About Suroor Asia

Blog Background & Profile 2018

"Suroor" (سرور) means "happiness"* in Arabic, and has similar meanings in Hindi and Urdu. Suroor Asia covers the Asia Pacific & Middle East regions when it comes to the Islamic economy, an aspect of the commercial world that doesn't get that much exposure, but which nevertheless commands a large and growing portion of the revenues.

Suroor Asia covers news, trends, products and services that impact the Islamic economy in the Asia Pacific and the Middle East regions. Central Asia is occasionally featured.

Market segments within the Islamic economy include:
  • Art 
  • Education, including that for the Arabic language 
  • Fashion 
  • Finance 
  • Food & drink 
  • Healthcare & bodycare 
  • Media & recreation 
  • Standards & certification 
  • Technology 
  • Travel & tourism, both for leisure and business (MICE) 

Developmental projects and charity outreaches are also part of this world view, while history and culture provide a better understanding of what the economy is about today. I also include headphones, shavers, honey, coffee, tea and fragrances on this blog.

It does however not feature businesses just because they are run by Muslims, but because that business, product or service has a bearing on an aspect of the Islamic economy that is unlikely to appear in other economies.

As resources are limited this blog is not likely to be first with the news, nor can it provide a comprehensive overview. Editorially Suroor Asia provides a perspective of the economy through a personal curation of news items.

Target Audience

This blog builds awareness on the Islamic economy for all who may have an interest in it, whether as a supplier or as a consumer. Demands can differ significantly from geography to geography, or within a geography, but there are constants such as the need for halal food, the practice of fasting during the month of Ramadhan, and the obligation to perform the Hajj pilgrimage at least once in a lifetime.

I can provide some general numbers from Google Analytics (please ask).

Frequency

This Singapore-based blog is updated at least once a week. Mondays are the best days to visit, though there are often additions over the week.

Amplification

Links to blog posts and related content may appear in Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

Blog posts from Suroor Asia are occasionally referenced in sister blogs TechTrade Asia and WorkSmart Asia.

Suroor Asia has its own Facebook page.

Editorial Calendar

Seasonal content I would be interested in would be for events and promotions around Mother's Day, Ramadhan, Eid (Hari Raya) and the Hajj.

Mother's Day

Focus: Related events and promotions, gifts

Request for information: A month before Mother's Day. Mother's Day is celebrated on different days in different countries; the information is of interest so long as that country is in the Asia Pacific or Middle East region

Deadline: Two weeks before Mother's Day

Ramadhan/Eid al Fitr

Focus: Health tips, promotions for beauty, fashion, food, travel, home decor etc, events, charity drives, meals, Eid gifts

Request for information: A month before Ramadhan begins

Deadline: Two weeks before Eid begins

Target publication date: from three weeks ahead of the 1st day of Ramadhan

Hajj/Eid al Adha

Focus: Health & logistics tips, events, charity drives, meals

Request for information: A month before Hajj begins

Deadline: Two weeks before Eid begins

Target publication date: from three weeks ahead of the 1st day of Hajj

Business Model

I do not work on the blog full-time as I have to pay my bills through other means. Content on the blog is free and comes from websites, press releases and event coverage. I don't do interviews or accept contributed content. There is no charge for appearances.

Rate Card 2018

I do not have a formal media kit or rate card as coverage is basically free.

What I can do

Do email press releases to me for consideration. There may be more Singapore-based content as I am based in Singapore but content from anywhere else in Asia, the Pacific or the Middle East is welcome. I visit the wires and the newsrooms of various companies on occasion as well. 

I also cover selected events in person in Singapore, but don't really do interviews or accept contributed content. Overseas events may be possible but require a longer lead time as I have to make other arrangements for existing commitments.

I typically get more press releases than I can feature, even if they are extremely relevant; it's a combination of relevance, timing, and whether I have the time to blog that determines whether something gets featured or not. Events that I cover in person do get priority but coverage again depends on relevance.

Press releases which are a week old or more are unlikely to be featured, though I sometimes queue posts for a future date. This is usually because there are too many posts about the same company or the same type of posts (surveys, case studies etc) are appearing in the same week. I may blog about mergers and acquisitions but typically not about financial results. Please note that posts may be updated with pictures and links etc after publication.

Blogger Profile & Contact

I've created tech and lifestyle content for journalism, public relations and content/digital marketing. I'm based in Singapore and tweet at @shimmertje8. Please email me at tangjoy (at) gmail (dot) com. I prefer to be contacted by WhatsApp (the WhatsApp contact is in my email signature). 

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Disclaimer and Privacy

The author includes news, trends, goods, and services in this blog as information which may be of interest to others. It is assumed in good faith that the entities mentioned are genuine organisations offering bona fide services. Any conclusions made or activities undertaken as a result of these blog posts is at readers' own risk.

Blogger.com and Google Analytics do capture data about visitor behaviour. The data provides insights about viewership and the popularity of various blog posts. Any additional information requested, whether personally identifiable or otherwise, is not part of the blog structure and readers provide it at their own risk. This blog provides links to third parties. Any information requested by as a result of clicking on those links does not belong to this blog, and this blog should not be liable for any outcomes that occur as a result.

The URL for this page is http://suroorasia.blogspot.sg/p/more-about-suroor-asia.html

*Suroor refers to a particular form of happiness, where the person feels like the heart is as calm as still water.