Skoup – a warning

Skoup   a warning âI recommend that people don’t support or help Skoup or use their rather doubtful service.

My personal experience is that Skoup fail to pay as promised. From this I deduce that they are either a) liars, b) cheats, c) broke or d) administratively incompetent…or a combination of those things.

A freelancer of theirs sent me this message after I said that I would blog about it:

Hi Kevin, Feel free to, heck send me the blog and I’ll personally give it to the founders. I’ve chased them multiple times on this for a lot of people. Unfortunately with freelance work there’s a degree of trust with the client. I’m sorry, I genuinely am. I’d be mad as hell. But there’s literally nothing else I can do, I was working for them, its not my company.

There, you’ve been warned.


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Negotiating with your dentist

Of course you can get the price down. Learn from this hilarious masterclass.

When only price matters.

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New and emerging payments

New and emerging payments âI keep using the description ‘new and emerging payments’. I think I need to change my words for some instances.

Whilst updating account information I noticed that I have had a PayPal account since 2004. A further quick search and I found that PayPal was founded in 1998. Today PayPal revenue exceeds $5.6bn. Emerged and not new I would suggest.

I might continue this conversation at the Emerging Payments Awards next month. One of our RTD Group businesses, Appitized, is sponsoring the Best Mobile Application category.

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I’ll have what she’s having: mapping social behaviour

You need something decent to watch with your peppered chicken salad. At 16’40” this video weighed in well for me. Authors Mark Earls and Alex Bentley explore how ideas, behaviour and culture spread through the simple means of doing what others do.

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Rumpus âWhat a great name for a PR company – Rumpus. Yesterday I met Gareth Clements of Rumpus PR at an interesting event.

Recounting the tale of my evening to a colleague got me to look up the definition of rumpus. There are some wonderful synonyms for rumpus, kerfuffle being my favourite.

Rumpus – noun.

“A noisy disturbance; a row.”

“he caused a rumpus with his flair for troublemaking”

Synonyms: disturbance, commotion, uproar, confusion, furore, brouhaha, hue and cry, ruckus, fuss, fracas, melee, tumult, riot, brawl, free-for-all, scuffle, struggle, altercation, quarrel; noise, racket, din, outcry; donnybrook; to-do, carry-on, ruction, shindig, shindy, hullabaloo, hoo-ha, ballyhoo, dust-up, scrap, stink; row, kerfuffle; stooshie; foofaraw, rough house; affray; broil; bagarre



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The reduced Apple announcements

In the manner of the Reduced Shakespeare Company, Mashable have edited down an interminably long announcement to just 90′. Well done…and it really is as simple as this.

Despite the lengthy live announcement and live performance from U2, the Apple share price dropped after the announcement. See the chart below.

The reduced Apple announcements âWhat was interesting for me was that the share price matched my personal reaction:

  • iPhone 6 – okay, but bigger
  • Love the Apple Pay feature, this could be really useful
  • Apple Watch – well the straps look a bit basic, the face is large and it’s not available until next year
  • U2 – not everyone likes them and that includes me and the scripted ‘spontaneous’ conversation was dreadful

As ever, Apple will move forward positively I’m sure. And in reality, when I see an iPhone 6 I’ll probably want one.

>>> Business Insider Apple share price information



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Cloudfare upsell

This made me chuckle; an email from CloudFlare, titled “Keep your site safe and prevent data theft with SSL” arrived today. Here it is below.

The email looks rather like they want to help inform me and educate me via a webinar from their solution engineer, Peter Griffin. Really they want to ‘upsell’ to me.

Cloudfare upsell âKeeping communication between your visitors and your website secure has never been more important. Data can be vulnerable to theft when transferred to and from your website. One simple solution to this security threat is to encrypt your traffic with SSL (Secure Sockets Layer). SSL encryption ensures the data transferred between your visitors and your site is safe, and having SSL enabled can also boost your Google search rankings. Learn about the key features of SSL, how it works on CloudFlare (automatic, custom, or manual option) and which option is right for you. Join the webinar with solutions engineer Peter Griffin from CloudFlare on Wednesday, July 30th at 10:00am PST. Registration link: Best, The CloudFlare Team

Cloudfare upsell âAll fine and dandy really. As it happens I unsubscribed from the list and was taken to a page titled “You have been removed from Q3 batch 1 upsell HTTPS.” Here is the page with the message.

Of course non of this really matters and CloudFlare are a fine company…but it does feel like I was just a number being sold to. Not really the best parting message for a brand to deliver.

P.S. Lots of hours later the ‘one final email’ mentioned has not arrived. Not that I particularly need it.



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