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KairoswebTV Pioneers Online PR, Social Media Communication Platform in Nigeria

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(L-r): Chuddy Oduenyi‎, MD, Compact Communications; Ifeanyi Aniagoh, Senior Special Adviser to Gov. Willie Obiano on Social Media; Celestine Achi, founder/CEO, Cihan Group; Muyiwa Akintunde, vice president, PRCAN and Ikem‎ Okuhu, Lead Director, Reliks Media Ltd., at the media launch of DigitalPRWire on Tuesday, in Lagos.

KairoswebTV, the proprietary and sole online-TV network in Nigeria, on Tuesday unveiled its online PR and social media communication platform, DigitalPR-Wire (www.digitalprwire.com), which has been specifically designed for online press release distribution, monitoring, analytics and social media communication enterprise solutions.

DigitalPR-Wire is a web-based, hosted media intelligence solution designed to distribute, socially amplify and push press releases and news stories across 250+ online media outlets and influencers with a potential reach of 80 million within 24 hours.

It enables users monitor all news story, media and influencer pick-ups and gives detailed visibility report with links to stories. Media outlets include Yahoo news, CNET, Reuters, CNN, Tech Crunch, CNBC and Brandish.

DigitalPR-Wire was developed by Cihan Group, in cooperation with its award-winning providers of global media intelligence and content publishing partners which include PRNewswire, Sendible, Votigo, Folcon and Agility.

Tailored to meet the requirements of DigitalPR-Wire’s clients, DigitalPR-Wire incorporates elements of its developers’ partners’ technology and KairoswebTV proprietary social media communication solution.

Mr. Ifeanyi Aniagoh, senior special adviser to Governor Willie Obiano on Social Media and special guest at the occasion, congratulated Cihan Group for the innovative platform.

Aniagoh said that the platform was capable of generating digital jobs for teeming young Nigerians, adding that the State was ready to partner the Firm on leveraging the DigitalPR-Wire tools to reach citizens of the State.

“I was highly elated to hear that such innovative platform now exists in Nigeria. We are used to the foreign tools, but today we have this which we can proudly say is made in Nigeria. I urge our people to partners the brains behind this platform. The most interesting part is that you need not spend dollars to get your job done and delivered. It is such a tool needed now.

Speaking on the features of the platform, Mr. Celestine Achi, group managing director of Cihan Group, said DigitalPR-Wire also incorporates real time online monitoring and alerting system, campaign analytics solution to enable users measure and evaluate the success of their communication efforts and run social media contests and social media management to aid publishing of stories across all social media networks at the same time.

The platform can schedule posts in advance, get shortened links, engage with the user’s audience and measure ROI from all-in-one dashboard, as well as live streaming of events that connect with key stakeholders.

Achi, who is also Founder of KairoswebTV (www.kairosweb.tv) and DigitalPR-Wire, further said: “Our new online PR and social communication platform takes DigitalPR-Wire’s service to the next level with its new communication and information intelligence capabilities. Now, more than ever, we can help our clients to ensure that the right information is channelled to the right people in the right format and at the right time. Its intuitive interface makes it very easy to use, while the solution is also quick and easy to implement.”

Always seeking to break new grounds, KairoswebTV also announced the immediate availability of their Start-Your-Own-Online-TV Solution (SYOOTS) for content providers, broadcasters, publishers and entrepreneurs who are constantly searching for new ways to reach their audiences and take advantage of the new opportunities the digital video age provides.

According to Achi, the online TV company would maximise the disruptive nature of digitisation. He explained: “We are set to bring the entire structure of conventional television and traditional press crashing down – and you can pick up the pieces.”

The new service, SYOOTS, which will be available to anyone, including brands, religious organisations, political parties, governments and communication agencies, will enable users to launch their own interactive TV channel or network, with a full web-based channel management system available round-the-clock. Users will also have real-time statistics and unique interactive layers added to their content.

Achi further said: “We discovered a gap between TV and online video. The internet is full of independent videos, on-demand solutions but lacks real time TV experience. The traditional television offers no room for countless niche markets, topics or target groups because of the specialised expertise, high costs, and equipment in both broadcasting and content production.”

Describing SYOOTS as the sought-after solution, Achi stated that the service would deliver its technology straight from its cloud. “No more four-storey buildings packed with all kinds of expensive equipment and staff. KairoswebTV SYOOTS makes it easy and cheaper to exploit and manage your own TV channel on the internet,” he assured.

DigitalPR-Wire’s vision is to become the standard on-demand online PR and social media communication platform in Africa.

Cihan Business Solution is a leading Digital PR consulting firm with special focus on online PR, Social Communication Solutions and Media Intelligence, serving the complete workflow of today’s communications, social media and content marketing professionals.

The Group enables clients to improve their marketing intelligence and strengthen data-driven decision making through intelligent insights. Cihan Group also represents PRNewswire and agility as a publishing partner, Sendible as a solution partner, as well as Votigo and Falcon brands.

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Nigerians Ask NBC to Compel TSTV to Come Clean

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Some Nigerians have asked National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), to compel the management of new pay-television, TSTV, to come clean on its business plan for the country.

 

Daily Post reported ever since the TSTV announced its arrival and November 1 take-off date, there has been controversies surrounding its operations, despite earlier excitement about the arrival of the company.

 

It could be re-called that TSTV’s launch was grand, raising a lot of expectations.

 

However, the first major controversy came calling as FOX Network Group (FNG), owners of the FOX television channels, was reported to have denied that it has any agreement with the new pay-television service provider, TSTV, to carry its channels in Nigeria.

 

The position of FNG was made known in a statement signed by Jeremy Griesel of Jeremy Griesel Communications on behalf of FOX Network Group Africa, TSTV’s advertisement of FOX channels on its platform is inappropriate.

 

“Despite advertised claims regarding FOX channels, FOX does not have any agreement with TSTV regarding distribution of channels, but remains confident that TSTV will normalise the situation prior to the launch of its service to ensure the consistency between platform content claims and subscriber expectation,” FOX had said.

 

Following these developments, some concerned Nigerians have asked the company to come clean on its plan for the masses.

 

One of the concerned Nigerians stated that: “The new pay-television provider has been forced to move the commencement of its commercial operations to November 1, a whole month after it promised to roll out. Sales of its hardware also appear to have been suspended. This calls for question.

 

“These developments have no doubt left Nigerians in a doubt on whether the TSTV was indeed prepared to provide the needed competition in the Nigerian market.

 

“In a September 25 post on TSTV’s Facebook page, the company, responding to a question said it will broadcast the English Premier League, Spanish La Liga and UEFA Champions League. But when asked about the frequency and the percentage of league games to be shown, no response was issued.

 

“A writer on the TStv Facebook page had called the attention of others to the fact redistribution of sport content is jurisdictional. beIN Max, one of the range of channels being offered airs foreign league matches in the Middle East and North Africa to Arabic-speaking audiences. The company pretended not to see it.

 

“As it stands, it appear that TSTV is trying to get in its excuses early in anticipation of failure to meet the stratospheric expectations it has created. It looks like a victim of its own success at failure.

 

Similarly, another Nigerian, Festus Igeniwari, said: “I maintain that the PayTV industry in Nigeria is a level-playing field for everyone serious and capable enough to offer Nigerians the best value for money in world-class content.

 

“First of all, it is important Nigerians realize that – as a rule – you don’t start off a marathon by sprinting; and when a claim sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

 

“So, we are calling on the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission, to as a matter of urgency, tell Nigerians what they need to know as far as the TSTV if concerned. Let Nigerians know exactly what they have come to offer.

 

“There is a lot of confusion and we should not wait until things get too late before the right thing is done. “

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Gov. Ikpeazu Dangles Film Makers with N10m to Shot Films in Abia

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As part of the efforts to develop tourism sites and promote tourism potential in Abia, the state Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has pledged N10 million as grant for any film shot in the state. Ikpeazu made the pledge when he received Dr. Chidia Maduekwe, the Managing Director, Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC), in his office in Umuahia.

A statement signed by Mr. Brian Etuk, Head of Public Affairs, NFC, in Jos on Friday, quoted the governor as saying that the production `should be 100 per cent shot in Abia.’

The statement said the governor charged film practitioners to improve on the quality of their production so as to compete with the global market. It stated that Ikpeazu promised that his administration would participate in the capacity building offered by NFC, saying that Abia played a key role in the revolution of the market and sales of Nollywood movies which has had multiplier effects on the nation economy.

“We have a policy to open up our market to genuine investors, private and public agencies amongst others through promoting `Make in Abia` instead of Made in Abia, proliferating more industries in the state,’’ the statement quoted Ikpeazu.

The statement said, Maduekwe had commended the governor for approving office accommodation for the organisation’s South-East Zonal office in the state.

It noted that Maduekwe said the gesture would create more employment opportunities for the youths, saying that corporation was also working toward establishing two more zonal offices in the North-East and South-South.

NFC currently has three zonal offices in Lagos, Kano and Abuja with headquarters in Jos, Plateau State.

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Ikorodu Agog for Glo Mega Music Tour this Weekend

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The ancient city of Ikorodu in Lagos is agog already as the Glo Mega Music Nationwide Tour gets set to hit the city today.

It is the 27th edition of the 27 week-long mega concert that has gone round some of Nigeria’s major cities such as Awka in Anambra State, Aba, Calabar, Asaba, Benin, Victoria Island, Ajah, Ikeja, Benin, Port Harcourt, Owerri, Ekpoma, Enugu, Kubwa, Abuja, Suleja, Makurdi, Lokoja, Anyigba, Port Harcourt and Ibadan, where the show was held twice each, Akure, Abeokuta and Ijebu Ode.

The Ikorodu edition is billed to hold at the Ikorodu Musical Village at 4.00 p.m., and will feature some of Nigeria’s most interesting musicians such as the new hip-hop sensation, Axterix, Marvin records queen, Di’Ja, scintillating vocalist, Kiss Daniel, the Nabania crooner, Flavour, the Egberi Papa 1 of Bayelsa, Timaya, and the Nigerian king of pop, Tuface.

Globacom said that in addition to the A-List artistes billed to perform at the concert, the show will also be graced by Nollywood greats such as Juliet Ibrahim and Uche Jombo, who will compere the show, Patience Ozokwor, a.k.a. Mama G, Kanayo O. Kanayo (KOK) and Richard Mofe-Damijo (RMD) who will be there as celebrity guests.

It is the fifth of such shows happening in Lagos in the current tour of the show. Globacom said this underscores the importance it attaches to Lagos.

Subscribers willing to attend the show need to have recharged their phones with a minimum of N2,000 in the last one month either by way of voice calls or data usage. They then need to send a text message “MUSIC IKORODU”  to a short code 207. They will subsequently be sent a message inviting them to attend the show.

Those who do not meet the criterion are requested to visit the venue with N2000 to purchase Glo recharge card that will entitle them to enter the hall.

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