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I walked into the shop and there they were. Lining up. Handing over the coupon. Their expectant faces were hopeful. Maybe this was the moment. Dream realized. Most were sure this was “the” day. But they all left disappointed. Back to reality. The chances for success were low. A professional betting man wouldn’t bother paying the price.
I was in the middle of my presentation. Before me was a stadium full of people I barely knew. Then something happened. It is what all speakers dread. My slides disappeared from the big screen behind me. Gone. And they never came back. It was a moment that all speakers hope will never happen. But it did.
Something big is happening. The smart phone revolution that only started 10 years ago with the invention of the iPhone is changing our web behaviour. A report by Forrester revealed that we are spending 85% of our time on our mobile phone using apps and only 15% in the browser. We are also spending 85% of that time only using 5 apps. These include Apple, Facebook and Google.
In 1972 the first app went live. It wasn’t designed for mobile and it was meant only for geeks and programmers. That invention was designed and built by Ray Tomlinson. Today that messaging app is used by 4.3 billion people and 269 billion messages are sent every 24 hours. You may have already guessed what that app is.
Catching an Uber can be a small science experiment in human behaviour. Often the trip is more about the conversation not the destination. Starting the chat is not difficult and just requires asking a few questions. How long have you been driving for Uber? Then it can segue into what got you started? Then it’s sit back and hear their story.
He was bullied so much at school that he was once thrown down a flight of stairs, then beaten until he was unconscious and hospitalized. But despite the outsider tag he had a passion. Born in a small town in South Africa and to the son of a dietitian he had a love of reading. His brother revealed that he read up to two books a day on a wide range of topics.
10 years ago you could hit publish on a blog post, sit back, and watch the traffic roll in… But in 2017 things are different. Even with the growing emphasis on content promotion and social media distribution, it’s still getting harder and harder to consistently generate website traffic organically.
The drivers of change are complex and interwoven in the world of digital marketing. The trends are not islands but together amplify and accelerate the way we market and grow our businesses. Mobile phones made social networks even more viral and powerful and their inbuilt cameras just added more content in what was already a noisy online world.
The drivers of change are complex and interwoven in the world of digital marketing. These trends are not islands but together amplify and accelerate the way we market and grow our businesses. Mobile phones made social networks even more viral and powerful and their inbuilt cameras just added more content in what was already a nosy online world.
Jim sat on his dingy bed. Around and under the centre of his universe were the bits and bric brac of a life collected. Books, a radio and just some tired essentials. Some of these were the leftovers of Jim’s story. Dog eared photos of past relationships and distant memories. The boundaries of this one room dwelling were not wood, stone or walls as most of us know it.
Traditional marketers wore suits and ties and sipped martinis at lunchtime. They were the Don Draper’s of Madison Avenue fame. Creative types that enticed you with clever headlines and funky and funny television ads. The metrics were fluffy and the technology was a bit basic. In an era of digital marketing much has changed and many things haven’t.
I am a little disturbed by the latest innovation. The last bastion for escaping from anyone sending you an email has been removed. You now can surf the web while travelling at 1,000 kmh at 40,000 feet. The very pleasant isolation from being disturbed by your inbox screaming at you is now gone! But I refuse to fly and surf because I want to escape for a few moments.
The social web has amplified many truths about humanity. Some of us will do anything to get noticed and build a brand. This even includes some new dubious tactics such as fake news and alternate truth. They have been used to both divert and attract scrutiny. The reality is that most people love a bit of attention. It is how we are wired.
What is success? That small question has led to thousands of books being written, countless conversations and much soul searching. Is it measured by a big house, a successful career and a large pay-packet? The Oxford dictionary defines it as “The attainment of fame, wealth, or social status” But can we really fit success into that small box? Is the meaning of success much bi ...
There is a saying that if you aren’t growing your dying. Growing sales is an art and a science. The art is the communication and the sales and marketing copy. This is the persuasion piece. The science is the technology needed to discover the data for optimising the conversion paths in the journey from attention to sale.
Do you have “like” anxiety? The ever present Facebook app that sits on your smartphone is an addiction for many of us. You post a cute photo of your dog, maybe your latest trip to the Caribbean and then check in later to see how many likes you have. Received a low response? Only a few people responding? Maybe the “like” metrics aren’t what they should be.
Follow your passion. It is a phrase that is often thrown around like confetti at weddings. It’s a mantra that is meant to lead to a life of freedom and happiness. But chasing that zephyr, that puff of wind can lead to a life of random pursuits that are driven more by emotion than meaning. I had a passion for basketball. Big problem. Too short. Also had a love for waterskiing.
The Terminator movie “Rise of the Machines” is science fiction, HAL in “Space Odyssey 2001 was futuristic and Iron Man is fantasy. Well…..that is until technology makes them a reality. Arthur C. Clarke, the futurist and science fiction writer was famous for this line. “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic” And in marketing this is happening right now.
What is your big idea? Still looking? That one idea can be the catalyst to a life imagined. Just one glimmer of inspiration can transform your life. It just needs that spark. And that can start with one book. What you read, focus on and who you hang out with can make or break you. One piece of advice that I often share with my children is this.
Saving for most of us is something that was encouraged from an early age. The piggybank was placed somewhere safe. The shiny coins clunked and clinked into the slot that locked away the pennies until that visit to the bank. The coins of various shapes and sizes were added up by the man behind the counter.