Archive for June, 2010

Intriguing SEO from “the Fin”

Try typing “fin” into Google. See what happens?

The top link (non-sponsored, I might add!) leads to the Australian Financial Review website. Some great work on the SEO front by the guys down at the Australian Financial Review: or more colloquially known as “the Fin”.

It’s an interesting keyword to aim for though; as I’m not sure how much traffic you’d be hoping to draw from Google searches of the word “fin”. Still a valiant effort, however, polling top result even above the Wikipedia article explaining the conventional fin.

Also notable: The Australian Financial Review did not poll on the first page of either Bing or Yahoo! searches for the keyword “fin”. Very intriguing!

Halfway through 2010

A podcast I listen to recently alerted me that this coming Friday 25th June will be the 1 year anniversary since Michael Jackson’s passing. That’s right, 1 year; how unexpectedly quick! And considering we’re now almost halfway through 2010 this year is flying by before us!

So, what have you achieved in the first half of 2010?
And, what will you do in it’s second half make 2010 your defining year?

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Update (21/06/10): Coincidentally, today is the shortest day of 2010 in Melbourne, with the Winter Solstice occurring at 9:34pm EST. Henceforth from today the days get longer, so make the most of them!

A message for anyone who’s ever read this blog

Okay, so I’m one day late on the anniversary of my blog. Deal.

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It was merely 6 months ago that I purchased the domain http://whoisadamjaffrey.com/ and posted my 1st blog post. Way back on December 7th, 2009 I posted the goal of my blog, being:

My Goal:

To provide a current, relevant and interesting analysis of Marketing, Entrepreneurial, Technological & Current Affairs topics.

To do this I will keep posts to a minimal length, and only write about thought provoking topics. These will generally be inspired by other blogs, podcasts & my own observations.

I believe that 6 months (and 24 blog posts) later I’ve made many inroads into this. However, I still need to work on keeping my”posts to a minimal length“!

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So, on the 6 month anniversary of Who Is Adam Jaffrey?, I wanted to say a massive thank you to those who’ve ever read my blog; and an even bigger thank you to those who’ve commented and provided feedback. As a young blogger, it’s not easy to continue to pump out regular, insightful (well, I think) content when you don’t know who/if anyone is reading!

Please, leave a comment here to let me know who you are, why you read my blog and any feedback you have.

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You are what you tweet

A recent study has shown that online social networking sites (Facebook, in particular) reflect users’ actual personalities, not self-idealisation. The paper (published in the journal Psychological Science) suggests that people do not use their online social networking profiles to promote an idealised virtual identity; but instead use them as a platform in which to express and communicate their real personality authentically (Back et al., 2010).

When it comes to online social networking sites, it really does hold that:

So, what does this mean for marketing and marketers?

Companies ‘delivering’ poor quality, our expectations and standards

A few weeks ago in America, some 20,000 pieces of undelivered mail were found hoarded in a US postman’s garage. The missing mail is said to have included many important documents such as cheques, bills and official letters.

Thinking about the implications of the undelivered mail bewildered me. It’s an absolute outrage that this happened! What if something extremely important went missing? One assumes that when mail is posted that it will reach the destination in a timely manner, un-tampered with. This is the trust we place in our postal service. We expect high quality, we expect high reliability.

Why is it, then, that we accept sub-standard performance from other organisations and institutions? Many times we are unhappy with a service provided to us; the quality of a product; or the timeliness of a delivery. Why do we not hold other organisations to the same standard as we hold the postal service, in the example outlined above?

It’s unfortunate that companies, institutions and governments get away with so much, unscathed.

Do you agree?

AMAZING content

The following video is the best TED talk I’ve ever watched. Hell, It’s possibly the best 16:47 minutes of my life I’ve ever invested in a piece of content.

It’s a keynote by Simon Sinek, author of Start With Why. You won’t be disappointed:

You can also listen to an interview with Simon on the Marketing Over Coffee podcast (iTunes link), in the episode titled Special Interview with Simon Sinek, author of “Start with Why”. I personally believe the podcast interview covers much more content and delves a little deeper than the TED talk.

So, what’s the most amazing piece of content you’ve ever read/heard/watched? Post it below!