We Are Social launches new report 

Global creative agency network, We Are Social has launched a new report known as Braving the Backlash. Created by its UK office, the report aims to offer practical advice on how brands can approach sensitive issues in their marketing while properly managing hate speech and negativity online. Braving the Backlash explains why all brands need an anti-hate policy, how to create one, and where to display it. The report also introduces a new ‘Three Rs Model’ to help brands and community managers successfully categorise and respond to hate speech online.

“Diversity has become a core issue at the heart of our industry, as brands and advertisers increasingly look to speak out on societal causes which resonate with them,” says Nathan McDonald, Co-Founder and CEO, We Are Social. “However, there is still a clear lack of understanding as to how these conversations  – and indeed, campaigns – can be properly managed online without those involved having to fear backlash from certain groups online. This report aims to help to address some of these concerns, and offers brands and marketers a roadmap on how to effectively tackle negativity head on. It’s something we as a group are incredibly proud to stand behind.”

We Are Social acquires Socialize

Global creative agency network, We Are Social has acquired a majority stake in UAE-based digital agency Socialize as part of its expansion into the MENA region. The move sees We Are Social’s global workforce top 700 staff members, based across 11 offices in nine countries. Socialize will continue operating as an independent brand while taking advantage of We Are Social’s global infrastructure and agency ecosystem.

“We Are Social’s entrepreneurial spirit and future-focussed offering makes it the perfect strategic fit for Socialize,” says Akanksha Goel, Founder and Managing Director, Socialize. “We’re looking forward to joining forces with a network that is so like us from both a cultural and working practice perspective, a forward-thinking partner who shares our vision of the future and a global ecosystem that allows us to deliver greater value to our clients.”

Robin Grant, Chairman and Co-Founder, We Are Social continues, “We’re incredibly excited to be welcoming Akanksha and the rest of the Socialize team to the We Are Social family. They’re kindred spirits who share our creative culture and passion for social. As one of the fastest-growing and most dynamic regions in the world, the Middle East is absolutely crucial for our global clients and having Socialize as part of our network has fulfilled a long-held ambition.”