Doing Business in Sandton, January 2018



Welcome to the Megaplex Business Booster Newsletter as advertised in our longstanding Newsletter: "Shopping in Sandton".  This short monthly newsletter will give you quick tips that can make your business more profitable, safer and --possibly-- more fun!  

No, you didn't miss an issue: The last one was in November.  And yes, there isn't much left of January!  We wanted to give you time to clear your inbox first! ;-)

Online Business Tip: Team Collaboration with Slack

(this tip first appeared in the Software Africa Newsletter - December 2017: subscribe here)

If your company works in teams, particularly if they are not all in the same office, you might like the oddly-named program, "Slack". Slack gives you one place to contact your people, share information, and find useful tools.  It runs in an internet browser or freestanding app on your PC, laptop, tablet or Smartphone.

When your distributed team needs to kick off a project, hire a new employee, deploy some code, review a sales contract, finalise next year's budget, measure an A/B test, plan your next office opening, and more, Slack can be invaluable.  Two NGOs in which I am active use Slack successfully in different ways.

For free, you can see 10K of your most recent messages, have 10 third-party or custom integrations, one-on-one voice and video calls (no conferencing) and 5 GB total file storage. The Standard plan --with more options-- charges US$6.67 per active user per month billed annually (or US$8 billed monthly). The Plus Plan is approximately double.


Feedback, Please!

Last year (the first year of this newsletter), we talked about a 
Simple email Marketing Course and developing good work habits.
Was any of this useful?
What business tips would you like to see here?
The Protection of Information Act will figure large for any business this year.
I have no doubt that Peter Carruthers's "Academy of Small Business" will produce gems.
What else would help you, or has helped you and is worth passing on?
Please reply to this email with your feedback!

Advertising with Megaplex,
"The World's Most Helpful Website for Shopping in Sandton"

It doesn't help to have a business if nobody knows about it!  How can you change this?

Advertising in our Newsletter

“Shopping in Sandton” goes out early in each month to shops, businesses, and individuals mostly in Sandton and Bryanston, an area with many of the highest disposable incomes in Africa.   The Newsletter has run continuously since late 2009.  Circulation is over 7000.
You can have a column advert or a banner if space is available.  The column adverts are about 50 mm wide (200 pixels) stacked down the left-hand edge.  Horizontal banners in between sections are a maximum of 20 mm high and grow or shrink to suit the width of the main text.  You can include text and small pictures in both kinds of adverts.

Read more here:

A "Smalls" Listing on a Megaplex web page:

We list businesses in Sandton and Bryanston on suitable web pages. The basic free entry is a 25-word description. You can add to this: Expanded listings are charged for at a rate of R250 + VAT per year (paid in advance) per extra 25 words or part thereof. 

Can I Advertise on a Megaplex web page?

Yes!  You can display banner or column adverts, in the same format as in the newsletter, on most of the pages on our site.  Adverts are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  You might prefer to advertise on your own centre's page if there is one, or even on pages of other centres where there are competing shops and you do not have a "smalls" listing.

Your Own Quick and Effective Web Page

Even if you have your own web site, you can increase your web presence with a page of your own on our site, linked from your "smalls" listing and our Home Page.  Because the Megaplex website is trusted and of long standing, it will add to your cachet.  We can quickly give you a simple page on the Megaplex site with keywords targeted to appeal to Google, at R500 + VAT per month or R5000 + VAT per year, paid in advance.  More here.

Some sample pages: Rivonia Village VetTaste of India RestaurantMorning Glen Pizza Perfect.

What advertising options would you like?

All the best from Rick at,a,

the most helpful website for shops in Sandton.

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