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Author: Amy Rodgers

Amy Rodgers

What are the most important trends occurring in the SMMS market?

Earlier this month we published 2013’s Social Media Management Systems Buyer’s Guide, which saw 18 vendors of technology and services profiled, and the state of the industry discussed.

Before we put together our guides, we often seek the input of professionals from the vendors and elsewhere, to give us their views on current and future trends in their industries, and these quotes are included in the guides.

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38% of companies will be increasing their investment in Social Media Management Systems this year: report

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In the last couple of years Social Media Management Systems (SMMS) have cemented their position in the marketing arsenal of many large companies.

The Econsultancy / Responsys 2013 Marketing Budgets survey recently revealed that 38% of companies will be increasing their investment in SMMS this year, and 62% will increase their social media investment. 

This highlights the strength of an industry which has seen some major acquisitions in the last year, but is still experiencing an influx of start-ups due to sustained investment and interest.

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Facebook user numbers in MENA region

Free Facebook Webinar aimed at MENA marketers as Facebook usage soars

Econsultancy is running a free Facebook webinar for Middle East marketers this week to help companies seeking to embrace the fast-growing social network as an effective marketing tool. 

Research published by Socialbakers last month stated that Facebook grew its user base by 29% in 2012, adding over 10 million new users during the year with 21 new registrations per minute across MENA countries. 

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How to adapt your Facebook strategy for success in the MENA region

packshotEconsultancy has published its first Facebook for Businesses in the Middle East and North Africa best practice guide, authored by digital marketing consultant, Husam Jandal.

Focused on the region-specific factors that need to be considered when creating a Facebook page for businesses, the guide stresses the importance of understanding your audience, taking cultural and religious influences into account when pushing out content via a Facebook page.

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New attribution report helps marketers identify the right supplier

The second edition of Econsultancy’s Marketing Attribution Management Buyer’s Guide has just been published, highlighting the latest trends in an area which is proving its worth in an increasingly multichannel and data-driven world.

The buyer’s guide includes profiles of 23 vendors of attribution technology and services, from those with a heritage in web analytics, paid search, tag management and ad serving, to agencies and consultancies offering attribution modelling for their clients.

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Agencies increasingly reliant on outsourcing for digital work - new research

Digital agencies continue to rely on outsourcing to manage unpredictable workstreams and in order to tap into outside technical expertise, according to new research published today.

The Digital Outsourcing Survey Report 2012, carried out in partnership with United Studios, found that 57% of responding digital agencies are outsourcing work to freelancers, other agencies or to specialist digital production companies. 

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Q&A: Husam Jandal on SEO in the Middle East

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Econsultancy published its first Search Engine Optimisation Best Practice Guide for the Middle East in July, authored by digital marketing consultant Husam Jandal. I spoke to Husam about his thoughts regarding SEO in the region.

The guide focused on country-specific search engine marketing strategies, and stressed the importance of understanding your audience and producing locally relevant content for both the English and Arabic-speaking population.

Below, Husam discusses the SEO trends specific to the MENA area, and some of the differences in SEO best practice between the Middle East and other regions.

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