Archive for: social media

Confessions of a Muslim Travel Girl

Confessions of a Muslim Travel Girl

Our interview with popular blogger Elena a.k.a Muslim Travel Girl attempts to unravel the “Halal Tourism” experience, and its role in mending perceptions of Islam Our previous journey traversed the bustling lanes of Halal Tourism through an interview with MuslimBreak.com, a holiday booking website catering to travellers seeking Muslim-friendly conditions during travel and stay. While the interview gave readers […]

 
 

Remarketing on Facebook is the in-thing: Hania Hoss

Remarketing on Facebook is the in-thing: Hania Hoss

Interview with Hania Hoss, where she talks about all things digital and social media Hania ElSolh Hoss is a social and digital media manager based out of Dubai. She has been associated with the world’s most sought after brands such as Nike, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Crocs. During her free time, she develops mobile applications […]

 
 

Etihad Airways Launches Premium Twitter Channel

Etihad Airways Launches Premium Twitter Channel

Etihad Airways has launched an exclusive Twitter account to engage with Gold and Platinum members of its frequent flyer program – Etihad Guest, on the popular social media platform. The Etihad Premium Twitter channel provides a dedicated online touch-point for Etihad Guest Gold and Platinum members to gain access to a range […]

 
 

The Famous Lies of Media: Presstitutes

The Famous Lies of Media: Presstitutes

‘Presstitutes’ – A word that we would think twice before saying, for the fear of mispronouncing, has comfortably found its way to the social media where even introverts speak their mind out.  Gerald Celente, the American trend forecaster, coined this interesting word “presstitues”. He was referring to the mainstream media […]

 
 

15 Annoying LinkedIn Behaviour That Can Lead to Career Disaster

15 Annoying LinkedIn Behaviour That Can Lead to Career Disaster

Today business is no longer about boring board room meetings or random cold calling. It is all about social selling, relationship building, conversations, and creating a buzz. LinkedIn is a powerful tool to engage in such meaningful conversations with prospects and tap hidden business and career opportunities. While LinkedIn is […]

 
 

Impact of Social Media on Future of Journalism

Impact of Social Media on Future of Journalism

Social media breaks news but traditional media is more important today to filter the noise, says Reddit co-founder. Discussing the effect of social media on the future of journalism at the Arab Social Media Influencers Summit in Dubai, Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit lauded social media for bringing breaking news […]

 
 

‘Social Media in the Arab World’ 2015 -report

‘Social Media in the Arab World’ 2015 -report

Facebook and WhatsApp are region’s most popular social networking sites: Social Media in the Arab World Report • ‘Knowing about the most influential tools will enable decision-makers to invest optimally to serving the community,’ says HE Mohammed Al Gergawi • 89% Facebook users in the Arab world access it daily […]

 
 

The Growing Menace of Fake LinkedIn Profiles

The Growing Menace of Fake LinkedIn Profiles

Most of us use social networking media to ‘consume’ and disseminate information. In this day and age, these networking sites are vying with each other to provide greater levels of innovation for social interaction, information exchange, dialogue and collaboration. The interconnectedness of the global village has never been more intense. […]

 
 

8 Digital Predictions For 2015

8 Digital Predictions For 2015

Top Digital Predictions For 2015  We have been thinking about our digital strategy for the New Year and what we predict will happen in 2015. You won’t be able to just copy your 2014 digital strategy. Times are changing and so are trends, you need to stay ahead of the […]

 
 

 “Enterprises Need Social Media Strategy” : Glen Gilmore

 “Enterprises Need Social Media Strategy” : Glen Gilmore

An interview with Glen Gilmore Glen D. Gilmore is one of the Top 10 Social Media Influencer according to Forbes. A graduate in law from Widener University School, former two-term mayor for Hamilton and a professor of social media law has many more hats to don. He is also the […]

 
 

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Social Media Buzz

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Social Media Buzz

The race on Yas Marina and the game on social media!  Did you know that the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix debuted at the stunning Yas Marina Circuit in 2009 and the  inaugural race was won by Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel. There are many more such fascinating facts that F1 fans would love […]

 
 

Social Media in the Middle East — ADMS 2014

Social Media in the Middle East — ADMS 2014

Role of social media in Arab Spring and the ISIS conflict  A panel of leading media experts discussed Tuesday at this year’s Abu Dhabi Media Summit the role social media is playing in the 21st century Middle East and its potential for transformative change. Key Takeaways Content providers now competing […]

 
 

Silicon Valley Start-up TINT Set to Invigorate Digital Engagement in the Middle East

Silicon Valley Start-up TINT Set to Invigorate Digital Engagement in the Middle East

TINT is the first social media hub launching in the Middle East to allow brands to collect and curate all social feeds and #hashtags to display them anywhere. Silicon Valley start-up working with the region’s top brands and marketing agencies to create campaigns for Ferrari World, du and Dubai Mall. […]

 
 

Social Business – The New Trend in the Middle East

Social Business – The New Trend in the Middle East

Deloitte: Is social business the new trend in the Middle East? 2014 Research report lately released by Deloitte and MIT Sloan Management Review reveals that nearly two thirds of surveyed companies globally find social business initiatives —including social media, social software and social networks—are positively impacting their business outcomes. Based […]

 
 

Mobile Subscriber Data Usage Trends in the Middle East

Mobile Subscriber Data Usage Trends in the Middle East

Latest Citrix Mobile Analytics Report Reveals Subscriber Preferences and the Impact of Video on Mobile Networks in the Middle East Today, Citrix released the Citrix Mobile Analytics Report for the second half of 2014 providing insight into subscriber behavior and related factors that determine quality of experience (QoE) for mobile […]

 
 

Social Media: Four Steps To an Outreach Program

Social Media: Four Steps To an Outreach Program

Influencer Program on Social Media: The Value of one Passionate Fan In this article Danielle Kamar provide details on how to define influencers, how to build a connection with them as a brand and how to eventually use them as a launch pad for product awareness. Sneezers. Or as they […]

 
 

Twitter Diplomacy: How World Leaders Connect on Twitter

Twitter Diplomacy: How World Leaders Connect on Twitter

The annual global study of world leaders on Twitter, Twiplomacy, by Burson-Marsteller, a global public relations and communications firm has revealed that governments and political leaders from around the world has increased their online presence through social media networks. Twiplomacy aims to identify the extent to which world leaders use […]

 
 

The Psychology of Sharing

The Psychology of Sharing

The 6 types of social media sharers When it comes to social media, what you share, how frequently you share, and the networks you use to share can indicate more about your personality than you might think.  According to a recent study by Statpro, there are six types of social […]

 
 

Social Media Killed the Call Center Star

Social Media Killed the Call Center Star

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Tagging the ‘Logo’: Identifying Brand Values

Tagging the ‘Logo’: Identifying Brand Values

Dictionary defines a logo as an emblem or a device of an organisation. These few words however cannot actually denote the significance of the logo in its entirety even though they describe the concept quite aptly. When we think about a brand, the first thing that pops into mind is […]

 
 

Whatsapp’s Proposed VoIP under Security Scanner in UAE: Reports

Whatsapp’s Proposed VoIP under Security Scanner in UAE: Reports

When Facebook acquired Whatsapp, it really was a humongous bit of news that quite forcefully indicated the progressive way of the way social media networks were being consolidated and taken into the future. But for residents and social media users in the Middle East, namely the United Arab Emirates, things […]

 
 

LinkedIn hits 15 million members mark in the UK [Infographic]

LinkedIn hits 15 million members mark in the UK [Infographic]

LinkedIn, the world’s top professional networking company has announced that it has hit 15 million members  mark in the UK. Amidst the prevailing dominance of Twitter and Facebook in the social networking domain, LinkedIn has its own distinguished pride of place. Its uniqueness stemming from the fact that’s perhaps the […]

 
 

Social Media Demography: Understanding Popular Lifestyle Trends

Social Media Demography: Understanding Popular Lifestyle Trends

Social Media is an important tool today. But going by the trends, it’s women who seem to wield it more efficiently than men. Who invented social media? Who knows, but suffice to say that we can’t easily interpret the invention – or pioneering – as one with a woman firmly […]

 
 

Social Media in the MENA region [Infographic]

social media. Photo-Gavin Llewllyne

Social Media usage in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is growing at a fast pace. Majority of the Arab Internet users are less than 40 years old, and almost all of them are on at least one or more social media networks — for several hours a day.  […]

 
 

Why Social Media is Best Bet to Promote your Business [INFOGRAPHIC]

Why Social Media is Best Bet to Promote your Business [INFOGRAPHIC]

  Picture this: 1 billion Facebook users, 500 million on Twitter, 150 million on LinkedIn and 11 million Pinterest users, engaged online than ever before.  With increasing number of people  on social media networks for more number of hours, large and small businesses are looking  towards social media  to consolidate […]

 
 

Remote Working and Social Media Habits Putting Middle East Businesses at Risk

Remote Working and Social Media Habits Putting Middle East Businesses at Risk

Top Online Security and Privacy Expert Urges Business-Leaders to Educate Employees on Best Practice Unsecure Wireless Routers, Public Wi-Fi and Social Media Can Result In Malware Attacks and Identity Theft One of the world’s leading online security and privacy experts have warned that unprotected remote working and social media use […]

 
 

Update Status: The UAE ‘Likes’ Facebook

Update Status: The UAE ‘Likes’ Facebook

The UAE Telecom Regulatory Authority reports that Facebook is the most popular social media website in the UAE. Feeling excited about your date tonight? Update status. Check. Thought Pacific Rim deserves a decent review? Update views on group. Check. Just sat down for coffee at a new restaurant? Update status. […]

 
 

Middle East internet users to hit 413 mn by 2015

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Middle East internet users (estimate) is 90 million and this figure will climb to 413 million by 2015. Just for the sake of comparison, the present population of Western Europe is 413 million which allows us a better insight into the significant number of new users who will soon be […]

 
 

Qatar Biobank successful with traditional media

Qatar Biobank successful with traditional media

Undoubtedly, marketing is the communicating force for a business to promote its idea or selling proposition. However, what is more important is the form of marketing employed by an entity that determines the success of the communication strategy. And even more important than that, are the actual results from those […]

 
 

Majority of Internet users in Iraq have Facebook account

Majority of Internet users in Iraq have Facebook account

News, Reality TV shows popular with Iraqis TV shows in Arabic language widely watched, with Arab Idol the most popular show 77.9% of Internet users on social media A new comprehensive survey from the Arab Advisors Group probed the media consumption habits in Iraq. The survey provides insights into the […]

 
 

Facebook for Business to revolutionise business

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Facebook has always considered business to be an integral part of its mission to enhance communications and because of Facebook, thousands of businesses have indeed prospered. Whether it is a new business, an established one, or a company that is looking to expand — thanks to Facebook pages, ads and […]

 
 

Social media has positive impact on Arab students

Social media has positive impact on Arab students

According to the 5th Arab Social Media Report by the Dubai School of Government — Twitter registers 3.7 million Arab users while Facebook claims over 55 million Arab users. Social Media positively impacts education in Arab World: UAE has highest Facebook penetration at 41% and Egypt has 25% of Arab […]

 
 

Arab Open Government plan – use Social Media!

Arab Open Government plan – use Social Media!

A study titled, ‘An Arab Open Government Maturity Model for Social Media Engagement‘, seeks to highlight the adoption of social media for information disbursement as an Open Government (OG) initiative. According to recent findings by Tahseen Consulting, the Arab Public Sector should seek to inculcate institutional changes within its social […]

 
 

Middle East Social Media Usage [INFOGRAPHIC]

Middle East Social Media Usage [INFOGRAPHIC]

Middle East Social Media Usage [INFOGRAPHIC] Back in 2002, the Internet had 569 million users – 9.1 percent of the global population, who spent on average, just 46 minutes a day online. Remember… ‘The Information Superhighway’? Today, that figure is up to 2.27 billion! One-in-every-three people worldwide – spend an average of four hours a […]

 
 

Are U more Social Media savvy than a 6th grader?

Are U more Social Media savvy than a 6th grader?

It’s quite obvious that children are in a constant state of growth. While adults may continue to gain experiences which contribute to their every day learning, a child’s mental and physical capabilities grow at an exponential rate. By the time a child is 10 years of age, he has a […]

 
 

Digital world revolutionizes MENA consumption habits

Digital world revolutionizes MENA consumption habits

  A new report reveals growing internet use and other technologies are dramatically changing the consumption habits of MENA consumers. Compiled by Ipsos, a leading research firm with over 25 years of experience in MENA, the study is based on a wide array of data gathered through in-person interviews and […]

 
 

Social Media Can Help MENA Youth Find Jobs and Spark Entrepreneurship

social media. Photo-Gavin Llewllyne

Findings Revealed In Most Comprehensive Spotlight On Region’s Social Media Trends Yet Social media can have a dramatic impact on job hunting and entrepreneurship in the MENA region, according to a ground-breaking study by Dubai School of Government’s Governance and Innovation Program and SAP. Focusing on Arab youth, the most […]

 
 

Middle East loves to tweet!

Middle East loves to tweet!

A global study by GlobalWebIndex reveals that most internet users in Saudi Arabia have signed up and regularly active on the micro-blogging website, Twitter It is estimated that about 51 percent of Saudi Arabia’s internet users are active on Twitter. In the region, the kingdom is followed by Turkey (39 […]

 
 

You are being Watched – Spying on Social Media

Big brother watching

Do you ever get the feeling that you are being clandestinely followed or stalked online? For ex: remember writing that mail to your friends about the recent Himalayan expedition, only to find out on your next  login, scores of advertisements in your inbox about “Holidays in Himalayas” or “Best Hotel […]

 
 

Business Social Media Interactions in the GCC to grow in 2013

Business Social Media Interactions in the GCC to grow in 2013

According to a recently sanctioned survey by the UAE based multilingual social network, dudu.com, (Business-to-Business) B2B interactions on Social Networking sites in the GCC are set to increase in 2013. An Increasing number of internet users are utilising Social Media to interact with and reach out to brands. Timely responses […]