Sam Kidd's thoughts on business

This is my personal space where I share random thoughts and opinions on general business and business practices.

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2008-04-03 00:56:00.0

Treat a website just like a real world shop

People there is no magic website making button, no one is hiding it on you, honest!
Working in Digital Crew I'm starting to see that a lot of companies out there that still don't realise what is involved in making a good website these days.
It's not as simple as drawing a picture, pressing a few button and then 'wham' a lovely site appears that runs your business and sells loads of their products! (Hell I wish it was like that)

I just can't believe the amount of companies out there that have unrealistic ideas and budgets for making a website. A website that they want to use to help their company generate sales worth thousands and sometimes millions of euro.  One thing I wish people would realise is that to build a really good site does take time and no, your uncle Dave who got a computer last year and said it was really easy to make a website, may actually not really know what he's talking about.

Then again there are the companies out there that are fantastic to work with. They know how long it takes and what is required to make a site that works for them.  One thing I'm trying to get across to people all the time is that, setting up a website is like creating a real shop or office. If you were to open a shop in the morning you wouldn't just walk into a place bang up some shelves and open the door and expect people to take your seriously and buy your products. You would want to spend some time designing the shop, you may even get a shop designer to help you get this right. Then you would get a builder in, because he has the right skills and tools to get the job done well.  You're going to want the public to come into your shop, and you want to create a good impression, you want it to look professional and you know if you get the look and feel right this will help sales.

Well folks it's the same with websites, instead of using wood and plaster to build your shop or office your using programming and software. Both the real and the virtual shop take time, expertise and a lot of hard manual labour. 

If you're looking to create a web based business or you want to extend your real world one I would just like to say, take some time and really think about what you want to achieve with your site. It's like opening another premises. If it's a shopping site remember how long it took you to open the one you have now, and how much work went into it. Because the same amount of work can go into the online one as well.  Remember your website may be the first and only experience a potential customer may have with your company, so you can't afford to get it wrong, because you're not standing behind the counter in this shop, and you can't win them over with your charm.

 

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2008-01-17 03:22:00.0

Teamwork Project Manager

Been up the walls here the last week so have not blogged in a while. I have been working with the guys (Dan and Topper) on Teamworkpm.net The product is looking really well now, the guys have done a great job in building this.

Teamwork PM is an online Project Management application that will help you work faster and be more productive in the work place.  We have been using it for a while now in Digital Crew and it's been bloody fantastic. (well I would say that I guess)

Before Teamwork we often forgot to pass on messages or simple tasks that we needed to do for our clients, or it just ending up taking too long to sort out problems because we would miss each other in the office or emails we sent to each other would just get buried in an our email inbox.

With Teamwork we have got rid of all these problems. We have a few more features that we are in the process of adding, and  we have have had a load of suggestions from people currently using Teamworkpm but It will always be an on going project as we improve things over time.

I would love to get some more feed back from people to see what othe feature people would like. There is a free edition use as well as the paid versions with have a few more features. Please give the free one a go and let me know what you guys think.

 

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2008-01-10 01:04:00.0

FeedDemon is now FREE!


Just heard from Dan that the fantastic RSS reader, FeedDemon is now free. Thats right I said it FeedDemon is FREE!! I have been meaning to get FeedDemon for a while now but have just never got round to it.  I see on their site that they do a synchronization with the blackberry, so I will have to look at that. I have been using viigo on my Blackberry. I saw Dan was using on his iphone and I liked the way your feed were synced with your desktop.

The full press release can be found on the FeedDemon site here.

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2008-01-04 20:06:00.0

Blogger Unleashed

You always hear of these great stories of how people seem to make such massive amounts of money online doing what seems like feck all really.  I have read load of blogs about ways to go about it, most of them bored the pants off me, and it just seemed pointless really. Then last night while catching up on all the blogs I missed over christmas, I was reading Day Job Nuker (great funny Blog) he had a post about this guy who really claimed to do this. I thought sure! another boring site here we go. The site is called Blogger Unleashed. So I clicked on it to have a quick look. 6 hours later I was still reading Blogger Unleashed . I have to say I was just blown away by the posts.

It's impossible to write why I found why Blogger Unleashed  so good. I guess it's causes he's straight to the point, he then is able to show and to back up everything up that he goes on about. Plus you can tell it's written by someone who is just so passionate about what they do. You can feel in his writting that he's trying to get so much out so fast ,and he's really trying to help other bloggers who are looking to do this for a living.

His site he says is full of mistakes and is baddy written, which is fine with me, cause I can't write and spell for shite either so I don't notice most of them, but this almost adds to the real human feel Blogger Unleashed has.

If your interested in running an online business and making some money online you really should it out.

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2007-11-19 19:30:00.0

Portable hard drive with finger print security.

If your on the move a lot, and if your carrying around with you information that you wouldn't want anyone to get their hands on. Then this little gadget could be what you’ve been looking for.

The finger print scanner on the top of the drive protects the contents of the hard drive. Once you connect the drive to your PC, you swipe your finger across it, this decrypts the data and you are now able to access whats on it. Once you disconnect the drive from the PC the data is instantly encrypted. Handy! So if you’re on the move, or just really paranoid that people are trying to steal everything you own, then you might want to put this on the Christmas list.

This is a new model from Seoul-based Sarotech, and is named the "Cutie Bio."

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2007-11-02 20:03:00.0

Are people stealing your blog posts?

Just been reading on Damien Mully's blog about some company stealing his blog posts for their site.
The other day I saw a banner on a blog I was reading, it was for a site called copyscape.

What the site does is it checks your site, and then search for copies of your page on the Web.
It's interesting to see what it comes up with.


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2007-10-10 22:05:00.0

illy container coffee shop

This cool coffee shop is opening up in New York City, between November 28th and December 28.
It's made from an shipping container, and at the touch of a button is turned into a fully kitted out designer house. Of course this one is complete with an illy coffee shop.

 

The shop is able to transform from useless ugly shipping container, into sexy cool modern coffee house in 90 seconds.



Wish I could get my hands on one of these,  slap it in the middle of the Grande parade and open Sam&Dan's to operate out of it. I would love to see them tow that away.
I wish Cork City council would be open to having something a bit different in the city. I would love to see someone try get this passed by planning here!

There is an animated pic here of one of these push button houses opening.
The website for all the other houses this guy has designed is here.

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2007-10-09 16:30:00.0

Blogbridge free rss reader

While trawling through the net last night, I came across this very nice free rss reader called BlogBridge.  Today was the first time I got a chance to give it ago, and so far I'm impressed with it. It has been nice and easy to use and has plulled in some nice sites and stories with my tags that I gave it.

Features as they appear on the BlogBridge site

  • Why BlogBridge Rocks

    1. It handles hundreds of feeds with the greatest of ease … (more)
    2. It has super powers. … (more)
    3. It looks cool and is easy to use … (more)
    4. It works on YOUR computer … (more)
    5. It is Open Source … (more)

    I like the one that says it has super powers, it was that which sold it for me really.

     

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    2007-10-07 18:33:00.0

    Interesting marketing and sales tactic

    I'm just sitting at home on this dull Sunday evening,(still trying to get over NZ losing) I'm at the moment going through blogs and trying to find interesting sites to pass the time . I just came across this site called dealdotcom. It's a interesting idea they have. They work by only have one product on their site for sale each day. The other kick is that you have no idea how many of these items they have to sell. So if your not fast, it could sell out. I have to say I kind of like this concept. 

    Would be interested to know how this marketing/sales tactic is working out for them.
    All the stuff they sell is products and services that help save you time and money when it comes to running your online business. There are loads of these types of site out there, but these guys definitely have an angle on doing it.


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    2007-10-05 00:45:00.0

    I want a fight!


    I want a fight!! well I do if I have a suit made from the stuff in this video on SkyNews.

    What a savage product. It's called D3o.  D3o technology is a specially engineered material with intelligent molecules that flow with you as you move but on shock lock together to absorb impact energy.

    This is a video from YouTube but the skyNews one gives you a better idea of how a fight in gear made from this would be a laugh.

     

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    2007-03-05 17:05:00.0

    Now this make Senz!

    I have come across something that this country needs so badly, especially if you live in Cork. Cork has been painfully wet this winter.
    I Don't know why an Irish person didn't come up with this, but some clever Dutch people did.

    They are called SENZ Umbrellas and they are meant to be fanbloodytastic. They are aerodynamic in design and able to resist storms up to wind force 10! Which I'm told is bloody windy. WIth the Senz above your head gone are the days of your umbrella turning itself inside out and making you look like a tool in the street.

    If this bloody weather keeps up I might well be placing an order.

     

    You can check out their website here.

     

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    2007-03-04 21:38:00.0

    Dog gone!

    A nice quiet Sunday, watching the TV and looking through the web while the wind blows away mad outside. Now while going through the web I came across this crazy new site.
    I can, in fairness see a big market for this sort of stuff in the US. As when I was in NY last month I saw a load of dogs with coats jackets even bloody boots on.  The site i'm on about is called dogsdepartment. Now I may be missing something but I'm sure dogs are made to live outside and last time I checked their paws were made to walk on rough hard cold ground. Now don't get me wrong I love dogs. I've had dogs in my life since I can remember. I still sadly miss my dog, Danza, (the Beagle)  who is all the way across the world in New Zealand. It's just that it's wrong for dogs to wear boots. Still with all the sad people in the world treating their dogs like people I'm sure this site will do very well indeed.

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    2006-10-08 23:13:00.0

    Coffee anyone?

    Just sitting in work going through a load of my favourites that I never look at. I came across this
    site which has all the stuff you want but can never afford or don't have a house it would ever suit.
    But mainly most of the stuff comes into the I will never be able to buy it category. Anyhow they
    have a section on adverts from around the world.

    This one I thought was really bloody clever. I love people that can think outside the box and just
    come up with the things we all wish we could.

    This ad for Folgers coffee it was created by Saatchi & Saatchi NY, the clever campaign consists
    of delicious looking photos of coffee printed on vinyl and placed on top of steaming manhole
    covers around New York. Holes cut out of the photographs allow the steam from the manholes
    to rise through, created the effect of giant, steaming hot cups of coffee. Brilliant.

    To check out other cool ads and other cool stuff click here

    (note: I always find that site a bit slow to load but it's well worth the wait)

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    2006-08-26 14:38:00.0

    Is this the way forward for Newspapers

     

    While living in Ireland I'm always keen to try to stay up to date with what’s going on back home in New Zealand. While on the NZ Helald website last week I came across this site called www.pressdisplay.com which enables you to view the whole paper as it is printed.  I was just blown away by the site. Not only did they have the NZ Herald but also 100's of other papers from all over the world including papers that I would buy here in Ireland.

     

    After looking through the site I was well impressed so I signed up to the site, which costs me $9.95 a month to read 31 papers.  Which works out cheaper than buying the paper down in the shop. It has been one of my better purchases online to date.  I now find myself reading the papers now more than I did before because I find it easier to go though them on the computer. 

    Once I got into using Pressdisplay I was blown away by the features it has and just how well it works.

     

      

    The screen shot above shows when you mouse over a story it highlights the heading rating how popular the story has been as well as giving you the option to have the story read out to you. You do this by clicking the red speaker. Its read out using Microsoft’s speech thing but it still pretty good. Also with one click it zooms you into the paper to make it easy to read then you can just hold down the mouse and glide around the page.  There is so much cool stuff in it I would recommend you just take a look at it. Try holding down the mouse and drawing a red circle. I was well impressed with what happens next.

     

    Anyhow if you find it interesting let me know what you think.

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