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Financial Regulators Warn Against Instant EFT

In a surprising announcement, South African financial bodies the Reserve Bank, and the Financial Sector Conduct Authority, issued a warning this week that consumers should beware of "Instant EFT" payment options on Ecommerce sites, calling them fundamentally unsafe and potentially leaving users open to fraud, and without recourse. Offered by many major payment gateway providers, [...]

By | November 27th, 2020|Categories: News, Online Marketing|Tags: |

Disappearing Tweets & The Return Of Verification

Twitter made two recent announcements about changes to the platform, one of which was the launch of their new "Fleets" messaging, which allows users to send a series of short messages (text, images or video clips) that disappear after 24 hours. Fleets? Fleets give Twitter users a way of posting an Instagram Stories-like series of [...]

By | November 27th, 2020|Categories: News, Social Media|Tags: , , |

Advertisers Working With Social Media To Curb Harmful Content

3 months after a major advertiser boycott which led to massive brands such as Coca-Cola, The Hershey Co., Unilever, Verizon, Honda, Birchbox, Ben & Jerry’s, The North Face, REI, and Patagonia among other groups withdrawing their advertising from Facebook in the wake of the death of George Floyd in police custody, the World Federation of [...]

By | October 28th, 2020|Categories: News, Social Media|Tags: , , |

Anti-Trust Report Hints At Tech Firm Break-Ups

After a 16 month long investigation, followed by a virtual hearing with the CEO's of Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google (Alphabet), the US House Judiciary committee released a 449 page report at the beginning of this month, detailing the results of their investigation into anti-trust allegations against the companies that are commonly seen as the [...]

By | October 28th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Blended Model Expected For Future SA Office Work

With the unprecedented shift to remote working at the start of the nationwide lock-down nearly 6 months ago, many companies, and especially large corporate ones, discovered a surprising benefit to working from home. Multiple companies reported an increase in productivity that it is believed has paved the way for a "blended" future model for office [...]

By | September 30th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: |

Facebook EU Operations In Doubt

As we all know, online privacy, the security of user data, and the use which that data is put to have become significant issues at this stage of the evolution of our digital environment. As part of efforts to address those concerns, the EU passed the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) in 2018, which governed [...]

By | September 30th, 2020|Categories: News, Social Media|Tags: , |

Facebook Grants For SA

If you own a small business in South Africa, and have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for a grant from Facebook of up to R24,482 in cash, and R14,689 in advertising vouchers. As long as you're 18 or older, have between 2 and 50 employees, don't sell alcohol or tobacco [...]

By | August 28th, 2020|Categories: News, Social Media|

eCommerce Surges Under Lock-Down

While many, perhaps even most, businesses in South Africa have found themselves struggling under the national lock-down, (one of the harshest in the world), eCommerce in SA has grown by leaps and bounds. Uptake of eCommerce has traditionally lagged behind here for a large number of reasons, including lack of internet penetration, credit issues, and [...]

By | July 31st, 2020|Categories: News, Online Marketing|Tags: , |

POPI Compliance Deadline Set

Although promulgated into law in 2013, the Protection of Personal Information Act, (or POPI Act) has been in only limited effect for the past 7 years, never really going past the point of setting up the office of the Regulator as envisaged in the Act. As a result, although the framework has been there, the [...]

By | June 25th, 2020|Categories: News, Retention Marketing|Tags: , |

Google Ad Revenue Drops For First Time

For the first time since eMarketer began estimating ad revenue for Google, the net US digital ad revenue of the search and advertising giant will decline. Combined with continued (although depressed) growth for Facebook and Amazon, this means that their market share has also declined. According to current estimates, which factor in the global pandemic, [...]

By | June 25th, 2020|Categories: Google Ads, News|Tags: , |