With over One Billion Active Websites – Do I Really Need One?

One would think that a man who has been in front of or working with computers for over *48,000 hours plus or minus a few thousand (yes that is correct *48,000 hours plus or minus a few thousand ) that I would know everything there is to know about computers, right? Absolutely not. In fact the world of computers and technology is so vast and moves so fast that will never be the case for me or any human being.

In the last 5 years I have asked myself many times, “Are websites really useful anymore?” I had decided they were a tool that was outdated and their time had run out.

This past year I have been working for myself helping the good people of my area of the world with all things computer. From removing viruses to building websites. I actually talked a customer out of building a website. Some businessman I was. I was my own worst customer. I was wrong. And I would like to share with you some reasons why.

One day I was called and told that a business woman had lost her password to her Facebook account and that the User ID, which was an email address, was no longer available. No problem I thought, I can fix anything. Wrong! I spent 3 days trying to get a hold of the wizard of Facebook for help. There is no wizard of Facebook. No help, no real person, no phone number to call. She did not have a website, she could not get into her business and update anymore. She had to start completely over.

I was teaching a class to help an artist last week. He did not have a website, no Facebook account not even an email account. After trying to teach him how to use a computer for 4 hours we finally got into the conversation about how things have changed in the last 5 to 10 years. You see he was finding out real fast that when he met a prospective client and was asked for his website he had to say “I don’t have one”. He told me they would look at him like he was crazy. He had lost all credibility.

Finally, I had some friends visit one weekend this summer and it was lunch time. I said “Catfish!” Well that was fine with everyone but one. This person could not eat anything with Gluten. Dang, I really wanted that Catfish. Well I wonder if the catfish restaurant has a website. Probably not, many smaller companies do not. But they did. And we found that the menu had many items that she could eat. I got my catfish. And that restaurant got paid for 6 meals that they would not have gotten paid for without a website.

Anybody that has anything to say or sell to the world in my opinion needs a base. That would be a website. The difference today is that you have got to work harder to get people to your website. You make sure that your Facebook page, Twitter page and Pinterest page point to your website and that your website points back to those tools. You need to keep them updated and fresh. You might use videos or podcasts or maybe write a blog. You need to make sure that people want to come back.

In today’s world of social media that is a good thing and a bad thing. There are more ways to get your message out, but it sure is a lot more work.

This is why my friend Steve Pool and I created MediaPops. It is to help small to medium companies with that presence which is needed today as much as ever. Steve is a Certified Executive Chef with just as many hours as I have running major Restaurants and now owns his own. The man knows marketing believe me. If you know of anybody who needs help with this big old messy world of social media and websites please tell them about us.

The great thing is that after *48,000 hours plus or minus a few thousand, I have found what I enjoy doing most. Helping people.

Stan

* 8 hours a day – 5 days a week = 40 hours a week ( Notice no overtime. And believe me there was plenty)
40 hours a week for 45 weeks a year = 1800 hours year
1800 hours a year for 27 years = 48,000 hours +or- a few thousand.

Welcome to Mediapops.

Did you know that there are 1,118,045,370 websites in the world as of November 11 2014 at 7:11 am? The reason I am so exact with my date and time is because that number increases by at least 1 every second. That’s a big number. A very big number. It starts with a “B” as in Billion.

So the question is “How in the world do we as business owners have a chance letting people know who we are?”

The answer is what is called building a “Platform”. In other words creating a web presence using more than one tool. It always includes a base (usually a website) and a combination of tools to compliment it. More importantly its creating a “Brand” or personality that fits you and your company.

Mediapops can help. We have the knowledge and all the tools needed to help you add to your customer base. It might be a website with a Facebook page. Maybe a website a Facebook page and videos. How about podcasts? What is a podcast? It is a 20 to 40 minute audio that is posted on the web where you help or instruct your audience with something of value.

Mediapops was founded with the intent of helping you do this. It is our passion. It is what we love doing. There is nothing better than helping you in todays crowded media space.

Please take a minute and review our site. If you need help please feel free to email Stan Weed at stan@mediapops.com or Steve Pool at steve@mediapops.com. Please sign up for our newsletter. We would love to talk with you about your needs.

Thanks

Stan

Why Mediapops?

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Okay, I just know you are dying to know where the name Mediapops came from.

Plus I need a blog on our new website.

This might just be my first and only blog as Mr. Pool is the writer in this partnership.

So, Steve and I were on our way back from Amarillo, Texas after driving 40 hours in four days. We had attended a conference known as “Get Noticed” in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It is a conference put on by the leaders in all things media. They taught us the tricks to getting noticed in todays crowded world.

Number one  –  “WOW” your customers.

When we went to the conference I think we both were a little confused as to what and where we would use our new found knowledge.

Steve, being the King of Hospitality and all things Restaurant, kept mentioning how much he wanted to help the “Mom and Pop’s” restaurants in our home area of Lake Tenkiller, Oklahoma. Me being the computer geek, who had just moved to the area and started working for myself, just wanted work.

We had spent many long hours together and we were pretty tired but decided that we made a pretty good team and wanted to start our own company.

We needed a name.

Steve started looking up any domain name that he could find with the word “media”. (If you have never driven from Amarillo, Texas to Lake Tenkiller, Oklahoma, believe me the view on his IPad was better than mine.) They all seemed to be taken. I was starting to worry that we would not find that perfect name.

Finally, after about two hours Steve said “I got it!” I could tell he was happy. He said “Mediapops.com!”

I said perfect!

We decided that not only did it have a “Mom and Pop’s” meaning but also in the design world the word Pops! means WOW!

How about us.

Stan