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Google and Ambient Computing

Google ambient computing

We often say things like "the internet changed the world" and yet still think about a world where we have to sit down at a computer and open up a browser to use it. To some degree, smartphones have changed this, but not entirely. Your smartphone is essentially just a miniature computer, and you're still using an app or a browser to read this content on your screen right now. The difference is in portability. You can have that internet connection anywhere you want. But it's still the same base process of using the device to consciously go on the web.

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9 Out of 10 Consumers Read Reviews

customer reviews

Don't think of online reviews as something extra for consumers, a small piece of the puzzle that they use when deciding what to buy. The truth is that they're far more important than that. They're a critical part of the process, with nine out of 10 consumers choosing to read reviews before they make a purchase. It's clear that they value the input of other shoppers and even, to a degree, allow those shoppers to make their decisions for them. Reviews are seen as a way to get an inside scoop so that one does not have to rely only on what the company says -- as companies are naturally biased toward their own products. Reviewers, in theory, are not.

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Connecting with Buyers in Other Countries

international sales

A small business in the rural United States is no longer confined to their immediate area. For non-perishable sales, companies can easily connect with buyers all over the globe. You no longer have to be based in New York or Los Angeles to have a massive potential market. You can be anywhere, and your sales don't even have to occur within the same country. Maybe there's not a strong U.S. market for your products, but there is a strong market in Japan or England or Australia. You can find buyers all over the globe and make sales in any location. There are still logistics to consider -- shipping costs, shipping companies, etc.

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Language That Makes People Take Action

Language action

Have you ever wondered if the difference between making a conversion on your website and not making one is simply due to the words that you choose in your copy? If conversions -- i.e., making a sale or getting someone to pay for a service -- are your ultimate goal, you need to know how to give yourself the edge. Your diction makes a big difference here. The smallest word choice may cause someone to take immediate action or put it off for later. They may not even know why they're doing it, but it's clear on your end that having copy that promotes the highest number of conversions is beneficial.

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Why Would People Leave Fake Negative Reviews?

fake reviews

Reviews are massively important for online sales. A buyer on Amazon, for instance, may not even click on a product with less than four stars, much less read the reviews to find out if they seem legitimate. The fact that the product got some negative reviews is enough to push them into looking elsewhere. Meanwhile, someone who sees a product with five stars may buy it without doing much research. They trust that the other users have already done the research and reported on using the product, so they don't have to. That's not to say that reviews and stars are the only ways to sell your products, but you can't ignore how much of a difference they make.

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