Sweden Uses Social Media to Connect with MENA Countries

The Swedish Institute (SI) is a public agency that promotes interest in Sweden. One of the major goals for establishing the SI is to create mutual relationships with other countries around the world. In order to achieve that, awareness of and interest in Sweden must increase. The SI believe that contacts and strong networks increase sharing and application of knowledge and innovative ideas to all areas; whether they be trade, culture or even politics. That has set the ground for the birth of the Young Leaders Visitors Program (YLVP), a program that uses social media at its core in order to lay a foundation for dialogue, mutual understanding and knowledge-sharing among young opinion-makers from different Arab countries and Sweden.

The Danish Cartoons highlights Cultural Barriers

Young Leaders Visitors Program

Young Leaders Visitors Program

Being the northern neighbor of Denmark, Sweden felt the heat of the aftermath of the cartoon facade. Cultural barriers and common misconceptions aggravated the cartoon problem and left the Danish government with no clue of how to handle the rage of Muslims around the world while at the same time maintaining their own values of sacred freedom of speech. Denmark has most probably been very -let’s say- unlucky, but what are the chances that a similar problem would hit Sweden next time? There are obviously big cultural and moral differences between countries around the world, differences that may just spin out of hand and turn into a huge financial and economical loss.

Would stronger communication channels and networks help?

The huge risk of a similar problem necessitates better communication channels and stronger networks. That is exactly where the YLVP program excels. Started in 2008 – with yearly iteration in mind – the YLVP brings around 25-30 young entrepreneurs from different Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) countries and Sweden together in an attempt to build a stronger network. The selection criteria of the participants focus mainly on their level of engagement with their local societies through different media outlets  (newspapers, blogs, film making, …etc) and their passion towards human rights and human development related issues.

Mac Uses Comedy & Characters to Overpower Microsoft!

Is viral marketing still the key to a brand’s success? What are the main elements that steer a social media marketing campaign towards a “viral” positioning? What are the strategies and techniques some of the brand marketers use to gain a vast reach and a wide exposure?

Just as many of us have been spectators of different wars, battles and rivalries amongst different people throughout history, we have also been witnesses to, what seems to be, the never ending battles between brands trying to reach the “king of the jungle” status. Naturally, the first battle that would come to mind is: Pepsi vs. Coke followed by McDonalds vs. Burger King. Though their marketing strategies are not entirely ethical, these competing brands have been able to sustain a high level of quality at affordable prices for their customers.

Not so long ago in the early 90’s, a surviving player was resurrected with a new and stronger image to present to the competitive world wide markets in the hardware/software technology field, the Mac, creating a new challenge for Microsoft and stirring up the debate: can Microsoft’s PC become replaceable after all those years? Could there really be a better alternative? Mac’s answer was: Definitely yes!

According to Apple reports, and for the second quarter of 2009, the company posted revenue of $8.16 billion and a net quarterly profit of $1.21 billion, or $1.33 per diluted share. Gross margin was 36.4 percent, up from 32.9 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 46 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

Timeline of Macintosh Models

Timeline of Macintosh Models

But how? How was Mac able to grab and sustain the attention of many previous loyal Microsoft users?

When Mac made its comeback to the scene, not only did it provide solutions to current Microsoft PC problems, it also provided creative, out of the box viral marketing campaigns to spread the news about its uniqueness and why it is different. Furthermore, Mac was able to gain a high market share through a short period of time through personifying its ads, making them connect with the target audience and speak their language.

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