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"
NBCNews.comWhat Could Happen if President Trump's Twitter Gets Hacked?NBCNews.comAnother unsettling possibility: Hackers could make brazen statements that could have the potential to upset foreign relations, both experts said. "You could also imagine someone wanting to cause international chaos using Trump's Twitter account to …and more » Source: twitterContinue reading "What Could Happen if President Trump's Twitter Gets Hacked? – NBCNews.com"
Daily MailOverweight nursing student, 22, who was once told she was 'a waste of a pretty face' documents her incredible …Daily MailKayla, 22, a Canadian nursing student, runs the Instagram account @Kayla_GotFit, which has amassed more than 7,500 followers in just over a year of documenting her 90lb weight loss. The posts, which rack up …Continue reading "Overweight nursing student, 22, who was once told she was 'a waste of a pretty face' documents her incredible … – Daily Mail"
19 costly LinkedIn mistakes you're makingForbes AdvocateTo customise your LinkedIn URL, press the "Edit Profile" button. Click the gear symbol next to your URL, which will take you to a separate page where a "Your public profile URL" box will let you change the link. Try to get as close to your first and …and …Continue reading "19 costly LinkedIn mistakes you're making – Forbes Advocate"
It's not too late for Apple TVTechHiveLast week, as part of a lengthy rundown of what went wrong with Apple TV, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman reported that a new Apple TV could arrive this year with 4K video and “more vivid colors” (likely a reference to HDR). Gurman also suggested that Apple …and more » Source: appleContinue reading "It's not too late for Apple TV – TechHive"
Fast CompanyMicrosoft announces Skype Lite for poorly connected countriesFast CompanyThe Android app is only 13MB in size and is optimized for 2G and unstable network connections, Microsoft says on its Skype Lite website. The lightweight app allows for both Skype chats and SMS messaging, as well as video calls. Microsoft says Skype …and more » Source: …Continue reading "Microsoft announces Skype Lite for poorly connected countries – Fast Company"
BloombergFacebook's Clones Attack SnapchatBloombergEver since Snap turned down a $3 billion Facebook acquisition offer in 2013, the social media giant has churned out copycat features and full clones of Snapchat. Not all have worked. Poke, Facebook's first attempt at creating an app with the same …NewsInvestor’s Business DailySnap bets on hardware as Facebook threat loomsReutersSnap …Continue reading "Facebook's Clones Attack Snapchat – Bloomberg"
ForbesThe New Apple iPhone X Coming To You With 3-D Sensing Camera CapabilityForbesYesterday, Ming-Chi Kuo, the KGI Securities analyst that has a knack for breaking all things related to Apple with uncanny accuracy, came out with his latest prediction regarding the iPhone X or 8 or 10 as some are calling the latest iPhone expected …Continue reading "The New Apple iPhone X Coming To You With 3-D Sensing Camera Capability – Forbes"
Digital TrendsLinkedIn Lite leads trio of new apps launched by Microsoft in IndiaDigital TrendsMicrosoft-owned LinkedIn is getting a set of new apps aimed at low-connectivity markets, starting in India. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced the products on Wednesday at his company's Future Decoded event in Mumbai. He described them as a way …LinkedIn will help people …Continue reading "LinkedIn Lite leads trio of new apps launched by Microsoft in India – Digital Trends"
Is #OscarsSoMale the Oscars hashtag that should be trending?ABC NewsLeonardo DiCaprio is pictured with his award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in "The Revenant" during the 88th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, Feb. 28, 2016. 0 Shares. Email. For the past two years when Oscar …and more » Source: trendingContinue reading "Is #OscarsSoMale the Oscars hashtag that should be trending? – ABC News"
I Hire LinkedIn's Tech Workers—Here's What's Working And WhyFast CompanyLinkedIn is no exception in the race for tech talent; like everybody else, our recruiters are also looking for new ways to attract and retain employees with the technical chops to keep us on the cutting edge. But in my experience, the best way to do …Continue reading "I Hire LinkedIn's Tech Workers—Here's What's Working And Why – Fast Company"
The IndependentAsda, Yahoo, Eurozone: Business news in brief, Wednesday 22 FebruaryThe IndependentYahoo is taking a $350m (£281m) hit on its previously announced $4.8bn sale to Verizon in a concession for security lapses that exposed personal information stored in more than 1bn Yahoo user accounts. The revised agreement announced Tuesday eases …Verizon, Yahoo agree to lowered $4.48bn …Continue reading "Asda, Yahoo, Eurozone: Business news in brief, Wednesday 22 February – The Independent"
MarketWatchOpinion: Instead of Apple, Warren Buffett should be buying this smartphone playMarketWatchApple's lawsuit — at its core a pushback against those juicy royalties — is the most serious. That's why Qualcomm stock tanked 15% to $54 on Jan. 23 when the Apple news hit. Investors panicked that the suit means the smartphone industry will finally …Continue reading "Opinion: Instead of Apple, Warren Buffett should be buying this smartphone play – MarketWatch"
The SunIs Facebook down and is my news feed broken? Users report HUGE problemsThe Sun… problem at this time, before the grumbling gradually subsided. However, the pain wasn't over for British Facebookers, who went on tweeting about social media woes. On Twitter, one man plaintively wrote the badly spelt message: “Please Facebook …Facebook down: Problems …Continue reading "Is Facebook down and is my news feed broken? Users report HUGE problems – The Sun"
Mirror.co.ukFacebook down: Problems at social network send users into FRENZY as they can't access news feedMirror.co.ukFacebook is suffering sporadic outages across the UK leaving people unable to access their news feed or load other pages. There's been no official announcement from Facebook, but Mirror Tech has independently confirmed there are issues regarding the …Is Facebook down …Continue reading "Facebook down: Problems at social network send users into FRENZY as they can't access news feed – Mirror.co.uk"
Supply & Demand Chain ExecutiveThree Ways the Supply Chain Will Benefit from Modern Analytics in 2017Supply & Demand Chain ExecutiveWith today's technology and tools, data can be shared and combined in new ways, giving supply chain teams the ability to better leverage data to make smarter decisions. So, over the course of 2017, how will …Continue reading "Three Ways the Supply Chain Will Benefit from Modern Analytics in 2017 – Supply & Demand Chain Executive"
Hindustan TimesSkype Lite, LinkedIn Lite and Project Sangam launch: What does it mean for youHindustan TimesRedmond-based Microsoft on Wednesday launched the new Skype Lite app for Android with its proprietary Aadhaar Praman service and bots capability at the Future Decoded 2017 event in Mumbai. Other launches included a lighter version of LinkedIn and a …Microsoft announces …Continue reading "Skype Lite, LinkedIn Lite and Project Sangam launch: What does it mean for you – Hindustan Times"
This Site Tells You If Your LinkedIn Headshot Is ProfessionalHuffington Post AustraliaLast month we were told that words like 'specialised', 'leadership', 'passionate' and 'experienced' are way too overused on LinkedIn. "People get into the habit of using generic words instead of creating a profile that reflects who you are," LinkedIn … Source: linkedinContinue reading "This Site Tells You If Your LinkedIn Headshot Is Professional – Huffington Post Australia"
Hindustan TimesOn Facebook, couple livestreams moral policing by Kerala copsHindustan TimesA young Kerala couple went live on Facebook as two police personnel allegedly try to moral police them over their “indecent” behaviour. The youngsters, who are not married, were questioned by police on Tuesday when they were sitting in the museum park …Facing Moral Policing By …Continue reading "On Facebook, couple livestreams moral policing by Kerala cops – Hindustan Times"
ESPN FC (blog)Trending: Man City edge Monaco in thriller, Tianjin held Rooney talksESPN FC (blog)Trending: Man City edge Monaco in thriller, Tianjin held Rooney talks. BT Sport highlight: Sergio Aguero scored twice as Man City overcame a 3-2 deficit to earn a thrilling first-leg win over Monaco. Man City and Atletico Madrid walk away impressive …Continue reading "Trending: Man City edge Monaco in thriller, Tianjin held Rooney talks – ESPN FC (blog)"
ESPN FC (blog)Trending: Man City edge Monaco in thriller, Tianjin held Wayne Rooney talksESPN FC (blog)Trending: Man City edge Monaco in thriller, Tianjin held Wayne Rooney talks. BT Sport highlight: Sergio Aguero scored twice as Man City overcame a 3-2 deficit to earn a thrilling first-leg win over Monaco. Man City and Atletico Madrid walk …Continue reading "Trending: Man City edge Monaco in thriller, Tianjin held Wayne Rooney talks – ESPN FC (blog)"
Yahoo NewsTrending: PenthousesYahoo NewsThere seems to be a perfect storm brewing at the top of many luxury developments around Singapore. A combination of factors has seen a surge of interest in penthouses, even while property prices have, on the whole, fallen to 2009 levels. Firstly, there …and more » Source: trendingContinue reading "Trending: Penthouses – Yahoo News"
CIOLinkedIn will help people in India train for semi-skilled jobsCIOMicrosoft has launched Project Sangam, a cloud service integrated with LinkedIn that will help train and generate employment for middle and low-skilled workers. The professional network that was acquired by Microsoft in December has been generally …Microsoft is building its first LinkedIn-integrated service in IndiaMashableProject Sangam to …Continue reading "LinkedIn will help people in India train for semi-skilled jobs – CIO"
ITWebVerizon Shaves Price of Yahoo Deal by $350M in Wake of BreachesTop Tech NewsExpected to close in the second quarter of this year, the Verizon acquisition of Yahoo is now priced at $4.48 billion — $350 million less than when the purchase was first announced in July. The new terms also assign Yahoo with half …Continue reading "Verizon Shaves Price of Yahoo Deal by $350M in Wake of Breaches – Top Tech News"
Daily HeraldPins on Pinterest: Leaving soda, caffeine behindDaily HeraldJust before Christmas I gave up something very near and dear to my heart. Something I have loved for many, many years. I gave up my Dirty Diet Coke! In fact, I'm off all soda and caffeine. Shocking? Considering my years of soda drinking, yes. Crazy? Source: …Continue reading "Pins on Pinterest: Leaving soda, caffeine behind – Daily Herald"
TechCrunchDon't trust Facebook's shifting line on controversyTechCrunchWould you tell Facebook you're happy to see all the bared flesh it can show you? And that the more gratuitous violence it pumps into your News Feed the better? Obtaining answers to where a person's 'line' on viewing what can be controversial types of …What Facebook Owes to JournalismNew …Continue reading "Don't trust Facebook's shifting line on controversy – TechCrunch"
Hindustan TimesLinkedIn will help people in India train for semi-skilled jobsPCWorldMicrosoft has launched Project Sangam, a cloud service integrated with LinkedIn that will help train and generate employment for middle and low-skilled workers. The professional network that was acquired by Microsoft in December has been generally …Satya Nadella speech highlights: Sangam, LinkedIn Lite, Skype Lite launchedHindustan …Continue reading "LinkedIn will help people in India train for semi-skilled jobs – PCWorld"
ITWebVerizon, Yahoo agree to lowered $4.48bn dealITWebThe closing of the deal, which was first announced in July, had been delayed as the companies assessed the fallout from two data breaches that Yahoo disclosed last year. The top US wireless carrier had been trying to persuade Yahoo to amend the terms …and more » Source: YAHOOContinue reading "Verizon, Yahoo agree to lowered $4.48bn deal – ITWeb"
MetroBizarre Google Street View coincidence as man finds woman he's meeting at same spotMetroA woman who was waiting for a lift sent directions to her friend who then spotted her in the same spot on Google Street View. Michele Noad, 52, told pal Rick Hodge she would be standing on the corner outside Somerset County …Continue reading "Bizarre Google Street View coincidence as man finds woman he's meeting at same spot – Metro"
WIONSkype Lite: Microsoft launches lighter version of Skype in IndiaWIONMicrosoft has introduced a lighter version of the Skype app – Skype Lite – for the Indian market. The new app is said to have been built with the latest Skype technology to perform well even under limited network connections. The Skype Lite app weighs … …Continue reading "Skype Lite: Microsoft launches lighter version of Skype in India – WION"
TechCrunchMicrosoft launches Skype Lite Android app for India and other emerging marketsTechCrunchMicrosoft has retooled Skype, the messaging service synonymous with business users, for people living in emerging markets. Today, at its Future Decoded event in India, Microsoft took the wraps off Skype Lite. The service is an Android app that mains …Microsoft seeks Indian customers …Continue reading "Microsoft launches Skype Lite Android app for India and other emerging markets – TechCrunch"