Coffee with Skinny laMinx’s Heather Moore

Sit down with Heather Moore and Laura Turok of Skinny laMinx over coffee and date balls in a buzzing Cape Town café. Heather’s textile brand (named after her Siamese cat!) is a gorgeous Cape Town success story of a small female-owned and run business that’s grown to be massively popular with fans and customers around the world. We absolutely love her patterned tea towels and her new Colour Pop Pillows, which complete her range of Palette + Print scatter cushions.

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Bofred: With art at the heart

Friends, business partners and occasional housemates, Carla Erasmus and Christa Botha met each other through mutual friends at a braai one Friday night in 2014. Less than a week later they had established Bofred – the name a quirky combination of Christa’s surname and Carla’s second name, Frederika – a boutique art, furniture and design business based in Cape Town.

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Design = doing

Inspiration is everywhere. Of course it has always been everywhere but it seems to be more of a commodity these days thanks to the internet and social media.

Grandiose a term as it may be, inspiration is also somewhat wishy washy. Defined as “the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative”, it implies that the capacity for action exists but it doesn’t mean the action will happen.

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Begin with brand

Brand/branding is a sexy term. All the cool kids (Apple, Google, Nike etc.) are seen as brands, rather than businesses per se. Brands are what teenagers covet and trendsetters worship. But ultimately branding is what sets the brilliant apart from the bla.

Considered more severely, good branding can elevate an average product into something awesome and, similarly, a lack of branding or inappropriate branding can significantly devalue or diminish an amazing product.

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C… how to do it on Instagram

Today Instagram, the social media network that started out as a photo editing app for iOS back in 2010, has 500 million users, of which 60% use Instagram every single day, according to the official Instagram blog.

That’s an impressive number for a social media channel driven exclusively by photos and videos. It’s a channel that brands with a creative/design slant can’t afford to ignore. The key to a successful Instagram account is a strategic and consistent approach, underpinned by plenty of creativity and clear communication.

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Understanding innovation

Much like content, the term innovation is everywhere. Companies must innovate, individuals must think and act innovatively. Startups are changing the world through innovation. Think Uber, Tesla, Airbnb and SnapScan, to name a few.

At a workshop presented by the Greater Tygerberg Partnership on 18 November 2015, Patrick Collings, sub-Saharan managing director of Idea Couture, unpacked what innovation means, why it’s important and how it can be achieved because, as he says, “it’s innovation’s time to sit on the strategy throne”.

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Content marketing tools and resources for small businesses

Content marketing is an essential part of growing your brand and business, but it can be a very time-consuming – and even challenging – task if it’s not your main area of expertise.

When it comes to optimising and streamlining your content marketing efforts using the right tool for the job can improve your productivity tenfold
Here are some of our favourite and most frequently used tools. Many of them are free or come at a minimal fee.

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