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Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2007

Traffic Delusion and Social Networking Insanity

October 10th, 2007

“Advertising only accelerates the inevitable” –Roy H. Williams

Traffic... MyPreciousIn Roy’s practice, advertising builds brands and drives traffic for his offline clients. Roy cautions his clients not to get ahead of themselves. If all the traffic (read: visitors) he drives get what they expected, then the business grows organically from repeat customers and word-of-mouth. If these visitors don’t get what they want, their lackluster experience will erode the brand. In other words, they would be refilling a leaky bucket with new traffic.…

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Wednesday, Sep. 5, 2007

“Eyetracking, Heatmaps & Gaze Plots!” Oh My…

September 5th, 2007

All you heatmap lovers out there, Uncle Jakob (Nielsen) has a great new post for you. Today’s Alertbox features a topic near and dear to the Grok’s heart: the overuse of fancy words in Web copy.

These “dollar words” are truly excellent… at going over your audiences’ heads while keeping them from accomplishing their goals by taking the actions you’ve set out for them. Anyone who’s taken our Persuasive Online Copywriting course would agree; Jakob is singing our tune in his discussion of…

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Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007 at 11:22 am

Boost Your Ads: A 3-Step Challenge (Not for the Meek)

August 15th, 2007

1) Become “intelligent”. Measure the current number of people you persuade to take the action you derive revenue from, not merely those you attract. Do you convert 10% or better?

2) Hold yourself accountable. Stop whining about the rising costs of media, the ineffectiveness of channels, and pining for more results; it won’t get you what you seek. If you convert 5%, what happens to the other 95%?

3) Do something about it. Get up off your @ss and stop interrupting your audience…

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Monday, Jul. 23, 2007 at 1:11 pm

Better “Usability” Isn’t Always the Answer

July 23rd, 2007
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Thursday, Jul. 19, 2007 at 8:56 am

“If Clicks Were Votes” — President Giuliani?

July 19th, 2007

Reading Techmeme on Tuesday, I came across the Compete blog, and these fabulous images related to the upcoming presidential election:

If you’re interested in their analysis, read the full post; it’s excellent stuff. It’s also a great example of the speed with which we move these days. Michele’s earlier post about Twittering with John Edwards is another.

The Compete folks predicted, based on website traffic, that Mitt Romney would win the GOP nomination. I love their spirit, and the visuals are damn cool. But…

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Tuesday, Jul. 10, 2007 at 11:15 am

MLB Launches Multi-Channel Consumer-Generated Campaign

July 10th, 2007
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Monday, Jul. 9, 2007 at 2:21 pm

Jakob Nielsen on Blogging: Don’t Do It!

July 9th, 2007

Today’s Alertbox from Uncle Jakob arrived in my inbox, and as usual, I scanned the headline and summary in the preview pane before deciding whether today was a day I had the 20 – 30 minutes necessary to digest his topic du jour. Here’s his subject & summary:

Subject: Write Articles, Not Blog Postings

Summary: “To demonstrate world-class expertise, avoid quickly written, shallow postings. Instead, invest your time in thorough, value-added content that attracts paying customers.”

Guess what I decided? I did have about…

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Monday, Jul. 2, 2007

2 Ways to Get Started With Personas (Part 2)

July 2nd, 2007

persona non grata/gratisRegular readers of GrokDotCom, or any of our best-selling books, heartily agree: people do things according to their own motivations. And in this unprecedented day of empowered consumers,selling” to customers is 100% about facilitating their buying process. Any attempts to pitch (or push) products in ways that aren’t transparent, genuine, relevant or salient will be immediately blocked and discarded by our hyper-sensitive BS meters. Should you happen to try a high-pressure sales “trick” from yesteryear and succeed at fooling one…

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Friday, Jun. 29, 2007

2 Ways to Get Started With Personas (Part 1)

June 29th, 2007

Who are your customers, really?I was having a conversation with the experience team at a major “entertainment” company after my presentation at the Internet Retailer conference a few weeks back. We were discussing ways they could get started on Personas, and how to overcome the challenges they’d faced thus far. Given that this dialog took place just off-stage, we had no expectation of privacy. Then again, I had no expectation that well over 100 retailers would be so interested in this conversation as well. It…

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Wednesday, Jun. 27, 2007 at 10:02 am

Guy Kawasaki on Making $5M/yr in Your Underwear…

June 27th, 2007

It’s pretty nice work, if you can get it:

Markus Frind, the founder of is my new hero (James Hong of Hot or Not is a close second). Marcus spends about two hours a day in his underwear managing a free dating website that gets twelve billion page views a year. He is the only employee, and he only has one server. And by the way, he makes $5-6 million/year with Google ads.

I’ve moderated many panels in my time, and if I…

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