Mary’s Views

Dec 06, 2012 Comments Off

Here’s the link to Mark Meeker’s latest report to Stanford on the state of the Internet – and the world! With 112 slides, Mary has lots of stats on a range of areas. It’s well worth a look. Her thoughts and examples on the re-imagining of everything are fascinating, and as with the big picture […]

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Workflowy for making lists and keeping your brain more organized

Sep 11, 2012 Comments Off

Do you want an easy tool to keep your thoughts and tasks better organized? Yesterday I came across a list-making tool called Workflowy and I’ve started to use it. It’s free – but that wasn’t why I tried it.  What got me in was the comment from Matt Cutts, head of Webspam for Google. Matt […]

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What did this CEO think of Catching Digital?

Sep 01, 2012 Comments Off

Just had this comment about my new book Catching Digital. (see below) It was in an email from Michael Ratner, CEO of Compendium Australia. Here’s what Michael said… “Downloaded the new book yesterday afternoon and just finished reading it….. reason being once I got into it it was hard to put down. What a task […]

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Website Benchmarking – What can you learn from others?

Jun 16, 2012 Comments Off

Here’s a simple, free, easy and yet little-known approach to help with your benchmarking research. This method can help you fast-track your website benchmarking to quickly find some of the best international websites in your business category. You can learn from similar businesses to yours, and you can also learn plenty from others who are […]

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More Handy Mind Mapping Tools for Smarter Business Brainstorming

Dec 05, 2011 10 Comments

What tools do you use for creative thinking and brainstorming?  I like to use mind maps, and here are some handy tools you may find useful. Update: 5 December 2011:  Just added 2 more tools at the bottom. Good tools.  XMind & MindMeister. 1. MindManager is a mindmapping software product from MindJet. I’ve been using […]

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Crowd-sourcing for geniuses helps businesses make better plans

Dec 03, 2011 Comments Off

Just came across this great article from Asher Moses of Fairfax Digital about the guy behind a new online predictive modelling service called Kaggle. Check out the video – and then read Asher’s article here about the business itself.

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It’s worth remembering that your customers are struggling humans

Mar 23, 2011 Comments Off

A key to business success is to find out what people want to do but are struggling to do and make it easy for them to do it.  You can use technology to help, but you can get lots of grief if you let technology dictate your approach. There’s an interesting interview here on O’Reilly.com […]

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Finding Patterns in the Blur

Jan 20, 2011 Comments Off

The speed of change online creates a blur for many people, unless you move fast enough with the change or shift your focus to see the big picture and not the blur. Far better to do both – move fast AND see the big picture. Major forces and trends are shaping the future of your […]

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