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Wednesday, Jun. 8, 2011

New Internet Launching Today

June 8th, 2011

Wait!  Don’t panic!  If all goes well, you won’t even notice.  Today Is IPV6 Day, Worldwide.  Businesses and organizations are testing a new version of the Internet, Internet Protocol Version 6, or IPV6. (We’re currently using IPV4, in case you didn’t know.)

Why do we need a new Internet?

Apparently, our current version of the Internet is running out of space.  Who knew?  But I guess, if you stop to think about it, it does make…

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Monday, May. 9, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Top 10 Brands for 2011: There’s a New No. 1 in Town

May 9th, 2011

Millward Brown just released their 2011 BrandZ study, and the results show some shifting in the world’s most valuable brands over the last year. Apple’s success with the iPad managed to push Google out of first place after a four-year run at the top. The top 100 also indicate another interesting trend: a surge in brands from BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China).

Here are the top 10, including their respective brand value:

According to the study, Amazon edged out Walmart as…

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Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011

Win Conversion Rate Optimization with FutureNow, Inc. for 6 Months

January 5th, 2011

So, you think you can convert, do you?

Prove it.  Are you really satisfied knowing that 97% of the people who visit your website never become your customer, and may even buy from your competitors?  Isn’t it reasonable to expect your PPC campaigns and other marketing efforts at least to pay for themselves?  Don’t you think the content on your site should do a better job of speaking to your visitors’ needs, and possibly even get you better…

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Thursday, Jul. 23, 2009 at 11:55 am

Will Amazon Zap Zappos’s Innovative Culture?

July 23rd, 2009

shoesI just read a somewhat surprising story about being acquired by The details were posted to Zappos’s blog yesterday in a very Zappos-esque transparent style, including an 8-minute video of Jeff Bezos talking about the alliance, along with some good stories about Amazon’s early days and foibles.  The surprise comes from the fact that Amazon spent lots of money developing the competitive shoe-selling site a few years ago.  If you can’t beat ‘em, buy ‘em?

My question to…

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Wednesday, Apr. 15, 2009 at 12:36 pm

Marketing in the age of the “strategic minimum wage worker”

April 15th, 2009

If you haven’t seen it yet, you’ll want to check out this YouTube video of two (former) Domino’s employees:

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So, do you think that might have some rather profound effects on Domino’s marketing efforts?  Think you’ll be eating at Domino’s anytime soon?

What’s interesting is that the basic principle behind this was predicted not by some far-seeing futurist working in the technology field, but by Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Charles C. Krulak.

Gen. Krulak coined the term “strategic corporal” to refer to the…

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Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009 at 7:08 am

Early Rumors of Commercial’s Death Greatly Exaggerated

January 7th, 2009

It’s a commonplace on the Internet that the traditional 30-second TV spot is dying.  What with increasing media fragmentation, the new “attention economy,” and TiVo/DVR’s, etc, etc.

Of course, there have always been some level-headed voices of dissent, but it was still interesting to read this bit of research on the effectiveness of fast-forwarded / DVR-ed ads.

Turns out that viewers have to pay attention to their TV Screens in order to fast forward through ads.  A real shocker that…

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Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008 at 2:17 pm

Google Analytics Releases Enterprise Feature Set

October 22nd, 2008

At the eMetrics Summit today, Google Analytics announced new enterprise-class features including custom reports, advanced segmentation, an API, as well as an updated interface, richer data visualizations, and an integration with Google AdSenseTM.

*Custom reports* enable customers to create their own reports with the metrics they want to compare organized in the way they want to see it. You no longer have to look at the standard reports and using drag and drop you choose the data you want to analyze on your…

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Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008 at 5:56 am

Insights into Google Search

August 6th, 2008

Google Insights for Search trendsGoogle released another great tool today, Google Insights for Search. Whether you’re an advertising agency, a small business owner, a multinational corporation, or an academic researcher, Insights for Search can help you gauge interest in your relevant search terms. It allows you to compare search volume patterns (and trends) across specific geographic regions, categories (like finance, health, and sports), and time frames. You can read more about it at the Insight for Search help center or get a quick overview here.How does…

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Monday, Jul. 28, 2008 at 9:27 am

Cuil is Not Kewl with Brands Yet

July 28th, 2008

Cuil conversionrate search resultsAfter reading Danny‘s, and Mel‘s first impressions of the new search engine launched by former Googlers, Cuil, I did what anybody in the industry would do first: search for their name. I wouldn’t consider the result set the best choice, but the results were at least somewhat relevant.

However, my big concern came when I searched for broader terms like “conversion rate,” “web analytics,” “Search Engine Marketing” and then did searches for things like “airlines” and “marketing blogs.”

What was apparent in every one…

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Thursday, Jul. 24, 2008

Hot Tip! Super Secret “Dr. Phil” Software Release

July 24th, 2008

Today we (FutureNow, FUTR.OB),  issued a press release where we “sorta kinda” spilled the beans. We’re only accepting alpha clients right now and we’re not disclosing the name yet (hence, its code name: “Dr. Phil”) but we’re psyched. This is the best thing FutureNow has ever done. Check it out:

Customers will be buying subscriptions to a web-based expert software system  for continuous improvement of their online revenue goals. It solves the problem of how to prioritize and project manage…

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