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Y! invited to the HP Global Influencer Summit in Shanghai

Y! ( – the media content company under the Red Media Group – was one of two media houses from Nigeria invited to the HP Global Influencer Summit in Shanghai, China. The Summit held on 9 and 10, May, 2012.
At the event, HP unveiled new additions to its line of personal computers and printers at the first launch for the newly created HP Printing and Personal Systems Group.

The other media house from Nigeria was Thisday Newspapers. Y! was represented by one of its editors.

RED Managing Partner to speak at New Media & Governance Conference


The Managing Partner of Red Media Group, Chude Jideonwo, will be speaking at the New Media & Governance: Tools & Trends conference in Abuja, Nigeria on May 14 – 15, 2012. He is speaking in his capacity as Executive Director of The Future Project and founder of Enough is Enough Nigeria.

The conference is organised by the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Foundation, along with partners including The Canadian High Commission, The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), the Independent National Electoral Commission, the International Republican Institute and the MacArthur Foundation.  Jideonwo will be moderating the first session on May 15 – on the Naija Generation and New Media.

The discussion will focus on how new trends in entertainment and popular culture can drive new levels of youth engagement and participation in governance. Discussants in the session include the Minister of Youth Development, Bolaji Abdullahi as well as singers Darey and Banky W, and actress Stella Damasus.

Jideonwo will also be participating as a Resource [person at the Breakout Session on Social Trends: Drivers for Progress, alongside Kayode Akintemi who is the Chief of Operations at Channels Television, amongst others.

The Essential Bridal Handbook by Funke Bucknor

Funke Bucknor-Obruthe presents The Essential Bridal Handbook


Nigeria’s foremost Event Planner – Funke Bucknor Obruthe is set to launch ‘The Essential Bridal Handbook’ on the 31st of March, 2012 at the Civic Centre. Funke, Founder & Creative Director of Zapphaire Events (an event consultancy, marketing, planning and management company) has published a ground-breaking taking body of work based on her years in the event planning business along with contributions from key experts and icons in the events management industry: The Essential Bridal Handbook.


This Bridal Handbook, a first-of-its-kind practical guide to the Nigerian wedding terrain for the bride searching for excellence, highlights important issues surrounding the Pre-Wedding, Wedding and Post-Wedding phases. The book offers detailed information about every aspect of the planning process to help every bride make critical decisions, and checklists and worksheets to keep them organized. It also includes the all-important journal page that encourages them to record their thoughts and ideas as they go through the planning process.

The Bridal handbook which also contains loads of practical information is intended to be a Resource Directory on the latest in wedding planning trends and options as well as service providers’ selection guide complete with templates to use as they meet and engage various vendors. The Essential Bridal Handbook has a lot of great features; it is easy to read, has tabs for easy category finding, it has contact details of various vendors, a bridal calendar plan and more… The Bridal handbook which is to be launched on the 31st of March, 2012 at the Civic Centre is already available at various stores nationwide.


RED Managing Partner Invited as a Panellist at the HP ‘Be Original Conference’ on April 18, 2012.

Managing Partner Red Media Group, Chude Jideonwo has been invited as a Panellist at the HP ‘Be Original’ Conference holding on 18April, 2012. The theme of the conference is “Music, Art, Entrepreneurship and Business- everything that enriches a society.” The purpose of the event is to underscore the importance of advancing and protecting intellectual property as important conditions for societal wellbeing, to draw attention to the importance of promoting and defending intellectual property in all its forms and also to mark the annual World Intellectual Property Day.

This forum will bring together distinct constituents with the common interest to urge actions that advance an environment in which I.P, in all its forms, is appreciated and valued for its broader contributions to a country’s wellbeing.
 The event starts by 10am at the Protea Hotel, Isaac John, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos.

RED Managing Partner Invited as a Discussant at Terra Kulture on March 23rd

The Managing Partner of Red Media Group, Chude Jideonwo has been invited as a discussant for iREP International Documentary Film Festival at Terra Kulture & Freedom Park holding on March 23, 2012. The Theme for the event is: Democracy and Culture – The Documentary Film Intervention. The panel session is to explore Democracy, Development, and Demonstrations in view of the unfolding realities that trailed the January protests in Nigeria.

The scope of the Festival would cover such areas as Democracy and Demonstrations, New media technology and participatory democracy, and will include the potentials of Nigerian films to explore and exploit the documentary format in its production values.

The event starts by 10am at Terra Kulture, Plot 1376, Tiamiyu Savage, Off Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos.


“It’s nothing new!” – Marketing /New Media Strategies for Small and Medium Scale Businesses


“It’s nothing new!” – Marketing /New Media Strategies for Small and Medium Scale Businesses

Being a Presentation by Chude Jideonwo, Managing Partner of the Red Media Group, at the Rosabon Financial Services Entrepreneurship Training for SMEs, Small Businesses and Start-Ups

4 April 2012 – Lagos, Nigeria.






This is about marketing strategy in general, with an emphasis on new media, for obvious reasons – that’s the new fad – but I will focus solely on New Media and use that as case study to advice you on Marketing generally.


–         A business requires every tool that it can find in order to make it a) More effective b) More productive


–          Technology should not be adopted for its sake i.e you don’t need to use Facebook because others are using Facebook or because it’s the cool new tool.



For branding purposes – the catchphrase is ‘Own’ not ‘Use’. For instance, half of you do not need Youtube and do not need Google+. Do you?

Understanding – You must understand that there is a New Media factory driven in America – and I you run to every new new medium – you will find yourself lost somewhere between Pinterest and Instagram. Don’t get sucked into another man/woman’s marketing strategy. Focus on “your race.”

Need vs want – Our marketing communication firm Red Media has provided New Media services to everyone – Google, Etisalat, Nigerian Idol, the Nigeria LNG and everyone else – but I am telling you to ask yourself – why am I using this? Do I need it?



Why am I starting on this note? Work smart!

Your job as an entrepreneur is to be both bold and cautious. You must take risks, but they must be calculated; you must take action, but they must be measured.

If you are MTN or Glo or Etisalat or Airtel you want to be everywhere; if you are an SME you want to be only at the place where you need to be for maximum impact.

Note: It is also mostly a mistake to have a specific New Media arm as a small business – unless that is your core service offering. It should be integrated with the rest of your business.




New media has been defined, and I like this one, as any interactive forms of communication that use the Internet and Mobile Technology.

–         New media makes it possible for anyone to create, modify, and share content and share it with others, using relatively simple tools that are often free or inexpensive.

–         New media requires a computer or mobile device with Internet access.

New media tools help you:

  1. CONNECT people with information and services.
  2. COLLABORATE with other people.
  3. CREATE new content, services, communities, and channels of communication that help you deliver information and services.

New Media expansion:

That’s the official definition, but as a century has gone by over the past ten years, these days, I say “new” media or “new” technology means small steps forward.

Examples: You know the instances – Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, Ustream and Blogs/Websites. Somewhere there you might want to add Sms, Mobile Phones, Skype, WhatsApp and BlackBerries.


Facebook stats

  • As of February 2012, Facebook has more than 845 million active users globally.
  • Facebook penetration in Nigeria is 2.83% compared to the country’s population and 9.78% in relation to number of Internet users.
  • The total number of FB users in Nigeria is reaching 4302600 and grew by more than 416340 in the last 6 months.
  • Currently, there are 4302600 Facebook users in the Nigeria, which makes it #38 in the ranking of all Facebook statistics by country.
  • The the number of Nigerian Facebook users has increased from 400, 000 in the last four years to 4.3 million at the end of December 2011. The figure places Nigeria in the third position in terms of the number of Facebook users on the African continent, coming behind Egypt and South Africa with 9.4 million and 4.8 million users respectively.

Twitter stats

  • A survey carried out by a Kenya-based agency places Nigeria among the continent’s top tweeting nations.
  • Portland Communications, says Nigerians are the third most active Twitter users in Africa.
  • There are over 300 million users as of 2011, generating over 300 million tweets and handling over 1.6 billion search queries per day.

Mobile phone stats

  • From 400,000 mobile subscribers in 2002, the Nigerian Communications Commission, as at September 2011, shows that active subscriber lines have reached over 93 million in a space of 9 years!
  • Nigeria has the fastest growing mobile market in the continent.

Other stats

Internet usage is above 45, 000, 000 (43,982,341 verified as at April 2011). According to Technorati, there are over 112 million blogs on the Internet.



–         The role of the new media is to modify the activities of the traditional media to reach a wider audience in a different dimension and speed.

–         New Media is crucial for two marketing incidents – publicity, for lack of a better ward, and customer interface (or care, or relations)

The matter of Market Segmentation:

Who are you trying to reach? The student in IMSU, then use Facebook; the radio presenter in Lagos, then use Twitter.

The advantage in a nutshell

New media is a marketing and communication tool that uses technology such as video, multimedia and the web to convey a message. This new and innovative form of communication enables anyone to express their ideas and opinions in an interactive way.

As new media is becoming more common many businesses, advertisers in particular, have found it a very valuable tool. New media ad spending keeps growing. With the increased opportunities involving new media, many advertisers are turning to this trend and finding it a powerful and essential marketing tool.

New media creates the opportunity for a business to be taken to a whole new level. Web videos, for instance, are a new way for businesses to communicate with customers in a more emotional environment. Combining the use of audio and visual effects on the web, can be a much more memorable experience for customers, and have much more of an impact.

Technology which allows businesses to view what type of customers are purchasing their products, and viewing their videos can be very beneficial to a company. Many companies provide spaces for comments and customer feedback on their websites. Receiving this type of information from customers saves businesses a tremendous amount of time and money, which would otherwise be spent on researching customer’s wants, needs, and opinions.


There is a deception/fallacy about how to make material ‘Viral’

Yes, it is possible. Web 2.0 is a term used to describe the new generation of the World Wide Web. No longer simply a collaboration of several websites, the web is now thought of as an application that fits somewhere between a traditional web browser, and desktop applications. A major benefit of Web 2.0 as a whole, is the ability for users to communicate with one another and share their information online, in a simple and organized fashion. The Web 2.0 allows online experiences to be much more interactive than in the past.

Whereas the old generation of the web was about companies and ownership, the new generation of the web is about sharing and communities. The Web 2.0 is growing at a tremendous rate. With new applications and technologies available, it will not be long until the Web 2.0 completely changes the way we once viewed and used the web.

It’s classic push-pull. Most times, to get a campaign viral, customers have to pull.

NOTE: This is controversial, but in some markets however, there’s no space for pull. Your mechanic doesn’t pull – and based on (low-cost), he doesn’t need to just yet.




  1. Cost: Facebook and Twitter are free; using online video advertising allows businesses to bypass the high costs of producing television commercials.
  2. User-Interaction/Direct Feedback
  3. Control – You might not be able to choose your advert page, but you control your Facebook page
  4. Options
  5. Larger audience – Global etc
  6. Accessibility – Easy to use, etc
  7. Trackability/Measurement

It’s still the same old questions; nothing’s really changed, or really new – just the tools we use, and maybe the methods.

Like with all business decisions, you ask yourself 1) What do I need? 2) How do I achieve it? 3) What’s the most cost-effective option? 4) What is the outcome? 5) Does it add to my bottomline?

As it is with new media, so it is with all the marketing decisions, and eventual strategy for your business. It is more urgent for you because as a small business, your margin for error is almost non-existent. As an entrepreneur, you must first understand your environment, confront the facts, understand you’re your business, and then proceed based on that.

Ya dig?



Sources: WebKnox Corporation,, Techcrunch, Business Standard,, Portland Communications, Technocrati,, Technology Times, Nigeria,, The Punch Newspapers.


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