Love Digital winners (from left to right): Mr Joe von Schumann with a lamb braai pack from BraaiTime, Namibia’s most loved Meat App, Mesdames Cherien Simataa with a voucher for a Social Media Marketing Masterclass from D.O. Digital Academy and Heidi Christ with the Amazon Echo Smart Speaker as well as Mr Armin Wieland, founder of V5 Digital.

When V5 Digital celebrates, we celebrate BIG! In February 2020 we launched our Love Digital competition to celebrate Valentine’s month, while fostering a love for digital and creating awareness for the V5 Africa - our Love for Data & Digital Conference. How did we achieve this?

But first 🥁 🥁 🥁 … who are the competition winners? Watch the video below to find out!

We asked Amazon Alexa to announce our three winners in the “Love Digital" competition.

Our omni-channel approach meant that the campaign drove awareness across social media and email, bolstered by the strategic use of influencers and the social media account of a popular local radio station. Excited Namibians clicked through to the competition micro-site, where they could quickly fill in their details on the online-form to stand a chance to win one of three enticing prizes: an Amazon Echo Speaker, a Social Media Marketing Masterclass, and a BraaiTime braai pack. While on the mobile-friendly micro-site, consumers also learnt about V5 Digital’s Love for Data & Digital Conference and could reserve their seat for the dynamic event.

V5 Digital loves digital and strives to remain on the cutting edge, which is why we used best practice Marketing Automation software from industry leader SharpSpring to help the Love Digital campaign come to life.

This means that when consumers filled in the form on the micro-site, they received an automated email confirming their entry - thanks to SharpSpring. That’s not all: SharpSpring has made sure that every recipient’s email was personalized according to the preferences they entered in the form. If you selected the option that you would love to win the Amazon Echo speaker and you would be most interested in V5 Digital’s email marketing services, you should have received an email tailored exactly to those preferences.

We used email triggers to identify consumers who did not open their original email, so that we could send them a gentle reminder of the competition opportunity. The next trigger guaranteed that all recipients who opened the original email received a follow-up the next day – packed with V5 Digital’s top online trends for 2020. Consumers could read just the overview of trends or click on a trend that caught their eye to read up more on our website. On top of helping recipients fall in love with the ever-evolving world of digital, this email contained fully trackable links, so that V5 Digital could understand which content consumers found most appealing.

The great thing about Marketing Automation is, that it means fewer grey hairs with less to worry about. Case in point: we used SharpSpring to ensure that a week after we sent out the first email, all recipients automatically received an email containing all the information their hearts could desire about the V5 Digital service, which they had indicated they would be most interested in.

The service preference they had indicated there was also automatically added to their Buyer Persona, helping V5 Digital develop a 360-degree view of every lead. From a reporting standpoint, SharpSpring’s campaign attribution tool revealed which sources contributed to campaign entries.

If you would like to know more about how SharpSpring's Marketing Automation can help your business prosper, or if you’d like more information about any of V5 Digital’s services, book a free consultation to find out how you can fall deeper in love with digital.

And if you didn’t win this time, don’t fret – there are plenty more competitions coming up from V5 Digital, so keep your eyes peeled.

There is a lot of buzz around the concept of “Digital Transformation” (DX), but what does it actually mean and why should it matter to you and your business? What many people have understood by the term is that Information Technology (IT) is playing an increasingly critical role in the success of businesses and organisations. The error that many businesses are making as they plan and undergo their digital transformation is overemphasize the technology part of the equation, while forgetting the myriad factors that underpin the success of technology.

Digital transformation is the process of shifting your organisation from a legacy approach to new ways of working and thinking using digital, social, mobile and emerging technologies. It involves a change in leadership, different thinking, the encouragement of innovation and new business models, incorporating digitisation of assets and an increased use of technology to improve the experience of your organisation’s employees, customers, suppliers, partners and stakeholders.

An MIT and Capgemini study titled “The Digital Advantage: How Digital leaders outperform their peers in every industry” (2017) found that there are two major spheres that businesses must tackle in order to reap the financial rewards of Digital Transformation:

The first is the digital sophistication of technology, which means that the company in question is investing in best practice tech for their field to enable greater automation, customer engagement and efficiencies. Digital practices in this arena include location-based marketing, connected products, mobile sales, social media communities and optimised pricing. Luxury fashion brand Burberry, for example, increased profits by improving their in-store customer experience and operational efficiencies using a range of retail-appropriate digital technologies.

The second important sphere – which is what is most often ignored – is the paradigm shift that the organisation’s management needs to make in order to foster digital transformation. Leadership capabilities that must be advanced in this regard include cross-silo coordination, evolving the culture, IT-business relationships, governance and skills development. Leading car brand Volvo is noted for the vision and governance competencies it produced prior to rolling out new digital services in its vehicles – features that set its vehicles apart from competitors to drive sales.

The above-mentioned study of over 400 organisations from a wide range of industries found that when a company addresses both those spheres (companies that the study calls the “Digerati”), they beat their competitors in terms of profit by up to 50%. Interestingly, businesses that focused just on digital sophistication (dubbed “Fashionistas”) did not reach the profitability of those who invested mostly in developing management competencies (dubbed “Conservatives”). Companies who had invested little into either arena – “Digital Beginners” – were the least profitable.

For Digital Transformation to occur, someone needs to take the reins and lead the enterprise forward.

For Digital Transformation to occur, someone needs to take the reins and lead the enterprise forward. While it is debatable as to where in the organisation this push should come from, studies have found that effective change can transpire when IT leaders expand the scope of their role to become business technology managers. Digital Transformation experts Xuviate argue that this concept of Business Technology Management (BTM) is so vital that it should replace the more static concept of IT.

The worth of investing in BTM can be championed to business leaders by mapping the value propositions that digital transformation brings to the organisation.

Primarily, BTM aids finding and implementing the most appropriate, cost effective platforms to advance the businesses' objectives.

Secondly, using technology as value-driver ensures that business processes are optimised, which leads to cost-saving efficiencies.

Thirdly, when used intelligently, IT can help differentiate a business from its competitors in the market.

Finally, the fundamental transformation of the business toward the smart adoption of the right technologies aids the survival of companies as the marketplace moves increasingly toward digital.

Effective change can transpire when IT leaders expand the scope of their role to become business technology managers.

It can be difficult to determine the first step or even the next step for your businesses' journey toward digital maturity. Your starting point needs to focus on drafting and thereby creating a digital transformation strategy that establishes the scope and objectives for your digital transformation. It is important not to focus too heavily on the operational side of your business at first, and rather consider more strongly the ways in which your business can benefit from growing into relevant digital spheres. Next, you need to identify the skills gaps in your business that need to be filled for the vision to be realised.

Once the vision is established and the strategy to achieve it is in place, you need to get buy-in from all the members of the organisation. An MIT Sloan study showed that employees across all age groups want to work for a business that is committed to digital advancement. Once a digital culture is fostered, leaders can guide the business to invest in the right digital opportunities. As you progress, keep top of the mind the two-pronged approach of the Digerati. This profit-driving approach ensures that your company is creating value for customers along with digital transformation, rather than just keeping up with trends.

It is important to remember that different organisations take different paths to digital maturity. Every business will have a unique digital journey that is aligned with the needs of the business and its customers.

V5 Digital – one of the leading digital marketing agencies in Windhoek - begins the process of digital transformation by helping you develop your unique digital business model. Whether that involves helping you to use digital to sell your products or services online, or connecting with your customers on social media, V5 Digital specialises in crafting fine-tuned, clear, agile digital transformation strategies to help your business succeed.

Don’t hesitate to contact V5 Digital for a free assessment or to help you decide whether investing in a digital transformation is the right next step.

Are you interested in the State of Digital Transformation 2019?

Download the comprehensive research report from our collaboration partner Altimeter, a Prophet Company.

Acacia Energy is an international company with a powerful vision for the future: to help restore the Namibian Savannah while assisting businesses to shift away from fossil fuels. The way they will achieve this is by using the biomass from encroaching non-indigenous bush to harvest energy, which simultaneously helps restore the Savannah lands to their natural state. To realise this vision, Acacia Energy understood that they will need to attract customers for the green energy they produce as well as investors. But how would they attract their ideal target market of environmentally-minded European investors and business people?

This is where leading Namibian agency V5 Digital entered the scene. Acacia Energy approached the Windhoek-based innovators to build them a compelling online brand home, complete with a fresh logo to communicate their values.

This resulted in a win-win partnership, with V5 Digital landing its first major international client, and Acacia Energy landing a digital partner who understands how to craft superior digital experiences.

V5 Digital began the process by conducting a global audit of competitor and peer sites, to compile best practices for site functionality as well as look and feel. Next, the site map was constructed with the user experience in mind, ensuring that site visitors can navigate to exactly what they’re looking for in as few clicks as possible. The site was built with a highly functional content management system (CMS) so much so that news and updates can be published quickly and easily.

Acacia Energy’s new website was constructed to best convey their purpose, namely to highlight the critical issue of saving the savannas of sub-Saharan Africa and Namibia, and simultaneously providing a greener alternative to fossil fuels. This is conveyed through the messaging throughout the site, as well as through the immersive photo and video libraries that help visitors in other countries understand the issue on a visceral level - Acacia Energy´s ethos was distilled succinctly in the logo that V5 Digital conceptualized with them, conveying their green energy mission in a dynamic and memorable icon-style logo.

Google Analytics was installed, ensuring that Acacia Energy has a full view of users’ behaviour on the site (which pages they are most interested in, for example), as well as which channels are most effective at driving traffic to the site (such as Facebook and Google). Most critically, since we know that over 80% of internet users view websites on their phones, the new Acacia Energy brand home was constructed to be mobile-first, so that the mobile experience is prioritized and is as seamless and responsive as possible.

Best practice in technical SEO guided the build, so that the site is highly discoverable for search engines. In addition, a blog section on the site means that new articles can constantly be added, helping reveal Acacia Energy’s thought leadership in the green energy space. This fresh content not only keeps the site alive, giving visitors a reason to return, it also provides new keywords and phrases to Google that benefit SEO, fueling organic (unpaid) site traffic.

It is worthwhile to invest in this green energy and environmentally-minded initiative

Potential customers and investors were top-of-mind throughout the site build. This then resulted in the easy-to-use concertina-style FAQ page, where visitors can quickly find out what they need to know. For those interested in Acacia Energy’s updates and developments, a simple newsletter sign-up function allows them to stay in touch after they leave the website. Prospective customers and investors can find out exactly what the benefits of buying energy from Acacia Energy are, as well as why it is worthwhile to invest in this green energy and environmentally-minded initiative. Interested parties can then complete a brief form on the site expressing their interest so that Acacia Energy can get back to them swiftly. V5 Digital ensured that any customer data that is collected is compliant with GDPR.

Does your company need a brand home that can connect with your ideal customers, no matter where they are around the world?

V5 Digital is your ideal digital partner to help you strategically in the online space. Get in touch for your free, no-obligations consultation to discover the best solution to your business problem.

For further queries or a consultation, contact V5 Digital.

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