I have, over the past few months of 2013, wanted to improve my twitter profile and Klout score as a business user. I have so far improved my Klout score from 47 to 57 in a matter of weeks. Here are my twitter tips for business users and my guide to get more followers. Klout score …Continue reading "My top 15 twitter tips for business users"
Here you can see a snippet of the summaries from the very nice people (and yours truly) that attended a recent UKFast Round Table event regarding Analytics. Am I really that fat? I know the answer before you post a commentContinue reading "Analytics Round Table at UKFast"
I have been messing around with some data today from the fabric application that myself and Will.I.Am designed/created. I wanted to see what where the most popular words used in articles that were deemed as good enough to share by the software. The list below is a snapshot of that data. There is a heavy …Continue reading "What words should you use in article headlines?"
I was tweeted about a recent blog post by Lawrence Jones today, entitled ‘The £43bn White Elephant‘. HS2 is very much not a white elephant and indeed is crucial for our country to prosper over the next 100+ years. Let me explain with just a few reasons… Reason one: Since 1997, the leading countries in terms …Continue reading "Why HS2 is the exact opposite of a White Elephant"
have created a few pieces of software recently that may be ‘spun out’ with the help of one of the new directors at Online Ventures, futurologist, Tom Cheesewright. Of these pieces of software, the last two – fabric and leadtrigger (working titles) – have been built without a central console for the user to, erm, …Continue reading "Software of the future – will it be ‘console-less’?"
Growing up, I had a particularly bad childhood full of physical, but more so, severe mental torture. From living in the smelliest, filthiest house in a bad area of town, being bullied at a ‘posh’ school (i got a scholarship of some sort) for being the poor kid, and bullied on my estate for being …Continue reading "Just be yourself and inspire others around you – it’s all you have to give"
Myself and some of the Online Ventures gang (namely Sara, Aurora, Mark, Sian and Matt) took it upon ourselves recently to write a short but extremely helpful book for the Amazon Kindle platform. Entitled, ‘Dominate Business Networks In Your City’ (buy it here if you like), the book covers such topics as networking events, network …Continue reading "Networking book complete and published to kindle"
Depending on who you ask, I am apparently pioneering marketing in my city of Manchester. By who you ask, I mean that competitors would say “pffff” and clients would say a resounding “yes!”. By the amount of local businesses that are emulating my own and Online Ventures’ methods, I think its working The secret to …Continue reading "Modern marketing is really old fashioned"
Several years ago, I joined Just Search. I had numerous offers on the table for more money, and was indeed working for a company that paid me almost double what I took as a salary from Just Search. I knew it was the correct decision – I felt it in my bones. Within 9 months, …Continue reading "Will history repeat itself?"
Maaaaaaany years ago, one evening whilst still working at Just Search, in the course of a few hours at home, I built a ‘mind map’ (using Mindnode on an iMac) of what I thought (at the time) the elements of a successful site should be. To my surprise, whenever I showed this to people, they …Continue reading "Plagiarism by Neil Walker. Should we pity SEO dinosaurs?"
I was shown a great service recently by Gareth Burton, a fellow entrepreneur from Manchester. It’s called summary.com and its absolutely amazing. Created by SoundView, the summary.com service does one thing only, but does it extremely well. It creates summaries of a plethora of really useful business books that entrepreneurs would love to read if …Continue reading "My review of summary.com – book summaries for entrepreneurs"
Longform content is something that many online marketing strategists and SEOs are writing about at the moment. There are plenty of great SEO blogs about long-form content that show correlations between length of (quality) text and great ranking positions in Google. I want to show an experiment to show how well-written longform content can contain …Continue reading "Longform content – how permutations increase keyword reach for SEO"
If you were to ask me the main reason why I get out of bed in the morning, it would be to help young people that, for whatever reason, were not lucky enough to have a mainstream, ‘normal’ education – school, college, university. This is almost always because of an unstable home life with a …Continue reading "The curious case of the normal but amazing Rionne Williams"
Digital TrendsFacebook's first startup incubator to open inside massive Station F space in ParisDigital TrendsFacebook is putting its stamp on the world's biggest startup space. Station F in Paris — which was formerly a railway depot — will be home to the social network's first business incubator, dubbed “Startup Garage.” The company's COO Sheryl Sandberg …Continue reading "Facebook's first startup incubator to open inside massive Station F space in Paris – Digital Trends"
The Next WebGoogle is reportedly bringing its always-up-to-date Android One phones to the USThe Next WebIn an effort to strengthen its smartphone platform brand, Google is bringing its Android One program to the US later this year, reports The Information. Three people briefed on the company's plans for the project noted that the first US-bound …Continue reading "Google is reportedly bringing its always-up-to-date Android One phones to the US – The Next Web"
Yahoo NewsTrump Using Facebook and Instagram Ads To Lure People To His InaugurationYahoo News20, by buying Facebook and Instagram ads. Apparently Trump is having trouble getting people to his swearing-in ceremony and is buying ads targeted at those 27-years-old and above to “personally” invite them to his inauguration, the Gothamist reported.and more » Source: instagramContinue reading "Trump Using Facebook and Instagram Ads To Lure People To His Inauguration – Yahoo News"
News18Havana, Reykjavik Are Top Trending Destinations For Canadian TravellersNews18Likewise, Canadian travellers expressed a keen interest in Iceland's capital, with searches for Reykjavik spiking 116 percent compared to 2015, and placing the city second on the list of top trending destinations. Destinations like Casablanca, Manila …KAYAK reveals top trending destinations of the year for Canadian travellersMarketWatchKAYAK …Continue reading "Havana, Reykjavik Are Top Trending Destinations For Canadian Travellers – News18"
Fort Worth Star TelegramLittle Elm police officer fatally shot by man barricaded inside houseFort Worth Star TelegramPolice on the scene of a shooting in Little Elm in Denton County on Tuesday afternoon. WFAA. By Ryan Osborne. firstname.lastname@example.org · LinkedIn · Google+ · Pinterest · Reddit; Print; Order Reprint of this Story. LITTLE ELM. A Little …Continue reading "Little Elm police officer fatally shot by man barricaded inside house – Fort Worth Star Telegram"
Fort Worth Star TelegramAsian stocks directionless, dollar steadies after slideFort Worth Star TelegramTrader Gregory Rowe, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. Stocks are opening slightly lower on Wall Street, led by declines in banks and health care companies. Richard Drew AP Photo. By KELVIN CHAN AP …and …Continue reading "Asian stocks directionless, dollar steadies after slide – Fort Worth Star Telegram"
RecodeGoogle loses an ads star as Margo Georgiadis moves to MattelRecodeMattel announced Tuesday that it had hired Google's Americas president Margo Georgiadis to lead the toy company as CEO. Georgiadis, who started working at Google in 2009, was one of the company's top advertising executives. She was often the …Mattel taps Google executive as new CEOLos …Continue reading "Google loses an ads star as Margo Georgiadis moves to Mattel – Recode"
Android PoliceGoogle is rolling out offline search to help counter spotty connectionsAndroid PoliceThe power of Google searches has always had an Achilles heel: terrible connections. Whether you have little to no mobile signal or less than stellar WiFi connectivity, you know the frustration when you're trying to look something up. There is nothing …Google App …Continue reading "Google is rolling out offline search to help counter spotty connections – Android Police"
ForbesQualcomm Strong-Armed Apple Into Buying Its Chips, US Gov SaysForbesThe United States Federal Trade Commission said mobile chip giant Qualcomm forced Apple to use its modem chips by lowering its licensing fees and pushing competition out, according to a newly-unsealed antitrust suit brought against the chipmaker by the …Qualcomm allegedly bribed Apple into not making a …Continue reading "Qualcomm Strong-Armed Apple Into Buying Its Chips, US Gov Says – Forbes"
WFAA.comRestaurant owner gets backlash on MLK Facebook postWFAA.comThe reaction comes after the owner posted a Facebook message designed to bring in a crowd on Martin Luther King Day. But the message didn't come out that way. In fact, it has sparked complaints of outright racism. Sabrina Pyle owns Azle Café in Tarrant … Source: facebookContinue reading "Restaurant owner gets backlash on MLK Facebook post – WFAA.com"
ForbesApple iOS 10.2.1 Release Is A Complete MessForbesSmartphone batteries are a problem. Samsung has hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons and now it is Apple's turn as iPhone batteries are headline news and the releases of iOS 10.2.1 are only making it worse… Fortune called it last month: “It's …The best third-party apps …Continue reading "Apple iOS 10.2.1 Release Is A Complete Mess – Forbes"
ReutersYahoo Japan defies calls to rethink ivory sales as Yahoo Inc CEO weighs inReutersDismissing animal rights campaigners' concerns, even though the ivory business contributes a fraction of its sales, Yahoo Japan also argues that so long as no laws are broken people should be able to trade whatever they like on the internet. "We want …Continue reading "Yahoo Japan defies calls to rethink ivory sales as Yahoo Inc CEO weighs in – Reuters"
TheWrapTrump Called Out on Twitter Over Climate Change After Tagging Wrong IvankaTheWrap“You're a man with great responsibilities. May I suggest more care on Twitter and more time learning about #climatechange,” the real @Ivanka replies. Debbie Emery | January 17, 2017 @ 5:59 PM. Donald Trump Wrong Ivanka. Getty/Twitter. Donald Trump …Donald Trump praises wrong Ivanka in …Continue reading "Trump Called Out on Twitter Over Climate Change After Tagging Wrong Ivanka – TheWrap"
Fort Worth Star TelegramAt court, Planned Parenthood argues against removal from MedicaidFort Worth Star TelegramLawyers for Planned Parenthood argued in federal court on Tuesday there could be devastating consequences for low-income Texas men and women if the reproductive health provider is kicked out of Medicaid. In the first day of a multi-day hearing in the …and …Continue reading "At court, Planned Parenthood argues against removal from Medicaid – Fort Worth Star Telegram"
Long Beach Press TelegramFrench and German food come together deliciously in Long Beach's East VillageLong Beach Press TelegramChoucroute garnie features three types of sausages and house-cured bacon sitting atop a bed of sauerkraut and potatoes at Fourth and Olive in Long Beach. (Photo by Merrill Shindler). By Merrill Shindler, Press-Telegram. Posted: 01/17/17, 5:24 PM PST … …Continue reading "French and German food come together deliciously in Long Beach's East Village – Long Beach Press Telegram"
Yahoo FinanceGoogle is making a big push to fix some of Android's biggest problems in the fight with iPhoneYahoo FinanceImportantly, the Information reports that those phones will come with a guarantee from Google to be updated with the latest Android updates and security fixes for two years from the sale date. Better yet, they'll cost …Continue reading "Google is making a big push to fix some of Android's biggest problems in the fight with iPhone – Yahoo Finance"
Business InsiderGoogle is making a big push to fix some of Android's biggest problems in the fight with iPhoneBusiness InsiderImportantly, the Information reports that those phones will come with a guarantee from Google to be updated with the latest Android updates and security fixes for two years from the sale date. Better yet, they'll cost …Continue reading "Google is making a big push to fix some of Android's biggest problems in the fight with iPhone – Business Insider"
TheBlaze.comPaul Ryan slams Obama on Twitter for commuting Chelsea Manning's sentenceTheBlaze.comAmong those who expressed their displeasure with Obama's decision to release Manning is Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, who took to Twitter to voice his disapproval in a short statement, calling Obama's decision “outrageous.” “This is just outrageous …Twitter Reactions Are Far-Ranging Over Obama …Continue reading "Paul Ryan slams Obama on Twitter for commuting Chelsea Manning's sentence – TheBlaze.com"
Clown Starts Philip Rivers Trade Rumor, Which Spreads So Far It's Trending on FacebookThe Big LeadPhilip Rivers is not pushing to be traded contrary to some breathless reporters flying around the Internet. While the 35-year-old is not thrilled his Chargers have moved to Los Angeles, he is putting a brave face on the situation since …Continue reading "Clown Starts Philip Rivers Trade Rumor, Which Spreads So Far It's Trending on Facebook – The Big Lead"
Fort Worth Star TelegramPolice: Fugitive wanted in officer's fatal shooting capturedFort Worth Star TelegramFILE- This undated file photo provided by the Orlando Police Department shows Markeith Loyd. Loyd, a suspect in the fatal shooting of an Orlando police officer was captured Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, after a weeklong manhunt, authorities said. Orlando …and more » Source: …Continue reading "Police: Fugitive wanted in officer's fatal shooting captured – Fort Worth Star Telegram"
AdweekHere's What Marketers Can Expect From Pinterest in 2017AdweekTwo and a half years after launching its first paid ads, Pinterest is finally ready to compete head-on with Google, Facebook, Snap Inc. and others for big brand dollars. Specifically, the San Francisco-based player has spent a couple of years building … Source: pinterestContinue reading "Here's What Marketers Can Expect From Pinterest in 2017 – Adweek"
Los Angeles TimesMattel taps Google executive as new CEOLos Angeles TimesMattel Inc. tapped a Google executive as its new chief executive, a sign that the company is going all in on technology as the future of its toys. Margaret Georgiadis is taking over the helm of the El Segundo company Feb. 8. She is replacing …Continue reading "Mattel taps Google executive as new CEO – Los Angeles Times"
Mirror.co.ukMale British celebrities 'panicking over mass leak of sex tapes' made with models on SkypeMirror.co.ukA host of British male stars are said to be panicking over the recent leak of X-rated tapes. A number of high-profile celebrities, including Calum Best and Celebrity runner-up Joel Dommett, have recently had their videos – made with female models …Continue reading "Male British celebrities 'panicking over mass leak of sex tapes' made with models on Skype – Mirror.co.uk"
New York MagazineHere's Another Reason For Media Companies to be Wary of FacebookFortuneWhen it comes to the mainstream media, what Facebook wants is usually what Facebook gets, because it commands the attention of more than 1.5 billion people. And what the giant social network has wanted for some time now is video—lots of it, preferably …Report: …Continue reading "Here's Another Reason For Media Companies to be Wary of Facebook – Fortune"
9 to 5 MacNew analytics data offers look back at 2016 as App Store continues to increase lead over Play Store in revenue9 to 5 MacApp analytics company App Annie is today out with its newest report, a retrospective look back at the industry during 2016. The report claims that the total number of app …Continue reading "New analytics data offers look back at 2016 as App Store continues to increase lead over Play Store in revenue – 9 to 5 Mac"
International Business TimesTrump Inauguration: Facebook And Instagram Ads Targeting Users To Lure Them To CeremonyInternational Business TimesIf you're 27 years or older, chances are President-elect Donald Trump wants to get you to go to his inauguration on Jan. 20, by buying Facebook and Instagram ads. Apparently Trump is having trouble getting people to his swearing-in …Continue reading "Trump Inauguration: Facebook And Instagram Ads Targeting Users To Lure Them To Ceremony – International Business Times"
CNETFor goodness' sake, quit Facebook already. Here's howCNETWhether you realized it on your own or watched a TED talk, Facebook could be taking a toll on your mind, career and friendships. Depending on your age, you're likely spending 6-7 hours per week swiping through news (fake and real) and baby photos.Facebook's Zuckerberg questioned at trial …Continue reading "For goodness' sake, quit Facebook already. Here's how – CNET"
The Next WebGoogle Maps update could help you avoid parking nightmaresThe Next WebGoogle Maps' estimated travel durations can be immensely useful when planning for a trip, but the predictions can be misleading when you didn't anticipate spending half an hour simply finding somewhere to park once you arrive at your destination.Google Maps may soon offer …Continue reading "Google Maps update could help you avoid parking nightmares – The Next Web"
Twitter is phasing out the “Buy” button, will continue to offer donationsTechCrunchThere have been rumors for a while about Twitter preparing to retire its commerce operation. Now it looks like the company has finally started to wind down its partnerships in confirmation of that fact. Customers of e-commerce platform Shopify are … Source: twitterContinue reading "Twitter is phasing out the “Buy” button, will continue to offer donations – TechCrunch"
Fort Worth Star TelegramSummit girls have something to proveFort Worth Star TelegramAt the midpoint of district play, Mansfield Summit forward Christina Baker (44) and the Lady Jaguars are out to demonstrate their growth as a team. Brad Loper Special to the Star-Telegram. By Randy Sachs. Special to the Star-Telegram. LinkedIn … Source: telegramContinue reading "Summit girls have something to prove – Fort Worth Star Telegram"