While eCommerce currently accounts for less than 1% of South Africa’s total retail revenue, a recent survey by PWC suggests that the online retail sector has a 15,9% CAGR (compound annual growth rate) and will be worth R9,5-billion by 2018. This is promising – despite the prevailing challenges facing new entrants - and likely the impetus behind many new online ventures. But hope isn’t a strategy and, to stay in business for the long-term, etailers need to change how they drive and convert…Continue
Added by Rebecca on April 21, 2015 at 13:56 — No Comments
The world has simply shifted in gear to become more digital. With the integration of widely available internet and related services, we’re seeing less engagement with having to physically engage with services or people – and yet obtain the same, if not better results. This doesn’t mean digital is always better however. We should examine what this means in a wider context.
There’s a reason the United States has widely available, affordable, stable…Continue
Added by Terrence Stoker on January 25, 2015 at 16:00 — No Comments
By Brendon Williamson general manager of business development at PayGate
Automated fraud protection services continue to save online businesses from lost revenue due to online fraud attempts.
One regional airline in Africa reduced their incidence of fraud from over a million rand a month to under R80,000 in just one month. An automated fraud protection service costs very little to implement, and it's not as complicated as some of the bigger independent…Continue
Added by PayGate on December 10, 2014 at 15:30 — No Comments
This month AdMarula chats to Josephine Buys, recently appointed Country Manager for IAB (Interactive Advertising Bureau) South Africa, which currently represents over 200 members. She shares some of her views and insights on the South African digital…Continue
Added by Lico Gross on September 23, 2014 at 12:51 — No Comments
Voucher code sites have been around for quite some time in Europe and the UK in particular, and the trend is catching up in South Africa with new voucher websites and mobile apps emerging regularly in the online landscape. People are getting savvier and browse the web to find the best…Continue
Added by Lico Gross on September 23, 2014 at 12:48 — No Comments
The VavaVox online platform has emerged from stealth and is live with version 2.1.
Exceptional customer service is the only true, sustainable competitive advantage.
People are talking about your business. Are you listening?
Added by Bettina Moss on September 16, 2014 at 9:52 — No Comments
By Brendon Williamson, general manager of business development at PayGate
Launching an online business, or taking an existing business online, requires a new set of skills for anyone who is used to a more traditional bricks-and-mortar retail environment. There are new ways to market, new ways to deliver your product – and new ways to ensure you don’t become the victim of thieves or fraudsters.
Whether you are an experienced online retailer or a relative novice, these are…Continue
Added by PayGate on May 19, 2014 at 9:55 — No Comments
Today marks a significant milestone in the journey of WooCommerce. In 2011, we created an eCommerce plugin that allowed you to sell just about anything – physical, digital, variable or affiliated products. That plugin is now used across 260,000 websites, powering over 12% of all online shops. Now with our latest extension you can sell one more vitally important…Continue
Added by Ryno Lawson on May 9, 2014 at 8:31 — No Comments
Cape Town, SA - Silicon Cape, announced today that it has partnered with Journey, a local startup, to create the Journey Startup Program. The program aims to help 1000 local startups and small businesses get off the ground by building and selling mobile apps to SMEs.
Of the announcement of the…Continue
More than a decade ago, a day at the office meant a stack of papers, greeting you at your desk. For most of the day, employees spent about four hours of their day, just sorting and organizing them. But thanks to the desktop computer and other digital devices, offices and businesses are slowly moving towards a…Continue
Added by Nadia Hyeong on November 28, 2013 at 9:16 — No Comments
Online education is fast becoming one of the most used tools for up-skilling of business owners and staff. The amount of available platforms has seen a huge uptake in this field of personal development.
Online education allows you to attend lectures at your own time, complete assignments in the comfort of your own space and interact with other students and lecturers with any queries or issues.
We at Entrepreneur Incubator have been hard at work converting our well used tools…Continue
Added by Bruce Wade on August 27, 2013 at 14:32 — No Comments
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Added by Ryno Lawson on August 6, 2013 at 10:30 — No Comments
by Nanine Steenkamp
South African online boutique LushBerry is launching an affiliate campaign, by which commission can be gained through referrals.
Recently launched as an e-commerce pit stop for unique beauty and fashion products, LushBerry offers online shoppers high-end, affordable products.
Through the affiliate South African…Continue
Added by Tom Jackson on July 24, 2013 at 9:30 — No Comments
by Nanine Steenkamp
South African online task community startup Taskbox is offering busy professionals the convenience of errand hirelings, while supplying freelancers basic task jobs.
Taskbox assists the ticking off of to-do lists through posting chores, which are open to responses from willing helpers with payment as a reward.
Speaking to HumanIPO, Greg Kempe, founder of Taskbox, said:…Continue
Added by Tom Jackson on July 4, 2013 at 16:39 — No Comments
by Richard Cutcher
South Africa’s latest dating platform has been launched, aiming to remove the awkwardness from one-on-one dates and instead looking to pair two groups of friends.
Cape Town-based Andrew Lynch and Kiril Dobrev, the duo behind Cable Kiosk and ShopDeploy, have made Weaver their latest venture, hoping to fill the gap between social networking and traditional online dating…Continue
Added by Richard Cutcher on June 26, 2013 at 18:18 — No Comments
Cape Town based Silvertree Capital (www.silvertree-capital.com), an Africa-focused business builder and venture capital investor, has recently invested in two of Nigeria’s largest e-commerce sites, Sunlasses.com.ng and Glamour.com.ng.
Both of these leading e-commerce sites offer a broad range of top consumer…Continue
Added by Ross Bensimon on June 18, 2013 at 10:55 — No Comments
This month AdMarula chats to Mike Kann, internet entrepreneur and founder of Olico, MoneyMonkey.co.za and most recently Babybundle.co.za. Prior to Olico, he founded the online financial product price comparison service ThinkMoney.co.za. Mike has over 10 years local and international…Continue
Added by Lico Gross on June 5, 2013 at 13:47 — No Comments
This month we meet Tobie Van Zyl, CEO of Moneysmart South Africa, an online platform that pulls together all your online financial banking accounts and ITC Credit Bureau report into a single…Continue
Added by Lico Gross on May 8, 2013 at 10:37 — No Comments
by Nanine Steenkamp
Online financing startup ApexPeak is planning to move into the Singaporean market after completing the 88mph startup programme in Cape Town.
ApexPeak was one of ten startups who pitched at the 88mph Demo Day as the conclusion to the 88mph startup programme on Thursday, April 25.
According to co-founder John Fearon, the business model was set up with Singaporean…Continue
Added by Tom Jackson on May 8, 2013 at 10:30 — No Comments
by Nanine Steenkamp
Online video streaming startup Wabona has begun paid-for subscriptions, which will ultimately make 2,500 hours of African content available across Africa and to the diaspora.
The multi-cultural, multi-racial and multi-ethnic online library contains exclusive material, making Wabona one of the top five online streaming platforms in…Continue
Added by Tom Jackson on May 2, 2013 at 11:48 — No Comments