Posts tagged as Technology

Things that made me like the world a little more

Posted by on the 8th of July 2015 | Comments

Some cool stuff has been happening in the social/tech space this month. Things that not only make you think, “I wish I’d done that,” but also some rather clever ways to use content. From Google finally doing something in the travel space where you don’t need a billion dollars to participate, to bigger and better […]

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#CerebraTakeover

Anna-Belle Mulder Posted by on the 10th of January 2014 | Comments

Being told you are going on a family holiday when you’re not part of the family can be a pretty daunting thing.

I’ve been at Cerebra for just under three months now, long enough to be in on the jokes…most of them at least. Long enough to greet people by their nicknames, or even make new ones up. Long enough to feel comfortable enough to burst into song at any given moment, knowing that most people wouldn’t even raise an eyebrow or openly ridicule me.

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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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Social media VS Social Business

Posted by on the 13th of August 2013 | Comments

Boardrooms, marketing meetings, and agencies around the world are abuzz with the words ‘Social Media’, however, “Social Business” is still a relatively new term that needs some clarifying.

Let’s start with the definitions:

Social Media refers to the means of interactions among people in which they create, share, and exchange information and ideas in virtual communities and networks.

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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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Social Business Africa 2013

Cerebra Posted by on the 3rd of July 2013 | Comments

Following the success of the inaugural Social Business Summit last year, sponsors Cerebra and WyseTalk have confirmed that Dion Hinchcliffe, Chief Strategy Officer of Dachis Group, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Social Business Africa conference.

Social Business Africa empowers business decision makers with insights and practical tools to transform their organisations from the inside out, and capitalise on the disruptive nature of social customers, employees, and technologies.

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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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Vodacom recognised as Africa’s top social brand

Cerebra Posted by on the 29th of May 2013 | Comments

Mobile communications company Vodacom is the only African brand to have its social media platforms, run by integrated strategic communication agency Cerebra, recognised by the 2013 Social Brands 100 report.

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SEO and the Filter Bubble

Posted by on the 7th of May 2013 | Comments

A significant pillar of search engine optimisation [SEO] has always been relevance. Delving deeper into present-day search algorithms however, has revealed a development that surely challenges the SEO principles we’re all accustomed to.

Consider this: invisible search engine filters ensure that you and I receive tailored, and therefore, very different SERPs when we individually do a Google search on the topic of, for example, the Gupta family (see the screenshot below for my results; share yours with me).

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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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