A defence of my hotmail email address

So I read 10 reasons why I ignored your CV this morning.

And some of it I agree with – everyone should have professional information returned by a Google Search and not just drunken Facebook pics. And please, please use spell check and read the damn thing backwards one word at a time just in case.

But the whole ” I will reject your application if you have a Hotmail email address” on there? Well, that’s just dandy.

Never mind I’ve been on Hotmail for 16 years. Never mind it’s the only email address which I’ve had throughout 7 jobs and 2 university degrees. Never mind that I have an alternative @outlook.com address on there I now use for professional purposes.

You see Hotmail and that makes me less of a digital expert? I see Hotmail and I know I’ve been around online for a decade and a half and I had the sense at the beginning to call myself something sensible and not “fluffy_bunny69” or some such bullshit.

You don’t want my CV? Well, you just pretty much guaranteed that I won’t ever be sending it to you.

Marketing is all about the future is it? Have you never heard that quote about those that don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it? What a short sighted futurist view.

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Page Rank Vs Domain Authority Vs Content Marketing Vs who knows what else

Everytime I blink things in SEO are called something new. This week I spent some time on the phone chatting with the agencies I appropriated pens and little tins of sweets from at this year’s Marketing Week Live. I always try at events like that to only talk to the companies I think I might have a need to work with but sometimes I will admit I am lured in by the promise of things like jelly sweets and free bottled water. As they make up the majority of my diet on conference days, I really don’t think I can be blamed for this.

Anyway, I only went for half of the second day of Marketing Week. I would have liked to have gone to more but the event happened in my first week back at work after three weeks travelled around Iceland and Norway, so I simply didn’t have the time to spare. I attended one of the sessions in the digital training space about useful content marketing tools (still need to check out that list) and another session which I thought was going to be all about digital trends in consumer life and ended up being more about selling in a new product, which is a move I always feel is dickishly misleading but whatever. Continue reading

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10 (possibly wrong and likely soon to be outdated) tips for email.

Email icon

So I spent the past three weeks eating Icelandic fish, drinking Nordic beer and not going to bed at a sensible hour because the sun was still up. Initially I did entertain thoughts of updating this blog while on holiday but in the end… nah.

So here I am back at my desk and wireframing emails for one of my brands. It’s a pretty high spec brand so I went to check if there’s any highlighted best practice for luxury brand emails floating around out there on Google using the time honoured method of typing in keywords and hoping for solutions.

And I find SERPS of those solutions but most of them are old. In the hour I spent searching around for mobile optimised email tips, best practice file sizes, pixel widths and newsletter guidance I was mostly returned articles and advice from 2012 and earlier. And I’m not complaining, really I’m not, but in all of the advances in technology and the growing importance of tablets, should there not be more recent advice out there for the digital marketer?

So here we are, here is my possibly soon to change but definitely up to this moment accurate advice on designing emails in this day and age of tablets, smartphones and gmail: Continue reading

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Samsung create a LinkedIn app that actually seems useful

LinkedIn App with SamsungSo this is a new one on me. I’ve seen dozens, no hundreds, maybe even thousands of Facebook apps, and Twitter add-ons; little widgets that want to log in and promise to never ever use my data in a way I would never suspect it could be used unless I read the 40 page long terms and conditions disclaimer in tiny font that little box over there. Dozens of hundreds of thousands of apps for Facebook and Twitter.

But never one for LinkedIn.

And today that changed. Samsung Galaxy NotePro turned up in my LinkedIn feed, asking me how do I match up to the industry leaders in my employment sector. And, you know what, I clicked it. Continue reading

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Microsoft creates a search comparison site to remind us all that Bing exists

Bing it on

Oh Microsoft. We see what you did there. Everyone sees what you did there. You’re trying so hard, and you know what they say about trying too hard…

You tried to make Bing a verb, just like Google, and you paid for an awful lot of product placement for your phones and surface tablets in big budget American TV shows. And all it did was make us wince.

And then you built this: Bing It On, to show us all how Google and Bing search engine results pages differ. You did this to try and make us all use Bing. But do you know what it’s made me do instead? It’s made me go, “huh, all that optimisation I do for Google to make sure the right content displays in the SERP pages doesn’t work on Bing. Wow, Bing sucks.”

And somehow I really don’t think that was your plan.  Continue reading

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That link to that old damaging news story about you? You can now make Google take it down

A Google SERP for a search on my name

The European Court of Justice has ruled that “An internet search engine operator is responsible for the processing that it carries out of personal data which appear on web pages published by third parties” because, if I’m reading this correctly, a Google SERP for an individual’s name constitutes an overview of that person’s life, and if it includes damaging outdated information that breaches that person’s right to be forgotten, Google is responsible.

So if that picture up there of a Google search of my name included information about how I had done something damaging a decade ago, I could compel Google to take it down. In Europe, at least.  Continue reading

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Kickstarter dreams – iStick

The iStick kickstarter
Oh this I want, and I need, and oh look at that, I’ve supported the Kickstarter.

This is one of those things that when you see it just makes so much sense that you have no idea why someone hasn’t created one before.


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Kickstarter dreams – Trinity – The Portable Wind Turbine Power Station

Trinity - The Portable Wind Turbine Power Station

Now, I am *not* supporting this one because it’s already passed its goal and I am oh so very broke right now, but I love the idea anyway. A portable wind turbine for your phone and other USB powered devices.

We truly are living in the future.

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News reporting after the end of the world

Newsflesh triology

So I’m a big fan of my post apocalypse fiction, especially that which involves zombies. And I work in digital publishing and I’m always reading articles about where the digital newsroom is going next. So really it’s amazing to me that it’s taken me this long to read Mira Grant‘s Feed, a book about news and blogging after and during the (ongoing) zombie apocalypse.

If you haven’t read it you should turn your Kindle on right now and download it. The entire trilogy is under £15 and I read the first one (a not unhefty 500+ pages) in around 5 hours. I literally couldn’t put it down. It is that good.

But, the previous paragraph aside, this is not a book review post. No, this is a post looking at the way blogging has evolved in a world where the dead walk.

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Comixology destroy user experience by ending in-app buying because Amazon is cheap

Comixology logo and strapline

Or at least, that’s my take on it.

So I was lying in bed on Saturday night, checking my email and I see a note from Comixology – kill our old app, download the new one. Intrigued, I went into the old app – a full scale salt and burn over a simple download our update note being the kind of thing that makes me wonder about the online vulnerability of the payment information I have on my Comixology account. Heartbleed wasn’t that long ago, after all. Continue reading

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