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Facebook rules, regs and crime

Filed in Content, Media Law by on May 22, 2014 0 Comments
Facebook rules, regs and crime

The UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) announced a whitepaper on Facebook usage guidelines, terms and conditions this week, to a grateful press that reported on TRA ‘warnings’ to Facebook users. As usual, we ask ourselves the question; how relevant is this for brands online? The whitepaper is, in fact, a good, readable summary of Facebook […]

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Plenty of content marketing opportunity for Middle East brands

Filed in Content marketing by on March 18, 2014 0 Comments
Plenty of content marketing opportunity for Middle East brands

With some 60 million Facebook users, 7 million Twitter users and some of the highest Youtube download rates in the world, it’s no secret that the Arab world has become a big online consumer of content. Social media has ceased to be the sole preserve of geeks and wealthy English-speaking college students and, today, the Middle […]

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Is Arab content really a lost cause?

Filed in Arabic content, Content by on January 29, 2014 0 Comments
Is Arab content really a lost cause?

It’s no secret that the Arab world has lagged behind in content creation. Conference speakers have been decrying the lack of Arabic language content for years. According to various sources, Arabic language content accounts for less than 3% of the content on the web (1%, 2.5% and 3% have been quoted), despite the fact that […]

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Could your brand commit a content crime?

Filed in Content, Disintermediation, Publishing by on November 4, 2013 0 Comments
Could your brand commit a content crime?

  News media in the United Arab Emirates have reported this week that posting images or video of someone in the Emirates without their consent is a crime punishable by up to AED 500,000 (about US$136,000) and a prison sentence of up to six months (read The National’s story here). To those familiar with the […]

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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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The problem with content

Filed in Content, Online Marketing by on August 28, 2013 0 Comments
The problem with content

One of today’s persistent business challenges is protecting and monetising content and digital intellectual property. The Internet is great at providing tools to display content and make it accessible to millions across the world. However, that same global access combined with Internet technologies’ ease-of-use make it all the easier to copy, abuse and misuse content […]

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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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MENA Twitter lists

MENA Twitter lists

As our Twitter friends will know, Spot On is a big fan of Twitter and was one of the first brands to begin using the social media platform in the Middle East and North Africa. Over the years Twitter has helped us meet new people and brands from all over the world, find job candidates, […]

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Are you being genuine?

Filed in Blogging, Content, Public Relations by on May 12, 2013 0 Comments
Are you being genuine?

One of the great challenges for companies investing in digital communications is content. As we’ve said before on Spot On’s blog, we are all publishers now. However, if your company is not currently structured to create great online content there are good reasons to take care. Whilst there is room for both editorial and advertising […]

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The buzz around Arab film

Filed in Content, Flipboard, Middle-East, Twitter by on May 9, 2013 0 Comments
The buzz around Arab film

Those of us that are old enough to have known 1970s and 1980s television in the GCC, will remember, among other things, the broadcasting of old Arabic movies from the golden age of Egyptian cinema (or, indeed, turning the TV on to watch the English language movie of the week!). The video quality often left […]

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