I was recently interviewed by Gulf Business for their Digital Issue – below the transcript of my questions, the full pdf file can be downloaded here. Q: Which sectors are on the rise (digital marketing, mobile apps, mobile marketing etc.)? The Middle East as a region has suffered due to the economic downturn in…… Continue reading Digital Landscape in the Middle East
There aren’t that many startups in the region who have really proved their worth beyond very small scale operations and beyond this who have developed a brand with both heart and soul, along with a desire to make money. One brand that jumps out of the pack is GoNabit, the leading group buying site in…… Continue reading Living the Brand – GoNabit.com
After much debate we decided to take the safe option and watch the fireworks on the Umm Suqeim public beach, in front of Burj Al Arab, rather than battle against the crowds at Burj Khalifa – as it turns out we made a good choice. See my film of the fireworks below and check out…… Continue reading New Year’s Eve Fireworks – A safe choice
2010 was most definitely a year of choices, a year of choices that have led to changes in many parts of our lives; but when we look back on these decisions, it is interesting to wonder whether the decisions we made were the right ones (the benefit of 20-20 hindsight), and if not what we…… Continue reading 2011 – A year of active, rational choices
My wife is upset with me because there are no affordable items on my Christmas wishlist, she says that because I’m a geek (and therefore by deduction you will understand that she is not) it is very difficult for her to know what to get me, and that every time I find something I want it is…… Continue reading No low hanging fruit on my Christmas wishlist
I lost my mayorship of the office this morning… 3 days before Christmas, and I’m distraught. The fact of the matter is that I’ve been trying exceptionally hard to compete with a colleague (thanks @ronaldzouein) and maintain this mayorship over the last 3-4 months (between trips to NY, Chicago and Riyadh) and then I woke…… Continue reading Are you the Mayor this Christmas?
Today I participated in a Mirren Business Development session run by Brent Hodgins and one of the most interesting things he mentioned reminded me of the keynote from the BDW workshop I attended last week in New York – he said that in an increasingly competitive and changing market, the future for agencies was in…… Continue reading Digital strategy is dead – Long live digital strategy
As my wife and I settle into our new life here in Dubai more and more, we are on the one hand very pleasantly surprised by this hybridisation of European, North American and Arabic cultures, but on the other hand there are things from certain origins (particularly the US) that we are starting to feel…… Continue reading Has home entertaining died?
This evening I went for a run… in the dark. I had been out walking several times around the lake close to our house and I figured that if I simply stayed at the edge of the lake I would find my way home – this is a good rule of thumb (except when you…… Continue reading Consumers need a map and a guide
Is there enough 360 experience to go around? Are tighter criteria making the talent pool smaller for recruitment today? It seems like everyone is chasing after the golden goose right now – the speed at which digital is invading our industry means that suddenly there is a major need for people that not only understand…… Continue reading The war for digital talent in advertising