You'll have heard about the Internet of Things (IoT) as the next big deal, well, it's happening in a frog-boiling way .. it's here, and we haven't noticed. Maybe now's a good time to start thinking about how to gain business advantage from it.
There's the smart home (Amazon Echo). Wearables (Fitbit). Smart cities (Barcelona). The connected car (Audi ad running atm, strapline "it doesn't just drive" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9jQ94ZfcPQ ).
Basically the Internet of Things is a catchall term for the trend for objects to be web connected. We can get started now to dream up the applications our customers might want, and to find ways to save money and increase speed and quality.
To get your juices flowing, check out https://ifttt.com . It's If This Then That, a universal connector for the Internet.
As a non-logged in user, about half of the recommendations I'm seeing today are IoT applications: open the garage door when I get close, remind me if I've not hit my FitBit goals, turn on my lights when I get close to home.
Go ahead and create an account, start to create a new Applet, click the THIS, and check out the extensive list that you can connect to.
Are you in a business where you could be one of the providers TO IFTTT, and get a "works with IFTTT" sticker?
Even if not, take a step into this world. Back to the cake shop idea: what about opening a snapchat account to let fans know when your bakewells are done?
I've got one IFTTT running for me personally. I want to know more about George Lakoff (he's a linguist I'm interested in with regard to persuasion), and he's a useless marketer (academics, eh? Tut!) He writes a blog, so I've set up an IFTTT that says If George Lakoff writes a blog, save it to my Pocket account so I can read it later.
Instead of sitting on Facebook all evening, spend some time on IFTTT discovering what it's capable of. >
Setting a 7 year goal lets you look, strategically, at what you are doing. It's far enough away that you can construct a bold and motivating goal, yet it's not so far away that you lose your vim.
Some people prefer to set longer term goals, but over 15 years and most people lose sight of what they are trying to achieve. 7 years is good for most people.
Then, of course, you break that down into annual goals, then those into monthly goals, those into weekly goals and finally into daily goals.
Come back another time for the ability to vote and make your own marketing planner.
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Hi, I'm John Allsopp and I founded A Million Tweaks in 2009 to do just what it says, continually improve marketing systems.
Nowadays I'm still just as hungry to learn the latest and most effective marketing techniques in what is an incredibly fast moving world. Basically I buy all the training courses so you don't have to.
Actually that's not an insignificant thing. Back in the day I got a first in my degree (Internet Computing) because I did the work, obviously, but also because I studied well and that means taking information from different sources and mixing things up to find the truth in the middle, and I still do that today. I remember waking up one Sunday, switching on the wooden, push button TV we had next to the bed and Tony Buzan came on with his mind maps .. it's still how I study now.
There used to be a very popular service that read all the business books and summarised them for busy executives. I'm not sure if that's still going, but this service is like a modern equivalent, except we'll actually do the work for you too if you like.
In marketing, however, there is an absolute truth: the result. It's often more effort to talk about marketing improvements than to enact them. Don't talk: test. If it works it works. So A Million Tweaks is about making small, low risk changes every day and iterating our way to your fame and fortune.
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