How private is my data in Evernote?

Well I had a bit of a shock today. I use Evernote religiously. I mean I actually don’t know how I managed to even function before Evernote. I use it on all my devices and I use it to organise EVERYTHING. It simply is THE BEST.
So imagine my surprise.
I was somehow under the impression that when I stop using Evernote on a computer, and log out of the app, the notes would not be accessible to anyone else. Well I had another think coming, didn’t I.
There, snugly in my users folder, are the files:

Which can be opened by any text editor, native Windows Notepad or Notepad++, not to look too far.
And while the file looks encrypted at a first glance, and about half of it looks like this:

there are whole notes visible and searchable and accessible in there as well:

I have contacted Evernote over this, and their response stated that:
– files over 500MB cannot be opened by Notepad – which doesn’t really help me as my file is about 50MB, and isn’t the point really
– I can add encryption to specifically sensitive notes – while I appreciate that, I was kinda under the impression that there was a log-in and log-out option there for a reason, ie if I log out at the end of the day, other people can’t access my content, like Google Drive sort of thing, right? RIGHT?

“I know that this can be a bit disconcerting but please rest assured that your data is safe with us.”

Well it is massively disconcerting. And no, it doesn’t feel that my data is all that safe. Makes me wonder what other computers I’ve ever used Evernote on and should I try to remove the data….


Evernote seems to be under fire over the new privacy policy, but really, if you look at the above, they probably had access to it anyway?


Instagram business accounts

Business accounts are coming to Instagram, and with them – some powerful analytics capabilities:


“Instagram is giving marketers everything they could ever ask for: follower demographic analytics. Now, you’re able to see where your followers are located, their gender, and their age.”

Apart from user insights, we will also be able to look into post analytics and view the reach, impressions and clicks. The userbase was desperate for these, and Instagram has listened.

But we still miss the old logo!

Read more: Your First Look at Instagram’s New Analytics

facebook reactions


no doubt everyone knows about the new ‘reactions’ introduced by Facebook by now.

the lack of the ‘unlike’ emoticon is quite notable. while there’s the lukewarm ‘like’ and the stronger ‘love’, on the negative side there’s only the strong ‘angry’. There isn’t anything to express that you don’t like what someone posted, while not exactly being ‘angry’ about it. Mark Zuckerberg hinted at as much, when he revealed that Facebook were working on something that would allow users to express ’empathy’, but not end up as a ‘like/dislike’ voting system. So possibly that’s why there’s no ‘not cool’ button to express mild negative feelings, which from a user’s perspective might be quite useful..

As for marketing – the votes are still out. Current consensus seems to be that this won’t really have any significant value for marketers.

valentine’s / galentine’s / trends

It seems that Galentine’s Day is definitely gaining momentum, so certainly a trend to incorporate into your marketing strategy for this year..
Obviously, in jewellery, Valentine’s is a huge thing, but it is aimed at people in relationships, which makes it quite selective. The intensive hype about Valentine’s is quite excluding towards single people, and gets tiring very quickly, which might lead to some resentment towards a brand…  And so it’s a great idea, that people are pushing back and celebrating all sorts of relationships instead: friendships, girl-friends and pals… As for marketing, a perfect opportunity to communicate with a segment of your audience, that you have historically excluded/ignored during Valentines, and possibly with a slightly different product range too, so win-win.


ES: Forget Valentine’s Day, girls… here’s everything you need to know about Galentine’s Day

social media

I am often asked about social media and how jewellers should use them for digital marketing. And usually they’re are after a recipe: this may celebrity posts, this many product posts and this many ‘events’ posts and WE’RE ALL SET.

It’s very very hard to explain that this isn’t exactly how it works. That you have to find your own voice and figure out how to communicate your brand values. That your business needs to have a personality. When you follow the brands that do it REALLY well, like Astley Clarke, Tiffany, Stone and Strand, you feel that they are sharing their passion with you, that you get a glimpse into their world, a insider look at who they are and what they do. And with other companies you know are being ‘marketed to’ and ‘talked at’. Shown products. I can’t explain it any better than that, and unfortunately following a recipe or worse, copying the ‘good’ ones just doesn’t work. What works for one company, might not work for another.

The absolute best example is Boden. If you know the brand, the moment I mention this name you have an image in your head: colour, fun, style, happiness, polka dots, yellow jackets.. and so on. They manage to create a ‘vibe’ and a whole ‘boden world’; someone there has an amazing ‘voice’ to put to the brand. But that style/vibe might not work for your business, if you try to copy Boden or Tiffany, it’s very obvious. Instead, you should try and tap into the core values, figure out what your brand is really about and what makes it different than any other, find a way to let the passion for what you do to speak through the social media content. And include some fun in there too, a bit of playfulness works a treat :D

The Swiss decide to rock the markets

The Swiss central bank has removed the peg to euro today, which instantly resulted in a market tumble, as the franc jumped almost 30% in value.

As Swatch CEO told Reuters:

Swatch Group chief executive Nick Hayek called the Swiss National Bank’s decision to discontinue the minimum exchange rate on the Swiss franc a “tsunami” for the Alpine country and its economy.

So far the Swatch Group is down by 10%, Richemont by 11%.
What does it mean for the luxury goods industry? Will the franc stabilise quickly? If not, we will definitely see price increases across the board. Will this also result in a great year for non-swiss watch brands, like Bremont? Time will tell.

The twittersphere reacted with the usual diligence:


Social media, e-commerce and conversion rates

The Christmas shopping bonanza is peaking just about now, and while we’re a bit quieter, t here’s time to look at some figures.
For quite some time now we were leaning towards the opinion that while social media are a fun channel to engage on, they don’t exactly convert when it comes to purchases. Looking across the board on all our sites, those trading actively and those that are catalogue-only, we are definitely seeing a trend. Below I’ve shown stats for two of our of our most active retail sites:

Website 1

Organic traffic: 45% of acquisition and 56% of sales with 1.95% conversion rate.
Direct: 20% acquisition, 19% of sales and 2.05% conversion rate
Email accounts for 10% acquisition and is responsible for 9,5% of transactions, with 1.67% conversion rate (bounce rate is 31% against site average of 29%
Social media account for about 2% of acquisitions with 1.1% of transactions, with 0.73% conversion rate (where facebook sports 0.72% conversion rate compared to twitter’s 2.65%) (bounce rate is 26% against site average of 29%).

Website 2

Organic traffic accounts for 49% acquisitions and 51% of transactions, with 1.52% conversion rate
Referrals: 22% of acquisitions but only 6.5% of transactions,
Direct: 17% acquisition, 29% of transactions and 2.94% conversion rate
Email accounts for 11% of acquisitions and is responsible for 13% of transactions, with 0.90% conversion rate (bounce rate is 36% against site average of 26%)
Social media account for about 0.74% of acquisitions and 0.6% of transactions, with 1.04% conversion rate (bounce rate 47% against site average of 26%)
(again facebook drives 7x more visitors than twitter, but has lower conversion rate at 1.13% compared to 1.85% for twitter, but overall 4x the amount of transactions).
In multichannel funnels, email is involved in 16% of visits, while social doesn’t seem to be involved in any multichannel funnels at all.

Paid advertising is not included in the stats, but is a reasonably well-performing channel.

Across the board, the highest acquisition rate we’ve seen for social media is 3.5%, but it’s important to note that on that particular site the social media traffic did not result in ANY sales.

Our figures seem to be consistent with recent studies:

Direct email marketing is the most popular trigger for online shopping, suggests research from shopping and price comparison website Give as you Live, with 64% of consumers likely to stop what they are doing to click an email link from a retailer,

The study of 4,234 UK shoppers in November found that social media posts and advertising were less appealing – wooing a comparatively meager 10% of shoppers each.



Well, put it simply, the social media don’t seem to be a key acquisition channel, both in terms of visitors and definitely when it comes to transactions. The social media figures above do not include any paid advertising, but even then the conversion rate seems to be in the lows.

Of course, as part of our clients’ websites’ objective is to drive more traffic through the door, we can’t exactly say that the social media never result in sales. I am looking at the above figures as indication only, but they do confirm that onboarding, targeted email campaigns and acquisition through optimization and referrals are more important to invest effort into, than social media.
I am not saying that we should abandon marketing through social media or stop using them, not at all. Social media are a GREAT channel when it comes to raising brand awareness, customer service and communications. But I have been to a couple of seminars for retailers recently, where we were told that the best investment now is to send staff for social media training, and I disagree with that.
There are so many better areas to explore, educating the staff on how to improve content in the new digital environment in general, get them more involved in creating content, improve CX using the chat facilities, training on how to write engaging newsletters and create personalized emails to customers, would all be a better investment in my opinion.