Aug 27, 2009

Disposable email addresses list update

Hello there!

Just a short post to tell all of you I've updated the list of disposable email addresses domain list.

You can read it on the DEA - disposable email list page

Enjoy :)

Aug 8, 2009

Lightning never strikes twice the same place... or does it?

Funny thing, I made a post this week dealing with how important e-marketing could become in Africa in the next years, in my plane back to Paris I read an article in a Tunisian newspaper emphasizing the increase in internet accesses in Tunisia and the road that has still to be walked to reach the other countries.

Here are a couple of figures for 2009 out of the article (reminder: Tunisia has 10M inhabitants).
- Number of internet users: 3M (+40% compared to last year)
- Number of people having a personal DSL connexion: 280k (+95.2% compared to last year!!!)
- Number of Tunisian websites : 8 727 (in june - not counting personal web pages and blogs) (+34% compared to last year).

Another interesting figure is that out of these 10M inhabitants, there is 8.66M GSM lines.


Aug 5, 2009

Email for Africa

Being on vacation in Tunisia this week, I had a very interesting discussion with a Tunisian friend of mine.

We were discussing how Africa was under control of different countries and depending on them for its growth.
Of course there are the old historical countries such as France and England and the decades (centuries) of Colonialism, but also the USA and more recently the Asian countries (China and India for the most).
Of course this dependency is paid by African countries with natural ressources, knowing Africa as a continent is full of wealth but it can't axploit it on its own for now due to a lack of infrastructure for the most.

When he told me all this, I asked: Why Africa leaves all these countries share a cake it could keep for itself?

He replied: It's due to a lack of means and ressources (financial that is).

Of course, all this discussion was triggered in the first place by Barack Obama's speech in Ghana on July the 11th when he declared that Africa had to evolve on its own and take the lead on their continent.

Knowing that new technologies are rising in Africa these days, African business will probably have to fight their way to reach consumers.
I'm pretty much sure the Email battle will have to be fought in this marketing war.

Knowing how late they are on the new technologies field, it will be a good time for experienced companies to settle in Africa and help local companies evolve and improve their marketing skills.

Could Africa be the next marketing "el dorado"?
I bet it will be.