I am very excited right now, as I have taken on a franchise. It is called thebestofely, hence the title of this post. It is all about promoting the best business in and around Ely in Cambridgeshire.  I have been off and met people who run the business in other towns and there is some huge opportunities to help local businesses. The website is awesome, but that is just one small part of what we do. Using all sorts of types of marketing we really help businesses connect with local people, and help local people escape mediocre businesses and only use the best.

So visit We are running the 14 days of love campaign, so show some love for the businesses in Ely that you love…


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Where are small businesses going wrong with Linkedin

Why Most Small Business Owners are Failing To Attract Clients Using LinkedIn

With over 80 million influential professional people from over 200 countries, Linkedin could become one of your biggest sources of business. Linkedin has just been valued at over 8 billion dollars. You will find every single FTSE 100 company has execs on there. Better still is the huge percentage on SME’s that have a presence on Linkedin.

So, why aren’t you able to attract more clients? Why is no one connecting with you?

Out of the 80 million professionals, there are only a few internet marketers and companies that are successfully getting more clients each and every single day from LinkedIn. Below, you will find out their secrets to attracting clients that are ready, willing and able to invest in their products or services.

3 Reasons Why You Are Not Attracting More Clients and Making More Money with LinkedIn
Reason #1 – You are waiting for prospects to come to you
Clients who are willing to pay for your products and services will not just fall into your lap. As an entrepreneur you have to make it part of your job to go out and find them.
Think of it this way, who is the interested party in this situation:
You or the person who doesn’t even know they know they need your services or products.
You have to be the one the take charge and find your prospects. Here are a few ways to easily engage with others on LinkedIn…
* Update your status message daily, but don’t overdo it and be a nuisance.
* Start a vigorous discussion in various groups that you belong to. This will enable you to prove your expertise in your given area.
* Answer questions on the Q & A Boards. This will show your experience and help you become a thought leader
Reason #2 -You fail to take advantage of LinkedIn groups
LinkedIn allows you to join up to 50 groups – where you can network, join conversations and show prospects that you have the answers to their problems. Yet, most small business owners and internet marketers do not actively seek groups that they should belong to.
If they do join groups they make these two mistakes:
1. They become a member of a group – but they sit there like a lump on the log. How can you expect prospects to come to you if you do not take the time to make yourself heard?
2. They join groups where there are like members. Let me put it to you this way, do you want to be a member of a group that is full of your competition or do you want to belong to a group that is full of people who could turn out to be your prospects. It sounds pretty obvious to me that you would want to be where your prospects are. But many entrepreneurs fail to think outside the box and strictly join groups based on their field of expertise.
Another way, to take advantage of LinkedIn groups is to create your own group. This is the absolute best way to create your own community of followers. You are the one who is in charge of the type of content that is posted. You can make sure what you have to say is heard and you have the power to control your own group. From my experience, many group members religiously check out what is being discussed in the groups they find the most useful. Why can’t your group be one of them?
Reason #3 – Failure to Create Content and Distribute it to the Different Groups
If you belong to 50 different groups, and each of those groups has at least 1,000 members, then each time you submit content, you are getting your content in front of 50,000 potential clients – just with a couple clicks of the mouse.
So, you need to create content that…
* Proves your expertise
* Sparks controversy and debate
* Gets people talking
* Entices prospects to visit your blog and website
* Motivates prospects to take action (using your products or services of course)
Just by avoiding these common LinkedIn mistakes, you will begin to build your list of connections and prospects. Continue the conversation – and you will turn these prospects into paying customers and clients.

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God’s Own Official Guide to Locating Everything (GOOGLE)

A very good friend sent me this story. It made me smile, so I thought it was worth sharing (thanks Mike):

A revelation with an Incredibly Big Message (IBM):


Well, you might have thought that you knew how the Internet started, but here’s the TRUE story ….
In ancient Israel , it came to pass that a trader by the name of Abraham Com did take unto himself a young wife by the name of Dot.
And Dot Com was a comely woman, broad of shoulder and long of leg. Indeed, she was often called Amazon Dot Com.
And she said unto Abraham, her husband: “Why dost thou travel so far from town to town with thy goods when thou canst trade without ever leaving thy tent?”
And Abraham did look at her – as though she were several saddle bags short of a camel load, but simply said: “How, dear?”
And Dot replied: “I will place drums in all the towns and drums in between to send messages saying what you have for sale, and they will reply telling you who hath the best price.
And the sale can be made on the drums and delivery made by Uriah’s Pony Stable (UPS).”
Abraham thought long and decided he would let Dot have her way with the drums. And the drums rang out and were an immediate success. Abraham sold all the goods he had at the top price, without ever having to move from his tent.
To prevent neighbouring countries from overhearing what the drums were saying, Dot devised a system that only she and the drummers knew. It was called Must Send Drum Over Sound (MSDOS), and she also developed a language to transmit ideas and pictures – Hebrew To The People (HTTP)
But this success did arouse envy. A man named Maccabia did secrete himself inside Abraham’s drum and began to siphon off some of Abraham’s business. But he was soon discovered, arrested and prosecuted – for insider trading.
And the young men did take to Dot Com’s trading as doth the greedy horsefly take to camel dung.
They were called Nomadic Ecclesiastical Rich Dominican Sybarites, or NERDS.
And lo, the land was so feverish with joy at the new riches and the deafening sound of drums that no one noticed that the real riches were going to that enterprising drum dealer, Brother William of Gates, who bought off every drum maker in the land.
And indeed did insist on drums to be made that would work only with Brother Gates’ drumheads and drumsticks.
And Dot did say: “Oh, Abraham, what we have started is being taken over by others.”
And Abraham looked out over the Bay of Ezekiel , or eBay as it came to be known. He said: “We need a name that reflects what we are.”
And Dot replied: “Young Ambitious Hebrew Owner Operators.” “YAHOO,” said Abraham. And because it was Dot’s idea, they named it YAHOO Dot Com.
Abraham’s cousin, Joshua, being the young Gregarious Energetic Educated Kid (GEEK) that he was, soon started using Dot’s drums to locate things around the countryside. It soon became known as God’s Own Official Guide to Locating Everything (GOOGLE)


Apparently that’s a true story…

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Seesmic Improvement on Iphone vs Tweetcaster

According to the Seesmic blog they have made a few improvement to their Iphone App. Not being an Iphone user I suppose I am not that qualified to comment too much. However I do have an android phone and there is a Seesmic Android App. I used this for a short period of time but found it really frustrating, and memory hungry, to say the least. I decided I need a change.

On my android phone I use Tweetcaster

This program is absolutely brilliant. It has widgets on the home screen, so I can keep an eye on all of my twitter accounts, and I can update facebook and facebook pages on the go.

When I bought my Android – Desire – I was really finding the choice difficult between the iphone and the desire. I spent ages debating with myself, and eventually went with the Desire. At first I was regretting my decision as the battery life was dreadful, but this improved the more I used it. With apps like Tweetcaster I am also glad I did…

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HOW TO: Use Social Media to Create Better Customer Experiences

As Social Media continues to explode companies are going to have to jump on board. I have had several experiences of late with companies that are not using Social Media. Not only is this frustrating but when you email their customer services team no response is forthcoming. I read a great article about using Social Media to ensure customers get a better experience.

It is very clear that huge amounts of companies customers are using Social Media, and if they don’t start engaging and taking care of their online presence, they are going to suffer. I appreciate fully that this is a big job, and requires someone ensuring things are done on a regular basis and followed up, but the investment (which may not be as much as you think) will be well worth it in the end.



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A funny for Monday morning…

I was sent this funny, which made me laugh out loud:

Leo Rosten, the great Jewish writer and authority on Jewish humor, listed as one of the characteristics of Jewish humor revenge over the oppressor by the use of guile or circumstance. This is such a story:


Moshe was sitting at the bar staring at his drink when a large, trouble-making biker steps up next to him, grabs his drink and gulps it down in one swig and menacingly says,
“Thanks Jew Boy, whatcha going to do about it?”
Moshe burst into tears.
“Come on, man,” the biker says, “I didn’t think you’d CRY. I can’t stand to see a man crying. What’s your problem?”
“This is the worst day of my life,” Moshe says.
“I’m a complete failure. I was late to a meeting and my boss fired me.
When I went to the parking lot, I found my car had been stolen and I don’t have any insurance.
I left my wallet in the cab I took home.
I found my wife in bed with the postman and then my dog bit me.
So I came to this bar to work up the courage to put an end to it all.
I buy a drink; drop a capsule in and sit here watching the poison dissolve; then you show up and drink the whole thing!
“But enough about me, how’s your day going?”



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Friday 29th April it is then. Long weeke

Friday 29th April it is then. Long weekend to celebrate. Westminster Abbey, brilliant, what a show for the rest of the world to see. I hope everyone joins in and celebrates…

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