Archive for August, 2008

Middle East Businesses Missing Out On Online Marketing Power

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Middle East businesses could be taking far greater advantage of the marketing power of the Internet.
‘Online advertising has been growing at more than 50% a year since 2004. Despite this frenetic increase the total last year came to just $35m, or less than 1% of what Middle East companies spend offline.’

Ayna Organizes “Ya Hala Ramadan” Competition

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

One of the main challenges Arab search engines face is driving users to try out their service and then convert them into regular users. With Ramadan just a couple of days away, Ayna is trying to lure Arab internet users to its search engine through a Ramadanesque competition. During the holy month of Ramadan, “Ayna” [...]

Tunisia Internet Users And E-Commerce Survey Report 2008

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

A new Arab Advisors Group major survey of Internet users in Tunisia revealed that 36.4% of Internet users in Tunisia use e-commerce. Based on the survey results, the Arab Advisors Group estimates that Tunisia’s Internet users spent US$ 132.7 million during the past 12 months in e-commerce transactions. The survey report, ‘Tunisia Internet users and [...]

Google Launches Knol In Arabic As One Of The First Languages Worldwide

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Google has just launched their service Knol in Arabic, as one of the first languages supported by the language worldwide. Knol is a new service from Google that in some way competes with Wikipedia, it is a free tool encouraging people to write articles about the things they know about most, and that they’re considered [...]

Talfazat: Online Streaming Of Live And On-Demand Arabic TV Content

Monday, August 25th, 2008

JumpTV and NeuLion, two leading providers of live and on-demand international and sports programming over the Internet, whose merger is pending apporval, just announced the launch of a new online service under the name of “Talfazat“, that delivers a large selection of live and on-demand Arabic television content. Talfazat.com offers Arabs worldwide an opportunity to [...]

ShoofTV Sponsors New Mobile Phone IBDA’A Awards Category

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

ShoofTV.com, the User Generated Content (UGC) online platform, that is an Arab Media Group company, just announced that it will be sponsoring a brand new category at the Ibda’a Media Student Awards 2008, the region’s most recognized distinction for emerging industry talent, which is organized by the Dubai Media City. For the first time, Mobile [...]

The Nine Deadly Startup Diseases

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

Building a successful startup is no easy feat; There are a number of problems that founders can face and that can hurt their startups, even fatally. Here is a list of the nine deadliest ones.

Experts Discuss Regions Growth Potential For Internet Marketing Strategies

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

The latest advances in measuring and optimizing online marketing and the advantages of implementing such strategies in a competitive marketplace were discussed at a seminar on Search Engine Marketing hosted by Dubai Media City, a member of TECOM Investments. The two-hour interactive workshop was organised in association with WSI Internet Consulting, a leading provider of [...]

Ikbis Launch New Advanced Video Player

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

Ikbis, the popular Arab video and photo sharing website, has launched a new advanced video player with improved features, interface and performance. The new video player looks a lot cooler than the old one, and feels more organized, using space in a better way, with a new on hover dock system instead of the old [...]

Mafgod, A Service To Find Your Lost Or Stolen Items

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

Mafgod, is a really simple service from Saudi Arabia, with the aim of helping people find their lost or stolen items. For the time being, the service is only available for users in Saudi Arabia, and only for lost or stolen mobile phones. Expansion to other types of goods and other countries should be part [...]

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