The technologies that enable double-digit growth are creating new digital ecosystems Mobile devices to be the biggest driver of growth in content consumption Ability to persuade customers to pay fair value for digital content among top CEO challenges Global media and entertainment CEOs are optimistic about the digital future and expect digital revenue will be a rapidly increasing percentage of overall revenue for companies, according to Ernst & Young’s latest CEO study Opportunity and optimism: How CEOs are embracing digital growthreleased today. The report reveals that approximately half of all CEOs surveyed believe digital will increase their overall revenues and margins by at least 10% within the next three years. The report is the result of surveys conducted with 34 CEOs from global media and entertainment companies with combined annual revenues exceeding US$300 billion. The companies have a broad geographic span and encompass a wide variety of media and entertainment subsectors, including filmed entertainment, television, music, electronic games, entertainment services, cable networks and channels, cable and satellite operators, internet and interactive media, advertising, publishing and conglomerates. When we asked which technologies are driving this double-digit growth in digital, 79% of CEOs said tablets. “CEOs are undeterred about the role digital will play in their futures,” said John Nendick, Global Media and Entertainment Leader at Ernst & Young. “There is a heightened optimism from a few years ago when industry leaders were more tentative about the potential of digital. All of the CEOs we spoke with understand that digital is probably the single most important factor – impacting their ability to grow both revenues and margins.” Mobile devices to be the biggest driver of growth in content consumption The report also addresses the impact of “digital ecosystems” through which consumers view and share content on a multitude of . . .
With the mobilization of technology and the ever-changing social media sphere it pays to stay on top of the latest trends and innovations, which is why the Marketers Executive Forum is hosting a workshop where you can hear of some of the most cutting edge marketing and consumer trends from around the world that will give you loads of applicable ideas for the brands that you work on. The workshop will be hosted by Neil Hart, Chairman of the Boomtown Board of Directors and with his extensive knowledge and experience you will be sure to walk away informed, educated and charged with fresh ideas. Participant outcomes include understanding the new consumer environment, learning about innovative ideas that apply to your brand, gaining a global perspective to marketing and being informed of key trends that drive growth in the marketplace. The MXF Workshop takes place on Thursday, 20 September, from 8-11am, at Boomtown. The cost is R450 incl. vat. Seats are limited so book now to avoid disappointment. To book your seat, please follow the link: http://www.mxforum.co.za/registration-form/ For more information contact Gabi at 041 364 0180 or email email@example.com, or visit www.mxforum.co.za More Info: http://www.mxforum.co.za Author: Gabriela Vleeschouwer from Boomtown. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: [/l2g] . . .
SPAR Eastern Cape’s female employees used their annual internal ladies’ day not to pamper themselves but to give back to the community by spending the day at two underprivileged crèches in Nelson Mandela Bay on Friday. The 95 women divided themselves between the Lilitha Crèche in Veeplaas and the Sonwabile Educare Centre in New Brighton, where they entertained the children, cooked them a meal and left behind a variety of educational materials and toys. Speaking at the New Brighton event, SPAR EC human resources officer Uonella Ntsebeza said it was very important for the company to assist organisations in the communities in which it operated. “As women we are caregivers, so for us this just fits naturally. I think this is typical of women – to do something for other people.” Ntsebeza said a lot of work had gone into planning the day, with every employee involved in coming up with ideas for themes and activities. The 110 children at the New Brighton crèche were treated to facepainting, a jumping castle and mini-Olympics, as well as a visit from Trolley Man, before enjoying hamburgers and party packs in the colourfully draped school hall. “At the end of the day, they received back sacks with colouring books, crayons, lunch tins, juice bottles and other items to contribute towards their education.” According to her, the little ones were mostly raised in single-parent families or by their grandmothers, who relied on the child support grant as their sole source of income. “We just wanted to make it a really fun day for the kids. The reward we got from seeing them smiling and happy was just priceless.” Sonwabile Educare Centre principal Zoliswa Nkwalase said she felt very blessed by the supermarket giant’s involvement and looked forward to an ongoing partnership. “Going forward, we’re hoping to assist the school in any way that we can,” said Ntsebeza. SPAR EC creditors manager Zelda le Roux said she and her fellow employees had been . . .
Independent BBBEE Practitioner, Sibusiso Nkosi, has launched a web application called BBBEE LearnOnline. The web application contains various modules that present different topics relating to Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment. Unlike traditional BEE Consulting methods which are based on a one on one session, BBBEE LearnOnline prescribes topics that take place during these kinds of sessions, but ensures that they take place at the convenience of the client over the internet. One of the major obstacles for business to effectively implement strong BBBEE strategies is the convenience in accessing comprehensive information relating to BBBEE in a cost effective manner. This creates a huge challenge for the business community. Travelling to meetings during office hours or having meetings scheduled can be rather inconvenient as it takes up too much time. The cost factor also need to mentioned, meaning that one on one consultations with BEE consultants usually have a high rate and cost attached to them which creates a challenge for businesses to comply with BBBEE. These are obstacles that BBBEE LearnOnline aims to challenge. Unlike other BBBEE online resources, this web application provides broader topics relating to Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment which are structured in a consultative manner. It also presents itself as a business opportunity in the sense that it allows for other entities to become resellers of the application by providing it as a service to their clients. For more information on the developer, visit www.bbbeeinfo.co.za. To view BBBEE LearnOnline go to www.learnonline.bbbeeinfo.co.za. Also follow BBBEE LearnOnline on twitter for updates and more information (@BEELearnOnline) More Info: http://www.learnonline.bbbeeinfo.co.za Author: Sibusiso Nkosi from Bizcomm Design. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this . . .
Viber Unveils Simultaneous Expansion to Three New Platforms, Brings Voice Calling to Windows Phone Version, and Adds Localization to iPhone App Viber, the leading mobile communications platform offering free HD-quality phone calls and text and photo messages, announces today that it has surpassed the 100 million users milestone across the multiple phone platforms that it supports. Additionally, the company unveiled that it is simultaneously releasing three new messaging versions of its application for popular phone platforms and is adding free HD-quality phone calls and group messaging to the Nokia Windows Phone 7 version of the app. This expansion will allow hundreds of millions of users to gain access to free communications via Viber. Nokia S40, Symbian and Bada Platforms The new version features Viber’s popular text messaging service. The app is being released to the popular S40, Symbian and Bada platforms that power hundreds of millions of mobile devices around the world. More than 1.5 billion phones using the Nokia S40 platform have been sold since the platform was first released. These new platforms represent a huge and untapped market for Viber and allow the startup to provide even more people with the ability to communicate freely. Viber for Windows Phone 7 on Nokia Devices Viber is also releasing a completely new version for Nokia Lumia phones running the Windows Phone 7 platform. Viber now offers Nokia Windows Phone 7 users free HD-quality phone calls and group messaging in addition to free text and photo messages. This version was developed in partnership with Nokia and is currently available exclusively on Nokia Lumia phones. “We are committed to our users and to our mission – to let people all over the world connect freely,” said Talmon Marco, CEO of Viber Media. “By adding the S40, Symbian and Bada platforms to our list of supported mobile OSs, we are expanding the community of individuals who can communicate for free, no matter what . . .
Advanced Incapacity Management Solutions (AIM Solutions) has launched a short term insurance product, underwritten by Lion of Africa Insurance, that provides employee income insurance for temporary incapacity for a period of 12 months. The product differs from other insurance products in that it has been designed to manage claims rather than increase premiums. Johnny Johnson, CEO of Aim Solutions, explains the rationale behind the new product, “In general the risk management processes to cover disability insurance risks have improved over the years. Since the poor claims experience of the 1990’s, most insurers have improved their claims assessment controls with specialists undertaking detailed assessments of certain disability claims. These processes have been designed to limit claims as well as attempt to return existing claimants back to the workplace and thereby reduce the claims cost. “Unfortunately very little has been introduced to the market which provides for risk management processes prior to claims stage. “If you compare the current position in the disability insurance industry with, say the short term insurance industry, where the policyholder is rewarded with lower premiums for introducing risk management interventions such as alarm systems, armed response, vehicle tracker devices and such - no such risk management tools have been introduced in the disability insurance market. The disability insurance industry has been stagnant for a while and it may be necessary to introduce some new thinking in the industry. “With this product, the risk management interventions prior to claims include the appointment of a specialist incapacity manager for each client to work with both employer and the incapacitated employee to manage the incapacity. This involves counselling affected employees; training managers to work with incapacitated employees; identifying curable diseases that will help the employee get back to work; and aiding in the application of . . .
Witney Schneidman, a former senior State Department official with more than 30 years of experience in Africa, is joining Covington & Burling, strengthening the firm’s ability to advise corporate clients on entering and expanding their presence in the African market. Dr. Schneidman joins the firm’s Washington office as a senior international advisor for Africa. In that position, he will use his deep experience with African issues to launch a significant firm initiative to help companies capture the opportunities and navigate the risks of Africa in order to achieve their business objectives. The Africa initiative will include a team of noted international and foreign officials such as Ambassador Jean De Ruyt, who recently joined the firm’s Brussels office after having served as the Permanent Representative of Belgium to the European Union. During his career, Ambassador De Ruyt had close dealings in central Africa, including living in the Congo and helping re-establish peace there. The move is part of Covington’s overall strategy to provide corporate clients with expertise across the globe. Over the few past years, the firm has launched initiatives in Latin America, India and Asia, including an announcement that it plans to open new offices in Seoul and Shanghai. “Witney’s vast expertise in Africa fills a gap in our ability to serve clients around the world,” said Timothy Hester, chair of the firm’s management committee. A former deputy assistant secretary of state for African affairs, Dr. Schneidman focuses his work on U.S.-African relations, trade and investment in Sub-Saharan Africa, and issues related to economic growth and regional integration on the continent. “I am very excited by this unique and significant opportunity to help one of the leading law firms in the United States establish a practice focused on Africa,” Dr. Schneidman said. While at the State Department, Dr. Schneidman played a key role in ensuring the passage and . . .
DLA Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, one of South Africa's largest full service corporate and commercial law firms today announced that it has entered into a strategic agreement with Spoor & Fisher, the country’s leading IP boutique law firm. Under this arrangement, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr’s clients will be able to tap into Spoor & Fisher’s market leading intellectual property capabilities and have access to prominent legal minds in the area of intellectual property. According to Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr CEO Brent Williams, the agreement will provide their clients with a full spectrum of intellectual property advice and services on the continent and internationally. Head of Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr IP practice, Eben van Wyk and his team will join Spoor & Fisher in their Cape Town office. Van Wyk states: “the agreement will prove beneficial to the clients of Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr given the depth of expertise rendered by over 60 lawyers and IP specialist at Spoor & Fisher.” Jonathan Whittaker, Chairman of the Executive Committee of Spoor & Fisher adds: “We believe that the additional skill set acquired in terms of the arrangement will enhance our service delivery to our clients and that the agreement with Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr will be of benefit to all.” Ends More Info: http://www.cliffedekkerhofmeyr.com Author: Angela Graham from Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. . . .
DLA Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, the South African affiliate of the DLA Piper Group, has announced that Willem Jacobs has been appointed National Practice Head of the firm’s Corporate and Commercial practice. The practice comprises more than 30 partners, making it one of the largest corporate and commercial legal teams in the country. Jacobs is a home-grown appointment, having commenced employment with the firm in 1995. He is a highly regarded specialist in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity. Jacobs commented on his appointment, “Our Corporate and Commercial practice comprises a large group of excellent, energetic, highly motivated and committed lawyers. For me, is it not about how one leads, but who one leads. Being at the helm of this team of extremely good lawyers makes the task of guiding them an easy one. Our strategy is to continue to expand, not only in terms of our client base, but also within our team.” “The Corporate and Commercial team includes partners such as Johan Latsky, Quintin Honey and David Pinnock, who advised on the 2011 Dealmakers Deal of the Year; Banzi Malinga, who advised on the biggest commercial property deal of the year in 2011, as well as Gasant Orrie, Allan Reid, Peter Hesseling, Peter Prinsloo and David Thompson, to name a few.” Jacobs has advised on a number of the country’s largest transactions. During the last year he advised Steinhoff International Holdings on its acquisition of controlling interests in both KAP International Holdings and JD Group, which transactions were valued at over R10 billion, and he was the lead legal advisor on the merger of Tiso Group and Kagiso Trust Investments to form Kagiso Tiso Holdings, a major black economic empowerment investment holding company. Chris Ewing, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Chairman and highly recognised M&A lawyer within the Corporate and Commercial team, noted, “Willem is a popular and diplomatic leader and under his guidance, the team has new . . .
Street soccer teams from communities around the country will each compete for the title of KIA Street Soccer provincial champion over the coming weeks. The winning teams will qualify for the competition’s ultimate clash – the National Festival Finale, which will determine the 2012 Kia Street Soccer champion of champions team. This year, for the first time, provincial winners from each region competing in the Kia Street Soccer Programme will be flown to Johannesburg for the National Final, which will be held on Friday 14 September in Soweto. Event organiser Brad Bing, of the youth sports development agency Sporting Chance, is calling on all the communities to get behind their local teams for the provincial finals and spur them on to the inaugural national final. “It has long been our dream to hold a national championship final,” said Bing, Managing Director of Sporting Chance. “Bringing teams together from all the participating regions to play for one trophy, symbolising South Africa’s best, gives the Kia Street Soccer Programme a huge profile boost with greater national presence. Furthermore, it’s a thrilling opportunity for the youth who make it to the finals to experience camaraderie on a national level and the excitement of a national championship final, as well as to see more of their country. It will no doubt be a high point in their young lives – and we hope the first of many.” Five months ago, Sporting Chance, in association with title sponsor KIA and associate sponsors Foodzone, Dawn Wing, Mille and Supersport Let’s Play, rolled out the national neighbourhood street soccer programme to 6000 boys and girls under the age of 13 in communities in Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban and this year, for the first time, Welkom. Already well established in the other provinces, the KIA Street Soccer programme is the largest of its kind and its great success last year propelled it into the Free State. With many rural communities . . .