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Apr 22
2011

Cell C advert gets stopped

Posted by barrmar in Untagged 

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Vodacom didn't take Cell C's humour lightly. Cell C's references to themselves as being the leading provider really hurt and Vodacom managed to get the ad stopped by the Advertising Standards Authority. 

Apr 14
2011

Venice this afternoon

Posted by barrmar in Venice

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A shot of Venice earlier this afternoon. Some guys (this one is my son) have all the luck.

Apr 14
2011

Is the iPhone 4 the only viable choice?

Posted by barrmar in Nokia , iPhone , Cell phone choice

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What seemed like a fairly impressive offering a couple of years ago in the form of the Nokia 5800 Music Express has turned out to be one of the major disappointments in cell phone technology. 

Apr 14
2011

Re-branding adverts open the door to competitor exploitation

Posted by barrmar in Vodacom , Red , Fruitless advertising , Cell C

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Cell C was very quick to exploit the opportunity provided by the "Vodacom is Red" ads. 

Apr 11
2011

What do we do when the digital solutions don't deliver?

Posted by barrmar in Untagged 

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By some strange coincidence, we have had a few days where the ADSL service has been poor while at the same time the DSTV 702 broadcast was accompanied by long silent periods. 

Apr 08
2011

Friday - the week in view

Posted by barrmar in Untagged 

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As Rebecca's You Tube hit "Friday" reaches 90 million hits, I am still trying to reach my first million. Of course Rebecca is restricted to one small country. She has 400 million other Americans plus another 6 billion people to draw from. 

Apr 06
2011

Who reads what - hits on MyDL

Posted by barrmar in hits

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It is always a surprise to find out which posts are producing the most hits. Of my recent activity on MyDL, the one that has done the best so far is Vodacom is red - and who cares
My recent activity on this site has produced very poor results in general. The vodacom link has produced 65 hits in much less than 24 hours, while most of my recent posts battle to get a handful of hits. 

Apr 06
2011

Language censorship on DSTV

Posted by barrmar in sanitised language , DSTV , Censorship

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All movies on DSTV are shown with either a Family language option or an Original language option. Each film is defaulted to show the "family" version where a whole string of commonly used words are silenced. 

Apr 05
2011

Vodacom is red - and who cares?

Posted by barrmar in Vodacom. Rebranding. Red. Blue

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Cell C launched a massive advertising campaign a while ago with Trevor - the new CEO - as the lead. The focus was on customer service or at least fixing customer service. 

Mar 25
2011

How to get over 45 million views on You Tube

Posted by barrmar in Untagged 

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Are you as baffled as me?

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