Follow That #HashTag

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Barely a day goes by without someone telling me they can help me get my site listed on the first page in Google via SEO, SEM etc etc

It is reasonable that in business we are obsessed with getting onto that page for our category of business in Google otherwise we may become invisible so we fall for these promises all too often.

Lets face it Google is an Ad Company they have no interest in your site ever being found unless you buy an ad (AdWords) from them.  So they make it hard as possible for anyone to work out how to get found without advertising ….so don’t waste your money on people they say they can do it and spend it where it will get results.

As the number of websites continues to grow achieving this and standing out from the competition gets harder and harder and creativity becomes more and more important.  So I repeat don’t listen to people that say they can do what you want as they are selling the same story to your competitors too.

Anyway given Google is the new Yellow Pages do you really want people looking for you on a page that features your competitors too or do you want to be unique.

In a recent post More Than A TV Commercial I talked about how we linked TV ads to the Website via a repeated call to act ….. and also the use of a unique and memorable domain name … The aim being to stop prospects searching generically based on what the business does and remember a catchy tag line instead.

Recently we have seen the proliferation of the hashtag and I see them as another means to make sure you get found.

What is a HashTag all about?  Well according to Mashable.com

Hashtags are those short links preceded by the pound sign (#) — may seem confusing and unnecessary. But they are integral to the way we communicate online, and it’s important to know how to use them

On Twitter, the pound sign (or hash) turns any word or group of words that directly follow it into a searchable link. This allows you to organize content and track discussion topics based on those keywords. So, if you wanted to post about the Breaking Bad finale, you would include #BreakingBad in your tweet to join the conversation. Click on a hashtag to see all the posts that mention the subject in real time.

# signageNow we see them everywhere on the backdrops for interviews on the red carpet at the Oscars through to weddings to ensure all the pics taken can be seen by all.

TV has been leveraging Hashtags for some time now to have viewers talk about shows while they air. And now there is talk about tighter integration between Twitter and TV

Given it can be a powerful search facility and it can be as memorable as you can be creative it is important for business to focus more on Hashtags.

Slogans and TagLines should be in hashtags and through common use the brand can own the Hashtag.

So just as it was once vital to register a Business name and trademark etc it became just as important to do the same with relevant domain names and Social Media handles in Twitter etc now its about HashTags.

They are informal there is no registering its all about usage so just decide on the best ones for you and start using them everywhere.

If you use a tagline for your web address and you should if its memorable then make sure you use it often as a hashtag too,

 

Getting people who lived the story to tell the story………

2014-09-14 21.35.10Some years ago I decided I wanted to write the story of Neller Software for a number of reasons … and along the way developed an approach that I think applies to writing of any modern history book in a very cost effective and rewarding way.

But why is the first question when it comes to writing a book. Well…… Neller Software has played a very siginificant role in the birth and development of the Computer Software industry in Australia

And it had played a very signifiant role in my life and development in three different periods and in three very different ways.

1, I was sent to work there by my employer at the time Chrysler Australia to help complete a Payroll system we had bought

2 As an employee who went there as a techo and came out a few years later as a marketeer – an Analyst programmer who went on to become Product Manager

3. As Marketing Director and shareholder when the ownership changed and I was between jobs …. more about me and that later….. in the book. Continue reading Getting people who lived the story to tell the story………

Don’t Add Value Anymore…Add Meaning

Added Meaning Business ModelIn case you haven’t noticed life has changed and so has business.
It’s no longer all about the seller it’s all about the buyer. So now more than ever it’s a case of Seller Beware…
It’s now all about People not Products.
And solving problems and providing Proof that you can.
In sales and marketing for many decades we have talked about the 3, 4, 5 or however many Ps.  And all of those Ps were controlled by the seller – Product, Promotion, Place, People, Price.
Putting the right product in the right place, at the right price, at the right time.
Well now it’s still about 5 Ps but the control is with the buyer – Profile, People, Problem, Productivity and Performance. But the Seller still needs to mind their Ps and add a new one – Proof. And note that Proof has replaced Price. Continue reading Don’t Add Value Anymore…Add Meaning

Peek behind the curtains … before you knock on the door

Some great Apps on my iPhone that help me find what i am looking for in terms of nearby businesses and a recent article in the paper about the breakdown of communities got my brain ticking over.

It seems that most people have in the past promoted the Internet as a way to open up the world as a marketplace, which resulted in the local shop asking “well what’s in it for me?”  But now the tools of Social Media and the Moblie Net (used to be called a Mobile Phone) has given us a much more local focus.

On my iPhone I click the Google App and then say what I am looking for (eg Coffee Shop) and it will in seconds give me a list of the nearest coffee chops sorted in order of distance and include address, phone no, website link and in most cases a recent review.  And then there is another App – AroundMe  that helps me find the nearest Bank/ATM/Pub/Parking Station etc etc ..

I assume if your business Googles well these Apps will promote you but if you don’t you may well be invisible!!

The article I read talked about the breakdown of the neighbourly interaction that was a key part of society 10/15/20 years ago. It seems most people don’t know their neighbors, they don’t talk or socialise in any way.

And with all the stories about home invasions, domestic violence, drug labs etc in average suburbs, maybe we are a little scared of what we might find over the fence.

So is Social Media a way to rebuild the neighbourhood by letting people find our who lives nearby and what they are interested in, getting to know them and chat online before meeting.

It seems to work on dating sites, it certainly has worked for me on LinkedIn.  I now have lots of face-to-face contact with people I met as a result of finding them or them finding me on LinkedIn.

We talk about building communities using Social Media – in terms of people who support a brand, a business, a celebrity etc. but maybe we need to re-established the old fashioned neighbourhood interaction by first getting it going online.

Rather than knocking on the front door or even saying hi over the back fence perhaps Social Media will let us peep behind the curtains and get to know who lives around us.

But who will set up this neighborhood infrastructure online … who has something to gain from it … perhaps the Local Council … but I suspect most of us won’t live long enough for them to get around to something so radical.

Well who else wants to be seen as Mayor of the Local Neighborhood …  could it be the Local Real Estate agent … maybe … I think I feel another blog coming on!!!

Have I seen the future of email………..maybe???

Google Wave

In my last blog I talked about where email might be going …  and now I might have seen the delivery of a vision much broader.  I have become one of the chosen few given the opportunity to try  a pre release version of Google Wave ….   I think that means help find the bugs for them!!

A former colleague in the US and now “business partner” (we re-discovered each other on LinkedIn a few months ago) has provided me with what I now know to be a scarce as hens teeth invite to check it out.

Certainly it promises much as Google say it is “what email would look like if it were invented today as opposed to almost 40 years ago!!

In essence it enables groups to edit, collaborate, discuss and develop documents simultaneously online.  On my first look it certainly isnt intuitive … you wont get far until you RTFM (thats read the …. manual for those who dont have an old fashioned IT/MIS/DP/EDP/ADP background).  It looks great but provides no prompts or ideas about what to do.

But there are already some extensive guides available online …  So first do as I am doing get hold of one and work through it.  I will be using Wave on the project I am working with my man in the US on and will provide feedback as i go.  If you want an overview and sneak peak check out the videos on YouTube… there are predictably plenty!!

But I think I have now seen the future of email … and I think I love it.        

Love to hear from anyone else out there who has had any exposure to The Wave!!!

Wether you have a testimonial or an acrimonial love to hear it!!

Twitter – All talk and no pay!!

Twitter_TVTwitter is now surely the greatest example of building a brand by getting heaps of free media and not spending anything on traditional advertising.

According to an analysis conducted by Video Monitoring Services (VMS), Twitter got great benefit from 2.73 billion impressions last month, valued at $48 million.

Of this over 50% were mentions on TV – mentions largely due to celebrities. politicians, sporting and media personalities embracing it as a medium for direct communication with fans, supporters, voters etc.

While Google has had so much free publicity it has become a new verb in the language — “lets Google that!” — it has been outstripped by Twitter now.

“This is huge. It’s very, very high,” said Gary Getto, VP-integrated media intelligence at VMS. “In fact, we looked at online coverage of Twitter vs. Google. Twitter is running significantly higher than Google and I didn’t think anything was more popular than Google.”

Not only does Twitter not advertise it doesn’t even have any PR representation to generate this media … .

This is truly the power of Social Media to build Word of Mouth and rapidly develop a Tribe of Evangelists and Followers.