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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Google AdClass Session 3

On the 25, February 2015, Wednesday evening, we had our third AdClass session. I am personally grateful to all the students who showed up. They inspire me.

The event yesterday ended on time, just about 5 minutes after the ending time because we kicked off a little bit late.

The challenge of poor Internet connection got to us again. We were however able to cover how to structure one's account for success. We looked at why it is important to have ads as specific as possible because it helps the business to offer ads that are relevant to the user.

We looked at a few examples of bad ads (that are too general) as well as good ads (that are as specific as possible).

We also looked at the structure of your AdWords account and broke it down it into its' components ie the account, campaign, ad group as well as the different ads and their keywords.

By the end of the class, students were able to know how to structure their account for success as well the strategies that help to ensure success.

We also gave them information on why improving the ad quality as much as possible is the ultimate winning goal of any advertiser.

Of course this can be improved by ensuring you have a good landing page that your potential customers arrive on after clicking on your ad as well as ensuring that you create relevant ads that are as specific as possible targeting your potential customers.

We will have our fourth session on Monday 2 March 2015 hopefully in S210, Science Block, Mbarara University of Science and Technology. Incase of changes in location due to Internet connectivity, we will shift to the Development studies block and we will make sure everyone is informed.

Hopefully we will continue to "Do Cool Things That Matter" here at Mbarara University of Science and Technology.

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. - Harry Ford

Google AdClass Session 2

We had our second Google AdClass session here in Mbarara on Tuesday 24 February 2015. The location was Room S103, Science Block from 5:00 pm to 5:45 pm.

The turn up was about 15 students. The remainder seems to have been caught up in ongoing lectures as well as other engagements. We covered how to setup a new campaign on Google AdWords.

Our main challenge however still was the limited Internet connectivity that denied us access to the Google AdWords site. We however were able to cover all this in the session.
Google AdClass Session 2

We did have to review the previous session in order to better understand the second. Our next session is on today from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm in room S210, Science Block.

I have great hope in the current Google AdClass at Mbarara University of Science. These are some of the most brilliant students i have met. They do have the ability and potential to make it in life. They can achieve good results in the 2015 Google Online Marketing Challenge.

During the session

Only time will tell. We will still continue to "Do Cool Things That Matter" here at Mbarara University of Science and Technology

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Google AdClass Session 1

It marks the dawn of a new era at the University here in Western Uganda. We are busy preparing the next marketers to send a shock wave throughout the world. We are preparing them for the prestigious Google Online Marketing Challenge.

We will be killing two birds with one stone; we will be getting more local businesses online as well learning how marketing is done using the most widely used search engine in the world.

We are kicking off a marathon of training sessions this week. We had a session on Monday 23 February 2015 from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm (ideal) Ugandan Time. However, we actually finished some minutes later. We hope to improve on this with time. The students were on time ready to learn. I was impressed by their zeal and desire to learn.

We learnt about an introduction to online marketing. We got to talk about the history of the World Wide Web, online adverts, why advertise on Google and the benefits of Online Marketing compared to the traditional forms of advertising.

Our next session is this Tuesday February 24 2015 from 4:30pm to 5:30pm in Room S103, Science Block at Mbarara University of Science and Technology. Nobody can stop us now. We are destined for greatness. So help us God.
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Saturday, 14 February 2015

Why the fuss about Open Source software?

According to the Open Source Initiative, Open source software is software that can be freely used, changed, and shared (in modified or unmodified form) by anyone. Open source software is made by many people, and distributed under licenses that comply with the Open Source Definition.

So why should you care? Have you ever realised how much you would have to spend if you were to buy all the software that you use daily. For instance the browser or the editor or the player. It just wouldn't make sense. Right?

Have you realised people put up their best show on the big day when all eyes are watching. When they're alone, that's when their true character is revealed. The same goes for software, let it out (make the source code making it up) available so we can know if it's what it claims it is.

Let millions of developers around the world take a look at the code and improve it. Don't leave in the hands of a few. Take a look at it and change it for the better.

We all love using the Internet....right? Imagine the technology behind it was proprietary software or closed source. I am talking about the Linux operating system or the Apache Web Server. The world would definitely not be this cool.

Let us allow our students all over the world become better by embracing open source software. It enables them to see how it is all built and learn a thing or two. This is what am talking about. Open source software.

If you are a student, wherever you are and are interested in coding, This is your chance, participate in the Google Summer of Code 2015. If you're in Sub-Saharan Africa ie Mbarara University of Science and Technology, join the GSoKites Virtual Classroom (GVC) on Google+ to know more.

Don't forget to do cool things that matter