In every subject and field of business, there are experts.
There are people who have been doing a job longer and are better at it than the rookies. They have had time to master the art of their craft and they have learned what works and subsequently what doesn’t work. What this means for striving entrepreneurs, is that they have a reference point, a tool they should utilize that will help them not only succeed, but grow as an organization.
Why exactly should you consider hiring a consultant?
1. They save you time. If you are anything like a typical business owner, you have a million different things going on in your brain or in your life at any given moment of the day. Outsourcing some of the tasks like web design or advertising to someone you can trust will save you a lot of time. This allows you the freedom and flexibility to focus on the parts of your business that you truly enjoy.
2. They are innovative. It is their job to be the #1 resource for business to utilize. They are constantly perfecting the services they offer to provide you with all of the tools to success. They have the latest information and technology at their disposal. This also helps keep you at an advantage over your competition.
3. They are experts. They’ve been doing this for a long period of time and they know what works. They know what path to lead you on to ensure that your product/idea is seen by as many people as possible. They want to help you because they know that they can. They should also have a variety of references you can talk to in order to feel reassured that you’ve chosen the right consultant.
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Digital media is everywhere you look, literally. As the years have gone by, modern technology has advanced at such a pace that it’s almost a hardship trying to keep up. In fact it is – every time Iupgrade my cell phone, a few weeks later another one comes out.
Irritating, but progressive, right?
To my mind, digital media – the inroads it’s made, the speed with which it’s seamlessly synchronised itself into almost everything that our eyes rest upon – is nothing short of amazing. Just thinking about how common it is, how much we accept that the way in which we share, store, and file our music, our images, is a little mind blowing.
It’s not that long since that we stored everything in a far more physical sense. Hands up who grew up in a time whereby we printed photographs, and then stored them in photo albums? Or kept our music on tapes, or listened to the latest tunes by way of vinyl records?
These days the way in which we create music, use it, store it away, changes as fast as your typical loan charges … i.e. the flux is ongoing, always abreast of the latest changes in technology, and consumer behaviours that go hand in hand.
The same can be said for images, their creation, how we share them store them, enhance them. Everything seems to radiate out from, or is at least touched by, digital media, and with it the means by which we access this new form of data.
Cell phones, MP3 players, hand held computers, digital cameras, all are forever being tweaked, improved upon, packaged and promoted as the next biggest thing, the next you-can’t-live-without-it gadget.
Where will it all end? Will it all end? Judging on what we have on the street, in comparison to what’s currently being developed, it’s highly doubtful. The only thing that seems guaranteed is the fact that some way in the distant future, we’ll probably be born with a CPU in our brains – one that allows us to instantly access digital material from sun up to sun down.
The film industry knows that the easiest way to produce something new is to take an old concept and give it a new look. CGI, or computer-generated imagery, allows filmmakers to create scenes and characters that are caricatures of the real thing, and its increased use is causing the audience’s imagination to follow suit. The broad appeal that animated films have for both adults and children has motivated Hollywood to continue down that path.
Breaking Physical Barriers
The industry continues to push the envelope, using exaggerated facial expressions and pratfalls that are not humanly possible. When an animated character says or does something gross or offensive, the audience may laugh because it’s not real. Nobody gets hurt and people become desensitized to what’s happening. Once the humor wears thin, creators have to try something more extreme. Actors could not perform these stunts, but behind the guise of an animated human or animal, films can reproduce them any time they choose. Emotions are exaggerated, physical limitations are disregarded, and the audience takes it in because kids like it.
Acting in a Vacuum
Actors generally feed off of each other and work together to bring a scene to life. When they perform scenes in a sound booth, they voice their lines on their own, talking to a microphone instead of a real person. They don’t have the benefit of seeing real emotion from other characters, which creates an entirely different experience. Without that synergy, the industry places less emphasis on dialog and supplants it with action. Young children are amused by the characters in animated films and what happens to them. These characters are unable to convey true human emotions and could be talking gibberish, but children focus on the action, loud noises, and simple sound bites that they can repeat whenever they feel they are in a similar situation.
What’s on the Horizon?
Hollywood generally likes to go with what’s working, so if moviegoers continue to line up for these features, Hollywood will increase its focus on producing them. “Toy Story” was a breakthrough hit in the 90s, helping the industry realize how profitable animated features could be. Movies like “Shrek” proved that these films could push the nature of the content toward adults without leaving out the kids who likely don’t understand all of the references in the dialog. Recent hits like “Avatar” and “Ted” have shown that adults may be willing to leave the kids behind and embrace films that contain main characters that aren’t real. Animated characters may soon be nominated for awards, and that may be the point where moviegoers wake up.
Many of the top-grossing movies all of time are animated, and because they appeal to a broad audience as family films, they will continue to lead the way. Animated characters won’t demand a high salary, end up in celebrity news scandals or complain when asked to perform a difficult stunt, and once Hollywood figures out how to reproduce emotions in a realistic way, actors may have trouble finding work.
If you are over forty, you may remember attending a Weight Watchers meeting at your local church, sitting in a circle to talk about all the problems with trying to lose weight in an image obsessed culture. You were given your “points” book, along with a weekly weigh in. While these programs still exist in this format, the digital media revolution has changed the way people fight obesity.
Popping up all over the Internet are online communities designed to give the same feeling of camaraderie and accountability that support groups previously offered. Forums are especially popular; an online database where users get a username and password and post threads (these are the equivalent to a conversation or discussion starter). These threads are viewable to all members and people can get their personal questions answered and receive support. For example, if someone has found a great product like the Flex belt, people can read this post started by a member and find out more information.
Forums can create such a tight knit community that members arrange “real life” meet ups, exchange social media information to follow each other, and form lifelong friendships. The dieting industry saves enormous money by providing these forums to people at a fraction of the cost of managing support groups in various locations.
Data storage and Smartphones
Point books and food journals are no longer spiral bound notebooks shoved in a drawer. Smartphones have revolutionized the way people keep track of their diet plan. Apps like My Fitness Pal give users free access to the nutritional information of almost any food. Even popular restaurant items are stored in the database, as it relies heavily on users inputting data to build up their inventory of information.
People can track their food, calculate calories instantly, add exercises into the app, and even use the camera function to scan a food’s bar code, automatically adding the nutritional information into the system. It has become easier and easier to track your food intake with the development of smartphone apps. For those who don’t have smartphones, every major diet on the market has a quality online presence. People can sign up for plans, order food, read blogs and forums, and track their food right from their computer.
Finding the right weight loss book has become easier and easier. The e-book market has exploded in the past several years, giving people access to thousands of inexpensive titles available for download. Users can receive the book instantly at a fraction of the cost of going to a bookstore and buying a book. The dieting industry also saves money since these books are so much cheaper to produce.
Digital media has made the prospect of losing weight a little bit easier. Dieting has never been easy, but with the right tools and resources at your fingertips, you have a greater chance of success.
Current online trends are slowly but surely starting to determine the future business paths of many an organization. As digital media goes, the advantages of utilizing online social networks and mobile technology outweigh any arguments against ignoring this new method of communicating a product or service to the masses.
As recently as two years ago, online social networking has experienced new recognition in terms of how important it is to physically engage with your audience, your target market. ‘Online?’ you say? Yes – online. As crazy as it sounds, the likes of websites such as Facebook, Google + and business related networks such as LinkedIn are viewed as being important enough for search engines to take notice of. Added to that is the linking together of social networks and advertising.
Certainly sites such as the ones mentioned provide a physical link between how a website performs and its visitors. What am I talking about? The ‘like’ button. The ‘plus one’ button. Linking, sharing, making use of the social markers that are becoming more and more common on today’s websites. These days, you only have to watch TV to notice how many companies add something like ‘ … and you can also find us on Facebook’, at the end of their advertisements.
Luckily, digital media makes this level of interaction incredibly easy. Most of us now use smart phones, most of us own an iPod or similar. Gadgets such as these are easily hooked up to the internet, wherever you are. Eighteen months ago I installed social plugins into an ecommerce website.
Their traffic stats were grouped together and analyzed each quarter and after just two quarters they saw a remarkable rise in their stats to one of their lower selling products – princess cut engagement rings. The increase was entirely due to a campaign the company ran, one that included making use of social networks in order to promote their engagement rings.
Using a combination of the time of year (the run from Christmas through to Valentines day – a well known time-span that encourages wedding proposals), promotion via a mix of advertising methods (persuasive ads plus promo campaigns on Facebook, Twitter etc) the jewelry company made incredibly good use their consumers use of digital media.
Which takes us back to the start of this article. Digital media is ever present. You’ve probably got access to it in your pocket or purse. It’s because of our growing need to ‘stay in touch’ that we use our media-driven gadgets to check the weather, stock markets, the news, as well as access a whole host of other essential and non-essential online apps.
The trend of our visual, digital society is not reversing itself anytime soon, so why swim against the current? If you have a business that need promotion and visibility, the best way to get it done is through video. If you sell luxury dressing tables online, why not add video content of your product rather than just settling for images only? Moving images of draws opening and closing, close ups of design details on the product and a running commentary of how the item was made, what materials were used, can all help with conversions.
Video gives even the smallest, newest start up business the leverage that it needs to compete with the largest multinational business. Internet surfers are much less concerned with the polish that only the big guys can afford. They are much more concerned with content that hits them in a straightforward way and is relevant to their immediate personal situations. Local businesses without focus groups and the money to invest in online advertising actually have a much better chance of accomplishing this through video.
With video, you can localize your message for your geographic area. You can showcase real, happy customers who patronise your business. You can tie yourself to the community by showcasing local hotspots and celebrities. This is simply not possible with any other kind of media.
Video also has another advantage in search engine optimisation. The major search engines now index videos. However, there is much less competition for your keywords with videos than there are with text websites. You instantly increase your chances at visibility as soon as your video gets indexed by the search engines.
This is why many businesses have caught onto the trend of making vlogs. Every video is another chance to get the site ranked highly on search engines. Once a customer is drawn in by one video that did extremely well in the rankings, it is much more likely that customer will check out the other videos as well. Eventually, a certain percentage of these visitors will convert over time (assuming that your website is somewhat organised and your product is useful to people).
Video is also the easiest way to create brand loyalty. Only through video can you combine the media of sound and sight to connect a spoken message with your visual logo. With a picture and text, your potential customers have to make their own connections, and the first rule of business is to never let your customers make their own connections.
You can also use videos to become known as an expert in your field. While other people are giving boring text answers to problems on message-boards and review sites, your how to video will draw all of the attention to your business. In a video, you can prove that your solutions work. Eventually, as you become known in circles as the expert, you will naturally draw customers. Put yourself in the shoes of your customer: Who doesn’t want to work with an expert?
When looking to start a business, one of the elements you might want to consider, is security. Not only that, but ID systems help a great deal in cementing your image as a company. You do not need to run a Fortune 500 company to wish to invest in such a system. These ID systems make your employees, your brand and your products easily recognizable.
They also add another layer of security to your company. In order to start setting these up, investing in an ID card printer can help you out a lot. Not only that, but an ID card printer will help you control and organize events better. By generating temporary passes or temporary identification, you can keep up the safety and security of your company or event.
There are many companies with solutions for ID systems and their offers for any ID card printer will make you think twice about the investment. It does not matter if you run a small company, since these are solid investments even in the end.
Want a heightened level of personalization and really impress your clients? These little plastic bits can take another step for you. Most ID card printers allow for at least one or two forms of security via the magnetic card or via the watermarks.
In case you are worried about pricing, after looking around for a while I found that there are tons of cool deals going on. Not only that, but the company also provides support for choosing an ID card printer or setting up your ID systems. The pricing of each product make sure that you will find something that will fit your needs.
There is no need to throw thousands of dollars out the window for an ID card printer when you might find yourself in a position in which a cheaper model will do its job just as well. This can help you conserve your budget and if you look for accessories or even supplies, you can find them in the same spot.
The large array of companies present in the offering of the retailer also ensures that you get the best from a number of manufacturers directly to your doorstep. What are you waiting for, head over there, start setting up your own ID systems, and get an ID card printer going in no time!
Some people mourn Blockbuster’s recent decline as it begins to fade into obscurity. If you go to their website right now, you’ll see last ditch efforts to save the business. But all you have to do is go to old Blockbuster locations in your city and you’ll likely see an empty building or new businesses that have replaced what was once there. Their recent attempts to build back parts of their empire have failed miserably because their business model is still centered around DVDs. Some might argue that this would be considered digital media as well, but it’s one of the most archaic forms when compared to newer technology. Quite simply, there is no way that old-school distribution of DVDs will ever be able to compete again. Newer digital media represented by streaming video and downloads is the direction of the future.
Some young people aren’t even old enough to remember what it’s like to go in rent a movie or video game. The younger generation only knows how easy it is to get all of their favorite television and movies at the touch of a button with a service like Netflix or Youtube. And if you think about it, it’s no wonder why the Blockbuster business model simply can’t compete anymore. Who on earth would want to hop into their car, waste gas, and spent 20 minutes just to drive down to a video store? It’s so much easier to use your computer to download any show that you might want to watch.
Blockbuster also used to make a significant amount of money through videogame rentals. They were doing quite well with this service in addition to their movie rentals. But now we live in a time when games can be easily downloaded or even pirated, and this cut into their business as well. Kids and teenagers no longer had an interest in going down to their local video store to peruse a selection of available games for rent when they could simply get them off the Internet. There is also a significant portion of the videogame community who prefers to own the games out right. Blockbuster had a decent selection of games for rent, but they didn’t really have much for sale at all. And given the fact that games were increasingly requiring accessories like gaming headsets, Blockbuster had a hard time competing with real stores.
In the end, it has all boiled down to convenience and a drastic shift in wireless technology. Even traditional hobbies have been changed dramatically, almost overnight such as online components being added to devices like karaoke machines. People are almost spoiled ina way when it comes to how fast and easy they can get access to their favorite forms of media. The result is an entirely new marketplace where Blockbuster has become entirely obsolete. If you enjoyed the old-school experience of going down to your local video store, you should hold onto those memories because it will never be the same again.
Christmas brought me an iPad. Great. I must have been one of the few people of the planet that didn’t actually want one. I spend a good portion of my day staring at a computer screen as it is, the thought of staring at one recreationally doesn’t particularly thrill me. All the same – got one I have and they are (I guess) an impressive enough little gadget.
So far all I’ve managed to do with mine is lazily sweep (I say ‘sweep’ because that’s what it feels like when you’re using one – touch screen etc etc) lightly around the various features and (there is a God!) discover just how easily you can navigate your way around the internet when using one.
It took me about ten minutes of playing around with it before I found that I could access Google bike maps and that’s the point at which I actually thought ‘yup – it’s just a high-tec, condensed version of a Mac. Great’.
Bah humbug moment over, that really does sum the iPad up. You can:
surf the internet
stream media (that’s watching youtube videos to the uninitiated)
and just about anything else that you can do on your … laptop
So – am I down on the iPad? Not really. It is what it is – a fancy, high-falutin’ gadget that looks and feels good, makes you feel as though you’re staying abreast of the onslaught otherwise known as technological advancement and (of course) you do feel kinda cool.
Buy one? Why not. I’ve got the latest version, and I’m sure that it’s about ready to become old hat any day now. They’re handy, lightweight and impressive despite my appearing to dislike them. It’s just that (like I said at the start) I already get to stare at a screen all day, why would I want to come home from work and start staring at another. Give me a book any day of the week …