Cellphones are getting more and more powerful. Today most phones offer some form of internet connectivity through a browser. This means you no longer need to write cellphone applications to let customers interact with you through their phone. We develop .mobi websites to help your customers stay in touch with you.
Once we have delivered a project we can follow this up with various forms of service agreements to meet your needs. We aren’t structured for once-offs, we prefer relationships and some of South Africa’s biggest companies ahve trusted us to look after their websites, intranets and web applications for years.
We have 37 years of experience between us. Sometimes its not possible for our clients to outsource a project (or want to). They still want to take advantage of our knowledge though so we will be called in to train staff. We don’t have courses to train but rather train against each individual client’s needs.
The discipline of information architecture can help you structure documents, communication, websites, intranets and any other type of digital problem to make things easier to understand and find. Any of our projects will have a dedicated phase for this work. Read more …
We rarely recommend doing focus groups without user testing as the two go hand in hand. Focus groups offer a very different social dynamic to user testing and are useful early in the development of your project. We are skilled at focus group facilitation, recording and analysis.
Garth Shoebridge trained as an architect and graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1994.
After working in the architectural industry for a few years he decided to bring the eternal debate about form verses function to the digital realm in 1998.
He worked for himself, Datatec and then became a partner at umlungu with Alan. Over the last decade he has consulted to some of South Africa’s largest corporates. Read more …
Alan Benington trained as an engineer and graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand.
Alan has been involved in a number of web and software development projects as a director, strategist, technical lead and project manager.
He has been a founding member of start-ups, including EasyInfo as technical director and BitGlue as managing director. He has worked in JSE-listed companies, including Primedia, Datatec and ABSA Bank. Read more …
Hayley Komen holds a BA Communication Science from UNISA and a B-Tech Nature Conservation from the Tshwane University of Technology.
Hayley has worked as a copywriter and project manager in the advertising industry, as the communications manager for the Endangered Wildlife Trust. She was on the editorial committee for the joint-NGO magazine Environment – people and conservation in Africa and the hardcover annual publication Vision.
In her early career Hayley was lucky enough to work in the Kruger National Park and private reserve Bushmanskloof. Read more …
Once again social media has amazed me this week. Here’s what happened: Someone friended me on Facebook that I haven’t seen for 30 odd years. I can’t believe how old she looks and realised that goes for me too. I finally got around to updating my LinkedIn profile, and now have a meeting with someone that I should have called months ago. My wife has gotten a number of orders for her business and a new export contact through her involvement in Facebook. A potential client knows he needs to have social media as part of his business but is unsure why or how. After being very active on Twitter personally, I finally bite the bullet and set up a profile for my business. Grudgingly, it already somehow feels a lot less fun. Another client is happy for his business to engage in social media, but is very concerned about his personal privacy in the process. I look at another client’s web logs and can’t ignore the simple fact that Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) outperforms their social media efforts at a rate of 10 to 1. Although, it shouldn’t be, the SEO has almost no monthly cost but the social media has very real costs to their business. I find 3 new brilliant bands through friends on Twitter and LastFM. I’m meeting friends later for drinks that I met through Twitter. 10. I get irritated by 3 companies who are using social media in very blatant, facile and self-serving ways. I’ll remember who they are and try and use their competitors. I write a post about social media. Once again, I can’t help but be astounded how polarised I feel about this phenomenon. Personally I’m an avid user of social media but find myself having many reservations about its role in business. If a friend or family member asks for advice on social media I gush on all the things they should and can do, if a client asks about social media I gush on all the things they should be careful of. For me the debate on social media’s role in business is still very much open.