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"
MarketWatchTake an aerial tour of Apple's epic new campus as its opening date approachesMarketWatchEmployees of Apple Inc. are set to move into the company's new spaceship-like, Silicon Valley corporate headquarters, dubbed Apple Park, this April. Newly captured aerial footage from a drone of the 175-acre Apple house of worship shows the project …Apple Park drone flyover …Continue reading "Take an aerial tour of Apple's epic new campus as its opening date approaches – MarketWatch"
Windows CentralUniversal Skype app exits preview, but is it really ready for prime time?Windows CentralIt was simple, clean and incredibly fast. And it was built right into the universal Messaging app, which I adore to this day for it's clean, minimalistic look. So when Microsoft announced it was killing Messaging Everywhere in favor of Skype …Continue reading "Universal Skype app exits preview, but is it really ready for prime time? – Windows Central"
FortuneGoogle Beats Apple As America's 'Most Valuable Brand'FortuneGoogle's good name is worth $109 billion, according to Brand Finance, based on the company's ubiquity in every day life. The name Google is synonymous with search engines to the degree that the verb most people use when talking about searching for …and more » Source: GOOGLEContinue reading "Google Beats Apple As America's 'Most Valuable Brand' – Fortune"
The Hill (blog)Trump should run Twitter like a businessThe Hill (blog)While his tone on Twitter may certainly be something new, Trump is becoming what he and so many of his supporters loathed: a politician. Politicians attack and blame the other party. Politicians compare how magnificent their crowds are compared to others.and more » Source: twitterContinue reading "Trump should run Twitter like a business – The Hill (blog)"
W MagazineThe '90s Comeback Continues, Thanks to Shoppable Instagram Sensation @BabeManiaW MagazineIn the age of social media, nostalgia is everywhere and instantaneous, allowing us to relive moments we've maybe only just put behind us. So it's no wonder that throwback Instagram accounts like @PopCultureDiedIn2009, @RememberThisHappened and … Source: instagramContinue reading "The '90s Comeback Continues, Thanks to Shoppable Instagram Sensation @BabeMania – W Magazine"
CBSSports.comAmerican golfers get into Twitter fight with international golfers over rankingsCBSSports.comAt a time when we're supposed to be talking about azaleas and pimiento cheese, we're talking about Twitter wars instead. The reason? American Grayson Murray incited a fight on Wednesday over the Official World Golf Rankings. He got called out by … Source: twitterContinue reading "American golfers get into Twitter fight with international golfers over rankings – CBSSports.com"
ObserverPoll: Does using Instagram make you a narcissist?Albany Times Union (blog)64% of millennials say Instagram is the most narcissistic social media app over Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter — combined. 78% of millennials have or know someone who has deleted Instagram/Facebook posts that don't receive enough likes; 67% of …Instagram is Officially the Most Narcissistic AppObserverall 2 …Continue reading "Poll: Does using Instagram make you a narcissist? – Albany Times Union (blog)"
EngadgetBook a fitness class anywhere in the US with a Google searchEngadgetWhen Reserve with Google starting helping users book fitness classes last year, the scheduling tool was only available in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York City. Today, the company announced that the handy feature is now available all over the US.Google thinks you're …Continue reading "Book a fitness class anywhere in the US with a Google search – Engadget"
5 must-haves for effective analytics in clinical decision-makingBecker’s Hospital ReviewThe most effective and actionable analytics programs share certain characteristics. Discussions with clinical information executives and leaders at hospitals across the U.S. revealed five necessities for analytics to support clinical decision-making …and more » Source: analyticsContinue reading "5 must-haves for effective analytics in clinical decision-making – Becker's Hospital Review"
Facebook 'banter' trolls from sick groups set up new secret pages 10 MINUTES after being removed – as site struggles …The Sun… were both recreated shortly after being removed last night. Almost 900 people have already joined Banter18+, which boasts: “As featured in The Sun.” The groups have been set to “secret” and do not …Continue reading "Facebook 'banter' trolls from sick groups set up new secret pages 10 MINUTES after being removed – as site struggles … – The Sun"
The VergeTwitter redesigns replies so usernames don't count against the 140-character limitThe VergeTwitter usernames will no longer count against the 140-character limit in replies, the company said today, following months of testing in which users complained that the redesign was confusing. Expect them to complain about this design, too: if more …Twitter removes @replies from …Continue reading "Twitter redesigns replies so usernames don't count against the 140-character limit – The Verge"
Irish TimesTwitter is 'fundamental' and will 'endure forever' – Jack DorseyIrish TimesTwitter has been through a turbulent time in recent months. Job cutbacks, executives departing and a restructuring of the business as the platform tries to grow its user base and avoid stagnating have all given the impression of a company in a state of …Continue reading "Twitter is 'fundamental' and will 'endure forever' – Jack Dorsey – Irish Times"
Business InsiderApple's $5 billion campus opens next month — here's what it looks like nowBusiness InsiderApple's biggest launch in 2017 isn't a new iPhone, or a new iPad. It's its new campus in Cupertino, California, which looks like a spaceship and reportedly cost over $5 billion to build. The project was one of the last …Continue reading "Apple's $5 billion campus opens next month — here's what it looks like now – Business Insider"
New York TimesTwitter Bot — or Not?New York TimesQ. How do I know if a Twitter account following me is a bot or a person? A. Bots are small programs that typically perform repetitive, scripted tasks. On Twitter, they are used for a variety of purposes, including for help and harassment. If you post a …Continue reading "Twitter Bot — or Not? – New York Times"
XDA Developers (blog)Telegram's Latest v3.18 Update Brings AI-Powered Voice Calls to the IM AppXDA Developers (blog)Telegram's Latest v3.18 Update Brings AI-Powered Voice Calls to the IM App. Instant Messengers are all the rage these days. It feels as if every major tech company has its own take on what is the best implementation for an …Continue reading "Telegram's Latest v3.18 Update Brings AI-Powered Voice Calls to the IM App – XDA Developers (blog)"
Mother JonesTrump, on Twitter Rampage, Threatens Republican GroupMother JonesPresident Donald Trump took a swipe at the House Freedom Caucus on Thursday, threatening on Twitter to "fight" the hard-line conservative Republican group if its members fail to get in line with his agenda.'We must fight them': Trump threatens Freedom Caucus and DemocratsCNBCall 338 news articles » Source: …Continue reading "Trump, on Twitter Rampage, Threatens Republican Group – Mother Jones"
Hindustan TimesKarishma Sharma: Yeh Hai Mohabbatein star's sexiest Instagram photosHindustan TimesA new Instagram stunner is in town. Yeh Hai Mohabbatein actor and up-and-coming social media sensation Karishma Sharma has amassed almost 1,40,000 followers on Instagram, who can't get enough of her Barbie looks and off-duty vacation wardrobe.and more » Source: instagramContinue reading "Karishma Sharma: Yeh Hai Mohabbatein star's sexiest Instagram photos – Hindustan Times"
Proactive Investors UKTrending: Confectionery groups feel the heat from anti-sugar lobbyProactive Investors UKAfter soft drinks, the cross hairs are now turning towards confectionery makers in an attempt to get Britain's children healthier. Public Health England has recommended that cereals, chocolate bars and biscuits have 5% less sugar by the end of this …and more » Source: …Continue reading "Trending: Confectionery groups feel the heat from anti-sugar lobby – Proactive Investors UK"
CNETApple patent disables wearables when you're drivingCNETLast week, Apple was granted a patent for "Detecting Controllers in Vehicles Using Wearable Devices." The quickest way to summarize this patent is thus: It uses the built-in motion detection in a device such as an Apple Watch to determine if the wearer …and more » Source: appleContinue reading "Apple patent disables wearables when you're driving – CNET"
FortuneWhy Apple Analysts Are Not Worried About the Samsung Galaxy S8FortuneSamsung appears to be trying to get ahead of some of Apple's rumored design changes, analyst Rod Hall at JP Morgan Chase noted, pointing to the edge-to-edge screen as well as the facial recognition and iris scanning security additions in the Galaxy S8.Samsung's Next: Should …Continue reading "Why Apple Analysts Are Not Worried About the Samsung Galaxy S8 – Fortune"
Redmondmag.com (blog)Polycom Gives Microsoft a Bridge Between Skype and CiscoRedmond Channel PartnerPolycom, a maker of video conferencing solutions and a major collaborator with Microsoft in the unified communications (UC) space, this week unveiled a new solution that promises to widen the reach of Microsoft's Skype for Business product. The new …Microsoft to shut Skype office in …Continue reading "Polycom Gives Microsoft a Bridge Between Skype and Cisco – Redmond Channel Partner"
FortuneThis Study Says Apple Is the World's Most Intimate BrandFortuneIn an online study of 6,000 people worldwide, Apple (aapl) was named the most intimate brand, topping Disney and Amazon, MBLM, an agency that attempts to build emotional connections between people and companies, reported on Thursday. The study …and more » Source: appleContinue reading "This Study Says Apple Is the World's Most Intimate Brand – Fortune"
Yahoo SportsFans of Indoor Football League team vote no to adding Greg Hardy to rosterYahoo SportsGreg Hardy is apparently interested in making a return to football, but it won't be with the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles. The Indoor Football League team, which is in its first season of play, is unique among American sports franchises: …Continue reading "Fans of Indoor Football League team vote no to adding Greg Hardy to roster – Yahoo Sports"
PoliticoIn Twitter attack on New York Times, Trump floats changing libel lawsPoliticoIn another Twitter attack on The New York Times, President Donald Trump on Thursday floated whether the U.S. should change its libel laws, a threat he made as a candidate that worried First Amendment advocates. “The failing @nytimes has disgraced the …President Trump complains about …Continue reading "In Twitter attack on New York Times, Trump floats changing libel laws – Politico"
TeenVogue.comKourtney Kardashian Sparks Instagram Debate After Sharing a Photo of Her CarTeenVogue.comKourtney Kardashian's Instagram was flooded with cruel comments this week after she shared two photos of her children sitting atop her Mercedes G-Wagon. In the photos, her 4-year-old daughter, Penelope, and 2-year-old son, Reign, are seen gleefully …People Are Pissed At Kourtney Kardashian Over An …Continue reading "Kourtney Kardashian Sparks Instagram Debate After Sharing a Photo of Her Car – TeenVogue.com"
Barron’sThe One Big Thing Twitter Has to FixBarron’sThough two million “non-registered” unique visitors come to Twitter's site and app every day, Twitter only converts 1% of them into new users, according to Barclays analyst Ross Sandler. Twitter had 319 million “monthly active users” worldwide at the …and more » Source: twitterContinue reading "The One Big Thing Twitter Has to Fix – Barron's"
New York PostMom finds out on Facebook that her daughter diedNew York PostA heartbroken mom has told how she learned about her 21-year-old daughter's death by reading about it on Facebook. Mom-of-three Deborah Byrne, 47, from Northampton, was browsing the social network site on May 23 last year, when she saw a memorial …and more » Source: …Continue reading "Mom finds out on Facebook that her daughter died – New York Post"
RecodeSelf-driving talent is fleeing Google and Uber to catch the autonomous-driving gold rushRecodeThe entity's former engineering lead Peter Rander, poached from Carnegie Mellon in 2015, joined a former Google self-driving engineer Brian Salesky and started Argo.ai. Joining him is another well-respected Uber self-driving engineer, Brett Browning.Google's Claim Against Former Executive Could Help Uber in Driverless-Car …Continue reading "Self-driving talent is fleeing Google and Uber to catch the autonomous-driving gold rush – Recode"
Redmondmag.com (blog)Microsoft to shut Skype office in SwedenComputerWeekly.comMicrosoft is shutting down its Skype office in Sweden's capital, Stockholm, putting 120 jobs under threat, the tech giant has confirmed. The move, which Microsoft said was part of a plan to reduce its geographical spread, comes nearly six years after …Skype for Business via Office 365 To …Continue reading "Microsoft to shut Skype office in Sweden – ComputerWeekly.com"
Advox (press release) (blog)Iranians See Arrests and Intimidation of Telegram Administrators and Journalists Ahead of the ElectionsAdvox (press release) (blog)Telegram gained notability during the 2016 Parliamentary elections, as a platform that aided significant gains for reformist and moderate members of parliament. Notable events, such as former reformist President Mohammad Khatami's four-minute viral … Source: telegramContinue reading "Iranians See Arrests and Intimidation of Telegram Administrators and Journalists Ahead of the Elections – Advox (press release) (blog)"