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If you are creating a responsive website, and you don’t want your users to pinch and zoom into your page from their mobile devices, you can add this between <head></head> :
<meta name=”viewport” content=”width=device-width, initial-scale=1,maximum-scale=1,user-scalable=no”>
initial-scale, maximum-scale, and user-scalable are probably the values you want to play around with
blog, casestudies .
We can’t avoid problems in life, but we can choose how we deal with them.
If we look at it constructively, problem may turn into great idea. Idea, given a deeper thought, and action, it turns into innovation. With a sustainable model, innovation turns into great business, and for great business to succeed, perseverance shall be part of the formula.
One of my biggest personal challenge – I want to solve all the problems I have encountered, or I have heard, but I know I only have so much time in a day, so I decided to list them down, rightfully someone will pick it up, take it further. The ideas may not unique or super brilliant, or probably someone have done that, however there must be a reason the problem not solved.
I like what Guy Kawasaki said in his book – The Art of the Start – make meanings, start a business that will make the world a better place to live !
I also like what Richard Branson has said in his book – Do Good, have fun, and money will come.
Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately), I started my business with a negative reason – like many other startups – I started my business because I did not feel like working for my previous company, and I told my previous boss I really wanted to do something different in life, and I thought running a business is not very difficult. (ha!)
Certainly there is no right or wrong reason to be an entrepreneur. However, the beginning part of the journey was challenging. The best part is – all the complains I have had with my previous employer, happened to me, as an employer. I called it – Karma
[to be continued]
blog, casestudies .
Content Management System, usually referred as CMS, is the framework/platform/application that make website update much easier.
Builtwith.com has a wonderful chart that shows the statistic of CMS used in the online world.
Here’s the chart screen-captured on 3th Oct, 2013.
You may find the most updated statistic @ http://trends.builtwith.com/cms
This website, http://cmsusage.com/, seems to have a better statistic.
According to the website :
Gathered from over 121,455,241 websites, the following statistics will give you an understanding of the popularity of various CMS, blogging, eCommerce & forum platforms as well as a number of web technologies:
According to W3Techs, http://w3techs.com/technologies/overview/content_management/all
Apparently, WordPress is now the most popular Content Management System. However, the 2nd and 3rd most popular CMS are unclear, they are either Joomla, Drupal, and TYPO3.
My personal preference is wordpress.
blog, casestudies .
In business, marketing is about telling people
- what are you selling,
- who do you sell to,
- what so great about your products,
- where to find and buy your products,
- what date or time they can get your products,
- How much to pay for your products.
marketing strategy is about answering the questions above, and find ways to share your answers,
marketing plan is about answering the questions above in greater details, with action items, within a framed timeline and investment, and measure the result.
blog, casestudies .
There are several reasons you don’t really need a website for your business :
- Your business is too good, and your current marketing channels are good enough to provide you the amount of business you need or want. * I certainly support that, life is more than selling more, or making more money.
- Your are closing down, and you don’t need to tell everyone about it, including your customers. * Closing down is not the end of the world, maybe it is too late to start a blog or website for your new ventures.
- You prefer to stick under the brand of Googles+ or Facebook instead of your own brand identity. *Some businesses’ goal is solely about making money, rather than delivering values. Online branding, is a long term thing. Think about it, which email do you trust ? firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com ?
- You prefer to advertise on newspapers and TV *You are right. Some products’ may have their preferred and effective marketing channel. TV and newspapers are both traditional yet one of the most effective marketing channels, that’s why they cost a lot.
- You think your customers will not own a computer or a mobile phone, or will never use internet (or have no access to internet) * Think about it again, you could be wrong.
- You don’t access internet, and you don’t believe the internet is changing our life *It is true, in certain parts of the world.
- You are conducting businesses that you don’t want too many people to know about it. * if you are the one selling electronic gadgets to government at price 700% higher than the market price, you probably don’t want anyone to find you except your contact in government.
No long ago (25 – 26, September, 2013), there was another interesting event held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where techies from all around the world gathered to thinking about using technology to fight human trafficking.
We did not manage to participate due to overwhelming response.
We got to know about this event when we attended the International Conference on Trafficking of Young Women and Children, 2013, held in Melaka, Malaysia, from 3-7 September 2013.
More about this event can be found here :
and pictures taken from the events @ flickr
We were selected as one of the finalist to Social Innovation Camp Asia KL 2013.
Even though we are not one of the top 3 winners, we have learned a lot from the event.
The event was held in Sunway University, Selangor, Malaysia, from 20-sep-2013 to 22-sep-2013.
Apparently, we did not manage to convince the judges the face recognition technology is pretty mature now and is widely used in Facebook and Picasa (on friends tagging), and security access. Even if there are some limitation, we should have send out a message to the audience not to limit our creativity and innovation by what we already know today.
The judges also doubted about the public taking pictures of children and post to SaveAChildToday.net.
Good news is, after spending a fruitful weekend in Sunway University, we are now have a clearer idea on our implementation plan. The revised business model canvas is designed by makeweekend.
https://www.facebook.com/sicampasia on Facebook
Thanks to Nini from MyHarapan, we got to know about this event and we had attended the event from 3 – 7, September 2013.
It was a great opportunity to meet the domain experts from all parts of the world to learn about combating human trafficking.
Pictures taken during the event can be found here.
The details of the event and the presentations’ slides can be found here.