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"
LinkedIn may be banned in RussiaRussia Beyond the HeadlinesLinkedIn, the world's largest professional network, may turn out to be the first casualty of Russia's Federal Law On Personal Data, Kommersant writes. According to the country's Internet watchdog, the Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of … Source: linkedinContinue reading "LinkedIn may be banned in Russia – Russia Beyond the Headlines"
VentureBeatAmazon expands its AmazonFresh grocery delivery service to Chicago and DallasVentureBeatAmazon has announced that it's launching its grocery delivery service in Chicago and Dallas, the latest in a line of expansions for the service in recent times. First launched in beta way back in 2007 in Mercer Island, Washington State, AmazonFresh …and more » Source: amazonContinue reading "Amazon expands its AmazonFresh grocery delivery service to Chicago and Dallas – VentureBeat"
Cargill claims new shrimp feed system dramatically ups conversion ratioUndercurrent NewsCargill has come out with a new shrimp feed produced exclusively for automated feeders using acoustic technology. This new feed, named “iQuatic”, will be available in Central and South America over the next few months. Field trials have resulted in …Cargill revolutionizes aquaculture industry with customized …Continue reading "Cargill claims new shrimp feed system dramatically ups conversion ratio – Undercurrent News"
The GuardianThe month in games: PlayStation Virtual Reality is here!The GuardianLast week saw the arrival of the world's least bank-breaking virtual reality headset, PlayStation VR (£349). To use it you'll need a PlayStation 4 (£299) and a PS Eye Camera (£44.99), which – while not exactly cheap – is less exorbitant than buying a …Guy Faceplants …Continue reading "The month in games: PlayStation Virtual Reality is here! – The Guardian"
Tea company hosting blending workshop, Halloween eventFairbanks Daily News-MinerSipping Streams also is hosting a Halloween coloring tea party from 1-4 p.m. Sunday that is geared toward adults but all ages are welcome. Your ticket includes tea sandwiches, pastries, scones, desserts, tea and your choice of adult coloring books from … Source: hostingContinue reading "Tea company hosting blending workshop, Halloween event – Fairbanks Daily News-Miner"
Business InsiderThis is how Microsoft is preventing hackers from hijacking IoT devicesBusiness InsiderIt's that gap that Microsoft is trying to fill, with an announcement from the IoT World Congress in Barcelona of a new security auditing program for its IoT customers. We've seen what happens when IoT security fails; now Microsoft says it can help …Continue reading "This is how Microsoft is preventing hackers from hijacking IoT devices – Business Insider"
CrowdReviews.com Urges Buyers of SEO Software to Select Reviewed SoftwareEIN News (press release)Prior to making a purchasing decision, CrowdReviews.com urges those searching for a SEO software solution to perform their due diligence in determining whether the SEO software has a history of customer satisfaction, or if their clients generally have …and more » Source: seoContinue reading "CrowdReviews.com Urges Buyers of SEO Software to Select Reviewed Software – EIN News (press release)"
Why are YouTube comments the worst on the internet?New StatesmanFor years, YouTube has notoriously been the home of the worst comment section on the internet, and if you Google “Why are YouTube comments…”, the search engine will helpfully complete your sentence with the options “so bad”, “so racist”, and “so toxic”. Source: internetContinue reading "Why are YouTube comments the worst on the internet? – New Statesman"
topseos.com Selects SEO Brand as the Top Search Engine Optimization Agency for October 2016Marketwired (press release)NAPLES, FL–(Marketwired – October 26, 2016) – topseos.com has reported the rankings of the 100 best search engine optimization services for October 2016. SEO Brand has been named the best company due to their strong performance during the …topseos.com Unveils SEO …Continue reading "topseos.com Selects SEO Brand as the Top Search Engine Optimization Agency for October 2016 – Marketwired (press release)"
The Trump-Clinton Twitter War: Bludgeon Vs. StilettoABC NewsBack in June, when Donald Trump slammed President Barack Obama's endorsement of Hillary Clinton on Twitter, the Democrat's campaign was quick to tweet back a chilly three-word response: " Delete your account ." It was a telling exchange, and not just …and more » Source: twitterContinue reading "The Trump-Clinton Twitter War: Bludgeon Vs. Stiletto – ABC News"
Inside Higher EdEDUCAUSE HULK tells the story behind his popular Twitter feedInside Higher EdFor many of the thousands who attend Educause's annual meeting each year, a highlight is reading the Twitter feed called EDUCAUSE HULK (in all caps, as are his tweets). He has been documenting and gently mocking the meeting since 2010. And while … …Continue reading "EDUCAUSE HULK tells the story behind his popular Twitter feed – Inside Higher Ed"
Inside Higher EdEDUCAUSE HULK SPEAKSInside Higher EdFor many of the thousands who attend Educause's annual meeting each year, a highlight is reading the Twitter feed called EDUCAUSE HULK (in all caps, as are his tweets). He has been documenting and gently mocking the meeting since 2010. And while … Source: feedContinue reading "EDUCAUSE HULK SPEAKS – Inside Higher Ed"
Digital TrendsAmazon claims its press-to-order Dash buttons are starting to get busyDigital TrendsAmazon's super-simple ordering buttons are apparently starting to catch on, with the company revealing on Tuesday that orders placed using the diminutive device have increased five-fold on a year ago. But Amazon being Amazon, we're not told exactly how …Amazon Expands Its Dash Button …Continue reading "Amazon claims its press-to-order Dash buttons are starting to get busy – Digital Trends"
Frost & Sullivan: Significant opportunities for Big Data, remote monitoring and predictive analytics providers in …PR Newswire (press release)Big Data and artificial intelligence will play an important role in the precision agriculture landscape, incorporating intelligent systems such as drones and driverless tractors. The farm equipment, livestock, and crop management sectors will be …and more » Source: …Continue reading "Frost & Sullivan: Significant opportunities for Big Data, remote monitoring and predictive analytics providers in … – PR Newswire (press release)"
Ericsson's Board names Börje Ekholm new President and CEOYahoo FinanceEricsson (ERIC) today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Börje Ekholm President and CEO, effective January 16, 2017. Börje Ekholm will also remain a member of the Board of Directors of Ericsson. Chairman of the Board Leif Johansson …and more » Source: YAHOOContinue reading "Ericsson's Board names Börje Ekholm new President and CEO – Yahoo Finance"
ForbesNordic Europe Rocks High-Speed Internet AccessForbesIf you don't live in Nordic Europe, you're not afraid of the cold, and high-speed internet access is high on your list of necessities, you might consider moving to Denmark, Finland, Norway or Sweden. According to a recently released report by Speedtest … Source: internetContinue reading "Nordic Europe Rocks High-Speed Internet Access – Forbes"
Charleroi Area to introduce anonymous tip lineUniontown Herald StandardA new anonymous tip line for students and parents will soon be introduced by the Charleroi Area School District, according to Superintendent Dr. Ed Zelich. Thank you for reading! Please log in, or sign up for a new account and purchase a subscription … Source: anonymousContinue reading "Charleroi Area to introduce anonymous tip line – Uniontown Herald Standard"
QuartzYour Instagram-worthy holiday photos are slowly ruining some of Asia's ancient monumentsQuartzNaypyidaw, Myanmar, is one of the strangest capital cities in the world. The city, only a decade old, is a sprawling maze of 20-lane highways, government compounds and pastel condominiums. One visitor described it as “an eerie picture of post …and more » Source: instagramContinue reading "Your Instagram-worthy holiday photos are slowly ruining some of Asia's ancient monuments – Quartz"
Amazon beefs up Paris express delivery service with partnershipsReutersThe deal, which will add 5,000 food products to Amazon Prime Now's range of 18,000 products in Paris, comes as French retailer Carrefour started testing its own express delivery service named Livraison Express this month in several Paris stores as it …and more » Source: amazonContinue reading "Amazon beefs up Paris express delivery service with partnerships – Reuters"
Sporting NewsCiara Announces Pregnancy on Instagram, Expecting First Child With Russell WilsonABC News"On this special Birthday I received an abundance of love from friends and family.. and I'm excited to Finally share one of the Greatest Gifts of All that God could give…." Ciara, whose full name is Ciara Harris, wrote. "The Greatest Blessing of …Continue reading "Ciara Announces Pregnancy on Instagram, Expecting First Child With Russell Wilson – ABC News"
Wall Street JournalFacebook is rolling out PayPal payments and notifications for MessengerDigital TrendsFacebook and PayPal are joining forces to integrate the online payments system with Messenger as part of the messaging platform's increasing focus on mobile commerce. Paypal payments are currently limited to select users on Messenger, but will soon …PayPal Gets Friendlier With FacebookWall …Continue reading "Facebook is rolling out PayPal payments and notifications for Messenger – Digital Trends"
Cleveland Police Twitter Feed Trolls Cubs After Corey Kluber's DominanceCBS Local(CBS) The Cubs were overmatched by Indians right-hander Corey Kluber on Tuesday night in Game 1 of the World Series, as he fired six scoreless innings of four hit-ball and struck out nine in a 6-0 win. Early on, the Cubs were especially hopeless, as …Continue reading "Cleveland Police Twitter Feed Trolls Cubs After Corey Kluber's Dominance – CBS Local"
Stock watch: Countdown to Craziness entertainment trending upDuke Chronicle (blog)Chase Jeter brought the house down by flipping a water bottle during his introduction, but the water bottle may have been tampered with to make Jeter's feat easier. The bell of the Blue Zone stock exchange has rung again, meaning it's time to take a …and …Continue reading "Stock watch: Countdown to Craziness entertainment trending up – Duke Chronicle (blog)"
Sheriff's office hosting free boater education classLongview Daily NewsThe Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office Marine Division will host a free Adventures in Boating certification course Nov. 19. Classes are open to any individual needing to obtain a state boater education card. The class will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m …and more » Source: hostingContinue reading "Sheriff's office hosting free boater education class – Longview Daily News"
PEOPLE.comOklahoma Murder Suspect Posts Frightening Facebook Live Videos While On The RunPEOPLE.comInvestigators confirm Michael Dale Vance logged onto Facebook as he was fleeing police, and began broadcasting his getaway live. In one of the videos, which has since been removed from his Facebook account, Vance — donning a backwards baseball …Oklahoma gunman livestreams getaway on Facebook; …Continue reading "Oklahoma Murder Suspect Posts Frightening Facebook Live Videos While On The Run – PEOPLE.com"
MashableLiveblog: All the News From Microsoft's 2016 Surface EventWIREDThe wizards at Microsoft have new hardware! And new software! They'll start unveiling at at 10 am Eastern, showing off what we hear is the next bit of Surface hardware and the next version of Windows 10. Microsoft will provide a live video stream, and …Microsoft October …Continue reading "Liveblog: All the News From Microsoft's 2016 Surface Event – WIRED"
Fox News2016 World Series: Twitter reacts to the Indians' series opening victoryCBSSports.comThe Cleveland Indians won Game 1 of the 2016 World Series by a 6-0 score over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night. Predictably, Twitter was more active than usual throughout, providing us with a number of gems. Let's take a stroll through some highlights …Continue reading "2016 World Series: Twitter reacts to the Indians' series opening victory – CBSSports.com"
For now, TV broadcasters see Facebook Live as marketingDigidayFacebook's live video might rack up enormous numbers, but TV broadcasters still see it as a marketing vehicle for the cash cow of TV. When the Cleveland Cavaliers received their championship rings before the NBA season opener last night, you could have …and more » Source: facebookContinue reading "For now, TV broadcasters see Facebook Live as marketing – Digiday"
Intel's new chips are for smart cars and the Internet of ThingsEngadgetIntel has been investing in IoT for years, playing catch up to compete with companies like Qualcomm that got to the market early and saturated it with their chipsets. But a declining PC market pushed them to make more drastic moves, cutting 12,000 jobs …Continue reading "Intel's new chips are for smart cars and the Internet of Things – Engadget"
World Series Game 1: Kluber, Indians shut out CubsYahoo SportsCLEVELAND – The first pitch of the 2016 World Series, the most anticipated in a decade, maybe longer, arrived at 8:10 p.m. ET and cut through the crisp 50-degree chill of a night this city needed. An hour earlier, the Cleveland Cavaliers handed out …and more » …Continue reading "World Series Game 1: Kluber, Indians shut out Cubs – Yahoo Sports"