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Open data boosting entrepreneurship at RiseUp16:

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We were glad to be present at RiseUp Summit again this year for the 4th time in a row

We always focus on introducing the latest technologies, sharing experiences, knowledge, resources and best practices with the dynamic entrepreneurs and startups for empowering this ecosystem in Egypt and the region.

We had 2 interesting events this Year at RiseUp16

Jointly with Access to Knowledge for development center (AUC School of Business) we conducted a workshop on December 11th introducing to the community “How Open data can boost social entrepreneurship”

How businesses can harness the power of data

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Access to knowledge team started the workshop by introductory remarks on Open data explaining the potential of open data and what it can be used for, giving examples of businesses sharing data, such as Telsa and they presented some case studies such as en2ly showcasing how can Open data improve the transportation sector in Cairo

And they highlighted how businesses can harness the power of data and that open data creates new business models that didn’t exist before

The semantic web is changing the way we use the internet

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Our own Fady Ramzy InsideOut CEO presented to the attendees the following:

  • The web has evolved “from web of pages to web of data”, Computers understand the meaning of what we publish on the web.
  • The types of data on the internet and how to structure the content over the web in terms of open data
  • How content classification enables content discovery and creates alternatives entry points and routes for contents

And Fady highlighted 

  • The key to break the internet is to tell stories and distribute it in an efficient way
  • “Data is the current oil.” If we get data we can create new business models and change the world
  • He presented the Linked open data project for Enel Electrified Vehicle charging Network and here is fady’s presentation  during the workshop
  • He advised attendees to build their own dataset using WordPress as WordPress CMS is still number 1
  • And he explained to attendees how to  structure content on WordPress using open data technology such as Wordlift

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Fady also presented a demo about Wordlift to inspire social entrepreneurs in this untapped area of massive opportunities

What is Wordlift?

wordlift-logoWordLift, by Insideout group, is a content analysis and recommendation tool for WordPress. It is a tool for publishers, newspapers and magazines to organize their content in a meaningful way, expose it better to search engines, boost their user base, website traffic, advertising and above all user experience and accordingly revenues.

Wordlift adds semantics annotations and combines information publicly available as linked open data to support editorial workflow learn more about it here

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The workshop was really interesting and attendees were highly engaged and The hashtag #Opendata went trending during the workshop

Live Streaming Karm Solar annual forum

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Karm Solar launched its Annual Forum as RiseUp’s first satellite event. KarmSolar is a solar technology and integration company that delivers innovative solar solutions to the agricultural, industrial, tourism and business sectors. Since its founding in 2011, KarmSolar has been Egypt’s largest private off-grid solar energy integrator, with exceptional experience in developing its award winning high-capacity solar pumping stations

The Forum featured a series of major announcements, keynote speakers and showcases

We had great pleasure to provide Karm Solar with Live streaming over their Facebook page, which had great impact by putting their online audience at the heart of the event.

 

 

Mobile Media Time Is Now Greater Than Ever!

Smartphones are now the first stop for a number of key activities and this trend is taking place worldwide

Globally, mobile has become the primary screen for consumers; mobile is now the preferred way to go online; that means that mobile brings huge oppopportunities to businesses.

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The Need for Adaptivity:

It is obvious that your website must be responsive. But in addition to layout and content, the font, colors, graphics and movement on the screen must be conducive to a mobile environment.

With the future of search potentially moving toward being dominated by mobile queries, brands need to be proactive and have a plan for creating quality content that is optimized for mobile devices.

Now professional portals must to be “mobile-friendly” or else Google will not consider it in its search results coming from mobile devices starting last year and moreover this year too.

How to drive sales, engagement & loyalty through mobile devices?

The key is creating unique user experience that is relevant for mobile users and adding value.

Businesses need to consider that each platform has its own user experience, social integration, user profiling and appealing design, the elements in successful mobile marketing strategy is segmenting targeted audience and delivering relevant content.

Mobile Sites need to be conversion-ready. It should be easy for a user to convert on their mobile device without downloading an app.

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To Conclude:

  • Mobile search is growing rapidly.
  • Mobile searchers are more ready to take actions.
  • Mobile is the right place to find audience.
  • Mobile websites are vital for businesses that would like to build their presence online.
  • Businesses needs to adapt to stay on top.

Want to take your business to the next level, want to target the right audience? contact us today

Building a personal brand is important for all of us, but for entrepreneurs it’s crucial for leveraging expertise and building networks!

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As  an entrepreneur you are the public face of your business. You have clients and customers on your social media. so accordingly your customers needs to feel closer to you, learn from you and trust you so you have to nurture your network with what they need.

Personal branding is not a tagline or an ad campaign. It’s a combination of your interests, beliefs, ethos, values, talents and skills, among a number of other characteristics

Here is some simple infographic with advice’s on how to brand yourself online:

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Personal Branding has Tangible Rewards:

How Personal branding generates interest and opens doors?

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“When people are buying your products or services, believe it or not, they’re not necessarily buying that product or service. What they are paying for is a certain type of experience and trust”

Personal Branding helps you elevate your social proof, establish credibility and solidify your niche.

here is a simple guide on how to make money through personal branding

If you didn’t Identify your personal brand yet…YOU SHOULD START NOW

Reregardless of your profession, a well defined personal brand will add tremendous value to your life

Online Video has shaken up the World of Social Media

Big brands are taking notice of this trend and are beginning to adopt Facebook video as a way to increase traffic to their video campaigns

Right Now Facebook dominates!

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It is clear that Facebook is doing everything it can to become the top contender for online video content. Its new view-counter, auto-play feature, and embedding options come together to form a social video platform with a major upside.

Why  Video is a must for Boosting your digital Media Presence!

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A recent survey by Animoto of 1,000 professional marketers and 1,012 small- and medium-sized business owners confirms that video marketing is leaving no business behind. Some of the highlights include the following stats:

  • 76.5% of professional marketers and SMB owners that have used video marketing say it has had a direct impact on their business.
  • Facebook was named the most impactful social channel by marketers and SMB owners alike. 44% plan to spend money to promote video content on Facebook in the next 12 months.
  • 1 in 4 marketers and SMB owners feel behind the competition when it comes to video marketing.
  • SMB owners and marketers view video marketing as a skill more desirable than email, design, or written marketing.

How InsideOut Today Can help you Join the Race:

As InsideOut Today is focusing on the entire funnel of Online Content Creation especially video content & video platforms, we have dedicated the last years for lots of researches and working on creating an innovative Online Video platform HelixWare

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“HelixWare is professional video hosting platform with everything you need for marketing your contents, reduce costs and engage your audience”

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And on the same time we are working hard on developing a roadmap for having “Egypt as the hub for online content production in the region by bringing together all the community of online content creators in Egypt in one place aiming to raise awareness, share knowledge and network with like-minded pears about different topics related to online business through a series of meetup that is held monthly #OCCEgypt

Our Last Meetup #OCCEgypt 6 held in cooperation with Gesr ” a program of Misr El-Kheir Foundation that aims to support technology entrepreneurship through its business incubator and technology innovation lab” located at the Greek Campus “Cairo’s first technology and innovation park in the heart of Cairo”

The Meetup was dedicated to “Video, advertising & social media” how it’s the magic for online business

We had great topics discussed in the meetup:

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Our CEO Fady Ramzy discussed with the attendees the below points:

1. The users behavior Online and he went through Ramadan Report about Social Media users behavior last Ramadan

2. Why users prefer to watch Videos Online by presenting the latest statistics and reports about Online Video time spending and he discussed the latest reports by mixpo “The State of Digital Advertising for publishers” and 2016 IAB Video Ad spend study…

3. The Future of Video advertising highlighting how is advertising shifting to online platforms and how it pays off!

4. How Augmented Reality is changing the future of printings, gaming and video entertainment giving a use case for augmented reality such as Pokemon Go and also How to push products in sales materials and brochures with augmented reality he gave attendees the opportunity to test it by scanning HelixWare brochure to witness how Augmented reality is shaping technology! You can also try it just download Layar  scan  Helixware Brochure  and enjoy the show!

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5. And lastly he presented HelixWare Online Video Platform to the attendees showcasing it’s  main features which is “Having Control over your video assets, advertising & also who can access the content and how”

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And we were very proud to have Afef Ajengui Project assistant and Space manager at Cogite Coworking Space, which is the first coworking space launched in Tunisia in 2013 and 3rd coworking space on Earch in 2016 according to Forbes. She is also active in the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Tunisia, and passionate about building a better future in Tunisia and in the MENA Region!

She presented The Startup ecosystem and digital media scene in Tunisia

Afef highlighted the below points:

1. She Gave great examples of successful startups in Tunis and how they succeeded through Innovative content and Video such as digital mania also she gave quick insights and Interesting facts about Internet users in Tunis and best timings for social Media

2. She talked about the success behind Cogite Coworking space and gave quick tips for success ” Love Your work, team work & creating community for better future for your country”

Attendees were highly engaged with the interesting sessions and very useful discussions that took place and here is the set of pictures for #OCCEgypt 6

 

Conclusion:

By choosing the right Online Video platform, having and maintaining a video strategy that provides consistent video content, brands will have the tools to keep audiences engaged and at the same time they will be able to attain the Video Ads revenue SO invest now in your own Online Video Platform!

SignUp for a Free Trial of HelixWare Online Video Platform and also Join our meetup community today and help us share knowledge and educate the community

The clock is ticking fast the world of digital is transforming at the glimpse of an eye!

The biggest trend in digital right now is video…Online video advertising to grow to nearly $10 billion this year:

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Digital video advertising will drive nearly $10 billion in ad spend this year. This is a remarkable 28% increase over 2015, making video digital’s fastest-growing ad format. It remains the gold standard for many brand advertisers that have relied on television for years. As audiences and devices digitize, The demand for video on all screens is quickly multiplying

Today’s digital publisher can turn a single video into a scalable marketing asset that serves across TV and various owned and unowned digital channels.”

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Sources:

mixpo report “The State of Digital Advertising for publishers”

2016 IAB Video Ad spend study

Video, Advertising and Social Media the Magical Trio for Online Business!

With all recent reports highlighting the ongoing growth of Digital Video and the increasing share of Ad spending and as we see this year the integration between social networks, video and advertising is very clear.

All social networks are extremely focused on two aspects advertising (simply this is where the money is) including Facebook ads, Instagram ads, twitter ads, etc and the second aspect is video with the big fight between them as well (Youtube vs Facebook videos, etc)

so we decided to dedicate our upcoming meetup to deeply dive in this area, also focusing on the local market in Egypt and trying to analyze the ads spending and user behavior over social media and watching videos online, especially what was booming in Ramadan this year!

This meetup in 6th in a row of our “Online Content Creators meetup series” that we have started earlier in 2015 focusing on online content especially video.

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Join #OCCEgypt meetup on August 1st at the greek campus, register your seat here

Be part of our Online content Creators Meetup community Learn, share knowledge and network with like-minded pears

Ramadan is a great opportunity to attract more customers because of the huge increase in social media usage we consistently see during Ramadan specially Twitter!

One of the hottest topics discussed on Social Media each Ramadan is TV commercials, TV series, TV shows and good initiatives

We had a set of interesting activities to monitor Social Media Behavior and discussions during the month of Ramadan as follows:

1. As Telecom is Egypt’s #1 influencer industry online and offline so we worked on monitoring the advertisements of the 3 Big Telecom companies “Vodafone, Etisalat and Orange” to see who won Ramadan 2016 Media Race over social media? 

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2. We worked on collecting the top trending hashtags to monitor what people are discussing on social media during the first 15 days of Ramadan 

What topics do people discuss most during Ramadan? 

 

3. And Continuing our Series of #IOTTT Twitter Chat we had today a very interesting chat with Lewa AbuKhait – Social Media Strategist discussing Ramadan Social Media Behavior and this is part 2 of the chat as last Ramadan we had a very interesting chat discussing the same topic 

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And one of the very interesting points highlighted during the #IOTTT Chat that “this year some of the Media entities are switching to their own Online video platforms which is a great step for working towards understanding the consumer behavior online and sustaining their revenue” 

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Conclusion:

In order to optimise social media best practices for brand engagement during Ramadan,  make your content shareable, engageable, unique and always  work on your offline and online marketing strategy according to the customer needs and always consider that the strategy needs to be adapted to the audience’s changed beahvior during Ramadan

Understanding the big shift In Consuming News:

Media Entities, Broadcasters and news publishers in Egypt Must Join the race and understand the big shift in consuming news, news video formats are going through a significant transformation.

Media Publishers Worldwide have gained audience and advertising revenue through creating a range of video output for their own websites and for distribution through social media. “Going Beyond Youtube with Online Video Platforms”

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Elevating Digitization in Egypt For Media and News Publishers:

Everyone wants to go digital. The first step is truly understanding what that means

It’s very important to understand that it’s a must to go beyond social Media with Online Marketing

Always the first thing that comes to mind with online marketing is social media. Yes, social media is a great way of marketing, but it’s definitely not the only tactic you should be implementing in your digital strategy

Another essential element of elevating digitization in Egypt for the Media and News Sector is to use an effective Online Video Platforms that measures, tracks, and demonstrates conclusively the significant impact of every L.E. that is invested in it

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And As we can see that Egypt Media Industry is catching up with the digital race that’s why we decided to put lots of efforts on educating the community about the importance of digitization through a series of meetups that we have started last year by gathering all online content creators in Egypt in one place

Here is a glimpse of our last OCCEgypt meetup ” The Digital Media Industry in Egypt the Challenges and opportunities” :

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It was a great event with lots of interesting discussions and useful insights and gladly we had a very special guest “Valentina Primo” a freelance journalist & a travel blogger with lots of international experience in digital media

Our last meetup had extremely useful discussions and debates about online video & digital media scene in Egypt So in this meetup we tried to better focus on the current situation of the digital media industry in Egypt, from the view point of broadcasters, newspapers, advertisers, professionals, freelancers, etc to draw an exact picture what are the opportunities, and also challenges that face Egypt to be an online content creation hub in the Arab region

Highlights of the event discussions:

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Fady presented the Twitter Report of the top trending hashtags in Egypt in the first quarter of 2016 and he highlighted the following points:

  1. To expand the reach of your online marketing efforts. … Understand each platform to Know how to promote your content and on which social networks
  2. High quality content is the key differentiation on Social Media
  3. Going beyond just posting over social media, to the level of correctly understanding content creation & distribution tactics
  4. It’s a multiscreen world the mobile is dominating
  5. Having the video on your own site allows you to boost brand engagement to encourage customers to stay longer on your site
  6. With your own online video platform, you can create personalized, interactive video with clickable calls to action.

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Valentina Primo shared her expertise with the attendees and highlighted the following points:

  1. Each company has to have each own storyteller who masters the art of storytelling
  2. Human stories matter more now…make the customers the hero of your story
  3. Consumers are looking for inspiration or information, discovering new things, or making decisions so it’s very important to Optimize online content for social media and search engines
  4. Visuals…Visuals..Visuals is the key

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Fady and Valentina Concluded the Challenges that are facing the Digital Media Industry in Egypt in three main points:

  1. The limited Perception about online
  2. The Misuse of Technology
  3. The Lack of proper knowledge & training of Social Media

It was a very successful event #OCCEgypt and we have collected a beautiful set of pictures from the event

Stay Tuned with our monthly #OCCEgypt meetup there’s always something new about technology to present to our community! Join our meetup community today

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