It’s been a hot minute. A hot month, to be more specific. There are 24 hours in a day. This Ramadan, I fasted 17 of them — which meant no food, water, or… social media. It’s one of the most common soft addictions we carry, but we don’t talk about it. On average, millennials can […]Read more "What my social media fast taught me"
Before I pray for us all to reach Ramadan, I pray for us to stop using the phrase “modern Muslim.” The term “modern Muslim” assumes that my religion is barbaric in nature. That it requires modification or reinterpretation in order to “belong” into 2017. In a sense, yes, I am a “modern Muslim.” But if […]Read more "Preparing for Ramadan: Tech for your Taqwa"
I understand. You can’t afford what social media marketers have to offer. Either that, or you think that what we do is silly and overrated. Or you may think that you can do the job just as well as we can. To which I reply, yes, you can. Anyone can if they put the right […]Read more "Ten mistakes your brand is making on social media"
Abraham Lincoln once said, “Slacktivism only goes so far.” I stand corrected, it was Marilyn Monroe. No, wait, it was Rosa Parks. Maybe it was Frederick Douglass? I’m not sure anymore, everything is fake and truth doesn’t exist. A month ago after the Muslim Ban came into effect, people began deleting their Uber accounts because […]Read more "How apptivism can combat slacktivism"
I’m always surprised to find that not many social media marketers use the tools below. Since I’ve started using them, they’ve helped my content curation and creation become much more interesting and organized. Here we go. 1. Meltwater Sidekick Content curation is super hectic — sometimes you don’t have the time to peruse what’s […]Read more "A few free digital marketing tools to try in 2017"
A story from second grade. After you get comfortable with learning how to read, you start to notice people will write the most interesting things. I remember asking my father, Ihssan Alkadi, to sign a document for class. He complied with a swift move of his pencil, and I eagerly glanced at his penmanship to try and piece […]Read more "New year, new brand"
It would seem that the Twitter bird is no longer a dove carrying an olive branch — but instead, a vulture throwing away its Vine. In my opinion, Twitter is just a pigeon in New York City playing survival of the fittest. It’s willing to wear its findings as an accessory and toss them away when no […]Read more "A stitch in time did not save Vine"
I was working on something in Illustrator the other day when I realized: what the heck happened to the underline option? Couldn’t be, I thought. Has it really come to this? Have we really hated the underline button so much, thought it so visually unappealing that we have banned it from the party? Then, I […]Read more "Undermining Underlining"
Non-messenger apps are using message functions to coerce you into using the app longer. Let me walk you through human history for a minute. After the dinosaurs went extinct, Facebook tried to kill WhatsApp with Messenger. Years later, people are still so frustrated about Messenger that they refuse to download it to their phones. [bctt […]Read more "Shooting the Messenger"
I’m going to say something that might make a few of the hipster college students mad. Brace yourself. What I’m about to tell you isn’t pretty, but I promise I do it out of love. I hate seeing people get cheated, and I especially hate seeing it happen to young professionals. Look — I’m not […]Read more "WordPress? More like WordBest."