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iPhone 8 Leaked? Apple’s newest iPhone design

One of the main reasons why Apple has become an international phenomenon is not only due to its stylish and…

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One of the main reasons why Apple has become an international phenomenon is not only due to its stylish and hipster friendly phones, but due to late CEO Steve Jobs’s secretive nature.

His secretive nature, continued by the company’s current CEO Tim Cook, made fans into fanatics; searching the web for clues, and creating large discussions on the features and looks of upcoming phones.

This is no different.

Developer Guilherme Rambo may have found an icon of the iPhone 8, which signals a drastic redesign by the company; while going through a recent firmware release by Apple for one of its other products.

 

The new shape seems to show that the new phone will mostly be screen (edge to edge), deleting the famous home button that has been on iPhones for decades.

Not only that, but earlier today, developer Steve Troughton-Smith found other brand-new secrets the new phone may be hiding. Troughton-Smith found some key details, providing evidence that Apple will be including a new infrared face-unlock feature.

 

 

The feature is codenamed “Pearl ID” and should work in the dark.

The iPhone 8 will be Apple’s 10th anniversary edition of Apple’s famous smartphone. Apple is set to release the 7S in the fall, which is also claimed to be completely revamped, but iPhone 8 may possibly also be released around the same time.

Leaks are pretty rare when it comes to Apple, their intense secretive planning usually leads to Apple lovers and developers to search through days of online rumors and software to find hints. Apple users have long used the internet to share their theories about the newest products, some threads becoming viral or hostile due to aggressive responses to theories.

Technically, Apple themselves leaked their own work this time. However, don’t expect an answer to all this. The famously secretive company usually never discusses anything before the product is officially launched.

What do you think Apple will do? Do you like its new design? Let us know in the comments below.

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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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#Lovely Campaign: 70 years of Egyptian cinema, music, and Pepsi

For over 70 years, Egyptian cinema has been the Hollywood of the Middle East. For decades, Egyptian music has been…

For over 70 years, Egyptian cinema has been the Hollywood of the Middle East. For decades, Egyptian music has been blasted through countless streets, and concerts filled to the brim.

For over 70 years, Pepsi was there to see it all. That is the premise of Pepsi’s newest ad, Lovely.

Pepsi’s newest campaign aims to remind us of its long-lasting presence in the local scene, and how it has constantly evolved to fit with the times and style of each time period.

 

The ad brilliantly moves through the decades, showing off the fashion, film styles and Egyptian music development timeline for the last 70 years.

Moving from classical black and white to Amr Diab-like in the 2000s, to today’s popular festival music videos and dancing styles. Listen to the musical stylings of the mid-1900s, to the 70s bright flower power era to today’s electronically mixed music.

And listen to the different lyrical stylings of each decade.

 

Inspiration

Taking its main music notes and lyrics from the classic Nos Sa’a Zawag (نصف ساعه زواج) 1969, by Samir Sabry and Shadia.

The song, and movie, has been an important classic in Egypt’s cinematic history, with many Egyptians still remembering the well-known movie. Many of us, young and old, still remember the song as well.

This Egyptian musical classic lends its nostalgia and familiar notes to Pepsi, who has tweaked each time period’s music and lyrics according to the appropriate popular music style.

 

Some eagle-eyed viewers may notice the subtle joke Pepsi makes, in which a larger woman attempts to wrestle the attention of the secondary male, a scene stealer in the original movie scene.

 

Continuation

Pepsi seems to be preparing a series of videos to compliment the campaign, each showing a specific era’s lifestyle and Pepsi can design.

So far, the soft drink manufacturer has only released its first video, focusing on the mid-1900s.

Although Pepsi has used Nostalgia as a long-running strategy over the many decades its been in the industry, it continues to defy over usage of the theme and keep engaging audiences.

What do you think of Pepi’s newest campaign?

Is it a hit or miss?

Let us know in the comments below.

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Aliens Campaign: Cadbury escapes planet earth and Egyptians aren’t happy

Customization marketing is an important and crucial aspect of marketing that many of us forget to take into consideration. Marketers…

Customization marketing is an important and crucial aspect of marketing that many of us forget to take into consideration. Marketers continue to focus on pushing maximum reach, but forget that reach isn’t always everything.

Cadbury is a British multinational confectionery company wholly owned by American company Mondelez International (originally Kraft Foods) since 2010.

The Mondelez-owned brand Cadbury Egypt catches up ‘Free the joy’ global campaign, but seemingly bites the dust with consumer feedback. Cadbury’s Dairy Milk chocolate is both an international and local hit, a popular choice for many. Unfortunately, it seems that Dairy Milk may lose some of its strong footing in Egypt after its newest campaign.

Dairy Milk jumps out of the box in 2018, so far out that they have flung themselves into space! The chocolate bars have found their way into alien hands.

 

Don’t let those wide innocent eyes fool you.

They’re coming.

They’re here.

And we know what happens when aliens visit our planet!

 

The idea behind the campaign is brining people to [Feel the Joy or اطلق السعادة]. The alien symbol aims to send out a message of universal love of the chocolate. Showing that Cadbury’s Dairy Milk is able to surpass the limits of culture, language and even planets.

One thing is for sure, the custom-made aliens are definitely making a splash on social media, and everyone has their own opinion on the invasion.

 

Cadbury Egypt catches up to global campaign, 2 years later….

Cadbury’s not-so fuzzy aliens actually come from one of Cadbury’s international divisions, Cadbury India.

The television ad, and aliens, was first released in 2016 as a part of a global campaign, which was set to release in Canada, South Africa, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Pakistan, and in some countries in South East Asia.

The campaign was created for Cadbury for their back-then new slogan, “tastes more chocolately.”

The original TVC was animated by Ogilvy & Mather Mumbai and released between October and November of 2016.

 

With only a few small details changed, and an entire scene cut from the end, the ads are basically identical. It seems like Cadbury did not invest enough in customization or marketing localization, instead opting to not customize the ad for local consumption.

 

Cadbury 2018 global brand platform changes into kindness

Cadbury global marketing strategy in 2018 tends to leave joy positioning after six years to go ‘back to brand roots’. The new key marketing messages are designed to focus genuine acts of kindness and generosity.

The new marketing direction in 2018 is re-connecting consumers to Cadbury brand equity by aligning the key messages with moments of kindness instead of moments of joy.

Watch the new TV campaign first aired on 12 January which marks the same date of launching the aliens campaign in Egypt.

 

The new brand positioning aligned with kindness theme will be implemented across the Cadbury portfolio in 2018, starting with the Cadbury Dairy Milk brand.

 

Egypt’s Social Media Feedback

If you do not get Egypt, Egypt will get you. A quick review of the teaser published on Facebook brand page shows that 49% of the comments have been negative towards the aliens (40% positive, 11% other).

Comments ranged from” Irrelevant and not consistent with their “Happiness” platform… Not every global campaign should fit locals!” to “Is this an ad or a horror movie?” *

Another issue that some fans have brought up is the fact that the Aliens were featured on major billboards days before the teaser’s release.

Enabling many people to figure out their feelings about the creatures without the campaign’s context. Perhaps if Cadbury had waited to release the billboards after the ad had been released, then they may have had a better reception.

It’s not all bad though, some people have clearly enjoyed the ad such as this commentator, “I have to buy a Cadbury chocolate bar soon cause [I] love this type of out of this world creepy and unusual stand out advertisement.”

There are two things that this campaign has left us to wonder.

Would the campaign have made it through if Cadbury focused more on customization, and created focus groups to check on feedback?

Would have revealing the billboards at a later date, after the ads release, allowed customers to have more time to like the aliens?

And here is another question, why is their dance so catchy?

Give us your answers in the comments!

*Translated from Arabic

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Infographic: The original names and logos of famous Egyptian brands

There are many reasons an organization or a famous brand would decide to rebrand. The main reason is when it…

There are many reasons an organization or a famous brand would decide to rebrand. The main reason is when it needs to create a greater sense of brand unity across its business to reflect differentiated identity in the minds of consumers.

For new marketers and experienced professionals, it can be difficult to keep up with the changes that occur in the market. From classic brand names getting uplifts, to brands completely going under the knife and getting a new identity, we are tasked to keep documenting the changes.

We at Think Marketing are working on developing new indigenous content initiatives that meant to provide valuable help for both local and international businesses to better understand and track the Egyptian marketing scene.

In the last 25 years, some Egyptian brands implemented new rebranding strategy which involved a new logo design uplift while others got a totally new brand identity. To make it easier for you, we’ve made an infographic! *

*Give it a moment, it may take a moment to load.

 

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