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Arab Investor Marketing

Are you looking to attract affluent Arabs to invest with your company? Look no further. IstiZada specializes in marketing to Arabs and we have experience attracting Arab investors from across the Middle East especially in oil rich Gulf countries part of the GCC.

Depending on the type of Arab investor you are looking for, there are a variety of different online marketing channels we specialize in to attract Arab investor leads to your business.



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Why work with IstiZada to attract Arab investors?



As performance marketers focused on the Arab world we are strategically situated to help our clients reach Arabs on the channels and with the types of messaging that appeals to them.  We understand that our clients aren’t just looking for branding but they need to get results that are measured in the amount of revenue that we drive for their companies through our Arab lead generation efforts.


We know the average cost per lead

As a marketing agency that has been working with companies from around that globe about how to target Arabs we have a very good idea of how much it is going to cost you to get qualified leads to your website. This eliminates a lot of the risk and guess work for you.


We focus on building trust

The biggest mistake that many companies make in the Arab World is assuming that Arabs are just too hard to turn into customers and giving up when the sale process gets a little drawn out. That said, once a company has built trust with an Arab they are often surprise by the brand loyalty they have. This means that the average life time value of an Arab investor could be 2-5 times higher than the lifetime value of a western investor. Investing more time in earning an Arab’s business can reap huge rewards in the long run.


Profiles of Different Arab Investors


Wealthy Business Man

The wealthy Arab business man is typically very savvy, having been schooled internationally. They’ve done business with companies around the globe and they have high standards for transparency and control with their investments.


Inheritor of money

The Inheritor of family money is quite different from other types of investors. They are not all the same but you may find that some of them are not so savvy with their investments and are more attracted by investments that are more exciting and interesting.


Arab Royalty

Though its quite rare to win the money of royalty in the gulf it is worth noting that the royal families in some countries in the region are massive. In Saudi Arabia there is said to be more than 7000 princes. If you are able to attract royalty to your investment opportunities it is essential to think long term as you may find that it becomes easier to attract more royal investors after you have the first one.


Arabs Fleeing Risky Markets

It’s important to understand that many investors in the Middle East are looking to protect their money in the midst of turmoil in the region. It would be a mistake to assume that only the stable countries in the region have individuals with wealth in them. Instead you will find that there are wealthy individuals in the region who are looking to keep their hard earned money safe by investing in foreign markets.


Expats living in the Arab world

Though these investors aren’t technically Arabs they are an additional type of investor you can target on many of the same Middle East channels as you use for targeting Arabs.  Across the Arab world there are a large number of expats with money that have moved to region to earn high salaries to get ahead in booming markets. To ignore these investors would be a mistake.



What is the Arab Investor looking for

In general we find there a few elements different types of Arab investors are looking for and we list them here.

  1. Fun – Yes, it may not make sense to other types of investors but there are many Arab investors who inherited wealth or got it with little to no effort so their money may not have the same value as someone who earned it from scratch. They are search for investments that interest them.
  2. Stability – Many Arabs see turmoil in the Middle East as a sign for concern and therefore seek to invest their money outside of the Middle East in an effort to make sure their wealth doesn’t disappear. With the new economic challenges introduced in 2020 to the price of oil and oil demand, wealthy Arabs are looking to invest outside the region even more.
  3. Ease – Arab investors aren’t typically looking for complicated investments. They want investment opportunities that are easy to understand and make sense. In many cases you may find that some Arab investors are only interested in investing in things that are tangible like real estate and gold. This is changing though as the real estate market isn’t producing the same returns that it used to in the region.
  4. Prestige – Certain types of investments have the ability to portray honor to the individuals who invest in them. This can be the case with certain types of real estate, valuable collectibles, and other tangible investments. Some wealthy Arabs are in search for these types of investments that give them both prestige and value appreciation.

Though all Arab investors don’t have all four of these traits we find that a majority have at least one of these traits. In light of this, we find that marketing to them with ad-copy that highlights the benefits to these types of individuals can be very effective.


Arabs and Overcoming Risk Aversion

Arabs tend to be quite risk averse when compared to other cultures around the world. In light of this there are 3 tactics we employee to help Arabs feel less fear about investing.

  1. Multiple touch points – You can’t expect most Arabs to respond to you the first time they hear about you or the first time they see your ad. The larger the risk the more times they need to interact with your brand before they feel comfortable making an investment.
  2. Professional Brand in English with Powerful Arabic marketing – Arabs tend to trust foreign companies with an established brand globally. With this said Arabs respond to and are impacted by messaging in Arabic as it is there native and heart language. As a direct result of this we find that effective marketing tailored to Arabs contains both a strong presence in English but also a strong Arabic presence. The combination of the two is a sign of a globally trusted brand.
  3. Landing pages tailored to the benefits they care about – Above we mentioned some of the things that Arabs care about but we find that few companies incorporate this messaging into their landing pages and ads. A savvy marketer will focus on attracting investors with messaging that is geared toward what they care about.


In short if you are looking for an Arab focused marketing agency to help you get results and gain more investors from the Arab world we’d love to help you accomplish your goals.


Contact us to learn more about how we can help your company.



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Jordan Boshers

Jordan Boshers is the Chief Digital Strategist at IstiZada, a digital agency that helps companies market to Arabs. He has 10+ years of experience running successful digital marketing campaigns in the Arab world. His insights into Arabic SEO helped him grow previously unknown websites to dominate Arabic niches on Google including growing one site from 0 to more than 1 million users monthly. Jordan has consulted for hundreds of companies including helping corporations like Amazon, Berlitz, and Exxon Mobil with their Arabic digital marketing. Learn more here or on LinkedIn.