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  • 9 tips for better video meetings

    July 30, 2020

    Author: Pippa Galbraith, Content Specialist, Social & Innovation As video-conferencing has fast become our new norm across work and social life, we whipped up a couple hard ‘n fast protocols to make it a better experience for everyone. Welcome to the new-age netiquette of everything gone virtual. Arrive early. Like any work meeting, get in early. Most virtual meeting rooms open five minutes before, so log on and set up. Small talk making you anxious?...

  • How to virtually close the client relationship gap

    July 23, 2020

    Author: Charles Rathumbu, Digital Account Manager In the past few months, we’ve all seen major changes within industries, especially the communications field. There’s been a shift from relying on physical interactions to virtual ones including meetings, conferences, and events. Major brand events such as the Facebook F8 developer conference, the Mobile World Congress, and the  Google News Initiative summit had to be cancelled. IBM cancelled their annual 'IBM Think 2020' conference but the company chose...

  • Top Tips For Launching a Product In a Pandemic

    July 14, 2020

    The following article is an extract from the latest FleishmanHillard global report: Recovery and Resurgence Communications: what tech sector pros need to do now. Author: Paula Conhain, Senior Vice President and Partner,  Corporate Reputation, San Francisco Launching a product in a pandemic. As PR counselors, it sounds exactly like the kind of thing we’d vehemently advise clients NOT to do. But what happens when their business cannot afford to cancel? When they operate in a...

  • The Case For Creativity In Reemergence

    July 3, 2020

    The following article is an extract from the latest FleishmanHillard global report: Recovery and Resurgence Communications: what tech sector pros need to do now. Author: Jared Carneson, Senior Vice President and Senior Partner, FleishmanHillard San Francisco. While the verdict is out on which behavioral shift takes center stage in a post-pandemic reemergence, people cannot deny that COVID-19 has forced rapid digital transformation at scale. And most likely, there is no going back. As we seek...

  • Ushering In a New Era

    June 12, 2020

      According to McKinsey we face a structural break where patterns of behavior have changed overnight and will not return to the status quo. It’s the end of an era and it remains to be seen which companies will be leading industries where the underlying structure has changed dramatically; writing the rules for the new economy. The following is adapted from FleishmanHillard Global: True Intelligence. Return As the South African Government begins to ease restrictions...

  • Celebrating Freedom Day in a time of COVID-19

    April 27, 2020

    Reflect - On what is important Freedom Day commemorates the first democratic post-apartheid non-racial elections held on April 27th 1994, which saw Nelson Mandela elected as President, and made freedom an inalienable right for all the citizens of South Africa - regardless of race, gender or creed. Today, this symbolic time in our history is being celebrated while the country, and the globe as a whole, finds itself at war with the COVID-19 pandemic. As...

  • Great minds don’t think alike

    August 8, 2018

    Cognitive Diversity is a term that we’re hearing more and more about, not only in communications, but in various industries, across a variety of sectors. In their 2018 Trends Brief, Sparks and Honey identified “Cognitive Diversity” as an important ideological trend for the year. The concept recommends bringing together people with different ways of thinking and distinctive working styles to create a debate and ultimately produce more creative ideas.  Cognitive diversity is not predicted by...

  • Adapt or die: brands and cultural diversity across Africa

    May 29, 2018

    A one-size-fits-all approach to marketing communications does not work in Africa, or any of its 54 countries. Yes, there is a huge sense of optimism around Africa, and we continue to find our voice, but to build on and harness the massive progress we have already made, there is a real need for African-born creativity to be recognised and respected by an international community. This means that when businesses from beyond African borders plan to...

  • 5 Reasons your business needs SEO

    May 21, 2018

    With over 85 percent of consumers taking to online search engines to find the service they’re looking for, just having a website is no longer enough. With more leads than ever being generated online, your business needs to act smarter and faster to pick them up. According to a HubSpot study, 75 percent of internet users never scroll past the first page of the Search Engine Results Page (SERPs). Other than first page ranking, how...

  • Twitter makes life on social real hard for fake news

    March 19, 2018

    Twitter is one of the most popular social networks, hitting 8 million users in South Africa at the end of 2017. In the past couple of years, governments, political figures, celebrities and brands have all tapped into the power of this social network, by using it as a communication channel. The influence that the micro-blogging service wields cannot be ignored. Unfortunately, this influence has also attracted some of the more nefarious parts of society, those...