In 1971, Ray Tomlinson sent the world’s first email, a message passed from one computer to another placed directly beside it. Now, just 43 years later, we send approximately 182.9 billion email messages each and every day.
Email is just one example of the kind of explosive growth experienced by the Internet and its features. Since its development in the late 20th century, the Internet has quickly evolved into a necessity for our daily lives; less than 20 years ago, Internet access was considered a luxury, and it certainly wasn’t fast, either.
In our latest infographic, we explore a series of famous Internet firsts you may not have known about, including the first spam email, the first item purchased online, and some of the first social media updates. We’ll also show you where these famous firsts are today, and how they’ve grown over the years. Some of the statistics may surprise you!
For such a large company, Google is notoriously difficult to contact. Where most companies would list a big phone number and contact form, Google’s “Contact us” page sports a plethora of options, drop-down menus, and links to other pages.
As an Internet marketing company, we work with Google fairly frequently, to the point that we’ve managed to become familiar with their myriad of confusing contact preferences. Rather than keep these secrets to ourselves, we thought it might be nice to share them with you. Hopefully this will make your life a little easier the next time you want to get in touch with a real person at Google!
We continue to roll on with our InterviewFX series, talking to business owners, authors, and more. Today we’re talking to Mark Sanborn, speaker and author of The Fred Factor: How Passion In Your Work and Life Can Turn the Ordinary Into the Extraordinary, which has sold nearly two million copies to date.
We recently included The Fred Factor in our list of “5 Best Workplace Productivity & Positivity Books” and highly recommend it due to its universal ideas that everyone can put into practice. Mark talks about how you don’t have to have a dream job like a rock star or athlete to make a difference. Anyone, from the garbage man to the person delivering mail, can have a positive impact.
Check out what Mark has to say!
A few months ago, we did some original research to determine who controls the Internet, state by state. It didn’t surprise us to see that Comcast is currently one of the largest Internet service providers in the country. It certainly didn’t make us any happier to see how much larger the company would grow after buying out another major market share holder, Time Warner Cable.
Time went by, and Comcast distracted us with other larger issues like threatening net neutrality all together. Regular interactions with Comcast’s phone support have also caused a bit of a stir. Little did we know, Comcast has been silently building political support for the long-forgotten TWC buyout.
Our InterviewFX series rolls on! These interviews offer business owners and marketers important insight, advice, and ideas that will help grow their online presence and become more successful at what they do. To see past interviews, visit this page or click the “InterviewFX” button in our sidebar.
Today we interview internationally renowned speaker and author Liz Jazwiec. Liz’s books include “Eat That Cookie,” “Hey Cupcake! We Are All Leaders,” and her most recent, “Service Excellence is as Easy as P.I.E. (Perception is Everything).” Check out her advice on finding your internal customer, making client relationships personal, and what NOT to do when you have customers who are a little bit… well, crazy.
Want to make more money online? Speed up your website.
According to research by Akamai, users expect websites to load in 3 seconds or less. However, the top 500 ecommerce websites in the world have a median load time of approximately 10 seconds, well over the expectation of shoppers. This can cause frustration, abandoned carts, and — as our infographic will show you — a lot of lost revenue.
By improving the speed of your website, you can dramatically improve your conversion rate. In fact, on average, just one second shaved off your load time can boost conversions by 7%! Keep reading to learn why faster websites make more money, and to get some surprising statistics about just how much revenue you might stand to gain by speeding things up.