Brand and marketing highlights of the week ending Sat. 27th June, curated by Gbenga Bidemi.
Apple launches a new operating system, IOS 14
In an online-only keynote for Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference last Monday, Apple announced iOS 14.
The new operating system gave the iPhone Home Screen a new look, Siri, a new interface, and introduces a fun new way to organize the Apple library. It also includes other features like better widgets, picture-in-picture video, facemask Memoji, inline replies for groups, a translator app, a car key feature which enables you to unlock your car with your phone and the Back Tap, an accessibility feature that lets you tap the back of your iPhone to take a screenshot, scroll and more.
Paystack Unveils PaystackCommerce
“Paystack Commerce” is a toolkit platform that allows African creators to sell their digital and physical products online using the company’s payment gateway app.
Infinix diversifies into TV production; launches Smart TV S1
The Mobile company has launched an Android smart TV designed for the young and stylish generation. It comes with enhanced features such as frameless design, HDR Picture quality, full-range design, and more.
Bowen University sacks 10% of workers
The faith-based university has sacked about 127 of its workforce in other to sustain the school. The university sited COVID- 19 pandemics as the cause as it has affected the university financially and also changed the school’s culture as it now depends on technology to carry out some functions that may have required human power.
Mr. Price to close down business in Nigeria
The affordable clothing, sport, and home wear brand, Mr. Price, plans to close down its business in Nigeria and focus on its home market, South Africa. The company already shut down five stores due to supply chain disruption and challenges in getting funds out of the country.
US Companies boycott Facebook ads in protest against hate speech
Facebook is facing backlash from top brands in the USA due to misinformation, and hate speech propagated on the platform. Companies like Unilever, Honda America, Coca-Cola, Levi Strauss & Company, and Verizon have all joined the #StopHateForProfit Campaign by pausing all Facebook advertisements for the time being.
Remember that the #StopHateForProfit campaign is not about damaging Facebook’s bottom line, it’s about a broader reckoning around the platform’s lack of moderation of hate and disinformation.
Advertisers don’t want to sponsor violent, bigoted content or lies.
— Sleeping Giants (@slpng_giants) June 26, 2020
Liverpool FC wins Premier League Title first time in 30 yearsLiverpool Football Club has emerged the winner of the premier league with 23 points difference after Chelsea FC beat second-placed Manchester City by 2 goals to 1.
The club who last won a premier league title in 1990 has now set a new premier league record for the team with the highest point and most wins if they win their remaining 7 games.
Deloitte Digital Global Head move to Ogilvy as Global CEO
Andy Main appointed the Global CEO for Ogilvy. Main, who was previously the global head for Deloitte Digital, is the first CEO to be hired outside of the agency’s parent company, WPP.Main will take over after forty-one years of John Seifert, former CEO of Ogilvy in July.
Livestock Feeds appoints New director
Adebolanle Badejo appointed as a non-executive director at Livestock Feeds PLC, a subsidiary of UAC Nigeria, and pioneer of manufacturing animal feeds in Nigeria. He succeeds Omolara Elemide, who resigned from the board in Dec 2019.
GTBank marks a decade of Annual Autism Programme
Every year GT Bank creates awareness and rallies support for autistic children through its annual #GTBankAutismConference. This year’s edition, however, may be strictly online as the bank plans to continue being the voice of people living with autism by sharing their stories on social media and organizing webinars with health experts for people living with autism.
10 years ago, we started the Annual Autism Programme and one of the major things we have learned is that being a voice for people living with autism is about listening to them and learning from the health experts about how to make their lives better.#GTBankAutismConference pic.twitter.com/q8rHLC1MYo
— Guaranty Trust Bank (@gtbank) June 22, 2020
Chuck E Cheese files for Bankruptcy; plans to close down 34 locations
On Wednesday, 24th June, the restaurant company, which owns the Chuck E. Cheese and Peter Piper Pizza chains, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. And Thursday 25th, the 43-year-old company listed about 45 leases it plans to reject, including five in California, four in Florida, four in Massachusetts, three in Ohio, and three in Oklahoma.
Nigeria Twitter community adopts Thursday as” Night Market ”
The Nigeria Twitter community has chosen Thursday 9:00 pm – 12:00 midnight every two weeks as the day/time to push their products to the Twitter community for more visibility with the hashtag #NightMarketWithDammy.
Initiated with a tweet from a Jayne Ellis (@_DammyB_ ), Night Market is a day should be set aside on Twitter for people to showcase their products for sale at a discount, just like they do in Nigeria open market at night time.