It’s hard to believe that, only a decade ago, social media was little more than a budding trend. Sure, there were websites such as Friendster and MySpace that had a decent level of adoption, but the population as a whole had not come around to it yet. Back in 2005, Facebook was still in it’s early stages of its spread… read more →
This week, I presented in front of the Austin Online Marketing Club about what the best business models are if your goal is making money online. The presentation was a different angle for me with this group. Previous presentations were focused heavily on execution, things like how to improve website traffic and lead flow. I really enjoyed the opportunity to… read more →
Enjoy the following guest post, courtesy of SEO pro Jennifer Watts. The views expressed in this post are those of the author and not necessarily that of Return On Now. It’s easy to imagine the benefits of building a shiny, professional new website. Every CEO knows about the advantages of a professional website over one that looks like it came… read more →
I recently presented a training about the “Basics of WordPress” to the Austin Online Marketing Club. In this lively session, we covered some overarching data about what a CMS is, how WordPress fits into the CMS landscape, and related topics. Then we dove into a hands on tutorial about how to use it, geared toward beginner and intermediate level WordPress… read more →
Over the past 2-3 months, I have been approached by at least a dozen people with questions regarding web directories. Every one of them had a different opinion about whether they help or hurt for SEO. I get why there is so much fear for many of us. During the second quarter of 2012, entire blog networks and other directories… read more →
Nice cartoon sourced from Hubspot about the dichotomy between believers in the internet vs. those who believe the yellow pages still have value for businesses.
Following on my previous post, Local Services Businesses: Why You MUST Have a Web Presence, let’s take a few minutes to dig deeper into my assertion that the yellow pages are an unsustainable model for driving leads and business.
This topic applies differently to various business types. Many companies have already made the move to an online-heavy model (e.g. the travel industry). On the other hand, local services businesses can often still generate decent returns from this tactic. While that model has worked to date and may still have some value, the money spent on it could be used much more lucratively.
Cheers again and credit for this one goes to the very funny folks at xkcd.com.
Since the RSA Conference is happening this week, I thought it would be different to do a piece that hits on both Real-time and Information Security. The following blog post is my own original work that appeared on The Network View, the official blog for Anue Systems, on November 12, 2009. It highlights some important sociological differences between the various generations of today’s adult population, and looks at how changing work habits and security need to find a workable balance.