2015 and All the Amazing People & Stuff that happened on Periscope!

periscope_logoI completely agree with Apple. Periscope is so deserving of it’s accolade as App Store Best onf 2015!

If you’ve not yet heard of Periscope or you have but you’re not exactly sure what it is or you want to know more, please read my post from August 2015 – Periscope – Why I Think It’s Going to be Huge!

I discovered Periscope in July this year and it was without doubt the BEST thing I did in 2015! I have made so many great friends and people who I’ll be listing below. I’ve won loads of new customers who have bought domain names and website hosting! I’ve been featured on episode 16 of a podcast called The Healthy Success Podcast with Kristian Cotta and invited to be the keynote speaker at an annual conference here in the UK. (I couldn’t make it due to a previous commitment, but was thrilled to have been asked!)  And one of the highlights was meeting one of Hollywood’s top cinematographers and we hit it off. We’ve swapped mobile numbers and have had loads of chats via WhatsApp and he’s even talking about flying me and my family out to LA for one of his parties! Complete madness!
I’ve also been asked to be interviewed on a local radio station in January 2016 and I’ve been featured on the Richtopia list of Bristish Entrepreneurs Top 100!

I’ve been on social media since the early 2000′s and no other social media platform has the depth of engagement I’ve experienced via Periscope.

The wonderful thing about broadcasting via a live streaming app like Periscope is people get to see you; the person behind the business and get to see the whites of your eyes and they see you warts and all. There is no hiding behind a website or trying to pretend to be something you’re not.

And this leads to much richer and deeper relationships which can be built so much faster than any other social media expect of course real life face to face!

But sometimes, even Periscope wins there too. Every time I broadcast people in far flung parts of the world get to see my ugly mug and because I scope almost every day it means they get to see me and interact with me far more often than many people do in real life. Another reason why the cementing of new friends and business relationships can happen way faster online than offline.

But that’s a different debate I don’t want to get drawn into on here!

The point of this post was to share some of the wonderful things that have happened as a direct result of being on Periscope and some of the amazing people I’ve met. Periscope is a brilliant way of getting you and your business more attention.

Here’s a list of just a few of the people I’ve met on Periscope who I’ve made a connection with and many of whom have become really good friends and many have become good customers! The links below go to their Twitter accounts.

Angus Grady
Mark Shaw
Yvonne Burrows
Grant Cardone
Nathan Hague
Chocolate Johnny
Alex Pettitt
Julie Ann
Jim Bob Howard
Katie Lance
Robert Saunders
Jonah DiPasquale
Allison Donnelly
Lucy Hall
Amy Loves
Ms. Candy Blog
Liz Melville
Melanie Bundock
Alieshia Cross
Marcus Boswell
Matt Smith
Grant Cunningham
Alice Sheridan
Matt Crane
Patrick Martell
Zoe Darlington
Kathy Anderson
Jez Johnson
Michala Leyland
John Boone
MaryJoy
Kristian Cotta
Kelly White
Simon Rowe
Eliot Lumba
Vicki Fitch
Damion Elson
Cricket Fox
Laura Husson
Tazzii
Luise – Ms_Sparky
Filip Novak
Chloë Forbes-Kindlen
Frankie Pittle
Greg Dibruno
Denise Cowle
Dana Garrison
Chris Ducker
Malin Morrison
Brian Fanzo

They are not in any particular order. I don’t want to upset people by putting any particular emphasis on one above another. Suffice to say each person on the list has made a lasting impression with me and I’m extremely grateful for all the fun and laughter and the new relationships we formed since July.

Thank you so much for being part of the amazing journey on Periscope! :-)

And to all those new customers; thank you so much for trusting in me and for the business.

2015 has been incredible and I can’t wait to get going with 2016. Only 30 minutes to go!

Happy New Year everyone and I look forward to getting to know many more of you in 2016.Let’s have even more fun and frolics and success next year! If you want me, I’ll be on Periscope!

If you would like to know more about how to use Periscope for your business get my FREE 138 page eBook here. 

Footnote: Please forgive me if I’ve missed you off the list! I was rushing to get this done before Midnight! Please tweet me or comment below and I’ll add you! You still rock and are completely awesome – forgive me please! ;-)

 

Personal Domain Names & Why you Should Own Yours

Get your personal domain nameIt still surprises me the number of people I meet who do not own their personal domain name. I own:
dickiearmour.com
dickiearmour.co.uk
dickiearmour.uk
dickiearmour.me.uk
richardarmour.co.uk
richardarmour.uk

and my wife and daughter have their personal domain names too.

A domain name is a finite source. There can only be one dickiearmour.co.uk and once it’s been registered no one else can get it, as long as I renew it at the time of renewal, or I forget to renew it! You never know when you might want to use your own domain name and if you haven’t protected it by registering it, then you could be disappointed when the time comes that you do want to use it and try to register it.

The obvious two main uses of a personal domain name are for:

  • Email
  • A website

You Don’t have to use your Broadband email address!
When you get broadband you automatically get an email address from your broadband provider. So if I was with BT or Sky my email address might be dickie.armour@sky.com or dickiearmour134@btinternet.com. Now that’s all well and good but what happens when I change broadband provider to say Orange? I lose my old email account and have to set up a new email address with Orange and then go through all the hassle of telling my friends and family, many of whom won’t remember and will still continue to send emails to you at your old email address!

With your own personal domain name this doesn’t happen. I’m with Tiscali – now TalkTalk – for my broadband and even though I do have a tiscali.co.uk email address I never use it. I don’t need to. I use an email address on my personal domain name – dickiearmour.me.uk. So if and when I change broadband providers it makes no difference to me that TalkTalk will delete my old tiscail.co.uk email account because I don’t use it. And, I won’t have to bother telling my friends, family and business contacts because they all use my dickiearmour.me.uk email address already.

My wife rides dressage horses and has represented GB on numerous occasions; in March 2007 on The Spanish Sunshine Tour, August 2007 at Hickstead and May 2009, at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. She’d had a personal domain name which she uses for email for a while. A couple of years ago she was considering getting a website designed and as a rider she wanted to use her own name for the website because like most sports people they promote themselves using their brand – their own name. So she had no worries on that score because she’s already had her own domain name!

My wife competes in her maiden name and her website is www.nicolacooper.co.uk

Perhaps there will come a time when you want to set up a website on your own personal domain name. You might want to start blogging and use your own name for your blog or perhaps you are a business coach or a consultant or a trainer. It makes sense to use your own name as your business and therefore a personal domain name would be needed.

If you haven’t yet got yours then click here and check today to see if it’s still available.

babyhandsfeetA personal domain name for new born babies
The other area where I’m a huge advocate of getting a personal domain name is for our children. I bought the .co.uk and .com in our daughter’s name and I’m really pleased I did. She is already beginning to use it with friends at school and even had to send her maths teacher an email of some photos of shapes last week. He was so impressed she had her own email address! I bought her domain names soon after she was born. It appears there is a Doctor in the Midlands with the same name. After a year or so I got a phone call from her asking if I was prepared to sell my daughter’s domain name as she wanted to use it! There can only ever be one version on any domain name extension and my daughter has all the main ones for her name. I politely declined the doctor and so she’ll have had to look for alternative domain names.

In America there has been a trend of buying domain names for newborn babies since about 2007. See this article from the Fox News website – Parents Rush to Register Newborn Babies’ Internet Domain Names and I’m surprised more people here in the UK don’t do this. The children of today and tomorrow are going to be living and breathing the Internet and will no doubt have websites and blogs of their own. The other thing you can do with your own domain name is point it to your FacebookTwitter or whichever social network page of your choice. With the younger generation embracing these social networks I think we’ll see a lot more of this in the future.

Don’t worry if you haven’t yet grabbed the personal domain names for you and your family; you’re not alone. I recently asked a few people who work in the domain name industry if they had bought personal domain names for themselves and their family. I was surprised to learn quite a few of them hadn’t!

So protect your’s and your children’s Internet identity today and get your personal domain names before someone else does.

Can you imagine life without the Internet?

family surfing the webI can’t imagine life without the Internet. I love the Internet.
There’s often negative stories in the press about all the bad things which happen on the Internet but recently I’ve been looking at all the wonderful things we can now do.
Many of you will remember a time before the Internet existed.

***Please note:*** When I say the Internet, I’m actually referring to the World Wide Web, but I know most people refer to it as the Internet and in the main don’t know the difference. So before any of you techy pedants pull me up on the fact that the Internet is not the World Wide Web – yeah I know! But for the purposes of this post it’s the Internet.
For those who want to know the difference click these links:
The Internet
The World Wide Web

Where was I? Oh yes, many of you will remember life before the Internet. But there’s a whole new generation who have only known life with the Internet and mobile devices and computers.

I was thinking over the holidays about all the things we now use the Internet for and how it’s always there; just a mobile device away and at our finger tips. Whilst broadband isn’t available to all people yet, in the UK a recent report by Ofcom – The 2014 Communication Market Report – states that household Internet access was at 82%. And then there are places with wi-fi and most people these days have mobile phones which give access to the Internet via 3G or 4G.

Think about all the things you do on a daily basis which you use the Internet for.

Books
Think about how we used to buy books and how Amazon has made it so much easier. I’m a huge book lover and still love the feel of an actual book in my hands and turning the paper pages. But, I also love reading books on Kindle. It is just so easy and quick. I’m often at conferences and business networking meetings and reading blog posts where I learn about interesting books. With access to Amazon on my iPad and iPhone I can search and buy the book and be reading it in minutes. I love that!

Imagine if you were thinking about publishing your own book in 1980 – how would you have done it?

In 2012 I wrote my first business book; “The 31 Mistakes Every Online Business Makes”. I published it using Lulu.com and via Amazon onto Kindle. It was so simple and straight forward. Two years later and I’m still getting paid Royalties every single month! I couldn’t have done any of that without the Internet.
www.31mistakes.co.uk

Online Shopping
I still find it a little weird that I can go online to a supermarket’s website, place an order for my food and grocery shopping and the same day, a driver in a van arrives at my doorstep with my shopping! And at a pre-booked time of my choosing!

And then there’s places like Amazon. I love Amazon!(irrespective of how much tax they do or don’t pay) For me it’s all about convenience. I’ve got an Amazon Prime account so most of my shopping via Amazon gets me free postage and I can watch TV boxsets and movies on Amazon Prime and they are free. Last night I watched a great film called “Unthinkable” with Michael Sheen and Samuel L Jackson on Amazon Prime via my new Xbox One.
I did most of my Christmas present shopping online this year and it seems that I’m not alone!
Over £440,000 was spent every minute on Christmas Day in 2014! http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2885900/Millions-shop-minute-gifts.html

Hotels & Travel
Do you remember those places called “Travel Agents”? I know they still exist but I can’t remember the last time I was in one. I book all our holidays and my business trips online.
Last year I went to Spain twice, Singapore and Las Vegas on business and I booked all my flights and hotels via the Internet and I got some great deals too. This year I’ve already booked a holiday and 2 business trips and again I don’t know how I would have done this so easily without the Internet.

Facetime
I can’t imagine how families coped in the old days when relatives lived abroad or were away on holiday, or when children were on their gap years travelling across the Far East. The only way to communicate was long distance via the telephone and that was really expensive or by writing postcards! Can you imagine that today?!
Now we’ve got things like Facetime. It’s brilliant. We were with some friends over Christmas and their son lives in Australia. It was awesome to watch them Facetime! He could see his parents and they could see him and they could catch up on news and share the Christmas spirit in a really special way. And of course, it was completely free!

Skype
And then there’s voice over IP apps like Skype and Viber which allow you to make free phone calls all over the world. We use it almost every day in our business for calling clients in the USA. It’s a great service and it’s free with a wi-fi connection and it’s so clear, in fact. in most cases clearer than using the telephone and without those awkward time lags. It’s just brilliant!

Homework
I left school in 1983 and I remember having to use books from the library and encyclopaedias as reference books to help me answers questions for my homework. Can you imagine how much easier that would have been if I’d had Google and Wikipedia back then?!

Search Engines
I was watching Queen the rock band on TV on New Years Eve. Someone asked when we thought Freddie Mercury had died. A quick search via my iPhone and I had the answer at my finger tips in seconds. It was 24th November 1991 in case you wondered!

Setting up new income streams
At a business networking event a couple of years ago two people gave me the idea of a new product which I could create and offer to people who needed motivating.
Within hours I had bought the domain name, created a WWordPress website and www.mondaymotivation.co.uk was live to the world. Within 7 days I had written and recorded the first few audios and within 2 weeks I had 10 subscribers each paying me £9.97 a month and within 3 months I had 34 subscribers!
I can’t even begin to imagine how I would have done this prior to the Internet.

A friend of mine a few years ago was down on his luck and was struggling to make ends meet. But he had a skill. He had learnt web design and was really good at it. After much persuasion by me, he set up his web design business and he hasn’t looked back. He needed a way of bringing in money quickly to meet household bills. He charges about £800 for a 5 page website and he gets 50% of that up front. So all he needed was one customer and he would have his first £400. He contacted a local Bed & Breakfast business who he knew and he knew they didn’t have a website. They were his first customer and since then his business had blossomed.

Gary Vaynerchuk
Gary Vee as he’s known on Twitter is one of my social media mentors. I love Gary! His passion is incredible and he hustles like I’ve never seen anyone else!
He helped his parents’ off-licence business (liquor store in the US) grow into a $60 million business!
Find out more about his story here: http://www.businessinsider.com/gary-vaynerchuk-wine-library
You should buy ALL his books – they’re awesome!

The Internet is such a great enabler for growth like that.

Apps
Frank Kern is an Internet Marketing Guru who I love. And he really is one of the few guys I would class as a Guru. He’s been making fortunes from Internet Marketing for many years now. Check him out on his Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/Frank.Kern.Page
In 2012 he shared the story about his friend Trey Smith on how he created a app game which cost only $500 to develop and in its first year it grossed $40,000! He couldn’t have done that before the Internet.
You can read it here: http://www.frankkern.net/469/trey-smith/

YouTube
YouTube is one of my favourite places. I watch lots of videos on YouTube from people like Brain Tracy, Tony Robbins, Jim Rohn and Les Brown and Darren Hardy.
There are some fantastic videos available. Check out an old blog post of mine from 2009:
The Power of Positive Thinking

YouTube is the second biggest search engine after Google. You can search for anything via YouTube and in most cases, you’ll find what you’re looking for.
I got an Xbox One for Christmas! It’s superb! But I’ve been playing Assassin’s Creed Black Flag and got really frustrated with one section where I had to save a guy who was being hanged. Thanks to a quick search on YouTube I found a walk through guide for that bit!

YouTubers
There’s a new generation of celebrities coming from YouTube often called YouTubers or vloggers. These are people who post videos on YouTube and have huge numbers of subscribers.

Zoe Sugg
One of the most popular female YouTubers is Zoella (real name Zoe Sugg) with nearly 7 million subscribers! Her YouTube videos have been watched over 328 million times! https://www.youtube.com/user/Zoella280390
Check out her promo video below:

Zoella has recently been given her own Radio One show with 2 other vloggers – http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/28894740

Alfie Deyes
Another vlogger who’s found fame and fortune from his YouTube channel is a guy called Alfie Deyes and in fact he and Zoella are going out together.
http://www.nowmagazine.co.uk/gallery/gallery-specials/37395/1/0/zoella-and-alfie-deyes-a-love-story-in-pictures/1

Alfie’s YouTube channel is called Pointless Blog – https://www.youtube.com/user/PointlessBlog
He has over 3.5 million subscribers and his videos have been viewed 175.7 million times!
Alfie recently had a booked published. “The Pointless Book” launch in November 2014 in Birmingham caused quite a lot of chaos!
http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/pointless-alfie-deyes-birmingham-book-8114140

They couldn’t have done this without the Internet!

The list of great things the Internet can be used for is endless. These were just a few which sprung to my mind.
Please feel free to share the things you love about the Internet by posting a comment.