Stop boring your social media followers

Running a social media account for a business is hard. It’s difficult to get into the habit of putting the time in and even if you are posting on a regular basis it can be tough not to just churn out a stream of boring promotional messages. You can avoid this though.

(Un)Special Offers [video]

Special offers can be a great way to increase loyalty among your customers but you need to be careful. Poorly timed or ill-thought offers can actually do more harm than good. Here are a few ‘special’ offers that have failed to in their aim of getting me to buy more.

Remove non-alphanumeric characters in Google Sheets

I recently found I needed to remove non-alphanumeric characters in Google Sheets. I had a column of text containing business names which I needed to format as URL friendly equivalents. For example, I needed to turn these: My Business Name Derek’s World of Fish! Jane & Janet’s Pieland Into these: my-business-name dereks-world-of-fish jane-janets-pieland I achieved […]

Lessons I learned from the design of the NES

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This week I was in the rare position to be able to learn about the design of the Nintendo Famicom (that’s the NES to us Westerners) from its designer Masayuki Uemura. He spoke for a couple of hours at The National Videogame Arcade in Nottingham. We heard about design decisions, successes and failures of the project from it’s inception in Japan to becoming a global phenomenon.