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Internet Pioneer Vint Cerf featured in HotLINX24 magazine

Posted by jorbell on January 11, 2011

HotLINX24 magazine

HotLINX24 magazine

The latest edition of London Internet Exchange’s magazine – HotLINX24 – is now available to download from the LINX website: https://www.linx.net/files/hotlinx/hotlinx-24.pdf

The cover story this time is on Internet pioneer Vint Cerf and his keynote address at the 6UK launch event back in November. IPv6 is understandably a big talking point in the industry right now with IPv4 exhaustion just around the corner.

Other stories featured in this edition include the Google Internet Economy Report, the Cisco Visual Networking Index and data centre news from Greg McCulloch at Interxion. There’s also a bumper member news section with Cablenet, ATMAN, Hurricane Electric and associate LINX member, Netnod.

There also the regular features from the Internet Society (ISOC) and the RIPE NCC plus a round up of recent Public Affairs news stories. Added to this is a review of the recent Internet industry events such as the 5th Polish Network Operators’ Group meeting (PLNOG5) in Krakow.

Readers may be interested to know that there is now a specific HotLINX Facebook page which includes exclusive content such as unpublished event photos and articles.

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Cloud Computing and the African Peering Scene discussed in the latest issue of HotLINX magazine

Posted by jorbell on October 18, 2010

The London Internet Exchange (LINX) has announced the launch of the latest edition of its quarterly magazine, HotLINX, which includes a special three page feature on Cloud Computing as its lead story.

Internet intelligence and cybersecurity experts Renesys, LINX member BSO Network Solutions and network hardware provider Brocade, have all contributed with each approaching the Cloud concept from a different angle. The topic has polarised many in the industry so these articles are sure spark further debate in the LINX community.

LINX is a mutual, not-for-profit organisation whose 370-plus members include the majority of the world’s leading network operators. Membership of LINX provides a cost effective way of improving traffic latency and quality by direct peering with other member networks.

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Bad news for Yellow Pages and printed directories following new research

Posted by jorbell on October 16, 2010

Traditionally, one of the first places new businesses advertise themseleves has been in classified sections in newspapers and in trade directories such as Yellow Pages. It makes sense, right? Truth is commerce is changing, and where once potential customers would look in printed media for service providers, people now generally are looking online for this information first. The company website is the obvious place to start plus social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook where you can often find up to the minute offers.

Yellow Pages have adapted and do have an online presence in yell.com and I’m sure that will continue perform well. However, the days of the printed directory look to be numbered especially after the results of a recent survey from Vistaprint.

Article source: www.smallbusinesssem.com

Small Biz Marketing: More Bad News for Yellow Pages

By Matt McGee

It’s not quite “breaking news” anymore is it? No, but here are more troubling statistics for the yellow pages and, specifically, their status as a marketing venue for small businesses: According to a recent survey of “micro-businesses” conducted by Vistaprint, two-thirds of respondents have “no interest” in marketing via the yellow pages, and only 11% say they plan to use it in the future.

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Yeo Valley advert makes the most of social media

Posted by jorbell on October 9, 2010

The X Factor is the biggest show on British TV right now and anyone advertising their product during the ad breaks are going to have pay a huge premium for the privilege. If you can secure a spot in the first break of the live shows you will have to pay even more.

Yeo Valley Organic have just done that with a full two minute ad promoting their milk with an innovative commercial which sees trendy young farmers rapping. It’s certainly not the traditional way we expect to see the countryside portrayed.

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Design, Copywriting and Marketing services at a fee YOU set!

Posted by jorbell on September 26, 2010

Many companies in these troubled economic times are finding it increasingly difficult to advertise their products and services effectively due to rising operating costs. The temptation is to try and save money by doing it yourself but this can be a false economy as any marketing strategy needs to be carefully considered to ensure it achieves the maximum impact. In an offer designed to give your business the best chance of success I am offering my services in a special ‘try before you buy’ way.

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HotLINX22 cover

HotLINX issue 22 - Download available now

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Q: How can I successfully promote my brand?

Posted by jorbell on September 8, 2010

An often asked question asked by small businesses owners starting out is that of how best to promote their brand. This is very important because you can have the best product or service offering in the World but if no-one knows about it or what it stands for, no-one is going to buy it. Your brand is more than just about what you are selling because it is the personality of the company. Is it exclusive and aspirational or more about simple good value?

Marc Barber, editor of www.SmallBusiness.co.uk, looks at the different brand promotion options below…

Q: How can I successfully promote my brand?

The first thing to do is decide what you want to say about yourself, your product and your business. If you do not know, how can your customers? But knowing the message is not the end of the story. You have to decide who to send it to and how you are going to do it. If your message is not received loud and clear, your customers will not understand why they should buy from you or what it is they are getting. If they do not know the reason for buying, there will be no sales; if they have the wrong reason for buying, there will be dissatisfaction.

If you do not manage to communicate effectively the benefits of your product or service, your business will fail. The message, and getting it across, is crucial. Broadly, marketing is all about getting your message across. But marketing can be an expensive habit if it is undirected, too ethereal and without a clear purpose. Small businesses need to market, but more and more the marketing should be focused on generating direct responses, on building communications with your target group of customers rather than broad-brush image generation.

For more areas to look at when promoting your brand, read the full article.

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Event Traffic – the streaming media summer

Posted by jorbell on July 20, 2010

HotLINX22 cover

HotLINX issue 22 - Download available now

The latest edition of LINX’s member magazine – HotLINX22 – is now available to download from the LINX website: https://www.linx.net/files/hotlinx/hotlinx-22.pdf

The cover story focuses on the impact streaming media has had on networks during the summer months. In the UK in particular, traffic has risen sharply as Internet users kept up to date with what was happening in the General Election, the Budget as well as with sporting events such as the FIFA World Cup and Wimbledon.

Below is an extract from the article as featured in HotLINX22.

Changing habits in TV and Internet usageThere appears to be a change in the way that people are using the Internet and television. Where once it was a ‘one or the other’ activity, users often now have the TV on in the background while browsing on their laptops or mobile devices. Different large scale events such as the Grand Slam tennis and the football in Africa can now be followed simultaneously. With more and more content available online this pattern of behaviour can only increase.

Sport and Politics mix in Summer Internet Traffic Surge

There is an old phrase that says that sport and politics don’t mix but they certainly did between the 22 and 24 June and in quite a remarkable way.

As George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, to the House of Commons began his Budget speech on the afternoon 22 June, two tennis players, American John Isner and French qualifier Nicolas Mahut, were preparing for a first round match at Wimbledon in what was to become the longest match in tennis history. The match began at 6:13pm on Tuesday evening and wasn’t completed until 4:48pm two days later after a total playing time of 11 hours and 5 minutes.

While the match wasn’t of any great significance to viewers in terms of who was playing,the sheer fact that the final set finished with an incredible score of 70 games to 68 in Isner’s favour kept the public hooked until the end. What was also grabbing people’s attention at this time was the finer detail of the first post-election Budget and the must-win England match against Slovenia in South Africa which took place on Wednesday afternoon.

All three events were largely intertwined in that there were key periods in coverage that overlapped and that the majority of it occurred during office hours.

Online links to earlier issues of HotLINX can found here: https://www.linx.net/publicity/hotlinx.html

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Using offline media to drive online sales

Posted by jorbell on June 28, 2010

Online marketing is on the increase and it is a trend that can only continue. What does this mean for more traditional forms marketing such as direct mail for instance? Well, according to Janet Holian, chief marketing officer of VistaPrint, it still has its place and it’s hard to disagree. Janet has identified seven key reasons why offline media should still play an important part of any marketer’s armoury.

This  article appears in full on Bytestart, the Small Business Portal website.

Using offline media to drive online sales

With the increase of email saturation, offline media used alongside email marketing can be a valuable tool to help drive a high-ROI on online sales.

Whether you’re trying to acquire new customers or retain existing ones, there are several critical components to a direct marketing campaign that must be considered to ensure its success as an online traffic driver.

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5 Ways to Outshine the Competition

Posted by jorbell on June 22, 2010

It is tempting for companies to copy other successful businesses’ marketing strategies in order replicate that success. While this makes good sense on one level it is important that to stand out in a busy market place, you have to do things differently too.

This does not necessarily mean you have to be radical or whacky but to simply get the basics right because so many others don’t. Kim T. Gordon on www.entrepreneur.com has compiled a list of five ways businesses can outshine their competitors and the list is glaringly simple. By meeting the needs of your customers and following these simple rules, your business will be well on the way to success.

5 Ways to Outshine the Competition

Meet customers’ needs in these critical areas to stand out from the crowd

Everywhere you turn, there’s more competition. No matter what type of store or business you operate, there are bound to be others clamoring for your customers and your piece of the market. Plus, with consumers counting every penny and business purchasers scrutinizing expenditures like never before, winning over new customers and upselling old ones has become more challenging.

What will cause customers to buy from you rather than your competitors? The answer is to meet their needs in these five critical areas:

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