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What's with all this interest in Pinterest?

Pinterest is like a simulation of the perfect world. Whenever I have browse, I instantly see my dream home, the perfect outfit and the most delicious dinners. It’s a never ending source of temptation.

If you’re looking for a way to visually tease potential customers – there’s no better social media platform. With approximately 20 million users to date, Pinterest’s power and pinfluence (I couldn’t resist) is growing.

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How does Pinterest work?

Rather than words, users share images. The network allows you to create different boards under different subject headings. For example, you might have a board entitled ‘My Dream Homes’ or ‘Places I’d like to visit’. If you see an image pinned by another user that relates to your boards, Pinterest allows you to ‘repin’ that image into your own collections. The overall idea is to create a fluid vision of your interests … [Read More]

Going Viral

I'm a sucker for a good advertising campaign. I can't help it. Usually I'm drawn to anything topical, or something which has managed to create a social buzz.

Take this weekend's Jubilee celebrations for instance. I was swayed into purchasing some royally themed biscuits, purely because they were named 'queen for a day' and packaged in all the necessary patriotic paraphernalia. I was drawn in, by the not-so-subtle marketing message. Striking an accordance with your audience is an important avenue here to explore when marketing your services. The most successful way to do this is to present an interest in shared topics, opinions and current ideas.

Generating a conversation with potential clients or customers is an effective self promotion tactic. It also makes for the beginnings of an accurate and current advertising campaign. Whether you work for a door handle manufacturers or a handbag retailer, it's important to contribute and … [Read More]

No Need To Panic

The Information Commissioner’s Office have announced they will not be fining websites that fail to meet new cookie rules

The new cookie law which is to be implemented from the 26th of May states that websites must provide information to site visitors where users will have to give their consent to the placing of cookies. This law technically came into force last May from the EU directive, but the ICO gave UK sites a year before taking enforcement action. (Information taken from www.pcpro.co.uk).

Cookies are a small text file that is stored on your computer or device when you visit a website. A common cookie is traffic log cookies which help identify which pages are being used. This helps to analyse data about webpage traffic and improve a website in order to tailor it to customer needs. The information is used for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is … [Read More]

Your Shopping Basket is Over Flowing: The Rise of Ecommerce

When I was at university, every time I found myself in Tesco on a Saturday afternoon, I couldn’t help thinking that my time could be better spent elsewhere. Enter the grand invention of internet shopping. The delivery man used to arrive at an agreed time each week (at one of the infrequent moments when I wasn’t at uni/at the beach/down the pub) and drop off an array of the supermarket’s finest (value) fare. I’d then head to the kitchen to unpack, happy in the knowledge that spaghetti hoops were back on the menu for that evening.

Unbeknown to myself I was actually playing a very small part in the ever growing phenomenon of ecommerce. The term has come to define any kind of business or transaction which is made through the web. Internet shopping is just one example of many.

Internet banking is another big player in the world of … [Read More]

Once upon a timeline….

Apparently more people in the world have Facebook than they do kettles. I don’t know whether this is true or not but I want to believe it. I have Buy Over the Counter Viagra for Men Online Legally in U… a kettle and I have Facebook – this must mean that I’m a fully fledged member of the twenty-first century. Admittedly I couldn’t live without either. Well, perhaps that’s not quite true. Given the choice I’d keep the kettle – I wouldn’t be able to face the world, let alone Facebook without a cup of tea at 8am.

Whether you resisted or embraced the change, everyone of Facebook’s 900 million users has now been moved over to the new timeline format. I’m getting used to it. I think it’s rather good actually. People moan – they always do when Facebook alters/is temporarily unavailable. Perhaps Facebook deprivation is a greater torture … [Read More]