Change is coming but are you ready?

Over the last 6 months, we have seen a huge change within the technology industry and these pieces will start coming together during 2015 and leading into 2016 but are adding yourself to these individual pieces before they become one?

Change 2015 02 05With Technology moving from SEO through to Content Marketing and now Social Selling, many companies have played at the release of technology to enable technology advancing into our lives only to fail…..

We only have to look at Microsoft with their Smartwatch which was announced at CES03 where Bill Gates announced they were developing the SPOT (Smart Personal Objects Technology).

This was too ahead of it’s time and development stopped in 2006 before the the project was officially closed down in 2008.

So what you need to really understand is that your dreams (and many will dismiss you as a fantasist or crazy with with mad ideas) can and will be part of your business. May not be this year but most of them will happen over the next 10 years, so you really need to think about if these ideas come true, is your business prepared or ready to embrace these concepts?

Bridget Carey giving an insight to how Apple are using iBeacons within their stores - 6th December 2013

Bridget Carey giving an insight to how Apple are using iBeacons within their stores – 6th December 2013

Bridget Carey is explaining here, who would have thought that when you walk into a shop, the outlet can identify you and be able to greet you. If was a coffee shop for example, there could say something to me like

“Hi Ian – large Americano as usual? Sit down and we will bring it over to you”

Then as I sit down, the Coffee shop then makes my drink and charges it to their App’s on my phone which I have pre-loaded with funds already. Now whilst we are not completely there yet, we are very close with what Starbucks can offer with their card and App – are you using  their mobile App?

All this can is possible and has been possible for years – and yes before people say Google/Android have been doing this for years –  it has never taken off properly because there hasn’t been a full common driving force behind it.

Now with Apple launching Pay – 9th September 2014 – in the US with continued roll out Worldwide during 2015, Apple will be driving this forward by utilising NFC in-conjunction with their iBeacons. Rite-Aid and CVS virtually immediately turned off NFC in their stores and then Wal-Mart followed deciding to go with other options which may not be available until Q3/Q4 2015 or 2016. Why is this big – one simple reason, they are scared that Apple will have access to their customer data or alternatively, other retailers may be possibly to see what these people have have been buying and target them with special offers.

The interesting factor is that Google are now re-launching and about to start a big drive on Google Wallet – too much too late?

Recently, we have had a raft of announcements including:-

  • Back on the 21st of January 2015 – Microsoft demonstrated what they are rolling out with Windows10 and Project Spartan together Hololens and Holostudio – taking Windows to the next level. All this, is bringing the technology that has been around for years to the forefront of peoples’ thinking
  • BMW were telling people at DLD15 – 20th to 23rd of January in Germany – how emails and texts can come into your phone in the car as you are driving and then it it will be read out to you plus giving you the ability to talk back to give a reply to send in response
  • Cortana is ready to have a huge impact on this arena too – just like Siri – but going further when Windows10 launches by having direct voice interaction into your photos, App’s and Office App’s too. This, if you continue the thinking of what Cortana will be able to offer, you will be able to have your own Virtual Assistant who could take personal messages, advise you what appointments you have and be able to dictate and send emails, messages etc for you.

So by looking at these links below and above, you need to start really thinking about technology is evolving and how you need to prefer your business now for this. And before you say that this is a long time off, no it isn’t as various companies through Wearable Technology is already offering many of these services plus with Watch launching around 17th of March 2015 together with Pay rumoured to be launching on the same date in and around the UK and Europe, all this technology is going to have a major change to your business but are you ready?

McDonald’s and Starbucks have already kicked off 2015 by recognising that their customers are using their phones more and more so they need to make sure they can continue using them. Thus, to help them, they have installed wireless charging points in their stores around London and will extend this roll out across the UK during 2015.

So……

the question is….

CHANGE IS COMING

but…….

ARE YOU READY FOR IT?

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Avoiding tax and creating Rip Off Britain?

#RipOffBritain #IanCalvert #SA #ServiceAddress

The amazing thing that is called bureaucracy seems to grow from day-to-day, yet is this good or bad – a help or a hindrance?

Whilst it can be a good to help define and control things, it can also be a factor in holding back progress and growth too…..

With today (Wednesday 19th March 2014) being Budget Day here in the UK, another day where we will have:-

  • the Government shouting from the roof tops about how well their Fiscal measures are doing
  • the Opposition shouting how they would do things better
  • Advisory/Accounting companies proving how valuable they are by coming out with data that does really mean anything for the ordinary person in the street – justifying their own existence and important
  • Financial experts giving their opinions as to how this will impact, what they should have done and how they would have done things
  • oh and then the Press trying to put their spin on things based on a) their Political objective and b) justifying how great they are and why you should listen, watch or read them….

We will have promises of these savings – few of which will impact us straight away – and investment; all have which will put more money in our pocket or help us to feel better by the thought of possibly buying our own house or how company improving by been able to do more by investing and extra sales generation.

But does this matter?

Back to the old “yes” and “no” question….

Yes – because we want a job, more security over employment and better wages. The ability to save not just for now about our future with our pensions. Opportunities to allow us by saving to hopefully buy our own house and start securing our future….

No – well this is the real big one…

Whether the Budget is good or bad, the only people who actually do well out of any Budget is the advisors, experts and Accountancy companies/firms who are advisory companies and individuals on telling the Government, companies and individuals; what to do with regards to reducing liabilities – or as many consider to be called Tax Avoidance or Tax Evasion.

Looking at information taken from The Inland Revenue site showing Income Tax rates and Allowances it could be said that based on the figures for 2013-2014, the tax is:-

– less that £32,010, you will pay 20% tax on everything you earn

– earn over £32,010 then you pay 40% on everything you earn over £32,011

Confused? You should be as where is the 10 pence tax band they keep talking about in the medium that is called an informative Press? Some say that it is in place and others say it isn’t and others say:-

– earn over £32,010 then you pay, 10% to £2,790, 20% on £2,791 to £32,010 and then 40% on everything over £32,011

How can the ordinary person in the street, wanting to earn a fair wage and pay fair taxes. But the one thing that is totally in common, speak anyone for advice or information, they just say, speak to a bookkeeper, accountant or an accountancy company/firm and they will be able to help. Are these the same people who said this when George Osborne asked for help in reducing the complicated structure of tax – yes! Guess what, effectively, they said they couldn’t simplify it!

#GeorgeOsborne #Telegraph #SA #ServiceAddress #Budget #TaxMP’s shed doubt on George Osborne’s tax-avoidance blitz

TREASURY SELECT COMMITTEE SAYS TREASURY CALCULATIONS OF POTENTIAL INCOME ARE “INHERENTLY EXTREMELY UNCERTAIN”

 

So surely, does The Chancellor of the Exchequer have the BALLS (excuse the pun Ed Balls) to stand up to these mandarins in the Treasury, HMRC and especially the big accountancy firms and say, right, all allowances are now axed and we are going to have a simple taxation system that applies to everyone, whether they earn £5,ooo, £50,000 or £500,000 – it is a complete level playing field!!

Why should high-earners be allowed to offset things to reduce their tax, set up companies and be paid by them at a lower rate or pay into schemes that allow more off-setting against tax payments? Can it be right that they high-earners pay less as a percentage pence in the pound as a lower earner?

Would a simpler answer be to say do something like this:-

  • £0,000 to £5,000 = 0% Tax
  • £5,001 to £10,000 = 5% Tax
  • £10,001 to £20,000 = 10% Tax
  • £20,001 to £30,000 = 15% Tax
  • £30,001 to £40,000 = 20% Tax
  • £40,001 to £60,000 = 30% Tax
  • £60,001 to £80,000 = 35% Tax
  • £80,001 to £100,000 = 40% Tax
  • £100,001 to £125,000 = 45% Tax
  • £125,001 to £175,000 = 50% Tax
  • £175,001 to £250,000 = 60% Tax
  • £2500,001 to £500,000 = 70% Tax
  • £500,000 plus = 80% Tax

Wow – what a shocker – people would all be in the same position of:-

  • Not just having to pay tax but no way avoiding it
  • Living with in your means, so you have to be like every person
  • Create a situation where when you want a mortgage, then everyone has a mortgage based a simple philosophy of say, every one can have a mortgage but it is based on no more than say 5 or 7 times your gross salary and this can’t be fixed or falsified
  • No methods of off setting items to reduce your tax
  • No methods of setting yourself up as a company to pay yourself in share dividends to avoid tax

But wait, the shock horror, two major issues will stand out….

Issue One….Estate agents….

This industry will go mad as they will actually see house prices been priced correctly and not driven up by false demand!

Housebuyers gazumped in deals with NO rival bidders: Unscrupulous estate agents are persuading sellers to raise prices days before exchange of contracts

  • ‘Ghost gazumping’ sees sellers increase house price days before exchange
  • Some paying additional six-figure sums to avoid finding another property
  • Comes amid fears of a property bubble – which some say was fuelled by Government’s Help to Buy scheme

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2582323/Housebuyers-gazumped-deals-NO-rival-bidders-Unscrupulous-estate-agents-persuading-sellers-raise-prices-days-exchange-contracts.html#ixzz2wPKmU0rm

No wonder people are finding it hard to buy houses if this is happening! Also, with many people leaving Estate Agents and setting up on their own, these people will want to make a living, so they all will be promising Sellers and Landlords better returns so this will keep driving up prices and rents…

Issue Two….Bookkeepers, Accountants, Accountancy Companies & Firms….

Why are they needed? Do we need so many and charging so much? If someone wants to start a business and be a Limited Company, straight away, this could add £1,000, £2,000 or more to their operating costs just to do end of year returns depending on their size! And that is without monthly accounts, payroll etc…

The whole concept of introducing ways to off set items against your tax has so spiraled out control, that like the article mentioned above, even this industry can’t work out a way to simplify it! So, by removing all these off sets and allowances, it will make everything so much easier for everyone to be on the same level playing field!

Just think how much more tax would be generated and thus paid into the economy thus making things so much better for everyone…

So, Mr. Osborne and fellow Politicians, isn’t time you actually stood up and start listening to the country and actually create a level playing field that will help so many to raise up and be able to say we aren’t being ripped off by companies, goods and services are at a fair price and hopefully we could lose the tagline of “Rip Off Britain” ?

These are just a few thoughts for you and you most likely will have a view even for or against and if you feel you need to comment or voice an opinion, either contact myself here or complete the form below:-

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Hey Chancellor – Controversial for you but maybe what the Public wants?

Are you really wanting us to believe you?

#Politicians #Lies #Truth #Honest

Seriously can we trust you?

With less than 48 hours to go (Wednesday 19th March 2014) until our next Budget, yesterday we saw on The Marr Show (Sunday 16th March 2014), the presenter – Andrew Marr – being all over the place with his interviewing, The Shadow Chancellor of the ExchequerEd Balls – talking lots of wonderful stories including spending the same money over and over again different projects and The Chancellor of the Exchequer – George Osborne – not really telling us much but dropping hints that are what we need plus having to take action due to what was inherited…

The weakness of allowing Politicians to get away with so much on television, is just so demoralising to so many of the voting Public and hence they are losing interest in voting. The Politicians that are being really being backed by the Public are the ones who actually speak and stick to their guns! The downside is that you don’t see them in either the Cabinet or Shadow Cabinet as they stick to their principles unless they are just after high office….

So many Politicians enter all full of good intentions but soon get their wings either clipped or get overcome by advisors or donors….just look at many of the MP’s or even your own! How often did they say this or that, promise something, then next thing they change their tune or never speak to you or visit you again unless it is Election time?

These Politicians are all full of good intention (no better place to see this than when in Opposition) yet as soon as they have the power – nothing really happens at all…..

Take Income Tax for example, each and every time there is an election, all parties say they will cut tax, introduce higher rates and then when elected it all changes with more allowances brought in to help cushion the tax issues, help some pay less tax, put taxes up at high rate and then only find it wasn’t a good deal, so change it back again…..

Another example is saying they are going to change Government, cut bureaucracy and get rid of advisors, but guess what, they hire advisors to study this, reorganise and replace groups with new groups and committees and all done after paying lobbyists and advisors lots of money….is this saving money? NO…….

So, we could vote with our feet and choose not to vote, but what will that achieve? Not a lot as it! Will it help things to change? No, things will remain the same due to the hardcore of voters actually voting like they always do, so change will not really happen…

If the Government was run like a business, so much money could be saved, so much could be done to advance the UK and so many groups, committees and individuals would be removed saving the Country lots of money…

OK – yes, maybe the top jobs need top people, but do we need to pay so much money? Why do Heads of Schools, Colleges, Councils or Hospitals, Health Trusts etc, etc be paid so much more than the Prime Minister?

What can really be done? Can anything? Just look what will happen come Post-Budget…..

  • The Papers and Media will slaughter parts, most of or all of the Budget
  • Ed Balls will say George Osborne didn’t do this, they would have done this yet no evidence provided or nothing will be costed
  • George Osborne will say that this is needed to rectify the debt the Coalition inherited when they took over from Labour
  • The Public will be moaning or cheering but in most parts it will be the former…..

So, here’s a thought or two Mr Osborne…….

  • Firstly scrap all the allowances….
  • Remove all the tax breaks available…….
  • Stop people being able to class themselves as a company so they employer can pay them through a company to reduce the tax they pay..
  • If people are a company, make sure they pay the proper tax, not find out ways to pay less – i.e. if your company can pay you £60,000 a year – then you should pay the same tax as someone you actually earns £60,000 a year. There is no difference….
  • Stand up and do these – not be told by advisors, accountancy companies etc etc that you can’t do this – yes you can….

If this was done and then another Budget done in say September or October with an update, the Public would actually start trusting MP’s so much more as they would see that everyone is being treated the same….

Just a few and no doubt controversial points for you to consider and discuss……let’s see what people will say……….

These are just a few thoughts for you and you most likely will have a view even for or against and if you feel you need to comment or voice an opinion, either contact myself here or complete the form below:-

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So you are online – but are you? How did you get there?

Are you really on-line?

#IanCalvert #Ian-Calvert #IanMCalvert #Ian-M-Calvert #SocialMedia #Social-Media

Who put you there?

I Am An Expert

If someone helped you – what made you use them?

These are just some of the wonderful questions I get asked or people discuss with myself quite often. It is really surprising how many people are now jumping on the band wagon of being a “Social Media Expert”, “Social Media Guru”, “Social Media Marketer”, “Social Media SEO Expert”, “On-Line Expert”, “Marketing Expert”….the list can go on and on….

I Am An SEO Expert

Whilst I don’t proclaim to be an expert, what I do is look at the market and the future and not just say “Are you on LinkedIn?”, “You need Facebook“, “You need Twitter“, are you here or there or everywhere – trends are not always KEY!

A recent article by Philip Calvert highlighted this topic substantially when he wrote about a company saying that don’t reply to people tweeting their company as they don’t take them seriously – why? Is this just their thoughts or were they advised this way? Where are their marketing department?

With the future moving faster than you know (you may say this is not the case but do you really know what is happening behind the scenes?) and this is becoming more and apparent in the developing world and emerging markets. Whilst here we are in the United KingdomScandinavia, parts of Europe and the United States with some of the fastest possible broadband/internet access available, do you know we are so far behind in other areas and hence no doubt you business is too….

For example, do you know where you customers are? How far away from your premises are they? Are they less than 100 metres or approaching you? I am not talking about knowing their location or email address, I mean actually in PERSON!

Most of you will have seen (and maybe fed up by now) of me constantly going on about ENGAGE, ENGAGEMENT, INTERACTION, LOCATION MARKETING and MOBILE MARKETING and here is why….

This aspect of location/mobile marketing is not here now but it is already here in India and other parts of Asia. They know when their clients are nearby. They can anticipate and be ready if a client turns up. And yet most people would say these areas are and could be considered third world regions by comparison. They say that India only has 13% internet penetration whilst here in the United Kingdom we have 75%!

Why I am saying this, simply put, do your so called “experts” and “influencers” fully understand where the world is going?  Make sure you really know their background and don’t get sucked in by a cheap or low-cost solution….

And before you say it, no I am not bitter or having a dig at certain people – I am just highlighting the issues that many experts I know share with myself. Why do they share this with me, because whilst we may compete in some areas – the main thing is that we actually share or work in collaboration plus we work together behind the scenes to help make sure we all are ready to be able to help all our prospects and clients.

Real experts and influencers work together – not compete!

So, think about who you are using and just maybe, seek the opinions of other experts and influencers to make sure you are being taken on the right path of delivering the future now to your business….

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Flooding…….is London and the South contributing to part of the problem?

With the issues surrounding all this flooding, previously we have heard from Gardeners and Landscape Designers/Consultants about these issues, yet whenever they mention they thoughts on the matter, people listen for two minutes and agree then they ignore what has been said.

Many say that a lot of the flooding is due to more of the landscape being covered over, thus having no where for the water to run – i.e. most front gardens are being converted from garden to a place easier to maintain with slabs and stones or covered over as extra car parking spaces. Is this because we are now relying more and more on car ownership due to us having to commute to work each day beyond the realms of local public transportation facilities…..

Some say that the issue is down to the Government – both present and past – not investing in the Environment Agency enough to actually adequately plan, prepare and make sure flood defences are in place. Could it be said high wages and fancy offices plus advertising campaigns are taking too much of their yearly budget?

Others say that farmers are to blame for the run off from their fields entering the dykes, streams and rivers bordering their land. Or is because Councils and British Waterways aren’t dredging and maintaining these dykes, streams and rivers. Maybe it that we need a policy of cleaning all these out removing the build up (and yes the same could be said for canals too) but this is a long-term project that even if started now, enough miles may not be cleared if another case of flooding occurs?

So, if all these issues are contributing to being part of the problem, let us have a look at The South of the United Kingdom (UK) and use this as an alternative possible starting point……

There is much discussion over:-

– creating a third runway at Heathrow
– building more social accommodation which is normally without a garden or if it has one, very small and mostly slabbed over, as people don’t want to take garden waste/rubbish through their house due to having no rear access to the property
– key-worker accommodation which tend to be Multi Dwelling Units (MDU’s) which are two to five storey’s of accommodation and again with no gardens or communal recreation areas of any real size
– more house building with no gardens to really speak of
– more roads being created to try to elevate the congestion created by people commuting into London and The South
– more business parks and estates being created to try to accommodate the amount of people moving to the south because they believe that is where the work is

The above being examples of situations that are occurring in the south of the country more and more which is creating the illusion that the south is becoming centric to the business world. Hang on, the south is not the centre of the universe but so many believe this and companies are not helping the situation.

The rise of more people moving to The South to study, live and ultimately try to work, is creating the main problem. All of which creates a knock on effect:-

– people need to somewhere to live
– more housing is needed
– land is becoming less and less available
– when land is available, the price is so high
– to get a return on the purchase, many houses or MDU’s are creating to generate maximum return
– with the above happening, lack of green space is made available
– to afford these properties, jobs are required
– businesses are required to allow people to work to afford the accommodation
– these jobs tend to manual labour to help develop and build the businesses and accommodation but can’t afford the prices so they have to commute
– thus more infra-structure is required which requires workers who in turn have to commute as mentioned above
– once the businesses are created, mostly are retail which need staff who can’t afford live locally so they can’t walk to work or use local transport due to the cost of living/accommodation
– these key-workers have to commute but from where? Often a greater distance thus travel will impact on these people’s lives, so an 8 hour working day can end up being away from home for up to 11-12 hours a day
– with less time being spent at home, people want low or non Maintenance properties, so gardens become irrelevant

Is there a solution which may help with these issues that are said to be part of many contributing factors but why want people open their eyes to this issue? Simply, stop and look at the rest of the UK!!

With the decline around the UK of manual manufacturing over the last 50 years as technology develops to make manual working more efficient by automation, surely we have a solution here…..

If we look many parts of the UK, there is lots of business areas where buildings have being lying empty for a number of years but nothing has been done, so, surely, if these areas are re-developed and also used for house-building surely this will help with some of the flooding issues?

We have just seen the re-generation of parts of Manchester to create the Media City facility in Salford (yes the Press have complained about the huge amounts of money spent providing travel and accommodation from London for staff and presenters) yet this still hasn’t created the huge number of jobs that projected – yet why? Is because the media has to be based in London?

With so much talent and skill based all around the country, we certainly need to take a wider looking things not just say that flooding to based on the lack of investment in the Environment Agency, no flood protection, etc, etc, the list can go on and on…

Isn’t it time we decided to reclaim not only just the High Streets but also consider the changing way of Retail and Manufacturing and see where we can re-develop and make use of empty shops and space above these shops? If you look at parts of Amsterdam for example, areas of the “Red Light District” is used by financial and high-tech companies during the day so it is completely used. Yes people may say this is due the fact that The Netherlands is a lot a smaller, but is this really a valid excuse?

Just take a look at “The City of London” or the “Square Mile” with Canary Wharf etc for example. Whilst this is the major financial heartland for use during the day, it is not really used at night and like a ghost town at weekends. Surely dual use should have been considered here? People may say that accommodation is there already, but this is vacant at weekends because of people returning to their main homes hence why it is quiet…

Nothing can be a quick solution (or fix) but what is needed is a complete mind-set change over the fact that London and The South is not “the be all and end all” of life as we know. We have many other parts of the United Kingdom many will are better for living and bringing up our children and also valuing and using the wasted talent we have around the country.

So, whilst the headline could be attention grabbing using the recent flooding issues, we are not helping ourselves and society by thinking that London and The South is the centre of our universe that we call the United Kingdom. Let us start looking re-developing parts that have lost manufacturing and where we have lost retail to out-of-town developments and maybe we can all help to save and protects our communities and the environment……

This is an abridged version of a blog posting that will or may be coming out shortly but with a covering such a vast area of topics, it may have to broken down in to several bite size chunks or into various topics…..

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Getting Engaged and learning from children…..

Change of plan……

#ChangingIdeas #ChangeOfDirection #SA #TSP #ianCalvert

I was all set ready to press send on my blog but then I reflected on events at the weekend, yesterday and items that appeared on my LinkedIn profile this morning…. so, I will have to leave wearable technology, communications and other things to another time….

On Sunday, I was at a birthday party for Joey who was one and there was a wide range of adults there, with all together around 20 children ranging from younger than Joey up to about six years except for his cousin who was eight. The amazing thing when you stood back watched these children play, there was something that we all lose as we grow older…..

engage, interact and fear

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Taking these in stages….

  • engage – none of the children sat or stood around, they were just going up to each other and talking. Asking their name, want to play, what are you doing….all things that come natural….
  • interact – all the children were very much about playing together helping one another and even the older ones say around four to six were going up and playing with the under two’s….
  • fear – this is was that I was surprised at! There were balloons everywhere and they were playing with them in different ways from football to throwing them in the air then…..BANG! Someone burst a balloon and there was screams of laughter followed by them trying to burst more…..

However, let’s skip forward ten years or more to the adults, they ranged from eighteen through to late forties and if you take the three points above, let’s compare…..

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  • engage – the adults just mostly stood or sat at the sides hardly talking to anyone unless it was someone they came with or their child…
  • interact – the adults only interacted with other’s was when it was time for the food. All the children gathered at the table to sit or went with their parents to get their food. Whilst either in the queue or the table when everyone was together, the adults started to interact. Then food finished and the children started to play, it stopped! Only when the games started, only then did the interaction start again……
  • fear – this was the surprise! The children were bursting the balloons and there was shrieks of laughter yet the adults let off screams of shock and panic and then moaned how they didn’t like bangs!

So what went wrong? What happened over those ten years or more? Where did we lose this engagement, interaction and gain this fear?

Thus, I was thinking about writing about this event later this week or next week, but yesterday I saw so much about people posting comments on Twitter and LinkedIn all virtually about the same or similar topics. When you looked at who had liked, favourited, re-tweeted or shared these items, quite often people were the same and had posted new items on virtually the same topic. Yet, none of them commented on the other’s streams! Why not?

What did I speak about above? Engage and Interact…..yet this was lost! Why?

To create a new article without acknowledging the person where the idea came from or commenting on their item, I find strange – why didn’t you engage or interact with them?

The art of engaging and interacting seems to be disappearing more and more with our society and something we need to rebuild. Whilst I have my up’s and down’s (mostly up’s I will say) with LinkedIn and things they are doing, lately they have changed, especially over the last six months. They are truly building a facility were they are encouraging engagement and interaction. Some examples are:-

  • LinkedIn Contacts – this App has truly taken me to another level when it comes to engaging with my connections
  • LinkedIn Pulse – this news facility that replaced LinkedIn Today, lets you share all the latest news with your connections
  • LinkedIn Influencers – By getting some big names to write articles which are informative and educational helping you not only to learn, but take the articles, share them and engage with your connections and starting interacting with them….
  • Blogging/Post writing – Following on the success of the above, LinkedIn is now opening up the facility above, to enable you to write your own blogs and articles and thus engage with connections and beyond by writing these articles and creating the opportunity to interact with such a wider audience….

Michael Kinnear wrote an excellent status update  sharing an article entitled “How LinkedIn Quietly Built a Massive Media Empire” written by Dave Kerpen. Michael’s article clearly knows how to engage and interact in a clearly straight forward way. In the opening paragraph about Dave’s article’s, Michael tagged Dave in – clear engagement, interaction and furthermore acknowledgement!

Then, if you read through the article, you will see that Michael continues to interact and engage with the people commenting on his article but taking it a stage further! He actually looked and took notice of this update by taking a stage further by seeing who had commented and then engaging and getting involved with them.

I must admit, I missed this article (so I hadn’t even liked, shared or commented on it) from Michael (even though we are both 1st line connections) but when replying to people, he included myself. Why? Michael was highlighting the fact of engaging and brought me in asking for my opinion. I was both flattered and intrigued but maybe this was because Michael may have been reminded by my strap line on my profile

Helping you develop and grow by “Engage – Collaborate – Influence” – Your Advisor, Connector, Influencer and Introducer” 

who know’s but Michael, engaged with me by mentioning myself and thus getting me to interact with him, his connections and the people who commented on his article…

So, take a step away, look from the outside in on your Social Media profiles and see how you engage and interact – are you?

Go back to what I said at the beginning – think of the children at the birthday party on Sunday….

ENGAGE

INTERACT

and……

have no

FEAR

Hide your fear and start interacting and engaging with your audience. This will help you not only be more involved with your connections more but also with other people who comment on your articles or ones you commented – these could become future connections, prospects and clients….

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Who or what are Fund Managers, Traders and Investment Managers?

Self serving or Greedy?

#IanCalvert #IanMCalvert #Greed #Bankers #Banks #Investors

Is the technology industry really being held back the greed of Venture Capitalists, Investment Bankers and Speculators?

Recently there has been an abundance of “Money” people appearing in the news, on the radio and on television over the last weeks talking about Apple, Blackberry, Facebook, Google, Lenovo, Microsoft, Motorola and Yahoo amongst many technology and Social Media companies, saying that this needs to be done, this needs to be sold, break this company up, is this the right person etc, etc…..

Hello – why?

Oh, the reason is simple! You are greedy and just want to make money for yourselves in double time! Make money for your clients to get your bonuses plus get rewarded by expanding your client base and all your media appearances and impressions more like!!

As many people  – including myself – have written about this on numerous occasions! Just let’s look at a recent examples…..

  • investors criticising Marissa Mayer for under-performing with generating sales at Yahoo and that was this a signal that Yahoo was going in the wrong direction and maybe she wasn’t doing well! What? This is the person that in the 18 months or so that she has been in charge at Yahoo, she has increased the share price by around 141% – is this not a success? Now who is smart? Marissa Mayer and Yahoo of course….
  • Google moves in the limelight by buying Motorola for $12.5 Billion and everyone thought wow they are moving into mobile phones and then they go and sell Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for $2.9 Billion along with 2000 patents! Analysts jumping all over the place saying what a mistake Google have made and losing nearly $10 Billion – how wrong were they! Firstly analysts then remembered that Google had already made a deal selling the Motorola set-top box division that when added to the Lenovo deal produces nearly $6 Billion – short memories as they raved about what a good move it was selling the set-top division!  Then later that day, analysts, bankers, investors, etc,etc start releasing details that had been in the public domain starts to finally came out, Google was left with over 15,000 patents! Best not explain what patents are as you will think of money and completely miss the point! Oh and plus during all this deal, they got a sharing deal with Samsung which produced a deal where neither party would sue each other over Patent’s! Now who is smart? Google of course….
  • Then of course there is Lenovo, and such confusion with them here too! Excellent news of Lenovo buying IBM‘s computer division a few years back and disappointment when the IBM‘s small server division sale to Lenovo fell through. Yet joy when that sale reappeared and completed last month together with the above purchase from Google too. Yet now, with rumours circulating that Lenovo will possibly make some more purchases including today’s rumour mill (2012/02/05) that they are likely to announce purchasing the VAIO Computing Business from Sony – what is happening? These same people are now saying too much debt, more borrowing, share dilution, etc, etc… Hang on a minute…. Lenovo has a history of buying divisions or companies which couldn’t make money or are starting to lose money and turning them into profitable operating divisions with Lenovo

There is a bigger picture forming around the Technology and Social Media and this is not money – or is it? Let’s see, companies need to grow, they need to invest and develop new products that are open to two markets. Yes “Money Makers” there is two markets – business and consumers – which need to be both keep separate and in some cases together. So why do you interfere where you don’t understand how business works….

You are slamming mismanagement as to how things have happened at Blackberry yet you are the ones that compared it to Apple and killed the business but blamed management!

Blackberry has always been a business tool over a consumer tool and the majority of all its income came from large Corporate and Government contracts – yet hey….Apple comes along and then you compare it and kill it!

Let me give you a quick lesson………..

  • Blackberry was a telephone with web access and the ability to work with Microsoft on a variety of levels via two platforms in which was the secure network and hence it was used by Governments and Financial sensitivity businesses
  • Apple, was a computer which ran a different computer system to Microsoft and they tried to compete but lost by having to finally allow software that would make Microsoft Office products workable on Apple computers. Then they launched a portable music device – iPod – which then was aimed at the consumer market. Yes the CONSUMER market! With the growth of this, they then looked at adding camera and telephone technology to it and hence the iPhone was born! The Consumer was happy as they could do so much on the move and if you actually look at the iPhone today, you will see that the majority of iPhone‘s usage is actually leisure usage. (A quick lesson for you, leisure time is something we try to find when we aren’t working which I know may be a foreign concept to you!)

So, by you saying that Blackberry is not doing well when comparing the numbers of their handsets against the iPhone, you were comparing figures from High Street telephone retailers – not like for like! As stated above previously, Blackberry‘s are mostly sold by Business (b2b) telephone companies, who do not sell to consumers. With you slating Blackberry and their products (look again at what you did by comparing the Playbook to the iPad) – you destroyed the brand and blamed the management!

Over the last fifteen plus years, you have killed and potentially ruined so many companies by falsely comparing them to the consumer market, commenting on products and services that you don’t understand and trying to make a quick buck by forcing companies to sell divisions which they have then had to buy back later which has cost them more money then they made! Oh, wait you guys made money, so I guess that is OK then…..

In summary, stop being greedy and self-serving Banks, Bankers, Investment Bankers, Investors and Venture Capitalists – leave Social Media and Technology alone….

Social Media and Technology will only grow through development and innovation via the people within these companies and technology experts and users.

Thus, if you want to understand the industry, talk to myself or any of the other experts here that are around with knowledge within Social Media and Technology and we will, by all means, happy to educate you – as you clearly need educating……

This article is further expansion of articles previously written on this topic by Ian Calvert at The Social Piggy and financial topics at Service Address – to discuss this more, please feel to either pick up the telephone and call, email or complete the form below:-