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Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008 at 11:44 am

OnClick: The Online Marketing Virtual Conference Mashup

October 2nd, 2008

With the cost of travel going up and budgets getting squeezed we know not everyone has the opportunity to attend all the great conferences we have the honor to be invited to attend and present at. That’s why we put together a full day online curriculum for you to take advantage of.

9:00 am – 9:20 am

Seth Godin on how to get your ideas to spread:

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9:30 am – 10:00 am

Avinash Kaushik on how to create a data driven culture:

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10:00 am – 10:10 am

Mike Grehan on the future of…

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Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008 at 2:52 pm

Does Your Testing Organization Have A Gag Reflex?

August 26th, 2008

gag reflex

Does your organization or company have a gag reflex when it comes to testing? Never mind the medicine to fix a problem, are they even prepared to acknowledge that the problem exists?

Ronny Kohavi from Microsoft’s Experimentation Platform had a short post the other day about Dr. Ignác Semmelweis (pronounced “Eeg-natz Shem-mel-vise”, those darn Hungarians!), a 19th century doctor, whose observations (and subsequent testing) of what only a generation later would be understood as cross-patient germ infection, reduced mortality 10-fold when applied.…

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Special Announcement
Friday, Aug. 8, 2008

Always Be Testing Unleashed

August 8th, 2008

always be testing book coverAmazon is already shipping FutureNow’s latest book Always Be Testing. Co-authored with FutureNow’s Chief Scientist, John Quarto-vonTivadar and contributor, Lisa T. Davis; the book is meant for anyone looking to get more leads, sales, and profits from their website.

The first reviews on Amazon are live (including the first time that I have seen a video review for a book). Daniel Waisberg writes:

When I first saw that this book was coming to light I had mixed feelings. On one hand, I…

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Thursday, Jul. 17, 2008 at 5:02 am

4 Principles of Merchandising Exposed

July 17th, 2008

Raul Vazquez CEO of Walmart.comI just returned from’s Online Merchandising Workshop in Huntington Beach where I presented the second keynote. I want to tell you more about the first keynote speech where, Raul Vazquez President and CEO of shared some meaty details about his team’s continuous optimization efforts.

The presentation was remarkably transparent. Raul is an engaging presenter, who established a wonderful rapport with the audience. I obviously cannot share everything in his presentation (you just need to attend next time), but he did…

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Wednesday, May. 21, 2008 at 5:54 pm

How to Cure “Death by PowerPoint”

May 21st, 2008

Brain Rules by John MedinaThe other day, Seth Godin wrote about the new standard for meetings and conferences. He’s absolutely right. Asking people to travel to see a presentation can be dangerous, and the last thing anyone wants to overhear is, “I flew all the way out here for this?”

With those words echoing in our heads, Bryan and I were chatting about this brilliant tutorial post by Garr Reynolds on his Presentation Zen blog, where he shares a presentation for Dr. John Medina’s new book, Brain…

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FutureNow Post
Tuesday, Mar. 4, 2008 at 3:33 pm

Persona Models Presentation at SMX West 2008

March 4th, 2008

SMX_west.jpgLast week, I had the privilege of speaking at Search Marketing Expo (SMX West) about using Persona Models in Search Marketing. It was a pleasure to share the dais with Gord Hotchkiss from Enquiro Research and Ian Lurie of Portent Interactive — both outstanding, smart people who gave great presentations.

Our presentations went over the high-level basics of creating personas and planning content that speaks directly to your personas. We had a full house for our session and I’ve received lots of insightful…

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Sunday, Jan. 6, 2008 at 12:55 pm

Top Ten Best (and Worst) Communicators of 2007

January 6th, 2008

Bert Decker trains executives to communicate better. He’s nationally recognized as a persuasive presentation coach and has an impressive client list. Not only is he a friend but we send people to his trainings. That’s why his “Top Ten Best (and Worst) Communicators of 2007” is a must-read.

I’ll give you his top three, but you’ll have to read the post for the other seven and Bert’s analysis.

Top Three Best

1) Gov. Mike Huckabee — What but for communicating would get a presidential…

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FutureNow Post
Monday, Oct. 8, 2007 at 8:16 am

Why We Teach Analysis Without the Analyst

October 8th, 2007

The eMetrics Marketing Optimization Summit is right around the corner, on October 14 – 17 in Washington D.C. It is THE event for web analytics for schmoozing other professionals interested in optimization.

Here is some video footage of my presentation from the last eMetrics Summit San Francisco this May. Maybe this short clip will wet your appetite for the event and perhaps even get you thinking about optimization and the opportunity cost game.

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Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007 at 5:28 am

Google Analytics, Numbers & The Mac

August 8th, 2007

apple numbers iwork 08 screenshotWeb analysis and Macs have reached a new level today. First, if you haven’t heard, Apple announced iWork ’08 yesterday and, as rumored, it includes a new spreadsheet program called Numbers. I ordered my version last night and can’t wait to start playing with it, to create what Steve Jobs calls “gorgeous looking spreadsheets very quickly.” (Here’s what Apple’s Numbers ’08 has to offer.) I’m looking forward to converting the Marketer’s Common Sense Guide to E-Metrics website conversion rate analytics Excel…

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FutureNow Post
Tuesday, May. 29, 2007 at 4:14 am

Foxy One-Page Proposals

May 29th, 2007

Our friend, and fellow Wizard Academy faculty member, Mark L. Fox put together a video about “The One-Page Proposal: How to Get Your Business Pitch onto One Persuasive Page” by Patrick G. Riley.

Click through for a brief video overview of a One-Page Proposal. The one-page proposal is a communication tool that can get an idea moving forward, cut through the clutter, and get to a decision–quickly.

Isn’t communicating effectively always harder than it seems?

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