Small businesses are struggling to adapt to the lockdowns being governments are imposing throughout Africa-Middle East to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus. One estimate predicts the virus could cost the South African tourism industry alone R200 million and 1,000 jobs. Of course, as this article in Business Insider describes, many small businesses can…

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Companies in the BigFive ecosystem are scrambling to respond to the growing Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic is poised to disproportionately impact small business as knowledge workers begin telecommuting, travel is curtained, large gatherings are postponed or canceled, and consumers spend more time at home and less out in the public eating, shopping and socializing. Winners…

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In light of the rapidly unfolding situation with the Covid-19 pandemic, and further to today’s public health announcement* by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, BigFive Digital has taken the decision to postpone BigFive Summit 2020, scheduled for 18-20 May in Cape Town.  We fully intend to reschedule the event in Cape Town to a later…

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BigFive Digital has expanded its Advisory Council to nine members with the addition of two leaders in developing and bringing to market digital marketing solutions for SMMEs. Sifiso Mazibuko is the founder and managing director of Social Scope, a paid social marketing agency based in Johannesburg. Sifiso is a former Facebook executive who was a…

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BigTech CEOs have been spending more time in Africa lately, a clear reflection of the continent’s growing importance as a source of innovation as well as a developing market for the global technology industry. According to a recent Forbes article by Toby Shapshak, a steady stream of major tech CEOs have been passing through Africa…

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Tanaz Dizadji, Founder & CEO of Brand Ripplr, a leading Middle East influencer marketing platform, will be a headline speaker at the upcoming Local Digital Middle East 2020 event, presented by BigFive Digital on 4 February 2020 in Dubai. Brand Ripplr enables brands to partner with vetted and relevant influencers to create content that inspires action and delivers…

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At the inaugural BigFive Summit in Cape Town, Trudon (Pty) CRO Lyndon Munetsi addressed the “Service Imperative.” The argument for service as an operational imperative is, in essence, that the only thing more expensive than investing in after-sales service and support is not investing in it. Lyndon a former Accenture consultant with just under three…

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At the inaugural BigFive Summit in May, we ended Day 1 with a panel of three Cape Town area small business operators who talked about the pain points they experience as small business owners, giving the audience some real-time evidence of the pain points SME solutions providers have the opportunity to solve. The panel members…

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At the inaugural BigFive Summit in Cape Town, our Paul Plant interviewed Trudon (Pty) Ltd CEO Lunga Siyo about the challenges of running a legacy media business is a fast-changing digital environment. Johannesburg-based Trudon publishers printed Yellow Pages as well as online, voice, and mobile YP directories, plus digital services, including websites, presence management, digital…

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