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Monday Moments – Who wants to be a Millionaire?

Christmas is coming early for most people this Year! Zain and Safaricom are at it again, like big boys! While they do that, their dealers are crying foul for being the victims in this tag of war. All I know is, I can now call, and call, and call…and then check my balance just to be sure it’s not a hoax. I have had an interesting week at work, really interesting. Just read on… Continue reading ‘Monday Moments – Who wants to be a Millionaire?’

What it takes to be Web 2.0

I recently attended an e-Marketing training with Dolphins Consultants, where attendants were being trained on implementing strategies that guarantee online success. The maze of technical jargon had many of the attendants requesting for frequent breaks, but in the end, they went back to their companies armed and ready.

A brief practical session at the end where some of the websites were being criticized revealed a disturbing statistic. Most websites still employ designs from when websites were nothing more than a URL on the company letterhead. Several badly designed pages filled with thousands of words in corporate speak and boring graphics. The Techies call it Web 1.0.

So what does it take to have a Web 2.0 website? Continue reading ‘What it takes to be Web 2.0’

UNDERSTANDING THE KENYAN INTERNET MARKET

Kenyans are weird! No, that’s probably too derogatory. Let’s just say that Kenyans are different. Think of the usual stereotypes of grumbling about a politician then voting him back in come election time, or flocking an overturned petrol truck knowing full well the potential repercussions. Forget even our obsession with everything Chinese, except Chinese food of course which is ironically quite expensive.

I like to think that the above description is totally skewed to a very sad wee section of the country.

A new crop of Kenyans, made up of college educated, urban living, middle to high income earning individuals is slowly emerging as the market to watch in Kenya. These individuals have independent and aspirational mindsets, are more informed on their choices, and definitely know a raw deal when they see one. The majority of these individuals falls within the 23 – 44 years old demographic, and guess what, they form the greater bulk of the internet market. I’m talking over 70% of a market that takes up half the 6.8 million internet users in East Africa. For the purpose of this post, let’s call them the Alphas. Continue reading ‘UNDERSTANDING THE KENYAN INTERNET MARKET’

YOUR WEBSITE’S MONEY MAKER: THE LANDING PAGE

In recent times, I have spent the better part of my professional time helping budding interpreneurs to transform their business ideas into profitable internet businesses. Some are already on the road and thus my role is to help them steer the boat in the right direction (at least in my professional opinion), and some are still ideas in their originator’s minds.

The one question I always ask my wonderful clients is this; which is the money maker on this website?

The money maker is what techies like to call the Landing page. Continue reading ‘YOUR WEBSITE’S MONEY MAKER: THE LANDING PAGE’

MOBILE ADVERTISING IN KENYA CHANGING GEAR

You might have heard of inMobi in South Africa or Admob (now owned by Google) in the US. These companies are now market leaders in Mobile Advertising across the globe, and are reaping billions from it.

What is Mobile Advertising? You might ask.

Mobile advertising is closely related to online or internet advertising, though its reach is far greater. Kenya currently enjoys a tremendous penetration rate in mobile phone usage, with a growth rate that surpasses some of the most developed countries in the world such as the United Kingdom. With over 18 million mobile subscribers, advertisers are looking at a rich, engaged audience that is easily accessible via this platform. Continue reading ‘MOBILE ADVERTISING IN KENYA CHANGING GEAR’

WEB FORMS: GET THEM RIGHT AND MAKE MORE MONEY

I just stumbled upon this nice article by Debré Barrett regarding Website forms and i thought, ‘Boy, if i had a dollar for every time i encounter a long, repetitive, boring, badly done form!’. If you own a job finding website, you probably will escape the wrath of frustrated users since lets face it, if i really want a job i will fill every form i find my way in the faint hope that one of them lands me a job.  If however you own an e-commere website, its a different story. Do your forms badly and you are bound to lose money, a lot of money. Continue reading ‘WEB FORMS: GET THEM RIGHT AND MAKE MORE MONEY’