Today, September 27, 2019, everyone’s favorite search engine turned 21 years old. What began as a merely an idea, a paper published by Stanford PhD students Sergey Brin and Larry Page called “The Anatomy of a Large-Scale Hypertextual Web Search Engine”, has become a multibillion-dollar company and the most popular search engine by a wide margin. Not only is it a search engine, but Google has its own browser with its very own suite of services like Gmail, Google Docs, Sheets and cloud storage with Google Drive. In a matter of merely 21 years, Google has become the primary way that people search the internet. How did this happen? Now that Google is of legal drinking age in the US, let’s take a look at how they got where they are today.
“What can we learn from this?” you ask, “How does this have any relevance to my business?” let me elaborate.
Information on visitor behavior is vital to the success of any website. I know we all use Google Analytics everyday. If your day is like mine you have coffee, go through emails, then check Analytics. You understand the program, you understand what you are looking at. Why are you not certified? Lazy? Think it doesn’t matter? The following are 4 major reasons to just take the time and get your certification.
The lines blurred sometime in the last 10 years, but I don't know exactly when it happened.
Having started my first business at 25 years of age, specializing in technology marketing, I thought I had it all. A marketer who understood technology marketing and who could talk the talk which at that time seemed to be, the height of the dot com boom, the most lucrative marketing position one could hold.
Then of course, someone came along and started talking about company culture, and marketers took a turn to start embellishing the on-boarding process of new recruits, with a mixture of "people marketing" with "technology marketing" - and for a time, that was all the rage. It seemed to be the only thing people were talking about and marketers starting play a role in human resources, giving recruiters and in-house HR managers the tools to "sell their brands" like they were a front line sales executive needing to close the deal in order to reach their quotas.
I have a couple; personal and professional.
Thursday... not feeling well.
Now, why is this good for small business? On Thursday, it wasn't. On Friday, it wasn't, well, not until it was well and truly into the evening. Saturday and Sunday, it was.
When you are forced to STOP, it's impossible not to clear everything from your mind and get on with the job at hand, and that is getting well.
Meetings are missed, proposals are not sent, work is not completed. It really is a royal pain in the a***. BUT, this down time can be good for your small business. As a small business marketer, I try to absorb every possible item of advertising, marketing and public relations activity that crosses my path. There are millions of pieces day-in, day-out that I am confronted with. Of course, I don't take in everything, but I do try and absorb as much as possible and relate it back to the Marketing Eye client base.
The storyline needs alot to be desired as the movie was nothing short of boring. I spent over 2 hours in the movie theatre watching a movie that I was absolutely dying to see, to be left bitterly disappointed.