Social Media Trends in Emerging Markets

This episode is about a very hot topic: Social Media Trends in Emerging Markets. To talk about it, I invited Andy Tian, the CEO of Asia Innovations Group – the company behind UpLive, Lamour and other live social apps. We talked about what live social is, live shopping and why Andy thinks that the next big social media platform is coming from emerging markets. To know more about Asia Innovations Group click here Follow Andy Tian on LinkedIn Let’s keep EMT ad-free: Help us by donating any amount via Paypal or Cryptocurrencies…

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WhatsApp skewed Brazilian election, proving social media’s danger to democracy

Misinformation via social media played a troubling role in boosting far-right Congressman Jair Bolsonaro to into the Brazilian presidency. Bolsonaro did not win 55 percent of votes thanks to misinformation alone. A powerful desire for political change in Brazil after a yearslong corruption scandal and a court decision compelling the jailed front-runner Luis Inacio Lula da Silva to withdraw from the race both opened the door wide for his win. But Bolsonaro’s candidacy benefited from a powerful and coordinated disinformation campaign intended to discredit his rivals, according to the Brazilian…

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Snapchat loses in emerging markets while Facebook wins

Every single day there are hundreds (if not thousands) of articles about how Snapchat will take over the social media world. Or, how Snapchat has revolutionized social media. When Snapchat launched Spectacles – glasses that record you Snapchat videos and stream them via Bluetooth into your phone – caused so much buzz I couldn’t even believe. News the new colourful Spectacles flooded my newsfeed – from tech savvy couples using it in the bedroom to a surgeon performing a live surgery using it. It seems that everyone in “the world”…

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Start-ups eye Brazil’s ever-growing eCommerce

Despite the recent political turmoil and recession, Brazil’s eCommerce continues to grow. In 2015, online sales grew 15.3% in value and 3% in volume compared to 2014, according to ebit – the Brazilian eCommerce association. In the same year, the total sales of eCommerce represented 3.3% of the total retails sales in the country. It still is good news for webshops, however the consumer behaviour started to change a little. The main change is shopping frequency: shoppers are buying less often but when they do they spend more, still according…

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Brazil: Reasons NOT to impeach a president

Following my last post, I decided to follow up. Just to clarify the matter, President Dilma Rousseff impeachment are allegations of accounting tricks that broke budget laws and allowed her to spend more to boost the economy during last year’s re-election campaign, also knows as “back-peddling”. But, some people have other ideas why Dilma should be impeached. These are some of recurring themes within the comments, not only in my blog post but in Brazilian and other news sites. Here is what a put together: “Dilma ruined the Brazil’s economy, the…

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The 5 Most Visited Social Media Sites in Uganda

Poor citizens, right?, yes; youth unemployment is over seventy percent and half of the population is below the age of 18 but, more Ugandans ‘afford’ to stream videos on YouTube every single day than read news or gossip as the US based social site floors all local sites in traffic! In fact, overall it is only Google andFacebook that receive more visitors than YouTube in Uganda. The most recent search rankings by Alexa, a global internet traffic monitoring company owned by Amazon shows a glaring difference between what many people…

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World’s cheapest smartphone launches in India

Guest post by Ashni Sharma An obscure Indian company, Ringing Bell, is all set to revolutionalize the telecommunication industry by introducing the cheapest smartphone in the world. Yes! You can just skip that 4 Big Mac meals in India to buy this smartphone that costs just 4$. Amidst all tiffs of claiming this five months old company which is yet to build its manufacturing plant, has successfully promoted the Digital India campaign throughout the world. Conferred as Freedom 251, this cheapest smartphone comes with a tagline of “Sapne Sach Hongay”!…

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Is Social Media the new threat to the political stability in East Africa?

Guest post by Stephen Obeli Someday Unlike the Arab world that is still nursing wounds of revolutions powered by social media in 2011, East Africa so far does not have a case against the fast-growing internet service in the region. All combined, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Burundi have just under 60 million internet users with Kenya and Uganda taking more than 69% of that total. Ahead of President Barack Obama’s visit to Kenya in July 2015, American broadcaster CNN aired a story under the tagline ‘Obama heads to terror…

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Africa: When mobile money means business

Guest post and main photo by Anna Patton I recently interviewed the founders of Ugandan fintech venture Beyonic, a finalist at this year’s Sankalp Africa Awards for sustainable enterprises. Launched in 2013, they aim to eliminate dependency on cash by helping businesses quickly set up and manage mobile money payments. Cash doesn’t allow people to become part of the formal economy; it’s also insecure and costly, explained cofounder Luke Kyohere. And while mobile money for person-to-person payments has massively taken off, businesses have yet to exploit their full potential. That’s where Beyonic comes in: making it easy for a business…

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Social Media Spotlight: Myanmar & The Digital Frontier

Guest post by Nomfundo Msomi For digital media stakeholders in Myanmar, as well as Burmese society as a whole, the keyword of the decade is change. Ever since the country began its process of liberalization and democratization in 2010, Myanmar has seen massive growth in internet penetration, mobile subscriptions, and social media usage. Further media deregulation is expected in 2016, which will surely open up new business opportunities. Although the country’s total internet penetration is relatively low, Myanmar’s rate of growth is high, and local businesses are shifting their focus…

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