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Friday, 24 October 2014

Sean Riley, the CEO of Ad Dynamo was Heavy Chef’s featured speaker at this month’s event, hosted at the Microsoft headquarters in Bryanston, Johannesburg. Presenting on The Power Of A Tweet, Sean looked at the ways in which this platform is making a global impact as a social network and as a marketing tool for brands.

Heavy Chef guests braved the bad weather and traffic to attend the event and gain new insight into just how powerful 140 characters can be. This month, we ran a new competition at the event in partnership with Nokia South Africa, and gave away a Lumia 930 smartphone to one lucky tweeter – Nicolaas a.k.a #The LegoGuy. And as always, guests enjoyed complimentary red and white wine sponsored by eco-friendly winemakers, Backsberg.

One of the highlights of the evening was the illustration, created by cartoonist, Ique Langa. Creating it on-the-spot as Sean was presenting, Ique captured the key take-aways in graphic format. Ique you finished off the evening perfectly – thanks!

Here’s what some of our guests had to say about #thepowerofatweet:

We would like to extend our thanks to Ad Dynamo, for hosting the event in partnership with Heavy Chef founders, World Wide Creative and for enlightening the audience on the ways in which Twitter is revolutionising communication. Also, thanks once again to Channel Mobile for keeping our guests up to date with the details of the event via SMS.

Don’t forget to catch up with us on Facebook and Twitter and sign up to receive the monthly newsletter here. Keep watching this space for the release of Sean Riley’s official speaker video from the event.

See you all at the next one!

October 14, 2014

The Power Of A Tweet: Heavy Chef October Focuses On Twitter’s Growth In Africa.

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On 22 October 2014, Heavy Chef will host the CEO of Ad Dynamo, Sean Riley at Microsoft’s offices in Johannesburg.

Headlining a session entitled, The Power Of A Tweet, Sean’s presentation will focus on the impact that Twitter is making on the way that brands and their audiences communicate. As Twitter’s official partner in South Africa, Ad Dynamo has opened up doorways of opportunity for brands to take advantage of this platform’s exponential growth on the continent.

Internationally, Twitter has sparked political change and catalysed social cohesion. Locally, it has even saved lives and is being used to promote solidarity amongst communities. This session will highlight the ways in which brands can exploit its organic reach and leverage its effectiveness as a marketing tool. To get an insider’s look at what Sean will be including in his presentation, click here.

As always, guests will be refreshed by complimentary eco-friendly wine thanks to our sponsors Backsberg. There will also be a great prize up for grabs, sponsored by Nokia South Africa.

Unfortunately, this event has been fully booked out. If you didn’t manage to get onto the guest list in time, keep an eye on our Youtube channel for the official speaker video and on our Twitter feed for live updates and insights. You can also sign up to receive our monthly newsletter here, to be among the first to receive invitations.

If you didn’t manage to get onto the guest list in time – don’t despair. You can connect with us on Facebook and check Twitter for a live feed during the event. Keep an eye on our Youtube channel for the latest event videos.
See you at the next one!

If you booked your seat, don’t forget to diarise these details:

Venue: Microsoft Offices, Bryanston (William Nicol Drive)
Time: 18h00 for 18h30
Cost: The handover of 10 of your most influential Twitter followers: their names, their handles – everything (JK – it’s always free).

Heavy Chef is sponsored by: Ad Dynamo, Twitter, Microsoft, Nokia SA, Backsberg Wines, Uber and Channel Mobile.

See you all there!

October 1, 2014

The Dr Of Digital, Rand Fishkin Is Returning To Heavy Chef In November

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The Wizard of Moz is returning to Heavy Chef on 10 November 2014 at World Wide Creative’s new event space in Woodstock, Cape Town. Aptly entitled, The Paradox of Exceptional Marketing, this event will focus on how to overcome barriers to scale and produce remarkable results in web marketing.

Seats have not yet become available to book, but you can be amongst the first to receive the invitation by subscribing to our newsletter here.

World Wide Creative MD, Mike Perk with Rand Fishkin and Guests at Heavy Chef Jan 2013

Who Is Rand Fishkin?

As, the co-founder of Moz and Inbound.org and the co-author of The Art of SEO, Rand is one of the foremost industry leaders in the field of search marketing. An admitted addict of all things content, search and social, Rand began experimenting with site building in 1993 and has been captivated by the workings of the World Wide Web ever since. Within his 12 years as a leading authority on search marketing, Fishkin has presented to teams at Google, Facebook and Microsoft as well as at various marketing and media conferences around the world.

From 2007-2013, he was Moz’s CEO but later moved into his new position as an individual contributor after handing the CEO reigns to Sarah Bird. When he’s not discovering new tricks of the trade and inventing new ways of approaching and developing web marketing, Rand is out exploring the globe with his wife, Geraldine.

Heavy Chef has had the honour of hosting Rand Fishkin before, when in January 2013, he presented the latest SEO trends. Watch his presentations here:

This is going to be an epic event, so watch your inbox for the invitation and we’ll see you all there!

September 22, 2014

Luke Townsin Talks Twitter, Business And The Mobile Stream At Heavy Chef Cape Town

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18 September 2014 marked the second Heavy Chef session at World Wide Creative’s brand new venue in Cape Town. The event featured Luke Townsin, Twitter’s Head of Brand Strategy (Multinational EMEA) who spoke about the major trends in content consumption and what can be called the “mobile stream.”

Luke’s presentation put the spotlight on parallel consumption or “meerkatting,” as the new way in which consumers are experiencing and interacting with content. According to Luke, 50% of consumers use their phones while they commute, while 60% use their mobiles while they’re watching TV. It’s digital multi-tasking.

With the continuous stream of new content, companies and individuals need to keep their messages brief and remove any friction between the content and the consumer. It’s all about grabbing the attention of the right people, at the right time, for the right amount of time.

For those of you who didn’t get onto the guest list in time or for those who wish to be re-enlightened by Luke’s compelling presentation, watch this space for the official event video.

Once again, #heavychef trended on Twitter. Here’s what our guests had to say:

In partnership with Ad Dynamo, Africa’s leading digital advertising marketplace, this event was geared towards marketers and digital enthusiasts who wanted to learn more about Twitter’s role within today’s mobile-centric age.

We’d like to extend a huge thank you to our wine sponsors, Backsberg for bringing conviviality to the event once again and to Nokia SA for sponsoring the Lumia 1320 that was awarded to a very appreciative @captainGrimmy on the night.

Also, thanks once again to Channel Mobile for keeping our guests up to date with the details of the event via SMS.

See you all at the next one!

September 10, 2014

Heavy Chef To Host Luke Townsin – Twitter’s Head Of Brand Strategy (Multinational EMEA), in Cape Town.

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World Wide Creative’s practical learning initiative, Heavy Chef will host Luke Townsin – Twitter’s Head of Brand Strategy (Multinational EMEA), in Cape Town on 18 September 2014.

In partnership with Ad Dynamo, Africa’s leading digital advertising marketplace, this event will be geared towards marketers and digital enthusiasts who would like to learn more about Twitter’s role within today’s mobile-centric age.

Luke Townsin’s role includes expanding Twitter’s commercial growth across emerging markets in Europe, The Middle East and Africa and with expertise that ranges from brand/agency consultancy to creative development, he’s a chef that wears many hats.

His session at Heavy Chef will focus on the shift in consumer behaviour and the development of what can be referred to as the Mobile Stream. The development of a continuous flow of user-targeted, trend-focused content has changed the way that Twitter approaches Native Advertising. Luke will talk about how brands and companies can use Twitter to ensure that their messages stand out and are accessible on the Mobile Stream.

Unfortunately this event is fully booked and seats are no longer available. If you didn’t get on to the guest list in time, you can still join the Heavy Chef community by signing up to our newsletter here and following us on Twitter and Facebook. You can also check out the latest speaker videos on our Youtube channel.

For those of you managed to get seats, please don’t forget to diarise these details:

Venue: World Wide Creative, 62 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock

Directions:

From Cape Town driving towards The Southern Suburbs

Head down Darling Street (passing the Castle of Good Hope on your left hand side)

Take a left into Sir Lowry road

Just after the bridge, you will see the World Wide Creative office (black building) on your right hand side, directly opposite the Good Hope Centre

To park, take a right turn into Sydney Street and head towards the back of the building where there is an available parking lot

From The Southern Suburbs driving towards Cape Town Central

Get onto Woodstock Main Road (Victoria Road) and continue straight until it becomes Sir Lowry Road

Continue up Sir Lowry road and go under the bridge

About 400m after the bridge, you will see the World Wide Creative office (black building) on your left hand side, directly opposite The Good Hope Centre

To park, take a left turn into Sydney Street and head towards the back of the building where there is an available parking lot

Time: 18h00 for 18h30

Cost: 1 bag of budgie seed for the Twitter bird (kidding – it’s 100% free, as always)

Heavy Chef is sponsored by: Ad Dynamo, Twitter, Microsoft, Nokia SA, Backsberg Wines, Mobile Marketing Association and Channel Mobile.

August 29, 2014

Dave Duarte Talks Dark Social Media At Heavy Chef Cape Town

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Last night we welcomed the dark side with the Professor of Digital, Meneer David Duarte at Heavy Chef. As the first event in Cape Town for over a year, the night kicked off at World Wide Creative’s gleaming new building in Sir Lowry Road Woodstock.

Image credit: Channel Mobile

Image credit: Channel Mobile

Daring to go where your average digital marketer would never go, Dave asked some pivotal questions about social sharing. Marketers were asked to consider the impact that sharing links via email and instant messaging services has on their site referrals. After all, effective digital marketing is about measuring the metrics that matter.

Gone are the days when hits and clicks were the benchmarks for online success – today, engagement is the golden ratio. With no shortage of cheeky innuendos, Dave shared his insight that, “the most intimate sharing happens in the dark.” His advice? Get comfortable with what you can’t measure and “keep it real.”

World Wide Creative will be releasing the official speaker video soon, so if you didn’t get onto the guest list in time, watch this space for Dave’s presentation.

Here’s what Heavy Chef guests had to tweet about the event:

As always, Heavy Chef guests enjoyed complementary red and white wine sponsored by Backsberg and one lucky guest won a Lumia 1320 and cover sponsored by Nokia South Africa. We’d also like to thank Channel Mobile for their bulk-SMS service.

We’ve got a not-to-be-missed speaker line-up for Heavy Chef Cape Town in September, November and December. Be the first to receive invitations and updates by signing up to our monthly newsletter here and become part of the Heavy Chef community by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

August 20, 2014

Heavy Chef To Host Dave Duarte In Cape Town On 28 August

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On 28 August 2014, Heavy Chef Events will make a long-awaited return to Cape Town, where Dave Duarte will be talking on the marketing enigma that is Dark Social Media.

Making a reappearance at Heavy Chef, this online marketing expert will cover some uncharted territory as he explains how referral traffic from ’social’ sources like instant messaging and email can easily be confused by analytics programs as direct web referrals.

Basing a digital marketing strategy on sound analytics means being able to determine how many referrals are directed from Dark Social sources. Duarte’s presentaton will focus on how this works.

Unfortunately, the event is fully booked. For those of you who didn’t make it onto the guest list in time, you can get the latest updates and news about Heavy Chef by connecting with the community on Facebook and Twitter. You can also check out our latest speaker videos on our Youtube channel.

To all our guests who booked seats successfully, don’t forget to diarise these details:

Venue: World Wide Creative, 60 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock

Directions:

From Cape Town driving towards The Southern Suburbs

  • Head down Darling Street (passing the Castle of Good Hope on your left hand side)
  • Take a left into Sir Lowry road
  • Just after the bridge, you will see the World Wide Creative office (black building) on your right hand side, directly opposite the Good Hope Centre
  • To park, take a right turn into Sydney Street and head towards the back of the building where there is an available parking lot

From The Southern Suburbs driving towards Cape Town Central

  • Get onto Woodstock Main Road (Victoria Road) and continue straight until it becomes Sir Lowry Road
  • Continue up Sir Lowry road and go under the bridge
  • About 400m after the bridge, you will see the World Wide Creative office (black building) on your left hand side, directly opposite The Good Hope Centre
  • To park, take a left turn into Sydney Street and head towards the back of the building where there is an available parking lot

Time: 18h00 for 18h30

Cost: Payment is 1 screenshot of an email in which you share this link: http://bit.ly/1rSzzbG with a friend (you know we’re kidding. It’s free – as always).

Heavy Chef is sponsored by: World Wide Creative, Microsoft, Nokia SA, Backsberg Wines, Mobile Marketing Association and Channel Mobile.

July 17, 2014

Exclusive Video Of Gareth Cliff Speaking At Heavy Chef About His Digital Radio Experience. Watch It Here.

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Concocted by Renee Fortune

Gareth Cliff headlined June’s Heavy Chef event in Johannesburg to inform and entertain the crowd of marketers and digital enthusiasts with his latest move into the digital space.Thanks to our founders, World Wide Creative, the speaker video is now available and is complimented by a series of short video clips – each dealing with a specific question and answer that was covered during the course of the session.

This session dealt directly with some of the pivotal questions that Heavy Chef guests have wanted to ask since the onset of Gareth’s online radio show, CliffCentral.com. Three of these Q&A videos have been released, so watch this space for the rest of the clips in this series or subscribe to our Youtube channel.

Heavy Chef is coming to Cape Town soon, with a not-to-be-missed speaker line-up. Be the first to receive invitations and updates by signing up to our monthly newsletter here and become part of the Heavy Chef community by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

June 26, 2014

The Reinvention Of Radio: Gareth Cliff Talks Digital at Heavy Chef in Johannesburg

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At this month’s anticipated Heavy Chef event, South African media icon, Gareth Cliff, addressed the crowds at Microsoft’s headquarters in Bryanston, Johannesburg on 24 June 2014.

Addressing an engaged audience of digital and marketing professionals, Cliff spoke about his plunge into the world of online and mobile radio with CliffCentral.com.

Staying true to his publicly irreverent nature, he confidently forecasted the demise of radio as we know it, remarking that listening to him and his fellow co-hosts for 5 minutes, will make conventional radio seem “lame.”

Having experimented briefly with DSTV’s Comedy Central, CliffCentral.com is now a fully-fledged online radio show that’s as uncensored as it gets. But Gareth didn’t create a new show just to let off a few uninhibited swear words. The show features 3 hours of compelling content. Referencing the infamous US shock-jock Howard Stern, Gareth explained that the only thing a successful broadcaster needs, is to be themselves. Hate him or love him, Gareth Cliff is authentic.

Whether the future of radio is purely digital remains to be seen, but Cliff certainly made a convincing argument for it. Make sure to keep an eye out for his speaker video on the Heavy Chef Youtube page.

Once again, #heavychef trended on Twitter during the event, with social media driving the opinions and comments of Heavy Chef guests:

Thanks you to our sponsors who contributed to this unforgettable Heavy Chef experience! Our founder, World Wide CreativeMicrosoft for the new venue, Nokia RSA for sponsoring a Nokia Lumia 1520 as a prize, Backsberg Wines for their eco-friendly wine, Mobile Marketing Association for their beverage contributions, and Channel Mobile for their bulk SMS service.

Heavy Chef will be hosting events in Cape Town during July, August and September 2014 with a phenomenal speaker line-up. Seats book out fast, so be the first to receive invitations and updates by signing up to our monthly newsletter here. You can also become part of the Heavy Chef community by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

June 18, 2014

Heavy Chef To Host Gareth Cliff on 24 June 2014

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On 24 June 2014, Heavy Chef, the practical learning initiative by digital agency World Wide Creative will host Unradio’s founder, President Gareth Cliff.

After almost 16 years as a traditional radio host, Gareth has joined the natural evolution to online radio, complemented by a live stream on the WeChat mobile app and a show on DSTV.

CliffCentral.com is as non-radio as it gets. No scripts, no censorship, just real conversation driven by digital innovation.

Unfortunately, this event was booked out in record time and seats are no longer available.

If you were lucky enough to grab a spot at the event, please diarise these details:

Venue: Microsoft Offices, Bryanston (William Nicol Drive)

Time: 18h00 for 18h30

Cost: Free for everyone except SABC employees, board members or affiliates of SABC in any way. In fact, if you even watch SABC on TV, you’re not allowed in.

If you didn’t get on the guest list in time, don’t despair – you can join the Heavy Chef community by signing up to our newsletter here and following us on Twitter and Facebook. You can also check out the latest speaker videos on our Youtube channel.

Heavy Chef is sponsored by: World Wide CreativeMicrosoft, Nokia SA, Backsberg Wines, Mobile Marketing Association and Channel Mobile.

See you all there!