Alison Treadaway, Blogger at Striata
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Reading Room: Exploring Big Data

Welcome to the Reading Room – a short round up of interesting reading about anything and everything to do with digital communication. Big Data is shaping the way businesses communicate and engage with their customers. Here are some interesting articles and downloads...

Reading Room: The Rise of Artificial Intelligence in Finance

Welcome to the Reading Room – a short round up of interesting reading about anything and everything to do with digital communication. Artificial Intelligence is set to change the way most organizations do business. This is no different for the financial sector, in...

Reading Room: Digital Transformation in Banking

Welcome to the Reading Room – a short round up of interesting reading about anything and everything to do with digital communication. It’s the new buzzword – Fintech – and it promises innovative technology solutions for financial services. But are banks...

Reading Room: The online world can be a dangerous place

Welcome to the Reading Room – a short round up of interesting reading about anything and everything to do with digital communication. Cyber crime is escalating and it’s prudent to know what is happening out there. Fortunately, lots of clever people at security-smart...

Reading Room: Digital transformation – the journey

Welcome to the Reading Room – a short round up of interesting reading about anything and everything to do with digital communication. I found some great content on digital transformation to share with you this week… Overcoming the digital commitment gap An...

Reading Room: Data privacy and why you need to be proactive

Welcome to the Reading Room – a short round up of interesting reading about anything and everything to do with digital communication.  Don’t Expose Yourself: A Guide to Online Privacy A practical approach to fighting back against unwanted online exposure...

Reading Room: Email Marketing Trends and Benchmarks

Welcome to the Reading Room – a short round up of interesting reading about anything and everything to do with digital communication. I found some fantastic reports published by our partners / competitors on digital trends around email marketing. Worth...

The 10 Values that make Striata Awesome

Being as attentive as we are about our company culture, towards the end of 2016 we asked our staff for input into how we could improve the ‘9 Big Rules that make us Awesome’. The intention was to clarify anything ambiguous and to identify values that staff felt were...

Does your organization have a culture of security?

One of the core functions of our business is the processing of data, which means data privacy and information security are two of our highest priorities. We recently had an internal workshop with our global security manager about the idea of a ‘security culture’...

That moment when you realize your company culture is a good one

It’s sometimes hard to quantify the impact of culture on a company’s performance and achievements. Sure, you can track staff retention, productivity and satisfaction – all of which are indicators of a positive or negative culture. A negative culture is perhaps easier...

Our top CCM blog posts of 2016! The blog series dominated!

Our bloggers produced some truly awesome posts this year! I got our email data experts to do what they do best and reveal which posts delighted our subscribers and social media followers the most. The result: Our two blog series proved to be the most popular! The...

Why SA’s digital citizens should be marching for data protection

I am a digital citizen. The Internet has been part of my work space since my first job. I spend a good portion of my life online: working, chatting, collaborating, shopping, banking and reading. Every time I complete a website registration, accept a cookie or sign up...

PoPi Act – the long walk to enforcement

The wheels of legislation in South Africa move slowly. While the Protection of Personal Information Act was signed into law in November 2013, significant milestones have been slow in coming. Here’s a running timeline about the process so far (if I’ve left out a major...

Do your employees suffer from the winter blues?

During the winter months, it seems work becomes just that much harder for our employees. Maybe it’s the cold, maybe the early sunsets, but we definitely feel a mid-winter slump in office morale. As an employer, you may not be able to banish everyone’s melancholy. But,...

The 9 Big Rules that make our company Awesome

At Striata, we actively nurture our desired company culture, both on a social and work ethic level. We believe that a warm, hardworking, collaborative and fun company culture will sustain our business not only in ways we can measure, but even more so in subtle ways...

Is your communications agency read for POPI?

Do you currently use a service provider or agency to execute your customer communication campaigns? If so, you need to ensure they are preparing for the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI). Although only certain sections of the Act were enacted in November...

Why we believe hiring for skills over culture fit is a mistake

How to achieve genuine insight into whether a candidate will fit our company culture is something we obsess about constantly at Striata. In our organization, we’ve learnt time and time again, that appointing skills over culture fit is a mistake that will cost the...

Richard Branson stole my blog post!

I admit: ‘stole’ is perhaps not an accurate description. Earlier this year, I blogged about a subject close to my heart: what makes a great company culture. While planning my follow-on post, I was astounded to see that Richard Branson shared his thoughts on the exact...

What is this mystery called organizational culture?

For me, culture is that combination of the tangibles and intangibles that make our company unique in how we do things. It’s the sum of the physical attributes (environment, work space, tools) and the abstracts (management style, war stories, humour, social...