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5 keys to start your personal branding journey

For corporates, brand image is an integrated and essential part of connecting with the target audience. It is also a…

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For corporates, brand image is an integrated and essential part of connecting with the target audience. It is also a significant part of reaching mass audience and acquiring new businesses.

Personal branding holds many of those values and tactics as well. The well-established personal brand can connect to audiences, as well as reach and target new potential business opportunities.

It has become more and more clear that personal branding has become an integral part of any success oriented individual. For those looking to push ahead of other bland and unremarkable resumes, here are ways to start your personal branding journey.

 

1: Personal Brand Foundations (Personality + Values + Passion)

The start of a personal brand is all about finding out who you are.

While there are many social media profiles that focus on creating fantasy, this is not the direction you’d want to go for if you’re aiming for a new job or becoming an expert in your field.

Figure out your personality; are you fun and spontaneous, or organized to a fault? What are your values? Ambition and family? Your passions; design, photography, travel or the outdoors?

Understanding these three will help you settle on your brand, and then you can move forward to the next step.

 

2: Online Visibility and a Platform

Now that you’ve got your personal brand on hand, it’s time to get really working.

Get online! It’s as simple as it sounds.

Update your Facebook and grab an Instagram account if you don’t have one. Blogging is another way to increase your online visibility, especially when focusing on making yourself a branded expert of some kind.

It is all about finding a platform to be seen, heard and found from.

Writing of any kind, whether it’s a long blog post, a status update or a short self-written quote, gives a major boast for online presence. If you can’t manage your own website/blog at this point, make it an important hobby to contribute to other sources of information such as print and online magazines.

 

3: Authenticity; being yourself

Continuing from the first point, people have created fantasy lives on social media and have made quite the living out of it. Imagine yourself in their shoes with your goals in mind, most likely they’re not going to work together.

For the success oriented individual looking for ways to get above the noise, it is all about being your authentic self.

Being yourself not only gives future employers and co-workers a better sense of how to deal with you, it is also much easier on you.

Working hard to be someone you’re not is tiring, being yourself on the other hand is simpler and more rewarding.

 

4: The ways of a 2-sided friendship

One of the main things about Personal branding is to network with others. It isn’t just about meeting new people, it is about creating relationships and many people get this wrong.

Woman in Black Suit Jacket Facing Man in Blue Denim Dress Shirt Same Standing

 

Building relationships isn’t only about what you can get out of it, many forget that the other person also needs to get some advantage from knowing you. Or else why should they remember you?

The other person has their own wants and needs, and by helping them reach their goals, they will help you reach yours.

Helping others will also help build up your brand; rather than just some nobody trying to expand their horizons, they’ve made a connection with someone caring and interesting. This will help you obtain even more connections and opportunities through mutual relations, and strengthen your brand.

 

5: Finding and Judging yourself

Something that many people often ignore or simply forget to check, is to Google themselves online.

Google yourself, do you like what you find?

Are you one of the top search results? Are you on the first page?

Evaluate your online presence by simply searching yourself. Look at how people are talking about you, perceive you. By monitoring your personal brand, you can tweak and fix any issues you may find.

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When and how to start outsourcing your business?

There is a reason why freelancing and outsourcing is becoming a popular trend with many international companies. With a tough…

There is a reason why freelancing and outsourcing is becoming a popular trend with many international companies. With a tough local and international economy, companies have to do what it takes to maintain a steady profit, and find ways to reduce costs.

Outsourcing is becoming a big trend in many industries, due to its many advantages and low costs.

For small and big businesses alike, there comes a time when a decision must be made. Do you build a new team or primary service, buy certain tools or do you outsource for a short time?

That is another way that outsourcing can help.

 

So, when should you start considering to outsource?

Do you procrastinate when faced with a particular task?

Is it a one-time task? Is it a primary service that your business offers, or something for a specific client or project?

Is it a once a month task? Such as Legal duties, or financial accounting?

Are you still saving up for an expansion? Could you afford an expansion for this task?

Is it a non-essential function of your business?

If you’ve answered all by one of those as yes, then that is when you should be outsourcing.

A definition for outsourcing is “the strategic use of outside resources to perform activities traditionally handled by internal staff and resources.”

The reason is simple, because it can be advantageous most of the time.

Your business is saving money, effort, time and energy, making it more efficient on that tasks that truly matter.

 

Why should a business outsource?

So, you know when you should be looking into it, or maybe you’re interested.

The thought still lingers in your mind, it might be a good idea but why should I?

There are many things that you can consider that could make outsourcing a great opportunity for your business.

 

1. Employee costs and non-productive hours

Office space, cafeteria benefits, hospital visits, insurance, and lunch breaks are things that cost the company profit per full-time employee.

These are also things you can save on when outsourcing.

These make a full-time employee more than twice as expensive as a short offer for a freelancer.

 

2. Efficiency

Freelancers and outsourcing give you a special opportunity, an opportunity to capture and use talented people that you may not have been able to afford otherwise.

Talented graphic designers, high-end lawyers, highly-organized accountants, and smart assistants can be found as freelancers, and at a lower-price than full-timers.

They tend to be more efficient as they have stricter deadlines than full-timers, and may be able to do the job better than you or any other current employee.

 

3. Frees up internal resources

Getting freelancers doesn’t only work as a way to do unrelated or menial tasks, they also function as a way to lift weight off of your shoulders.

Using a content marketing freelancer to prepare content calendars, or receiving content from freelance content creators, can help free up internal resources.

Freeing you and your employees up for other important tasks, tasks that they can handle more efficiently with less of a work load.

 

What are you waiting for?

As you can see, outsourcing could be a very beneficial strategy for you and your business.

It does come with its own issues, such as communication and delivery of work, but if you plan it right, it will help you and your business thrive.

So, what are you waiting for?

Have another reason why outsourcing won’t be a part of your business strategy? Let us know in the comments below.

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Mo’ Salah 2018 campaign should be pretty much as Vodafone brand as it gets

Born in the Egyptian city of Basyoun, 100km or so north of Cairo, Mohamed Salah’s footballing journey began in the…

Born in the Egyptian city of Basyoun, 100km or so north of Cairo, Mohamed Salah’s footballing journey began in the Nasr City district of the Egyptian capital playing for El Mokawloon SC during 2009-2010 season.

Today, Egypt winger Mohamed Salah with no doubt is the phoenix for his generation of Pharaohs. Mohamed Salah caught the attention of the football world for his speed and earned the world’s respect after his muted celebration after scoring a goal against Chelsea.

Since his historic penalty against Congo and qualifying Egypt to 2018 World Cup “with Salah’s help, of course”, the 25-year-old’s star is on the rise and this is the reason why he has been hailed as the ‘Egyptian Messi’.

Also Read ► Road to Russia 2018: The most prepared brands for the historical moment

Mohamed Salah is now branded as a successful young Egyptian who can be a role model to inspire Egyptians especially younger people and give an example to be emulated in behavior, commitment, and strive for success.

Salah, who has also been nominated for the CAF African Footballer of the Year award, is currently the Premier League’s top scorer after scoring 20 goals in 25 matches since signing for the Reds this summer.

Also Read ►Pepsi features Mohamed Salah in Advert about Ambition and Success

With statistics, Mohamed Salah is considered the most expensive Egyptian, Arab and, African player in the football history after moving to Liverpool last summer for 42M euros.

 

Why Mohamed Salah’s success is a triumph for Vodafone’s Branding Campaign

Vodafone Egypt today announced Mohamed Salah to be Vodafone Egypt’s newest brand ambassador. Accordingly, Mohamed Salah will lead Vodafone’s advertising campaigns for 2018 under the slogan “The future is exciting. Ready?”

In line with Vodafone’s new vision of optimism, Mohamed Salah up coming campaigns for Vodafone Egypt should achieve the brand aspirations and dreams for a better future and reflect Vodafone’s trust and hope for young people.

اللي جاي أقوى 💪

Posted by Vodafone Egypt on Wednesday, December 20, 2017

 

One of the toughest aspects of building a successful brand is building an emotional connection with consumers and Mohammed Salah was chosen by Vodafone Egypt as an example to achieve ambitions and to work towards a stronger and better future.

Also Read ► Vodafone Launches New Visual Brand Identity

Brand intimacy is the new paradigm in marketing and consumers connects more with brands when they seems to care about people like themselves and is making a positive difference in the world.

Mohamed Salah reflects Vodafone’s new brand identity and he is really an inspiring example of how to leverage your personal capabilities to get into the career you want and push-up your challenges from local to international standards.

Vodafone Egypt just clinched the best player in Africa from rival competitor Etisalat Misr

Back in Jun 2016, Mohamed Salah was featured in Etisalat Misr “Imagine Tomorrow” campaign. Today, by naming Mohamed Salah as Vodafone Egypt’s brand ambassador, its considered another victory for Vodafone to complete a winning deal with Salah who has been crowned BBC African Footballer of the Year following an exceptional year with AS Roma, Liverpool and the Egyptian national team.

Worth mentioning that Pepsi has chosen Egyptian professional footballer, Mohamed Salah as the new brand ambassador for Pepsi-Cola in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in 2016.

Recommended Read ► Pepsi and Coke become “Frenemies” to support The Egyptian National Team

We wonder if  Salah would consider Coca-Cola campaign for World Cup 2018. Specially that Coca-Cola is one of the longest-standing corporate partners of FIFA, with a formal association since 1974 and an official sponsorship of FIFA World Cup™ that began in 1978.

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Ahmed Abou Hashima totally abandoned his media empire for Eagle Capital

The media of Egypt is highly influential in Egypt and in the Arab World. Recent developments in the media sector in…

The media of Egypt is highly influential in Egypt and in the Arab World. Recent developments in the media sector in Egypt indicate a trend of augmentation through cost-cutting mergers and acquisitions of main satellite TV networks and affiliates of newspapers and websites.

Egyptian Media Group was founded with an aim to develop the media sector in Egypt and provide the quality and expertise required to regain Egypt’s leadership in the region.

Empowered by the Egyptian business tycoon Ahmed Abou Hashima, Egyptian Media Group was developed to deliver the most advanced technologies by creative Egyptian minds, including the most professional and successful executives in the Egyptian media scene.

Abou Hashima started off Egyptian Media group by acquiring 100% of ONTV channel from businessman Naguib Sawiris, 51% of “Presentation Sports” for sports marketing and media, and 50% of Misr Cinema for movie and TV production.

In November 2016, Egyptian Media Group announced the signing of a partnership agreement to buy 50% shares of Synergy, aiming to strengthen its business in the field of art production, especially drama and advertising.

Today, Egyptian Media is one of the fastest growing media groups in Middle East and North Africa. Egyptian Media already holds a variety of the best TV Channels in Egypt and the Middle East, plus it owns and operates a grand set of the most widespread news websites in Egypt includes but not limited to Youm7DotMsr and Egypt Today.

 

Egyptian Media Group Subsidiaries:

ON Network:
OnEnt, ONsport, ONtvLIVE and On drama.

Film Production:
Synergy – تامر مرسي, EM | Production and Misr cinema.

Radio Management:
Nagham FM نغم اف ام, Radio Hits 88.2, Mega FM 92.7 and 95 FM.

Print Media:
Youm7, Eain, Sout Al Omma, DotMsr, Business Today Egypt and Egypt Today Magazine.

Marketing & Advertising:
Presentation Sports, Synergy Advertising, POD Egypt, iFly Egypt, Egyptian outdoor, Spade and Hashtag.

Training & Development:
Egyptian Media Group collaborates with London Film Academy (LFA).

 

Eagle Capital acquire 100% of Abou Hashima shares

According to news reports, Abou Hashima decided to totally abandon his shares in Egyptian Media Group for Eagle Capital, led by Dalia Khorshid (Egyptian ex-Minister of Investment).

As a result of the acquisition, Osama Al-Sheikh has been assigned as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Egyptian Media, and as Managing Director to replace Ahmed Abu Hashima.

The full details about the acquisition deal is not available at the moment and should be announced during a press conference to be held next Thursday.

Worth mentioning is that Egyptian Media was planned to be registered on the stock market as a holding company in the first quarter of 2018 to raise up to 1 billion Egyptian pounds after the planned initial public offering (IPO).

 

Dalia Khorshid, CEO of Eagle Capital

In early 2016, Dalia Khorshid succeeded Ashraf Salman as Minister of Investment, becoming the first woman in Egypt to occupy the elite position.

Ms. Khorshid holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the American University in Cairo. She also serves as Group Corporate Treasurer for Orascom Construction Industries (OCI) N.V.

Prior to joining OCI, she was with Citibank for 8 years, where she served as a Vice President.

She began her banking career with Commercial International Bank, Egypt’s largest private sector bank. She spent eight years at Citibank as vice president for Corporate Finance and Investment banking for the Middle East.

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What did Egyptians Google this year? Most Trending Searches of 2017

For years now, internet-giant Google has been releasing its annual “Year in Search,” which chronicles the year’s most trending topics….

For years now, internet-giant Google has been releasing its annual “Year in Search,” which chronicles the year’s most trending topics. Twelve months’ worth of topics are categorized and rated, showing exactly what the world feels or is searching for during the year.

This year’s Year in Search displays a lot of heart and self-expression worldwide.

The video shows some of the world’s biggest fears in 2017, but also show us the hope and faith that people had in times of horror and strife.

The video shows the world coming together, to become fearless, strong and helpful.

While the worldwide results have categories such as Global News, Losses (celebrity deaths), and recipes, Egypt’s list was a lighter and less serious list.

 

Egyptians Googled

Search

  1. Results of Primary Schools
  2. World Cup Draw
  3. Selsal el Dam Series (مسلسل سلسال الدم)
  4. El Keaf song by Cairokee (اغنية الكيف)
  5. Professional Academy for Teachers
  6. Egyptian Knowledge Bank
  7. Football Match Egypt Vs. Cameroon
  8. Despacito
  9. Al Ahly Club Elections

 

Events

  1. World Cup Draw
  2. Al Ahly Club Elections
  3. The Funeral of artist Shadia
  4. The new Egyptian Ration Supply card
  5. Oasis terrorist attack (حادث الواحات)
  6. Results of Draw for Hajj (نتيجة قرعة الحج السياحى)
  7. Hurricane Irma
  8. Zamalek Club Elections
  9. Warraq Island
  10. Tiran and Sanafir

 

Songs

  1. El Keaf song by Cairokee (اغنية الكيف)
  2. Despacito
  3. Elab Yalah (مهرجان العب يلا)
  4. Abd El Salam (مزمار عبد السلام)
  5. Btnadeny Tany Leeh (اغنيه بتنادينى تانى ليه)
  6. Ya Amm Ya Sayad (اغنية عم يا صياد)
  7. Dala’ El Takatk مهرجان دلع تكاتك)
  8. 3 Dakat (3 دقات)
  9. Mady El Nas (معدي الناس)
  10. Amr Diab’s new Album

 

Public Figures

  1. Mahmoud Al-Khatib
  2. Ahmed Shafiq
  3. Elissa
  4. Gamila Awad
  5. Abd El-Salam
  6. Wafaa El Kilany
  7. Mahmoud Taher
  8. Nader Ahmed
  9. Essam El-Hadary
  10. Mohamed Salah

 

Matches

  1. Egypt Vs Cameroon
  2. Al Ahly Vs Al Tarji
  3. Egypt Vs Ghana
  4. Egypt Vs Mali
  5. Egypt Vs Burkina Faso
  6. Egypt Vs. Uganda
  7. Egypt Vs Tunisia
  8. Al Ahly Vs Al Wadad Morocco
  9. Egypt Vs Morocco
  10. Al Ahly Vs Étoile Sportive du Sahel

 

TV Shows

  1. Selsal el Dam Series (مسلسل سلسال الدم)
  2. Kafr Dalah (كفر دلهاب)
  3. Ramez Ta7t el Ard (رامز تحت الارض)
  4. Kalapsh (مسلسل كلبش)
  5. Adly Allam (عفاريت عدلي علام)
  6. El Ostora (مسلسل الاسطورة)
  7. Shakshak Sho (شكشك شو)
  8. Heba Regl Al-8orab (هبة رجل الغراب)
  9. Lam3y Al-2ot (لمعي القط)
  10. Hany Haz El-Gabal (هاني هز الجبل)
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