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Networking on Vacation; keeping the business alive at the pool

Another Eid vacation is upon us, and most of us are planning for a getaway at Sahel, Sharm or even…

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Another Eid vacation is upon us, and most of us are planning for a getaway at Sahel, Sharm or even just at nearby Sokhna. Dreams of sitting by the pool or beach, sipping on a nice glass of something cold, and melting into your seat can be amazing, but did you know you can do all of that while still helping out your business?

Yes, you can.

Networking isn’t only for the office, meetings and corporate/industry conferences. It’s not only available for when you’re in a suit and tie either, or a nice blazer and skinny jeans.

Here are 5 tips on how to easily network on vacation.


Letting people know

Not many of us realize that there is an “out of office” signature we can use on our emails. (and if you did, well done!)

These special out of office messages are automatically sent to people who are sending you emails, letting them know you won’t be answering until later. For Gmail users, here is a guide.

Let people know when you’ll be back and where you’ll be going. No need for specifics like your hotel, but letting people know what city you’ll be in will help them with the next step.

In your out of office message, you can also ask if anyone would like to meet up there, or have suggestions for places to go. You may want to at least keep an eye out for these notifications, so shutting off your email won’t be on your list of vacations do’s.

This provides you with a chance to either meet, or connect online, with people outside of a business setting.

A relaxing atmosphere can grow more than just a new relationship, but it can build trust and friendship which can be helpful later on.


Connecting with people you’ve forgotten

Sometimes the best network is that one you’ve gained years back during the school years, but haven’t really gotten in touch with.

Email, Facebook message or call old friends and acquaintances you know are in the area you’ll be going to. Check Facebook’s “nearby friends” system to help you out, or write a status on your favorite social platform about where you are and see if anyone is around.


Connecting with family

Family vacations aren’t only filled with loud small children, or your grandma complaining about prices.

Meeting your aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents should be treated like meeting with acquaintances. These are the people who can suggest you and your business to others they know, helping you reach a wider audience through a trusted evangelist.

An evangelist is someone who will help convert people to your cause or business, who love you or your business enough to always talk about it to other people.

Your family already have your back in life, so why not in business?


Attend events or group activities

Whether you love water sports, snorkeling, hiking or having a volleyball game on the beach, you can always meet like-minded people.

And fun activities provide a great atmosphere for bonding and embracing other people’s company.

Talk and joke around at the next buffet line or even on the line to pick up towels. All are opportune moments to meet and connect with someone new.


Get Digital

As mentioned earlier, you can use Facebook and other social platforms to connect with people you already know.

Get even more digital and branch out further.

Write reviews on Google, Facebook, or even trip advisor. Connect with others who are interested in where you’ve been, or even connect with people who have been where you’re going.

You already have some common ground, why not use it?

Check in on Twitter and other platforms, and let your followers know you may be nearby. Let them suggest things to you, and maybe suggest a meetup.

As movie stars always say, it’s nice to meet a fan/follower.

Remember to use hashtags, discover others you would like to meet and work with. Maybe you’ll find a CEO you’ve been looking forward to meet is going to be in the same area as you, all by looking through hashtags, geotags and social posts.


What are you doing this Eid el Adha? Let us know in the comments below.

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Feats and acts of superhuman abilities are usually best left in the imagination of the movies; dreams of having superpowers are always best left as dreams and to be watched on TV. But in truth, we humans are far more capable than we seem.

For years, we have heard and tried hard not to believe stories of super-human powers. There have been news stories of mothers lifting cars to save their children, of people pulling trucks with their teeth, of a man who ate an entire plane!

Super powers are among us, maybe not the types we wish we had, but they are there, which makes these videos both believable and unbelievable.


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Egyptian youth with superpowers…. Because, of course, they can. And they do. Every single day.

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Social Media wondered at the video; hoax or not?

Dozens of posts chimed in with their own perspectives.

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The digital media buzz did not only grab the attention of social media users and influencers, but also reaching broadcasters, such as Nogoom FM and Al Nahar TV, who wondered what the phenomenon that demonstrated social media platforms could be.

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Because one video is not enough, while superpowers strength is something that we have seen before in real life, nothing prepared us for this X-Man Mutant wannabe.

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So, Who is behind the new Superpowers? Vodafone Egypt!

Naturally, word of mouth is the aim of any PR stunt, with many big brands using the approach as an alternative to expensive digital ads.

Being super isn’t just a dream, and not a special talent anymore. Vodafone’s newest PR stunt has captured many online viewers, reaching over 14 million online users and over 7 million in offline coverage.

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Making it easy for users to stay in contact with everyone, being the superhero everyone needs when they are feeling down.

Think that this was a clever way of teasing the masses? Let us know in the comments below.

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Dodging the crisis bullet: “Let’s Talk” conference is coming to Cairo next November

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The impact of new communication platforms, especially social media and the online world, has made companies more prone to fast-spreading crises. That, or social media has just expanded the ease of which crises can spread.

“With the continuing evolution of communication platforms, news and word of mouth spread faster and even wilder than it used to a decade ago. Today we live in a world where both government and corporate reputations are more fragile and where crises seem to be occurring more frequently.”. 

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Our region has seen a significant increase in the number of crises across all industries. With the public sharing opinions and communicating over social media, managing brand reputations especially during crises has taken a whole new direction. A lot of organizations may ‘think’ that they are doing it right. It is an area that is constantly evolving, and hence the need to constantly be looking at updating and upgrading their practices and protocols.

As we move forward, Crisis communications needs to keep evolving in line with the changing environment. Effective communication has never been more important to protect a brand’s reputation and not just with external stakeholders but even more importantly with the internal audience – employees.

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If an organization doesn’t communicate, and effectively as well, with its employees it runs the risk of losing a lot more than just a reputation. It may lose the entire business. Well informed employees will deliver the right message to the external stakeholders and that in my opinion is the most effective way for a brand to communicate, even more specifically during a crisis.

Another key obstacle lies in the misalignment of communication channels within an organization, and its agency partner especially in times of Crisis. Communication is all about collaboration. Today, many clients still view the agency as an outsider and third party.

From a client perspective, many agencies are more concerned with bringing in more clients, and making more money rather than working closely with the client’s team to develop customized communication protocols that suit the needs and requirements of these clients. Unfortunately, there are still many agencies that work with the concept of a one-size fits all approach and focuses on selling ready-made solutions to their clients.

Some agencies position crisis communications as a product that they could monetize on through off-the-shelf modules or training, rather than a value-added service to the client.

Both clients and agencies need to shift their mindset around their relationship from one of ‘service-provider’ to one of partnership. Agencies need to be immersed in their clients’ business from day one as a partner that fully understands the client communication and business objectives as well work hand-in-hand to ensure that clients’ brands are communicated effectively and in a manner that preserves and protects its reputation.

Only then will the real benefit of a partnership be achieved. Only then can agencies really communicate, manage and protect their client’s brands and reputations effectively and efficiently. Reputations today need a lot more work to build and protect especially with the increasing digital transformation we are witnessing.

Today we are living in a digital era where we are swimming in a sea of stories, real and false news and truths and half-truths. The accessibility of social media, and its power in giving a voice to all stakeholders, on any topic and at any time, has made communication professionals jobs a lot more challenging.

The digital media landscape has brought with it a mass of data to the forefront. Brands today have a tougher job communicating their brand to their consumers. One may think that social media has made it easier to communicate, but that ease comes with a hefty price tag. Many clients are still struggling today to communicate effectively online and more importantly, protect their brand’s reputation on the digital platform.

Without the right processes and protocols to communicate effectively online, clients and agencies alike will suffer the consequences.

During a crisis, and today more than ever, communicators should be advising their leaders to go back to the core basics and more importantly adapt them to suit the digital landscape. They need to be truthful, authentic, prompt, brief and always accessible.

The news-cycle today moves at a much faster pace than before. And hence, the speed of collecting facts, and all ‘sides’ of the story are key to delivering a well-rounded story to the public. Brands need to realize that to communicate effectively with their stakeholders they need to be quick, efficient and deliver the right message at the right time.

Long gone are the days when consumers would have to wait for their voice to be heard and then wait for the response if any. Today they have their own social platforms where their voices are heard instantly and not just by the brands, but by other consumers and stakeholders who will react to it immediately.

There were times when business or media controlled the narrative. Today, it’s the public who controls the stories; they are not only a source of information but also demand information, they dictate the pace and hence they now control the narrative.

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