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Social Light: The ultimate solution for brand appeal

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The advent of social media opened Mautsu’s eyes to a sea of opportunities to explore innovative solutions for creating employment in the areas of photography and publications.

Social Light is a media management company that specialises in creating targeted social media marketing, increasing brand recognition; improving brand loyalty, conversion, richer customer experiences, humanisation of brands and analysed feedback.  

“We work across different social media platforms including, Instagram, Youtube, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn,” says Mautsu.The 23-year -old Mautsu started exploring and testing his ideas while studying at the Botswana Accountancy College, where he was involved in voluntary work.

He was looking for something very challenging, a brand that could be accessed anywhere in the world. Mautsu started developing his portfolio project for Social Light in May 2014 through voluntary work. He has never received any external funding. 

Mautsu who is also the Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) Finance and Business representative for Small Medium Entrepreneurs (SMEs), has three employees and he takes time to educate them about the product.  Social Light spearheads new marketing in Africa by providing globally competitive services at affordable prices. 

It has so far developed social networks and provided services to key industry stakeholders among others Maitisong Festival, Botswana Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA), Chain Reaction, Soul Food Comedy and Cappello.  

Mautsu believes that it is wonderful to sell to customers who have had prior experience with a brand. They streamline content and create social media presence as well as increase digital exposure by focusing on quality over quantity, he said. “Consumers are 71% more likely to make a purchase based on social media referrals. We are able to fulfil this objective by continuous immersion in research as well as observing, documenting and analysing trends and this increases brand recognition,” says Mautsu.

Research shows that there were 403 803 internet users in Botswana as of December 31, 2014, representing 18.5 percent of the population. Against this background Social Light intends to deliver tailor made marketing to these users specifically designed for their brand, events, products and services. “Through our wealth of experience, we can help you get your business to the right audiences anywhere in the world,” he said.

Mautsu believes that the services they offer can take many organisations to the next level of business. “There is nothing better than having customers becoming the voice of your brand. Make your brand appeal to the human side of your customers. Engage in conversation so they feel valued and give them a rich customer experience.”

He says they have medium to large clientelle and they are able to keep a successful customer base by continuous development in quality service and building of relationships.

“We also take care of our clients by educating them because they are key to our organisation and they need to have knowledge,” Mautsu said they connect the brand directly to the consumer; ensuring more value per marketing spend and an increase in effective consumer engagement. For the next ten years, Social Light sees itself being a global competitor, creating more jobs, and working with international companies.

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SMEs benefit from Consumer Fair growth

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The Botswana Investment and Trade Centre (BITC) has applauded Botswana Consumer Fair’s continued efforts to improve small to medium enterprises’ linkages.

BITC Chief Executive Officer, Keletsositse Olebile, when opening the fair, said the event has provided interactive forum for both local and foreign exhibitors. He said the shopping show has enabled manufacturers, wholesalers and traders to market their products directly to consumers, an alignment to government’s endeavors.

“As part of government intention, we continually encourage local sourcing by retailers and distributors,” said Olebile who is just few months into his new post. He further celebrated the growth of Botswana Consumer Fair over the years, attributing the expansion to quality of goods displayed at the previous shows.“Improved quality and increased variety of wares increases the interest of the visitors and makes them look forward to returning the following year,” said Olebile.

This year’s exhibitors at the 13th event still running under the banner: ‘It is more than just shopping’ have been drawn from Lesotho, Zambia, Swaziland, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Egypt, Japan, India, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

Consumer Fair is a flagship event for Fairgrounds Holdings and provides a platform for small medium enterprises (SMEs) from the different sectors of the economy to showcase and promote their products and services. In addition, the SMEs are expected to establish long term business linkages and promote local manufactured goods.Fairgrounds Holdings is already optimistic that the Fair immensely contribute to the socio-economic development of the country through supporting SMEs.

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‘Involve SMMEs in standards development’-Minister

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Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry, Bogolo Kenewendo appealed to Botswana Bureau of Standards (BOBS) to include the Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) when developing the standards to improve the sector.

She said the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry has identified three areas of focus going forward which are modeled on SMME development, investment promotion and export development apexes. “I would like to implore you to include this sector in standards development processes and assist in improving SMMEs conformity to standards and compliance to technical regulations,” said Kenewendo.

Speaking during the BOBS Technical Committee Members appreciation ceremony on Thursday, Kenewendo explained that the important roles of standards are underpinned by the aspirations and intentions espoused in both diversified export led economic growth and job creation as priority areas. “It goes without saying that the diversification of the economy requires a National Quality Infrastructure and Technical Regulatory Framework that promote competitiveness of Botswana goods and services.”

She also emphasized that an effective National Quality Infrastructure and Technical Regulatory Framework are essential as they provide crucial links to global trade, market access and export competitiveness through their contribution to consumer confidence in product safety, quality and the environment.Since inception in 1997 BOBS has published more than 1700 standards through 48 technical committees across several sectors of the economy; 109 certification licences have been issued against some of these standards. Currently 46 Botswana Standards are being implemented through the standards regulations with a view to protecting the health and safety of consumers as well as protection of the environment.

On her note, BOBS Vice Chairperson of the Standards Council, Professor Edward Dintwa said standards are powerful tools for helping organisations that implement them to realize their potential, have access and compete in the global marketplace. “In this highly competitive and complex world, issues of sustainability and productivity, viewed from economic, environmental and societal perspectives require that businesses must be more efficient in their operations, which can be achieved through the implementation of standards”.

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