Any person with basic programming skills can develop an app. In fact, there are a number of android & IOS developers in Singapore out there. The question is, how you can stand out from the rest of the developers? How can you become a successful mobile app developer? How can you make employers come knocking on your door?
A college degree in computer science
To be a programmer or to be a mobile app developer, you do not need any academic qualifications. In fact, there are a number of famous and successful programmers who do not even have a basic degree. However, what they have, is extremely good programming skills. Now, that is not something that comes to each and every programmer by default. A college curriculum can help to hone the skills of a programmer. It can make a good programmer, a great programmer. In order to land a software job in most of the software companies nowadays, you need a degree in computer science. Many of the companies will not even consider you without one in your resume, especially if you are a fresher straight out of college. Of course, experience counts, however, in order to get that experience, you need to start somewhere. A college degree in computer science can help to develop your skills, and get you more exposure with the software companies.
Knowledge of multiple programming languages
Having a good knowledge in multiple programming languages can get you more opportunities with companies. Even if you are a freelance mobile app developer, the ability to write codes in different programming languages can help you to develop various apps for different companies. Now, each language has its own benefits and uses. Java and Swift are ideal if you are looking to develop apps for two of the major mobile operating systems. The Android OS of Google uses Java as the basis of all Android apps. Currently, 60% of the world’s mobile devices run Android. Java has huge potential as a coding language. Swift is a programming language from Apple for iOS. Its simplicity has already made it a very popular coding language. Having a good knowledge of programming languages such as PHP, HTML5, Objective-C, C++, Python, Visual Basic.NET, and Ruby can certainly give you an edge in the mobile app development world.
Having good UX/UI design skills can also set you apart from the rest of the mobile app developers. There are millions of apps in the market nowadays. Hence, it is essential that your app has an attractive design, is easy to deploy, and easy to use, if you want your app to gain popularity, and make money for you. There have been various messaging apps even before WhatsApp came into the picture. The popularity of WhatApp can be mainly attributed to its simple design and its ease of use. Chatting, sending pictures/videos has been not so easy before WhatsApp.
Familiarity with mobile platform APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) such as Symbian, andWindows Mobile can help as well. The success of an app, to a large extent, depends on to cross-platform compatibility. Users would want your app from Apple App store, Google Play store, and from BlackBerry World.
Experience in Agile Methodologies
Agile Methodologies constitutes a set of principle for software development. Strong collaboration between self-organizing and cross-functional teams helps to create solutions. Agile Methodologies promote planning, development, and delivery. It aims to provide continuous improvement. It basically is working together to achieve a common goal. If you have experience in working in this kind of environment, your resume will be preferred over many others, since, in the mobile app field, agile software development is the most common way of working.
A good mobile app developer’s responsibility does not end with developing an app. He/she should test it as well, and improve the app if required. It should be ensured that the functionality and the quality of the app are in line with the requirements of the client.
The job market for mobile app developers is already big. The coming years will only see it growing. Based on the surveys conducted in the mobile app market, 300,000 new mobile app development jobs will be created by 2020.
It is REALLY difficult to start online marketing business from home! I have worked so hard but still cannot earn a single dollar from internet. Some even claims that they had no experience and desperate to know how to start online marketing business from scratch?
To be very honest, online marketing can be challenging if you do not understand the concept of internet marketing. The only way you can make money through online isTRUST! For all business, the most important thing is sales. In traditional business, we can easily close sales through face-to-face meeting or phone call. With your gesture and voices, your prospects trust you and buy products from your company.
However, it turns out when comes to internet marketing. When visitors come across to your website, they are attracted to your website designs and product. However, 98% of users do not dare to make payment due to online scamming is severe nowadays. Hence, it is common to see that many internet marketers give up on the half way when they see no result in their websites.
Today, I am going to explain the concept of internet marketing and step by step process which can help you start your online business INSTANTLY.
5 Steps-Formula for Building Six Figure Online Marketing Business
1. Positive Mindset Craft Your Destiny
Positive thinking is always the key to be succeed in your life(relationship, business, friendship,study).
If you get negative result, your limiting belief (emotional, doubtful) will come out from your subconscious mind. What you need to do is MASTER YOUR MIND.
Well, you can start from reading motivational book : Master Your Mind , Design Your Destiny authored by Adam Khoo. Trust me, your life will be changed if you finish this book!
In internet business world, 95% of marketers fail to build their online business because they do not have strong belief system. They do not believe themselves can make money through online. Based on law of attraction, negative things will come if you think negatively while good things will come only if you are optimist.
How to Remove Negative Belief and Get Success in Online Business
You need to believe in yourself that you can make a lot money through online. Your friends and parents might criticize you and do not support you. But you must know what you are doing! Take massive actions after you get knowledge from online marketing blog .
Bear in mind, some ‘PROVEN’ strategies might not worked in your niche. Hence, you need to keep testing new strategies until you find the best way to improve your online business.
2. Conduct Market Research for Your Chosen Niche
Before you conduct market research, you need to choose niche you want to work on. Many internet marketing experts suggest you to choose a niche with less competitive but with medium competitive keywords. However, I would advise you to choose a niche you are PASSIONATE with. Why?
You will onlyFOCUS AND STAY CONSISTENT to things you really like and passionate !
After that, you need to perform comprehensive market research to understand who are your customers and what they want. It will save you a lot of money and time if you can target your business to right audience!
How to Do and Conduct Market Research?
In general, you can do keyword research according to your niche. One of most common keyword research tools is Google Keyword Planner.Let us think about this: If everyone is using keyword planner to do keyword research, it indicates everyone is targeting to the same keywords. Hence, the particular keywords will be competitive.
To be able to stand up from competition, you can leverage the power of forum to conduct keyword research. Nowadays , Google focuses on user experience . If you can help to solve the problem in your community, you can dominate and even become monopoly! You can find real gem in the question of forum (Quora) and create an article to solve people problems.
3. Product/ Services
Products or services are the main stream of income for your website. You need to have an ideas about what is your products/ services before starting your business.
Here are some questions you need to ask yourself:
(i) How my products/services add value to customers?
(ii) Does my product meet the newest trend?
(iii) How to deliver product / services (system)
In internet marketing, you can deliver your products in different forms:
(i) Virtual/ digital products: In layman term, it means your product is downloadable. For instance, audio , video, ebooks, white paper
(ii) Physical products: Real physical appearance products. Usually need to involve in packaging and shipment(increase risk of hazardous)
(iii) Services : e-classes, wedding planning services, organic food delivery Singapore services and etc. Most of time, you need to deal with service providers with special prices (to earn arbitrage)
(iv) Offline: Mostly about digital marketing services : SEO, Social Media, PPC, Email Marketing. You can become broker, marketing your search engine marketing services and outsource those services to freelancers. Through this method, you can earn price difference.
4. Make Your Business Effective With Automation
Focus on the things that help you start your business in first place and left other things with automation.
One of the common automation in e-commerce site is online payment system. There is wordpress plugin with automate payment system : woocommerce. To make life easier, I still suggest you to hire a back-end developer to build a system for your business.
There are plenty automation tools in internet marketing.
Here I am going to list two of the most important automation tools:
(i) Hootsuite : Enhance your social media management and it can manage multiple networks and profiles. For free version, you only can connect one profile for FB, Twitter and Google Plus.
(ii) Mail Chimp: To be able to automate email marketing , we need to create auto responders. After visitors sign up for your email list, they will receive email from you once a week. For free version, you need to send email manually to your potential leads( take a lot of time).
5. Get More Visitors(Traffic) To Your Website in One Day
Traffic = Sales!
You can have the best product and most persuasive copy-writing in your website. However, if you cannot bring visitors to your website, you cannot sell. It is truth that having excellence products and sales copy is extremely important, but sales involve in driving massive visitors to your websites.
Struggling how to drive traffic to your website?
Here are the top 3 proven traffic generation method you must use:
1. Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
In layman term, SEO means optimizes your website (meet Google Algorithm guidelines) and rank higher in Search engine result page (SERP). It is totally FREE !
P.S : It will take 3 months and above to see the ranking result . It is not guarantee!
2. Pay Per Click (PPC):
For Pay-Per-Click(PPC), we only pay when somebody click on our advertisement. Bid price will depend on the competitiveness of your market. In layman term, the more competitive your market, the more you need to pay so that your ads can be placed in the first page of Google.
However, amount of pay-per-click should be determined by your marketing budget and conversion rate in your website.
For example, we set aside of 10% of the retail value RM59.90 elegant skirt set and conversion rate is 10%. It indicates one of ten visitors will buy this shirt and you should pay RM0.599 per click (Stick to budget).
Step-By-Step Guide for PPC
(i) Be clear with your goals (More sales, encourage sign up or increase enquiries?)
(ii) Select long tails and most converted keywords
(iii) Bid for different keywords and select your daily or monthly budget
(iv) Write persuasive copywriting with targeted keywords and include call-to action to increase conversion rate.
(v) Watch it closely.
* Once we run a successful campaign(Sales > Expenses), spend more!
Managing Google Adwords Costs
When our ads appeared in the search engine result page (SERP), there are two things will affect our Google Adwords costs:
(i) How much you bid for the keywords
(ii) Quality Score of targeted keywords
Google gives quality score to your keywords based on user experience and how relevant your keywords. The higher the score, it can reduce your CPC and get your ads in higher position.
Hence, CTR acts the most important role in improving quality score for your ads.
3. Social Media
If you are serious about content marketing strategies, you also need to be serious about driving traffic from social media(Facebook, twitter, Google Plus, Youtube). Based on experience, you can start focusing on 1 or two social media based on your niche. For example, if your business is B2B , you can focus on LinkedIn and Facebook.
As I mentioned above, you can use social media management software to schedule your posts everyday.
In social media marketing, the only way to succeed is post your content consistently! If it still does not make any effect on your business, you can promote through FB ads with right targeted audience.
Want to learn more SECRETS on growing your online marketing business? Drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Malaysia has always been part of the hot spot for serial-travelling within South East Asia region. It makes very familiar sound as Malaysia is known for excellent hospitality, besides having unique set of cultural activities.
Generally, this country consists of the peninsular (west) Malaysia) and the East Malaysia (Sabah and Sarawak). Other the main three majority races (Malay, Chinese and Indian), the ethnic composition starts to evolve a little bit as more and more Middle Easterners and other ASEAN people flocks into the Malaysia shore.
CHEAPEST Catering Services In Malaysia
Nevertheless, Malaysia has stable economic growth and is one the favourite place for investors to build regional businesses here. Lately, there has been steady increase in the conventions, exposition, campaigns, and serial-seminars being held throughout the year. Weekends have been pretty exciting for those urban folks who like to participate in these activities, be it for social reason, education, commercial reason or merely enjoying the fun among the crowds.
I can say, for all the events that I’ve been through, the first thing that my eyes will scout is the food served. In Malaysia, it is very, I mean, very common to enjoy food served by good caterers, and guess what… you actually get the best local food, sometimes taste better than those served in the restaurants. The last artistic event which I’ve participated, I pretty much enjoy the awesome food served and I have the chance to grab their name cards as my future caterer candidate, my birthday or wedding party maybe? In case you are curious which caterer that might be, look out for them at onecateringmalaysia.com.
The food that we enjoyed are served HOT! Taste wise, they are pretty decent with the correct spices used, seems like they are designed and customized just to fulfil the participants. I am sure the others felt the same as the food “evaporated” fast just within minutes from the breaks. Variety wise, the organizer was generous enough to cater to all types of audiences present. Thumb up!
All in all, it is very exciting to explore what Malaysia catering companies can offer, as it is not entirely about the food served, the service quality and overall package value that the guess received are becoming more of a considering factor, as they said the modern business delivery these days put significant measurement on the quality of services.
7 Content Marketing Strategies [How To Make Viral Content]
I believe most of the online marketers have the same problem- How To Make Viral Content. They know the importance of viral content but they have no idea to create viral content every time.
In fact, it does not require magic or luck when a content goes viral. As we know, viral content must have some elements that persuade people to share.
Today, I am going to share 7 definitive tips that will make your content viral.
Check this out:
1.Use odd number in headlines
Based on case study, odd numbered headlines have 20% higher Click Through Rate (CTR) than even numbers.
The standard “ 10 Tips You Should Know About Swimming” is generic while “ 13 Tips You Should Know About Swimming” shows a subconscious thought in reader that this author knows exactly what they are writing with exactly 13 key points.
(i) Use Brackets
Hubspot found that headlines with brackets have 38% CTR compared to headlines without brackets.
I believe that you will ask why it makes a big difference.
Brackets can provide short preview into your content. In other words, brackets can let people know the post before they click into it.
(ii) Numbered Headline Vs “How To” Headlines
According to Moz, we found that headlines with numbers have the highest click through rate which is 36%. It is 19% higher than “How To” Headlines.
(iii) Odd Number Vs Even Number
Odd numbers make your reader feel that you have not cut information to short to hit an even number or you are keen to hit a higher even number.
2.Introduction should be short sentence
In an average visit, users always read at most 28% of the words and the average is 20%. Most of the users are not reading the content. Instead, they are scanning the text.
You should spend hours on introduction instead of content. If your introduction is not attractive, they will definitely bounce back and not even look at your content.
To be honest, introduction is your only weapon to hook the mouth of readers. One of the best example is Backlinko. Some of his posts have an 8 minutes average time on page!
Short sentences always have the largest potential to bump up your introductions and increases time on page.
If you add colorful images at the top of your post, it makes your content more comprehensive.
Always remember your images should not be too large and push the content below the fold. Instead you can align your image to left or right like this:
There are some ways to optimize image in your blog post:
A.Use Pro Images(Quality Images)
B.Use Featured Image in all your blog post ( Good for sharing purpose)
C.Insert Infographic in your blog post
D.Image should be good fit for topic ( Data Driven Image is the best)
Why do we need images in blog posts ?
Infographic provide value to users.
4.Share content is an emotional decision
I believe everyone know viral content must have emotional elements. Most of the people do not know how to create content that stir up someone and make them sharing their blog posts.
There are 3 emotions that can get the most shares:
(i) Awe – You might be wondering how your blog post makes audience awe. Long form content can always make people feel awe! Normally, people only list 10 or at most 20 tips for planning a wedding. If you can make a 50 tips on wedding planning checklist with lots of explanation, your audience will admire and treat you as the leader in wedding planner.
The more details you provide, the more awe your audiences are.
(ii) Surprise – As previous mentions, 50 wedding planning checklist will definitely surprised a lot of people as no people is willing to waste time on writing these 50 tips. Sometimes, I even surprised myself since I can spend 1 weeks to do research and write it out.
(iii) Anger : This anger is different with our common anger(scolding). In your blog post, you should emphasize on the truth. As we know, truth is always hurt but only that you can stir up your audiences! Maybe you will get some comments like “ I hate this post and never ever visit this website again” . Still, all these negative comments bring you traffic!
5.Make Your Content Scan-able
You should use “scannable” text such as headings, subheading, bullet and number lists and short paragraphs. All these forms can boost your content readability.
I strongly recommend you stick to 1 to 2 sentences so that your content is easy to read.
Short Sentence Paragraphs
Bullet or numbered lists
Heading & Subheadings
6.Always provide actionable and practical tips
Recently, I have done some researches on content marketing. I read a lot of articles about great content. They keep repeating great contents are good in ranking, traffic and conversion rate.
I am bored with all these articles! Their articles only show me the result of great content.
For example, I have 100 millions in my house and keep showing you how rich I am and what I can do with that money.
You must be pissed off and hope that I can teach you the trick to get 100 millions so that you can enjoy your life right?
In Online Marketing , I like Backlinko the most because all his teaching materials are actionable. You can do your own testing and conclude that whether this tip work or not.
If you want your content go viral, make sure it is full of actionable tips !
7.Optimize your SEO tags with Adwords Tag
As we know, online marketers use adwords ads to maximize click through rate. You can analyse how they optimize their adwords ads tag. Use them as your SEO title and meta description.
Recently, Click through rate (CTR) become more important after Google Quality Update. The higher the CTR, the higher your quality score.
You must believe online marketers try their best on adword ads to maximize CTR. If you match their title and description (don’t copy blindly), you can get more people to click on your blog posts. In conclusion, Google always change its algorithm and therefore testing is the key factor to succeed in online marketing. Do not follow all the tips blindly and make changes based on your circumstances. Test it now!
Actually, bow ties are not hard to make but it takes time to sew them.
But, imagine the happiness of your partners when they realize that the bow ties are hand made!
This might be the cutest bow tie in the world.
Needle, thread, sewing machine, scissors
Bow tie pattern
Super Thin Fabric
Small piece of ribbon
How To Do:
Cut thin fabric into two 4 to 7 inches squares(depend on how large you want)
Fold your first square into a triangle
Turn over and repeat the fold (become smaller triangle)
Fold in to hide the point, then fold it to center line
Repeat the same things on the right side
Pantyhose Petals- Dress up a Wedding Gown
In 1950s, women bear the risk of being fired unless they wear hosiery to the office. Today, women dye and cut the pantyhose petal to create flowers for wedding hat, corsages and veil. You can buy those same flowers on eBay or you can recreate them(DIY)
A pair of pantyhose
How To Do:
Cut 9 cm of wire (you can shorten it later) and crimp the wire with your fingers.
Bend the wire into petal shape and frame your petal.
Cut the pantyhose into 4cm x 4cm squares
Put nylon on your petal frame
Create petals’s trio
Bloom your petals
Wrap your stem with floral tape
In conclusion, DIY wedding crafts are greats but they are time costly.
Do not give up in the mean of time as DIY projects are really worth the time.