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Counting the days to the ArabNet Digital Summit

Counting the days to the ArabNet Digital Summit

The ArabNet Digital Summit will take place in Dubai from the 24th-26th June 2013. It’s the first time ArabNet has been held in Dubai – the event launched in Beirut back in 2010 and instantly established itself as the Middle East’s premier regional digital event. We knew a winner when we saw one and we’ve […]

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Has the Arab Spring turned into a torrent of cash?

Has the Arab Spring turned into a torrent of cash?

Whilst debate continues, even now, on how pivotal the role social media was in the revolutions of the Arab Spring, there can be no doubt that Arab digital activism woke up businesses and governments across the world to the potential of new digital media. In the Middle East the change in attitudes towards digital media […]

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Are brands at risk from the UAE’s new cyber-crime law?

Are brands at risk from the UAE’s new cyber-crime law?

Taking many media watchers by surprise, the United Arab Emirates President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has approved a new cyber-crime law for the UAE, Federal Legal Decree No. 5, this week. The online law was duly announced by the Emirates official news agency WAM yesterday evening (you can find the contents […]

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The future is important

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The future is important

There are few things more depressing than sitting in one of the Middle Eastern digital conferences listening to the Ministerial Keynote. The Internet, we are invariably told, is important. Now you count two seconds, one Mississippi two Mississippi as The Great Man scans the room, his arms held stiff and his hands grip the lectern. […]

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Ecommerce in the Middle East

Ecommerce in the Middle East

Last week’s Dubai Eye radio #Unwired digital programme featured a special segment on ecommerce in the Middle East featuring Spot On PR’s Alexander McNabb; Rama Chakaki, Partner at Baraka Ventures (@rchakaki on Twitter); Sonia Sultan, director of brand partnerships and marketing collaboration at Glambox; Monica Debowski, director of operations for Glambox (@Mmmon); Omar Kassim, CEO […]

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Looking forward to ArabNet 2012

Looking forward to ArabNet 2012

This week, from the 27th-31st March, will see the fourth ArabNet and it’ll be the fourth time I go along for the conference. It’s not all about the conference, though – the event is being billed as a festival and it’s shaping up to be just that, with five days of events with a developer […]

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Social media marketing in the UAE

Social media marketing in the UAE

How fast are UAE businesses adopting social media best practices? Dubai One TV’s Emirates 247 news programme interviewed Spot On’s Alexander McNabb about social media trends in the UAE and how social media is changing company communication. Watch the interview Dubai One TV Emirates 24/7 – 8pm February 14, 2012 (5.54 mins) Listen to a […]

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Strong MENA interest in mobile apps

Strong MENA interest in mobile apps

The latest Effective Measure | Spot On PR survey shows that 85 percent of mobile Internet users in the Arab world download apps.

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Ten Middle East digital predictions for 2011

Ten Middle East digital predictions for 2011

Communications and marketing agency Spot On’s top ten digital marketing predictions for the Middle East in 2011.

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Is social media really that important for marketers in the Arab World?

Is social media really that important for marketers in the Arab World?

We’re now quite used to people looking at us aghast as we talk about the importance of social media in communications and marketing strategy. Reactions often include incredulity, annoyance, perplexity, anger and even, occasionally, well-reasoned disagreement. How can we have such certainty in the critical role of social media and in the Arab world, of […]

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