My Blog is Dead …. Long Live my Blog! #SocialSelling

blog-pic-b2cPublished my first blog on the 25th February 2014, following that I’ve publish 65 posts.

My objective was to get read, never thought I would get some many followers, retweets and meet so many interesting people. Back then I didn’t really understand what community meant, I do now.

But the time has come to move on. Wednesday 5th August, will be the day I cut new blog and a new adventure.

I’m hoping you will stick with me.

SP_the_aft_lounge_03socialsaleslounge.com Will be the same me, writing about Social Selling and as I’ve always written. No fluffy, meaningless slogans, but real solutions you can implement to over achieve your number, quicker.

In addition, I’m going to invite the people that influence me to guest blog.  (If you are interested in guest blogging then please contact me tim_hughes1@hotmail.com )

There is a new Twitter handle @SocialSalesLnge to support this community, and you can still find me at @Timothy_Hughes

My partner in this new adventure @Mbrit will make his own contributions as well has support the venture from a technical nature.

Do hope we can count on your support.

 

Tim Hughes is a Social Selling Innovator and Pioneer his blog has become a reference point for Sales People throughout the world to get hints and tips to get into Social Selling; Newbies and Influencers alike. Tim’s 27 years as a quota carrying salesperson, means he cuts the fluff and speaks in a no nonsense style. The blog is not about slogans but about how you can use Social to allow you to over achieve your quota, quicker.

Tim Hughes is a Speaker and Blogger on Social Selling and be can be contacted @Timothy_Hughes or Tim_Hughes1@hotmail.com or contact me at LinkedIn

 

Social influencer Tim Hughes: Big Ideas for the next Industrial Revolution

Screen Shot 2015-04-20 at 08.30.16The Procurement Social Network Procurious interviewed me about a number of subjects and below is a link to that interview, the questions being:-

Procurious asks: In your Twitter bio you call yourself a pioneer of Social Selling – could you distil it for the uninitiated?

Procurious: Mastering social selling – if you were to promote best practice, what would be your top 5 tips?

Procurious: Innovation in the social space – your thoughts on the likes of Periscope and Meerkat. Will they stick around, what do they offer social storytellers etc.

Procurious: Gamification – is it important/how can it be used to effectively breed user loyalty?

Procurious: Why should we be encouraging procurement professionals to face their fears and get on social networks?

Screen Shot 2015-04-20 at 08.30.31Procurious: Can you recommend some actions to help social-networking newbies spread and grow their online influence?

And finally, look forward to 2030. How will the social landscape have changed, what’s your Big idea for social?

https://www.procurious.com/blog/generation-procurement/social-influencer-tim-hughes-big-ideas-for-the-next-industrial-revolution

 

If during your journey you come up with other ideas, I would love to hear from you. Please leave any suggestions or comments below.

Tim Hughes is a Social Selling Innovator and Pioneer, his blog has become a reference point for Sales People throughout the world to get hints and tips on Social Selling; Newbies and Influencers alike. Tim’s 27 years as a quota carrying salesperson, means he cuts the fluff and speaks in a no nonsense style. The blog is not about slogans but about how you can use Social to allow you to over achieve your quota, quicker.

Tim Hughes is a Speaker and Blogger on Social Selling and be can be contacted @Timothy_Hughes or Tim_Hughes1@hotmail.com

 

 

My #SocialMedia Contact Points, Please Connect with me #Socialselling

Thanks for reading this, if you want to connect with me or follow me elsewhere in Social Media here are my contact points.  Clicking on the link below, should, take you direct to me, in case of an error, I have provided the name I am registered under.

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I’m a member of Procurious – the world’s first online business network dedicated to Procurement and Supply Chain Professionals, to connect with me click on the link

My 17 Predictions for Technology in 2015 #Cloud #Wearables #BigData #IOT #3DPrinting #Selfie

computer-shopper-crystal-ball (1)It’s that time of the year where people make predictions for the coming year and I’m not going to be any different, here we go:-

Smartphones – Yet another Apple iPhone, the iPhone 7 will be released.

iWatch – Will be launched and people will go wild over it.

Cloud – Will be come the “standard” platform for Business Application purchases.  Spending on Cloud will increase, more companies will have “Cloud First” policies.  Innovation in Public Cloud will continue.

PaaS – Platform as a Service (PaaS) will become to be seen as the way to deliver application extensions or bespoke developments.

scottevestfleece7.0_338-100392286-origWearables – We will start to see “Wearables” clothes in High Street shops, as they make the leap from Geek to mainstream.  Google Glass was never going to make the mainstream.  In my experience, Google was never really behind the project, plus they made you look a little silly.  Maybe with the skill of Intel behind the next version, it will give it that much needed push.  That said, I’m more tempted with an iWatch or Wearable in terms of Clothes.  I attended the Google Glass UK launch and wasn’t very impressed and the fact there was zero follow up made me think are these guys really into taking this mainstream.

Internet of Things – The public will see Internet of Things (IoT) functionality in everyday household items – Starting a revolution in replacement of everyday household items.  It is expected that in the level of maturity we will see a move from “dumb” to “smart” household items.  Many manufactures will jump on the band wagon and push for massive appliance replacement, what they will call “new and improved” will actually be just a chip being stuck in today’s products.

crowdfunding-photo1Crowdfunding – Will become mainstream and there will be more bizarre items, services seeking funding as people push the boundaries of any new way of working.  Next year there will be more calls to regulate Crowdfunding.

Amazonation – Of Retail will continue both inside of Amazon and across retail.  Apple and Amazon will continue their “arms race” to get access to the consumer transactions.

3D Printing – Will become more mainstream (rather than experimental) with more everyday items being printed.  Don’t expect to own a 3D Printer until 2017.

Marketing ROI – Marketers will be under more pressure to prove ROI and will become under increased pressure to get closer and work with Sales.

Big Data – The privacy debate will continue.  People will realise that maybe people don’t actually tell the truth when they fill in questionnaires, which will place a question mark over Big Data results.  One area of Big Data that will expand is the use of Big Data for Healthcare.

Technology Shift – There will be a continued shift from PC to Tablet, from Smartphone to Phablets and from On Premises to Public Cloud.

Wendys-Twitter-campaignHashtags – Hashtag Tedium will take over as a hashtags become another “tick box” “must have” for a brand to look cool.

Mobile – Delivery of services to mobile (in many cases via an App) will become a business imperative.  The move to mobile and “Mobile First” started in 2014.  Customer Experience has to be delivered via mobile in 2015.

Security – Hacking of sites will continue.  There is a “Keyboard War” of Hackers Vs the Rest of the World.  Users must be ever vigilant, not click on URLs, install a virus checker, etc.  IT Departments must “assume you have been hacked” and work back from there.

fcuk_selfie_campaign-300x300Selfies – The selfie trend will continue having crossed over into polite society in 2014.  2015 will be a year of Selfie Tedium as big brands see a “Selfie on Instagram campaign” as a “must have”. Yawn.

Instagram – Will continue the almost unnoticed march to become the Social platform of choice for teenagers and the mainstream.

Tim Hughes is a blogger and speaker and can be contacted at @timothy_hughes on Twitter.

 

 

All You Need to Know about Internet of Things #IOT #TechMIoT #OOW14

Tweet JamIf you have missed Tweet Chat, here is the transcript

https://storify.com/TechMahindra/internet-of-things

 

Was asked to attend this TweetJam with Forrester and Tech Mahindra, on the Internet of Things (IoT), sometimes called the Internet of Everything (IoE).  Extremely well organised as well as engaging conversation with @C_P_Gurnani @StefanRied @rishimb We used the hashtag #techmIOT and ran it alongside Oracle Open World #oow14

In preparation for the event I did significant research and created these Tweets.

If you are looking for information on IoT this will help.

Case Study: Bar disruption: Pubs get a hi-tech makeover http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-29379679 @BBC #IOT #IOE #TechMIOT #OOW14

 

Forensics & the Internet of Things: the car of the future will be a data goldmine http://shar.es/1aKGTP #bigdata

 

Connected cars $39Bn by 2018, according to GSMA Research, incorporating cloud, wireless & GPS http://www.information-age.com/technology/mobile-and-networking/123458505/forensics-and-internet-things-car-future-will-be-data-goldmine#sthash.tD26E408.dpuf #IOT #TechMIOT #OOW14

 

Smart home market emerging faster than many anticipated with older consumers more engaged http://which-50.com/blog/2014/september/24/smart-home-market-is-emerging-faster-than-many-anticipated-with-older-consumers-more-engaged/#.VCkjq7Nujfd.twitter #IOT #IOE #TechMIOT #OOW14

 

‘Internet of Things’ is here—almost http://on.wsj.com/1dGJNXC @WSJ – Smart Door Locks, Appliances, but Limitations Exist #IOT #TechMIOT #OOW14

 

Cisco estimates that the number of devices connected to the Internet will swell from 10Bn today to 50Bn by 2020 #IOT #IOE #TechMIOT #OOW14

 

Realising the benefits of a totally connected world http://www.computerweekly.com/feature/Realising-the-benefits-of-a-totally-connected-world #bigdata #IOT #IOE #TechMIOT #OOW14

 

Internet of things set to unleash deluge of disruption http://www.computerweekly.com/feature/Internet-of-things-set-to-unleash-deluge-of-disruption #bigdata #IOT #IOE #TechMIOT #OOW14

 

.@forrester defines #IoT – machine-to-machine (M2M) technology that collect & transfer info on condition of asset or people #TechMIOT #OOW14

 

RT @PCMag Wearable Tech: Survey: IoT, Wearables Market Set for Explosive Growth http://bit.ly/1fBNX2h #IOT #IOE #TechMIOT #OOW14

 

2014 Study from Accenture Predicts 69% of Consumers Will Own an In-Home IoT Device by 2019 #IOT #IOE #TechMIOT #OOW14

 

Oracle OpenWorld 2014: Oracle collaborates with Vodafone to dive into IoT http://www.computerweekly.com/news/2240231630/Oracle-OpenWorld-2014-Oracle-collaborates-with-Vodafone-to-dive-into-IoT #IOT #IOE #TechMIOT #OOW14

 

The Internet of Things – The Next Global Mega Trend http://www.goldmansachs.com/our-thinking/outlook/internet-of-things/index.html @GoldmanSachs #IOT #IOE #TechMIOT #OOW14

Internet of Things By The Numbers: Market Estimates And Forecasts forbes.com/sites/gilpress… #bigdata #IoT #InternetOfThings

 

By 2018, ‘#InternetOfThings‘ Bigger Than Smartphone, Tablet, PC Markets Combined klou.tt/16bxbatnjy3ix #IoT pic.twitter.com/hpeYSF0zOV

My Blog: Turn an old Apple iPhone into a home video monitoring camera – @ManythingApp http://wp.me/p3tudK-3B Now works with @IFTTT #IOT #IOE

 

If you want more information then please contact me at @timothy_hughes or @Oracletim

My Blog: Review: Chargifi – Wireless Charging of Mobiles #wirelesscharging @chargifi

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Review: Chargifi – Wireless Charging of Mobiles

Dan Bladen Founder, came up with the idea of Chargifi while he and his wife were on a 6 months tour of South America and India.  “Have you noticed” Dan said to me that “Starbucks becomes the meeting point for westerners? You go to get some WiFi, charge your phone and get a cup of coffee”.  And in that statement he had explained, Chargifi.

Slave to the Cable

Any smart phone owner (like me) is a slave to the cable.  I have to carry one with me at all times and I know were all the power points are in the cafés I visit.  Or lack of power points more likely!

But let’s stop and think for a moment. Moving forward into the wearable market; watches, glasses, clothes are just around the corner.  How will you charge them? The Motorola watch, for example, has no charge points.

Chargifi – How Does it Work?

Chargifi Phones

List of supported devices.

Chargifi is a charge spot on a table.

Dan demoed it to me.  I downloaded the app, (I have an iPhone so it needs an a credit card size adapter) inserted in the phone. (Other phones, see list of supported phones do not need the adapter.)  You place the phone on the charge spot, there is a start button on the app, press that and you start charging.  As simple as that.

You then either press the button again to stop charging or just walk away. If like me you are environmentally aware, then you will be relieved to know that the system will detect there is no phone and therefore switch off.  No phone, no charge.

For iPhone users the adpaation is a credit card size insert, cost is £10. Dan agreed this would be a sponsorship opportunity for a company to allow them to be sold for free.  It is expected that the iPhone 6 will support wireless charging as standard.

 

Business Plan – How Does Chargifi Make Money?

For this to work, the phone has to be placed on the charge spot. The Business Model does require a person to put their phone down while in the Café and while I often Tweet and drink coffee, there are times I talk to people and put my phone down.

Once you put your phone down the retailer has a platform!

For example, phones can have localised messages pushed to them, offering to the customer coupons / special offers. The retailer can also sell on the ad time, for example, O2 might be offered a 4 second Ad spot when you leave. This Ad could cover the retailer’s costs, making the spot self financing.

Benefits of Chargifi to the Retailer

Benefits to the retailer is more footfall, increase in dwell time (this is sometimes good – I’ll come onto that) and the retailer gains insight of their customers.

How the Retailer Gets These Benefits

Retailers are able to push messages to their customers. The specials of the day or a room service menu, for example.  Retailer may also want to push messages based on the time the person has used the charge spot.  For example, if somebody has been on the charge spot for 20 minutes you can push them a 10% off a muffin offer.  If this is not redeem in 10 minutes then you can switch the charge spot off.

Customer Insight and Privacy

Each retailer gets a dashboard where they can see a profile of the customer using the Charge Spots. For example; male of a certain age, attended your cafe for a certain amount of time. You can also see the previous places they have visited. BUT (and Dan emphasized this) the use details, name, email are kept private.

“Fair Trade” Data

Before anybody writes to me and says how dare they share my data with anybody?
Question: Did you really expect to get a charge point for your phone in convenient place for free?
Dan describes this as “Fair Trade” data; you trade some anonymous data for the convenience of having a free charge spot for your phone.

How it’s being used – Some Use Cases

The obvious usage right now (I was sitting in Moosh In Carnaby Street charging my phone as Dan talked to me.) in Cafe’s, pubs, restaurants etc.

Dan tells me that Hotels in Dubai are seeing this as a great “wow” way to provide added value to their customers. They see offering a chargifi spot on the best side table as a great customer experience opportunity. The room service menu could be pushed to the phone, for example.

The Technical Stuff

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Mobile being charged.

There are 3 are three competing hardware standards for sensors (think VHS, Betamax here…), which are

  • Qi – Built into phones
  • PMA – you need a case for this – not build into phones
  • A4WP – you need a case – not built into phones

Dan explained that Chargifi is an app so can be standard independent and can adapt to any change in standard.

The Future

Dan hopes that in October he is able to roll out charge points that go through thicker materials, this will enable charging multiple devices per spot. In a pub for example, a group of friends can all charge at the same time. Next year he hopes to roll out the ability to charge laptops and tablets.
Dan said to me, “Wouldn’t it be great if you could turn up at any country without the need to know what power adapter, you need. Just put your phone on the bed side table and it’s charged.” I agree, that would take a lot out of the aggro of organising a holiday.

To that end Chargifi have already sold licenses to operate Chargifi’s IP and brand in the UAE, India, Singapore & Hong Kong with plans to rollout in Russia, Malaysia and the US later in the year.
While it’s early days, Dan has a clear road map for development and while things are still in early adopter mode, with the Internet of things (IOT) and wearables, there is a clear need to leave the cables at home and this is clearly a great example of the possible disruption to electric power provision ahead.

Update

Mobile TSince writing this blog the US TSA have stated “Powerless devices will not be permitted onboard the aircraft. The traveler may also undergo additional screening.” There also has been major press coverage on the BBC, Sky and newspapers.  As always the Devil is in the Detail and the current message from the US is that devices need to be charged 25% and above.
Having the ability to charge phones etc at the airport while in transit could make a difference if you fly or don’t fly. On the basis you may have used the device on the flight you could be stopped making a transit and sent home.
Dan points out that Chargifi could soon be available in a number of UK airports and in Dubai and already set to launch in Belfast City Airport in the next few weeks.

Some of the “buzz” on Twitter, this has been provided by Chargifi.

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