Tech clients and PR Agency realignments

It’s over five months since we gave you an update on the loyalty shifts and re-alignments regarding the tech "Read more"

Marie-Anne ‘Kui’ Kinyanjui leaves IBM for Safaricom

After a three-year stint, Kui Kinyanjui has left IBM (where she used handle external relations for the company's hardware unit for "Read more"

Safeguarding your smartphone    

If you are worried about your kid cracking open your smartphone to free “Talking Tom” or cringe at the "Read more"

Is Mark Okuttah leaving Business Daily?

The grapevine has it that long-serving Business Daily ICT reporter – Mark Okuttah - may be leaving Nation Centre "Read more"

Maryann Michuki decamps from Safaricom to Philips  

Safaricom’s digital and social media manager Maryann Michuki is leaving the company which she’s been part of since April "Read more"

Tech clients and PR Agency realignments

Engage PR has signed up Multichoice and Finserve.

Engage PR has signed up Multichoice and Finserve.

It’s over five months since we gave you an update on the loyalty shifts and re-alignments regarding the tech firms and PR agencies, which basically means which PR agency is currently representing or has signed up which tech account.

Now within this time, quite a few (but significant) changes have taken place in this front. Here goes…

Microsoft, which had since decamping from Bertolli and Associates been represented by Tell-Em PR, has moved to Corporate Talk. However, Microsoft Devices unit (formerly Nokia East Africa) is still being represented by Hill+Knowlton. Snapping the Microsoft account from Tell-Em PR is a major coup for Corporate Talk as the last major ICT client the firm had was Kenya Data Networks (KDN) before it was acquired by Liquid Telecoms. Corporate Talk’s digital media arm, Havas, however handles the Orange account in Kenya and Uganda.

The local PR industry’s ‘new kid on the block’ Engage PR has also signed up Equity Bank Group’s mobile money susbsidiary Finserve and will be helping the firm with its communication needs as it enters the highly competitive mobile money transfer market. Engage PR has taken the fight further into the doorsteps of its rivals, signing up Multichoice from the more established RedHouse PR.

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Marie-Anne ‘Kui’ Kinyanjui leaves IBM for Safaricom

Marie-Anne ‘Kui’ Kinyanjui

Marie-Anne ‘Kui’ Kinyanjui

After a three-year stint, Kui Kinyanjui has left IBM (where she used handle external relations for the company’s hardware unit for Africa and the Growth Markets, covering a total of 150 markets) and joined Safaricom as Senior Manager, Corporate Communications.

As former journalist, Kui has vast experience across the communications landscape having worked over the last 14 years across formal newsroom settings, PR agencies and corporate environments – all with a strong focus on the tech sector.

Prior to IBM, Kui was at Nation Media Group where she was an ICT reporter for Business Daily, covering trends and news in the sector. Kui has also previously worked at Ogilvy PR East Africa, where she primarily handled technology and FMCG clients, as well as PC World, where she served as editor. She has also freelanced for a number of both local and international publications. Kui also has a special interest in Social Media and its impact on communications globally.

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Safeguarding your smartphone    

orientIf you are worried about your kid cracking open your smartphone to free “Talking Tom” or cringe at the thought of a street urchin snatching it, then you should give Orient Mobile a thought

Mobile phones being snatched from car windows in traffic jams in Nairobi has unfortunately become a norm rather than exception. Many Matatu passengers have equally lost their pricey gadgets to pickpockets and street urchin during peak hours when their minds are preoccupied with either to work early or going home to their families in the evening.

According to Kenya Orient, the insurance company that pioneered mobile phone insurance in Kenya, one should consider an insurance cover for their phone or tablet if they can’t afford to replace or downgrade to a cheaper option in case of theft or damage.

“If you depend on your cell phone and you know you would need a prompt replacement in case of damage or theft, then Orient Mobile is an insurance cover definitely worth considering” says Muema Muindi from Kenya Orient Insurance.

Losing or damaging your cell phone can be a nightmare because of the resultant loss of data, photos and contacts. However, there are various ways of protecting your handset, tablet and data. “If you have a house teeming with little ones, you never know when those innocent lads decide crack open the gadget and free Talking Tom,” says Muindi

Besides insuring your handset, Mr. Muindi says, it is critical to back up your data either on the web or to the computer.  Irrespective of how expensive your gadget is, the information stockpiled in the device, phone book, photos, videos apps, games, messages, is mega-valuable.

It is thus the assumption of an insurer that you have taken requisite precautions to keep your device secure. Kenya Orient stipulates that theft claims MUST be reported to the police within 48 hours of the theft. If the loss occurs when you are outside Kenya, the insurance policy holder should report the incident to the police in the respective country within 48 hours and get a written report of the same.

“We cover accidental damage e.g. damage caused by dropping the phone/ tablet, malicious damage i.e. vandalism and liquid damage,” says Mr. Muindi.

He explains that unlike other insurance products, mobile phone cover doesn’t depend on one’s gender, job, what you earn or other standard risks and registering a Claim online is easy and takes only a couple of minutes. “All you need is the ID that you used to register for your Kenya Orient  Policy. We however only insure selected models and only mobile phones that can access the internet”.Kenya Orient is a general insurance company registered in Kenya and relies on more than three decades of experience to operationalize new innovative products. We have 13 branches, a staff base of over 140 people.  The insurer is renowned for developing innovative insurance products such as orient mobile, excess free motor pack, Safaribima and they are definitely the insurer to watch for more revolutionary products.

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Is Mark Okuttah leaving Business Daily?

Mark Okuttah

Mark Okuttah

The grapevine has it that long-serving Business Daily ICT reporter – Mark Okuttah – may be leaving Nation Centre for a yet-to-be disclosed location after landing a more lucrative offer.

It’s still not clear whether Okuttah is heading to the competition (either Standard Group, The Star or People Daily), joining a PR outfit (the common practice by most journalists) or moving into the corporate world.

Should the rumours be true, it would deal a big blow to Business Daily’s ICt desk as they’ll have to groom a new person to take over from Okuttah or hire from outside.

Okuttah – who joined Business Daily just after inception in 2007 – has been instrumental in breaking both government and corporate related ICT stories. He’s known to have consistently covered the EASSy and TEAMS cable projects, the controversy surrounding the Orange Telkom Kenya debts, sale and executive appointments as well as Konza Technopolies.

And it’s not only Okuttah who’s said to be leaving Nation Media Group (NMG)as Daily Nation’s business editor Wachira Kanga’ru – who’d a short stint at Safaricom before coming back to  former Nation Media together with Washington Akumu – is also said to be heading back to Safaricom.

Others who’ve left NMG’s editorial department in the past include Washington Akumu (went to Redhouse PR) and Peter Mwaura Kimani (joined KCB’s communications department) who’re both working at The EastAfrican and Wangui Maina (formerly a features writer with Business Daily) who also went to Redhouse PR.

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Maryann Michuki decamps from Safaricom to Philips  

Maryann Michuki.

Maryann Michuki.

Safaricom’s digital and social media manager Maryann Michuki is leaving the company which she’s been part of since April 2009 to join Philips.

According to her LinkedIn profile, Ms Michuki joined the telco in April 2009 as a marketing communications assistant before assuming the role of digital assets manager one year later. In May 2011, she was appointed to her current position whose duties involves developing and implementing integrated digital strategies, management of Safaricom’s digital assets to ensure consistency and alignment of the brand image as well as championing the use of digital and social media to promote and enhance brand equity.

Those in the know say that she’s just serving her leave before moving to her new role at Philips.

Prior to Safaricom, Ms Michuki had a short stint at GlaxoSmithKline as an intern.

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