For those that do not know about Neom City, it is a Futuristic City that is being built in Saudia Arabia. The Crown Prince Of Saudia Arabia has started construction to build a zero-carbon empire at NEOM, the first major project for the $500 billion flagship business zone aimed at diversifying the economy of the world’s largest oil exporter.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman the future King of Saudia Arabia is only 34 years old, he controls part of the royal family’s vast wealth, which is estimated at up to $1.4 trillion and includes Saudi Aramco, the most valuable company in the world. The heir will ascend to the throne after the death of his father, 84-year-old King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
The Crown Prince was quoted in saying in a rare televised appearance that the city, known as “The Line”, would extend over 170 km (105 miles) and be able to house a million residents in “carbon-positive urban developments powered by 100% clean energy”. “The backbone of investment in ‘The Line’ will come from the $500 billion support to NEOM by the Saudi government, PIF and local and global investors over 10 years,”.
We offer website design, domain brokering , digital marketing and pr services. As a marketing service provider we primarily help clients implement and manage marketing strategies to achieve their business goals.
We have over 30 years experience in the marketing industry and have a very large network of connections on LinkedIn.
The reason for this post is a domain investor brought to my attention the following information via email:
Obviously I have redacted the senders email for privacy reasons.
The questionable link is as follows: www.DiscoverNeom.comit actually does point to a gaming site that looks like a five year old has designed, (apologies in advance to the owner of the site but it looks unprofessional).
Why is Neom pointing to this site anyway if Neom does not own it and clearly have not developed it?
Vistors going to this site will also be confused and willloose trust and damage reputation in what NEOM Stands for.
Due to GDPR it is difficult to find the real owner of this site if their registration details are hidden in whois data privacy settings.
It does not look good for the (The Crown Prince) when he starts a costly project but his marketing people fail to notice the embarrassing error or give good SEO advice.
Perhaps it was an oversight, however I wrote about hyphen domain names being unprofessional the other day relating to one the domain names that NEOM are promoting www.neom-property.com when they could have easily acquired the non-hyphen version that clearly points to a landing page stating the domain name is for sale www.neomproperty.com
Again I do not have this particular domain on my books but I can find out who the owner is by simply doing some digging around. I am connected with most Neom Domain Investors so it should not be very hard to find out.
Who ever this person is knows who I am and is continuingly trying to scam me and break me down. I suspect who it might be but at the same time it could a coincidence of multiple people that may not be associated with one another. Either way I know enough about hacking to stay alert. Obviously either I am a hot commodity or someone is doing it out of spite. One way or another although I must admit it has played its toll on my mental health, I find that everytime someone tries to hack or scam me they have inevitabily created content for me to write on my blog.
So today I get a phone call and it is automated message that says my credit card associated with my Amazon account has had suspicious activity and it was prompting me to press options to either agree I made the transaction of over £1000 or decline or speak to an operator.
My gut feeling told me if this was really Amazon they would not be phoning from a mobile phone. My second gut reaction was not to say anything and not to press any buttons. This then made the caller hang up.
I did a reverse call lookup to see who called me and this is the screenshot of what I found (May I point out anyone can buy a telephone number from a different location / country and pretend to be phoning from th location they are targeting) Obviously this person forgot to hide his ip location:
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So now this entity has been reported, hopefully I have helped to stop someone else from being scammed.
What concerns me is that these entities that try to scam people out of money or ruin their businesses do not give two monkeys about the knock on effect it will have on a victim.
Not all people are internet savvy or cyber security astute. Imagine if the victim was someone who had mental health issues and this unlawful act pushed them over the edge.
People who scam need to find a real job that other people would be proud of them for, not be low life bottom feeders not thinking two pennies for someone elses downfall or situation if the domino effect happened.
All I can say is:
“What goes around comes around” !
If you only do good then only good things will happen but if you do bad then do not blame anyone other than yourself for the consequences of your actions.
“If people had empathy there would not be any wars”.
I am a marketing influencer consultant with a following of nearly 10K people on LinkedIn.
My concerns are that my daughter who suffers with Multiple Sclerosis is on the verge of a replase because of Royal Mail due to unnecassary anxiety and stress.
Now I have reached out to the CEO Stuart Simpson regarding the problem my daughter is faced with for comment.
The post should be titled “Royal Mail VS Carrier Pigeon”.
Hopefully we will be able to resolve this issue quickly without any fuss.
I will be updating this post at the bottom of this page as soon as I get a response.
My concerns are not only about the value of the parcel and deadline but also by far the most important my daughters health. Obviously the parcel is worth a lot of money for my daughter to be up in arms worrying.
If a company has a laid back attitude and says they will respond within 10 -35 days, that is simply not good enough.
If you have a problem fix it thats all I can say, employ more staff if you have to….
There are plenty competitors out there including possible startups so it would be worth evaluating logistic strategies to stay ahead of the competion.
If you are sending letters, then Royal Mail is an option, but email is far easier, quickerm cheaper and more secure. However, if you want to send parcels that are larger and heavier, a courier is without a doubt the most cost-effective option every time.
I remember sending parcels abroad that cost more than the content I was shipping using Royal Mail.
Even I have a chat widget on all my sites, it is not hard to implement and it gives confidence to the user that their question will be answered, without trudging through countless web pages. I personally detest when a company does not tell you straight but points you to a tutorials or web pages and has no chat widget.
Standard of Care.
When a company enters into a contract between the consumer and service provider they have to duty of standard care which may be expressed in the contract or be implied by statute.
The contract may impose an absolute obligation on the entity to perform. However, in the case of giving advice or providing some other professional service, the implied duty ofreasonable care and skill is likely to apply (Section 13 SGSA 1982).
For example, when acting on behalf of a client in litigation, the solicitor is not guaranteeing success. The duty on the solicitor is to act with the care and skill that the client is entitled to expect from a professional. Similarly, when supervising the construction of a building, the surveyor is under a duty to act with the requisite care and skill. An additional absolute duty may be placed on the professional (for example, a surveyor may have contractually undertaken to spend a set number of hours each day at the site). The nature of any contractual obligation needs to be examined in each case.
Obviously the care expected between the consumer and the service provider is to ensure that the service is met and in the case of Royal Mail logistics are delivered from A to B., failing to do this, the consumer is entitled to monetary compensation.
I understand the sheer volume of letters and parcels sent everyday can be overwhelming to comprehend and my daughter and I am are a drop in the ocean as far as Royal Mail are concerned. But ifAmazon who I am an affiliateare on the ball there should be no excuse for Royal Mail.
Here is the compensation page it mentions nothing about if someone falls ill because of a direct consequence (Domino Effect) of Royal Mail’s actions.
I had a response back from the CEO of Royal Mail who said they would look into this for me. This does not solve the problem that even though I received the email 24 hours ago no one has bothered contacting my daughter and I.
Out of frustracion my daughter phoned Royal Mail today and was put on hold for an hour and ten minutes.
People should not have to wait this long to be put through to have a person on the other end obviously over worked and very stressed, having a tone in her voice and then saying that they are aware there is a backlog of deliveries in Cardiff Sorting Office (UK).
This news is no good to the customer who has a deadline to return a package.
What Is Royal Mail Doing?
Even a carrier pigeoncan deliver faster than what they are doingright now.
They should never make excuses as with every obstacle there is always a solution.
Tell me something if there are so many people out of work because of lockdown surely they can employ people or use online virtual assistants to answer calls and message with online chat. They would not have to physically employ staff just hire a service provider that can alleviate the problem of answering calls.
As for the backlog of deliveries what is wrong with their logistics again they could outsource the work to other couriers.
Obviously I do not know how a sorting office runs as the closest I have been to one was to collect parcels but again there is always a solution to every problem.
I would like to know what Royal Mail will offer my daughter for all the stress and worry she has endured which is detrimental to her health?
Will I be promoting Royal Mail in future?, who knows we will have to wait and see in another update.I still have not shared this post on my social media pages as I am still waiting on a soultion to this problem, although the clock is ticking.
The Current Lockdown Fines in Wales are as follows:
“The existing fines structure, which imposed a £60 fine for a first offence rising to £120 for a second and subsequent offences, will be replaced by a new structure in which the fines double for every offence – rising from £60 to £120 to £1,920 for the sixth offence”.
Omgif this a compacent red flag.
If I were in Government I would ISSUEMAXIMUM FINES not measly £60 fines for the first offence.
Having a pricelist of costs is commical. 😂
I have been told if it is your first offence and you get issued a £60 fine providing you pay it quickly it will be reduced to £30 similar to a parking or speeding fine.
The government are on another playing field.
I have heard on the grapevine and it is only hearsay as I have no way of proving the allegations.
This is just one example, so you can imagine what is going on all over the UK. Now I have to make it clear that this bit is just hearsay and I cannot prove the location of the event and who will be attending all I know is that a young person is planning a house party. The girl in question is planning the party is going to book a luxury apartment and use key worker credentials to organise the event. She has reassured her guests that if they get fined it will be a £60 fine if they get caught, reduced to £30 if they pay it quickly. One cannot control what goes on behind closed doors.
This fining business is a joke. If the fines were in the thousands people would think twice before breaking the law.
The government should fine maximum heavy fines not piddly £60.00 fines.
If you think young people obey rules, the powers that be are living in cloud cuckoo land.
If one does not scare the living daylights out of people, people will not believe in what you are saying. Using ‘shock tactic marketing and advertising’ will alter peoples perception of things and may make them take notice. For example showing cancerous lung images on cigarette packaging will put some people off from smoking but may not neccessarily stop everyone. Promoters/Advertisers/Governement need to shock an audience with controversial material in order for it to be effective. Merely saying there is a virus and implementing rules does not cut it, one needs a heavy hand with heavy fines and even military presence.
The same goes with Covid-19 Coronavirus Regulations, you can talk all you want and spend tonnes of time on the media but if you do not show people what they are really facing, they may become non believers or complacent.
If people saw first hand what coronavirus looks like and what it does to a person they would be more likely to be more cautious and would possibly obey the law.
People are confused and disorientated, they can see what is happening with the economy but want answers. How come nothing more is being said about Wuhan where the virus supposedly originated from? How come nothing is said about the scientists and why has the Chinese President not made a statement.
I have my own theories but I am not going to fuel any fires. I just think somethings do not add up and everything should be transparent.
Furthermore I have a question about this pandemic business.
Q: “If back in March 2020, people supposedly did as they were told, stayed indoors self isolated, shielded and stayed 2 metres apart how come the virus has mutated, and has spread”? Surely if the virus was contained the virus would be under control?
My theory “people who have not done as they were told, have become complacent and do not think this PANDEMIC IS REAL and it is just media manipulation to divert people from what is really happening.
If everyone was taught about cross contamination of germs back in March 2020, the infected people that sent out letters by post and left their saliva satuarated postage stamped envelopes on their doorsteps to be collected by couriers, imagine how many people have become infected just from this one act alone?
When people came to visit, social distancing, but stayed for a cup of teaimagine the cross contamination of the cup, saucer and teaspoon.
Not everyone has a hand washing obsession, does not have OCD and are complacent when washing their hands, thinking their hands are clean, until they touch a surface that may be contaminated but do not realise the consequence of their actions.
I know it has been drummed into our heads, wash hands often or use hand sanitiser. But not everyone obeys the rules. I have OCD so it is second nature to me, yet I have witnessed a handful of people that did not sanitise their hands in front of me. So what does it say for the rest of the nation?
Shall I carry on…. the example of an engineer that did not wash his hands, did not wear PPE and did an emergency job but touched all the surfaces in the home, whom may have been a carrier of the virus.
Or all the couriers that may wear facemasks but do not wear disposable gloves, cross contaminating one parcel after another.
Or the people that work in warehouses stocking shelves and packing parcels possibly not wearing PPE”.
Germs live on surfaces and if a person who may be infected touches something and does not disinfect will potentially cause a domino effect.
But at the end of the day who am I to make waves afterall the Government know what they are doing 😂 …..
Shortages of Toilet Paper.
2. Shortage of toilet rolls. I have just been on my regualr online grocery store to place an order and my toilet paper is out of stock which is a contradiction to what WEPA Group have said, which produces toilet paper and kitchen towels for the UK consumer market from its site in Bridgend, South Wales, said it expected sales to remain high but insisted that supplies would not run out.
Remember you should not believe everything you see of hear especially in MSM media. As Donald Trump called it “Fake News”. Love him or hate him he still has more money than most of the readers on this blog, so although he is now disgraced, one cannot knock him for his business strategies and all the properties and land that he owns and other investments.
I had an email to say my bill was going up by £3.50 pm for what is supposed to be the fastest broadband connection. What a joke , considering my bill averages at £61 per month to include telephone that is over 5% increase over the current rate of inflation and my wifi load speed is 1.58 mbps.
A happy customer will tell ten people, whilst an unhappy customer will tell the world.
Now I depend on the internet to run my business but their excuses are I do not have Business Broadband. Regardless if I have Business Broadband or Residential Broadband under the consumer rights act 2015 I should be provided with a product or service that is not sub-standard and should work. If it does not work I am entitled to compensation or my money back. I cannot afford any downtime testing it and having to be offline.
I am fed up the excuses and this is not just broadband but every service provider, utilities, anit-virus, hosting providers etc, trying to blame the customer and not admitting fault, “Its not us its you” scenario.
Be the bigger person and admit that you are giving a 💩 service.
I am not happy, if I have to phone and be put on hold for 20 minutes or longer and them told to reset my modem and basically mess around whilst my business goes offline, who is going to compensate me for loss of business?
With lockdown in place and businesses working form home, they should not be expected to upgrade to a business package to earn broadband providers more money for inferior services. The only difference with a business package is they will work on your fault faster than if your were a residential customer.
I have a chat widget on all my businesses so it does not look good if I am unavailable. I would willing to pay for Business Broadband if I thought I was going to have a good service, but with Virgin’s track record I begrudge paying a single penny more.
I am not happy!
If anyone else is experiencing a bad service from Virgin Media, please leave your comments below.
The more reviews Virgin gets the quicker they will have to clean up their act.
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I have just received an email today attemptimg to steal my domain name www.cymrumarketing.com or put a virus on my computer.
The person must own www.domainworld.com to set up an email address appertaining to the domain name.
Obviously this person is visiting my site in order to physically fill out my online form.
Here is the email source:
Received: from mx3.pub.mailpod7-cph3.one.com ([10.27.31.13])
by mailstorage11.cst.mailpod7-cph3.one.com with LMTP id SOtuDYx1/182bwAAuBebmg
for <email@example.com>; Wed, 13 Jan 2021 22:34:52 +0000
DKIM-Signature: v=1; a=rsa-sha256; c=relaxed/relaxed;
Received: from mailout1-5.pub.mailoutpod1-cph3.one.com (mailout1-5.pub.mailoutpod1-cph3.one.com [18.104.22.168])
by mx3.pub.mailpod7-cph3.one.com (Halon) with ESMTPS
Wed, 13 Jan 2021 22:34:51 +0000 (UTC)
DKIM-Signature: v=1; a=rsa-sha256; c=relaxed/relaxed;
DKIM-Signature: v=1; a=rsa-sha256; c=relaxed/relaxed;
Received: from onecom-formmail1 (customer-nat.pub.webpod9-cph3.one.com [22.214.171.124])
by mailout1.pub.mailoutpod1-cph3.one.com (Halon) with ESMTPSA
Wed, 13 Jan 2021 22:34:50 +0000 (UTC)
Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2021 22:34:50 GMT
Subject: New message via contact form on cymrumarketing.com - Contact page
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8
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orm on cymrumarketing.com.
Name: Joe Miller
Message: Notice#: 491343
Date: 2021-01-14 =20
YOUR IMMEDIATE ATTENTION TO THIS MESSAGE IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY!
YOUR DOMAIN cymrumarketing.com WILL BE TERMINATED WITHIN 24 HOURS
We have not received your payment for the renewal of your domain cymrumarke=
We have made several attempts to reach you by phone, to inform you regardin=
g the TERMINATION of your domain cymrumarketing.com
CLICK HERE FOR SECURE ONLINE PAYMENT: https://yourdomainregistration.ga/?n=
IF WE DO NOT RECEIVE YOUR PAYMENT WITHIN 24 HOURS, YOUR DOMAIN cymrumarketi=
ng.com WILL BE TERMINATED
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after reception of this email
This person is a parasite, the lowest of the low and I hope karma teaches him or her a lesson. Consider the consequences of your actions, next time you try to steal a domain name or try to ruin someone’s business!
This is the Whois Data.
Name TUCOWS, INC. Whois Server whois.tucows.com
Referral URL http://tucowsdomains.com Status client
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Hyphen Domain Names and why you should not use them.
I was approached last week to tender for a bank and upon closer inspection I found that they are using a hyphen domain name. This got me thinking outside the box so to speak and the keywords they were using within their domain name were hyphanated. I found that they were pointing what would be their MAIN non hyphen domain name to their hyphen domain name not the other way round. Not only that they were not using the keywords that a consumer would search for, although there are 654,000,000 results for their keywords business bank, but the first word in their domain name would not be something that people neccessarily would search for. Google does not use exact match searchable phrases but will list a broad match of search results based on the searchable keywords.
I then thought how can I help this bank with their marketing when they are looking for a marketing agency that would be a sub contractor. I for one cannot be a sub contractor, cannot work out of hours or weekends and can only commit to a few hours each month. I work on my own terms.
So I decided to register a domain name any bank would want in the UK but rather than just put the domain name up for sale I will be doing extensive SEO. I have already launched the domain even though the website is under construction and will eventually have a directory of all the banks in the UK.
Once I get the domain on the first page of Google I will contact the bank in question, although any bank will be biting my arm off to get the domain, especially when it will be generating traffic. I will not annouce the domain name until it is 100% developed.
So needless to say I come across another domain name that had a marketing campaign sent to my inbox today and I was very suprised that they too were using a hyphen domain name.
Again I did some investigating and found that the non hyphen domain name was actually for sale, which means that the powers that be have no intention of buying domain names that are being brokered and are up for sale as opposed to hand registering what is available.
Good luck to them is all I can say and even though I am not brokering www.neomproperty.com and as opposed to what Neom City have www.neom-property.com gives me a better understanding of their marketing strategy.
As for the word “Neom” it is trademarked therefore no one should be able to use the word other than the London Organic Beauty Company. Hence in my opinion and considering the London Organic Company came first www.neom.com by rights should belong to the beauty company, just saying…. The same goes booking(s).com trademarked their name so no one can use the word booking (s) in a domain name.
PROS & CONS.
Advantages of using hyphens
Domain names comprised of generic terms are more likely to be available; particularly when seeking to the non available tld.
Disadvantages of hyphenated domain names
People are less likely to remember a hyphen and it adds an extra character to the domain name.
More difficult to market non flowing words and long winded expecially when advertising on radio or through word of mouth.
Is not as valuable as a flowing two or three word domain name and won’t have as good a resale value.
If your domain name is two words (like www.renataentrepreneur.com), you may want to separate the words with a hyphen for readability: www.renata-entrepreneur.com. But one has to consider that hyphens strongly correlates with spammy behavior and decreases domain name readability and memorability. People tend to ignore or avoid clicking links that go to these types of domain names for fear of landing on a non authentic scam website or a virus.
Ultimately one should perform a radio test for memorability. A radio test is a way of finding out if the domain names is easility remembered publically e.g. on the phone, in meetings, on presentations, at a bar, in an taxi, or in a Zoom call. The verbal communication enables us to remember words easily, using hyphens can cause confusion and may be deemed as untrustworthy. Symbols and underscores can’t be used in domains anyway as the characters are not permitted, however numbers can.
It may an idea for a business to secure the hyphen domain name but not use it for SEO or marketing purposes more so to stop cyber criminals cloning sites.
For your information I have secured the hyphen for my example earlier www.renataentrepreneur.com plus the .co.uk so that no one gets the better of me.
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