Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 15th April, 2019: The Middle East and North Africa branch of the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA MENA) has announced the launch of its newest sectoral group, NextGen Arabia following in the successful footsteps of the initial NextGen MENA group. A group dedicated to supporting those early into their careers, whilst equipping practitioners with all the tools to progress.

NextGen Arabia will cater specifically to Arabic PR professionals in roles from Junior Account Executives to Senior Account Managers and will provide a forum for discussion, sharing peer-to-peer advice and experiences, and providing inspirational figures to learn from and ignite ambition.

Chaired by markettiers MENA’s Hadeel Mansour, and with a vice-chair soon to be selected, the PRCA NextGen Arabia group will deliver a variety sessions from round tables, guest speakers and socials held in Arabic, which will explore issues/experiences and how to navigate the complex and ever-changing landscape of the PR and communications industry.

Hadeel Mansour, Senior Account Executive at markettiers MENA and Chair of NextGen Arabia, said: “I’m delighted to have the support of the PRCA to realise the idea of another group designed to foster the careers of young PR professionals in Arabic. As Chair of PRCA NextGen Arabia, I’m looking forward to coming together to learn from one another, as well as those we aspire to in the industry.”

The date of the inaugural NextGen Arabia session will be announced shortly and interested members can register for communications around the Group’s activities by emailing PRCA MENA General Manager Melissa Cannon, at with their name and current position.

Melissa Cannon, General Manager of PRCA MENA said: “As a vital part of the communications industry in region, with the launch of NextGen Arabia, we look forward to helping young Arabic professionals share their experiences with peers and role models to ensure the industry in the Middle East and North Africa continues to grow and take its place amongst other major world players.”


For more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with:

Melissa Cannon, GM PRCA MENA
Mobile: 054 352 3740

Hadeel Mansour, markettiers MENA
Mobile: 056 212 0795

Dubai, UAE, 27th February 2019

Leading international business communications consultancy Instinctif Partners has kicked off the year by expanding its team for its MENA business, headquartered in Dubai. The addition of new team members follows a year in which double-digit revenue growth was achieved by the regional operation.

Khaled Fansa has joined the team as Consultant. A native Arabic speaker with over six years’ consultancy experience, Khaled will support the team’s Arabic content and media relations strategies, Arabization of international material and original copywriting. He has previously worked on corporate communications strategies for global brands including LG, Lenovo, Fitbit, Mashreq, Yahsat, Adidas and Porsche. Khaled also has an in-depth knowledge of the healthcare sector, having worked with pharmaceutical businesses including Novartis, Bayer, Boehringer Ingelheim and AstraZeneca. Khaled holds certificates in Business Communication and Marketing, and Human Resources Management from the London College of Management.

Toni Francisco has been hired as Administration Executive, joining the team from JP Morgan. She brings her HR experience in the fields of recruitment, compensation and benefits; and onboarding and offboarding of staff. She has also worked in marketing, supporting event promotions and product activations.

Samantha Bartel, Managing Partner, Instinctif Partners MENA, commented:

“As one of Instinctif Partners’ fastest growing regions, we are delighted to expand the team with the addition of two new members. Khaled’s experience will enable us to work more closely with Arabic media and enhance the range of services for our expanding client portfolio across the region, while Toni will strengthen our operations and support the team as we set our sights on further growth.”

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Notes for Editors

About Instinctif Partners:

Instinctif Partners is a leading international business communications consultancy with six practice areas: capital markets, corporate, public policy, content & creative, engagement and insight & research.

It is a specialist in reputation, influence and engagement. It works with clients across multiple and complex audiences combining deep insights, expert storytelling and creative delivery to change behaviours, emotions and perceptions.

Instinctif Partners currently employs 400 people in 15 offices across eight countries across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and North America.

The company is one of the fastest growing consultancies in its industry, and in the past year alone has won or been shortlisted for over 30 awards, recognising both client work and the growth of the business as a whole. Accolades include International Agency of the Year 2018 & 2017 at the PR Week Global Awards, Outstanding Large Consultancy of the Year 2018 at the CIPR Excellence Awards, Corporate Consultancy of the Year 2017 at the EMEA SABRE Awards, and City Agency of the Year at the PRCA City and Financial Awards 2016 & 2017. Instinctif Partners also won Gold at the PR Week Best Places to Work 2018 for Large Agency and was named by the London Stock Exchange as one of 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain.






Michael Hylton

+971 4 369 9353




The PRCA MENA Awards 2019 celebrated the very best individuals, teams, and campaigns from the PR and communications industry from across the Middle East and North Africa.

Leading practitioners attended the awards at the Renaissance Downtown in Dubai on the evening of Wednesday, 13th February.

The full list of winners can be seen below.

Best PR Campaign: B2B M&C Saatchi Public Relations and Discovery -The Spirit of Discovery

Best PR Campaign: B2C Weber Shandwick – McDonalds World Cup Drive-Thru Experience

Best PR Campaign: B2C Golin MENA – The CHANGE Workshops – WaterWipes

Best Integrated Campaign DMCC – Future of Trade

Best PR Campaign: Influencer Relations Maven Marketing and Events – Olivia and Beauty Pop to Olivia Culpo “Miss Universe” Announces Beauty Pop

Best PR Campaign: Digital Hill+Knowlton Strategies – Keep it Pumping MENA

Best PR Campaign: Crisis Communications TBWA\ DJAZ – Celia Algeria Milk Crisis

Best PR Campaign: Game Changer Hill+Knowlton Strategies – GOSHxSuperhope

Results on a Budget Q Communications – Tourism Ireland

Best Regional Campaign Seven Media – Special Olympics

Social Impact Hill+Knowlton Strategies – GOSHxSuperhope

Large Consultancy of the Year- Weber Shandwick MENA

Rising Star of the Year Grayling – Lauren Ramey

PR Leader Weber Shandwick – Ghaleb Zeidan

Best PR Campaign: Media Relations Seven Media – Laguna Waterpark

Strategic Communications Campaign BPG ORANGE – Sony Middle East & Africa

Small Consultancy of the Year Brazen

In-House Team of the Year Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA)

Large Consultancy of the Year Weber Shandwick MENA


For further information contact:


Francis Ingham MPRCA

Director General, PRCA,


Barry Leggetter FPRCA 

07748 677 504


Matt Cartmell MPRCA

Deputy Director General

07930 485 333


About the PRCA

Who we are: Founded in 1969, the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) is a UK-based PR and communications membership body, operating in 66 countries around the world. We represent in excess of 30,000 people across the whole range of the PR and communications industry. The PRCA promotes all aspects of public relations and communications work, helping teams and individuals maximise the value they deliver to clients and organisations.

What we do: The Association exists to raise standards in PR and communications, providing members with industry data, facilitating the sharing of communications best practice and creating networking opportunities.

How we do it and make a difference: All PRCA members are bound by a professional charter and codes of conduct, and benefit from exceptional training. The Association also works for the greater benefit of the industry, sharing best practice and lobbying on the industry’s behalf e.g. fighting the NLA’s digital licence.

The Public Relations and Communications Association Middle East and North Africa (PRCA MENA) welcomes ASDA’A BCW as the association’s newest Member.

ASDA’A was originally founded in 2000 as an independent agency by Sunil John, who continues to lead in the agency’s 20th year. In 2008, WPP acquired a majority-stake in the firm and became an integral part of the Burson-Marsteller global network. After the recent merger of Burson-Marsteller and Cohn & Wolfe, ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller is now ASDA’A BCW.

The agency has grown exponentially since its inception, now employing nearly 200 professionals across nine wholly-owned offices and seven affiliates in 15 Middle East & North Africa (MENA) countries, serving more than 100 retained clients in the region through five dedicated practices: Consumer and Healthcare, Corporate, Enterprise and Technology, Financial, and Public Affairs. The team has joined PRCA MENA to further grow their internal knowledge and to ensure industry standards are upheld and exceeded.

Sunil John MPRCA, President, Middle East, ASDA’A BCW, said: “ASDA’A BCW is delighted to join PRCA MENA, at a time when the organisation’s mission has never been more relevant. Upholding standards and ensuring the public relations industry is seen as a trusted and accurate source of information is especially important in our era of ‘fake news’ and big data privacy concerns.

“We look forward to working with the PRCA in maintaining the very highest professional standards as well as growing the industry.”

Francis Ingham MPRCA, Director General, PRCA MENA, commented: “I am proud to welcome an agency with the standing and reputation of ASDA’A BCW as PRCA MENA’s latest member, and I personally look forward to working with Sunil John as we address the issues and opportunities faced by our industry across the region.”



For further information contact:


Francis Ingham MPRCA

Director General, PRCA,


Barry Leggetter FPRCA

07748 677 504


Matt Cartmell MPRCA

Deputy Director General

07930 485 333


About the PRCA

Who we are: Founded in 1969, the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) is a UK-based PR and communications membership body, operating in 66 countries around the world. We represent in excess of 30,000 people across the whole range of the PR and communications industry. The PRCA promotes all aspects of public relations and communications work, helping teams and individuals maximise the value they deliver to clients and organisations.

What we do: The Association exists to raise standards in PR and communications, providing members with industry data, facilitating the sharing of communications best practice and creating networking opportunities.

How we do it and make a difference: All PRCA members are bound by a professional charter and codes of conduct, and benefit from exceptional training. The Association also works for the greater benefit of the industry, sharing best practice and lobbying on the industry’s behalf e.g. fighting the NLA’s digital licence.

Omar Qirem, Chief Executive Officer, Edelman Middle East will succeed Loretta Ahmed FPRCA, CEO Middle, Turkey and Africa, Grayling at the head of the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) MENA, the leading PR association for the region.


Upon assuming this role, Omar will also take over from Loretta as the region’s champion at the International Communications Consultancy Organisation (ICCO), the global PR association. Omar will be one of five Regional Presidents at ICCO, led by overall President Elise Mitchell and Chief Executive Francis Ingham. ICCO membership includes over 3,000 PR and communications agencies in 66 countries.


Upon being announced, Omar Qirem said:


“I am honored to be taking up the role of PRCA MENA Chairman and look forward to continuing the good work of Loretta Ahmed. My personal commitment is to continue to support our members and communication agencies across the Middle East and North Africa to grow and evolve, while contributing to the development of the industry in the region.


“I’m also relishing the opportunity to be the Middle East Region President for ICCO, ensuring this dynamic part of the world has an active role in shaping the global voice of PR.”


Loretta Ahmed added:


“PRCA MENA is now well established with the support of a strong membership base, a busy programme of events and our third annual PRCA MENA awards around the corner. I look forward to giving my continued support through our own agency membership as PRCA MENA grows and evolves, providing agencies and in-house members across the region with its unique blend of international insights and local events and networking programmes”


ICCO Chief Executive and PRCA MENA Director General Francis Ingham MPRCA commented:


“Loretta’s contribution as founding Chairman of PRCA MENA and as ICCO’s first Middle East President has been outstanding, and I’d like to thank her for everything that she’s done over the past three years. I look forward to working just as closely with Omar as we continue to represent the region’s PR practitioners, and to grow both organisations’ footprints and activities.”


ICCO’s next bi-annual board meeting will for the first time take place in Dubai on Tuesday 12th February, with the annual PRCA MENA awards taking place the following evening on Wednesday 13th February. Sandwiched between these two events, The Holmes Report will be running their Innovation Summit at The Renaissance Hotel in Downtown Dubai.


PRCA MENA is the leading PR association for MENA, with a network covering PR and communications across 13 countries within the region.

In pod(cast) we trust

Six million people in the UK (11%) listen to a podcast each week according to RAJAR figures, with the BBC billing 2018 as ‘the year of the podcast boom’. And with the number of podcast downloads crossing 2.6 billion globally last year, and radio reaching more households than TV in the region, podcasting is primed to take off over here.

Whilst it is still in its infancy in region, the likes of Gulf News’ Dirhams and Dollars and the Kerning Cultures to name but a few, are creating captive and attentive audiences, that are both building high levels of trust and communities with engaged people. The opportunity for brands is absolute, and it’s those who are thinking ahead of the curve that are already captialising on its renaissance.

A to the B-Roll

B-Roll is often overlooked by PR professionals, but its power to secure TV coverage is huge. With that in mind, I believe in 2019 we will see more emphasis placed on the importance of B-Roll.

In short, B-Roll can determine whether you clinch that slot on a TV or online channel or a journalist pressing the delete button. It can often be the difference between trophy and mediocre coverage and with TV coverage often considered the ‘holy grail’, it should play a vital role in campaign planning. Often overlooked, B-Roll essentially consists of loosely edited footage captured to enrich a story you are telling. Far from being a polished piece of video content, its aim is to provide news broadcasters with a sequence of supplementary footage from which they can cherry pick the content they require to develop their own news story.

So with news teams are often working with limited resources, constantly working against the clock to deliver their news items for the TV bulletins, and broadcasters not always able to dispatch a crew out to cover a story, producing some well-crafted B-Roll could just be the ticket to delivering an impactful, engaging story.

Values Adds

2019 will be the year of the details. Gone are the days when AVEs and “PR values” are being seen as an accurate way to measure the effectiveness of a campaign. There is not one standard measurement that can be applied to all online coverage for instance that suggests one website has the exact same value as another, so there will be more emphasis on the replacement of these archaic forms of measurement and more scrutiny over evaluative measures.

Clients will demand more analysis on results to demonstrate effectiveness. Ultimately, demonstrating a tangible ROI will always go back to the extent to which a campaign can impact the business bottom line. Demonstrating tangible business outcomes will therefore be key.

Live video

Just three years on from the launch of Facebook Live, 2019 will also be a big year for brands growing their use of live video.

Communicators are now using live video to break news, make news, for thought leadership and internal comms exercises. The power of live and the potential it has is huge; not only is this apparent through the level of transparency it offers, but live has a higher level of trust because of its authenticity.

By tapping into communities via social media and wider, brands can create a two-way level to further build advocacy and trust. Higher production values now exist with live video, so gone are the days of shaky Facebook Lives delivered on a smartphone, and in their place are multi-camera live online streams that look slick, high end and are well thought out.

Live videos are not purely the domain for social however. There is a huge opportunity for brands to maximise the currency of live and extend its value beyond social media, and into traditional media, with new sites actively looking for editorial content of this nature. Working the content hard so that live videos also appear on the client’s website as well as pushed the existing client databases are just a few ways to ensure the power of live is realised through the value it delivers.

Dubai, 5th December 2018 – markettiers4dc, the specialist communications group, has today launched 4DC, a global end-to-end strategic podcast consultancy. Developed to serve the hundreds of brands actively seeking to understand the opportunity and value of radio-on-demand.


The launch of the dedicated podcast company, markettier4dc’s fifth communications service within the group, offers brands strategic consultancy, content development, production and distribution on a global scale. With a focus on building audiences and engagement, 4DC creates branded content through narrative using world-leading audio technical expertise.


4DC brings its unique service to the industry at a time of intense global growth. There are now an estimated 73 million monthly podcast listeners in the US* and the industry in China is estimated to be worth over US$7.3billion**. In the UK, last year alone penetration grew by half. Over six million Brits tune into podcasts every week, double the amount listening in 2013.***


Cheryl King, managing director, markettiers4dc MENA, explained. “The podcast space is booming. A lot of brands have their toe in the water because they want to be heard but don’t necessarily understand what the best approach is. And, as a service sector, no one is owning it.


“For almost 25 years, we have been leveraging audio strategy to help brands create value,” continued King. “Over the last few months, hundreds of clients have come to us and told us they are confused about the opportunity podcast presents and how they should measure success. Today’s launch of 4DC is a direct result of market dynamics, our strong heritage and expertise. The consultancy will enable brands to realise what’s possible when they strategically engage with podcast as a marketing and advertising channel.”


The new service launches today with several high-profile clients, including Oracle.


Chris Talago, vice president PR and communications, EMEA & JAPAC, Oracle, said, “We believe there’s a lot of potential for podcast. Not only across the Oracle business but also from a multi-territory perspective. We’ve trialled different approaches to podcast creation and distribution but knew it could deliver so much more value. We have every confidence that 4DC’s audio experts will developing engaging content and getting it in front of the right audiences.”


4DC will sit as a stand-alone arm of the markettiers4dc group, which currently houses four additional communication services: Through the I, Opinion Matters, Sound Creative, and markettiers.

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*Edison Research, The Infinite Dial 2018

** Research institute run by China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television.

*** Rajar Midas Audio Survey, Autumn 2018



For media enquiries, please contact:


Leanne Foy

971 (0)4 369 2709

About markettiers4dc

markettiers4dc is a specialist communications group with offices across the UK and the Middle East. markettiers4dc was founded 25 years ago by CEO, Howard Kosky, and employees over 100 people. Five companies – markettiers, Through the I, Opinion Matters, Sound Creative and 4DC – operate within the markettiers4dc network offering a broad range of services including:


  • campaign strategy
  • media relations
  • live streaming
  • podcasts
  • audience and market research
  • video and web TV production
  • mobile strategy
  • crisis communications


From the biggest brands to ambitious start-ups, markettiers4dc is trusted to get its client’s message in front of the right people. It utilises its expertise and trusted relationships across national and local TV and radio, while leading the way in innovative audio, insights & market research and visual audience engagement.

About 4DC

4DC is a global end-to-end strategic podcast consultancy. Launched in December 2018, 4DC, one of five communications companies housed within the markettiers4dc group, offers unique full-service podcast creation and distribution strategy with a focus on building audience and engagement.


4DC offers three types of service:

  • 4DC Premium – A full service creation and distribution strategy
  • 4DC Lite – Creation of branded content through narrative and audio technical expertise
  • 4DC Outreach – Development of the strategy and execution to reach audience through third party podcasts

When it comes to measurement and evaluation, how confident are you discussing measurement with clients? According to the International Communications Consultancy Organisation (ICCO) 2017 world report, 83% of respondents in the MENA region still use advertising value equivalents (AVE’s) because they say that it’s expected by clients.

We, as an industry, are ambitious and creative, pushing the boundaries with fresh new ideas; we are versatile with new technologies and strive to keep up-to-date with the latest trends. We also pride ourselves on being experts in our industry. But are we missing a trick when it comes to measurement and evaluation? We produce great work to be measured, and that needs to stand up to scrutiny. But after all of the hard work is over, are we really showing our true value? Are we in fact doing ourselves an injustice when it comes to measuring our campaigns using AVEs?

We are all ambitious when it comes to effective measurement and ultimately delivering client campaigns with demonstrative results, both qualitative and quantitative. So why as an industry do we still feel a need to use AVE? A simple response could be, what’s the alternative? ….Is it our role to demonstrate and provide clients with new and more effective ways to measure?

As a company, we developed a model; Media Influence Index (MII), which measures the actual impact and outcomes of coverage, where coverage is an output. Has the coverage impacted brand sentiment, has it impacted intent to purchase, and has brand advocacy improved? Let us also not forget that some activations aren’t coverage focused, and in those instances, data capture, enquiry, attendance at events and alike are perhaps simpler to measure. We are all acutely aware there are a number of discrepancies when it comes to AVE, the method for evaluating does not hold up to scrutiny, and in a forward-thinking age, where demonstrating an ROI is now business critical, AVEs have not stood up to the test of time.

The challenge therefore is to ensure that in response to a brief we are clear and focused on what the end objectives are. For us, if its data capture, or shifting audience behaviour we need to focus on the routes to market that we know will have tangible measurable results… is it TV and Radio interviews, is it a video package for digital and mobile distribution, or perhaps live streaming with moderated Q&A enabled? For example, our work in the field of live streaming is testament to demonstrative results, allowing us to deliver high impact targeted campaigns, whether B2B or B2C, to core audiences measured by views, dwell time, data capture and enquiry, a technique giving us real metrics.

Let’s believe in ourselves as PR professionals and demonstrate the true value of work by consistently referring back to results that have made an impact on the business.

It all starts at the art of planning clear SMART objectives and developing a campaign to achieve the end goal, but we all work in communications and know this right?  You’d be surprised, over the years, the number of award entries I’ve seen that only reference media coverage (and sometimes flowers) and not the positive impact on the business.

We are experts in our field and can measure if our campaign has had an effect on the business. Did the campaign drive sales or improve client retention? This is real data, leading to better measurement and evaluation which in turn enables us to refine and improve our work, as well as justify our position further up the food chain re importance to the brand. We need to continue to be experts, improving our practices and show our clients a different, more effective way to measure.

We can do this one step at a time and there are a variety of tools available for us, AMEC’s PR Guide to Measurement and AMEC’s Integrated Measurement Framework which both support not using AVE’s and also industry bodies such as PRCA and MEPRA.

Launched by the owners of leading PR agency Seven Media, start-up offers quality social media videos and a new take on corporate story-telling


ABU DHABI: The owners of Seven Media, one of the region’s leading PR agencies, have launched a video production company to satisfy a growing demand for quality multimedia content in the region.


Seven Studios is now fully operational from a custom-made HQ in Abu Dhabi’s twofour54 media zone – and has already signed contracts to produce video for some of the UAE’s most prestigious institutions as well as a number of international brands.


The new company produces cutting-edge social media content, consumer-focused multimedia campaigns, animations and innovative corporate videos across multiple sectors – including government, sport and leisure, entertainment, automotive and hospitality.


Seven Studios Co-Owner Gregg Fray said: “The power of video story-telling is particularly strong in the Middle East, with 35% of all online time here spent watching video. There has been a 90% year-on-year increase in mobile watch time and that trend is set to continue, so clearly organisations who want to cut through the noise need to be putting innovative, relevant and shareable video content out in that space.


“Seven Media has produced video for its PR clients for some time, but we launched Seven Studios in response to a growing demand for stand-alone video and video-led campaigns to really tailor that service.


“Planning Seven Studios and getting it off the ground has been an amazing experience and we’ve employed some of the best creative video story-tellers in the region and put together some exciting material.”


Seven Studios currently has a core staff of 10 videographers, editors and animators, led by managing Director Emmanuel Somoglou, the former multimedia editor at The National.


More than half of the team are first-language Arabic and have the support of Seven Media’s 65 communications professionals in the GCC. Owned by Gregg Fray and Matt Slater, Seven Media has been named Agency of the Year by the PRCA in both 2017 and 2018.


Fray added: “One of Seven Studios’ biggest assets is being able to take its amazing video content to wide audiences through Seven Media’s expertise in social media and relationships with the region’s digital and broadcast media. Ultimately it’s all about story-telling, but organisations and brands want to reach their audiences in a more modern and relevant way.”


Watch the Seven Studios showreel here.


For more information on Seven Studios visit

Following the successful inaugural edition of FinTech Abu Dhabi Summit in 2017, markettiers were delighted to come on board once again to support with maximising awareness around the 2nd edition of the Summit, an event exclusively designed and organised by an international financial centre – Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM).

BRIEF: FinTech AD 2018

Deliver an integrated communications strategy, to further build upon the success of the inaugural edition and showcase ADGM’s commitment to be the FinTech hub in the MENA region, in the lead up to and during the event.


The event had several stakeholders involved and included a BootCamp Day exclusively for start-ups, an Innovation Adoption Challenge, Demos by upcoming FinTech firms, Regulatory Roundtable, important government MOU signings, Workshops as well as a Summit featuring distinguished regional and international leaders in FinTech.



PR & Communications

markettiers delivered a targeted strategy that delivered broad engagement, through broadcast and traditional PR channels, for the two-day event which saw over 1000+ people attend, including  72 media attendees from 22 media outlets.


Media Partnerships and Social Media

markettiers also handled all local and regional media partnerships and live social media coverage during the two-day event on FinTech AD’s social channels: and


Production – Video and Photography

Our production team also covered photography, produced and delivered a video news release and B-roll footage for media outlets, as well as YouTube uploads for the ADGM channel and the highlights and wrap video for social media, which was edited overnight. Watch the video here:



Blanket coverage was secured across top-tier local, regional and international media outlets including WAM, The National, Gulf News, Saudi Gazette, Al Ittihad, Al Bayan, Al Watan, Fintech Finance, Forbes Middle East, CNBC, Bloomberg, Abu Dhabi TV, Al Dafra TV, Entrepreneur Middle East, Wamda, Fintech News Middle East, Startup Scene Middle East and Reuters, amongst several others.


Positive sentiment was also recorded across social channels with over 150+ posts generated during the two-day event, as well as #FinTech becoming the top trending hashtag!