This is a guest post from Lisa Illman
Creating a Social Network can be overwhelming and even feel daunting when starting at ground zero. But if you are trying to increase the traffic to your blog develop a brand, increase sales, or introduce a new product to the marketplace, building a powerhouse of a social network is exactly what you want. The return will far exceed the investment of time and hard work. Below are three social media channels and the steps to take that will help you accelerate your goals and quality network. It is assumed that you have a blog already in place. If you do not, you will want to get one added as these three channels will be driving Internet sales and / or traffic directly to your site.
Chinese New Year or The Lantern Festival, as it is known in China, falls on 23rd January this year. I for one, will be hosting my own party in honour of the event and I encourage you to do the same, it’s the perfect pick-me-up for anyone suffering from the winter blues.
2012 is the Year of The Dragon, which is arguably the most powerful sign and signifies luck. The Dragon is the fifth sign in the Chinese Horoscope, the others are rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. I’m very proud to be a tiger, however, if I had to switch I would probably choose the Dragon! Famous Dragons are Joan of Arc, John Lennon, Salvador Dali and Al Pacino. A pretty impressive list, I wonder who will go onto join it this year? (Beyonce’s new baby missed out by less than a month!)
The abundance of products now available that capitilise on the internet generation and our increasing dependence upon the web is prolific. Some of these can easily fall at the wayside, lost in the plethora of products available, however, every now and then a nifty little gadget comes on to the scene that really stands out from the crowd; introducing the Little Printer! Read more…
As I’m sure you may have heard, the Olympics are coming to London this year, and in amongst the furor of excitement, some really interesting merchandise and campaign ideas have been ‘coined’ (pardon the pun!). Numerous different souvenirs will be available in celebration of this memorable event, but my favourite so far has to be the depictions of all 29 of the sports competed in the games on the back of 50 pence pieces. In particular, I love the succinct explanation of the often over-complicated football offside rule which will feature on the back of one of these coins. This simplistic illustration of the rule that has confounded many an individual may very well save future generations from the confusion and distress we have long suffered during painful explanations of the rule.
This nifty little depiction got me thinking; visual explanations are often utlised to great effect as infographics, brilliant visual explanations or representations of statistics and so on. So perhaps in this microblogging world we live in with abbreviations being the order of the day (lol) have we outgrown the infographic, could this in fact be its future?! A ‘minfographic’ perhaps?! (mini + infographic, you with me?!) If this is the case, what else could be explained in this manner? Here are a few suggestions from our office: Read more…
2012 is now upon us and as we enter my least favourite month of the year (does anyone like January?!) I thought I would share some of my aims for the year ahead. I was sat contemplating my return to work yesterday and the post Christmas blues began to kick in. I came to the conclusion that I had two options: 1. Go into hibernation or 2. Make some goals for the new year to motivate me through the January slump. As tempting as option one was I decided to browse the internet for some inspiration. I came across an extract from Woody Guthrie’s Journal where he pledged to make not one, but thirty three resolutions. Feeling inspired I sat down and began to draft my own set. I soon a had a varied list of goals including:
Number 9. Try lobster
Number 17. Complete one act of kindness each week
Number 24. Wear more bright colours
As well as these more obscure intentions, my list also includes a number of resolutions which I’m sure will be similar to many of your own. I am fully aware, however, that even with the best of intentions it will not be an easy undertaking to stick to them. So for everyone else out there looking to make a change in 2012 I have compiled a list of products designed to help you stick to some of the most common resolutions.