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The Value of Personal Interactions

AI's impact on relationships The Value of Personal Interactions

It's possible that AI could make human interactions more valuable, but it depends on how it's used. For example, AI-powered customer service chatbots can handle routine inquiries and free up human representatives to handle more complex issues. This could lead to more efficient and satisfying interactions for customers.

AI can also be used to personalize interactions, such as recommending products or services based on a customer's previous interactions or browsing history. This can lead to more relevant and valuable interactions.

AI can also be used to improve communication in areas such as education and healthcare. For example, AI tutors can provide personalized feedback and instruction to students, while AI-powered virtual assistants can help doctors and nurses with tasks such as scheduling and record-keeping.

However, if AI is used to replace human interactions entirely, it could lead to a loss of emotional connection and empathy. Additionally, if AI is not designed to be transparent and accountable, it could lead to mistrust and dissatisfaction.

Overall, AI has the potential to make human interactions more valuable, but it's important to use it in a way that complements and enhances human capabilities, rather than replacing them.

Dive into AI with OpenAI.com and see what you can build while AI is in its infancy and share it with real people while you can still tell them apart from the robots that will be coming soon.


2023 WTF - What's The Future

2023 What's The Future 2023 WTF - What's The Future

Future predictions are often made from technical analysis, which is more or less mapping past behavior to numerical values to provide direction over time. Consider that everything is in a constant state of motion. Motion in this sense in the flow of money, where resources are being placed and reallocated from.

As a simplified example, let's compare money and water without all the complexities. The amount of water on the planet is always the same. Sometimes it's stored in lakes, reservoirs, oceans, people, crops, but there's always the same amount of water on the planet. You can't destroy it, you can pollute it, clean it, and what evaporates here ends up as rain somewhere else. Glaciers melt, oceans rise etc, but still the same amount of water exists.

The supply of money is much more complicated, but this is a simple example. When I hear that money was wiped away or billions lost from various investment vehicles, most of that growth was fictitious to begin with, sinking below initial investment levels to actual value is the real loss numbers and those dollars end up being reallocated just like water. Crypto was and is a Ponzi scheme. And, those base crypto investment dollars have resurfaced as luxury homes, vehicles, lavish lifestyles by the people who got in at the beginning. Sorry to those of you who lost and thought this was a way to get rich quick, i.e. get something for nothing, but nature has a way of balancing the equation. Money flowed into these investments, but that doesn't justify the value of them. A stock with a P/E ratio of 2000 times earnings is a mistake of the same sort. Long way to a point, but follow the money and make sure your future investments are backed by solid principals.

The future holds a correction in the markets and in so many other areas. Gartner forecasts IT spending to grow 5% overall in 2023 with 11% placed in software development. Read the article here and decide where and why to put your development resources.  Domain names are the cornerstone of developing a new company, a new brand, product line or income stream. Get the best names while you still can.


Domain Name Values Are Rising

Domain Name values are rising Domain name values are rising for several key reasons:

First, they provide unprecedented advertising abilities and can reach out to new clients and interact with them 24X7 where no other media can't even compete.

Secondly, absolute creditability.  People judge your domain name, your url, your address, this is how they find you and get to know you.  How well your site looks and works is also a factor, I hope that is obvious.  Don't lose the fish at the dock.  But, if your domain name is off center, or has extra words, hyphens, number, all these make it weaker and harder to do business with your organization.  Look at how you view and surf, how fast are you gone and less likely to put a credit card up when these two key points are off?  77 percent are gone in less than half a second.

Domain names are like real estate, they're virtual real estate, but the difference is domain names rarely and infrequently come back on the market.  Once sold, they are gone.  If they do come up for sale, it's usually in the aftermath of a merger and for 100X what it last sold for.  Like real estate, inventory is low and depleting.  The pool of good names is drying up at an accelerating rate.

Get the .com extension or you'll be giving business to it.  Maybe a .org depending on what your business is, and a .us maybe a good thing 10 years from now, but get the best .com names while you can.  For the all the reasons above, and most prominently, domain names are the most powerful advertising mechanism in place for the next 20 years.

Prices are going up.  Open to offers, take a look here.


Business Development - Advertising

Integrated Marketing - Business Development - Advertising The key method of developing your business is advertising. Call it integrated marketing with all the other forms of getting your message out, but it still boils down to advertising, which is making it public and memorable.

You may advertise in a trade magazine or on a billboard, but your website is the only form of advertising that's constantly available to your audience. Your domain name is the focal point for all of these marketing components, at the corner stone, and the foundation from where you build your brand upon.

Get a dot com name. Other extensions may gain popularity in 20 years, but for the foreseeable future your marketing efforts will end up in the junk folder. Even in tech where .io and .ai have some traction with start ups, it translates into they're in beta, not ready for primetime. As a decision maker can you back your choice of doing business with an organization that's not really established?

Read my last post about Branding for Authority and Affinity for more information. Here are some premium domain names that I have for sale.


Domain Names Matter - Branding for Affinity

The importance of domain name branding There's a lot to branding your business in sync with your domain name and I'm just going to discuss a few key points that begin with the letter A.

Authority and Affinity

Being a brand authority now of days is having a powerful domain name.  Powerful domain names are valuable because they are memorable and reflect your business as a leader in your industry.  Like it or not we live in the age of information overload, and that's a good thing.  As a kid I would ride my bike back and forth to the library trying to juggle a stack of books, knowledge and products from all over the world are now at anyone's finger tips from just about anywhere.  How does a customer find, return to, or recommend your business in a sea of 1.7 billion websites all competing for the first page of Google?  This is why your domain name matters.

Affinity is the sense of the natural path to your business, a relationship to or the path of the least resistance.  If a customer has to remember your domain name or apply a silly extension, not only are they going to have a hard time getting back to you, it's even more difficult for them to refer your company to their contacts.  Word of mouth is still a powerful tool in growing your business.

Here's a few great articles on the subject of branding and why your domain name matters: Spend Less on SEO, More on a Memorable Brand by Jamie Zoch and The True Cost of Your Domain Name by Chris Zuiker.

One point I would add to both of these articles is that not acquiring your matching domain name is leaving the door open for your competition to purchase it.  Some companies have spent millions just to keep their competition from having them.


What's working with COVID? Online Businesses!

Built for SuccessMany online businesses have been thriving throughout the pandemic, some have had an unprecedented 2nd quarter.  How? The answer is simple, they have mastered the art of the UX (user experience).  Evaluate your sites whole UX and ask these 10 questions about your site from Medium.com.  I'd add credibility to that list and that begins with your domain name.  The article is from 2018 and is every bit as relevant then as it is today. 

For the DNN platform there's an upgrade for the developer's UX too with Vanjaro.com from Mandeeps.com.  When you design all day, what you experience matters.  The new UX is comparable to Wix, SquareSpace, and Weebly.  Featuring a Drag & Drop Live Editor, Responsive Editing, Automatic Revision History, Workflow Management, and in context, user aware, centralized site administration and it's open source.  Vanjaro.com is compatible with custom DNN Modules, (including XMod Pro) and hundreds of existing solutions on the DNN Store.

The experience is the journey.  Make it better and make more sales.


My COVID-19 Policy - Work Harder

Giant Chickens in April

By now you have probably gotten an email from every company that you have ever visited on their COVID policy.  No need to rehash washing your hands and social distancing here.  The point that I want to stress is that we are all in this together, locally and globally, and it's going to take all of us to beat this thing.

I work for the government in my day job, maintaining transmitters along the coast of South Carolina.  The government is just people.  Some very hard working people that perform jobs that in the private sector usually pays much more for the same work.  But, boil it all down, and it's just people helping people.

In times of crisis's past, like the hurricanes we've had, we didn't get extra pay or bonuses, just a good feeling at the end of the day that we made a difference.  Getting through this is going to be difficult, but not something we can't do.

There are always two options you have in any situation.  One is to do nothing.  With COVID doing nothing is actually a good thing.  Stay at home and you're not part of the problem.  The second option is to try harder.  I have to credit my father with that one.  He was part of what they now call the greatest generation, but the greatest generation is really yet to come.  We are all products of these generations, we are the hybrids.  Let's try a little harder and figure this out.  Figure out what you can do to help.

Sure it's scary, we see exactly how fragile our world is.  And, the big brains say it's going to get worse before it gets better, but we will get through it and come out stronger. Helping others is really the name of the game.

Check on your neighbors, have empathy and employ compassion.  We are all going through a lot.  I want to be able to reflect back at the End of the Plague party and know I had a hand in making the world a better place.  I may not invent a miracle vaccine, but I help keep emergency communications online over here, inspire hope and I lend a helping hand.  I am very grateful for the medical, fast food, grocery workers and everyone involved in all these chains that keeping us moving forward.

Do your part and work harder. Patience, courtesy and humor go along way, act like you've been somewhere.  Maybe this will spark a spiritual revolution when we finally realize that we are all the same, and that we are all connected.


Domain Name News

DomainingWant to keep keep up with all that is happening in the domain space?  Domaining.com

 

2020 is off to a quick start and for those that are not active in the industry daily, it can be more than difficult to keep up with all that's going on.  NamesCon is taking place in Austin, TX now, Rev.com just sold for 400k, Add.com sold for 800k this week, keep up with the status of the .Org Registry sale and get insight from the movers and shakers.

Domaining.com for the important news and domain industry headlines.


Does your domain matching your brand?

TLD InvestorsThis article is by Kasssey Lee on TLfDInvestors.com originally from GrandSeeds.com

 

Your domain is the address of your store in the digital world. If consumers remember what you sell and where to buy it, that’s powerful marketing. Your brand helps them remember what you sell, and your domain helps them remember where to buy it. Therefore, you want your domain to be easily remembered. The easiest way to remember your domain is to make it match your brand.

It's never too late to get the matching domain name, it just gets more expensive.


Business Blunders - Don't be a Blockbuster

Business Blunders
Everyone makes mistakes from time to time, but this one I just can't see how the management team didn't see the future of their business.  Back in 2000 the internet was more than thriving and Blockbuster could have bought Netflix for a mere 50 million.  As of today Netflix is worth over 128 billion, down from and all time high of 180 billion.  In the summer of 2000, Blockbuster CEO John Antioco said "The dot-com hysteria is completely overblown".  His council went on to state how the business models of Netflix and just about every other online business were not sustainable and would never make any money.  That statement couldn't be any more wrong then than it is now.  Read the full article here on Inc.com

How did these guys not see that by delivering their product online would eliminate all of their overhead, shipping and logistical nightmares.  Yes, management and vision are two different things, but they shouldn't be.  Doesn't matter what business you are in either, not only do you need a strong online presence, there is an evolution going on of how your customers will interact with you and not just on social media.  Developers are building virtual realities to showcase products.  Imagine if your customers could experience your products before they buy.  This will be very popular with the gaming generation as they become the most powerful purchasers of consumer goods in 10 years.

If you haven't read the worst business blunders in tech history I would suggest Googling that phrase and see what you get.  Branding blunders are even more common and they happen all the time.  Avoid a brand blunder and start with a great domain name.  A strong domain name is the foundation for enticing and retaining customers with a memorable name.  Your domain name also attracts B2B partners and lays the ground floor for building supplemental income streams.  Streams turn into rivers and maybe even into a whole new business model for your companies' survival.  Have some vision and get creative.


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