ThoughtpickThoughtpick – The Learn Social Media by Example e-Magazine http://blog.thoughtpick.com The Learn Social Media by Example e-Magazine Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:11:25 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Introducing Kobon.ME the RetailMeNot of the Middle East http://blog.thoughtpick.com/2017/12/introducing-kobonme.html http://blog.thoughtpick.com/2017/12/introducing-kobonme.html#respond Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:11:25 +0000 Dima Kawar http://blog.thoughtpick.com/?p=15931 Kobon ME or موقع كوبون, the Arabic version of RetailMeNot, was established to aggregate coupon codes and deals from all around the Middle East and make them available to online shoppers. It provides thousands of coupons and promo codes from over a hundred Arabian online stores. Kobon.me provides you with online promo codes for all your favorite online retailers such as: كود خصم نمشي، كوبون سوق كوم ، كود خصم اي هيرب، كود خصم شي ان.

Get the best prices and offers from your favorite online shops and retailers. Kobon ME offers savings you can trust, making saving easy and a whole lot of fun. The website features a coupon database and is simple to read and sort, making it easy to find an applicable coupon. Coupons are listed along with the associated retailer, item, and expiration date of each coupon or deal.

Visitors can also browse curated deals for the day, read money-saving tips, learn how to shop on Arabic e-commerce websites and take advantage of the coupons for extra discounts on the following categories:  clothing & shoes, beauty & health products, electronics, baby products & children’s toys, home & garden and jewelry & accessories.

TOP 5 REASONS TO USE KOBON ME:

  1. Find great deals and coupons so you can shop on the go.
  2. Never miss a deal again – deals and coupon codes offer plenty of ways to save
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  3. Take advantage of deals from over a hundred of retailers.

  4. Enjoy offers on thousands of local and international brands.

  5. Tons of ways to save anytime! Up to 70% off offers, coupon codes and more.


Kobon.me makes it easy to save with thousands of deals at your favorite stores and e-commerce shops! Whether you’re hungry for food deals or shopping for new clothing items or electronic gadgets, Kobon.me finds all the best deals so you don’t have to.

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White Friday in the Middle East: Shocking Numbers from Google Trends http://blog.thoughtpick.com/2017/11/white-friday-in-the-middle-east.html http://blog.thoughtpick.com/2017/11/white-friday-in-the-middle-east.html#respond Wed, 08 Nov 2017 00:48:15 +0000 Dima Kawar http://blog.thoughtpick.com/?p=15917 Bet you’ve never heard of White Friday!! Learn All About White Friday in the MENA region, from Google Trends.

It seems the winter holiday season is upon us. Not convinced? The team in our Arabic sister website, موقع كوبون, have started the count down till White Friday by checking Google Trends and showing you the searching habits of shoppers in the Middle East.

White Friday: the Arabic version of the Western Black Friday

Black Friday, an American retail tradition, introduced to the Middle East and Arab World for the first time in 2014 by retail giant SOUQ.com, and named White Friday. With regard to Friday’s cultural / religious significance in the Middle East, being the day of worship and gathering of friends and family. In addition to the fact that the color Black is associated with bad luck/superstition in the region; therefore the introduction of “White Friday” to better suit the Arab world.

SOUQ.com introduced huge sales and deals up to 70% off on a wide variety of their products under the name of “White Friday”. The White Friday offers included discounts on mobiles and electronics in general, clothing and accessories, children toys and many others.

White Friday’s Increasing Popularity as shown by Google Trends

Every year and specifically around late October / beginning of November, all shoppers whether price driven or not, are waiting for the BIG Black Friday Deals! How do we know? Google Trends reveals it all. Expectations this year are even more optimistic than previous years, here’s a chart showing the year by year increase in searches for الجمعة البيضاء (white friday in arabic).

الجمعة البيضاء

As you can see the surge started in 2014 and is exponentially increasing every season. The table below shows you the surges in search volume in more depth:

Week Year Interest over Time
Nov.23 – Nov.29 2014 9
Nov.22 – Nov.28 2015 72
Nov.20 – Nov.26 2016 100


This is more than 11x growth in just 2 years!

With top searches being from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, UAE and Kuwait, consecutively. In the image below you can see the Interest by Region values, calculated on a scale from 0 to 100 where 100 is the location with the most popularity as a fraction of total searches in that location. The following are the top 5 Regions by Interest in White Friday:

بلاك فرايدي

The chart below covers the “White Friday” shopping season in-depth over the past 5 years – revealing the latest trends and various retailers who are known for White Friday sales. Non-Arabic speakers, I got your back:

  • Blue – White Friday
  • Red – Souq.com (most known in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the rest of the gulf)
  • Yellow – Namshi (another online fashion retailer, well known in the Gulf)
  • Green – Amazon (mostly searched for in Saudi Arabia, Libya and Kuwait)
  • Purple – Jumia (e-commerce platform, mostly known in Egypt)

الجمعة السوداء

The Winning E-commerce Retailers in the Middle East

And the award goes to:

  1. Souq.com (searching for: الجمعة البيضاء على موقع سوق دوت كوم)
  2. Amazon.com
  3. Namshi.com
  4. Jumia.com

Clearly, search volumes for these retailers are strongly correlated with the White Friday searches,with Souq.com being significantly way, way ahead!

Based on all the numbers Google Trends has revealed, I think it’s safe to say that white friday sales in the middle east are going to blow last year’s sales out of the water. All I can say is: Middle East, let the games begin! And Souq.com competitors, may the odds be ever in your favor ✌!!

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Thoughtpick Blog is on an indefinite break. http://blog.thoughtpick.com/2011/07/thoughtpick-blog-is-on-an-indefinite-break.html http://blog.thoughtpick.com/2011/07/thoughtpick-blog-is-on-an-indefinite-break.html#comments Tue, 26 Jul 2011 13:32:11 +0000 Amer K http://blog.thoughtpick.com/?p=15856 To all our readers, we would like to thank you so very much for learning and discussing social media campaigns with us throughout the past two years. We have decided that Thoughtpick blog, as enjoyable as it was, needs to take less of our time.

We are busy running our popular app, Tweepi, which is taking most of our time. We will continue publishing posts on the Tweepi Blog. Don’t forget to follow @tweepi and if you have any comments and would like to get in touch with us, just use our contact us form.

For those that don’t know what we’ve been doing, the best place to start is the “Learn Social Media by Example” category. If you are running a business of any size, or your job involves marketing an idea, you’ll love our Learn Social Media by Example stories.

We always love to discuss new ideas or help anyone with social media campaign discussions. All you need to do is contact us.

Thank you all.

The Thoughtpick Team

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5 Great Google+ Features http://blog.thoughtpick.com/2011/07/5-great-google-features.html http://blog.thoughtpick.com/2011/07/5-great-google-features.html#comments Fri, 22 Jul 2011 15:44:45 +0000 Beirut http://blog.thoughtpick.com/?p=15840 After all the begging and the waiting, I finally got an invitation to Google+ and frankly, I must say that I am very impressed with what they have done so far! And though many people are comparing Google+ to Facebook, I can already tell how different they are from the smallest details and features.

Google Plus

Google Plus

So, what are the features that make Google+ this attractive? And why is it being called the “social backbone” of the web these days?

  • Circles: Google has come up with the exclusive concept of circles — you can create a circle of contacts that are family, friends, work friends, former co-workers and so on. With these circles, you can define who gets to see what kind of updates. If you are a Facebook user, you will see that this features is still unavailable and rolling it out now is a bit too late!
  • Hangout: It is essentially group video chat done in a unique and different way; all you need to do is click on the Hangout button and invite members of a certain group by sending them a notification. Moreover, Google uses its own platform to perform this rather than a third party. (more…)
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10 Ways Leaving Facebook Changed My Life http://blog.thoughtpick.com/2011/07/10-ways-leaving-facebook-changed-my-life.html http://blog.thoughtpick.com/2011/07/10-ways-leaving-facebook-changed-my-life.html#comments Tue, 19 Jul 2011 14:07:06 +0000 Beirut http://blog.thoughtpick.com/?p=15672 You might not realize it, you might think it’s a myth and you might convince yourself that it’s only a result of exaggeration, yet it’s true: Facebook changes your life in ways you will never realize until you decide to take that step and leave!

It had been almost 2 weeks since I deactivated my account, and day by day, I came to realize how much my life had changed since I had set up my account many years ago! The truth is, I’ve wanted to deactivate the account on several occasions, however, I kept making excuses like: “I need it for work”or “I need it to keep up with friends”. (By the way, I am back now!)

Bye Bye Facebook!

Bye Bye Facebook!

But I finally did it, and so I would like to share with you the 10 ways in which leaving Facebook have changed my life, maybe you would be inspired to leave as well, or maybe you would reconsider your Facebook use!

1. Rediscovering My “Real” Friends:

You know that pinching ache you get in your stomach when you miss a friend? When you wonder how he/she is? What they are doing? Well, if you think Facebook is the cure, you are mistaken! Since I deactivated my account, I realized that real friends don’t need reminders that you exist in order to remember you; they will contact you by phone or e0mail and ask about you whether you have a Facebook account or not.

2. Focusing More on Work:

Although I did use Facebook for work, I have already written and posted around 5 Facebook related posts since I deactivated my account and it did not effect their popularity on social media or Facebook at all. Actually, I realized that Facebook used to distract me from work more often that not!

3. Having A Clearer Mind:

Without the continuous comments and reactions to everything you do or say on Facebook, you can actually think better. Moreover, when you spend more time focusing on your life rather than other people’s business, you have more time for you!

4. Spending More Time with People:

Facebook has the power of fooling you into thinking that you are spending time with your friends and family through the occasional poke, message, tag or photo share. In reality, though, Facebook can lead to the death of interaction. When I left Facebook, I started having more meaningful talks with people and I now can choose whom to tell about what, when I want.

5. Pissing off Less People:

It might sound weird but yes, my favorite part of leaving Facebook is that now I piss off less people. You know why? Because if I decided to put a group of people on my limited profile, they will take it personal and get pissed off. If I don’t want to be tagged in a photo, someone will complain ad if I wrote my opinion about something, someone will get offended! (more…)

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