web, take little notice of the finer human nuances to how people share, gather, read and talk. In a talk about cyber bullying with the creators of itgetsbetter.org, they highlighted the fact that in certain communities people enjoy being anonymous. This simple human truth – that we all have secrets and don’t necessarily share everything with everyone – is why many LGBT forums exist, allowing people to come together in a closed community and talk about their challenges or fears. Community, even in anonymity, is strong.

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SXSW: A brief overview

Keenan Harduth Posted by on the 13th of March 2013 | Comments

Anyone who knows anything about SXSW knows that it is a frenzied week of interactive conferences, film and music. This year it is even bigger as its the 20th anniversary of the event, which means there are over 5000 events in the city of Austin.

Born in 1987 as a music festival only, the organisers added the film festival and interactive conference in 1994. Johnny Cash was the keynote speaker in 1987 and in 2013 the main keynote was Elon Musk.

This is a clear indication of how the super conference has evolved over the years from music dominating the scene up to 2009/2010 to the switch to interactive becoming the biggest pull for people. The numbers speak for themselves, as you can see in the table below.

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SXSW: Social Media ROI

Posted by on the 12th of March 2013 | Comments

It was with great interest that I attended a working group session on social media ROI. The room was filled with both brand marketing as well as agency social media people. I must state up front this was an open discussion session and not a talk from a panel.

First off, I was fascinated at how sales focused most of the questions were, with the majority of the Q&A revolving around how people have succeeded in selling more via social. Considering the environment and audience, I really would have thought the conversation would have progressed a bit.
The main points, which we’ve all heard over and over, are outlined below:

• Billboards can’t track sales so why should social.

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SXSW: Social Media and TV

Posted by on the 11th of March 2013 | Comments

A big discussion point at SXSW is the learning and innovation around social and television. The US pretty much leads the entertainment business and their social media integration into their television series, reality, sports and news has been quick to market. Stepping back to look at trends and what has worked @jdeeringdavis shared her insight, as well learning’s from the social team at WWE.

The most tweeted about categories are still Reality TV, Sports, Series and One time special events. Interesting insights:

– Reality TV & One Time Events – The selection of hosts and the conversations around them show there to be more conversation on social media than the actual contestants. This could be a strategy from the producers

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