SIBF 2020 offers key tips on effective social media storytelling

Creative strategist Alexandra MAIA leads online workshop on the creation of engaging online content at Sharjah International Book Fair 2020

10:33 PM | 12 Nov, 2020
SIBF 2020 offers key tips on effective social media storytelling

SHARJAH – Do you keep checking your social media profiles to see if your post has generated comments and get disappointed when it does not? Then, you need to learn the basics of social media storytelling, said social media expert Alexandra MAIA, founder and creative strategist, House of Social. 

She was leading a session titled ‘Tools for Creating Content for Social Media’, livestreamed on the ‘Sharjah Reads’ virtual platform as part of the Sharjah International Book Fair 2020.

“You must create engaging stories that can turn people into listeners, who will then become your followers,” she said, while outlining the techniques. “Social media storytelling is the process of using social media platforms to tell stories about your brand, products, or whatever you want to convey, to captivate your audience.”

The key rule is that storytelling on social media is not just another tactic to sell products or services. “It enables you to expose your brand to your audience, tell them what your brand is all about,” she noted. “Like any other form of storytelling, it has to have a beginning, middle, and an end.”

She outlined key steps to creating compelling stories that gain traction on popular platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube, among others.

Know your audience

“Before creating a story, ask yourself, ‘Who are your viewers? Who will engage with your story the most?’ You need to understand your audience to create a compelling story.,” said Alexandra. “What do you want people to feel? Write your story from that point of view.”

The story should align with your brand’s nature. “Do they think quirky, funny, or happy? Your post should reflect that,” noted Alexandra. “Every brand has an energy level, and your content must mirror that.”

Right stories for the right platforms 

Create the right stories for the right platform. “Make sure that the stories match the style of content usually supported on the platform,” she said. “Create storyboards so that you know what you have to do every step of the way. Be clear about the visual style to adopt for your story and see that your photography and music mirrors that.”

Alexandra advised creating a weekly planner to chart the content to be shot and uploaded. “Your stories must follow the brand’s schedule, mirroring their activities.”

She recommended free apps like Canva and Creative Market that offers templates to create designs for posts on most social media platforms. Alexandra also offered her audience free access to 12 courses available on her website:

In a session held earlier titled ‘A Digital Pandemic’, Alexandra spoke about the advantages and disadvantages of social media during the pandemic, and gave tips on how to adapt and succeed in these difficult times - by listening with humility to customers, remaining agile and cultivating positivity and optimism. 

Organised by Sharjah Book Authority (SBA), SIBF 2020 concludes on November 14. Being held under the theme, ‘The World Reads from Sharjah’, the 39th edition has adopted a fully digital format to host its cultural and social media programme of 64 unique events, which are being streamed on SBA’s virtual platform over the 11 days of the fair. Register for upcoming discussions at 


Rupee recovers marginally against US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham and Riyal; check forex rates

Pakistani rupee saw marginal improvement against US dollar as it appreciated in the open bank market.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Thursday, the US dollar moved up and was being quoted at 285.3 for buying and 288.15 for selling.

Euro moves down to 311 for buying and 314 for selling. British Pound rate stands at 358.5 for buying, and 361.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED stands at 78 whereas the Saudi Riyal rate stands at 76.20.

Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 30 November 2023

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 285.3 288.15
Euro EUR 311 314
UK Pound Sterling GBP 358.5 361.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 78 78.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 76.2 77
Australian Dollar AUD 187.2 189
Bahrain Dinar BHD 759.67 767.67
Canadian Dollar CAD 209 211
China Yuan CNY 39.58 39.98
Danish Krone DKK 41.38 41.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.63 36.98
Indian Rupee INR 3.39 3.5
Japanese Yen JPY 1.49 1.56
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 926.7 935.7
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 60.38 60.98
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.44 175.44
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.25 26.55
Omani Riyal OMR 741.26 749.26
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 77.63 78.33
Singapore Dollar SGD 211 213
Swedish Korona SEK 26.93 27.23
Swiss Franc CHF 325.9 328.4
Thai Bhat THB 8.23 8.38

Gold rates in Pakistan increase; Check today’s gold rates 30 November 2023

KARACHI – The gold price continues to climb up in the local market in line of upward trend in international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 30 November 2023

On Thursday, the single tola of 24 Karat gold was available at Rs218,600, and the price for 10-gram gold reached Rs187,420.

Meanwhile, the 22 Karat Gold price stands at Rs200,380, 21 karat rate for each tola is Rs191,275 and 18k gold rate hoveres around Rs163,950.

In international market, the price of precious metal hovers around $2,045 per ounce.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Karachi PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Islamabad PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Peshawar PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Quetta PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Sialkot PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Attock PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Gujranwala PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Jehlum PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Multan PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Bahawalpur PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Gujrat PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Nawabshah PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Chakwal PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Hyderabad PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Nowshehra PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Sargodha PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Faisalabad PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Mirpur PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675


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