The Top 20 Biggest Web Sites 2012

Business Insiders have analysed the data from Comscore and listed the top 20 websites globally here

Top 20 Websites ImageGoogle has been pipped to Number 1 position by Facebook, even with their problems this year. Facebook had over 836 million uinique users. Google only had 782 million.

Youtube had 721 million users (so Google as a company is bigger as it bought youtube in 2006) and is in third position.

Yahoo is in 4th position with 470 million, though it is relatively a lot weeker in the UK.

Fifth is Wikipedia with 0.3 million less than Yahoo, so a lot of essays are well catered for.

Live.com is sixth with 390 million, previously hotmail is Microsofts email service.

QQ.com is 7th – So  Happy New Year to the top Chinese Search Engine with 284 million.

Microsoft.com in its own right has 272 million and eigth spot.

Baidu.com the second Chinese Search Engine  in 9th with 269 million.

MSN.com the third microsoft entry in 10th with 254 million for its collection of internet services.

 

So a surprise to many is that Twitter is not there? So where is it?

Blogger.com is in 11th position with 230 million who use this great free blogging platform.

12 th Ask.com 218 million (branded and powered version of Google)

13th Taobao.com 207 million in Chinas marketplace

14th Twitter.com 190 million, may be in the top 10 next year.

15th Bing.com 184 million another one from Microsoft, but still struggling versus Google, so pays many companies to link and use Bing!

16th Sohu.com Another Chinese Search Engine with 176 million!

17th Apple.com with 171 million. So Apple store and all Apple devices have safari browser that is installed have this set up as homepage.

18th WordPress.com 171 million for the free blog hosting platform and wordpress software home.

19th Sina.com 169 million for the Chinese mobile platform.

20th Amazon.com with 163 million users – the online superstore.

So the figures continue to show the growth of the Chinese websites, 5 out of the top 20.

Behind the website positions there is the dominance of Google with 2nd and 3rd spots. Also Miscosoft with Live, Microsoft and MSN .

As always who will be the new powerhouses next year?

www.facebook.com

www.google.com

www.youtube.com

www.yahoo.com

www.wikipedia.org

www.live.com

ww.qq.com

www.microsoft.com

www.baidu.com

www.msn.com

www.blogger.com

www.ask.com

www.taobao.com

www.twitter.com

www.bing.com

www.sohu.com

www.apple.com

www.wordpress.com

www.sina.com

www.amazon.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Secret To Growing Your Business – Online

The Secret To Growing Your Business – Online

Whilst there is no magic secret here are some pointers that will grow any business. The advantage of this is that it can be quite rapid.
There must be some reason why some small businesses outperform others. Let’s pretend for just a minute that you own a small café in a part of town that is just about two blocks off the beaten path. Lunchtime crowds could be a lot bigger! You’ve noticed that your competition, who has higher prices and worse white bean chicken chili than you, and who is a up a quiet street off the beaten path of the lunch time warriors and has a steady stream of customers. Why? Stop wringing your hands. You’re about to find out.
Social Media Marketing: What It Can Do For You
Social media marketing translates to success. A successful social media marketing campaign can take your little bistro from barely making payroll to a booming success. It can move you from the back lot to the spotlight.
“But” you might say, “I’m a bistro. How can social media marketing do all that for me? You people are crazy! I have soup to make. See ya later!”
As astonishing as this might seem, and as offbeat as some of the most successful social media marketing campaigns are, they work. Stick with me, soupy sales, here’s why!
Social media marketing gives you the power to reach out to your customers any time of night or day.
Let’s say it’s 10 a.m. Bored office workers everywhere are looking forward to lunch. In fact, they’re asking each other: “What do you think, where should we go for lunch?” They check their twitter and facebook feeds to see what their friends are up to, and then, magic happens. They spot your tweet or your facebook status.
Their eyes light up, and they start to salivate. “Dude, let’s go to Soupy Sales! He’s got that awesome white bean chicken chili for lunch. Perfect weather for it. Man, he’s on Facebook…we better get there before it’s gone!”
At 11:30, you start getting busy. At 1 pm, you’re completely out of soup, salad, bread, soda, and those cookies you thought might sell well. And, best of all, you’ve convinced your customers that they should not pass up the opportunity to have lunch with you, because you’re just so popular.
While this is an admittedly simplified explanation of what social media marketing can do for you, it’s definitely food for thought. Whether you sell soup or landscaping services, you need to get in the game and stay in the game with social media marketing. So, find an expert, why not try us and start a campaign, and watch your business grow faster than you ever thought possible.
If of interest why not give us a call 020 71 93 95 71.

Five Website Design Mistakes I Have Seen Over The Last Week

Five Website Design Mistakes I Have Seen Over The Last Week 

Whilst reviewing various websites in the area I am living in I saw a lot of poor website design, as well as some good ones! This is not special to the area, we see it in every niche and area we look at. So one piece of advice to everyone is to load up your website as a visitor – NOT as an owner and think what could be improved.

A good alternative is to ask your better half or someone else to look at the website and feedback their comments. If you have some social media clients, ask them for feedback with perhaps a prize draw or voucher. This is good on two levels, you are interacting with your clients and secondly getting some good feedback.

This will provide good feedback from your existing clients, but it is the potential client thinking that is important. That is where a  good website designer can help.

So read and think – and as always ACT!

If you prefer – view / listen to this video

Five Website Design Mistakes Not To Make

 Website design software is everywhere, and so are website design companies.  You can even design your own website for free, if you so desire, on many different site builders.  Considering the many options that exist, it’s completely understandable that small business owners often feel a sense of confusion when it comes to building a website.  While there are many extremely desirable elements to website design, there are also some things you should avoid.  Here are five website design mistakes you should be careful never to make.

 

Mistake #5:  Using PDF Files Instead of Pages

 It might be tempting to scan existing documents into pdf format and upload them onto your website.  Give visitors a link to click, and up comes your pdf. Easy, right?  Wrong!  People hate finding pdf’s on websites.  They take a long time to load, and they can be hard to read.  Take the time to create a new page that contains the pertinent information.  You can build links and backlinks, add great photos, and make your page a pleasure to visit instead of an irritation.  Annoyed visitors leave a site and look for a better one – so skip the pdf’s.

 

Mistake #4:  Using Bookish Text

 People want information fast.  They want to scan your site and see whether you have what they are looking for.  So:

 

  • Do not  make your site look like the page of a book.  Keep it interesting.
  • Use photos and vary the text size to highlight different areas of your page.
  • Use bulleted lists and quick paragraphs with headers that tell the visitor  what they’re going to find under that heading.
  • Make your  site interactive.  The more fun people have when they visit your site, the more successful it will be.

 

Mistake #3:  Building A Flashy Site That Is Too Complicated For Users To Navigate

 You can have the most beautiful looking website in the world, but without elements that are properly built using proven website design techniques, your site will be just more pretty pictures – and the internet is full of those!  People want to go to a site, find what they are looking for, and leave.  The better and faster the internet gets, the faster people expect sites to work.

 

Mistake #2:  Preventing Smartphone Users From Accessing Your Site

 This is a relatively new mistake in website design, and if you’ve got a website now, it’s worth looking into.  Can people who surf the web on their iPhone, Droid, Blackberry or other smartphone get into your site?  Can they find what they’re looking for, and navigate well?  If not, your site needs first aid.  Fast.

Mobile website are particularly important in certain areas like Indian Restaurants or Locksmiths where 40% of searches are on mobile devices.

Mistake #1:  Not Hiring A Professional To Handle Website Design

 You might want to help your buddy who is learning about website design build his portfolio by building you a website, and while that might be OK if he has some experienced guidance, it also might ruin your chances of ending up with a great site that is both user friendly and high ranking.  These days, website design is about a lot more than looking good.  Hire a professional, and your site will do exactly what you need it to – gain you business, and increase your bottom line.

 

We would obviously put the Mistake 1 in, but certainly consider the other 4. Why not contact us for what the options are for your website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Social Video Marketing to Grow Your Business


Social Video Marketing to Grow Your Business 

Many clients and potential clients are very keen on knowing how they could use video marketing. The statistics of Youtube users is enormous, whilst those watching video on other platforms is increasing even faster.

Social video marketing is a specific style, so what is it?

 

An Introduction To Social Video Marketing

 What is social video marketing?  On the surface, it’s a way to get existing and potential customers to interact with your website.  It’s an entertaining way for you to get your message across.  At  worst, it’s a great way to improve your overall SEO picture, but done well it can really grow your business through engagement and sharing on the major social media and specialist media networks.  Social video marketing is nothing like those old TV commercials – instead, it combines gripping images and motivational text or music to make your customers feel they need to do two things:  heed your call to action, and share your message with people they feel would appreciate what you have to offer.

 

What Social Video Marketing Is Not

 Social video marketing is not a standard commercial.  A film crew does not come to your place of business and build a highly choreographed visual press release.  In fact, most social video marketing for small businesses takes place with the help of a good internet marketing specialist, and a few people who have the talent to put a quick, entertaining video together.  Quick cameras like the Flip and others like it make the process of producing and editing short films a snap!

Many people like me are shooting using our iphones, with or without various attachments and accessories.

Social video marketing is not spam.  Some businesses make the mistake of being overly forceful, which is something you definitely don’t want to do – the most effective social video marketing campaigns are those that people actually WANT to watch.

We are great advocates of using it for education and the soft sell. Educating your clients is exceptionally beneficial if you have products that would benefit from it.

 

What Social Video Marketing Is

 Putting out a black and white definition of social video marketing is nigh impossible.  It’s different things to different people.  The best social video marketing doesn’t really even look like marketing to most consumers, which is precisely why it is so effective.  Here are just a few things that define social video marketing:

 

  • Social video marketing triggers a psychological response.  It creates a need, and a drive to interact.  You want your customers to see your videos and think, “Wow! I need to share this!”
  • Social video marketing uses platforms that are already in place.  YouTube and Facebook are two examples of places where effective video campaigns enjoy red hot success.  People are always watching, sharing with friends, and taking action.
  • Social video marketing is all about you and your business.  It is original, fresh, and often funny  or gripping in some other way.

 

We are interested in any good examples of social video marketing that you think would be useful to share.

We’ve just barely covered the tip of the iceberg in this introduction – find out more by talking with us.  We can give you even more specific insight about how to use this incredible tool to make Your Business more successful than you ever imagined it could be.