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Toasty thoughts

The road to our destiny By Louis Eksteen Kim and I are sitting down for breakfast at a fabulous foody retreat hotel in the Drakensberg during one of the legendary UpperCase Media management conferences/jols. During the session the day before we were introduced to this new thing, a kind of chat app with place for only [...]

By |2019-02-07T12:10:30+00:00March 31st, 2017|Posts|Comments Off on Toasty thoughts

A toast to six

This toast has been six years in the making By Kim Browne Like many South Africans I have been reading with horror what Zuma and his cronies have been up to overnight and am truly stunned how this man remains the president of our beautiful country. We should know better after everything we’ve been through! [...]

By |2019-02-07T12:10:49+00:00March 31st, 2017|Posts|Comments Off on A toast to six

Excellent start to the year

#Toast@TheCoast By Kim Browne The first quarter of 2017 has started and the year is off to an excellent start – I’m just not quite sure where January and February went! The Toasters are all well into the year, with no luxury of “easing into things”. It’s just been work at full throttle from day [...]

By |2019-02-07T12:11:10+00:00March 3rd, 2017|Posts|Comments Off on Excellent start to the year

Rise of the chat app

Chat app monetisation around the corner By Louis Eksteen With Snap Inc’s successful listing on the New York Stock Exchange yesterday comes renewed interest in the rise of the chat app. The owner of the popular chat app Snapchat saw its share price rise a phenomenal 44% during its first day of trading. Now the attention of [...]

By |2019-02-07T12:11:31+00:00March 3rd, 2017|Posts|Comments Off on Rise of the chat app

A toast to the holidays

#2016mustfall By Kim Browne It seems everyone I speak to agrees on one thing: #2016mustfall. It’s been a tough, hectic year and everyone around me deserves a break! Our office will be closed from 15 December (end of year staff lunch) until 4 January 2017 so The Toasters can recharge batteries and come back ready [...]

By |2019-02-07T12:11:52+00:00December 2nd, 2016|Posts|Comments Off on A toast to the holidays

Instagramification

The instagramification of social media By Louis Eksteen I love Instagram. Its instant filtering makes anyone a moody photog type. It’s now also clear, in hindsight, that Facebook made the deal of the century when they bought this hip app for only $1bn. The way in which the social network is monetising Instagram is simply brilliant. [...]

By |2019-02-07T12:12:09+00:00December 2nd, 2016|Posts|Comments Off on Instagramification

A cold shiver of delight

The times they have changed By Louis Eksteen I follow a variety of Bob Dylan-inspired social media feeds. (Instagram is proving to be a treasure chest of rare and previously unseen pictures and videos.) As it is in these days of news-snippet overload, I can’t clearly remember where I saw it (reckon it must have been [...]

By |2019-02-07T12:12:30+00:00October 28th, 2016|Posts|Comments Off on A cold shiver of delight

Can we put up our Xmas tree already?

The holidays are coming By Kim Browne We’ve reached that crazy, wonderful time of year when the countdown to the December holidays seems to rev up. There’s less than eight weeks to Xmas and everyone seems to need everything super-urgently. The problem is when everything is urgent, we can’t really prioritise anything and we blindly [...]

By |2019-02-07T12:12:49+00:00October 28th, 2016|Posts|Comments Off on Can we put up our Xmas tree already?

Check your email spam folder

Email might be winning against spam By Louis Eksteen Email remains the number one business communication tool by a country mile. While chat apps have become hugely popular, even overtaking traditional social media in usage levels, good old email still rules. In the  Radicati Group’s Email Statistics Report, 2016-2020, this sentence from the executive summary is telling: “Email use [...]

By |2019-02-07T12:13:13+00:00September 30th, 2016|Posts|Comments Off on Check your email spam folder

Bob’s your uncle

Hello summer By Kim Browne Just when I thought we’d had all the bad news for the year, we heard about the passing of Louis and my first boss in the media industry, Bob Harrison earlier this month. It really has been one heck of a year and I guess it’s not over until it’s [...]

By |2019-02-07T12:13:59+00:00September 30th, 2016|Posts|Comments Off on Bob’s your uncle