Saturday, June 1, 2013

Hint of a Problem With Some Linked In Groups

By Nick Ashton, Founder, CEO,
Tracometry Group of Companies.

Very sad to see those that advertise groups in categories, wanting others to join them, who want to voice their personal opinions, only to see the originator and his or her “click”, ignore the submitters, just post their own views.  Not the idea of a communication group!

For some, it is time to understand Blogging!


Our groups The Pied Piper and Excited Delirium focus on direct information we are involved in and is open for others to join or post to.

Tracometry Group of Companies, is focused on Digital Input, Analytics, Leadership, Communications, etc. through our vast years of work in law enforcement.  Those days were with the Metropolitan Police in London, with the most eminent training programs back in the day.  Our management team worked in Counter Terrorism and Major Crimes (The Flying Squad) and are use to the "old Fashion Way" of Policing.  Add our new technology of Crime Analytics, Next Event Predictability, Community Rejuvenation  Team Leadership and Communications and you have the components for success.

Linked In is a wonderful, successful tool for most, some though, misuse for their own misguidance.  Their doors will be closed!

I did some Googling on the subject of Linked In Groups and came across one article which made some very good points.  We are not members of this group or suggest you join, just that the points are excellent.

Tim Tyrell-Smith is the creator of Tim's Strategy, a ground-breaking online job search and career strategy tool. He makes some interesting points on the subject:

“I’ve heard from a few people lately that they are tiring of LinkedIn groups. Too “spammy” they say. Not enough engagement and opportunity to talk to people in an authentic way.

Sometimes it’s hard to tell the good from the bad.

Some LinkedIn groups look like a “must join” group due to their size, location in the search results, and apparent relevance to you or your career.

Here are five symptoms of a lousy LinkedIn group – one that perhaps had promise in the beginning and has lost its way.  Or never had a way to begin with…

1. A disengaged or wrongly-focused group manager
I’ve been running my Tim’s Strategy LinkedIn group since October 2008.  We have 3,300 members and remain, as always, a closed group (as voted by the group). I worked really hard early on to create engagement, to force true discussions (vs. just self-promotion) and to make sure that there is balance among the content providers (blog posts, etc.). At times it has been hard to keep up and to personally welcome new members who introduce themselves. 

And I haven’t always stayed true to my goals re: engagement when weeks got busy. But I take pride in the group not being a home for spammers. I approve about half the discussions each week because I know that the rest are simply advertisements for webinars, resume writing services, etc.

Here’s the problem – a lot of group managers don’t do any managing at all.  The groups are either left to the LIONS (no offense) or are used as a place to amass a big, generic network of people. People who add the group to their profile to max out at 50.  People with no intention of ever stepping in and saying hello.  Or offering a hand.

2. The group is full of seagulls and vultures

Seagulls are people who join the group, fly over once a week (or more often), drop excrement and fly away. They simply use the group membership as a breeding ground for traffic to their own sites (or the sites of others) and never engage.  Strong group managers (see above) are paying attention to the seagulls. They warn them (initially with a smile) re: their practice. And if they don’t start engaging, they ask them to leave the group. This may sound harsh, but like many other group owners, I tire of constantly having to show people the right way to use and engage in a LinkedIn group.  So if they don’t comply, it’s OK to show them the door. 

Vultures are those who look for people asking questions in the group and pitch them a service or a product without even a first date.  There’s a proper way to market your services in a LinkedIn group.  In my group, it involves helping first.  Offering advice with no strings attached. And letting the receiver decide whether your advice is worth paying for. Another vulture move is to find the most popular discussion and bomb it with promotional messages.  This is just bad behavior.

So when you join a new group, look for true engagement, discussions with a good history and a lack of self-serving promos.

3. The group is too big

This one may seem counter-intuitive. Isn’t bigger better and can’t I meet a lot more people via my group affiliation by being in really big groups? For me, big is bad. Even with the invention of sub-groups, there are still too many people to choose from. And the group becomes hard to manage.

So what’s too big? Well, I guess it depends on the group’s focus, the industry or function it serves and the impact of points one and two above. For some groups, “too big” might be 10,000. For others, 1,000 may be too big if no one is paying attention.

So look to join fewer groups. To get a feel for them and truly engage to see if there is a good fit. And then maybe you can add a few more. If you are a member of 50 groups today, here’s my advice: drop 25 of them. You aren’t involved anyway and it will ease your email burden.

Of the 25 you have left, pick the 5 most relevant and best groups (using the criteria above) and do one thing: engage. Ask a question, participate in a poll, and respond to the question of someone else with a helpful answer.

But whatever you do … do something. Preferably something positive and productive.

Don’t be lazy on LinkedIn."

Thanks Terry! 

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Foresight & Fortitude in Designed Social Solutions, Here, Today!

Inner Focused Attributes to Succeed in
Analytic Crime Fighting & Corporate Success
By Nick Ashton, Founder, CEO,
Tracometry Group of Companies.

When it comes to crime fighting, there is not another quiver out there that can match the significance of the Circle of Fire with Tracometry Group of Companies Digital Services, Analytics, Community Solutions and Inner Corporate Training.
  •     Crime Statistics
  •     Tracking Analysis
  •     Point to Point Tracking
  •     Calls for Service Data
  •     Next Event Predictability
  •     Social Media Real Time Tracking
  •     Digital Street Level Data Input in Real Time - Penamatics
  •     The Pied Piper Project – Rejuvenating Communities & Eradicating Crime
  •     Recoupeit – Reuniting Revenues (Successful Debt Collections)
  •   Public Safety & Corporate Seminars (Hiring, Leadership & Communications)
  •   In-Custody Death Solutions (Excited Delirium Syndrome)
  •   Sniffers, Canine Solutions (Explosive, Drug & Medical Detection)
Gathering insights – Tracometry Group of Companies, being a digital input, anthropological fused, down to earth, street smart, analytic core based company.  It is obvious that we use analytical systems, workshops with our front line staff and customer focused groups, ethnographic studies and in-depth interviews to garner our expertise. 

It is a daily routine for us to be researching in the specific field of Public Safety worldwide and is a qualitative research design aimed at exploring cultural phenomena, which we know is ongoing.  That is the core factor for all our successes and why we have an insight for core change with corporate America

Redesign – we have and do work with our clients to develop a series of community service blueprints – improvements to the way tasks are carried out and what operational changes are needed – changes to IT and to operational infrastructure, and to the way staff can save on the resources that are part of the waste in public safety. We can help you stay ahead of the criminal element by ensuring that you are taking advantage of new crime fighting techniques that really work – and avoiding ideas that are merely fashionable.
Predictive analysis is a fundamental feature that is required and delivered by us, across all agencies and is a vast assist feature to reduce wasted resources and increase productivity.  Next Event Predictability saves so much manpower and by repetitive data streams we can predict the next event of the culprits, with having to spend man hours following or staking out the suspects.  It comes the human patterns and we have broken into the DNA of predictability for real!

Constant innovation is the norm these days and it can be difficult to distinguish between the superficially attractive and the genuinely valuable. Perpetual Beta Phenomenon is not!  Never allowing a product or feature to touch the user’s hands and tweaking it all the time reduces productivity and needed results.  Our skilled analysts assess what’s available and identify the best of the important techniques we have developed that should be made available to you.

At the same time we can call on our crime analytical specialists who use their imagination, skills and experience to come up with fresh ways of doing things, tailored for all your crime fighting and analytical needs.  Knowing the dark-side is an absolute advantage for your former law enforcement personnel and allows them to show your in-house analysts the productive shorts cuts for success.

But innovations will only deliver benefits if they’re implemented properly, by people who understand in depth what they’re doing. When it comes to applying new ideas we ensure that the innovations you choose to uses from us are embedded properly in your analytic capabilities.  Training is the key and with the Internet, we are always on call 24/7 and video backup of solutions can be made available to you.

We have turned great ideas into practical benefits that give you a solid return on your investment.  With over 44 years of law enforcement experience and 20 years of crime fighting analytics, we have solidified the course of action required and demanded by all.

Data analytics and insight involves taking data and using it to turn a variety of information into insights that can drive specific actions to benefit you:

  • increased effectiveness – focusing your operations on mission readiness
  •  increased efficiency – through learning how to deliver increased productivity and avoiding waste
  • increased speed in delivering the necessary high quality analysis to support decision making
  • support for continuous improvement – analyzing how performance may be improved
   We listen, We create, We deliver for your targeted needs

We have helped deliver more efficient ways of working, found ways of saving costs and developed more agile ways for you to serve the public with simplistic analytic solutions.

Transform the existing needs – into new productive results

We adopt the right approach for the circumstances: transforming and managing existing services – or creating completely new service infrastructures. We have the right balance of law enforcement/analysts, algorithmic skills, street smarts and technology to achieve all – and the experience to recommend the best course of action.

Looking after your technology and support services – leaving you free to focus on what matters, crime fighting which with the Tracometry Group of Companies is cost effective.

We help you improve services, save money and resources.

Our approach to delivering the services you need is highly flexible. We can provide individual products; or we can take on the management and delivery of fully outsourced services. Having analysts on staff for you and guiding the initial day to day solutions.  Our breadth of experience means that we are in a position to recommend and introduce innovative ways of achieving your goals – offering the opportunity of making even more resourceful savings.

The pressure to deliver better for less is an ever-present challenge and it’s clear that this is not going to change. We can help you get the most out of your budget with an unbeatable combination of usable innovation, long-established sector experience, unrivaled skills, scale, flexibility and resourcefulness.

We are more than Keen, Willing and Able to assist in your successful transition to the requirements of tomorrow, today.  Being One Step Ahead is the Element of Surprise on competition.

We provide a comprehensive portfolio of crime fighting solutions and services to meet all your IT needs. At the heart of each is efficiency, security and effectiveness.

We work right across both the private and public sectors and our proven track record delivers the IT that brings you the demanded results.

Better IT

The right information technology can bring your organization to the peak of performance – faster service, lower cost, higher information action levels. We work in partnership with public safety agencies, the DoD (Department of Defense), in Loss Prevention, bringing together people, processes and technology to transform the way they fight all levels of societal crime.

We harness the most appropriate technology to transform your service delivery. Because we’re independent of IT manufacturers, like IBM and other database operations, we can select the solutions that’s exactly right for your organization’s needs.  Our expertise is directly in your field of operations, so your ramp up time for implementation is weeks, not months or years.  Our annual server fees are far less and more secure.

Pricing, training and implementation can be discussed once you have seen one of our Webinars, book your 45 minute introduction to the Tracometry Group of Companies World of Digital Solutions and place a Circle of Fire around your city or municipality.

WE are in the NOW and
KEEP YOU; in the KNOW… 

Call: +1 (317) 426.0110

Street Level Digital Input Real Time Solutions - Full Criminal/Civil Analytics, Tracking Analysis,
Calls for Service Data, Point to Point Tracking, Next Event Predictability,
Sniffers – Canine Explosive, Drug, Fruit and Medical Detection Solutions
Recoupeit – Reuniting Revenues, Increasing the Bottom Line.
The Pied Piper Project - Intelligent Social Survival Initiatives
Proactive Palaestra – Preventing In-Custody Death
Tracometry Leadership & Communications -TLC

Copyright 2013