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TED Talk with Richard Branson

This TED Talk is from last March but it's a great insight into Branson the man and entrepreneur.

When Richard Branson was at school, his headmaster predicted he would wind up either a millionaire or in jail. Since then, he's done both. He talks to TED's Chris Anderson about the ups and the downs of his career, from his multibillionaire success to his multiple near-death experiences, from Virgin's line of spacecraft to the failure of the Virgin condom. He also reveals some of his (very surprising) motivations. (Recorded March 2007 in Monterey, California. Duration: 30:44.)

Is Social Networking Here to Stay?

Social Networking

Being a marketing junkie I was reading one of the many publications I get through the post and came across an article that inspired this post, Is social networking more of a fad in B2B marketing than a viable marketing medium? in B2B Marketing magazine.

Considering how long I've been engaged in social media and the growth in the medium I was interested to read the debate.

Ross Sturley, principle of Chart Lane consultancy and committee member of the CIM Construction Industry Group said that it's 'fun' and 'cool' but ultimately not worth the time.

He went on to say 'LinkedIn has 21 million users, but its most frequent use is recruitment consultants trying to source candidates' something I would have to disagree with. I've found Linked In to be a very good site to network on and gain work from.

5 Inspirational Summer Time Web Designs

Web design for the summer time

With summer here, although you wouldn't know it looking out the window, I felt in the mood for some truly summer time web design.

The selection of designs gets me in the mood for some chimping around in the sun and I hope it brings you some fresh inspiration.

All the designs are bright, colourful and cool in their design. Their usability is good and and all have a clear clean layout. See what you think!

Karim Zurita - Creative Design and Development

Karim Zurita - Creative Design and Development

Oypro Istanbul Commercial Real Estate & Property Management

5 Tips to Improve Website Usability

Confused User - Improve Website Usability

Improving website usability is really important to maximise the enjoyment of the site for users. If you're unsure of what usability is then you can read more from the king of Usability Jacob Neilsen.

In short, good usability allows you to have a successful site by increasing its' effectiveness allowing the user a good experience and smooth interaction.

I was looking online for a pair of shoes the other day and came across a site that made me stick around just to see how annoying it was! It didn't take long to get my goat. As you will see I've got great taste ;)


Pointer hompage, poor website usability example

This site has some great shoes to browse through but a number of usability issues that should be addressed.

5 Tips To Improve Website Usability

#1 - Alt Tags on Imagery

Social Media Optimization: Optimize Your Social Media Marketing

Social Media Optimization: How to Optimize Your Social Media Marketing

If you're not familiar with my last post, Social Media Marketing: Are You Wasting Your Time?, do read it before going on.

In it I discuss the issue of social media marketing and how if not channelled correctly can cost you valuable time from your work day. Are you prone to trying out the next new social site without having any goals or aims in sight?

If you are, then you need to consider how much time you're putting into Social Media Marketing (SMM) and what you're getting out. If your ROI is small then you need to optimize your SMM.

"The best thing I ever did was shut off my Digg account. I gained a few hours a week and after 6 months have never noticed any negative impact on my site or my business."

Social Media Marketing: Are You Wasting Your Time?

social media marketing: are you wasting your time?

If you own your own business then you're always thinking of ways to gain new clients or customers and how to spread the word. One of the best ways is via Social Media Marketing (SMM). You can get your business in front of those people you most want to target and converse with them in ways no other medium can.

But, it's also one of the biggest wastes of your valuable time. Due to its' natural tendency to make you play the game and chase the numbers SMM can distract you from what's important.

Technology provides us with more opportunity, more opportunity to waste time.

"Oh I got 100 maybe 1,000 or more visitors to my site yesterday from Digg, what a triumph, wait til I tell my colleagues."

Whoopie do well done you! All that time sending shouts really paid off. All those messages on other social sites got so much attention for your site.

Blogger Appreciation Day

blog monkey

Today is (un)officially Blogger Appreciation day, well Darren Rowse started the worthy cause and Chris Garrett developed it into appreciation of those that comment on your blog.

It's your comments that highlight points missed or subjects to cover so keep them coming.

So here are the great and good that have all so far commented on my blog, it's only a new born monkey creation so props (respect cause I'm hip, on the cutting edge ouch!) to my early adopters:

Ed Rouch
Barry Welford
Rachel Phillips
Rob Safuto
Patricia Skinner

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