Understand Your Customer Better Than Anyone Else

Our top priority at World Vital Records is understanding our customers needs. A VC friend told me recently that if you choose a market and understand your customers\’ needs better than anyone else, and meet those needs, that you will be successful.

International Genealogy Search Engines

Our World Vital Records team has launched international genealogy search engines for 11 countries, with 18 more in the pipeline already.

Our intial list includes a search engine for genealogy in China and a search engine for genealogy in India. Other countries include Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Kenya, the Philippines, Tonga, Turkey, and Ukraine.

Family History Is A Global Phenomenon

In December our web analytics showed that Worldvitalrecords.com had visitors from 117 countries. Now we are up to 141 countries. The web is truly a global phenomenon. So is family history. World Vital Records is helping people all over the world find their ancestors. Stay tuned for some exciting announcements in the coming months.

When You Don’t Have Time to Blog, At Least Share What You Are Reading

My Google Reader (for RSS feeds–highly recommended!) now has a wonderful \”share this\” feature, which allows me to quickly tag the best news stories that I read each week, even when I don\’t have time to blog about them.

Then, those shared items show up online for others to view. My shared items can be found here.

Make Your Website Mobile Friendly

I\’m reviewing some of the powerpoints from December\’s Search Engine Strategies Conference, particularly the presentations on mobile web site design and marketing, which were excellent.

The session on Mobile Search Optimization, moderated by Danny Sullivan, was excellent. Someone took copious notes and posted them. Must have been a court reporter present.

Amazon’s Jeff Barr Visiting Provo Labs

Jeff Barr is coming to Provo Labs in February!

This is going to be a great opportunity for Utah\’s entrepreneurs and IT crowd to learn more about what Amazon is doing with web services. Jeff is a Web Services evangelist at Amazon; he has an great inside view of the powerful tools and services that Amazon has built for internal use that they are willing to provide to other companies, some for free and some for a fee.