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Alexander nominated for Communicator of the Year!

Filed in Awards, MEPRA, Middle East PR, Public Relations by on November 15, 2009 0 Comments
Alexander nominated for Communicator of the Year!

The MEPRA Awards shortlisted nominations and submissions are out today, which include 10 best practice categories and two individual awards categories, being Young Professional of the Year and Communicator of the Year. Having decided as an agency not to enter into the MEPRA Awards best practice categories this year, we had no expectation of seeing […]

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Market monopolies

Market monopolies

I have always been terribly fond of the image of a small urchin throwing a stone to knock the top-hat off the fat, pompous businessman. I’ve even run campaigns based around the concept in the past, where we’ve been working against an incumbent telco on behalf of the challenger. Taking the role of the urchin, […]

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Social media takes time

Social media takes time

Social media takes time. Didn’t we mention that? You may have heard detractors say that evangelising social media is fine, but it can suck down huge amounts of valuable company time and get in the way of ‘real work’. And they’re not wrong. A recent survey of 1,460 office workers in the UK claimed that […]

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N reasons social media campaigns fail

N reasons social media campaigns fail

There are lots of great blog posts around these days on reasons for companies failing with social media programs. Usefully, these are often titled something like: “The N Reasons Companies Fail at Social Media”, where N is a number between 3 and ten (I’ve listed some nice ones at the end of this post). Well, […]

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Keeping up with ‘search’

Filed in Content, Content marketing, SEO by on October 4, 2009 0 Comments
Keeping up with ‘search’

There are a series of interesting battles unfolding in the world’s technology markets and they’re going to define a great deal of what we all get up to in the years to come, mark my words. Let us for a moment assume that search is the future of commercial transactions and, increasingly, consumer interaction with […]

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The uninvited guest at the party

The uninvited guest at the party

As more and more Middle East brands register themselves on Twitter and plan to include the platform in their communications, it is worth remembering that marketing is still the uninvited guest at the party. Twitter wasn’t conceived as a marketing tool and so has not been developed for marketers, it’s been developed for, and by, […]

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Spot On PR’s MENA Twitter Demographics & User Habits Survey

Filed in Internet statistics, Research, Social media, Twitter by on September 10, 2009 0 Comments
Spot On PR’s MENA Twitter Demographics & User Habits Survey

Scroll down the page for survey download links Summary 2009 has been a big year for Twitter with the micro-blogging platform’s rate of growth rocketing up to more than 20% per month and now showing annual growth of 1,460 percent (June 2008 to June 2009) according to Comscore. Although it’s still early days for Twitter […]

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Jokes

Filed in Consumers, Internet, Social media by on September 1, 2009 0 Comments
Jokes

When was the last time someone told you a joke? I mean told, not emailed or Tweeted, texted or linked. It struck me the other day – it’s been ages. And it struck me because someone did tell me a joke – prefacing the gag with “Hey, I got this on email the other day, […]

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Scorn

Scorn

It’s perhaps interesting many of the marketers who are taking social media seriously are seeing a campaign platform rather than a fundamental change in the way the business communicates and, indeed, behaves. That’s fair enough, it’s a wise person who dips a toe in the water before going for the full-on dive bomb and it […]

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Mr. Futurist

Filed in Mobile, Social media, Technology by on July 31, 2009 0 Comments
Mr. Futurist

The way we talk to technology and the way we talk to each other is changing at a pace that I can only describe as frightening. You understand, the ‘f’ word is coming from a life-long technocrat. Right now, we type on mobile keypads to retrieve or dial a number. We sit, fingers crashing down […]

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