12 days and all that……

Well as some people have noticed I haven’t been around the writing circuit much lately and this ends today….

The reason I haven’t been around much, is due to writing for some clients exclusively and unfortunately, I am not allowed to share this work, and secondly, I wanted my writing work to be just that, writing work! Why do I say this? Simply put, it would seem that so people obviously decided to start winding down early December for the Festive period, as I saw a huge rise in blogs been written across the platforms I use.

Whilst I think it is great that more people are sharing their thoughts, the question I have is, will they last?

Was Christmas just a “FAD” or “Learning Curve” for them with their writing? Will they continue or was it just to fill time in the run up to Christmas (some of these people haven’t written again since Christmas)?

Then on the other hand, we have had a glut of people writing what seems to be their review of 2014, predictions for 2015 or just sharing gripes and moans – could this be another reason, to fill time before real work started to kick start again?

We had the 12 days in the run up to Christmas and then we had taking the decorations down after 12 nights hence having 12th night, so, I thought I would wait 12 days after New Year’s Day before re-appearing, hopefully into calmer waters….

The reflection for myself over the past six weeks, was where did it go?

For me, I see that we going to have a rapid, fast changing and moving 2015 with the fact if you blink – you will mss it. With the Oil price falling we are going to mass change but will this create more damage than good? Some people are starting to see more money in their pocket which is allowing for spending or investment but in what areas and will they be able to sustain both the continued investment and the desire?

With 2015 being both volatile and changing, the main things you need to look at are 3D Printing, technology consolidation, Contactless Pay, Health and Beacons – all of which is what you will know I have discussing for 18 months.

Look out for what will happen following the launch of Apple Pay (it isn’t available here in the UK yet) and Watch in March 2015. These two occurrences may not seem a great deal, but they are opening the foundations that have been laid over the last 3 years by many companies but never used. Apple have taken these, played with them, refined them and BOOM – Apple launches them for a much bigger picture which you need to be seeing.

So, please sit back and take note of what is happening (or read my previous articles to be bring you up to speed) as you need to make sure that you and your company is really actively involved with what maybe seen as new Technology and Social Business tools/platforms but are ones that you should have been using for the past 6 to 18 months.

Another two areas I would ask you to keep your eye on is how people just are getting and seeing how important #PESCSP is and then make sure are suing the items from #BBSTR….

Have a great 2015…..

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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:-

Using iOS – have you looked lately at Facebook?

Have you checked your Facebook page properly when using iOS on the iPhone and then the iPad?

If you go to your profile, it is offering you to update your profile. The details are similar to how you should have your profile on LinkedIn.

This detailed approach can be seen as one of two ways. Either they are wanting to get you to give a complete and accurate view of your life which I can’t see anything wrong with. Or on the other hand, what a great move by Facebook.

Facebook are allowing you to do what LinkedIn does by creating a complete CV of yourself but with the addition of including your music, film and book interests – what a clever thing they have done……

By getting you to compile all this information they are able help drive the information (which they think you are interested in) to your page whether via sponsored posts or advertising.

So, in summary, make sure you update your page as this is a great thing in my opinion. Yes, you may think it is providing too much information to Facebook or they are being too intrusive but in reality, it is #Engagement!

It is time to engage and share your information. You are being open to show credibility and history so people can see your background and thus make them more willing to engage with you. This engaging and sharing of information gives you the chance work and connect with people who you want to connect with and have similar backgrounds and interest.

It is time to #Engage – are you ready to share and engage…….