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December 18, 2009

Friday Recap: Special Snowflake Edition

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Happy Friday! This has been one of the longest, craziest weeks I’ve had in some time, and I know I’m not alone.

Not that I’m complaining. Being busy is better than being bored any day, especially when the busyness is due to a preponderance of fun! In just a few days, we decorated the office in festive fashion, laughed and played at the office holiday party, and experienced the spiritual awakening known as the bacon explosion. Join in on our holiday fun!

Earlier this week the BCI team headed out to the nearby go kart racetrack for this year’s holiday party! These pics tell the story…

Maryann, me, Dawn, Nasim, Steffani, Paula and Pam wait for the flag to start our heat:

bci at the kart racetrack

And we’re off! Paula and I were monsters on the track! Who’m I kidding? Paula was a perfect gentlewoman. However, if you catch me in your rearview…

paula racing go kart virginia racing go kart

Sure, it looks like fun and games, but the competition was fierce!

bci at the kart racetrack

In the end, it was a numbers game, and only a select few could claim the top spots. Congrats to the BCI winners’ circle!

Christopher Hart is in town this week from our office in New York and he treated the group to a homemade Bacon Explosion 2.0. The original Bacon Explosion™ from BBQ Addicts is one of the most beloved meat treats among the SEM community and Chris showed us why. BCI programmer Michael Terry summed it up nicely:

[12/17/2009 5:08:27 PM] BCI-Michael Terry: let me put it this way
[12/17/2009 5:08:36 PM] BCI-Michael Terry: ususally when you play something up
[12/17/2009 5:08:42 PM] BCI-Michael Terry: people are disappointed
[12/17/2009 5:08:44 PM] BCI-Virginia Nussey: right
[12/17/2009 5:08:52 PM] BCI-Michael Terry: because you set expectations high
[12/17/2009 5:08:58 PM] BCI-Michael Terry: but bacon explosion is like michael jordan
[12/17/2009 5:09:05 PM] BCI-Michael Terry: no matter high the expectations are set
[12/17/2009 5:09:09 PM] BCI-Michael Terry: they still exceed them

Here’s something that exceeded my expectations this week. A video of a cat saying “nom nom nom” as it slurps up some tasty sour cream. Truly adorable! Like nuns in a snowball fight and puppies dipped in cupcake batter.

Those last two links were found through the social media power network Twitter. (Thanks @phillian and @LisaBarone!) The Huffington Post announced that it would start using Twitter as a monetization stream by allowing advertisers to place paid tweets among the live Twitter feeds on the site.

Google has added some advanced results to the Suggest feature of its search. The new Suggest includes weather, flight status, local time, definitions, currency and unit conversions and more. On the other side of the fence, online marketer Michael Gray pointed out some problems with Google Suggest.

Know what I have a problem with? Cheaters. Now, I always knew that food commercials weren’t that up front — after all, the cake is a lie — but it was rather fun and surprising to see the make-up artist routine food goes through before being camera ready. Plus the fact that this video is straight out of the 80s gives it an extra special sparkle.

If you’re looking for a laugh, I’ll tell ya, I was rolling on the floor throughout this podcast from SES Chicago. I know this isn’t a story from the last week, but if you’re a search marketer and you missed it, well, miss it no more. Behold the SEO Old Timers Roundtable, starring Bruce Clay, Rae Hoffman, Dave Naylor, Todd Friesen, Disa Johnson and host Daron Babin.

On a more somber note, the Cincinnati Bengal’s wide receiver Chris Henry passed away this week after an accident. However, rumors of his death were spreading through the interwebz before he had passed away. In the aftermath we’re left wondering how an irresponsible use of social media may have contributed to an irreverent frenzy.

I want to send a congratulatory shout out to WordStream for two new free keyword suggestion tools debuting this week. Check out the keyword niche finder and the keyword grouper and simplify your keyword research process.

Having powerful tools at your disposal is always a good thing, as is having powerful insights. Trendwatching.com’s monthly briefing is about 10 crucial consumer trends for 2010. Are you ready for urbany, fluxury and profile myning? [I think my trend for 2010 will be refusing to use the "word" myning. --Susan]

Puzzle loving movie buffs will get a kick out of the Name That Movie series. In it, illustration sequences tell the story of films, and you’ve got to figure out what the flick is. Is your film fanaticism is up to snuff? Thanks to our tipster, Mrs. Esparza! :D [See, Mom? I do so pass the links you send me on. --Susan]

Half of the fun of the holidays is dressing everything up in tinsel and lights. Everything’s just happier when it twinkles. Making paper snowflakes is fun part of the decorating tradition here at Bruce Clay, Inc., so we drew incredible inspiration from these amazingly intricate paper snowflakes.

Then we tried our own hand at them. With adrenaline and bacon fat coursing through our veins, we reveled in decking the office halls. And then we squished all that love into a little video to share with you!

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One response to “Friday Recap: Special Snowflake Edition”

  1. Ken Lyons writes:

    Hey, Virginia.

    Way to tear up the track in the go karts. BTW, thanks so much for the new tools shout out.

    Take care and enjoy the holidays.

    Ken



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