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RSS is a Double Edge Sword

Posted by Unknown Wednesday, October 27, 2004 2 comments

Really Simple Syndication (RSS) technology is a sleeper that is slowly creeping into the mainstream. There are plenty of articles on implementing RSS Technology. The question that still begs to be answered is "what's in it for me or my organization to implement RSS?".

The convergence of RSS technology with web logs or web sites is a powerful double edge sword for increasing market share. OK, profits increase too.

One Side of the Sword
The reason is fairly simple. RSS is a free and easy way to promote a web site or web log without the need to advertise or create complicated content sharing partnerships. Whenever your web log/site is updated, people are automatically notified of new content posted. This creates a "stickiness" effect for people to continously come back to your web site.

There are 2 caveats for making RSS technology work effectively. First, people must have their RSS reader tuned into your web log/site. Then they receive automatic update notifications. Secondly, your web site/log must be updated regularly. Something as simple as weekly updates to the "frequently asked questions" section of your web site is a good start.

RSS "enabled" Web logs/sites are indentified with little icon logos that contain XML, RSS or simply say Syndicate this site. This allows a person to right mouse click on the XML icon > select Copy short cut > and then add the web log/site to their RSS reader. Now the RSS reader is tuned in to that particular channel; your web site or web log.

RSS technology can even position Non-profit organizations to potentially increase funding by 1)attracting donation sponsors or 2)getting more referrals to increase clients served. Having a RSS enabled web site or web log can make this possible. Google lends a hand, with getting the word out about services provided by a non-profit, through its Google Grants Program .

The other side - Practical Application of RSS
One of several profit centers my business partner develops is event planning. So she tunes her RSS reader into various web sites that post marketing and event opportunities. With timely automatic notifications from the RSS reader, she saves time by not having to constantly visit those sites, until new opportunities are posted. Using the RSS reader has been very profitable for her. It allows her to beat competitors to the punch in contacting potential clients first. The RSS reader acts like a radar system.

As a consultant who focuses on client relationship management (CRM) to maintain or acquire clients, my RSS reader has been an invaluable tool. Depending on what type of industry a [potential] client is in, I tune my RSS reader to various web site channels. This allows me to quickly send clients timely informational articles that may impact their business. This good will effort has paid big dividends in client satisfaction and CRM trust, not to mention quite a few profitable referrals.

Other RSS reader applications could include receiving immediate updates on legal or regulatory requirements. News items are currently the biggest applications being used by RSS readers. Customers and employees can receive simultaneous updates on special company offerings. Customer service improves when employees can more intelligently answer customer inquiries, because they both receive the same information.

Although RSS definitely throws a monkey wrench into email spam, it is not meant to replace email. The monkey wrench is allowing people the freedom to choose which sites to tune their RSS reader. Unlike spam, RSS allows people to volunteer to be a captured audience. They opt-in or opt out, at will. When people unsubscribe to spam, there is not always a guarantee their email address is actually deleted from the mailing list.

Want to Test Drive Some Free RSS Readers?
Mozzilla's Thunderbird - This is a cutting edge program that combines email with an RSS reader.

RSS Reader - I use this RSS reader, because it uses low PC memory overhead and provides nearly unobtrusive news feeds. It also probes news feed web sites that require a password login.

Pluck - This RSS reader integrates with a web browser, like Internet Explorer. Allows creation of Perches (persistent searches) to continuously look for items on eBay, Amazon, Google or 5,000+ other web sources.

For those interested in using RSS technology to quickly increase market share, I recommend reading Guerrilla Marketing for Consultants: Breakthrough Tactics for Winning Profitable Clients by Jay Conrad Levinson

P.S. - Don't forget to add iTechSpeak to your RSS reader
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Is Linux Really the Giant Killer?

Posted by Unknown Tuesday, October 19, 2004 3 comments

Who cares? What's important is the fantabulous opportunity for those who learn Linux or invest in "killer" software applications that run on Linux while the market is in its infancy.

This opportunity is simple "supply and demand" economics. Right now the demand for Linux skills is slowly, but steadily increasing. The availability of people who know Linux is a short supply. So are software applications for Linux. Ka-ching Ka-ching !!

Linux does have a lot going for it these days. Forget the fact that it's an open source operating system or that it has made major head way in acceptance by corporations and municipal organizations around the world. Last year a $36million software deal, which included a well known operating system, was cancelled by a European municipality. Instead, Linux and applications that run on Linux were were implemented at a much lower cost.

Now is the time to get in on the ground floor with developing Linux skills. The demand is going to increase for Linux skills. Opportunity will abound for IT people with these skills.

Why? Considering IBM and Hewlett Packard / Compaq have embraced Linux based applications into their product offerings, I would say it's just a matter of time for others to jump on board to make Linux mainstream in giving people other choices with a stable operating system.

More software applications are needed for Linux to soar. And they will come.

Money can definitely be made to those who invest time in learning Linux - even now, there is opportunity. Large profits are always made by those who specialize, not the "jack of all trades".

Do it NOW, before the market saturates - like it did for Novell and other operating systems.
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Does Your Web Site Talk Back?

Posted by Unknown Friday, October 15, 2004 1 comments

Browsealoud is a subscription-based solution to speech enable website content. Speech enabling electronic text is a proven means of improving comprehension and attracting these potential visitors to your web site. People with Low literacy and reading skills - Where English is not the first language - Dyslexic Community - Mild visual impairment

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