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Why “Despacito” Deserves a Prize in Marketing?

We all heard about “Despacito”; the Spanish single that its objective went beyond becoming a memorable hit smash, to centering…

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We all heard about “Despacito”; the Spanish single that its objective went beyond becoming a memorable hit smash, to centering tourists’ curiosity about “how they do it down in Puerto Rico.

The video has become the most-watched on YouTube of all time, with more than 3 billion views in only 7 months and beats what Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth track “See You Again” did in two years.

Also Read  ► Despacito; Puerto Rico tourism increases by 45% due to music video

According to Billboard.com, “Despacito” has become the first Spanish song to reach the peak in more than 20 years after “Macarena.” Moreover, tourism in Puerto Rico was increased by 45% and thanks going to the song and its creator.

So many counters keep exerting efforts to promote tourism by creating website, launching campaigns, creating videos and ads, and using series. However, none of them were able to reach “Despacito” success. Here comes the questions: why this happened!

Reasons behind “Despacito” extraordinary impact on tourism marketing.

With responsibilities increasing, and daily routine becoming more boring, people escape to music to relax and create their own temporary imaginary world.  Plus, songs are easily recalled. “Despacito” with its catchy tunes and moving rhythm succeeded to attract people, engage them, make them dance, and forget their real life for a while.

 

1- Songs are better than videos and ads:

Whenever people get interested in something, they like to know what is behind the scene. So it goes with “Despacito.” People first loved the song, then they knew the whole story of Puerto Rico. As a result, they developed curiosity about the country, the origin of the singers, and they decided to visit the island which normally led to tourists’ numbers going up.

However when it comes to Turkey, and Morocco, it uses close technique which is advertising their countries through series and drama. For example, there are some well-known successful Turkish series that were shooted in magnificent natural area like Al Eshek Al Mamno’ (Forbidden Love), and Hareem Al Sultan (The Magnificent Century). That contributed with a 15 per cent increase since shows went on air.

Moving to Morocco, it gained 70 Million $ in 2o14 and 40.6 Million $ in 2015 from foreign film investment like Spectra, The Bourne Ultimatum, and Inception.

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But still songs are better because it is shorter. In worst cases if the song itself or the series not good, you can force yourself to watch a 3 minutes video, but you will never force yourself to watch a long series.

On the other hand countries like Egypt and Dubai which launched videos and ads did not achieve even a close success to the above mentioned.

The two campaigns “This is Egypt” and “See you in Dubai” were good videos.  The music of the videos were good, live, and suitable with the images. The photos were well-edited and beautiful, and even the places were well-chosen. However, the videos were not catchy enough. I mean you can listen to the music, you can enjoy it, but once the videos end, you will forget about them. Even if someone is not in the mood, he\ she will just change the channel or turn off the TV.

 

2-Culture- specific:

One important reason why people travel abroad is absolutely culture. Everything in the video of “Despacito”  is so Spanish. Starting from The beach, the music, the language, how they wear, the paintings on the walls, to locals dancing on the streets were so country-specific. This somehow was very appealing to people and encouraged them to visit the island and experience new adventure.

Similarly, Turkey makes use of its Ottoman Civilization and Muslim culture, launching ads that display mosques, temples besides beaches and natural sights.

The very contrary, “This is Egypt” campaign did. Whenever we google it or talk about Egypt the phrase “7000-years-old of civilization” is associated. The Egyptians pharos, the temples, the museums, and the pyramids are what distinguish Egypt, what make it unique, what the world does not have, and what they come to see.

From 1:34 munities, the video was focusing on beaches, and desserts, giving the variety of ancient Egyptian monuments merely 5 seconds.

Besides, the music of the video was totally normal. It would be better if they put a more culture-specific music like one of Umm Kulthum’s songs, or other great Egyptian figure like her, mashed up with oriental music. It would be catchier.

Also “Come and Visit Dubai” campaign used a Hindi soundtrack to the ad. The music was really engaging but it would differ if they put an Arabian song.

 

3-Accessible to every one:

A song is overplayed on radios, on TV, in cars, and mostly downloaded on our phones. This is why “Despacito” is rapidly spread worldwide.

Lucky Turkey and Morocco, moves and series come in the second position. Because more than half of people watch series and movies, whether on TV, in cinema, or on the internet. A few may accidently see a scene and become interested about the place.

However, ads and videos, comes at the last position due to the fact that most of people do not watch TV nowadays. Even on YouTube, most of us just skip the ad whenever buzzes on our screen.

On the other hand, websites need someone to search on them and get information about the most famous events. I mean “Visit Dubai” website is a great effort to boost tourism, but songs are accessible more. You can undeliberately hear a song while walking in the street or setting in a café, but this does not happen a lot with ads.

Knowing your audience and knowing how to reach them, are the most important thing in marketing.  Normal ads and videos are not the best ways to boost tourism any more. However, creating songs and using series may be the best new techniques to boost tourism.

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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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Dubai Police issued a LIVE fine on driver’s instagram video

Using mobile phones while driving is a traffic violation. Whether you are making calls, texting, or using any apps, including…

Using mobile phones while driving is a traffic violation. Whether you are making calls, texting, or using any apps, including posting on social media.

You can be caught by sophisticated cameras. But now, a new way of being found out has emerged. Dubai Police have spotted people live on Instagram stories while they are driving, and jumped into the live chat to let the people know that they will be faced with a fine!

Brigadier Saif Muhair Al Mazrouei, Director of the General Department of Traffic at Dubai Police, has confirmed the truth of the incident in pictures posted on social media sites regarding a fine issued to a person who was using his Snapchat while driving his vehicle on Sheikh Zayed Road.

The driver was talking with others when he suddenly received a message from Dubai Police on his Instagram that a traffic fine was issued to him for using a mobile phone while driving. Dubai Police issued a LIVE fine on this driver’s Instagram video while he is driving.

Dubai Police Issued a LIVE fine on this driver's instagram video while he is driving.
Dubai Police Issued a LIVE fine on this driver’s instagram video while he is driving.

But it wasn’t just the police, HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum also engaged to notify and a traffic violation was being committed.

But it wasn't just the police, HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum also engaged to notify and a traffic violation was being committed

Brigadier Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, director of Traffic Department in Dubai Police, told Gulf News that the Arabic driver was on Shaikh Zayed Road on Friday, and went live on his Instagram account while driving.

Other road users noticed him recording live on the road and called 901 to inform Dubai police.

“We received some calls about a man driving on Shaikh Zayed road on Monday afternoon while recording on Instagram. We checked his account and saw the live video and register a traffic offence,” Brigadier Al Mazroui said.

The driver who was broadcasting live on Instagram while driving, was fined by Dubai Police for being distracted while driving. The driver was fined Dh800 and four black points for being distracted while driving.

“Drivers can’t being distracted by their phones when driving on highways. We want people to be aware of such mistakes by drivers on our roads. Anyone can call Dubai Police to alert about any traffic mistakes done by other drivers and we check before issuing traffic fine,” Brigadier Al Mazroui added.

Earlier, Dubai Traffic received calls from several people on 901 that a person was Snapchatting pictures on a public road. One of them gave the police the Snapchatter’s Instagram Live account through which the police discovered that the incident was true.

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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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