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Spotzer, the leading digital marketing solutions provider based in Amsterdam, has announced its partnership with the best-in-class, social ads automation technology company, Tiger Pistol from Austin, Texas.
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Everyone is experiencing the coronavirus pandemic differently. From Italy to Sweden, from the UK to Spain and across the Atlantic to the United States, small businesses are navigating shutdowns, lockdowns, and dwindling foot traffic. Some companies are moving all the operations they can online, and others are maximizing their a...
Martina Bottini has owned Krazy Playdays - Soft Play and Party Centre for nearly ten years. The business is in the heart of Reading, about 60 km from London, and boasts a 200 seat restaurant as well as laser tag, football court, climbing walls, bouncy castles, ball pools, soft play blocks, and much more. A wonderland for toddl...
"There's always an opportunity with crisis. Just as it forces an individual to look inside himself, it forces a company to reexamine its policies and practices." Judy Smith
Sat, Jul 10 2021, 8:00 AM
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Wed, Oct 21 2020, 3:00 PM
The global online payments platform Stripe recently raised $600 million. And one of the top priorities for deploying this new batch of cash was to expand its API-based payments service into new regions. The company, now valued at $36 billion, has acquired Nigerian payments startup Paystack for an undisclosed sum. TechCrunch is r...
Wed, Oct 21 2020, 11:00 AM
Just 1% of those Africa-Middle East professionals interviewed for BigFive Digital's "Legacy with Lockdowns" online survey expect no permanent change to how they work post-pandemic. By contrast, 52% expect greater use of teleconferencing to be a permanent impact of the crisis. And 49% expect remote work to become a permanent feat...
Sat, Oct 17 2020, 1:00 AM
The BigFive Virtual Summit coming 4 November is shaping up as a seminal event on the emerging digital ecosystem for small businesses in Africa and the Middle East. A who's who of senior leaders from the companies that drive this ecosystem have already committed to participating as speakers. These include leaders from Google, Lin...
Mon, Oct 12 2020, 3:00 AM
A new survey from BigFive Digital has found that nearly half (43%) of businesses in the Africa and Middle East local digital ecosystem believe it will take a year or longer for commercial activity to return to pre-pandemic levels. And of that number, 6.2% say they believe economic activity will never return to pre-pandemic level...
Sun, Oct 11 2020, 3:00 AM
The conversation on small business digital presence increasingly begins with Google My Business. The BigFive Virtual Summit on 4th November features an update on GMB and new opportunities available for SMME aggregators to help their customers increase visibility by optimizing their GMB profiles.
Thu, Oct 08 2020, 2:00 PM
Voice of The Customer- How SME's have reacted to the COVID-19 crisis How have SME's changed the way they do business during this economic crisis? After talking to SME's all over Europe, we have recognized five significant trends.
Thu, Oct 08 2020, 2:00 PM
Voice of The Customer- How SME's have reacted to the COVID-19 crisis How have SME's changed the way they do business during this economic crisis? After talking to SME's all over Europe, we have recognized five significant trends.
Wed, Oct 07 2020, 3:00 AM
БИОКОН - косметический партнер модного проекта New Fashion Zone
Tue, Oct 06 2020, 4:27 PM
How does Texas tax computer software i.e. systems software, application software and contract programming? Does Texas’ tax statute provide for an exemption or exclusion for software that is designed and created to the specifications of a particular customer but the exclusive rights are not transferred to the customer?
Mon, Oct 05 2020, 8:00 AM
The atmosphere businesses operate in has dramatically changed. This is the digital age – the existence and continual development of the web has allowed for a thriving digital environment prime for multi-state transactions.
Sun, Oct 04 2020, 3:00 AM
A new survey from BigFive Digital has found that more than half (56%) of businesses in the Africa and Middle East local digital ecosystem have laid-off workers as a result of the pandemic. Only 5% of those surveyed indicated their companies have increased staff during the pandemic.
Sun, Oct 04 2020, 3:00 AM
Famed digital strategist Herman Singh will address how organizations must adapt to a dramatically transformed post-pandemic environment. Singh is the author of the new book, “DI-VOLUTION: An essential guide to winning in a digitally transformed post-pandemic environment”.
Sun, Oct 04 2020, 3:00 AM
Dubai-based ride-hailing platform Careem has announced it will adopt a remote-first workplace policy. This makes Careem it among the first Middle East-based companies to adopt this policy, a direct result of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Wed, Sep 30 2020, 8:00 PM
The obsession of being an entrepreneur is increasing these days, and with the rapidly evolving market, it has become daunting for all-level enterprises and businesses to have both websites and mobile applications to survive in this cut-throat competitive market. The days are left far behind when the businesses with only high rev...
Mon, Sep 28 2020, 3:00 PM
Sometimes it takes a catastrophe to speed up long-overdue change. This is the impression we are left with when talking to CEOs and General Managers from all over Europe and Asia. This blog is a cumulation of the Siinda CEO panel discussions that took place during LOCALCOMM Virtual 2020.
Mon, Sep 28 2020, 2:00 AM
Guest Blog about the transition of the newspaper industry
Fri, Sep 25 2020, 8:00 PM
Do you know AI can save us from a worldwide pandemic?Yeah, it's true. Our global researchers have touted these two buzzing technologies can provide a substantial social benefit to this worldwide health crisis.
Fri, Sep 25 2020, 8:00 PM
Do you know AI can save us from a worldwide pandemic?Yeah, it's true. Our global researchers have touted these two buzzing technologies can provide a substantial social benefit to this worldwide health crisis.Before I begin, I would like to take this moment to say THANK YOU to all our COVID-19 Warriors standing on the frontlin...
Mon, Sep 21 2020, 12:00 AM
A new survey from BigFive Digital has found that more than three-quarters of AME businesses in the AME digital ecosystem have increased their reliance on digital media and technology during the COVID-19 crisis.
Fri, Sep 18 2020, 11:00 AM
In February, Grant Greeff was having a banner year at EHire, a business he co-founded while in school to provide a service to provide events with the equipment and supplies they need, from cutlery to table cloths.
Fri, Sep 18 2020, 3:00 AM
The South African payments platform Ozow has launched the "Ozow Revolution" a new program designed to make mobile payments more inclusive, according to a recent article in Disrupt Africa.
Thu, Sep 17 2020, 8:00 PM
The National Internet Segment Reliability Research explains how the outage of a single Autonomous System might affect the connectivity of the impacted region with the rest of the world. Most of the time, the most critical AS in the region is the dominant ISP on the market, but not always.As the number of alternate routes betwee...
Mon, Sep 14 2020, 7:00 PM
Looking for a career change? Read six different ways to learn how to become a business broker.
Mon, Sep 14 2020, 2:57 PM
When Ousmane Sow got the call from his mother about selling his family’s coffee plantation in Guinea, he knew his life was going to change. There are many reasons for starting a small business, but for Ousmane, it was about Memories.
Mon, Sep 14 2020, 2:47 PM
Sometimes it takes a catastrophe to speed up long-overdue change. This is the impression we are left with when talking to CEOs and General Managers from all over Europe and Asia. This blog is a cumulation of the Siinda CEO panel discussions that took place during LOCALCOMM Virtual 2020.
Sat, Sep 12 2020, 3:00 AM
The next episode of BIG5D.TV features a conversation with Grant Greef, a Cape Town-based entrepreneur, who founded eHire out of school, where he studies to become a chartered accountant. Grant discusses the hardships that COVID-19 imposed on his business and the hard choices he and his business partner have had to make in the wa...
Sat, Sep 12 2020, 3:00 AM
The upcoming BigFive Virtual Summit (4 November) will feature video "snippets" where members of our community (i.e., you) share their answers to critical questions facing the Africa-Middle East local digital ecosystem as we emerge from the pandemic. Examples of questions include, "What does the term 'new normal' mean to you?" An...
Fri, Sep 11 2020, 8:00 AM
We can't wait to see you!October 13th - 15th Register now: http://bit.ly/ABCvirtualEvent Here's what to expect: - Meet with new & existing buyers- Scheduled LIVE presentation- Virtual Booth space- Show open to all qualified juvenile buyers & media
Tue, Sep 08 2020, 2:00 PM
Payments solution provider Yoco's ongoing Small Business Recovery Monitor shows trade is improving as South Africa gradually emerges from lockdown.
Mon, Sep 07 2020, 12:00 PM
In a nutshell: MTA-STS is a way to protect emails against interception (man-in-the-middle aka MitM attacks) between email servers. It partially resolves architectural issues in email protocols and is described in a recent RFC 8461 standard.
Sun, Sep 06 2020, 2:00 PM
Jacaranda FM and Mediamark have rolled out a new package called DigiEngage that offers SMEs tools to help them digitally transform their businesses. As has been widely noted recently, COVID has brought forward by many years the advancement of eCommerce, mobile payments, and other technologies. Small businesses need to catch up, ...
Thu, Sep 03 2020, 3:00 AM
What happens when a road warrior salesperson is suddenly forced to forgo the road (and expense account) and spend all day closing big-ticket deals via video conferencing? Episode 5 of BIG5D.TV features interviews with two sales leaders who have lived the remote sales experiment over the past few months.
Wed, Sep 02 2020, 3:00 AM
MTN is looking to bail out of its position in Nigerian eCommerce unicorn Jumia. The key question is, why? The simple answer appears to be that MTN wants to take advantage of Jumia’s surging share price to cash out and apply the proceeds to debt reduction, marketing expansion, and other corporate priorities.
Fri, Aug 21 2020, 7:00 AM
It’s easier than you think to determine the value of your small business. Here are some simple formulas to help you get started. 
Fri, Jul 31 2020, 12:00 PM
As the world rearranges into virtualized societal norms, the most convenient and simplified interaction for businesses or socially has come from video-based apps. Extensive use of these conferencing apps is trending Post COVID-19 pandemic. Statista.com has tracked the high number of video conference app downloads from AppStore a...
Thu, Jul 30 2020, 5:00 PM
Focus is essential in times of crisis. I met with an executive coach and asked one question, “What should I, as a ministry CEO, be focused on in the middle of this crisis?” Based on our conversation here are a few points of focus for every leader to consider in the uncertain landscape we are navigating right now.
Wed, Jul 29 2020, 11:11 PM
Communication via newsletters and social media and a successful loyalty program has been a cornerstone of Terry O’Brien’s digital strategy at the Red Parka Steakhouse and Pub in Glen, New Hampshire. And that focus has helped Terry get through the initial challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.
Wed, Jul 29 2020, 11:10 PM
COVID-19 brought a full-stop to Jessica´s and Marc´s high-flying plans. The restaurant had to be closed, and revenue decreased by almost 95%. But giving-up was not an option for the young entrepreneurs.
Wed, Jul 29 2020, 11:09 PM
Bo Lindhardt and his wife have developed Ejby & Lindhardt Gastronomi into a thriving business serving lunches to offices as well as catering events. They never had the interest or the time to deal with social media until the Danish government shut down businesses, and many of their customers started working from home.
Wed, Jul 29 2020, 11:08 PM
If you ask Jimmy Jensen about the pandemic, he will tell you that it has re-awaken the company’s entrepreneurial spirit. Before the pandemic, they had built a successful online printing, cutting, and framing business targeting both consumers and businesses, and everything was ticking along nicely.
Wed, Jul 29 2020, 11:05 PM
What happens when Travel is cancelled? We speak to Carole Verilhac, the owner of Carole Conciergerie in Tignes France
Mon, Jul 27 2020, 11:00 PM
ABC was prepared to follow all safety measures and protocols in the production of ABC 2020 to help ensure the safety of all of our industry partners and team members. However, due to the increase in virus cases throughout much of the nation including Las Vegas, we have made the difficult decision not to move forward with the eve...
Mon, Jul 27 2020, 1:12 PM
When you have a dream for two years of opening your own salon and two weeks after signing the contract on your new location, coronavirus shuts down your business. Read more on Siinda's Voice of the Customer in partnership with Mono Solutions
Sun, Jul 26 2020, 11:00 PM
In light of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, we are deeply disappointed to announce the cancellation of BigFive Summit 2020, which had been rescheduled from our original May dates to October.