How did you survive the 30 minute Facebook outage?
Facebook is back and up and running after a 30-minute outage which affected the social network’s web and mobile site as well as connected apps. Those of us who tried to access the site this morning was left twiddling their fingers. I was greeted with a message saying “Sorry, something went wrong. We’re working on getting this fixed as soon as we can.”
‘Earlier this morning, we experienced an issue that prevented people from posting to Facebook for a brief period of time. We resolved the issue quickly, and we are now back to 100 per cent. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.’
Facebook have not disclosed a reason just yet, however I believe there are some hackers that are claiming responsibility. The outage caused some panic-stricken tweets, here are a few of my favourites…
So, what did you do with your 30 minutes? What funny tweets did you see?
Piece of cake!
Yesterday the lovely Sami from Slim Sam’s Cakery popped by my house to drop off some of her low fat and yummy baked delights. Whilst enjoying my ‘Cake in a Cup’ this morning with my coffee I was trying to think of the topic of my next blog post. This delicious treat was the answer, a successful marketing plan is a little like baking a cake. Just like baking a cake creating a marketing plan requires patience and an understanding of your ingredients.
You need a good recipe. Without clear directions your cake is going to be a big flop and the same applies with your marketing plan. You need to define the steps needed, and understand how you are going to reach your goal.
You need to follow the steps exactly. From experience rushing through and missing steps whilst baking is only going to result in a soggy bottom (and no one likes a soggy bottom). Your marketing strategy is the same, you cannot rush ahead to execution until you know you have the right message. It’s a step by step process.
Timings and temperature are key elements in baking and marketing too. There is no point having a great recipe, all the correct ingredients and you’ve mixed them all together in the right order only to ignore these two vital components at the final stage. I find that most ovens vary and it can be a bit of experiment at the final baking stage, and I think this applies to marketing. Sometimes things just do not go to plan. So what do you do? Well, you definitely do not give up. You need to keep going, you need to find that step that just wasn’t quite right, re-adjust and carry on. Try different tactics and learn from what went wrong. Eventually all your efforts will rise to an all new level with a little time and effort.
You can have your cake and eat it.
Why I love what I do…
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life
It’s true! And it doesn’t matter what job you do, if you love what you’re doing it’s not work. I see what I do as part of me, the only thing I regret is that I didn’t figure it out earlier. I wanted to be a Graphic Designer and studied very hard to become one, I bounced out of KIAD Rochester, Kent (now known as The University of Creative Arts) portfolio in hand and fully armed with all the qualifications and the hunger to succeed. But along the way I got lost, I got confused and started questioning ‘is this really what I want to do?’
So I took a job in retail to give myself a chance to figure this career stuff out. And after several different jobs in retail I knew that was not for me. During my school years my Dad used to tell me to make sure I paid attention and to study hard because ‘You will spend the vast majority of your life working, and if you don’t like what you do, it’s going be a tough ride’. He told me he didn’t care what job I did as long as whatever it was I was happy. And through gritted teeth I have to admit, he was right.
Over ten years ago I saw a job advertised for a Marketing Assistant within a company I was working for and decided I would apply. I got the job! Within 6 months I was enrolled on the IDM Diploma in Direct and Digital Marketing. I loved every part of studying and learning the art of marketing. And in fact I even missed it when the studying was over.
I can’t help but respond to clever marketing campaigns, and I am obsessed with beautiful packaging and tempting promotional offers. I love a good advert and am over the moon when the advert has been tailored just for me.
I love making things happen. I love organizing events, I love developing strategies and coming up with new ideas. And I love using my creative flair (my Graphic Design days were not a complete waste) to bring ideas and plans to life with words and images. Achieving the end result is also hugely satisfying.
As the late Apple CEO, Steve Jobs said: “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
According to Forbes Magazine unhappy employees outnumber happy ones by two to one worldwide. I am one of the lucky ones…I adore what I do. It’s so much more than a job its part of who I am. I’m learning new techniques and exploring new ideas all the time and I love sharing and helping others.
Which one are you?