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Monday, Nov. 23, 2009 at 9:02 am

Un-sexy Trend Lines Turn This Analyst On

November 23rd, 2009

Given that my chosen profession is a Persuasion Analyst, you would expect that I’m a bit of a data-geek, and that staring at web analytics screens and Excel spreadsheets is my idea of fun.  Guilty as charged.

Ultimately, seeing our clients get positive results is what gets me out of bed in the morning.  Once in a while, I get to see a conversion rate trend line that takes a sudden turn for the better, and heads up towards the…

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Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009 at 9:58 am

If You Could Spend the Day…

February 11th, 2009

…With any one person that you think could help your business, who would it be? Why? What would you discuss? What would you hope would come out of that meeting?

I can think of many people who I would enjoy spending the day with, but the person I would choose may be a bit obscure for most people. I would like to spend the day with Scott Cook. For those of you who don’t know who he is, Cook is the…

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Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009 at 11:55 am

Seth Godin’s Two Simple Web Businesses Rolled Into One

February 4th, 2009

How would you like to get business advice from Seth Godin? I did. But then again so did you. Let me explain:

On Independence Day, July 4th, 2008, Seth Godin wrote a post titled “Two Simple Web Businesses” where he declared the world’s need for “fixed-price web podiatrists.”

Podiatrist? Hmmm…OK, well I don’t have a foot fetish, but I do have a fetish for helping businesses make more money from their website by improving their conversion rate.

Seth explained:

“So, a pretty…

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FutureNow Article
Friday, Jul. 18, 2008

How to Use Any Tool to Optimize Better

July 18th, 2008

interactive toolboxAs a self-professed tool junkie, I’m a sucker for shiny new tools. I love tools of any kind — Web tools, software tools, and on a Sunday morning you might even find me in the Brooklyn Home Depot wiping the drool from my mug as admire this fine kosher beef grilling tool.

No doubt, these are exciting times if you love Web tools. For the many folks who are dizzy trying to sort out conversion optimization tool choices, it might be…

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Friday, Feb. 29, 2008 at 1:29 pm

PayPal Should Go Undercover

February 29th, 2008

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PayPal recently announced a streamlining of its payment flow process that doesn’t require a PayPal account to use. In other words, you can “check out” via PayPal, reap the security benefits of the merchant store not knowing your financial details, and pay for your item without having created any long-term relationship with PayPal (although they wouldn’t mind).

Adding PayPal to an e-commerce site can sometimes result in lower conversions — which makes sense because you’re being taken away from the experience you were…

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Wednesday, Jul. 18, 2007 at 2:51 pm

Advertising Framework or Big Brother?

July 18th, 2007

big_brother.jpgIt is amazing, the length advertisers and marketers may be willing to go just to put ads in our faces.

InformationWeek chronicles a software patent filed by Big Brother, er, I mean Microsoft….

Overall, the software is like adware that figures out what ads to display based on files on the hard drive and what’s being displayed on the screen at a given moment. The advertising software, which could be part of the operating system, a standalone app, or an application feature, would…

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Tuesday, Jul. 17, 2007 at 11:46 am

The Bling on Jing

July 17th, 2007

TechSmith, the folks behind some of my favorite applications — SnagIt, Camtasia, Morae and UserVue — just released a new “project.” All I can say is I’m blown away by it. Ever since moving to the the Mac, TechSmith’s products were the only ones I truly missed. Not anymore. Jing is available to capture images, movies and more; and in a way that’s just so sweet.

Go ahead and download it now: MacPC. I promise, you won’t be disappointed.

(Betsy, I want more!!!)

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FutureNow Article
Wednesday, Mar. 1, 2006

A Tool for How the Mind Works

March 1st, 2006

Is mind mapping for you? If so, then this is our favorite software!

And now for something completely different.

We do a lot of brainstorming … projects, problems, reports, how to communicate a difficult idea. And we’re pretty visual folks around here; we work best when we can “see” how our thoughts relate.

A while back, I wrote an article about the top ten application toolsthat consistently made our day. MindJet’s MindManagerwas (and still is) on the list. It’s the tool that lets…

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Thursday, Jul. 1, 2004

Tools of the Trade

July 1st, 2004

Ten business tools we wouldn’t be without!

Let me first swear up and down: nobody bribed me to write this and nobody is planning to pop my picture on their “packaging” (although I am receptive to offers!). We were just sitting around the offices one day feeling really happy. The source of that happiness? Folks out there had developed a particular application that helped us accomplish some task with a minimum of fuss and bother.

And that got us thinking about those…

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