Vox has launched an online marketing toolbox designed for SMEs, which gives them the necessary tools to get a company’s name into the hearts and minds of their consumers and target audience.
ICT and telecommunications company Vox has launched an Online Marketing Toolbox aimed at providing start-ups and Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with bundled services aimed at creating an online presence.
“We wanted to simplify the digital tools available to SMEs, that need to have a footprint online, but either don’t have in-house marketing capabilities, or are not sure where to start,” says Carly Sutton, senior product manager for cloud an digital communications at Vox.
The Toolbox consists of three components: domain registration for a .co.za company, Sitebuilder, a do-it-yourself website building and hosting solution, and Bulk Mailer, an email marketing tool that utilises Everlytic software, and comes with 1 000 email credits.
“We have also included an email address with the bundle that is intended to assist with driving responses from the website, back to the business,” says Sutton.
Sutton points out that the combination of Sitebuilder and Bulk Mailer in a single packaged offering provides business owners with the ability to create and maintain a subscription database for customer communications.
The bundles, which comprise similar offerings for Bulk Mailer and domain registration, vary in price to accommodate three Sitebuilder options – Starter, Booster and Turbo – dependent on the storage and number of pages that might be required.
“For those business owners that would prefer to have the site built for them, there is the Sitebuilder Do-it-for-Me option, and our in-house developers will design and set-up the site,” says Sutton.
Sitebuilder Do-it-for-Me has two pricing options (again based on the size of the site required) and can be paid as a once off amount, or over a 24 month period.
The Online Marketing Toolbox is a 12-month contract with the domain registration requiring an annual renewal and is not limited to existing Vox customers.
AppDate: DStv taps Xbox, Hisense for app
DStv Now app expands, FNB gets Snapchat lens, Spotify offers data saver mode, in SEAN BACHER’s apps roundup
DStv Now for Xbox and Hisense
Usage of DStv Now, the online DStv service available free to DStv customers, is increasing rapidly with more than two million plays of live and Catch Up content per week. In addition to using DStv Now to watch TV on tablets and smartphones, an increasing number of DStv customers are also opting to use it as their primary method of getting DStv on additional TVs in the house. This is set to increase with the release of two new big-screen TV apps, one for Xbox gaming consoles (Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox One X) and another for Hisense smart TVs (2018 and newer models).
Expect to pay: A free download.
Platform: Any of the Xbox One range of gaming consoles and 2018 or later Hisense smart TVs.
Stockists: Visit the store linked to your Xbox console or HiSense smart TV.
Santam Safety Ideas
Start-up businesses that have a FinTech or InsurTech business venture brewing are called to enter the third annual Santam Safety Ideas competition. Safety solutions or InsurTech ventures that are ready for piloting could win up to R150 000 worth of incubation support and R200 000 in seed funding.
The Safety Ideas competition was launched two years ago in partnership with LaunchLab, Stellenbosch University’s startup incubator that facilitates valuable connections for corporates and startups sourced from the startup ecosystem and partner universities in South Africa. The previous winners are Herman Bester and Anton Swanevelder, co-founders of MyLifeLine – a wearable panic device that won the competition last year; and Ntsako Mgiba and Ntandoyenkosi Shezi, co-founders of Jonga – a cost-effective security system for low income families, which won the competition in 2017.
Entries close on 28 February 2019. For more information on how to enter, visit: www.santam.co.za/safetyideas/
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Fortnite fixes hackers’ hole
Epic Games has repaired a vulnerability that exposed Fortnite, the world’s most popular game of the moment, to hackers. The hole, which was left in Epic’s web infrastructure, allowed hackers to target players with email that appeared to come from Epic Games, but would have led them to a phishing site, where their log-in details would have been stolen.
Researchers at cyber security solutions provider Check Point Software alerted Epic to vulnerabilities that could have affected any player of the hugely popular online battle game.
Fortnite has nearly 80 million players worldwide. The game is popular on all gaming platforms, including Android, iOS, PC via Microsoft Windows and consoles such as Xbox One and PlayStation 4. In addition to casual players, Fortnite is used by professional gamers who stream their sessions online, and is popular with e-sports enthusiasts.
If exploited, the vulnerability would have given an attacker full access to a user’s account and their personal information as well as enabling them to purchase virtual in-game currency using the victim’s payment card details. The vulnerability would also have allowed for a massive invasion of privacy, as an attacker could listen to in-game chatter as well as surrounding sounds and conversations within the victim’s home or other location of play.
While Fortnite players had previously been targeted by scams that deceived them into logging into fake websites that promised to generate Fortnite’s ‘V-Buck’ in-game currency, these new vulnerabilities could have been exploited without the player handing over any login details
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