Here’s how you can get involved with entrepreneurs Bongekile Radebe, Andile Khumalo and Nneile Nkholise, who feature on episode 10 of Play Your Part.Power Business radio host Andile Khumalo is co-owner of the media and communications company, MSG Afrika Group. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterAndile Khumalo, who is the founder of MyStartup, an online portal for budding entrepreneurs, is also known for his role as host of the radio show, Power Business, on radio station Power 98.7 FM. He is one of the guests featured on this week’s episode of the Play Your Part television series.Play Your Part episode 10, which screens on Saturday, 18 November 2017 at 18:00 on SABC 2 is hosted by musician Kabelo Mabalane.Here’s how you can get involved with the three guests and their initiatives:Andile KhumaloKhumalo, co-owner of the media and communications company MSG Afrika Group, is part of various initiatives that empower budding entrepreneurs.One of these is I Am An Entrepreneur, which provides workshops for budding entrepreneurs countrywide. They then get access to successful entrepreneurs who teach the startups lessons they have learned on their journeys.Contact detailsWebsite: msg-group.co.za and iamanentrepreneur.co.zaEmail: [email protected]: @IAAE_SA and @Andile_KhumaloBongekile RadebeBongekile RadebeRadebe is a Mandela Washington Fellow and Play Your Part ambassador, who is passionate about women’s empowerment.She is the founder of Taste of Legends, an African tea lifestyle and business network brand that focuses on tribute teas, wellness and boutique tea events.Contact detailsTwitter: @BongiZ_Radebe and @tasteoflegendsNneile NkholiseNneile NkholiseNkholise was named Africa’s top female innovator at the 2016 World Economic Forum on Africa held in Rwanda. She is the founder of iMed Tech, which is incubated at The Innovation Hub.She is also a games designer and has produced word board games such as Minute Words to help in the learning of English as a second language.Contact detailsWebsite: www.likoebeinnovations.com and www.neyneprosthesis.co.zaEmail: [email protected]: @nneilePlay Your Part is broadcast at 6pm on Saturdays on SABC 2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolved; orFind out about initiatives on Play Your Part here.Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA;Like us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
AI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not… Follow the Puck What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. Tags:#customer relationship#marketing#pricing#subscription#subscription model#tech#technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The subscription model has infiltrated several verticals in recent years, from automobiles to clothing. This has enabled these industries to update the car-leasing experience and find ways to transform living rooms into dressing rooms — and it’s brought them significant revenue streams. In the second quarter of 2018, Stitch Fix pulled in $296 million in revenue, outpacing analyst predictions; by 2017, subscription box companies had acquired 5.7 million shoppers.The subscription model has been a sleeper hit, transforming from Jelly of the Month clubs to bona fide success stories in the digital age. While many other industries have been impacted by the business model during this tech-savvy era, tech itself represents the “final frontier.”Software subscriptions have existed for years, but the subscription mindset could offer value to many product-driven tech companies. Companies that don’t fit the SaaS model can develop subscription packages that boost the usefulness of their hardware, enhance their customer service, and develop lifelong converts. Just ask Apple.How Tech Can Benefit From SubscriptionsMatt Cronin, president and founding partner of House of Kaizen, a company helping brands acquire and retain subscriber revenue through optimal digital experiences, is surprised more tech companies haven’t capitalized on the value of subscriptions. He notes that marketing strategies for subscribers provides big advantages over marketing for buyers in terms of econometrics, quality, and relationships.“The economics of a subscription model is based upon an established customer lifetime value that justifies a more competitive investment in each new subscriber, rather than limiting the cost of acquisition to an immediate ROI — but it’s one realized over the duration of the subscription,” Cronin explains. Doing so allows for more customer-centric marketing tactics that reflect the subscriber journey; though they may be more costly at the outset, they result in greater efficiency and higher ROI in the long run.Cronin explains that acquisition programs can be optimized based on subscriber quality rather than cost alone. “Ensuring that marketing tactics are bringing in, and keeping, the subscribers that are most valuable to the business contributes immensely to the bottom line,” he says. “It also mitigates the need to deal with massive churn events that often come after a marketing effort drives a high volume of low-value acquisitions who unsubscribe shortly after joining.”And therein lies the expectation of a relationship between the company and the subscriber: A subscription’s value constantly hinges on the quality of this relationship. Companies offering subscriptions have to regard their subscribers as “members,” with all the benefits that status accrues. From a marketing perspective, the subscriber can’t be overlooked in favor of the next new acquisition. An existing customer is often more valuable to a business than a new one, meaning subscription marketing strategies offer the unique opportunity to consider how investments should ebb and flow between acquisition and retention tactics.Planned Obsolescence Shouldn’t Apply to CustomersIn other words, subscriptions empower tech brands to focus on driving loyalty with customers. While planned obsolescence has been a smart tactic for tech firms in terms of fueling product sales — making customers feel they should replace or abandon older models for newer ones — the same mentality can’t be applied to customers themselves.Shifting their perspective could have a real impact on tech companies’ bottom line. Cronin notes that industries operating with shorter-term transactions and consumption in mind can benefit from a subscription model when it comes to category differentiation, value creation, deferred revenue, and customer loyalty.“Technology subscriptions are taking shape as ‘servitization,’ where money can be made through the ongoing support and enhancement to a product purchase, like when Best Buy tries to sell you a service plan when ringing up your charger cable at the register,” Cronin explains. “This concept has long existed, but it’s only recently been considered by technology companies as a direct-to-consumer opportunity.”There’s peace of mind in knowing that a purchase made with Apple or Tesla can be supported or even enhanced directly by the company through programs like AppleCare or over-air software updates. This represents a significant growth opportunity for many technology companies — they can offer increased value to their customers-cum-subscribers with small, incremental ongoing costs.That ongoing aspect offers value in terms of deferred revenue. Companies can bank on revenue to be realized as those subscribers continue to pay indefinitely into the future. And delivering value to subscribers consistently is the absolute best way to foster loyalty. “Evolving the tech economy model from sell-and-resell-a-replacement to sell-and-renew emphasizes the opportunity for fostering loyalty and even evangelism that grows a business,” Cronin says.Brands have leveraged this mindset in a variety of ways, getting creative in how they’ve offered value to consumers. T-Mobile, for instance, is expanding its phone plans and venturing into the cable and satellite space, enabling customers to bundle services via a single subscription; it also covers a standard two-screen Netflix subscription with its T-Mobile ONE plan. Microsoft launched a hardware-as-a-service program aimed at replacing ownership of technology itself with device updates for organizations. This enables Microsoft, the current leader in the SaaS and enterprise software spaces, to become a one-stop shop for businesses.Designing a Subscription PlanMany companies can find success with the subscription model, even if it doesn’t seem like an obvious fit. It’s all about designing a subscription model that embraces an additional point of sale.“As catalogue, brick-and-mortar, and e-commerce appeal to customers of different segments or in different times of need, so can a subscription model,” Cronin says. “Embracing each of these models grows the opportunity for a tech company to embrace an incremental customer segment.”The challenge, he finds, is mitigating concerns about cannibalizing established channels — unlike the significant erosion of brick-and-mortar retail following e-commerce’s growth, subscriptions tend to be more incremental because they appeal to a different type of customer journey. But that’s where the opportunity lies: Customer journey mapping that evolves to include a subscriber journey can reveal the opportunities inherent in the subscription model: capturing new markets, evolving product offerings, cross-selling, and upselling.It can also allow brands to adjust their pricing for a different consumption pattern. “Pricing is the most direct way to improve the bottom line, and subscription models present lots of opportunities to experiment with pricing for growth,” Cronin explains.House of Kaizen worked with Brainlab, a medical device company creating both software and hardware and selling many on a subscription basis. The experience shone a light on the lessons other tech companies can take away. The first is that product and revenue diversification, even within a specific customer niche, is key to growth. Subscription models present tech companies with the opportunity to diversify their product offerings and revenue streams, often without disruption to their core business.The second is that if tech brands start thinking of customer relationships as ongoing, rather than one-off experiences, the subscription model opens the door to new kinds of customers who may have the same needs but a slightly different sense of value. “Neither is inherently better in every case, but both are often complementary in a growth strategy,” Cronin says.While tech may not have embraced subscriptions as fully as other industries have, it’s for lack of comfort — not for lack of fit. By getting to know their customers’ needs and mapping out their journeys, tech brands can find the sweet spot between being seen as disposable and being seen as innovative. Brands shouldn’t fear cannibalization — they should fear not keeping their customers around as long as they need to. 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Members of the All Assam Students’ Union on Monday staged a protest outside the Numaligarh Refinery in eastern Assam’s Golaghat district to oppose the Centre’s bid to disinvest Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited.BPCL holds 61.65% share of the refinery established in 1993, based on the conditions of the Assam Accord of 1985 that ended a six-year agitation for the ejection of illegal immigrants from the State.‘Sentiments attached’“The refinery is the result of the sacrifice of 855 people who laid down their lives during the agitation. We will oppose the government’s move to privatise the refinery that the people of Assam are sentimental about,” said AASU general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi.The Numaligarh Refinery Employees’ Union too has opposed the proposed disinvestment. The union has submitted a memorandum to Kamakhya Prasad Tasa, a Rajya Sabha Member from Assam, and would be writing to other MPs from the State besides Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on the issue.“Valued at ₹5,500 crore, the best-functioning Mini-ratna in the country has been functioning since 2001 and had generated a revenue of more than ₹30,000 crore for the nation’s and State’s exchequer till 2018-19, thus contributing to the economic growth of the nation,” the union said in a statement.The AASU said the Centre should drop the idea of privatising a profit-making refinery and rather plan to expand its refining capacity from 300 million tonnes to 900 million tonnes.
Touch Football Australia announced the induction of three new members to the prestigious Hall of Fame during the 2007 National Touch League.Dean Russell, Stacey Gregory, and Gary Lawless were honored for their record of long and distinguished service to the sport in Australia in a ceremony during the Open and 20 Years NTL Finals day. All three have been outstanding contributors and servants to the sport over an extended period of time and have been appropriately awarded with one of the highest honours that can be bestowed on an individual in the game in this country by the parent body.The trio’s induction swells the number of members in the Hall of Fame to nineteen. There are thirteen men and six women, all of whom are regarded as champions of the game.Gary Lawless who has represented Australia at five World Cups across the Men’s Open, Men’s 30s, and 35 Years divisions, has 41 World Cup caps to his credit and 6 Test matches, giving him a total of 47 appearances in the green and gold.‘Ginger’Lawless is revered as one of Australia’s best ever players. A master tactician, he was renowned for his toughness, skill level, and intelligence in both attack and defence and played a pivotal role in raising the standard of touch in the Australian Capital Territory during the 1980s and 1990s.He continues to be involved in the sport, coaching and playing in the 2007 Southern Suns Men’s 40s team at this year’s Senior NTL.Stacey Gregory has attended four World Cups across the Mixed Open and Women’s 30s divisions from 1988-2003. She played 38 World Cup games and 9 Test matches, posting 47 games for her country.Many keen observers of the game rate her as the best Mixed player to have ever represented Australia. A hard working and industrious middle, Gregory was also blessed with exceptional ball skills and vision, and fantastic leadership that left many people in awe of her ability to marshal teams and direct them around the park.Dean Russell has attended five World Cups and made 56 appearances for Australia, comprising 43 World Cup games and 13 Test Matches as a player, coach, or assistant coach.Russell has had an exceptional 2007, being granted the honour of being Australia’s joint Flag bearer at the 2007 World Cup, alongside four time Australian Women’s Open World Cup player, Amanda Judd.He assistant coached the Australian Women’s Open team in Stellenbosch South Africa in January where they reaffirmed their position as Australia’s most successful Women’s sporting team at World Cup level by maintaining a 19 year 55 Game winning streak in six pristine World Cup campaigns.Dean Russell and Stacey Gregory have been teammates at club, regional, State, and National Mixed level since 1989 and it is fitting that the two close friends have been inducted into the Hall of Fame together.Dean Russell reflected on the trio’s induction into the TFA Hall of Fame.“It’s a huge honour, a tremendous accolade. Gary Lawless would be in my top three of all time great Open Men’s players in this country – he literally carried ACT on his shoulders for a lot of years. Stacey is the best female Mixed player ever – full stop. To have played with her for so long and to have us both inducted at the same time makes the honour even more special. I’m just humbled by it all. Leading Australia out with the flag in the World Cup was tremendous, and this on a par with that overwhelming sense of pride.” Dean said.The induction of the three luminaries to the Hall of Fame filled Russell with pride.“It’s not a selfish pride, it’s pride that we are recognizing our history and building tradition. Lots of younger players were asking who Gary Lawless was, and this helps us piece together our history and gives young people something to aspire towards – it’s just unbelievable to think of your name being mentioned in the same breath as giants of the game like Karen Smith, Mark Bolland, Terry Jacks, and the rest. You hope some young kid sees that and would one day want to be acknowledged in a similar way” Dean said.The full list of the Touch Football Australia Hall of Fame Members is:Terry Jacks 1988Karen Smith 1988Lisa Neal 1991Ray Lawrence 1990Kerry Norman 1991Glenys Woolcock 1991Ron Wall 1991Mick Mc Call 2003Mark Boland 2003Scott Notley 2003Craig Pierce 2003Katrina Toohey 2003Bob Brindell 2003Peter Mc Neven 2004Peter Bell 2004Rick Borg 2004Gary Lawless 2007Stacey Gregory 2007Dean Russell 2007 2003 2003 2003 2003 004 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2004 2004 2003 2003 2004 2004
Video: Jason Whitlock Says Ciara’s Cleavage Shows She’s “Thirsty” From Not Having Sex With Russell Wilson
twitterYep, the article title here says it all. Jason Whitlock, who now works for FOX Sports after leaving ESPN earlier this year, joined Colin Cowherd on his radio show earlier Wednesday to talk about his issue with Ciara’s decision to wear a somewhat revealing dress during her singing of the National Anthem ahead of Monday night’s College Football Playoff National Championship. Kristine Leahy attempted to defend the pop star, but it was to no avail.Whitlock insinuated that Ciara showed cleavage because she’s “thirsty” – Urban Dictionary definition here – from not having sex with her boyfriend, Russell Wilson. Cowherd played [email protected] thought Ciara looked “thirsty.” @KristineLeahy defended her & @ColinCowherd wanted Mountain Dew. https://t.co/6HGJj10ih8— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) January 14, 2016Whitlock also claimed to like “thirsty women” and referenced a strip club chain in the segment.Somehow, we doubt Whitlock’s opinion will be a popular one.
OSU coach Urban Meyer watches his team during spring practice March 20 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.Credit: Mark Batke / For The LanternOffense is what Urban Meyer is known for as a football coach.His spread system has helped him win two national championships, and win 83.7 percent of the games he’s been a head coach.But after watching Ohio State’s defense get torched in its final three games — two of them losses, to Michigan State and Clemson in the Big Ten Championship Game and 2014 Discover Orange Bowl, respectively — Meyer has said he is putting more of an emphasis on that side of the ball. He said the defense had to undergo an “overhaul” after last year — and so far, he likes what he’s seen after bringing in co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash and defensive line coach Larry Johnson.“It’s going well,” Meyer said Tuesday on how Ash is working with fellow co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell after OSU’s sixth spring practice. “We’re completely revamping the entire back end of how we do our business, and so far it’s been pretty good.”The Buckeyes finished 112th in the country last year in defending the pass, giving up 268 yards per game. That group lost leaders like linebacker Ryan Shazier, cornerback Bradley Roby and safety Christian Bryant to graduation or the NFL Draft, but Meyer likes what he’s seen from their replacements so far in spring ball — particularly junior linebacker Joshua Perry, who is looking to fill Shazier’s shoes.“He’s really, he’s without question one of our top five most improved players,” Meyer said of Perry. “Demeanor’s always been there, work ethic’s been there and the toughness element is something that’s really improved. Love of the game and he’s a wonderful guy to coach.”Offensively, however, OSU has the task of replacing four offensive linemen as well as stud tailback Carlos Hyde, who were all big parts of OSU rushing for 4,321 yards last season.One of the replacements on the offensive line has already been set according to Meyer, who said redshirt-sophomore Pat Elflein has earned a starting spot. Elflein played admirably during the Michigan game last year, as well as the Big Ten Championship Game.As for running back, Meyer said Tuesday that between redshirt-senior Rod Smith, sophomore Ezekiel Elliott, redshirt-sophomores Warren Ball and Bri’onte Dunn, “no one’s really separated themselves yet.”Starting senior quarterback Braxton Miller hasn’t been taking snaps all spring because of a shoulder surgery Feb. 21, but he’s been taking mental repetitions with a camera on his hat and reviewing them with offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman.Not getting the actual reps with Miller on the field is “frustrating,” Herman said Tuesday, while also noting that the team has to replace four starters on the offensive line.Herman isn’t worried too much about that, though.“It’d be a bigger concern if I didn’t believe the talent was there, and if I didn’t believe in (offensive line coach) Ed Warinner,” Herman said. “This group of O-linemen, whether we like to say it or not is much farther ahead than the group of our O-linemen our first spring.”Another player who has improved is sophomore running back Dontre Wilson, who Meyer said “is the starting H at Ohio State,” as he looks to fulfill that hybrid position the offense so desperately needs.“But we’d like that hybrid position is really a key guy if we can do that,” Meyer said.Herman echoed Meyer, saying the reason Wilson’s role was simple last year was because he wasn’t ready for anything more than that.“He couldn’t play receiver last year — he didn’t know what the hell he was doing,” Herman said of Wilson. “Didn’t know how to do it. He was 175 pounds or whatever the heck he was. So him and his ability limited us. And ability doesn’t just include running fast and making guys miss. There’s a lot that goes into and usability in the offense. Has had a great offseason and really took to the position and it still learning.”The Buckeyes are set to take on Navy in their first game of the season Aug. 30 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Kickoff is set for noon.
A fuming Jupp Heynckes criticised his players for “gifting” two goals to Real Madrid on Wednesday night while failing to capitalise on their own chancesAiming to make their first appearance in the final of the Champions League since 2013, Bayern Munich hosted the title-holders for the first leg of their semi-final at the Allianz Arena.But the Bundesliga champions missed a host of chances to score and paid the price for their mistakes with Marcelo and Marco Asensio scoring either side of half-time.“We went ahead, but there was a turning point with their first goal, which was a gift,” said Heynckes, according to Marca.“And their second was a gift too.“We’ve rarely had so many chances to score and haven’t done so, but we didn’t know how to take advantage of our opportunities.“Madrid were more effective.”Bayern had more bad news at the end of the game with Arjen Robben and Jerome Boateng getting injured before the break and Javi Martinez being forced off later with a head injury.“I can’t say if today’s injuries are serious,” the coach continued.“Javi Martinez was hit on the temple, but that was anecdotal after Robben and Boateng’s injuries.Report: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…“We have to wait until Thursday for the results, but it would be two big casualties to lose.“Bayern will do everything we can to correct the result of the first leg.“Madrid has a great advantage after the victory, but we lost undeservedly.”But the outgoing Bayern coach did hold praise for Franck Ribery, who was a constant threat against Real throughout the whole match.“Ribery is 35 years old, yes, but he has played excellently,” he added.“It must be said that in the first half he had a great chance, and if we went ahead we would have won the game, no doubt.“He is a great professional and he has great self-motivation.“We have known each other since 2012 and it’s very important for him to feel the confidence of the coach.“The results of the quarter and semifinals are atypical, Wednesday’s match has shown that Madrid is vulnerable, so we can be optimistic.”