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Is it possible to be famous for $100

Great article on the ideas for using just $100 to market yourself and your business venture.
I guess the conclusion is that $100 is not enough, but not much more is needed to really power your exposure engine.

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Is it possible to be famous for $100

Great article on the ideas for using just $100 to market yourself and your business venture.
I guess the conclusion is that $100 is not enough, but not much more is needed to really power your exposure engine.

» Blog Archive » Got 100 dollars? 7 Experts share budget website marketing tips

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Using signals to drive your business

This really does fall into the realm of really simple things. It is called business signals analysis and it goes something like this….

I have to create the new business strategy for the next 3-5 years. I have two choices. I could set it the same way I have for the last 20 years – to gather my management team at some location outside the office, eat well, drink well, and at the last moment agree a list that sort of looks something like an action plan – or I could try something different.

The something different that I have been using successfully is called Business Signals Analysis and it works by doing something really simple – asking your staff for their ideas and opinions on where the business should go. This “revolutionary” approach has a number of benefits…for one it is extremely accurate, very fast and builds strategies that tackle the issues that really affect your business success.

It uses three priniciples to create a direct channel between you and your staff:

  • anonymity – everything is said openly, honestly and “as it is”
  • free-speech – participants use their language to say what they want to say
  • power of the crowd – the aggregate answer from the crowd is likely to be more accurate than your best expert

The basic approach removes all of the filters that have been stopping you hearing what your business really needs and builds commitment to the new strategy by default. After all, it was your people that crafted the principles and targets of the strategy.

We are using this technique it build successful strategies for TietoEnator, and we are using it with our customers to drive closer alignment between the CIO and the business. I would be happy to tell you more, so if you are interested leave a comment and I will get back to you.

rgds

Mark

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All the power of a MacBook and I go Speccy

I do not really think of myself as nostalgic, but clearly I am because while reviewing all of the wonderful widgets for the Mac I discovered the ZX Spectrum widget and now I am hooked…back to my childhood playing Manic Miner again. I forgot just how simple those games were – just move left or right or jump….brilliant. A classic example of how really simple things can bring great enjoyment.

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New Black MacBook

Got myself a new MacBook and I have to say I am really impressed. The set-up process on the Mac is so easy and the machine feels totally solid…everything just works. I need to get my hands on something like Cross-over or Parallels to get the few applications I need from the PC world. The major test for me was going to my SPS2007 site and editing it…it worked flawlessly inside Flock.

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PSP as a Productivity Platform

As I said in my response to Om, I think that the world needs a simple way to enter text in a dual controller device like the PSP as a special move for each letter. I admit I tried to document this in the past, but only on paper. Surely there is someone out there that can create a little app to let me model each letter by pressing a combination of the buttons on the controller…there are millions of possible combinations, so modelling the alphabet would not be a problem. I would really like a fast way to enter text using a PSP controller…lets see if it can be done.

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K.I.S.S.

I thought that this meant “Keep It Simple Stupid”, but now I learn that it is a language learning technique being used in Finland for language training. KISS now stands for Keep It Super Selective.

It works (supposedly) by teaching you to say the same sort of things you would say in your own mother tongue in the new language….I might give it a try, as I have been trying to learn finnish for the last 18 months….

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Now Web2.0 Steps into the Office

I have been wondering how long it would take someone to really release this type of offering. Zoho includes the typical office components (sheet, word, presentation) along with some other interesting collaboration and productivity tools. I guess it is only a matter of time before one of the big boys snaps this crowd up.

If these things are web-based apps, does this make them wapps?

Zoho – Affordable software for individuals, small & medium business

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