Brand marketing

Happy birthday @spotonpr

Happy birthday @spotonpr

It’s five years ago tomorrow that Spot On PR joined Twitter! We haven’t bought a birthday cake or anything and we’re not asking for any presents either, but it does give us some pause for thought. A lot has happened in those five years. Barack Obama had just become a presidential nominee five years ago. […]

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Time to revisit your brand positioning?

Time to revisit your brand positioning?

Positioning development exercises have been part of our tool-set for many years and we’ve often found them to be voyages of discovery for both us and the brand in question. More often than not, the brief is to review quite minor adjustments to the brand’s messaging and, nine times out of ten, the process ends […]

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A wake-up call for aspiring citizen journalists in the UAE (and lessons for Middle East marketers)

A wake-up call for aspiring citizen journalists in the UAE (and lessons for Middle East marketers)

The story is now well known and has received media coverage around the world. An incident of road rage in Dubai captured on video by a bystander and posted online inadvertently breaches United Arab Emirates laws, resulting in the arrest of the citizen journalist a couple of days later, even though he removed the video […]

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Ooredoo or just plain redo?

Ooredoo or just plain redo?

In the age of 24/7 online news and social media, what reaction should brands expect to receive from a major global announcement? Many marketers would expect the answer, and the preparation required to harness the benefit of such a reaction, to be second nature to most global brands. However, it seems that this is not […]

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How ‘social’ was GITEX 2012?

How ‘social’ was GITEX 2012?

The Middle East’s largest technology trade show, GITEX, took place at Dubai World Trade Centre last week, bringing an estimated 3,500 exhibitors from around the world together with more than 100,000 businessmen and IT professionals (estimates vary). That’s equivalent to about 20,000 visitors per day, plus more than 10,000 company representatives on stands each of […]

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#StopTimeOutDubai rings alarm bells

#StopTimeOutDubai rings alarm bells

It’s today’s marketer’s nightmare. You’re alerted to an outburst of negative sentiment towards your brand on social networks. Worse, it has some legitimacy. You don’t know how big it’s going to get, you don’t know how long it’s going to continue and it’s impossible to forecast the impact on your business. Yesterday’s UAE Twitter campaign targeting […]

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Communication first, technology second

Communication first, technology second

As usual, Phil Lynagh’s column in the latest issue of Campaign Middle East magazine is bang on the money and this month he’s touched on a particular bug-bear of mine in ‘This social media bubble needs to pop‘. Having been more than a little prone to geekiness in my time, I am reminded of my […]

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Facebook down – thousands of brand pages inaccessible

Facebook down – thousands of brand pages inaccessible

Facebook may have been inaccessible for millions of Internet users across Europe, the Middle East and Africa for a couple of hours or so on Wednesday. Although the site itself appeared to be working, users across EMEA found that they couldn’t access the site at all. #Facebookdown became a global trending topic on Twitter in […]

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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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Alexander at MediaME Forum 2011

Alexander at MediaME Forum 2011

Spot On PR Director Alexander McNabb spoke at the MediaME Forum 2011 in Amman, Jordan earlier this week about digital public relations and reputation management. The annual event organised by Middle East advertising and marketing portal MediaME was attended by some 300-400 advertising, marketing, public relations and digital professionals from Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and around […]

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