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The Eurozone Crisis

Is it just me or do other people think that this bloody madness. Currently Greece is undergoing all sorts of national trauma becasue they need a bail out from members of the IMF. They need this money for what? Infrastructure? Health service? Education|?...

JK Voldemort

My kids are really in to Harry Potter. Replica wands, loads of lego, books, DVDs, props...most recently tickets for a tour of the studios...oh they love it! But whether you love it or hate it, I think there’s a lesson here for all of us about a) a structured and...

Jony Ive

Apple’s design supremo has finally got what he deserves...a knighthood! For the best part of two decades Jony (an Essex boy) has been working for apple creating some of their most iconic designs...the iPod, the MacBook and of course the iPhone.  For many years he has...

Introducing some great apps (mostly free)

Over the last year I have been asked many times for my thought on free online, cloud based apps and low cost tools to help small businesses appear to be profession without having to invest huge sums in software. So I've written a little guide which you can see...

iTunes Match

I’ve just started using the iTunes Match service, that is to say that I subscribed and it is currently churning through all of my albums and uploading all of the ones which aren’t on the iTunes library...which seems to be about 6,000. There seem to have been a...

Networking and self awareness

Do you think that networking is a valuable business development tool? No, I mean have you generated any business from networking? Very possibly the answer is ‘no’. If the answer is yes then I would wager that you’re probably not getting as much out of it as you...

Steve Jobs 1955-2011

Today saw the passing of Steve Jobs. A visionary, a genius and a dreamer. The internet is full of tributes from his fans, employees, partners and adversaries, who all said basically the same stuff he was a true genius in both business and vision, he was demanding and...

Facebook – the facts

I seem to spend much of my time with clients ‘selling’ them the idea of using Facebook as part of their corporate marketing strategy. The numbers make a truly compelling argument. The charts that I have added (courtesy of Hubspot) are US data rather than UK (or...

As a gesture of goodwill…

Isn’t that the most ironic comment that there is. The other day my wife took back something to a shop...she didn’t have the receipt but nevertheless the shop was good enough to give a refund - which they didn’t need to do. You would have thought that this kind of...

Is ‘better’ always better?

WARNING – if your car has xenon headlight do not read this post! A few months ago a mate of mine bought a new car…the new Mini Countryman. Now, he’s one of those guys who loves his toys so he bought pretty much everything on the options list; leather, satnav and of...

Follow me back?

The other day I found a new thread on a LinkedIn group that I belong to and it really made me cross. The discussion topic was “Post your Twitter ID here so everyone can follow you and you can follow them back”. Now, it is a misconception that the success you can get...

Managing Expectations

Today was my son’s 7th birthday, so my parents-in-law and brother-in-law all came over and we went to Pizza Express in Ipswich for lunch. A couple of days earlier my wife had phoned and reserved a table and this morning she called at midday to confirm the booking…so...

The ChromeBook

11th May saw the launch of what will probably be a milestone in the development of the personal computer. Over the last year or so we have seen the widespread adoption of cloud based computing tools, sure we’ve had Salesforce, Hotmail and the like for a while, but the...

Everyone’s writing a book!

One of the greatest benefits of the social media revolution is the openness that it facilitates. No longer are editors standing guard on the flow of information and imposing their own biases on the media because everyone now has a free route to market...an almost...

So you think you’re good at maths?

Last night I was messing around on the internet and ended-up looking at "Graham's Number". Now, I don't know if mathematics interests you, but if it does (and you can grasp some rather abstract stuff) I thought this was quite interesting! The World Champion largest...

Refreshing your b(r)and.

The other evening I was watching a bit of TV and saw the latest Kronenbourg1664 advert and was bowled-over by Lemmy performing “Ace of Spades” in an altogether new style. I’ve never really been a fan of Motorhead, always preferring Led Zeppelin for this sort of thing...

Suffolk Tourism Roadshows

Over the next few weeks I shall be speaking at the Choose Suffolk tourism roadshows across the county. This is the article from the East Anglian Daily Times. You can find further details of the roadshows in the 'events'...

The Amazon Kindle

I was lucky enough to get a Kindle for Christmas…well, not luck at all really as I bought it for myself, but nonetheless it's something that I’m delighted I bought. Unlike the iPad it doesn’t try to do too much. It doesn’t have a colour screen. It doesn’t even browse...

o2 an example to us all.

I have been an o2 customer since the iphone 3g arrived, my wife for considerably longer. I have always been pretty happy with the coverage and the customer service but we have recently moved in to the middle of nowhere to start a new life in the country. Needless to...

The importance of cakes in the country

Yesterday I bought a copy of the East Anglian Daily Times and read the following article. “A YOUNG man who went on a one-night crime spree culminating in six arson attacks, criminal damage to a school and stealing cakes from a bakery has avoided being sent to jail.”...

Now that’s what I call hot desking!

A friend of mine is a speaker, trainer and consultant/mentor. He is one of the best and pretty successful. He is making the most astounding life change. He has considered how he engages with his clients; face to face perhaps 4 days each month, Skype perhaps 1 hour...

Banker’s bonuses

Just 2 years ago RBS was bailed-out by the UK Taxpayer to the tune of £45 BILLION. RBS, like so many banks, got in to this situation because of their cavalier attitude toward taking risks. No matter how good your charts are, and how good your predictions, gambling on...

Choose Suffolk Roadshows

I’m delighted to say that I have been asked by Choose Suffolk to speak at all of their forthcoming tourism roadshows about the power of social media and how it can be used to develop relationships with prospects and existing clients. The roadshows are at various...

Santa (the brand)

Some friends of mine run a language and copywriting agency called "Quietroom". To say that they are talented 'copywriters' is a masterful piece of understatement. They have an ability with words that I have never seen equaled. Every year they produce a Christmas card...

Office in Ipswich

No, not mine, a friend of mine has a rather nice office that's he's letting space in at a very reasonable price. Right in the town centre. If you're interested, drop him a...

A better kind of presentation

Now, when I decided to upload this post, I thought that it was actually going to be a post about 'engage' another Brian Solis presentation which is startling for both its simplicity and its power... but in the end it turned-out to be a post about something completely...

Social Media Revolution

Eric Qualman, author of Socialnomics and without doubt one of the smartest guys in the world of Social Media and it's ramifications has updated his YouTube video "the social media...

Sorry for the delay!

I have been very neglectful of my blog over the last few weeks, and there’s absolutely no excuse for this…however, I’m going to make one anyway! We have been busy moving house, we’ve gone from living in the middle of a city (albeit a small one) to living in the middle...

@AGSocialMedia – 2000 followers and counting!

Today I passed the 2000 followers milestone with my AGSocialMedia account on Twitter which continues to amaze and worry me. Since 6th June 2010 I have had an automated Twitter account which has proven to be a very interesting experiment with the numbers game – here...

At a crossroads

As the world economy teeters on the brink of rapid recovery or further collapse it strikes me that business is at a fairly major crossroads. The recent collapse of economies around the world seems to me to have been caused by greedy people trying to ‘cheat’ the...

Why use YouTube

Do you use video as a tool to get your point across in business? If not, spend a minute watching this clip, and see if it helps you think about how powerful a tool YouTube could be for you. I think the crucial point to remember is that video (when used in this way) is...

One size its all with the iPhone 4

I was lucky enough (or foolish enough - depending on your viewpoint) to pick up my shiny new iPhone4 a few weeks ago and I’ve now had it for long enough to really get a sense of whether it’s any good or not. I must confess that I recently have moved from being an...

The man your man could smell like

I know you’ve probably seen this advert before, if not make sure you’re sitting down because it’s so funny! This is one of the best bits of viral marketing I’ve ever seen. Just to clarify, viral marketing where something that you have released spreads...like a virus....

The most terrifying book ever

I love horror stories. Since I was a lad I have enjoyed reading books which have scared the bejeezus out of me. James Herbert, Dean R Koontz, Stephen King and countless others. But this weekend I read a book that I was lent by a friend which scared me in a way I’ve...

1000 followers already

For all of you who are watching this experiment I have now reached the 1000 followers mark. Nobody is more surprised than me. You can read my last blog post here if you haven’t already seen it. Now I have crossed the 1000 followers milestone - achieved with a tiny bit...

Geoff Ramm, marketing speaker

Yesterday I was speaking at a brilliant event for the Middlesborough Business Forum...in Middlesborough. Now, I know that England is quite a small country, but believe me it's a heck of a long way from St Albans to Middlesborough - but certainly worth the trip....

Social Media in a nutshell

I've just written a short document for a prospective client that's a sort of overview of Social Media., and I thought that it might be worth sharing for those in that kind of 'I know about social media, but I'm not quite sure what I know' kind of place! Firstly,...

The vagaries of Twitter analysis

Since the 4th of June I have been running an experiment using Twitter - and it goes like this. For over a couple of years I have been using Twitter to engage targetted people that I want to have a dialogue with. Over the course of this period I have been very...

The budget

Well this has been a interesting afternoon. The budget brings with it a lot of the usual “give with one hand, take with the other” juggling of finances, but this time offers real hope to get the country back on its feet. A number of years living beyond our mean has...

World cup and patriotism

Well, I’m not a big football fan, but like so many others I enjoy watching the spectacle of the world cup and the excitement of seeing the greatest teams in the world do battle. There are however a few things that I just don’t get no matter how hard I try to see it...

20 steps to social media success

I hope that you’ve enjoyed doing a little bit of research into both who’s talking and what platforms will work for your business. I hope that the amount of conversations going on about your industry/brand/competitors has surprised you (if it hasn't you've missed...

20 steps to social media success

So, you want to start using social media as a communcation, engagament and marketing tool for our business but don't know quite where to start? Well, over the coming weeks I will give you my top 20 tips and step-by-step guides on how to get started, and how to do it...

Vuvuzelas at the ready!

Well, here we are, just one week in to the World Cup and the word vuvuzela can strike fear in to the heart of anyone over the age of 30! In the hands of a 5 year old this object is usually lethal! But, the interesting thing about the vuvuzela is that up until 4 weeks...