Start with end in mind, plan meticulously and always be ever present on the site visit daily, or at least twice weekly. Seek out a smile or humour where you can find it. ;-)
Banking goes more mobile
Originally posted on TechCrunch:
Simple has made some serious strides since it opened up to the public last year, but there’s one thing the service has just never been that great at: transferring money from one bank account to another. According to a post on the official Simple blog, those days are finally over — users can link their Simple accounts to existing bank accounts to move their money around.
Frankly, it’s about time.
Let’s back up a minute here first: why is this such a big deal? To answer that, we have to look at how the Simple onboarding process works. When you first set up a Simple account, you’re given the chance to make one initial funds transfer from your old bank account — that’s it. Before the external accounts feature was added, users who wanted to subsequently transfer funds from their existing bank account to a Simple account had to…
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Facebook introduces hash tags use !
If you are using social media you will need to be aware of these effects of this on your SEO, SMM and SEM
Useful to clarify your thought processes
Originally posted on SO! What? SOcial.:
How is a social media campaign best executed?
This infographic below created by Cox Blue highlights some of the universal components of a successful social media marketing campaign. What are your thoughts in regards to this infographic?
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Small businesses get help !
Originally posted on VentureBeat:
Foursquare is finally giving small businesses what they’ve always wanted: a way to promote themselves to users of the social network.
Foursquare is testing paid promotions with businesses in New York City, letting them target people based on location, tastes, or, most notably, their check-in histories, AdAge reports. With the feature, small businesses can now advertise their locations with photos or glowing user reviews. These promoted listings will appear in Foursquare users’ feeds or on the “Explore nearby” section of the Foursquare app.
The move is a key, if slightly overdue, one for Foursquare, which has been under increasing scrutiny as it tries to prove to the world that it’s a sustainable business with real growth potential. While the program is only open to a few businesses right now, Foursquare plans to expand it further later this summer.
The move is also important because it may finally help Foursquare solve is user intent problem, which I wrote…
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Anything intriguing, that does not need power to move fascinates me.
Originally posted on Spectrum Scientifics' Store Blog:
We’ve been waiting for these to come in, and now they are here. We are talking about the MOVA Solar Powered Spinning Globes!
These globes sit on their base and with just a little bit of light will spin. If you pick up the globe it will still spin! Put it on the table and it continues to spin! There is no cord, no batteries, and really odd is no obvious solar cells.
The secret is that the the globe is actually immersed in a liquid that in turn is inside a clear acrylic globe. There are solar panels located behind the printed image of the globe. Since the globe only needs a little bit of light to runt he drive mechanism this works out fine. Let;s take a look at a video of the globe in action:
The MOVA globes are a great desktop toy. and don’t just come…
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Originally posted on Gigaom:
PayPal(s ebay) is bringing its Here mobile payments service to the U.K., but its familiarly shaped triangular card reader will not be making the journey over the Atlantic. Instead PayPal is launching a new device that better fits the point-of-sale policies of Europe: a card reader with a numeric keypad for entering a key code.
Rather than fit into the headphone jack of a smartphone, the new reader pairs to the an iPhone or Android device via Bluetooth. And instead of swiping the card’s magnetic strip, the card is inserted into the reader so it can access the smart-chip embedded within typical European debit and credit cards, while the keypad is used for entering the customer’s PIN.
PayPal plans to showcase the new reader and service at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week, but U.K. merchants will have to wait a bit before they can get their hands on…
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Presently the buzz on social media is all about owning and creating content and then using this to become a thought leader to create and secure a strong brand. Then you utilize the brand to build influence, and the influence to drive profits through increased sales.
I think you’ll see this trend continue for 18 months until people realize what creating content is really all about, but obviously I’m not going to put that in print here. You’ll have to get to know me better and create a relationship with me to secure that trust ;-)
Originally posted on Quartz:
Yesterday, British Chancellor George Osborne announced a tax amnesty for athletes competing in the London Grand Prix, a track and field event, this summer. Non-British athletes are typically taxed on money they earn from prizes or appearances in the UK as well as part of their income from global endorsement deals.
The British tax rules on non-resident athletes have been a sticking point for athletes and conveners of international sports events since 1986, when the taxes began. An athlete like Bolt, who reportedly made $20.3 million last year, could end up paying more in taxes to British coffers than he would make appearing at an event. “It’s like me asking you to come to work today and pay me three times what you’re…
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