A little cross posting from the Studio 9 Blog. Here I cover how to use the Google Keyword Planner to better title your blog posts and drive more traffic to your blog. Have a look!
Earlier this year I decided to make a switch to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 from an iPhone 5. I wrote an initial piece about this switch, and my reasons for it, mainly as I wanted a larger screen for my phone, and I had grown increasingly frustrated with Apple’s lack of keeping up with the competition. It is now roughly 4 months later and I’ve had plenty of time with this new device, and I can say with the utmost confidence…I’m going back.
Now before any backlash from Android enthusiasts or how I should try Windows Mobile (not going to happen), here’s the deal…I don’t fall into this strange world of fanboyism for electronics. There are people that will yell and scream about how amazing Apple or Android or whatever is and how everybody else sucks. To each there own I say. I think most platforms do a variety of things very well, and some things not so much. No one is perfect. But for my world, I’ve learned that the iPhone is where I need to be. Here’s why:
- I’m ingrained in the Apple ecosystem. I use a Macbook Pro every day and I miss the consistency and marriage of my phone matching with my computer and software. Using an Android device and a Mac just don’t work nearly as well.
- You can say what you want when you compare mobile operating systems, but in my opinion, no system is more polished, clean, and overall a pleasant user experience then iOS. I’ve used the Android OS and it’s just too fragmented, messy and quite honestly, I always found myself trying to get it to look and work like iOS anyway. Most notably I found the text messaging UI and camera UI on the Note frustratingly bad as compared to the iPhone.
- The build quality of iPhones is unmatched. Although I really like having the bigger screen with the Note, the build quality always felt cheap and more susceptible to damage.
- I never realized how many people I knew that used iPhones until I switched to Android. I miss the iMessage compatibility, and even more importantly, being able to iMessage with my kids on their iPods.
I really wanted to hold for the iPhone 6 which if I had to guess, will finally succomb to a larger screen size, but I don’t think I can wait that long so may pony up for the 5s. That was my experience, and interested to hear from others that have similar stories whether they ended up with the same or different results.
It’s just like anything else in life really. Anything can just about be bought for the right price. And buying Facebook Likes is no different. Chances are you’ve visited plenty of Facebook pages of companies or organizations that have done so. This post isn’t meant to judge anyone for doing so. It’s meant to shed some light on the practice and why anyone would do it.
The real currency online is trust and credibility, both of which are earned…no shortcuts. But when a company/organization launches a new website, Facebook page, etc., it’s usually a ghost town out of the gate. Imagine launching your new products, taking the covers off your fresh newly designed Facebook page and no one is there. What happens when the first few folks come to your page and see that no one likes the page? That exact scenario is what has some buying Facebook Likes. The idea of instant credibility by giving off the perception of a page that is liked by others instantly. It’s a tempting practice. Especially when you consider the cost.
Yep, $5 is all it costs to boost your Facebook page instantly by hundreds, sometimes thousands of Facebook Likes within a day or two. Sometimes within a few hours. If you check the marketing section over at Fiverr.com you’ll find hundreds of offers to buy Facebook Likes, Twitter Followers, YouTube Views, etc. In addition there are plenty of offers across the web that will do the same. It’s quick, painless, and incredibly easy and affordable. And completely ineffective.
I’ve actually had a couple clients who have come to me having done this, and every single one of them gained nothing from it. In fact, some over shot too much and got hurt from it as even to a novice user, seeing 10,000+ fans of a page, and no engagement whatsoever, is an immediate red flag. If anything you’ve hurt yourself more by losing trust with folks right out of the gate.
Resist the urge. Throw a couple hundred dollars at a Facebook ad campaign instead. It will cost more, but you’ll get real people that might actually care about what you have to say.
It’s inevitable that over time, how we define certain things evolve. With so many people in this world, different viewpoints, and a growing number of channels with which to share them, it’s expected. But dammit…when did becoming a hero become so easy?
I got pulled into the recent TNT show hosted by The Rock of course called The Hero. It was your standard reality show fare, less “reality” and more artificially created drama. But still somewhat entertaining for what it was. But I couldn’t help but cringe every time The Rock would cue up the dramatic slow music and talk about what makes a hero. Don’t get me wrong, I love The Rock. He’s a fantastic action star that I love to watch, but even he had to be drinking the Kool Aid a bit to get through this show. Watching the contestants babble on about how heroic they were taking on all these physical challenges, and turning down money. Ugh. I think some of them actually believed it.
Then we have the growingly popular Go Pro wearable cameras. You know the ones that you can attach to parts of your body while you take on the world so you can film it for everyone else to see. It’s cool tech, no doubt. However their tagline? “Be a HERO.”
These people that are jumping off of buildings, mountains, taking on extreme challenges? I’m sorry, that’s not heroic. It’s brave, courageous, gutsy…but it doesn’t make you a hero. Of course I know there are always exceptions to the rule. If you jump off a cliff and take on your fear of heights and inspire others to do the same, okay, you can make an argument in that case. I’m speaking generally here. I’m talking about how the media and society so easily label people as heroes that don’t warrant it.
Firefighters are heroes. Police Officers are heroes. Great teachers who make a positive influence in kids’ lives are heroes. People are heroic in how they positively impact, influence and make the world a better place for others.
So apologies to The Rock and GoPro. Jumping off shit doesn’t automatically make you a hero.
After a month or so of research, testing and gathering opinions, I finally made the switch from iPhone to Android. I ultimately landed on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 even though my search initially had me thinking either the HTC One or the Samsung Galaxy S4. When I actually moved my search to in person, while I was impressed with these devices, I was intrigued by the additional screen real estate of the the Note 2. After a few weeks of pondering and testing, I decided that having one device that could replace my iPhone and iPad Mini was the way to go.
Here are my thoughts and observations thus far after having the device now for a week…