Funnels

What is a Sales Funnel? What is an Income Funnel? Terms which are being bandied about with gay abandon by those with all the answers.

The latest and the greatest internet scoop, if they are to be believed. A strategy anyone can use to accumulate wealth beyond their wildest dreams. Sadly I am a slow learner. Shuffling slowly behind the crowd wondering what the hell is going on.

Apparently the “definition of the sales funnel (also known as a revenue funnel or sales process) refers to the buying process that companies lead customers through when purchasing products. A sales funnel is divided into several steps, which differ depending on the particular sales model.”

Nothing particularly remarkable in that.

It is just another reinvented strategy. A sales strategy which I have never been particularly good at and the reason, I am stuck somewhere between points two and three.

This is the point at which I lose it.

The fourth phase. The Decision phase. Impulse buying. The point at which the internet is supposed to changing lives for the better.

I always understood that the world wide web is supposed to be an information super highway, giving us access to everything we need to make rational decisions.┬áIt is not supposed to get mangled and twisted into a modern day version of the age old “Chain Letter” phenomena.

Be that as it may, it not something that can be blamed on the internet. Nor the advent of smart phones and technology.

It is us.

It is how we relate. How we focus and how we use the tools that are available to us.

If we want to change the way things are, we are the first that need to change. We need to re-look at and understand what we, so blithely, refer to as free enterprise. What we understand as freedom and what we understand as enterprise. We need to understand the difference between socialism, social enterprise and free markets.

It is possible to build a small business that can be run from home. Many have done it. Just as it is possible to start an online business and to build wealth beyond ones wildest dreams. But nothing will ever change unless we start making some radical changes to the way we think and we should start by evaluating Googles rather trite dictum of “do no evil”.

Web skills

There are too few, who understand that the internet is nothing more than a handy tool that has been left lying around, waiting for someone to use. There are too few, who understand that the key to using the net, is understanding, the importance of a sense of community.

Tick off those two boxes and you will be opening doors in no time

 

Xbox One

Gaming stores in the Garden Route

Microsoft have come up with a winner with the Xbox One. Last year they were trailing badly in the latest console war. The Xbox was underpowered, overpriced and hobbled with an expensive peripheral that nobody wanted. But there is now more of an emphasis on games and gaming.