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Influencing Iran: why content is the only way to reach the Islamic Republic's social media users

Influencing Iran: why content is the only way to reach the Islamic Republic’s social media users

By Alex Malouf, vice chair, EMENA, for the International Association of Business Communicators Let me ask you a question: what do you know of Iran? The country has a population of almost 80 million, 68 per cent of whom are online. Sixty per cent of Iranians are under the age of 30, and 73 per […]

Brands make a stand in the first post-Trump Super Bowl

Brands make a stand in the first post-Trump Super Bowl

This year’s Super Bowl commercial breaks didn’t just showcase the biggest ads in the US; brands made a stand against the current political situation, writes Tonic’s Joao Camacho Let’s address the big orange elephant in the room and look at the ‘post-Trump’ Super Bowl, the first since the US elections last November. The American football match […]

Make the most out of your mobile branding budget

Make the most out of your mobile branding budget

InSkin Media’s Toby Daniell outlines in six steps how to optimise mobile branding campaigns The total MENA ad market in 2015 was worth an estimated $5.5 billion in net advertising revenues, reported the NU-Q Ad Revenues Estimate. Of this, digital represents 10 per cent of ad spend, compared with 30–35 per cent spend on print, […]

Why Zee Entertainment is launching its Big FM radio station in the UAE

Why Zee Entertainment is launching its Big FM radio station in the UAE

Zee Entertainment CEO Mukund Cairae tells Austyn Allison about the network’s foray into radio in the UAE. On 30 January, if your radio was tuned to 106.2 in the UAE you would have been among the first to hear Big FM. Until 15 December it was home to another Hindi-language station, Hum, but since then […]

Top 10 Things We Like

Top 10 Things We Like

1 In April, a quiet revolution began in Lebanon as the volunteer-led Beirut Madinati fielded 24 “qualified, politically unaffiliated individuals” for 24 seats in the Beirut Municipal Council elections. The movement was boosted by its powerful, eye-catching design and branding created by a team of volunteers including creative directors, art directors, designers, animators, illustrators and photographers. […]

Top 10 Movers and Shakers 2016

Top 10 Movers and Shakers 2016

1 January kicked off with a bang when Samir Ayoub suddenly resigned as CEO of Mindshare MENA after 17 years in the role. No explanation by him or the agency was given into his departure, but the agency had hit turbulence in 2015 with the arrival of Filip Jabbour as the first CEO of GroupM MENA […]

Top 10 MENA Films 2016

Top 10 MENA Films 2016

1 Nissan: Take no sides Nissan bucked the austerity trend for cost-efficient feature ads with its $800,000 cinematic epic for its flagship 4×4 Patrol. TBWA/Raad managed to squeeze in cities rising from the sand, desert warriors in animal skins, Ming the Merciless urban emperors and a wind-swept scorpion. Agency: TBWA/Raad Creatives: Walid Kanaan, Fouad Abdel […]

Top 10 Pitches 2016

Top 10 Pitches 2016

1 Nissan Mindshare MENA in March lost its multi-million-dollar media planning and buying account with Nissan after OMD UAE won a competitive pitch. The Omnicom Media Group-owned agency took back the media planning and buying account it lost to its WPP rival in 2009. The account gives OMD control over content marketing and performance marketing for both […]

Top 10 News Stories 2016

Top 10 News Stories 2016

1 This year marked the end of an era as Etihad Airways dropped M&C Saatchi as its global creative agency after five years. The partnership, ended after a contractual review, put Etihad in the headlines around the world with its campaign featuring Hollywood star Nicole Kidman. In consolation to M&C, Etihad did not re-pitch the account […]

Top 10 Media Milestones 2016

Top 10 Media Milestones 2016

1 7Days closes down By all accounts 2016 has been a dire year for UAE print, but nothing was quite as saddening for the industry as closure of daily tabloid 7Days. Despite the newspaper – and its enduringly popular letters page – having a strong online presence, CEO Mark Rix said it had proved impossible to […]