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Top 3, in South Africa

Posted by on Jun 3, 2020 in by DataDiggers, by MyVoice | 0 comments

On the occasion of the opening of the summer season, we decided that this article is the perfect opportunity to make known other less preferred areas when it comes to holidays. South Africa is on our Top 3 list today.

South Africa is situated on the southern tip of the African continent, bordered by the northern neighbors of Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. This includes the separate mountain realms of Lesotho and Swaziland and is flanked by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and the dry Indian Ocean to the east, offering the world a remarkable variety of biodiversity.

South Africa has three capital cities: Pretoria (executive), Cape Town (legislative) and Bloemfontein (judicial). Johannesburg, the largest metropolitan cities in the region and the center of trade, is located in the heart of the province of Gauteng.

And since we’re on this topic, let’s see the what are the most populated metropolitan areas in South Africa:

  • Johannesburg – 4.4 million people
  • Cape Town – 3.7 million people
  • Ethekwini – 3.4 million people

It is essential to know, before booking any holidays, that South Africa enjoys a temperate, friendly atmosphere, with warm sunny days most of the year. The seasons of the southern hemisphere are contrary to those of the northern hemisphere, and summer usually lasts from November to February, when most of the world is marked by mild to hot weather.

There’s an array of gorgeous beaches all over South Africa, and we’ve come up with a list of the best 3 that includes some classics, as well as some insider secrets, just for local eyes (until now). Whether you’re looking for the best waves, the most secluded tanning spot, or the best scenic boardwalk, there’s a beach for everyone.

  • Robberg Beach – The beach is also known for shore-based whale spotting, particularly in the winter months when the southern right whales visit Plettenberg Bay.
  • Kraalbaai – This stunning lagoon is the West Coast’s best kept secret.
  • Camps Bay Beach

We’ve mentioned beaches, now let’s discover mountains as well. When visiting South Africa, one gets the same feeling while witnessing the mountain ranges. Mountains in South Africa are the biggest reason tourists prefer visiting the country so often. The highest ones are:

  • Mafadi – 3,450 m
  • Njesuthi – 3,405 m
  • Champagne Castle – 3,377 m

About the size of France and Spain combined or roughly twice the size of Texas, South Africa is a tourism destination and an industry that accounts for a large portion of the country’s income. The top tourist attractions create an unforgettable experience:

  • Kruger National Park – One of the world’s most famous safari parks, where you can see the “Big Five”: lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino
  • Table Mountain – One of the most iconic locations in the whole of the country, this huge mountain looms over the beautiful city of Cape Town
  • Kgalagadi (Kalahari) Transfrontier Park – One of the world’s largest wilderness areas in the world.

Everyone needs a chance to bring home exclusive souvenirs and keepsakes from their holidays spent traveling abroad. From pairs of leather shoes and natural skin care to handcrafted gin and artisanal toffee, these boldly South African pieces are worth storing — and not available in shops outside the country. The top 3 are:

  • Leather shoes from Sapmok – Veldskoen, or vellies, as they are more affectionately called, are a staple in many South African wardrobes.
  • A trendy hat from Simon and Mary – Simon and Mary produce hats using devices acquired in the 1960s, and their collection contains several different types appropriate for both men and women.
  • Unique porcelain jewellery from Nina Bosch – Working from a workshop in Witrivier, Mpumalanga, Bosch designs stunning earrings, necklaces and bracelets, each distinct from the other.

Now that we have clarified the general aspects, let’s see how good the country is doing in terms of economy. South Africa is an upper middle-income economy – one of only eight such countries in Africa. South Africa is the 34th largest export economy in the world and the 47th most complex economy according to the Economic Complexity Index (ECI). In 2019, the GDP per capita was of $6,100 (est.).

The top exports are:

  • Gold ($16.9B)
  • Diamonds ($9.8B)
  • Platinum ($9B)

And the top imports are:

  • Crude petroleum ($6.42B)
  • Refined petroleum ($4.96B)
  • Cars ($4.11B)

And now to finish it off in style, we’ll make one last stop and talk about the cuisine. In South Africa, most dishes are influenced by the indigenous population, along with the Dutch, French, Indians and Malaysians. The most traditional dishes, worth trying, are:

  • Biltong & droewors – Dry curing was a method used to preserve meat by the indigenous tribes of South Africa before fridges were invented. Usually made from beef or game, such as springbok, biltong (a thinly sliced, air-dried meat) and droewors (an air-dried sausage) are traditionally eaten as snacks
  • Boerewors – This is a traditional South African sausage made from beef, mixed with either pork or lamb and a mixture of spices.
  • Cape Malay curry – In the 17th century, the Dutch and French landed and settled in Cape Town, bringing slaves from Indonesia, India and Malaysia, along with their spices and traditional cooking methods.

We do not take any responsibility if you have started drooling when reading these last lines, but we hope that you will want to try these delicacies too, if you haven’t already!

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Should companies use customer satisfaction surveys?

Posted by on May 27, 2020 in by DataDiggers, by MyVoice | 0 comments

Customer satisfaction is a critical concept for customer success professionals to understand and live by, and is actually more than just a money-back guarantee. In this article, we will discuss customer satisfaction: what it is and why it is important for companies to consider using it as part of their culture.

Customer Satisfaction (CSAT) is a measure used to quantify the degree to which a customer is pleased with a product, service or experience. This measure is typically determined by deploying a Customer Satisfaction Survey, which asks on a five or seven-point scale how the consumer feels about a service encountered, purchase, or overall customer experience, with responses between “extremely unsatisfied” and “highly satisfied” to pick from.

When it comes down to that, customer satisfaction is a reflection of how the customer feels about interacting with your brand. Businesses and companies measure this positive or bad feeling mainly through consumer loyalty surveys.

Satisfactions surveys can be found both in digital and written format. They can be self-serviced (as the mentioned forms) or applied by a team member or specialized company in person or over the phone. A common example would be hotels that send them to guests after their stay in order to share their overall experience. This way, the hotels could improve their services and try to make as many guests as possible happy.

Why would someone need them? Well, if we don’t measure customer satisfaction, we cannot identify unsatisfied customers who could churn or leave us with negative customer reviews. Nor can we identify happy customers that we could activate as evangelists or referrers. Finally, without analytical metrics, we cannot predict or prevent the client from planning proactively.

A (very) big part of the unsatisfied clients do not think about what is bothering them until they are told to do so. Research shows that over 95 per cent of unhappy customers will not complain, but over 90 per cent will leave without saying anything (and never come back!). So, showing your customers that you know the problems and are already working on them will improve customer retention. In addition, having (and maintaining) happy customers improves the chances of repeat purchases and increases the value of your general customer’s lifetime.

According to a recent study, organizations or businesses are more likely to have 10 % higher growth rates by measuring their Net Promoter Score. The Net Promoter Score (NPS) survey consists of a single question that measures the likelihood of your customers referring your business to others. This is a measure of customer service, consumer retention and brand loyalty. Responses to the NPS survey are used to generate scores from -100 to 100. Successful organizations often feel that retaining customers is more cost-effective than finding new customers.

Besides all that’s been already said, we will present a few more arguments to make you believe that customer satisfaction surveys are not only relevant but also helpful to companies of any scale:

  • Maintain a good reputation

Surveys allow you to interact with your customers. Communicating with customers gives you the opportunity to show that you really care about what they think. In fact, if you make the improvements that they recommend in order to further enhance your product, consumers can take notice and have a greater understanding of your brand.

  • Receive valuable feedback

Customer satisfaction survey questions and responses will provide your company input on any issues that your customers may have. You can set up survey questions to determine the level of satisfaction your customers gain from the products and/or services offered or leave open-ended questions to allow them to express their thoughts and to expand upon their answers. The suggestions they make can only highlight problems that you may not have been aware of and give you a chance to fix them. It can also help you determine what’s going to be successful and capitalize on it.

  • Retain customers

If your customers are satisfied with the products and services they receive, they are much more motivated to stick with your business. If the results of the Customer Satisfaction Survey show that your customers are not satisfied with the service they receive, they can just jump ship and head directly to your competition.

Customer loyalty, as they claim, cannot be paid, it must be won. According to report, in the US, companies will lose up to 45 per cent of their customer value if they are not happy with the customer service or do not provide the desired result.

  • Get more advertised

Despite all the social media platforms and new technology, nothing beats a good old- fashioned word-of -mouth recommendation from a reliable source. If your customers are happy with your service, they’re more likely to recommend you to their friends. Surveys offer a way to figure out how happy your clients are and what you can do to keep them that way for long.

  • Drive sales

People are much more confident with companies that are honest about their activity/situation. Being transparent with customer feedback is one way to show potential consumers that your brand is open to communication and that its values customer input. This way, your business could be seen as something that is worth spending money on.

To sum it up, the ultimate aim of every satisfaction survey is to gain constructive feedback from the customer that can be used to enhance the ultimate customer experience (and thus, their loyalty).

We live in a highly dynamic, physical environment. Many of the best businesses in the world are highly focused on delivering the best consumer service they can, concentrating not just on satisfying the customer’s needs, but also on surpassing them.

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The impact of digital technology on the film industry

Posted by on May 19, 2020 in by DataDiggers, by MyVoice | 0 comments

Digital media has changed a lot of the way the world works. Physical limits and restrictions mean very little in the modern world. It’s truly a wonderful time to be alive.

Digital cameras are smaller, lighter, sharper, more powerful. We can operate remotely using cloud-based tools such as TeamViewer. Our phones are transforming point-and-point cameras into 360-degree experimental recording systems, and brilliant minds in secret rooms are dreaming of new ways to move the entertainment industry ahead in directions that we can only describe as mere science fiction. What a time to be alive!

The first movies were a series of short 50-second movies produced by the French brothers Auguste and Louis Lumiere. In 1895, they proved their invention — a hybrid portable recording camera, a film processing unit, and a projector called the Cinemagraphe— to a paying audience.

In the last 120 years, there have been a variety of twists and turns impacting the motion picture industry. It is remarkable how much digital technology has reshaped the film industry in particular.

Here are a few technologies at the forefront of this change:

  • Autonomous drones

The film industry is now using autonomous drones that have built-in knowledge and algorithms related to filmmaking techniques. They take different angles and shots while shooting a film. They are also GPS-enabled and can be operated via smartphones, apps, or remote-control systems. The director, on the other hand, can create or change shots as needed. Drone cruises at high speed and high altitudes, depending on the configuration. They are a good invention for movies, because drones are lightweight and more maneuverable than big vehicles.

  • Algorithmic Editing

Researchers working on a joint venture between Stanford University and Adobe, recently created a software that can manipulate video without the need for a human. This should follow a plot, filter through several clips, and adapt lessons learned from film editing manuals to the production of complex, well-edited, dialog-driven scenes. It even boasts a feature that allows the software to apply concepts such as ‘start wide,’ ‘peaks and valleys’ and ‘jump cuts.’

  • AI Face Generation

Not long ago, a group of Nvidia researchers developed a neural network algorithm that can produce a brand new, highly realistic face from scratch. The platform is based on the state-of-the-art Nvidia, a neural network that can distinguish facets of an image in order to learn and produce new ones. To date, this technique has been applied to anime characters, old works of art and animals.

  • Virtual Reality (VR)

A virtual reality headset is required to create a 360-degree view, and some equipment manufacturers have already started selling products specially designed for recording 360-degree videos. A virtual reality headset is required to create a 360-degree view, and some hardware manufacturers have already started offering devices specifically built to film 360-degree images.

  • Screenplay Writing Through AI

Movie-making technology often applies to a plethora of tools and enhancements in audiovisual quality for consumers. But what about technology that simply eliminates the role of filmmakers? Okay, that’s no longer a distant thought. Recently, several researchers at New York University have developed AI software that is capable of writing screenplays. The best thing about this AI-powered thinking robot called Benjamin is that he could even write a song after the researchers trained him with more than 30,000 other songs.

  • Ultra HD 3D Technology

Technologies like 4k+ 3D or ultra-high definition 3D are now being used to shoot action sequences. The camera uses two or more lenses to capture details that display better content on screens. It captures live action and playback, and features plug-ins and VR audio editing. It behaves as a 3D, but it is not, and offers a transparent and enhanced image quality. It is expected that at the pace cinema is adopting new technologies, 4K content is likely to be available everywhere, and at an affordable price.

  • Smartphone Shooting

Smartphones have become the face of filmmaking, and many filmmakers are adapting to it. Often short films and documentaries are made on smartphones because they find it more convenient and easier to use. In the future, there will come a day when every modern film maker will come a smartphone with filmmaking technologies.

  • 3D Printing

3D printers are one of the most important development of our day. There are countless commercial applications. From 3D printing houses to devices in outer space, 3D printers make a very versatile piece of technology. In reality, filmmaking is very well suited to the use of 3D printers to reduce costs. As a fact, a 3D printer removes the need for transport equipment. Of course, 3D printers can’t print a camera or lens, but it can print the parts one needs.

These are some of the technical advancements in the film industry that are transforming the way the viewer watches films. Film making equipment is getting shorter, more powerful and more affordable due to the latest technologies. All of these advances are inspiring the film industry to adapt and implement new methods of making films and project quality content.

 

 

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Blending CATI surveys in today’s digital era

Posted by on May 13, 2020 in by DataDiggers, by MyVoice | 0 comments

Research is becoming increasingly automated, and new survey methodologies are evolving to satisfy the demands of today’s ever-connected society.

Computer assisted Telephone Interviewing or CATI Surveys, though, have been around for some time now and offer a rare combination of new technology and old school human interaction. According to the research dimension, the CATI technique includes one or more telephone operators and a CATI survey program. The norm is a call center of 20-50 interviewers, but it’s very normal to see a smaller reality.

Modern survey platforms providing CATI survey solutions take advantage of today’s enhanced communication technologies to enable researchers to target a much wider population, including:

  • those that are in remote areas with limited Internet access,
  • those who haven’t converted to laptops / smartphones,
  • those who still use phones.

CATI surveys enable researchers to reach a large audience, as their demographic target merely requires access to the phone, whether it’s smartphone or landline.

But how does CATI actually work?

The interviewer should make a phone call to the number displayed on the panel. If the respondent chooses to join the study, the interviewer must follow a script on the computer to pick the responses. The CATI survey method must immediately lead to the next query in the logical path. The interviewer will introduce a new respondent to the call at the end of the questionnaire.

The program handles the contacts according to the rules set by the administrators. For eg, after 15 minutes, communications with a busy line will be shown again. When a person responds to a call but is not available for an interview, the caller can also arrange an appointment so that the CATI software can eventually display the person again at the specified date and time.

            And who can take advantage of the mobile surveys?

The answer is pretty simple – as with most professional research methods – chain stores and organizations working to increase the quality of their customer service by keeping an eye on market preferences can benefit from telephone surveys, as well as firms involved in performing different forms of search studies.

If you haven’t checked our services yet, it is essential to acclaim that DataDiggers conducts CATI surveys in all the countries where we own strong and fast growing proprietary online panels across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas, as well as around the world via carefully chosen local partners.

We do CATI through local suppliers that own CATI stations in major cities of the region and are able to collect national representative samples across each country if needed so, or can focus on particular cities/regions only. The online link used to collect data can be either provided by client or our team can program it internally using specialized software.

This methodology has many advantages over the conventional method of performing telephone interviews. Here we will identify the top 3 benefits of using CATI surveys:

  1. High quality results

CATI helps prevent misinterpretation by interviewers and guarantees that questions are properly answered, resulting in better quality results. The interviewer will concentrate on communicating with the client while the machine performs the technical elements of the session. Standardization of testing conditions with CATI also makes for more in-depth questions, offering you rich and informative data.

  1. Fast and efficient

The entire research process is super quick and effective, as interviewers will enter the data as it is gathered. Entering the responses immediately means that an analysis of results can be reviewed shortly after the last interview has been completed There is no need to move data from paper to digital formats, so you can save time and reduce the chance of any mistakes.

  1. High accuracy

Because the questionnaire is shown on a computer and is entirely automated, there is no chance of mistakes such as ambiguous compilation or asking wrong questions. The data collection is exceptionally reliable and computerized. Responses are pre-coded and entered directly, removing the need for manual analysis of data and reducing input errors.

It’s not a surprise that the CATI technique has high maintenance costs. The CATI method covers just a small part of the cost: you need to consider the costs of interviewers, call traffic and the original investment in stations and programs just as much. Regardless, the CATI methodology (along with CAPI) is often known to be the most effective and efficient system.

Why bother and use it then? Well… You may have a lot of benefits that you’re not going to get from other methodologies. The involvement of a real human – serving as a mediator between the interviewer and the respondent – has tremendous benefits such as:

  • the respondent can better interpret the questions,
  • a lot of respondents who do not know / don’t answer can be eliminated,
  • the drop-out rate is much smaller.

CATI is a perfect example of how technology changes the way we do work every day. With reliable and high-quality data accessible in a fraction of the time, CATI is a clever addition to our testing toolkit, which we are very glad to have.

 

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Top 3, in Turkey

Posted by on May 5, 2020 in by DataDiggers, by MyVoice | 0 comments

If you follow our blog constantly, you probably know that ‘Top 3’ is a series that we started more than a year ago and that we continued to feed with monthly posts. This time we will travel virtually, because at the moment it is forbidden otherwise, in a more oriental place, namely Turkey.

Turkey is a country which occupies a unique geographical location, partly in Asia and partly in Europe. Throughout its history, it has been both an obstacle and a link between the two continents. Turkey is situated at the crossroads of the Balkans, the Caucasus, the Middle East and the Eastern Mediterranean. It is one of the largest countries in the world in terms of territory and population, and its land area is greater than any European country.

Let’s start first with some geography. Here are the most populated urban centers in Turkey:

  • Istanbul – 15.52 million people
  • Ankara – 5.04 million people
  • Izmir – 4.32 million people

Ankara, the capital of Turkey, is also known for its outstanding natural beauty. To be more precise, this country has plentiful mountains and hills. Now let’s take a look at some of Turkey’s most prominent mountains together with their unique features.

  • Mount Ararat – 5137 meters
  • Mount Suphan – 4058 meters
  • Mount Kackar Dagi – 3937 meters

The country also has many large and small lakes, which boost the beauty of its natural ecosystems. Although most of the country’s lakes are freshwater lakes, there are also several salt lakes. In fact, two of the largest lakes in the country are saltwater lakes. Here are the top 3:

  • Lake Van (one of the most saline bodies of water in the world) – 3755 square km
  • Lake Tuz (one of the largest hypersaline lakes in the world) – 1500 square km
  • Lake Beyşehir – 656 square km

Tourism in Turkey focuses primarily on a number of historical sites and seaside resorts along the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts. Turkey has also become a popular destination for culture, spa and health. In 2019, Turkey drew about 51 million international visitors, and was ranked as the 6th most popular tourist destination in the world. Let’s see what attractions these tourists prefer:

  • Aya Sofya (used to be a church, then became a mosque after the Ottomans conquered the city and now has been converted into a museum since 1935)
  • Goreme Fairy Chimneys (also known as the Cappadocia region or every photographer’s dream)
  • Ephesus (one of the most complete, still-standing Roman cities in the Mediterranean region)

Now that have a better idea of how vast Turkey’s history is, let’s see what turned this country into a famous one. Here are the most representative things when thinking about ‘What is Turkey famous for?’:

  • Turkish tea – Many people equate Turkish coffee as a national drink in the region, but Turks consume much more tea. Look around the streets of every town or village, and male-dominated tea shops dominate the scenes, while families and women even go to the tea gardens.
  • Evil eye souvenir – The evil eye, distinguished by white and yellow circles surrounded by blue, is the most commonly available souvenir. Said to ward off evil eyes jealous of your good fortune, it is a superstitious tale but with a cultural twist, hence its time-honored use.
  • Carpets and rugs – In recent years, Turks have replaced their passion for carpets and rugs with cheaper factory models, although they are still a popular souvenir. The value lies in the fact that they are handmade, and each motif reflects an individual story.

Moving on from culinary delights to TV series that turn us into couch potatoes, the demand in Turkey has sewn lock stock and barrel. Over the last decade, Turkey has created several soap operas starring popular Turkish actors and country-famous destinations. The top-rated ones, according to Forbes, are:

  • Çukur – 58.2 million Turkish liras in earnings
  • İstanbullu Gelin – 51.4 million Turkish liras
  • Diriliş: Ertuğrul – 47.2 million Turkish liras

Now that we have clarified the general aspects, let’s see how good the country is doing in terms of economy. Turkey is the 27th biggest export market in the world and, according to the Economic Complexity Index (ECI), the 52nd most dynamic economy. In 2017, Turkey exported $166B and imported $214B, which resulted in a negative trade surplus of $48.6B. In 2017, Turkey’s GDP was $851B and its GDP per capita was $26.5k.

The top exports of Turkey are:

  • Cars ($13.2B)
  • Gold ($6.96B)
  • Delivery trucks ($5.04B)

And its top imports are:

  • Gold ($17.1B)
  • Refined petroleum ($9.8B)
  • Cars ($8.78B)

And now, to conclude in our characteristic style for this type of article, we will talk about the most adored and well-known culinary dishes that Turkey has to offer.

P.S:If you’re a beginner to Turkish cuisine, you’ve got a mouth-watering journey ahead of you. The most popular dishes (unfortunately, we can only include 3) are:

  • Baklava – Dating back to the Ottoman Empire, Baklava is one of the most popular Turkish dishes and a must for someone with a sweet tooth. This baked pastry is filled with nuts and topped with syrup and ground pistachio for an amazing Mediterranean dessert.
  • Şiş kebap – Turkey’s misunderstood reputation sometimes sees the donor kebab as the nation’s favorite meat dish, but other Turks swear by Iskender kebab. It originates from the north-western part of Turkey and takes its name from its author, who invented it in the 19th century.
  • Döner – The other popular kebab, the döner, provides the same versatility in the option of meat, which is flavored with herbs and spices and cooked on a vertical, revolving spit.

We do not take any responsibility if you have started drooling when reading these last lines, but we hope that you will want to try these delicacies too, if you haven’t already!

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