Adventures in QR codes

My great friend, the rather wonderful photographer photographer and social activist Kirsty Morris is taking part in the Green Dragons Den at the Hay festival on Friday. She’ll be pitching her idea for QR codes and product stories – she has some awesome ideas that will help businesses and organisations share their stories via the wonders of QR technology. If you are around and about in the Hay area on Friday be sure to pop by and see Kirsty pitch her plan to the fire breathing green and ethical entrepreneurs who are the guardians of this £10,000 wad of cash. Since I am bereft of a smartphone I’ve had no experience actually using them myself. I’m assured this code contains relevant information about me, but I haven’t been able to scan it myself: Hopefully it doesn’t include a link to a picture of a dog in a bikini, or a squirrel wearing a tuxedo. That would be awful. Good luck Kirsty and let us know how it...

hReviews and rich snippets in local search

Just been reading around the topic of rich snippets in local search. I’ve been using hCard microformat for ‘contact us’ and ‘find us’ pages on sites for a while, but hadn’t yet tried out the hReview creator. I took the opportunity to try it out based on my visit to Ultracomida in Narberth yesterday. Here it is: Delicious! May 22, 2004 by Claire Carlile Business Ultracomida 7 High Street Narberth Dyfed, SA67 7AR United Kingdom Took the time out of a hectic shopping day to stop off for a bite to eat in Ultracomida. Some of the reviews I have read describe the wait for a table as too long, and the staff as surly. However, we were seated quickly and the staff were sweet. Had a delicious pastrami and celery remoullade panini. Mmmmm, still smacking my lips together now. Highly recommended. 0.3 This hReview brought to you by the hReview Creator. I can definitely recommend a trip to this fabulous eatery if you’re ever out enjoying the varied shopping experiences of Narberth, and they also serve a fabulous tapas. Their website, however, looks like it could do with some serious love and attention – couldn’t find the address of the Narberth branch, they need to claim their Places page, and they should also take the time to respond to the reviews, both negative and positive. Small businesses take note – remember to provide your full contact details on your website – make it easy for people to contact you, review you, and say nice things about you. Happy...

And in recent news…

….tumbleweed. Whoops, another 2 months have gone by and no blog post from me! It didn’t take long to break my new years resolution to blog more regularly. Oh dear. My only excuse – when you’re busy working hard for your clients, when you’re creating cracking content for them and helping them socialise it, writing content for your own blog does tend to take a back seat. So if you want to write something nice for this little old blog – please let me know However, whilst things might have been quiet on my own blog, they’ve not been quite so quiet elsewhere. I was really chuffed to leave my sweaty pawprint in these places: On Lyndon Antcliffs Cornwall SEO blog – writing up some top tips from Paddy Moogan’s “It’s all about the links” presentation at ThinkVis. Julie Joyce, my favourite filthy linkbuilding swami, from LinkFish Media was kind enough to publish an interview with me on Search Marketing Gurus. I loved this, and was very happy to be able to include a picture of Sam Murray with a monkey on his head. Here’s that again for anyone that missed it: And then…. I became State of Search’s newest blogger and today I published my inaugural post over on their site. How cool is that! Whoah – so I have actually been pretty busy – so please don’t berate me on the blogging front. And in other, non worky type related news – you know a row a boat right? I row with a lovely bunch of people at Porthgain rowing club. A big wooden clinker built gig,...