Ramadhan

This is Ramadhan captured beautifully by photographer Yaman Ibrahim with his Galaxy S7 edge

The holy month of Ramadhan is a month-long journey of peace and observation of fast. The lead up to Hari Raya is also colourful and bustling with activities. This is a fantastic opportunity to capture the many sights and sounds Ramadhan has to offer. An award-winning Malaysian photographer, Yaman Ibrahim, did just that, armed only with his Galaxy S7 edge.

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Cool! Twitter introduces hashflags for #Ramadan and #Eid

Twitter Ramadan hashflags

In a few hours, over 1.5 billion Muslims around the world will be celebrating the month of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic Calendar. According to Twitter, there were 74.2 million tweets about Ramadan around the world last year. Extraordinary. Just like what it did for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Twitter is introducing special hashflags for the fasting month: #Ramadan and #Eid. Twitterverse can use these hashtags for anything pertaining the holy month.

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Google Search: Malaysians Love Ramadhan Buffets

Ramadhan Buffer. Image source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mohammadistanbul/

Malaysians, as well all know it, love food. In fact as I tell foreign visitors, “Malaysia IS food”. In the weeks leading up to the fasting month of Ramadhan last month, Malaysian were searching for many things and guess what was trending?

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On google.com.my, Malaysians searched the term ‘buffet’ during Ramadhan more than any other festival or time of the year. Searches for the term increased by 64% from 2009 – 2012, showing how popular buffets are during the festive period.

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Searches for the term ‘Ramadhan buffet’ also increased by a substantial 164% from 2009 – 2012. A sign of Ramadhan buffets drawing bigger and bigger crowds?

Ramadhan-buffet-&-Hotel-Buffet. Source: Google Malaysia

When comparing consumer search behaviour using Google’s Insights for Search free tool, it was found that ‘Ramadhan buffet’ was used 120% more often  (2.2x) than ‘hotel buffet’ as a search phrase between 2009 – 2012.

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Note: The numbers on the graph reflect how many searches have been done for a particular term relative to the total number of searches done on Google over time. They do not represent absolute search volume numbers, because the data is normalised and presented on a scale from 0-100.

Numbers for 2012 are partial.

The links provided to the specific Google Insights for Search results are correct at time of writing.

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‘Buffet’ a Top Search Trend During Ramadhan

KUALA LUMPUR, 14 August, 2012 – The weeks leading up to Ramadhan had Malaysians searching on their desktops, mobile phones and tablets for many things related to the holy month and the upcoming Hari Raya celebration.

So, what was trending on Google Search during this time?

On google.com.my, Malaysians searched using the term ‘buffet’ during Ramadhan more than at any other time of the year. No other period gets more searches using that term than during this period.

Searches for the term ‘buffet’ increased by 64% from 2009 – 2012 (2012 being partial results), showing that Malaysians are more interested in buffets than any other type of dining styles during this period.

Interestingly, searches for the term ‘Ramadhan buffet’ also increased by a whopping 164% (2012 being partial results) from 2009 – 2012. This confirms that it is particularly the ‘Ramadhan buffet’ that is the crowd draw year-after-year with a large number of Malaysians searching for information on where to break their fast; with restaurants presumably drawing the largest number of customers to their buffet promotions than at any other time of the year.

Using Google’s Insights for Search free tool that helps to provide better insight into online consumer search behaviour, we also compared ‘hotel buffet’ and ‘Ramadhan buffet’ to see which search phrase was more popular over time.

As it turns out, search interest in ‘Ramadhan buffet’ was 120% higher than ‘hotel buffet’  between 2009-2012 (taking the highest peak from each term). In other words, consumer searches for ‘Ramadhan buffet’ during the Ramadhan period is 2.2 times higher than ‘hotel buffet’.

This is most relevant for example for hotels and restaurants, as they can be comfortable skewing their online and offline marketing efforts towards those consumers who are mainly searching for ‘Ramadhan buffet’ during this time.

“Businesses and marketers can now predict future trends that are resonating with their target audience, focus their marketing campaigns and also monitor the impact of their marketing efforts,” said Sajith Sivanandan, Google Malaysia’s country manager. “Based on search trends, businesses can actively target customers at the right time when the customers are actively searching online and are seeking to make a purchase.”

For businesses and marketers, this means the ability to test their products and services to reach audiences with relevant messages, identify emerging trends and discover opportunities, anticipate demand and seasonality, understand geographic distribution and optimise campaigns or keyword development.

Note: The numbers on the graph reflect how many searches have been done for a particular term relative to the total number of searches done on Google over time. They do not represent absolute search volume numbers, because the data is normalised and presented on a scale from 0-100.

The links provided to the specific Google Insights for Search results are correct at time of writing.

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Image source: Flickr
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