This past month's lockdown has had an interesting impact on how South Africans consume media. Coupled with the millions of South Africans staying home and the need for ongoing information about the coronavirus, South African media expectations have changed. By the end of March 2020, South Africa had a total of 1,353 COVID-19 cases and five deaths. One month on, we enter stage four of the South African lockdown with these numbers soaring to 5,350 cases and 103 deaths.
The COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing lock-down has had a deep influence on people’s lives universally. However, constantly, hearing and reading about the problems and hardships makes coping with the situation more difficult. At the same time, the compulsions of lock-down have forced us all to make certain changes to how we live and these have had some unintended, yet welcome impact as well. And pleasant news is always welcome, right?
In times of crisis, there are two paths to take: Reactive or Proactive. It is entirely understandable (and much more common) for businesses and individuals to take the reactive path.
The last 10 years will go down in history as the decade when the digital age actually took root. This was the year the world was, for the first time, dominated by internet-driven things, from social media to smartphones; voice-enabled devices to augmented and virtual reality; and everything else associated with them. And their influence on our society as a whole was and continues to be all-encompassing.
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Digital online research is without doubt the optimum way to gather research and uncover insights in the African continent. Yet it is taking time to gain traction. Ejaz Mirza of Borderless Access discusses some of the misperceptions that exist around the industry - and how progressive service providers are addressing these.
Africa is fertile ground for digital online research, says Meave Beckett, marketing consultant Africa at Borderless Access. Beckett says that, paradoxically, the continent is not yet optimising digital developments in the market research field as much as it could.