Social Media Awards Beirut – Reviewed
By Admin I: it finally happened, the buzzing event that managed successfully to become the talk of all online platforms, in a way that made everyone forget about hidden agendas, the Lebanese mindset of a conspiracy theory. It was successfully okay, we cannot deny that, especially if compared to other events being held in Lebanon, certainly not ‘Tedx’ bad, you know.
Everyone was there, the glam, the meh and the disastrous, and we showed up in a tribute costume to the wickedly famous Panda Cheese ads meeting our fierce competitors, you know with their fake smiles and blonde dates, yes the kind of blondes that thought an ‘angry panda’ was ‘cute’ *shoot her*. So Panda overheard some Leo+alfa hate, and was almost beaten by Little miss sunshine aka. Tedx Beirut’s Sarah Sibai (that never gets angry).
Aaaand we didn’t win. But let me tell you, this time we will be the sore loser, we’ve been behaving for a month! The only reason why we accepted a nomination by the event’s organiser, placed in the wrong category, was a friend’s advice to show sportsmanship, but screw it. We do not belong to the ‘best business blog’ category dudes! We review creative works and write design related posts that you probably failed to read while creating a facebook page after the other. Well you know what? It’s highly calculated, being with ‘Wamda’ in one group. Wamda won, mabrouk (we really mean it), but give me a break, those guys offer a platform designed to empower entrepreneurs in the MENA region, THE MENA FREAKIN REGION, and we’re a local bunch of bloggers. Wamda is funded, and helps funding startups. Tell me about fair competition. That is mere NONSENSE.
Anyways, we didn’t win, you know, even David Habchy, Elie Fares and Amal al Dahouk didn’t, so we can live with it. the regular pals did, Najib, Gino, the social media accounts held by the organisers, the venue and ha–ii–fa-a-a.
Oh oh, another caliber hint: Almaza, Cheyef 7alak and Lebanese Memes won more than one category, Poly performed (while people devoured the buffet) and Neshan’s poetic drama was more hilarious than Nemr bou Nassar,see, something to be proud of. not.
The event is a fail by all fair measures, except the ones evolving around media buzz, great success. Tanks haifa, tanks.
(The afterparty was awesome Ragmag, awesome!)
Here’s the full list, check it out (Wait for the panda pictures later).
1. Best Business Blog: Wamda
2. Best Commercial District on Social Media: ABC
3. Best Start-up on Social Media: Tickle My Brain
4. Best Facebook Application: Novo
5. Best Facebook Campaign/Page: Lebanese Memes
6. Most Creative Instagram Account: Live Love Beirut
7. Most Engaging Diplomat/Politician on Twitter: Ziyad Baroud
8. Best Lifestyle Blog: Mich Café
9. Best Food & Beverage Brand: Almaza
10. Best Pub/bar on Social Media: February 30
11. Best NGO/Organization on Twitter: Donner Sang Compter
12. Best Design for a Social Media Campaign: Almaza
13. Best Fashion Brand on Social Media: Vero Moda
14. Best Food Blog: No Garlic No Onions
15. Best Fashion Blog: Plush Beirut
16. Most Engaging Person on Twitter: Anis Tabet
17. Best Technology Blog: Microsoftoholic
18. Most Engaging Youtube Channel: Cheyef 7alak
19. Most Engaging Media Personality on Twitter: Neshan
20. Best News Blog: Beirut Spring
21. Most Engaging Youtube Video: Beirut Duty Free Flashmob
22. Best NGO/Community on Social Media: Lebanese Memes
23. Best Non-Arabic Vocal Artist: Anthony Touma
24. Best Restaurant, Café or Bakery on Social Media: Roadster Diner
25. Best Band on Social Media: Mashrou3 Leila
26. Best Personal Blog: Gino’s Blog
27. Best Hotel on Social Media: Phoenicia Hotel
28. Most Engaging Celebrity on Twitter: Haifa Wehbe
29. Best Media Personality on Social Media: Zaven
30. Best Business on Social Media: Roadster Diner
31. Best Integrated Campaign: Cheyef 7alak
32. Blog of the Year: Blog Baladi
33. Social Campaigning Magnet Award: Lana El Sahley
Check Elie’s awesome review.