By Dipo Olowookere
One of the leading makers of professional cameras in the world, Canon CCNA, has given photographers and content creators across the globe a reason to open their mouths in awe.
This is because of the advancement in the new full-frame mirrorless camera model of the company, the professional-grade Canon EOS R3.
Building on the success of the EOS R camera series, Canon EOS R3 is packed with robustness and performance that can deliver maximum speed, versatility, and reliability for sports, wildlife photographers and reportage.
Leveraging its technological advancements developed for the original EOS R series in 2018 as well as bridging the gap between the much-celebrated EOS R5 and the illustrious Canon flagship EOS-1DX line, Canon EOS R3 highlights outstanding AF performance and swiftness with fast-moving subjects.
The EOS R3 is also the first “3” series camera from Canon since the widely used EOS-3 film camera was launched in 1998. Additionally, with the EOS R3, photographers can now enjoy a top shutter speed of 1/64,000sec and 30fps burst shooting, with simultaneous AF/AE tracking.
One of the key features of Canon’s new innovation involves the next-generation Eye Control autofocus technology that allows for the camera to seamlessly focus wherever the photographer is looking thus enabling extreme agility in fast-paced scenarios.
The design of the camera integrates a high-resolution 5.76m-dot OLED EVF and a 3.2″ vari-angle touchscreen LCD, along with dual memory card slots, wireless and wired connectivity, and an updated Multi-Function Shoe design for expanded accessory compatibility.
The camera is capable of shooting 6K 60p RAW and 4K 120p 10-bit uncropped video with Canon Log 3 support, in addition to the possibility for oversampled 4K and RAW movie internal recording.
Commenting on his experience with Canon R3, multitalented Lifestyle and Fashion Photographer, Lorenzo Salemi, says, “We live in the age of content and any tool that makes generating content easier for you is a jackpot.
“I have been in the field of photography for years toying with the different subjects but never have I ever been so impressed with a camera before.
“The autofocus and eye-control features undoubtedly set this camera apart from everything else that’s available on the market, the EOS R3 captures fleeting moments at 30fps, revealing details that are missed with the naked eye. So whether you want to shoot motorbikes or wildlife or capture details in fashion photography, Canon’s R3 has got your back.”
On his part, Emmanuel Oyeleke, esteemed Canon Ambassador and lifestyle photographer, coined the EOS R3 as a ‘Canon’s Phenomenal Masterpiece.’
“I am thoroughly impressed using the EOS R3 for past few months, be it the new technology, the added features or ergonomics or the battery life. It takes the art of photography to the next level with the amount of ease it offers whilst shooting.
“I shot a complete documentary merely with Canon EOS R3, however, once you see it, it is hard to tell that there is only one piece of equipment involved in shooting as it is pretty similar to the film-grade image quality.
“For the purpose of my documentary, I had to shoot various fast-paced subjects which the camera captured brilliantly. If you are looking for speed, power, accuracy, ease of use, the Canon R3 has it all to go above and beyond the call of duty. It is like a beast of a camera that lets you outperform in any situation, whether you are outdoors or indoors or in harsh climatic conditions.
“If you are someone like me who likes to shoot diverse subjects from fashion to street-style to nature to portraits, this is surely the camera that will captivate your imagination. Continuing the legacy of 1DX series, Canon R3 is indeed every photographer’s dream and best friend.”
Already, Canon has commenced its Canon R tour – a series of roadshow events that will give people a chance to get up, close and personal with the revolutionary camera from January until December 2022. The R3 roadshows will be held in different countries inviting people from diverse backgrounds to participate in the dry run and experience the genius innovation of Canon R3 firsthand.
How SMEs Can Take Advantage of Social Media Advertising for Scalability
By Otori Emmanuel
For every company out there, there is an in-depth goal to increase its market share in both the local and global market space. The profit margin of a company is largely dependent on the audience at its disposal.
Before now, companies have used various forms of advertising to promote their product in order to reach their target audience, including traditional forms like newspaper publications and radio broadcasts. These ad methods delivered effective results until the masses moved to social media.
Currently, with over 3.7 billion people on different social media platforms engaging their times in ways that make them happy, every business should definitely have a cut of this mass audience as their potential customers.
With people of different demography, gender, age and behaviours all in the social media space, there is absolutely a guarantee that every company’s audience is represented in this space.
Amongst the various forms of advertising, social media ads have recently dominated the advertising sector. Companies have multiple options in the form of platforms which deliver massive results through the audience at their disposal, with Facebook alone having 2.9 billion active users on monthly intervals.
Also, there are over 10 social media platforms for individuals and organisations to choose from, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, etc, when choosing to promote their brands.
Social media advertising is very effective because of its conversion rate. On average, over 28% of users on the internet have agreed to make choices of brands and products when they see them as ads on the internet.
Over 80% of the United States population is using one or more social media platforms. This has worked for both sellers and buyers. For the buyer, it has created awareness of new products to choose from and updates on existing ones. The promoter or organisation gets the most out of it, as they get to increase sales conversion, grow audience reach, help to understudy competitors and boost brand image. However, this result is tied to how engaging the content is, using the right keywords for written content and clarity for video ads.
Also, deciding the type of content type to create for your ads is a key factor to be considered. Different ad types work differently for different niches and purposes. You could either use ad copy (written text) or use visual content.
Here are a few tips to consider when deciding which content type to go for: Consider what you’re trying to promote and then determine where on which platform your audience is more likely to be represented; What is the conversion rate of such a platform and then decide which content type would work better there between visuals and ad copy.
How to increase your conversion rate, consider these factors:
Study and categorize your audience based on their demographics, age, location and psychological factors influencing their behaviours towards brands.
Decide the type of ads that would deliver the result you seek.
Create compelling content that targets your desired audience using keywords that users can relate to. Place your ads in positions where they’re seen clearly.
Create an appealing landing page with a brief description and a call to action icon to help your visitors make quick decisions. Link this landing page to your ad, and once people visit, swiftly collect their data and follow them as they are your prospective customers.
In conclusion, the result from an ad may not deliver the desired outcome the first time. But certainly, it will leave you with clues to help you improve on subsequent ones. Always track your ad performance and measure conversion rate by dividing conversion by the number of impressions and then multiplying it by 100. The formula is = Conversion/no of Impression * 100. This will help you know the ad or platform that delivered the most results.
Jumia’s Awodu, Others for P+ Measurement’s 2022 AMEC Measurement Month
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
The Head of Public Relations and Communication at Jumia Nigeria, Mr Robert Awodu, will join other experts for the International Association for the Measurement and Evaluation of Communication (AMEC) Measurement Month in Nigeria, slated for Friday, November 25, 2022, from 12 pm to 1:30 pm.
This event is organised by the leading intelligence agency in Nigeria, P+ Measurement Services, in collaboration with AMEC.
A statement from P+ Measurement disclosed the theme of this highly-anticipated programme is Measurement and Evaluation: Why It Matters in today’s PR World.
Other panellists for this edition include Francois van Dyk, Head of Operations at Ornico in South Africa; Okusaga Mobolaji, Managing Consultant at Precise Platform in Nigeria; Thomas Stoeckle, Self-employed Consultant, and Educator; Lecturer at PR Academy UK, Bournemouth University UK and Quadriga University Berlin; and Consultant at communication agency Dot I/O Health.
The annual AMEC Measurement Month (#AMECMM) aims to enlighten PR and communications experts and professionals in Nigeria.
It was stated that the event, which will be held virtually on the Google Meet platform, is to inform Public Relations and Communication professionals about the significance of measurement and evaluation in the PR and media space, with industry experts analysing and offering insightful answers to the many unanswered questions in the industry.
AMEC Measurement Month is a free event that includes webinars, CEO conversations, workshops, and a lot more. It focuses on assisting PR and communications professionals in comprehending the value and significance of PR measurement.
SweepSouth Exits Nigeria Over Unfavourable Environment
By Adedapo Adesanya
After about five months of its operations, SweepSouth Nigeria has announced plans to suspend its operations in the country from Friday, November 25, 2022.
In a notice seen by Business Post, the South African home cleaning service startup said the unfavourable macroeconomic environment has hit its business hard and has forced its hand to halt services.
“Due to the unfavourable global macroeconomic environment, the home service industry continues to be hit hard. This has meant that our business cannot sustainably operate due to the economic pressures being faced at the moment.”
It noted that the “difficult decision” would impact its loyal customers but noted that all services within the next three days would be handled while those after the set deadline would be cancelled with customers.
“This has been a difficult decision to make considering our passion to serve the Nigerian market. We know this decision will negatively impact our SweepSouth community and Sweepstars. Therefore, we ask for your support and understanding as we navigate this time.
“All bookings scheduled to take place between now and November 25th will remain in place. We will be cancelling all bookings scheduled to take place after November 25th, 2022 – customers will receive full refunds for any bookings that have been paid for in advance, and full refunds for Sweepcred loaded in customers’ accounts,” it added.
Despite its exit from the Nigerian market, the company said it would continue to provide its service in South Africa and Egypt, adding that it will continue to study the market for a possible re-entry in the future.
“While we will no longer be operating in Nigeria, we will continue to keep abreast of activities in the Nigerian market and work towards a potential re-entry into the market at a later date.”
The Johannesburg startup entered Nigeria in June 2022 to allow people to book home cleaning services at affordable prices and connects them with cleaners they call SweepStars, who are carefully vetted and are professionals with extensive experience in home cleaning.
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