Bruce Clay Blog : Fun StuffApril 1, 2013
It’s April Fool’s Day and that means that the Google team has been very busy planning pranks. For more than a decade, Google has been making millions laugh with fictitious products, fake announcements and make-believe services, bringing levity to the Web every April 1st.
February 4, 2013
Google has crossed over to theatrical arts. Over the weekend, I caught a one-man show led by Craig Ricci Shaynak in Los Angeles at Theatre Asylum called: “I Am Google.” And this time, Google wasn’t just a search engine; Google was a dude in a bachelor pad.
With a cool mix of improv, performance and audience participation, this show had everything from Google’s nerdy counterpart, Bing, to his ex-girlfriend Twitter and his crush on Siri.
Without giving too much away, I’ll let you in on a little of the fun.
Read more of Turns Out, Google Is A Dude.
January 22, 2013
The image above is in a rotating banner along the front page of National Geographic today. To think that little dino babies could have nursed on mama dino’s little teats! I’m a sucker for ancient reptiles, and am myself mom to a creature of prehistoric persuasion. So I wanted to know, were dinosaurs and mammals [...]
November 28, 2012
Cyber Monday is behind us which puts us squarely in shopping season. If you’re wondering what to get your high-tech honey for the holiday, I’ve got 10 ideas for you. This gift guide was created with the Internet marketer in mind, a gadget lover, professional perfectionist, and big kid at heart.
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October 25, 2012
There’s lots of things we can learn and apply from the startup world, no matter what type of business environment we’re in. One of them being to embrace failure – yes, be willing to fail. And another: shift your mindset totally and completely from everything you believe to be true about how to operate and how to be successful.
The startup mentality can reveal a lot of lessons that we can apply in business scenarios and as leaders across industries and types of companies – large, small – whatever. If you’ve always been in corporate settings (and especially if you’re used to dealing with a lot of red tape), thinking like a startup may feel very uncomfortable, strange and unattainable.
But taking some of those concepts and applying them to the challenges you’re facing right now might actually reveal very attainable, new ways of operating that can get you different results (you know that old saying about insanity).
So let’s roll up our sleeves and prepare to work like startups, think likes startups and innovate like startups.
October 22, 2012
Over the past couple weeks, I’ve encountered a couple marketing ploys that have caused me think about the marketer’s responsibility in creating straightforward messaging people can trust. While many of us in the search marketing world believe in quality marketing practices, there’s a lot of people out there – both online and in other channels – who aren’t putting the end user first.
Enter my recent experiences with T-Mobile (which I usually love) and TLC (The Learning Channel). And while this post may be a bit rant-y for some, it will make you think.
July 2, 2012
No matter your politics, your stance on Obamacare, or if Aaron Sorkin’s biting appraisal of society circling Facebook last week struck a chord, if there’s ever a time to be unabashedly proud to be an American, this is the week! The beauty of our great country is that we can hold our own values and beliefs and simultaneously open our arms to give our neighbor a big hug.
Marketers, too, get a bad rap sometimes. As the sunny optimism of the Fourth is upon us, take a moment to remember all the reasons we can be proud to fly the flag of a marketer. Commerce is as American as apple pie, after all.
Read more of 10 Reasons I’m Proud to be an American Marketer.
April 30, 2012
Got a few minutes to be inspired by technology today? Can’t stomach another how-to post or dramatic Google-focused news story — or is that just me? Monday started off feeling a bit more “Mondayish” than I would have liked, and I’m sure many of you are feeling the same way (quiet down, eternal optimists).
If you’re anything like me, it’s easy to become caught up in the details of this tactic or that strategy to the point of losing sight of the bigger picture. That’s why I love TED Talks and it’s also why I love technology — because it’s part of something bigger … even if I have to be reminded ever so often. Today, I found the inspiration I needed in some very moving, tech-focused stories via TED Talks, and I wanted to share those with you.
The following three videos each talk about a different type of medium in tech — texting, blogging and apps — but they have a common thread: connecting people, sentiment and action in new, life-changing ways.
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December 23, 2011
We had a Secret Santa gift exchange this morning and wouldn’t you know, Bruce got just what was on his wish list! A Shake Weight! This is Bruce’s “how did Santa know?!” face. Our gift to you!
December 16, 2011
Audience: Friday Recap enthusiasts
Estimated reading time: How long do you want to goof off?
It’s been a bit since we’ve done a Friday Recap. We know how much you all anticipate these things, so we hope it didn’t throw you off or cause confusion about whether or not Fridays actually happened in the past month. Well I’m here to tell you (not Rebecca Black), that it’s Friday, and here’s your Friday Recap!
Read more of Friday Recap: “I Had the Timeline of My Life” Edition.