Hope after all: How a Yemeni immigrant built a massive community with science videos

A German graduate from Yemen is a Facebook superstar

Hashem Al-Ghaili bei seiner Abschlussrede an der Jacobs Universität in Bremen (Quelle)

Hashem Al-Ghaili holding his keynote address on graduation day at Jacobs University in Bremen (source).

Actually, Hashem Al-Ghaili was supposed to be farmer. Today, though, the 26-year-old Yemeni holds two degrees and informs his six million plus Facebook followers on the latest scientific developments and technological advancements. In less than a year, his videos have generated more than 2 billion impressions. Al-Ghaili told OMR the details of his story and shared some secrets to his success.
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Is there an adtech giant on the rise in Poland?

Far from the usual European tech hubs lies Codewise—

Europe’s fastest-growing adtech startup

Das Codewise-Team (Quelle: Codewise.com)

Happy faces at Codewise (source: Codewise.com)

Revenue growth north of 13,000 percent (no, that’s not a typo) from 2011 to 2015 and a purported “annual run rate” of USD 50 million: figures that would impress no matter the market—but even more so when you find out that online startup Codewise isn’t based in Silicon Valley, but Krakow, Poland. Is there a hidden champion in central Europe poised to explode? We took a look to find out if the hype is real or just a bunch of smoke.
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Is this guy really responsible for the Trump presidency?

Exclusive: CEO Alexander Nix’s keynote at OMR Festival

Alexander Nix at OMR Festival 2017 (image: Miguel Brusch)

Did big data firm Cambridge Analytica really help Donald Trump win the US presidency? Or is it just a cleverly placed PR coup? These questions have been discussed heavily in the press and public domain over the past weeks and months. At OMR Festival 2017, Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix discusses big data, the methodologies and strategies used to identify people’s behavior and how data analytics factors into political campaigns.
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The State of the German Internet: The OMR Market Study on the German online industry

GIX, GAFA and current marketing quick wins


What is the current state of the German online industry? Which companies are poised to make a major breakthrough? How do German companies fare compared to their major US counterparts? What are the current chances for German companies in online marketing? We set out to answer these questions and more in our OMR market study “State of the German Internet,” which we unveiled at OMR Festival 2017. Get your copy of our study here.
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From Dusseldorf to a billion dollar NASDAQ IPO—trivago founder on stage at OMR 2017

trivago founder Rolf Schrömgens to appear at OMR Festival 2017

For its most recent IPO, trivago generated a massive valuation—roughly USD 4.7 billion to be precise—making the hotel search engine one of the most successful digital companies ever founded in Germany. What better guest to have on stage at OMR 2017 than trivago co-founder and CEO Rolf Schrömgens. He’ll divulge some insight into the company’s marketing strategies that helped trivago achieve such unprecedented success.
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Wanna beef up your conversions? Try a clever targeting campaign with all the fixins

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Clever copy, inside jokes and burger close-ups: an inside look at how clever Facebook ads turned into 30K burgers and €500K of revenue in just a year

All throughout Germany, the so-called burger boom is in full effect. The only thing greater than Germans’ appetites for burgers is the sheer number of places they can get their fix. But with a flooded market and competitors as plentiful as toppings, how can newcomers gain traction? Three friends from Germany gave Facebook ads a shot and ended up flipping 30K burgers for half a mil in less than 12 months. Online Marketing Rockstars took a closer look at the burger triumvirate to learn more about their recipe for success.
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The Boom and Bust of Song Lyric Pages

Song lyric pages were once a sure-fire cash cow. But what Google once giveth, hath taken away

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For years, song lyrics have provided resourceful online marketing pioneers with a solid source of easy income. But for many, the past two years have seen the boom go bust. One reason for their demise? Google’s in the same business. In an Online Marketing Rockstars’ exclusive, we sat down with an operator of one of Europe’s largest song lyric sites, who gave us the inside scoop on the industry’s rise and subsequent fall, while also providing us with current figures on his traffic.

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Turning Trash into Cash—The New Generation of Instagram Brand Makers

Brand building with the Kardashians

Von links nach rechts: Khloe Kardashian, Kim Kardashian und Kylie Jenner (Fotos: Instagram/Collage: Online Marketing Rockstars)

From left to right: Khloe Kardashian, Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner (Images: Instagram, Collage: Online Marketing Rockstars)

Teas that help you detox and trim down, creams that plump up your rump and gummi bears that promise to boost hair growth. That’s just a small sample of products that several wily young entrepreneurs turned into strong brands within just two years—and solely on the strength of celebs posts on Instagram. Online Marketing Rockstars took a deep dive and caught up with some of the players behind the scenes to explain what makes the sector go round.

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How Two 13-Year-Old Girls Built Germany’s Most Successful Instagram Account

Lisa and Lena: two million fans in just four months

It’s an unprecedented story of success. In less than four months, Lisa and Lena, 13-year-old twin sisters from the Stuttgart area, amassed approx. two million fans on Instagram and musical.ly, the music app beloved by teenagers. We took a closer look at their performance, before speaking to the girls, as well as their agent, and discovered there is much more than meets the eye.

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