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May162018

Google Intro New Ramadan Search, Qibla Finder, Qalam Greetings Web App

Ramadan the holy month of fasting which is observed by muslims around the world starts today when people connects with family and friends.

It’s also a busiest season for most advertisers around and in the Middle East and Northern Africa region as people increase their overall spending in this month long festivity.

On the occasion of #Ramadan, Google is introducing virtual reality powered new features to help people in searching relevant information, new ways to share greetings across its platform.

First up, a search for ‘Ramadan’ on Google will now show a specific tool that will provide customised locally relevant information in the Middle East and North Africa and Indonesia, along with prayer timings and tips to the most popular Ramadan dishes recipes and timings of restaurants and places open during this festivity. Because, people fasts all day and gather for iftar in the evenings.

Ramadan Dishes Recipes Search on Google

In addition top Ramadan dishes recipes can be explored now on YouTube directly through the new Ramadan search experience. “During Ramadan, searches for recipes spike 50 percent higher and watch times on YouTube for cooking videos peak at almost 30 percent higher,” stated Google.

Even more Google said during this time of the year, YouTube watch time for TV series rises to 151%, so ti’s enabling people to directly search their favourite drama or comedy shows from the new experience.

Qibla Finder App
This year people can search Qibla offlines as well through the Qibla Finder app. “Qibla Finder is a web app that shows the direction of the Mecca wherever you are in the world using augmented reality.” It was launched last year and this year also adds a new shortcut to add Qibla Finder to Android homescreen.

GIF below shows Qibla shortcut on Android home screen:

Qibla Finder App by Google on Android

Create Greetings With Qalam
A new ‘Qalam from Google,’ will help in creating beautiful calligraphic personalized messages for Ramadan and Eid. To bring this timeless heritage of calligraphy art online Google with nine artists used Tilt Brush to create over 35 unique digital Ramadan and Eid greetings with hundreds of customizable artwork possibilities.

Just go to g.co/Qalam to customize and share your own 3D Ramadan card.

Watch this video below introducing Qalam:

Google advising advertisers to explore the MENA (Middle East and Northern Africa) region during the Ramadan period that starts from Tuesday May 15 to Thursday June 14.

In fact, increased activity during Ramadan is often sustained for the rest of the year. Citing the Ramadan 2018 Ad Guide on Think with Google MENA, the expert shared the following key reasons of this busiest ad season:

  • During Ramadan not only media consumption, but also consumer purchase and spending habits do change as well.
  • Around 53% consumers in Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Egypt increase their overall spending with a strong focus on regular household items such as groceries.
  • Additionally, because customers look mostly for offers and brand loyalty becomes less important, it creates a window of opportunity for new players to enter the market.
  • Preferred offers during this period are discounts and additional free units, therefore a strong promotional communication is recommended when communicating with target audience.

Refer this Ramadan 2018 Ad Guide on Think with Google MENA here.

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