Vintage AD




I really like these Sanyo ads!  Can you imagine they are 50 years old now.. Simply vintage! Simply amazing!

The Madonna HAIFA!


I  was wondering why the album producers  didn’t copycat some international nice CD covers yet in this Post “ the most ugly CD cover " Here a new CD cover for the Barbie of the middle east inspired by the queen of the pop Madonna! Which one is better in your opinion? and what does MJK stand For?

Nicholas Heller in Lebanon



Nicholas Heller, Head of New Business Development at Google will be in Lebanon among other speakers at Bifex 2012. Mr Heller will discuss the major shifts in technology and their impact on the retail business: E-commerce, M-commerce, and social media.
If you are interested to attend this event, I've got 5 free tickets.
Please drop me a few lines at : joseph.alam [at]gmail.com

Check out BIFEX 2012 Agenda


Thursday 24 May 2012

10:00 – 11:30 Session 4: New trends bringing the Customer Closer:E & M-Commerce; Social Media

  • Incorporating loyalty programs into social media
  • Current  social media trends reshaping customer service
  • M-Commerce
  • Brand loyalty during recession


Moderator: Mr. Tarek Kassar, Chief Executive Officer, Youngberry Agency (youngberry.com)

Speakers:
  1. Mr. Nicholas Heller, Head of New Business Development, Google (google.com)
  2. Mr. Omar El Manialawy – Deal of the Day Manager-Souq.com
  3. Dr. Gerald Lang –Professeur à BEM - Chercheur Associé à l’Ecole Polytechnique
  4. Mr. Ayman Itani, CEO of Think Media Labs (thinkmedialabs.com)


11:30 – 13:00 Session 5:  Brand Valuation: The Next Step Forward

  • Brand Valuation: The methodology of how, when and why?
  • How to perform brand valuations for financial reporting, M&A activities and joint ventures
  •  How to optimize the best opportunities for licensing and franchising
  •  Intellectual property management, protection and exploitation issues in franchising



Moderator: Ms. Maya Karanouh – CEO, TAGbrands

Speakers:

1-      Ms. Mary-Ellen Field - Associate Director, Brand Finance UK
2-      Mr. Tony Fitzpatrick (The Franchise Guru) - Managing Partner, Franchise Your Business

Huge Fire- Safra Factory







A huge fire erupted at the Carpet factory- Safra Highway, the good news no injuries so far.
 I guess we have to say Bye Bye to the big Building!!!

Are you willing to share a ride?



Complaining about the price of fuel? The pollution and the traffic?
Don't take your car (walk, use common transports...) or auto-pool Autopooling provides you with this opportunity. By sharing a ride, you can divide fuel and parking prices by 2, 3 or 4.
For more Info check their website,  you can see the latest trips added to a particular location (example: a university, a company, a place...). Cool Idea !
Please like their FB page and share it with your friends.
Enjoy the ride...

Startup



A garage is a great place to start a company, as a kiosk is a great place to start a big restaurant chain like Crepaway. I found this interesting picture dated 1984 on the Lebanese franchise Association fan page, you can check all the pictures here.

Crepaway is the leading casual restaurant in Lebanon. It was launched in 1984 and has so far expanded to KSA, Qatar & Jordan. Crepaway acquired a reputation for its quirky menu that includes a famous line of mouthwatering appetizers, salads, crêpes, burgers, sandwiches, platters and desserts. What marks Crepaway is its formula for mixing food and fun in a trendy ambiance, offering guests a variety menu with high quality food standards in a lively, feel-good atmosphere and a hip environment. Accordingly, a light-hearted mood pervades the restaurants, with young trendy waiters, loyal guests and management that engage in the vibrant Crepaway spirit. The brand’s success rests above all on its ability to speak directly and powerfully to consumers, whether it is through effective media advertising that shouts out Crepaway or a high quality dining experience. The spirit of Crepaway is reflected in the premium quality of food service and is coupled with a warm, welcoming environment that promises the best in courteous and casual hospitality, stylish decor and lively entertainment.

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