BT earmarks 66 more exchanges for fibre-to-the-cabinet upgrade…..http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/06/14/bt_fibre_rollout_66_exchanges/
New voice search tool available for google…. http://mashable.com/2011/06/14/google-voice-search-demo/
Why your Brand needs Digital Media http://mashable.com/2011/06/09/digital-experience-strategy/
51 Useful tools to help you get on in Social Media http://mashable.com/2011/06/12/digital-media-resources-19/
After looking at some of the recent research statistics it would seem that we all using Google as a means to search for almost everything but could my recent findings show that things are on the turn?
Many website owners are only interested in getting on Google, it can be, in some eyes, what its all about!! Although it has the notoriety as being the most popular search engine out there, there are others on the move up the popularity stakes to give them a run for their money. Bing is a major player and have been acquiring major support from all over, a recently published article informed us that Yahoo are starting to test and add search results from the Bing engine, this will be shown to the consumer once it has kicked in by displaying the following (NASDAQ: MSFT) “Powered by Bing” logo at the bottom of Yahoo’s (NASDAQ: YHOO) search results screen.
I decided that after reading the article that I wanted to know more about other search engine choices that were out there. I was very surprised to find a list longer than my arm with a whole host of search engines that I had never heard of, I like to think that I know most of the search engines out there but some of these are specialist engines which made the list even more exciting.
Some times we need a search engine to look for more than just a plumber or an electrician, we at BT Customerstreet are aware of this and have the portals that we can add to our list of directories so it kind of comes into a similar bracket. When you need a specialist search it turns out that you can now use a selection of different engines to give you a more specialist result.
I have added a link here to show you a site that contains a comprehensive list of the selection that is available and also gives you an idea of which engine to use for your particular search. Some of the engines are set up for certain areas of industry, how about searching for business use, the likes of Hoovers, LexisNexis or Kompass are set up entirely for business searches, you have IFAC.com that is purely for accounting purposes and for the more general approach we have singingfish, now part of AOL, which is used to look for media files such as audio and video.
I really don’t think that anyone will take over from the mighty Google, short of a global boycott I really don’t think that it’s popularity will ever see a sharp decline , but you just never know.
BT Customerstreet can honestly say that they go the extra mile for worthy causes.
Recently most of the staff underwent screening for the Anthony Nolan Trust and added them selves onto the bone marrow register, this was of course purely voluntary and the staff were under no obligation to attend, the turn out however may have looked like it was compulsory for the amount that turned up was commendable.
Some of the staff have branched out on their own and gone the extra mile for charities close to their hearts for issues that have affected their families, there has been the 3 Peaks Challenge, done by Danielle Smith, 26 miles over a tough terrain, the same distance as the London marathon, I would assume this was worse as there were hills to climb on this adventure. Race for life, done by Emma Standing, this is an event run every year by Cancer Research, run only by women to help support issues such as breast cancer awareness, both ladies raised significant amounts of money and we applaud them for their dedication to their causes.
Another issue that is cl0se to the heart of BT Customerstreet is a website called Jakes Photography this is currently being designed free of charge by Darren Carter and Neil Thurlwell of the companies SEO team. This website is homage to Jake Lewis who sadly lost his battle in November 2009 to cancer.
He was a frustrated artist, who openly admitted that photography was the best artistic outlet for him, as he was too impatient to paint, as he could never wait for the paint to dry and said he was also too lazy to paint, although some of his pencil/charcoal sketches adorn the walls of at least two households.
The site houses a collection of amazing pictures that he captured on his travels, all pictures can be purchased with 50% of the proceeds going to Cancer Research UK and the rest going towards his family.
We wish the site all the best and hope it reaches the parts other sites cannot reach and hope that Jakes pictures get the appreciation they deserve and raise money for a very worthy cause.
Many people are interested in getting a website for their business or even just for them, it comes as no surprise that people have an idea of how they want it to look and feel so that it is representative of their business or them as an individual, one of the key questions you need to ask yourself is how do you want it to function?
You need to decide what you want the site to do for you, some just want to use the site as an info drop spot, save on leaflets I suppose and give customers all the information that they need at the click of a mouse. Others want to sell products and link in with other companies, called back linking and if you have an affiliation with a certain organisation or brand why not add it on to your site, gives you credibility to your customers and shows that you are a legitimate trader. Key point on this part is to make sure you get permission first before you use any logos or links, some companies do not take too lightly to some individuals using their company logos to promote their business even if it is helping them in the process.
It could be that you are simply looking to have a site that is just for personal use, may be a birthday site for friends and family to stay in touch, or simply for your business.
All sites can be written with the desired result in mind as long as you have a clear picture of what you need it for. I once discussed an account with a customer and when we got around to the discussion of the site ranking on the net he said he didn’t want it to be found, he claimed he had not bought it to gain new customers he had enough of those already, he wanted it as an information site for the customers he had already. This was completely new to me as I was so used to people saying the opposite that he caught me off guard.
I have found some simple yet effective sites below that highlight different uses to personal websites.
These sites are informative and also rank well on popular search engines such as google, they have the correct type of content for their purpose, with so much competition nowadays on the net it is very important that you dont waste valuable time and energy writing content that doesn’t work for you or your site.