It’s NOT the Content of Your Character BUT the Character of Your Content
If your content sucks no one will visit, share or engage. It’s just that simple! It’s sort of like the family member that can’t cook and is always willing to cook for the holidays. Have you ever noticed that no one visits that family member during the holidays? There are always a multitude of reasons NOT to visit! Oh I have to get a root canal, my hamster needs a new cage, or oh I have a toenail fungus that is just out of control. Most will say anything NOT to visit?
Well, this is the same as bad content. WHY would a person, visit, share or engage with you page, blog or social media channel when your content is equivalent to aunt Margie’s “gone wrong” Thanksgiving Day biscuits? Just like there are so many other places to eat, there are so many other places to get great content. YOU won’t be able to compete until you step your content game up just as Aunt Margie can’t compete with the Rachel Ray of the family.
The goal in content creation is placing your company content in the position to be viewed as the GO-TO source for information, which presents your organization as the voice of the authority in your field. YOU do not; however want to be known as the creator of content that is subpar, as it is a reflection of your organization.
People have almost fully transitioned from accessing content by traditional means to reading most of their content online. So this presents organizations with the unique opportunity to provide information of value to readers. This means that organizations should be working to create quality content and in order to do this there must be an understanding of the fundamental reasoning behind content creation.
It’s NOT the Content of Your Character BUT the Character of Your Content, meaning if you are currently creating content, make sure that it is good and that it is a positive representation of your organization. You can do this by thinking of the content that you are creating as if you are producing a commercial or ad about your organization. This could be content about company capabilities, company news, fun events or something similar. The goal is to give people an idea of what your company has to offer and a bit of a peak into the culture of your organization.
So if your organization is providing bad content, that is a reflection of what your company is all about and it can have a negative impact on your brand, especially if it is subpar. The creation of great content is so important in our digitally focused world. This is especially the case with the creation of online content because anything posted online could always remain a part of your organizations digital footprint indefinitely. Content posted online cannot be pulled back, once it is out there it’s out there.
The take away:
Step your content game up, present your organization in a positive way and make a conscious decision to ROCK your digital footprint!
60 Percent Of Marketers Confidence In Their Skills Suck
I just read a report about marketers, their confidence in their own marketing strategy and their companies effectiveness based on their own marketing experience. The issue seems to be that most traditional marketers are being left in the dust by the new digital marketing strategies that have all but taken over this industry.
I have noticed that people with, just traditional marketing experience and that lack technology experience seem to be struggling more than marketers with digital AND traditional experience. The report also states that traditional marketers feel as if the marketing industry has changed more in the past two years than it has in the last fifty years. I would say that this is the primary issue with the ineffectiveness of those traditional marketers that have not embraced digital marketing and consequently are struggling.
It is imperative that organizations recognize WHEN their digital marketing strategies are not going in the direction that they desire. The first step is to LOOK at the credentials of the person in charge of the marketing department, their lack of knowledge about digital marketing could be derailing digital strategies. IF they have experience in traditional marketing ONLY and are not up to date on digital marketing strategies they will lack the experience in this ever changing space to lead your marketing department in the right direction. Traditional marketers that LACK digital marketing experience simply are NOT qualified to lead digital marketing strategies. This is not a negative statement only a keeping it real kind of statement. Would you go to a podiatrist if you needed advice on your heart? It’s the same thing if you entrust a traditional marketer that is untrained in digital marketing strategies to run digital marketing initiatives. The only outcome can be less than positive.
The bigger issue with traditional marketers that are put in place to lead digital initiatives stem from organizations lack of ability to recognize that the world has changed and the old school methods of marketing are no longer as successful as they once were. IF understanding of the importance of digital marketing starts at the upper management level, and the upper level of management has a firm understanding of changes, addressing it should not be the problem. So, the ultimate issue here is that the entire organizational structure must recognize the need for change before any change to digital will happen. If those at the top lack knowledge so will others. Change needs to happen at the upper management level, without that change there will be a continuous flow of unqualified, incompetent marketers flubbing their way through the digital marketing space at the expense of the organization.
Take a look at the slide show below, it will give you an idea of marketers feel they are doing in the digital marketing space.
We have moved full force into a world where marketing has become education based, NOT sales driven as it was in the past and this calls for a different route to be taken with marketing based initiatives.
Content creation is rapidly moving toward being a huge driving force behind what once was traditional advertising, marketing and sales. This changes how we think about marketing in general and will require organizations to re-evaluate their marketing strategies. Based on these changes, the ability to create original, thought provoking and shareable content is not optional anymore it is mandatory.
According to Ad Age’s survey, 55% of marketers have increased their content-marketing budgets this year and is expected to do so in 2014 as well. The companies that are forward thinking enough will be a part of this trend, those that are still old school will not and fall that much father behind in creating the digital footprint needed to present themselves as authorities in their field.
At one time there were sales collateral produced by companies that were used to promote that company as an authority in their field. Traditional print pieces, brochures and magazine articles were once used to promote organizations but with so many people living in a plugged in world these channels are no longer as effective as they were during the print era. This is the dilemma, so what’s a company to do?
It’s time for companies to take the shift in consumable media serious and open their eyes and minds to change. People are just not consuming media utilizing the channels such as print as much as in the past. Media or content is consumed on social media channels and blogs by way of tablets and mobile devices. So it is imperatives that business who want to be viewed as authorities start to take content creation very serious. Businesses MUST start creating content AND publishing that content to the channels that people are utilizing!
So let’s take a look at the what, when, why and how of getting started.
This is the easiest question you can address because the WHAT of content creation is promoting WHAT it is your organization does. Every office has one or two people that are informed about EVERYTHING about the company. These are also usually the people that have been with the company since the company started. This person is a valuable source of information to a content creator! They are your brand ambassadors and they have the ability to provide the WHAT of content creation for your content creator.
You should create as much content as you or your company can physically manage and post it as much as possible. If you get a content creator that is on their game they will be able to stretch out a small amount of content into multiple pieces of creative and engaging posts on a blog. This content can then be posted over a period of time. It would be a great idea to create a publishing calendar so that you can have an organized and consistent flow of content moving through your digital channels at all times.
By providing an abundance of content this allows you or your company to become authorities within your industry. If you become an authority in your industry you can increase your exposure, improve Google placement and potentially increase sales. This is just a no-brainer.
At one time the company with the biggest marketing budget was the company that had the most exposure and sales. The same thing applies here except we are dealing with online content, which has essentially replaced a lot of traditional marketing channels as a way to consume media.
There are so many ways to create content and so many types of content that you can create, written, visual, video or a combination of all. The most important thing is to provide a variety of types of content and use analytics/insights to gauge the effectiveness of the content that you are providing. Some say that visual content does best, some say video but every audience is different. This is why using the data from analytics is imperative because it will allow you to see what kind of content your readers like. This allows you to create and share more of the content that is in demand and less of the content that is less than favorable.
To get a better idea of the importance of creating content for your brand, take a look at the infographic below.
As marketing changes so MUST the willingness of companies to keep up with the trends that will keep them ahead of their competitors and content marketing is one of those trends. We no longer have such a high demand for print, brochures but an increasing demand for blogs, newsletters, website articles, white papers, and special reports. Content creators are key to providing this type of content and it is essential that that content be original, engaging and shareable.
So stop reading and get started with creating great content for your brand!
As usual, I welcome any and all comments good, bad, ugly or indifferent. I can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Google+, find me, follow me and let’s strike up a conversation about content creation!
I recently read that 71% of people hate their jobs and I though what a terribly high number. Has it always been this high and we just haven’t noticed? Has social media and the willingness to have open discussion shined the light on the 71 of every 100 people that despise, at least 8 hours of their day?
According to Forbes, Jobs Suck, so should those that are a part of the 71%, just SUCK it up and forge ahead. Should they grab the weekly paycheck and keep it moving? OR should individuals TRY to change the dynamic, Fight The Man so to speak?
Should those 71% that have “Checked Out” at the work place not expect more? Are work expectations too high?
Take a look at the video below that may help shed some light on WHY there are so many people that are dissatisfied with their employment situation and some possible remedies.
I think that expectations from the workplace have grown due to Generation X and Y. This generation has expectations beyond their parent’s expectations and requirements in the workplace. Also the growth in technology offers options beyond the commuting and cube life, of getting to work and clocking in to the cube.
What do you think? Should people just put in their 8+ hours, grab their paycheck every Friday and say what the hell? Or should there be a higher expectation? Take a look at the top 10 reasons people are reported to hate their jobs:
10. They think the grass is greener someplace else.
9. Their values don’t align with the company.
8. They don’t feel valued.
7. Job insecurity.
6. There’s no room for advancement.
5. They’re unhappy with their pay.
4. There’s too much red tape.
3. They’re not being challenged.
2. The passion’s gone.
1. Their boss sucks.
What do you think? Are you a part of the 29% or the 71%? I would really love to know your thoughts, good, bad, ugly or indifferent? I can be found on most social media channels, follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Google+ let me know what you think?
Hey Old School Marketers: Your Target Audience is DEAD
I grew up in an era that was not technology focused; there were no computers, mobile devices, or Internet when I was in high school. My generation did not even grow up with cable. In fact I remember when cable initially hit the scene, when MTV actually played music and the HUGE campaign “I want My MTV” which was used to push MTV to mainstream. Oh, those were the days. A lot has happened with the growth of technology since my high school years. If you have been able to adapt and embrace this super fast growth of technology, that is fantastic. However, if you have not you could be a little screwed now and a lotta’ screwed later. This, is especially the case if you are trying to run a business based on philosophies and an organizational structure from the 1980’s, MTV Era. The biggest mistake in taking that path is that this audience is dead or on life support.
Think about this, we are reaching an age when we have augmented reality and your business cards can talk. We are moving toward the Semantic Web, closer to an era when ALL of the computers mechanisms in our devices will be able to communicate with each other. Do you seriously THINK that people are in touch with old school methods? NO one is looking backward, or I should say consumers aren’t looking backward. This means that your organization is being left behind, if you are not forward thinking.
Companies that have not embraced our new social oriented culture and the growing mobile market, are whistling in the wind. Those companies are targeting a dwindling population. Just visualize it as a numbers game. Think about the target markets that are NOT online and those that are NOT mobile, this number is growing smaller and smaller as more people embrace the digital marketing space. So companies should NOT be gearing their primary marketing campaigns toward a demographic that is shrinking. It’s really common sense. Companies should be looking to always GROW their audience NOT focus on the shrinking audiences.
In essence, in choosing NOT to adapt to newer technologies companies are choosing to throw in the towel on their businesses whether they realize it or not. Companies MUST go where their audiences are, that’s the only way in which they will continue to grow. In fact Seth Godin wrote a post “What do you think of my brochure? ” 7 YEARS ago, about the total reliance on brochures as a way to reach an audience. That piece was applicable in 2006 and is even more so now.
The Internet is the 2nd most widely utilized channel for news. If people go to the Internet and social media channels for something as valuable and important as news, they will also go there for other information as well. So, every business SHOULD make it a priority to have a strong social media and mobile presence. The old saying, “If we build it, they will come.” definitely applies to a strong digital footprint. On the other hand, if we build it and it’s geared toward a dwindling demographic, they may NOT come. As business owners we should be interested in substantially shifting those odds in our favor by going where our customers are.
Ultimately if companies are not tapping a new more social and mobile oriented market with content geared for this demographic, they are taping a dead audience. Take a look at the video below to see exactly HOW much social and mobile is ingrained in who we are, as a culture now.
People are on the go, we now live in a super fast paced world, and people are looking for content that they can access easily and quickly on their mobile device. They DO not want to read a companies long-winded prepackaged full-page ad in whatever magazine that’s lying about in an office or waiting room. They want quick access by way of mobile while they are on the go. So as business owners we must be willing to supply them with this information or they will go to competitors that will.
The take away, while your organization is spewing their prepackaged printed message, other more innovative companies are going where their audiences are and moving past that 1980’s strategy. The time to step it up was a few years ago and companies that have not done so may be living a “STUFF” got real nightmare if they select to continue on this path.
I am not saying that companies should roll over and die, I am trying to subtly nudge those living in a time warp to adapt or die.
As usual, I welcome all comments, good, bad, ugly or indifferent. I welcome dialogue even if we don’t agree, so follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ and lets start a conversation.
Due to #Mobile and #Social: Every Business MUST Be An Internet Business
When the Internet initially started to become mainstream in the 90’s there were so many companies that felt as if the, then called World Wide Web, was a fad and that it would go away. Hmmm, “how’d that thought process work for ya?” Not so well for those that were reluctant in embracing the World Wide Web, now called the Internet.
I cannot fathom why many many years later there are still people in the world that have selected NOT to embrace technology as a part of their lives. I do have a little bit of tolerance for those that are not into it on a personal level but businesses that STILL have not fully embraced technology are doing themselves a disservice.
In 1995 it was perfectly fine to consider getting a website and waffle in the process of getting that done. Fast-forward eighteen years, YES eighteen year, and organizations are STILL waffling and more behind than ever. We have moved so much beyond just having a website not that it is mind altering. We have also moved to an era where waffling could allow your competitors to get such a big jump on your organization that you would forever be behind the eight ball.
Due to the super quick growth of the tablet and mobile industry we do not have the luxury of waffling on decisions to go full force into the new and aggressive digital marketing space. In fact, if you have a brick and mortar business, you can really no longer even view your organization as a traditional business. YOU must start to see your business as an Internet business. EVERY BUSINESS IS AN INTERNET BUSINESS now.
There is literally no such thing as traditional business anymore, ANY and ALL businesses must be online; therefore, considered Internet businesses. With so many people accessing company websites with mobile devices it’s not even enough to have a traditional website. YOU must be mobile.
It amazes me that there are so many organizations that have not grasped the importance of an online presence. It’s been eighteen years or more since the Internet became mainstream, I don’t think it’s going anywhere anytime soon. Actually the Internet is fast becoming the most effective way to market any business.
Traditional ways of consuming media is a thing of the past, very few people read newspapers, magazine, flyers, brochures and pamphlets as a primary source of information as was once the case. If someone finds your traditional media somewhere, they search for a website or social media channel to find out more about your company using their mobile device.
So companies that are still utilizing these traditional media outlets for the majority of their business are placing themselves behind the eight ball and additionally presenting themselves to their clients as a company that is NOT on their game.
Companies must create a strong Digital Footprint for their brand and use traditional marketing as a means to DRIVE traffic to their online brand, not the other way around. Traditional media as a primary source of gaining information is DEAD, like the steel mills in Allentown. I’m not saying that all companies should stop using traditional media, but I am saying that you must go where your customer base is and that’s online and by way of mobile device. Simply, people are using mobile devices to access information about YOUR Company and YOUR competitors so that’s where you must go. People are on social media channels accessing information about YOUR Company and YOUR competitors, so that’s where your organization must go.
As we decide to lead our organizations into this digital journey of social media and mobile we must realize that we can not just adapt our old “shove the company pitch in their faces” way of marketing. That does NOT work with social media and no one using a mobile device will want to scroll through an old school organizations long winded pitch about what they do, what they sell, blah blah blah, on their mobile device.
A few keys to reaching your social and mobile audiences are:
Mobile Website: YOU must first have a mobile website. This is not even optional anymore. With the rate of people consuming media on the go if you opt out of having a mobile web presence you are turning your back on a huge amount of customers and YOUR competitors will be right there to grab them from you.
Social Media: You must have a strong social media presence AND a strategy that is socially driven. Posting your sales pitch on your channels ONLY displays that you have not fully grasped what our new social oriented world is about. Old school marketing strategy consisted of sharing prepackaged content saying all the right things to push your message without regard for the customer. Social Media is about sharing social oriented content that appeals to YOUR READER. It is NOT about you or your company but about building a relationship with followers, building trust with customers and providing information that THEY will find of value so THEY will then think of your company when it is time to utilize your services. I’ll say that again. It is NOT about you or your company but about building a relationship with followers, building trust with customers and providing information that THEY will find of value so THEY will then think of your company when it is time to utilize your services.
People are on mobile devices AND on social media with their mobile devices so it is imperative that ALL organizations have a presence on both. Take a look below in the statistic on mobile usage.
As of May 2013:
91% of American Adults have a cell phone
56% of American Adults have a smart phone
67% of cell phone owners check their phone for messages, alerts and calls EVEN if the phone is not ringing or vibrating.
44% of people sleep with their phone next to their bed.
As of April 2012:
55% of adult cell phone users use the Internet on their mobile, which has doubled in three years.
31% of cell phone Internet users mostly use their mobile device for Internet, not desktops or laptops.
17% of ALL adults cell phone owners use their cell ONLY for accessing the Internet.
31% of cell phone uses look for health or medical information online.
68% of Smartphone users use their device to access the Internet.
With desktop computer usage on the decline, laptop usage rising and mobile usage growing at a super quick rate of speed businesses, MUST start to see their businesses as Internet businesses. They can no longer AFFORD to ignore having a strong presence in the SOCIAL and MOBILE space.
It’s time to ADAPT your ORGANIZATIONAL strategies to the new the new mobile and social world NOT keep your same old school strategies and add digital as an afterthought. It’s a new world squirrel Adapt or die.
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I remember the 90’s, when the Internet initially entered the scene. I was immediately very enthralled with this technology. I was immediately taken with the little computerized box that had moved beyond being used for just work related tasks to a place that held an abundance of information. It didn’t matter that the information was mostly text based; I was just fascinated by HOW much information that I had access to within this little box, called a computer.
At the time, this information intense technology called the Word Wide. I was working at the local Library when I first got introduced to this magical world. Once I had experienced it’s magic, I instantly developed a huge fascination for what is now called the Internet and a stronger drive to learn as much as I could. So, I was tasked with not only teaching the staff Windows 95 but with instructing Windows NT, to patrons in the newly proposed computer labs. My enthusiasm about this new Internet technology started my journey into the LOVE of technology and helped lead me to where I am now.
I recognized, even back in the mid nineties that this technology would be HUGE and would change the world. As this technology was really taking off and all of the Internet companies were booming I was finishing my Bachelors Degree in business. I was so involved with finishing school during the time, so regrettably I was not able to take an active part in this technology growth as I longed to. Although I was not in the thick of things, only instruction, it was still so exciting to see the Internet take off. I always did regret my inability to get involved and to take an active role in the growth of the first wave of the Internet Technology boom.
Roll the clock about 18 years ahead, and here we are. I cannot express the excitement at having an opportunity to be an active part in this era of what looks to be the NEW wave of Internet growth.
When I returned to grad school, I had no clue that the Internet Space would be heading toward the second boom. It was all a blessing, luck, great timing or some combination of all of those. Either way, it is an exciting time to be a part of the second technology boom.
Since the 1990’s we have gone from having huge monitors, towers and keyboards to having the ability to literally carrying our computer around in our pockets due to the growth of smart phone technology. THIS is the NEW Technology boom and I am so excited that I get to be a part of it this time around.
Smart phones are almost singularly responsible for the HUGE boom in technology because they allow us to literally become mobile WHILE being connected. The growth of smart phones has grown so much in the past few years that some say the there will soon be more mobile devices in use than there are people in the world. That is unimaginable.
With all of the growth of mobile technology businesses MUST quickly jump in this space if they want their organizations to benefit from those that are users of this technology.
The need for a mobile website should be at the forefront of every organizations digital marketing strategy. Organizations cannot be sluggish in adopting this as they were in the 90’s when they were prompted to get a traditional website. Technology is moving so much faster now than it was back then.
Take a look at the information below on HOW much growth is expected in the mobile area moving forward.
Global mobile data traffic grew 70 percent in 2012. Global mobile data traffic reached 885 petabytes per month at the end of 2012, up from 520 petabytes per month at the end of 2011.
Last year’s mobile data traffic was nearly twelve times the size of the entire global Internet in 2000. Global mobile data traffic in 2012 (885 petabytes per month) was nearly twelve times greater than the total global Internet traffic in 2000 (75 petabytes per month).
Mobile video traffic exceeded 50 percent for the first time in 2012. Mobile video traffic was 51 percent of traffic by the end of 2012.
Mobile network connection speeds more than doubled in 2012. Globally, the average mobile network downstream speed in 2012 was 526 kilobits per second (kbps), up from 248 kbps in 2011. The average mobile network connection speed for smartphones in 2012 was 2,064 kbps, up from 1,211 kbps in 2011. The average mobile network connection speed for tablets in 2012 was 3,683 kbps, up from 2,030 kbps in 2011.
In 2012, a fourth-generation (4G) connection generated 19 times more traffic on average than a non-4G connection. Although 4G connections represent only 0.9 percent of mobile connections today, they already account for 14 percent of mobile data traffic.
The top 1 percent of mobile data subscribers generate 16 percent of mobile data traffic, down from 52 percent at the beginning of 2010. According to a mobile data usage study conducted by Cisco, mobile data traffic has evened out over the last year and is now lower than the 1:20 ratio that has been true of fixed networks for several years.
Average smartphone usage grew 81 percent in 2012. The average amount of traffic per smartphone in 2012 was 342 MB per month, up from 189 MB per month in 2011.
Smartphones represented only 18 percent of total global handsets in use in 2012, but represented 92 percent of total global handset traffic. In 2012, the typical smartphone generated 50 times more mobile data traffic (342 MB per month) than the typical basic-feature cell phone (which generated only 6.8 MB per month of mobile data traffic).
Globally, 33 percent of total mobile data traffic was offloaded onto the fixed network through Wi-Fi or femtocell in 2012. In 2012, 429 petabytes of mobile data traffic were offloaded onto the fixed network each month. Without offload, mobile data traffic would have grown 96 percent rather than 70 percent in 2012.
Android is now higher than iPhone levels of data use. By the end of 2012, average Android consumption exceeded average iPhone consumption in the United States and Western Europe.
In 2012, 14 percent of mobile devices and connections were potentially IPv6-capable. This estimate is based on network connection speed and OS capability.
In 2012, the number of mobile-connected tablets increased 2.5-fold to 36 million, and each tablet generated 2.4 times more traffic than the average smartphone. In 2012, mobile data traffic per tablet was 820 MB per month, compared to 342 MB per month per smartphone.
There were 161 million laptops on the mobile network in 2012, and each laptop generated 7 times more traffic than the average smartphone. Mobile data traffic per laptop was 2.5 GB per month in 2012, up 11 percent from 2.3 GB per month in 2011.
Nonsmartphone usage increased 35 percent to 6.8 MB per month in 2012, compared to 5.0 MB per month in 2011. Basic handsets still make up the vast majority of handsets on the network (82 percent).
The Mobile Network Through 2017
Mobile data traffic will reach the following milestones within the next five years.
• Monthly global mobile data traffic will surpass 10 exabytes in 2017.
• The number of mobile-connected devices will exceed the world’s population in 2013.
• The average mobile connection speed will surpass 1 Mbps in 2014.
• Due to increased usage on smartphones, handsets will exceed 50 percent of mobile data traffic in 2013.
• Monthly mobile tablet traffic will surpass 1 exabyte per month in 2017.
• Tablets will exceed 10 percent of global mobile data traffic in 2015.
Global mobile data traffic will increase 13-fold between 2012 and 2017. Mobile data traffic will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 66 percent from 2012 to 2017, reaching 11.2 exabytes per month by 2017.
By the end of 2013, the number of mobile-connected devices will exceed the number of people on earth, and by 2017 there will be nearly 1.4 mobile devices per capita. There will be over 10 billion mobile-connected devices in 2017, including machine-to-machine (M2M) modules-exceeding the world’s population at that time (7.6 billion).
Mobile network connection speeds will increase 7-fold by 2017. The average mobile network connection speed (526 kbps in 2012) will exceed 3.9 megabits per second (Mbps) in 2017.
In 2017, 4G will be 10 percent of connections, but 45 percent of total traffic. In 2017, a 4G connection will generate 8 times more traffic on average than a non-4G connection.
By 2017, 41 percent of all global mobile devices and connections could potentially be capable of connecting to an IPv6 mobile network. Over 4.2 billion devices and connections will be IPv6-capable in 2017.
Two-thirds of the world’s mobile data traffic will be video by 2017. Mobile video will increase 16-fold between 2012 and 2017, accounting for over 66 percent of total mobile data traffic by the end of the forecast period.
Mobile-connected tablets will generate more traffic in 2017 than the entire global mobile network in 2012. The amount of mobile data traffic generated by tablets in 2017 (1.3 exabytes per month) will be 1.5 times higher than the total amount of global mobile data traffic in 2012 (885 petabytes per month).
The average smartphone will generate 2.7 GB of traffic per month in 2017, an 8-fold increase over the 2012 average of 342 MB per month. Aggregate smartphone traffic in 2017 will be 19 times greater than it is today, with a CAGR of 81 percent.
By 2017, almost 21 exabytes of mobile data traffic will be offloaded to the fixed network by means of Wi-Fi devices and femtocells each month. Without Wi-Fi and femtocell offload, total mobile data traffic would grow at a CAGR of 74 percent between 2012 and 2017 (16-fold growth), instead of the projected CAGR of 66 percent (13-fold growth).
The Middle East and Africa will have the strongest mobile data traffic growth of any region at 77 percent CAGR. This region will be followed by Asia Pacific at 76 percent and Latin America at 67 percent.
So needless to say I think it’s time to get mobile people! There are a variety of options available when considering a mobile website, that are great for corporate business. One of the options that I immediately wanted to explore was a mobile website powered by WordPress after all WordPress is one of the most powerful CMS platforms available. After being a WordPress hold out for so long, now that I am there I don’t want to leave. I don’t want to consider other options because this platform fits my business needs.
So in sticking with my need to go with WordPress I started exploring options for Mobile Templates that I could use for WordPress. At first I was only able to find a variety of plugins that would convert my WordPress site to a mobile ready site. The Plugins work fine if you page doesn’t have a lot of pages and submenus. If it does, the plugins make your page look goofy. YES, goofy is a technical term.
I then took a look at the responsive themes; they were fine but still didn’t suit my needs because I didn’t want to change my entire brand to go with a new theme. I wanted a mobile site that would match or closely match my current website.
Finding a fully functional Template built exclusively for mobile practically nonexistent, until I recently found a small company that ONLY Creates WordPress Templates for MOBILE. Excited I am! So I was able to throw up a fully functional WordPress Mobile website based on the look of my site. The great thing about it is that everything that I can do formy full website can be done for my mobile site. Guess WHAT? WIN!
So whatever route you decide to take in the mobile strategy of your business, make sure you get started right away!
One of the things learned by the smallest of children are ways to communicate with their parents and others. They learn this at a very young age and it evolves from non-verbal to verbal communication. It is essential, because it allows children to effectively communicate their needs to parents and caregivers. This is one of the most important things children learn, and it will be used everyday for the rest of their lives. Although we use it in every waking moment of our lives, communication is something that we don’t actively think about very often, that is until something changes.
Communication, personal and organizational, has changed due to the growth of technology and online communication. Theses changes are primarily due to our evolution into a much more social oriented world. The days of non-communication within the siloed organizational structure can no longer survive if they want to move organizations from where they were pre-technology to our current technology driven world.
The first change that must be made to improve overall communication, is to move organizations beyond the non-communicative, Siloed structure because it is no longer effective, not that I believe it ever was. It is even LESS effective now due to the growth of social media and evolution of communication beyond the non-sharing structure, which is typically associated with the organizational silo.
Organizations with a Siloed structure have obstructions in their ability to communicate effectively between departments. This structure may have been effective during the industrial age but it is ineffective now, more so due to the individual AND the organizational need to be more team oriented, to accomplish organizational goals.
Social media has opened the Pandora’s box of communication for individuals and organizations that are willing to embrace the benefits of a team oriented work environment. Most organizations that have benefitted from embracing a more social, teamwork oriented work environment and open communication style are technology/digital-focused organizations. Others are lagging behind substantially which will prove to create many challenges as we are moving toward an organizational structure that is more collaborative.
Gone are times when each department could work within their own little bubble. It is no longer the most productive way to do business and this is primarily because most organizations are heavily dependent up technology or will be in the not so distant future. In order to compete with competitors EVERY organization has to reorganize their siloed structure if they want to compete and thrive in an era where collaboration is imperative.
I have been in this industry for a while, long enough to see that there are some that have immediately recognized the shift in the world dynamic and others that are still just SO unaware. I say shift in the world dynamic, because this technology revolution is not just geared toward organizations but toward the entire world and has in fact changed the entire world. I know that sounds dramatic, it even sounds dramatic as I am typing. However it is the truth, the world has really been altered, as a result of this drastic change in communication. Hence, the era when siloed organizations thrived is a thing of the past. We must all embrace the changes, alter how we think, communicate and interact within the organization because WE have changed as individuals as well.
We all have literally changed HOW we communicate with friends, family, co-workers and colleagues. How we interact with one another as individuals has changed every aspect of our daily lives. We have moved so much beyond individual conversation, to the ability to participate in multiple levels of interaction within a social atmosphere. The ability to become a part of the conversation by offering tiny tidbits or ourselves, images of our lives, video of our kids and or music dislikes and likes, our reading habit and so much more. These little bits of information that we’ve shared by way of social channels has slowly changed how we communicate with each other and changed how WE communicate within the organizational structure as well. Siloed organizations no longer work.
So, as people change so must organizations, from the communication within those organizations to the very structure of the organization. How can organizations NOT change, when everyone around them has changed? The way we communicate has essentially changed us to the point that old school organizational communication is just NOT as effective as it once was. How can it be when the elements of the organization and the employees are no longer the same?
We are now living in an era of open communication, sometimes a little too open, but open nevertheless. Due to our much more social world we also share much more than in the past. These are two of the biggest factors that should propel organizations to utilize the change in people to move organizations away from the organizational silo, which embodies dysfunctional lack of communication. We must make strides to moved into a much more open, teamwork driven organization, which would thrive in this new era of sharing, open communication and collaboration.
Digital Marketing and a much more social world has really shredded the structural foundation of a siloed organization, primarily due to the change in communication and HOW communication must be handled within an organization NOW. Technology is responsible for people almost being FORCED to venture outside of their bubble. Don’t panic, THIS is the first sign of positive organizational change within any organization. Change is good!
Digital marketing touches every aspect of an organization now so people that would NOT have worked together many years ago are almost forced to do so now. The growth of this technology and evolution of traditional marketing are creating scenarios in which workers must develop more of a team dynamic if they want to see company growth.
No longer can there be an organizational separation of company and technology, because technology touches every aspect of the organizations no matter the perception. The evolution of the organization has started with the individuals that are within that organization and it will continue to evolve, ready or not. Companies must start to recognize these changes, adapt to the changes that have already taken place and that are beyond the control of the current organizational structure. Organizations must be willing to no only add technology in its minimal form but embrace ALL of the change that go along with the growth of this technology. Technology is NOT an afterthought and is not optional anymore. Why, you ask? Because technology growth is speeding up NOT slowing down, it is mandatory that organizations see beyond what was, to what is now and things to come in the future. This starts with addressing HOW individuals communicate within the organization and make immediate changes if the structure is out of sync with the individuals within the organization.
The take away:
It’s time to stop viewing technology as an organizational after thought and embrace all that it has to offer, even if it is change. Change is good!
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I was a HUGE fan of Google Plus from its initial introduction and I was one of the many people within my social circle that jumped on board immediately. We were all a part of the original beta testers and were immediately impressed with this platform. In the earlier stages of Google plus, there were many that were of the “either or” mentality about social media, either they leave Facebook or try Google Plus. Even with so many doubting the importance of Google plus, there were many within my social circles that knew that Google was on to something. Many, like myself are still of that mindset.
I had a discussion over a year ago, with a recreational Facebook user that argued how irrelevant Google Plus was and how it would remain so because HE felt as if Facebook would always rule. As a recreational social media user that shared pictures on Facebook two or three times and would log on every 3 months or so, how could he recognize the importance of a platform beyond his own minimal recreational use. I won’t even go into why anyone NOT living under a rock in Narnia with centaurs would ever minimize a Google platform. With the exception of a few platforms, Google has been known to turn dust into gold.
Although I have always been excited about the possibilities of Google Plus I never thought of it as a platform for casual users. I always thought of Google plus and its extraordinary capabilities for business owners and digital marketers. Honestly I never pictured a person like Mr. Recreational user pounding away and connecting on Google plus. However I did think of digital marketers like myself and other likeminded marketers in my social circles utilizing this as a huge platform to boost their exposure and their clients’ exposure in ways that we have never seen before, even with Facebook.
I am not comparing it to Facebook beyond placing in into the category of Social Media platform. I’m not minimizing Facebook in anyway, because who could ever minimize a platform that really was a pioneer in the sharing and oversharing world that we live in today. Facebook literally changed HOW we communicate, how much we communicate and even extended into the workplace changing the marketing and advertising fabric of practically EVERY organization in business. Facebook could NEVER be minimized because they really changed the world and our views of communication and sharing information.
Although Facebook boasts over one billion active users Google plus has the power of the biggest search engine in the world behind it, Google. This is what separates Google plus, as a social media platform, from Facebook. Google is so darn huge that we don’t even use the phrase search engine anymore. I don’t search, I FREAKIN’ Google. I haven’t searched something since back in the 90’s when those now obscure search engines like; Looksmart, Infoseek and AskJeeves were around. WE ALL FREAKIN’ GOOGLE NOW, we DO NOT search.
Google in all of it’s greatness has been “on to something” since the introduction of Google Plus and they have, in their own Google Greatness kind of way molded this platform into a platform that shouldn’t be ignored. There have been many subtle changes to Google and Google plus since they pushed the social search platform out to the masses.
Initially Google plus wasn’t much to look at with its small narrow banner and boring look, but the layout has been tweaked a few times to create a much better-looking page. The last few tweaks consisted of the banner change and a full layout change.
There were outward changes to the Google plus platform but most of the changes were behind the scenes with Google and very gradual. These are the changes that will benefit businesses most.
The integration of all Google Services
Uniform sign on
Personalized search results
Google places merging into Google Local
Blogger ability to be shared easily on Google+ Pages
Blogger becoming a much more relevant blogging platform
Google+ and team up with Zagat
Finally, the push toward social search
In essence there has almost been a full integration of all Google Services with Google Plus at most and at the very least these services greatly compliment Google plus. Any way you look at it, the integration of these services with Google plus creates an avenue in which shared information meets search. SOCIAL SEARCH.
Social Search is something that Wajam tried but never was able to move forward as successfully as Google will. Also Facebook tried to play the social search game with Bing. We all know how that worked out. Besides there really cool TV commercials, no one really gives a poop about Bing because they are really kinda’ sorta’ irrelevant in the search game. Or I should say in the Google Domination Game.
Google plus is the platform, now that it is merging all of the Google services, will be a pioneer and will dominate Social Search. An avenue where social results will play a role in search results. Oh wait, that’s happening now.
Take a look at the graphic below of an image that I posted to Google plus that displayed in Google search results, for a company that I represent in the digital marketing space.
THIS is Social Search, THIS is Google plus and THIS is why you are seriously cheating yourself if you do not have your company page on Google Plus.
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