If you contact your customers via email extensively like I do, you should really think about how you set up your email signature. Personally, email is one of my primary means of contact, so it’s the one thing that most of my customers will see during the course of our business. And looking at what I’m sending, it’s honestly pretty weak.
The trick here is that it’s a fine line between including a little marketing message and being preceived as spamming them with a gigantic image laden signature. In the past I’ve included messages about things like User Group Meetings, Trade Shows, or new website offerings. These are generally simple calls to action presented in a one line format with both colored and bold text.
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Simple, and it gets the point across. You’ll be putting your message across in front of the people who need to see it, your customers. Give it a try, you’ll find it gets results – and the price is right – $0.
Having spent years as a construction project manager prior to starting to work on the internet in 1995, I know the value of a good specification. It’s the document that defines the expectations, goals and means of achieving a final result which is agreed to and signed off on as the first phase of any project. In the case of small projects, we’ll often rely on the accepted project estimate as our specification, but for anything more than a simple project, a full specification process is highly advised.
As the old saw goes, you can’t get where you’re going when you don’t know where you want to go. A good spec, which doesn’t have to be voluminous, can ensure that everyone’s on the same page, allowing the developer, designer, etc. to be sure of meeting the clients needs, and smoothing out those nasty “surprises” for the customer. In short, a good spec is a win for everyone involved.
The problem is that on tightly budgeted projects, either in terms of time, money, or both, the specification process is often the first thing to be cut. That’s dead wrong, because the spec is the thing that allows you to identify potential problems before they come up, and as importantly, keeps the “That’s not what I wanted” factor to a minimum. Spend the time, and get the job done right.
A good specification is one of the key items to presenting predictable, repeatable results on projects. As business owners, we learn to love “predictable and repeatable.”
Rogue squirrels attacking passersbys in Mountain View, CA.
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Jim Louderback at PCMag.com posted about a nasty exploit for Internet Explorer. Patch your machines now…I’ve just completed the patch on several machines.
Read more in PC Mag.
Going back to my post last week about virtual personal computers, I was rather surprised to see this in that bastion of Tech Know How, Boston.com – Scandisk and Lexar media are making smart thumb drives that will allow you to use your desktop and applications on any machine running Windows XP (and probably Vista). No more hauling your laptop on the plane, just plug in your thumb when you get there.
It’s the right way to go, but on some levels, I’m going to be in big trouble. I’m death to thumb drives…
I made passing reference to the Buzzlogic Tool yesterday, in making my point on the WSJ New-Media World article. Since then, Buzzlogic itself has gone to create a virtual case study on the buzz capability “blog-vegas” – they’ve turned up in Dan Farber’s blog on ZDNet, in Tom Foremski’s blog on Silicon Valley Watcher, Ethan Kaplan’s BlackRimGlasses.com, and a total of 78 blogs so far since David Churbuck’s post (see the WSJ post yesterday, I don’t want to clutter up his blog with trackbacks) yesterday.
As they say, you can’t buy press like that. This is a definitely a case of someone building a better mousetrap, and the world is indeed beating a path to their door. The traditional press release is dead and buried. Other than the rare pickup in a print trade or on some pr newswire, your information just doesn’t get the traction it used to by the old “email and forget it” methods. Dealing with blog-vegas is a whole new beast, and we need to rethink our methods.
Mike B. asks:
Okay – enough marketing, web and tech – where are the damned farm animals.
Ask and you shall receive.
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In the past couple years the dominance in the search engine market of Google™ and their dependence upon “the Google algorithm” for generating results has created a new area of specialization in web design firms called “Search Engine Optimization.” There are all kinds of businesses now that are making all kinds of interesting promises and statements about the industry. On the subject of Search Engine Optimization (SEO), there is only one statement I can truly make with anything approaching 100% certainty:
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