Dec 29, 2011

Mobile Year in Review 2011

Is the pen mightier than the sword? Probably not, but the mobile device might be. 2011 wasn't just the year of mobile, it was the year that mobile took over the world, as they say in this video, along with some mind blowing stats. Exciting growth in 2011 and another awesome video following last years.

by MobileFuture

Dec 23, 2011

YouTube Rewind 2011

Rebecca Black presents, the cool and whack of what we watched most on YouTube in 2011.

Find the Top 10 videos and more at

Dec 21, 2011

Adrenaline Driven People Are Awesome

If you like extreme sports, you will like this! Inspiring compilation of people doing extraordinary things.

Dec 19, 2011

Riaad Moosa's Material, Comedy Movie Trailer

South African comedy legend Riaad Moosa, releases his movie called, 'Material' in February 2012.

Nik Rabinowitz is in there too

Dec 16, 2011

Google Zeitgeist 2011

Google Zeitgeist is back, and this time reviewing 2011 search activity, enjoy!

Related Post: 2010 in review.

Dec 14, 2011

Got A Fresher Look, What Do YOU Think?

Yes, I know Blogger is the real cheese of platforms to use, but it does the job for me right now. A simple colour change with some cleaning-up has freshened things up nicely. The darkness and bright text needed to go, the change to a lighter reading area is the right one, in my opinion. The blog is a little wider now, the 'About' and 'Contact' pages have been updated and the navigation text is green as a little reminder of the past.

Check out Before/After and please tune me whether you like (1.) or (2.) below:

The colours since her birth in 2009.

(1.) Too light? Texture comes through better.

(2.) Current. Win. What do you think?

Comment on which you prefer, (1.) or (2.) ... and you could win an iPad  (T's and C's apply) smile

Dec 12, 2011

Android Market Growth [Infographic]

Interesting that the peak time of Android downloads is in the late evening on a Sunday and "Games" (at least 'brain' related games second) is the most downloaded category, but look at the top 4 most active countries per capita. Google Maps Android app navigates over 12 billion miles p/year.

View more Infographics or Visit the Android Apps Market.

Dec 7, 2011

Red Bull: Trick Bikers Hit South Africa

French motorbike trials rider, Julien Dupont is Red Bull's, "Jozi Sessions". To be honest, the video is more scenery and posing then insane skills, but it's nice to find Red Bull's extreme sport monkeys doing their thing in South Africa. Looking forward to the Masters of Dirt at Cape Town Bike Festival!

Brian Capper, South African, Supermoto and trials bike champion recently set out to ride over the arch of Durban's, Moses Mabhida Stadium. Nuts, given the fact that his head is much higher from being on a bike, the ±350m ground cover is a narrow stretch of steps and some points are insanely steep. 

Dec 5, 2011

Social Media 2011 Statistics

Similar to Social Media Revolution, an informative infographic video of Social Media activity in 2011.

  1. 11% of the world population have an account.
  2. There are more Facebook users (±800mil.) than motor vehicles (±750mil.) in the world.
  3. 50% of users log-on daily.
  4. The average user has 130 friends.
  5. The average user spends 700 minutes per month on Facebook.
  6. Every 60 seconds: 510 000 posted comments. 293 000 status updates. 136 000 photos uploaded.      
  7. Ferrari sold 5329 cars last year, but gained 5 267 367 fans.
  8. Facebook accounts for 10% of all mobile data on iPhone's.
  1. 225 million users.
  2. 150 million tweets per day, which equates to 1736 per second.
  3. Highest record of tweets per second is 8900.
  4. The average user has 115 followers.
  5. Lady Gaga has the most followers on Twitter: 15 864 378 followers.
  1. 135 million 'users', which is more than 15x the population of New York City.
  2. A new member joins LinkedIn every 2 seconds.
  3. Age of members: 18-24 = 21% | 25-34 = 36% | 35-54 = 36% | 55+ = 7%
  4. Membership includes executives from every company listed on the Fortune 500.
  1. 490 million unique visitors.
  2. 92 000 000 000 page views per month, leading to 700 000 000 playbacks recorded last year.
  3. 35 hours of video is uploaded per minute.
  4. "more video is uploaded to YouTube in 60 days than the 3 major US networks created in 60 years."
  5.  Justin Bie(what's his name)'s, "Baby" video has had over 659 070 256 views.
Flicker: 3500 pictures uploaded per second.
Google+: already has more than 50 million users.
Instagram: more than 150 million photos have been uploaded.
Foursquare: over 2 million check-ins per week.

Smartphone owners are 2x more active on social media than non smart phone owners,
60 % admit to using their devices while in the bathroom and woman (55%) 
are more active on social media than men (45%).

Dec 1, 2011

Peugeot RCZ Google Street View Drive

Get behind the wheel of a Peugeot RCZ and plot your trip using Google Street View. Visit the website to begin and while it loads a stop motion of your journey, enjoy learning more about the car. Tip: keep your route short, the site is thirsty on load time.

what road am I on? Tell me and I'll give you a high five!

Nov 29, 2011

The Africa Project Film: The Path, Surfing Video

Beautiful journey, inspired from the history of surfing around Africa. Film maker Jason Hearn, traveled around the African coast with top local surfers (including Jordy Smith) and created The Africa Project Film. Highlights mentioned by Jason were, Morocco, Senegal and Namibia.


Check out the Top Billing interview below:

Nov 27, 2011

Toy Run 2011 Pictures

The Toy Run, a mass gathering of bikers to raise toys for children over the festive season. Today I enjoyed my 5th ride in Cape Town, starting from Ottery, thousands of bikers rode to the festivities in Maynardville, high-five'ing bystanders alongside the road. At the end of the ride, toys are given in, beers are consumed, bikes are perved over, merchandise is bought, live music is heard and people of all kinds are generally having a good time. Dirt build up in nostrils is to be expected  :)
Check out some pictures below!
standing alongside the bike
the only time these guys get to ride on the public road
yours truly - clouds in that polished tank

Nov 21, 2011

Motorbike Drifting and Stunt Riding

French stunt rider, Jorian Ponomareff just put the biggest smile on my face during this video. We have all seen guys dancing around their bikes whilst up on the back wheel spinning in circles and they are impressive stunts, but drifting around cones is in a league of its own. Cool camera work, banging beat and an all round awesome video with over 1.5 million views in the first week.

Visit the Facebook Page and see the Making Of Video.


Nov 16, 2011

Safe House - Movie - Cape Town

An action packed movie, shot in the mother city, starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds, sounds good! I remember the ciaos when they shot in the Cape Town Stadium till 3, 4am, the surrounding residents were not pleased, but I'm keen to see if that part is in this movie. Coming in 2012!
Shout out to MichClarke.

Nov 13, 2011

Nov 11, 2011

Ducati 1199 Panigale Superbike

The new Ducati 1199 Panigale is a whole lot of bike and the first Ducati superbike with a name; normally just numbers, such as 998, 1098, 1099. The name is pronounced "Pan-ee-gah-lee" and if you ever come up against one at a traffic light, unless you're packing, best you knock over your king and accept "Checkmate".


A short quote from the site, "In calculating the optimum configuration to achieve the next big step forward in power output for the L-twin engine, Ducati and Ducati Corse engineers increased engine speed and enhanced breathability with the incredible bore and stroke of 112mm x 60.8mm. The intense study of power and ridability resulted in an output of 195hp @ 10,750 rpm." The new Superquadro engine is lighter and produces more power, which sounds about right for Ducati's innovative technology and Italian brains. The site is packed with content, check it out!

If you're a biker in Cape Town, join Digital Bikers.

Nandos Print Ad to Julius Malema

ANCYL president, Julius Malema (aka JuJu) received a 5 year suspension yesterday and Nandos are on-the-ball as usual with another funny tactical print ad!


Nov 7, 2011

Tata and Tutu Talk The Bookmarks

As we enter the week of the The Bookmarks 2011, I thought it is a good idea to resurface last years funny discussion between Desmond Tutu and Tata Madiba about the "Oscars". Good luck to all the finalists and I look forward to seeing you on Thursday night for the awards evening.

Nov 4, 2011

Bodyboarding is Dangerous, Not.

Can only imagine the sound above, and his thoughts, sure he came in contact with a hard place. Sick compilation video below!

Nov 3, 2011

Lego CSI Episode in Legoland

Classic! Episode from what must be CSI Miami, where the sun always shines. Well worth a watch and although I laughed during this video, I still think the best Lego enactment is the Death Star Canteen...

Oct 3, 2011

Savanna Dry: Jack Russell Ad

The Savanna cider ads are classic! South African comedian Barry Hilton returns to serve his loyal customer, Hugh Masebenza and this time he's brought his skating Jack Russell dogs to the bar counter. The humour is oh-so-dry (like the drink), but guarantees to leave you with a smile.

After the ad, check out the making of Jack video.


Sep 27, 2011

Cape Town Bike Festival: What to Expect?

The Cape Town Bike Festival is the first of its kind to ever come to Cape Town and looks like it's not to be missed! The festival runs from the 16-18th of December 2011 at the Cape Town Stadium and will showcase everything from custom motorbikes to massive freestyle action. Seether will be performing on the Friday night and there seems to be a load of other entertainment too, including an expo filled with biker gear.

Get festival tickets here or register online for the full 3 day package.

P.S. if you are a motorbike enthusiast, connect with Digital Bikers now!


Sep 18, 2011

Omo - One Slap Funny South African TV Ad

Brilliant! The "One Slap" ad for Omo makes me laugh every time! Not your typical 'dirty before, clean after' washing cleaner ad. I think I would have an accident in my pants if I saw my mom's domestic, "Mavis" scold her like this - "Woo ehh eh Mrs Mitchell, only white sugar in my coffee".

See credits on


Sep 15, 2011

X Factor's Emmanuel Kelly is Mind Blowing!

X Factor audition trooper, Emmanuel Kelly will not only BLOW your mind, but will make you thankful for everything that you have in your life! Let it load while you prepare to be moved.


Wingsuit Extreme Video, "Grinding the Crack"

Intense nail biting, but epic wingsuit video, this oke laughs at near death! Cool soundtrack to the madness!


Sep 9, 2011

Nandos: Rugby World Cup 2011 Print Ad

Another great tactical ad from Nandos, Words advised to the Bokke for the Rugby World Cup 2011, "Moer Hulle"!


Jul 25, 2011

Dexter Season 6 - Video Trailer

I am by no means a "series junkie", but Dexter has held my attention from the very beginning to the end of season 5. Showtime's Emmy nominated drama series, starring Michael C Hall and the crew are now almost ready to present season 6. Dexter suggests to be taking a religious route this time with the tag line, "This fall he'll make you a believer". Rumor has it that the show will air in South Africa on M-NET in 2012, but I think we all know that there is an alternative. I cannot wait. Enough said. Enjoy the trailer!

Become a "dark defender" on Facebook here.


Jul 13, 2011

Airlines Adoption of Social Media (infographic)

Although this information does not take all airlines into account, the data collected is very impressive in favour of Social Media. Some points that stood out for me in this infographic video are as follows:

  • 89% of all businesses in 2011 expect to engage in Social Media
  • Delta tweets 63.9 times a day
  • Delta was the first airline to allow ticket reservations and check-ins via Facebook
  • 40% of airlines are actively looking to expand their Social Media teams
  • Virgin America receive 96% positive opinion

For a larger view click here.
Given the stress involved around flying and the need for instant gratification, social media serves as the perfect tool for real time communication with passengers. Airlines are dedicating resources to social media in two ways, an Integrated (internal) or Dedicated (hired) model and both are effective, but it is interesting to note that more social media staff does not mean more reach. Airlines who engage and collaborate with their audience through social media are more empowered to efficiently and conveniently monitor and improve their brand reputation. In a world of terrible call centers and long queues, social media is fantastic in allowing brands to respond to mentions immediately and we all know that people like to feel they have been heard.

Meet your customers where they are!

See an example of how KLM responded via social media.


Jun 13, 2011

Social Media Revolution 2011 by Erik Qualman

Erik Qualman is back again in 2011 for the next installment of the Social Media Revolution videos, based on his book Socialnomics. The song for this video is called Baba Yetu by Christopher Tin and although I like the African sound, I much prefer the Fat Boy Slim tune in his previous videos. Some facts that stood out for me in this video are as follows:

  • over 50% of the world population is under 30 years of age.
  • this year Facebook topped Google for weekly site traffic.
  • 1 in 5 couples meet online | 3 in 5 gay couples meet online.
  • 1 in 5 divorces are blamed on Facebook.
  • 50% of mobile internet traffic in the U.K is for Facebook.
  • eReaders surpassed traditional book sales.
  • social gamers buy $6 billion in virtual goods | movie goers only buy $2.5 billion in real goods.
  • if Wikipedia was a book, it would have 2.25 million pages & take 125 years to read.
  • 90% of consumers trust peer recommendations.

Catch my previous post on the Social Media Revolution 2! (2010)
Also see the first Social Media Revolution infographic video. (2009)


Jun 12, 2011

Angry Birds: Life Size & Interactive from T-Mobile

Angry Birds in real life with real exploding pigs and destruction. T-Mobile bring you this very cool activation in Barcelona, Spain and the video has already seen over 3.2 million views in just four days! Best part is that the whole thing is controlled by smart phones. Even the band is real and jamming the Angry Birds theme song. Very well done indeed! Remember the Angry Birds playable cake?

Us BlackBerry device "limited" people can still play Angry Birds on Chrome!


Jun 9, 2011

Social Code's Success for Southern Comfort SA

Social Code is an innovative digital agency that offers social media, mobile and development services. Southern Comfort, an alcoholic spirit was founded by Martin Wilkes Heron in 1874 and Social Code were assigned the task of introducing Southern Comfort SA to the consumers in the digital space with a fun and rewarding level of interaction. Based on key competitors in social media, the goal was set for Social Code to build a community around the Southern Comfort brand of around 6000 members in 12 months. A strategy was well thought out and the "Time to Lime" competition campaign was born. Social Code developed a fun and interactive app on Facebook that allowed users to add lime wedges to their pictures and then share them.

Southern Comfort SA
Simple and easy to share, over 926 photos are already uploaded onto Facebook every second. The mechanic simply allowed users to have a little bit of fun with the brand as an extension of that existing habit.
Participants who shared pictures were immediately entered into the competition to win weekly prizes. Southern Comfort SA leveraged their offline activity to re-enforce their digital presence, which was vital to the success of online engagement.

The results were impressive to say the least. Justin Hartman, CEO of Social Code said, "The fan page grew to almost 6,400 fans in a record time of just 3 short months and the consistent adoption rate of almost 100 fans per day was impressive in a South African context”. Matt Visser, a digital strategist who also worked on the campaign added, "What we managed to get right with the team at Social Code wasn't inventing a new mechanic or trying to be too clever, but just providing a fun, simple interaction which was essentially just a little extension to the habitual behavior of their relevant target audience. Being a part of an effective campaign is always rewarding, but it's mostly a result of having regular fresh content and the team dedication to respond to every user action, almost immediately, this is something Social Code is definitely getting good at. Real time interaction, it really helped".

See the Southern Comfort SA Facebook Page.
Catch Social Code's post.


Jun 7, 2011

Darth Vader hits Disney for Star Tours Ride

Darth Vader and two of his Stormtroopers take to Disneyland in California for the launch of the Star Tours new ride. They explore other rides in the park, whilst they await the opening of the new Star Tours (the adventure continues) attraction. Pretty funny seeing Vader whipping out his Lightsaber at a stuffed furry gimmick. In the end, none of the rides make them feel at home and they are forced to open the doors.

Catch the full event here and Facebook page here.


Jun 2, 2011

Hot Wheels Break World Record

Hot Wheels go the distance for the world record. Car stunt man, Tanner Foust drove the car down the massive 10 story ramp and cleared 332 feet which gives them the title of furthest jump in a four wheeled vehicle. Balls of steal, but it looked like he made it by a long shot without rolling the car on landing - epic suspension! Massive crowd present and another awesome piece of work from Team Hot Wheels.

Catch the Facebook page here & a Hot Wheels 3D Projection here.


May 27, 2011

Danny MacAskill in Cape Town

Believe it! Redbull pro trials bike rider Danny MacAskill uses Cape Town as his "playground" to promote the Leica V-Lux 30 Camera. He caught my attention last year with the release of the epic short film, "Way Back Home" and you can see my post about it here. It truly is an awesome sight to see him showing off his talent on local streets. Highlights from this video include: the aerial shots around the CBD, tail-whip off high ledge, the gap he jumps (without much speed) between the bridges where the Giant Vuvuzela was over the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the sunset shots near the Glen. Massive respect to the man!

Catch Danny at La Med being interviewed on the making-of with some extra footage here.

May 22, 2011

3D Projection Mapping in Cape Town by Wrigley's

Wrigley's 5 Projection Cape Town from Dont Party on Vimeo.

Wrigley's brought the first ever 3D Projection Mapping experience to South Africa, both in Johannesburg and Cape Town. This is also the first user generated projection, allowing internet users to create their own projections with the chance of seeing them in real life. Based on the 5 Experience campaign for 5 Gum and incentivised with the prize of winning tickets to see french electronic DJ, Etienne De Crecy live on the 27th (Joburg) or 28th (Cape Town). Free 5 Gum samples were available and the projection lasted more than an hour. At times, I felt the projections were a bit repetitive and the crowd of people watching consisted of a massive ±100 people (i.e. not that many). Promo guys and gals were walking around with iPad's taking people's email addresses, but without a name. So they are clearly not planning to address you personally in future communications. I see in the above video from Don't Party, there was an interactive element too, but I must have missed it. About 840 projections have been created on the website and it was great to see in South Africa. I had trouble with my video's, but here are some pictures.

The Surface - Notice the 2 Massive Projectors!

Watermelon, Peppermint and Spearmint - red, blue, green
Promo Tent - Enormous Crowd
some projections looked just like a graphic equalizer
The Gum

Thanks to Agnes for letting me know about it!
See the Facebook page here and campaign site here!