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Jack Nickolson thinks you are corrupt! What do you say now?

In one of his movies, Jack Nickolson, or the character he plays wholeheartedly admits that to do business in Egypt…

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In one of his movies, Jack Nickolson, or the character he plays wholeheartedly admits that to do business in Egypt he had to “bribe an Egyptian”. In Egypt’s defense, the sentence referred to the Middle East at large. The question is, for a high-profile movie played by a veteran like Nickolson, this is how Egypt- from an investment/ entertainment perspective is being portrayed, whether a reality or not, is enough to mandate one. This is ample to contribute to shaping a nation brand and create an impact- not so many events, government statements and solid promises can change. “ if Jack Nickolson said it in a Hollywood movie- it must be somewhat true” screams a believer- like me- in the un-calculated impact of soft powers.

Nation Branding Impact on Economy

 

“Canada is considered one of the top performing countries in nation branding as most of the searches made about the country’s tourism, investment, exports, talent and nation prominence are positive and indicate that the country is appealing to live in.” – Digital Country Index 2017. “Top 5 countries searched for globally in terms of “Investment:” 1. China, 2. India, 3. USA, 4. Japan, 5. Germany” – Digital Country Index 2017 “Top 5 countries searched for globally in terms of “Tourism:” 1. Spain, 2. Italy, 3. France, 4. United Kingdom, 5. Japan” – Digital Country Index 2017.

For decades Egypt has been known for tourism! For its historic state, iconic monuments, the pyramids! and lately its amazing white sand beaches. When you read this quote about a specific country “The Fashion is unbelievable. The people are stylish and fit, the beaches and the nightlife is out of this world. It’s a real fun country” by Wharton Marketing professor Dave Reibstein, do you think of Egypt? Spain? Brazil? No, the professor is referring to Israel. Yes Israel. Egypt is currently not on the index. When culture icons, academic experts are quoted, it becomes a reality to millions of people because for many people, those people actually are very believable. If people like us speak, people with no agenda, bearing only our professional skills, abilities, regional and global exposure; many would listen.

As professional Egyptians, we live in our office bubble, go back to our homes possibly in another gated compound bubble or in a district like Maadi or Zamalek! – the bubble of all bubbles- talk to our friends who also live in a bubble, go out on weekends and complain to our bubble. We complain from not being appreciated as we should, from how we and the country are being negatively perceived globally- we read it in the New York Times, we watch it in Jack Nickolson movies and we grasp it in the eyes of most foreigners we meet- we can’t help but ask and receive the same question over and over; what happened to Egypt? What happened to Egyptians? While at the same time, the digital index is screaming; Spain! Japan! Italy, Canada! Dubai.

If we care so much to have a voice, locally and globally, we must get out of the bubble, meet up, present our thoughts collectively under one roof. We must have well-crafted direction on how skilled labor can be utilized, how education must be enriched, how Egypt can get on the internet with compelling stories?  How policy makers should include Nation Branding in their plans.

Narrative 2016 brought the best local and global narrators to discuss PR topics and personal stories under one roof. In 2017- Wait for a lineup of more than 30 speakers- among whom are  Jason Mackenzie, President of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR), Hany Mahmoud, Chairman of Vodafone, Jean Marc-Harion, CEO at Orange Egypt, Patrick Jephson, Chief of Staff for Princess Diana, Eric Trager, Esther K. Wagner Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Maya Morsy, Head of Egypt’s National Council for Women, Hossam Badrawi, Chairman of Nile Badrawi Foundation for Education & Development, Mohamed Khodeir, Former President of GAFI, Heba El Sewedy Founder of Ahl Masr Mohamed Shelbaya, General Manager at PepsiCo Egypt & Jordan, Yasser Abdul Malak, Chairman and CEO of Nestle North East Africa Region, Ehab Mostafa, Ex Microsoft and president of ITIda and current Chief of Strategies & New Revenue Stream, Alkan CIT Group, Alexis Moyrand, Managing Director, Sanofi Egypt & Sudan, Hatem Safei, Managing Director, Bayer Egypt, Libya, Sudan & Yemen. All coming to shed immediate light on Nation Branding. A not fully tapped topic that must get us out of our professional bubble.

More speakers from entertainment, culture, NGOs all under one roof speaking the same language, narrating their stories and giving a road map on how Egypt can be perceived and how a nation should be branded.

Register now to have a voice, listen to a voice and make a change on a whole nation and more give a persuasive answer to Jack Nicholson.

Join #Narrative2017 by filling your registration form or, buy your ticket through Eventtus

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Lamia is one of the pioneers in Political Communication in Egypt. She has been involved as a communications strategist in many of the most highly visible campaigns in Egypt.
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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’.

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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.

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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.

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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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