Thursday, November 30, 2006

Martin is 'Flip'ing

Flip Media's Martin is understandably upset about the Campaign Media Planning Awards. DMO seconds Martin's sentiments and thinks it is time for sponsors to start taking action by dropping their sponsorship of the awards.

Martin -- DMO stands behind you and the entire digital world. Money is the best motivator. Sponsors should hold out. Entrants should hold out. Let them hold a couple more awards without any online support.


Blogger secretdubai said...

Hello, I notice that you've been posting some very interesting entries recently but not getting many comments. Would you like to go and replug your blog on UAE community blog, to remind people that you're here? Though you might want to enable comment moderation (if you haven't already) in case you end up with the kind of shit fight that closed Media Watch down ;)

December 01, 2006 6:00 PM  
Blogger Dubai Media Observer said...

Thanks. I don't really know what closed it down, aside from the possibility of his anonymity being close to exposed.

I will try to find something that is generic enough to appeal to the UAE Community readership and do a shameless plug then!

In all honesty though, I don't think comments are necessarily a good thing. Look at Emirates Economist. Hardly any comments, but surely a strong readership (relative to local blogs). People want to comment on silly things to have pointless fights. Not interested in that crowd.

December 02, 2006 11:59 AM  
Anonymous farrukh: cp[ywriter & journalist said...

Hey there DMO,

You are right about comments - there are many blogs where people read regularly but do not comment. As blogging catches up in ad and media circles, I think this is bound to improve.

On the online thing, I had blogged about this at the last Campaign Awards too - I think the online people an Campaign could have a meeting where the online guys can put across their recommendations which I am sure ITP might be happy to consider.

But then again - this has happened a second time :-(

Copywriter, journalist and advertising blogger

December 03, 2006 12:50 PM  
Blogger secretdubai said...

Just being a UAE-based blogged makes you relevant and appealing enough!

What I would recommend though is that if you do start getting loads of comments, you switch moderation on. My impression is that media people are probably more likely to comment than the economist-type crowd.

Media Watch closed down because the comments were getting too heated. But I don't think they were moderated. Since moderating my own comments it has been like a revelation, I never have to spend time worrying that someone has deliberately tried to sabotage my blog by posting something obscene about the rulers or something (which has happened several times - luckily I have been quick to remove the comments, but you just never know).

December 03, 2006 3:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So is it illegal to retain the employees passports in the UAE ?

A certain media company in the UAE just took everyones passport today. Pretty much a case of hand it over or lose your job.

Ahh the fun things these people get away with in sandland.

The labor law section on the ministry of labor website does not have one reference to the word "passport" on it. Go see for yourself

Then they wonder why the outsiders think that the middle east is backward.

Hopefully there are enough smart Emaratis around who will stand up and stop their compatriots from making their nation look bad.

December 10, 2006 5:17 PM  
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December 27, 2006 3:33 PM  
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I wanted to share an info i have, which might be interesting to you.
Today the arabic version of the famous "Take it Or Leave it" show will be recorded, we've already done two pilots and we should be ready to shoot the first episode today.
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I can give you more details if you want.

January 20, 2007 1:07 PM  
Blogger Lirun said...

how come you dont blog anymore?

February 02, 2007 11:14 PM  
Anonymous farrukh: copywriter & journalist said...

Where are you, DMO? There's a new post you might be interested in at my blog related to your last post.

February 09, 2007 4:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

little t..d

i just saw your comment at Why, Dubai and it gives me the pleasure to call you le petit merde

I do recommend you rot in your ‘Media office’ along with the rest of your zoo; an office which is most likely paid and owned by some Mulla’s washed money from Iran

February 12, 2007 2:16 AM  
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