I’d like to take the opportunity to thank Holly for allowing me to guest post here today. I feel she shares some of the most thorough and current research on how brands can benefit from collaborating with and seeking critical input from Social Media Moms; while adding thoughtful commentary in the process. I am honored to share my experiences for my niche within a niche–the Muslim Social Media Mom Market.
Top Ten Reasons Why Brands Can Benefit From Working with a Muslim Social Media Mom
2. Fast Growing Market. (TIME)
4. The Wealthiest and Most Educated Muslim Minority Community in the World. (Elan)
7. Extremely Loyal Who Heavily Utilizes Word Of Mouth Marketing. (Associated Press)
Halal Foods According to Sharia Law = a Typical Whole Food Shopper. For halal certification, one offers 100% natural, anti-biotic free, 100% veggie-fed, and organic products slaughtered in the most humane means possible in the name of Allah (which is “God” in Arabic.) To break up all the serious research-based tone of this post, I must add Colbert’s take on this topic for a good chuckle.
9. Expressive in Sharing Their Views. (Forbes)
10. Unknown & Not Highlighted: Muslim Moms Spend Their Family’s Wealth and Their Own.
While moms are savvy consumers with influential buying power for their families, Muslim Moms have even more. How? Muslim women have the privilege of earning their own money, the right to own their own property, enter into legal contracts, manage and spend their own assets in any way they choose. More specifically, no one person can claim any of a Muslim woman’s wealth (money, property, belongings, inheritance, or investments), not even her husband as prescribed in the Qur’an
In Islam, a Muslim husband and/or father is held responsible for providing and held accountable for his ability to care for his wife and family with faith, finances, room, board, comfortable living, etc. However, the Muslim wife and/or mom, must be strong in faith, care for her husband, family, their household and wealth.
Shall a Muslim women or mom be able to balance her family and homemaking responsibilities, and acquires personal wealth (i.e., valued jewelry as gifts, inherited land, or maintains a profitable business)–her spending power has doubled.
Of course, many Muslim women and moms elect to assist their families when they need to, but it is not her responsibility or obligation. If a Muslim wife must contribute financially out of necessity, in many cases the pious and grateful husband repays his wife in full.
This is why I feel passionate about brands not just targeting the Muslim Consumer Market in America, but the Social Media Muslim Mom who is a Consumer in America and beyond.
Bonus Reason 11: Having blogged since 2004, I believe the greatest benefits to targeting Muslim Social Media Mom Bloggers are that they are Adaptive and Creative, Passionate and Extremely Confident, and Willing to Apply New Lessons Learned.
• Living in a non-Muslim country, we adapt and create new ways to educate and raise our children to be pious and strong in faith.
• We have a passion to please Allah (God) first. In doing so, our strong morals, ethics, and actions speak louder than the words against us. [Please comment to this statement only if you personally know a Muslim. Tip: Many Muslims in America conceal their religious affiliations; so your close friend or colleague may even be one. Don’t know? Just ask.]
• One would have to be confident to maintain our modest dress despite what the mainstream media portrays us to be. [For me, it’s not confidence--it’s just faith.]
•In Islam, we are obliged to gain ‘alm (knowledge) each and every day. Learning about our faith, how we practice it, or in life in general (such as how to homeschool, our pursuit of higher education, business ownership, etc.) and…
• Once we learn something new, we must apply our new-found knowledge to gain the greatest benefit in this life, for the goal of reaching the hereafter.
I welcome your comments, questions and concerns, and look forward to responding to them. Please continue the dialogue in the comments section below.
Ponn Sabra, MPH, a highly-prolific public health official, turned best-selling author, internet marketer & columnist, now focuses all her time and energy to being a Muslim wife and mom. Featured in the Associated Press, Washington Post, Fox, ABC News and other major media outlets, Ponn blogs with her three young daughters about their world-traveling, green, homeschool tips, tools, contests and more at AmericanMuslimMom.com. Tweet her, become a Facebook Fan, or download her FREE ebook, “Balancing Life as a Muslim Mom” at http://AmericanMuslimMom.com today!