Nokia has confirmed sponsorship of the“Best New Blog” category at the upcoming BAKE Kenyan Blog Awards, the annual awards ceremony that recognizes excellence amongst bloggers which is set for Saturday May 4 at the Southern Sun Hotel in Nairobi.
The “Best New Blog” category seeks to reward outstanding new blogs that were set up from January 24 2012 to the closing date of Nominations.
Making the announcement, Nokia GM for East Africa, Bruce Howe, said the sponsorship is aligned to the launch of the Nokia Lumia range in Kenya.
“We believe Nokia Lumia offers the best new smartphone experience on the market, so it seemed fitting to sponsor the Best New blog category at this year’s awards. We also feel strongly that blogging is an important tool for promoting sharing of information, innovation and ideas which is key in stimulating growth, especially within the mobile technology sector,” said Howe.
The BAKE Kenyan Blog Awards rewards bloggers that post on a regular basis, have great and useful content, are creative and innovative. These awards represent BAKE’s efforts in the promotion of the creation of quality content.
In other Nokia related news, Foxtons, a London-based estate agent, has chosen the Nokia Lumia 820 as its business smartphone and has so far deployed around 900 to its employees.
With 35 offices throughout London and two in Surrey, Foxtons let and sell around 1,400 properties every month. In such a fast-paced, competitive environment, the need for Foxtons agents to receive, update and share information quickly while on the road is critical to its success.
An important reason for Foxtons’ switch to Nokia Lumia was its tight integration with the company’s existing Microsoft infrastructure. Foxtons uses Microsoft Outlook to ensure that employees are armed with complete property information for each calendar appointment, so that at the touch of a button they have all the material they need to close a deal. And easy synchronisation means that any appointments made at Foxtons head office can be quickly transferred to the agents’ smartphones.
Between viewings, agents can check emails, make targeted calls and prepare for their next appointment, maximising their time out of the office and keeping them one step ahead of the competition. The built-in Microsoft Office applications on Windows Phone 8 mean that they can also work on Excel spreadsheets and edit Word documents whilst away from their office PCs.
The choice of the Nokia Lumia is vital for Foxtons, whose in-house development team was already familiar with developing applications in the Microsoft Windows environment and has now begun deploying its own apps for the Nokia Lumia 820.