I was recently wandering in zaitunay bay with my DSLR camera. I was surprised when a security guy stopped me , telling me that it Is not allowed to take pictures inside the venue, I replied :what's the difference between a camera versus taking pictures with my Smartphone.
His response was, this is the rules.
I had the same problem in ABC Achrafieh.... The Lebanese businesses were probably trying to protect their brands and their “VIP” clients..But to me this is ridiculous and a huge marketing mistake
- Maybe 80% of Lebanese own a Smartphone
- Technology has changed business and marketing
- People who take pictures will definitely share it on different social media channels like twitter, facebook and instagram or maybe blog about your business, this will definitely boost your online brand.
Imagine your waiter stopping you from "Instagraming" your delicious dessert!
Businesses in Lebanon should encourage and reward customers taking pictures of their shop/product instead of stopping them.