Having grown up with Outlook 2003 & 2007 , Thunderbird and other PC/Laptop based email clients, moving to Gmail was a little daunting, but I felt the advantages out weighed the comfort of staying put with Outlook. In those years of using Outlook I developed my own way of maintaining an empty inbox, or near empty, like I’m sure many of you have. Its about routine and practise, which then becomes 2nd nature and you almost achieve autopilot type procedures.
The biggest benefit is the portability of maintaining all my emails on any device, Laptop, desktop, phone and tablet. So 2014 begin with a shift to using Google Apps for Work (Gmail) for all work and private emails. I have multiple domains pointing to a single Gmail account was my way, kept costs down and had everything in one place.
In this year of using Gmail it soon became obvious I was not maintaining my inbox in the way I should. 3822 emails had accumulated in my Inbox with nearly the same again having been archived or stored folders (folders are not the correct description btw, we will talk about this shortly).
Now I am not saying that everyone should achieve Inbox Zero, it’s a personal thing, but for me it was something I needed to do for my own sanity and decluttering of the work environment. By creating a method that works, I achieved Inbox Zero in about 4 hours. Anyone can do this immediately if you suffer Inbox Chaos in Gmail.
I know this sounds like scaremongering, but it is the truth come April 21st 2015.
The internet has always moved quickly and thoughts of updating, creating a new site or just extending and adding content is probably on your mind regularly. But know this, the rules are changing, again.
Two weeks ago, Google drew an inevitable line in the sand for mobile friendly adoption and it is likely to have as much of an impact on organic search results as any of the major algorithm updates over the past five years, including the Penguin and Panda updates.
The truth is that your website needs to have a mobile friendly responsive design.
What does this really mean? It's the difference between viewing your website on a desktop computer, tablet and mobile devices.
The mobile friendly responsive design is dictated by the width and size of the screen, with the website automatically adapting to show the easiest view for easy reading.
We won’t know until April 21st what the fallout will be for the search results that matter for your business, but it is almost certain to make a difference if you're not ready.
An example of this fallout could be slipping from the top slots in first page rankings for certain keywords, dropping to 2nd, 3rd or lower pages after 21st April.
If you are using Google Adwords, it becomes even more important when it comes to the price you pay for each click by a reduction in your quality score. With scores being 1 to 10, 10 being the best, if your quality score is currently at the Google benchmark of 5, and you drop one point to 4 due to poor mobile friendly design, you will pay an extra 25% for that click through, drop 2 points to 3, you will pay an extra 67.3%. The effect is clear.
It may be time for that website review to give it a fresh look and feel whilst solving this mobile friendly responsive design challenge. All business's face this challenge. Talk to your web designer or give the Internet Business Mentor a call to get some focus on getting on top of this challenge.
Using social media and blogging has become a way of life for many people whether its personal, small business or larger companies, it’s important to choose the right tools to distribute your social media marketing messages.
There are many platforms out there for distributing these social media messages via e-mail marketing, many with great features but many with poor features. In the early days of doing Email Marketing I reviewed many products, the popular ones being Aweber, Constant Contact, Vertical Response, Benchmark Email and IContact are just but a few.
You are living in a Social Media Revolution!
Where’s the proof?
Many statistics are been observed and collected, but not until Erik Qualman of Socialnomics produced a video and concentrated statistics, was the true impact of Social Media realised, both personal and in business. I have re-posted his work here just so you can get a sense of how important we all understand the power of what is happening.
When you look at the numbers from just the top 3 social media entities, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, you get a num feeling that the world has changed in the blink of an eye.
Long gone are the days of paid printed advertising being the most powerful method of reaching new and existing customers. Do you remember getting quotes from your local newspaper for an advert and getting a price that reflects their potential circulation, maybe 55,000 for the local informer of which they were very proud of. Now stack that against the numbers you see in this video below, makes interesting viewing!
You are in a Social Media Revolution, but are you taking advantage of it to help your business! Most are not, yet, but as time progress’s that will change.
Don’t get left behind, understand, plan and get your Social Media business strategy moving.
By Erik Qualman