Our Experience at the 2012 Kuwait Bloggers Gathering

By: Abdulhadi Hafez

Yeah I know, we wrote two blog posts on this event before, the first one plainly enough, was titled Kuwait Bloggers Gathering 2012, and the second one was called 2012 Arabian Social Media Conference, where we mentioned how popular blogging is becoming in Kuwait nowadays and last night’s event was another testimonial of this fact.

As shown in the above image, the first speaker, one of the most successful bloggers in Kuwait, Hamad AlAli of 7amad Qalam, has managed to pile up a quarter million page views just in the last quarter! The second speaker, Ayman AlRuwayeh of Tasweeq, delivered an enlightening presentation on the do’s and dont’s of e-marketing, going into e-commerce, social media marketing, and more. 

The above image is a screen shot of one of the slides in his presentation, and yes, it’s in Arabic! No worries though, the headline reads “What is E-Marketing?" and the bullets read as follows:

  • Website marketing
  • Text Messaging
  • Social Media Networking
  • Social Media Blogging
  • Email Marketing
  • Mobile Marketing
  • Search Engine Optimization
Here’s a video of the introduction to the seminar, and if you look closely enough at the presentation screen, you’ll notice written “Tweet Us @bloggersgather #bgseminar”, and this relates to one of the valuable takeaways from the seminar, this whole idea of trendsetting using Twitter hashtags, a favorite tool of conferences and event organizers.

As you probably already know, Twitter allows you to set trends by using hashtags along with keywords to help spread information easier and simultaneously boost visibility and credibility. But not every hashtag will become a trend, people need to tweet it quite often. One of the ways to find out what is trending is to utilize tools such as What the Trend, which details a real-time display of the top Twitter hashtags and why each one is trending.

Anyway, it’s good to see how important social media is becoming in the Kuwaiti business culture, and we’re looking forward for the 2012 Arabian Social Media Conference happening right here in Kuwait as well, on May 9th, 2012. And we’ve also got the Internet Show ME, the Middle East’s leading Internet business exhibition & conference taking place in Dubai, starting tomorrow (April 17th 2012). They’re inviting speakers from PayPal and ESPN, how exciting! Check out the image below:

Anyway, I will leave you with a little treat for reading up until this point, because I know that this blog post is a little longer than usual. I know the image will render useless, but at least it will be eye candy for you. I’m not doing it to torture you or to rub it in your face, but to give you a break from our topic on middle east social media seminars, exhibitions and conferences and get you to focus on other more important matters: Food, one of the most influential and widely used topics in the Kuwait blogging culture!