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Why I jumped on the Facebook advertising bandwagon

January 11th 2014
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With over a billion people liking millions of pages on Facebook, it was only a matter of time before the Facebook newsfeed would start getting overwhelmed. Surely with the amount of content we “like” now, it’s not possible to show snippets from all of those sources in our newsfeed.  Facebook also acknowledges this and as a matter of fact, is continuously going to work on making newsfeed content more relevant. So what does that mean for the online marketer? Well, it means you’ve gotta come up with some great contextual content, content that will be shared organically, to stay on your fans’ newsfeed. While this is possible, it’s not going to be easy to do. Quoting Facebook from their paper titled Generating Business Results on Facebook:

“People are connecting to more Pages and individuals every day. And each day, more brands and organizations are posting on Facebook. As a result, we expect organic distribution of an individual Page’s posts to gradually decline over time as we continually work to make sure people have a meaningful experience on the site. Your post has a better chance of appearing organically to your fans and their friends if it’s relevant to them and if their friends interact with it …”


How to build an epic agency-client relationship

November 19th 2013
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Ever had the below conversation with your digital agency:

This isn’t what I wanted. You always do this!

Well if you would have clearly explained what you wanted this wouldn’t have happened.  I’m not a mind reader y’know

Why are you always late! I can never trust you

Hey don’t blame me. You were the one who kept asking for more. And these things take time. It’s your own fault

Sounds exactly like a relationship doesn’t it? That’s because it is. Both agencies and clients have had the above conversation (albeit worded differently)  at some point in time. In my line of work I get to deal with countless digital agencies. And over that course of time, I’ve learnt a great deal on how to maintain an “Epic” relationship with them.

So here are my top 4 tips to keep that honeymoon period going with your respective agencies

1. Clearly establish your goal(s) and know what you want to achieve through the campaign

I see many brands just going into the meeting room expecting the agency to help them define what makes a winning outcome. Agencies are great at being creative and they can whip up a winning concept for your next campaign. But they need guidance. They need to know what it is you see at the finish line and you can’t expect them to know or discover it by themselves. Let there be no mistake about the fact that while your knowledge may be limited in the digital domain, there is (or should be) no one who knows your product or service better than you. So if you’re even slightly unsure of your goal, I say stop and take a moment. Evaluate what your goal is and figure out how you’re going assess whether its being achieved or not. Only when you have done this is the time to call in the agency to do its magic.


A delightful social media getaway with BPG: 3 key social media points reinforced

September 13th 2012
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3 social media strategies

So get this… Bates Pan Gulf (BPG), one of the largest marketing solutions groups in the MENA region, invited the Emaar crew to attend their company off-site. The off-site was centered all around social media. And since Emaar embraces social media as an extremely important mechanism for engaging their consumers, we were pretty psyched to see what was in store for us.

Other than the terrific hospitable attitude of everyone in the BPG team (Thank you Mr. Avi Bhojani and Arif Ladhbhoy :)) there was also some interesting conversation around key social media strategies and trends. Speakers had been invited from different regions to share their views on social and talk about what they had been doing.

They key thing that I was glad to see reinforced there was that attitudes towards social are changing in this region. No longer is it all about the traditional approach to social which is…”I WANT MORE FANS!!”

Fans are definitely a good thing. But its not the only thing. And with bigger players now entering the market here, I wanted to lay down three key points that must be considered while making a social media strategy.

Build your strategy around engagement not Likes

Comscore and Facebook have reported the power of a like multiple times in the last couple of years.  But they don’t mean get as many likes as you can. Trust me that’s guaranteed. They stress the importance of the value of a like you receive, because through it  you are able to connect to your customer. You are able to understand what they want, account for their needs and improve your offering. In turn you get happy people buying more of what you have to offer, amplifying your brand message and really help you gain more exposure virally.

In any successful social media strategy the buy-in of the people and therefore engagement is necessary. So always ask yourself this when you make a strategy – will people interact and talk about the product in a positive light. Will it be insightful and will others learn from it, rally behind it and amplify it. If not, then chances are you aren’t on the right track.


Supporting Online Through Offline Initiatives

August 4th 2012
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One of the things I’ve noticed in the UAE is that our online initiatives, be they for whatever online media platform (facebook, twitter, website etc) seldom tap into how off-line promotion means that can help.  Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying no one does this. But considering the large number of businesses who can do this, there are a very few doing this right… in this region.

There is quite a big chunk these businesses miss out on because off-line initiatives can boost both long and short term online goals. While the above is quite important to consider for businesses that run totally online, its equally important for other established businesses who use on-line as a communication and promotions mechanism.

So here are 3 strategies I think businesses should tap into, to leverage off-line for their online goals

Tap into other media broadcasting platforms

In the UAE radio broadcasting is extremely strong. It’s a means that reaches thousands of people. Sure its above-the-line (ATL) nature may make it seem like its an inappropriate fit due it being impersonal when social is all about making that personal connections.  But it’s really strong for brand and offer promotions. We already see numerous companies advertising their events & promos through this channel. But what I don’t see is how their online presence is tied into this. And no I don’t consider the phrase “Like us on facebook at” as an effective tie-in into the online presence promotion 🙂

What I do consider as effective though are things like:

–          “Get the promotion details on our website/FB page and enter through there”

–          “View the new campaign video on facebok”

–          “tweet with the hashtag #heyXYZ to tell us you want to be part of the competition”

–          “results and winner info will be posted on  our website”

So the general gist as you can see from the above is to incorporate online as a required activity as part of your campaign. The challenge is doing it in such a way that it doesn’t seem daunting. The radio stations here do a great job when it comes to running their own promotion campaigns and are a good example you can look into to get some ideas.



Brazil’s Carnival going social with Google in a big way

February 14th 2012
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13th Feb 2012. Google announced on its blog that it going to be providing in-depth coverage of the Carnival festivities happening in Salvador, one of Brazil’s oldest cities.

Google will provide this coverage between 16th to the 21st of Feb, which is when the festivities are meant to be on their peak.

For those of you who are not aware of Brazil’s Carnival, its one of the most popular festivals in the world with thousands of people converging to the country to partake in the celebrations.  Its so busy that flights and hotels are sold out months in advance. I should know as I’ve been trying to visit Brazil during that season.

So for those of us who won’t be able to make it, Google’s coverage through YouTube, Google+ and Orkut will be an alternative to really see what goes on there.

Through the Carinval YouTube channel which you can access here,

“…you’ll have access to everything from a live transmission of the streetfest to videos of bands who have traveled to Salvador to host the party. You’ll even be able to chat with other YouTube users who are watching the party with you from around the world through a map we’ve integrated just for the occasion.”

People will also be able to chat with bands and watch live celebrity interviews through Google+ and Orkut

This is what can be called a great example of using the power of social media for a promotional campaign. It’s extremely effective because it will generate visual interest amongst the target audience and its cost as compared to its scope is minimal.

While they aren’t there, people can really get a flavor of the Carnival from watching whats happening on the streets. This tactic is bound to generate an elevated level of engagement and will increase the interaction level online.  Last but not the least there are bound to be reviews and suggestions by the consumers that can help the organizers improve the ambiance for the future Carnivals to come.

I really do think that this is a neat idea and would recommend this to anyone in the travel, hospitality or leisure industry.

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