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October 21, 2011

Friday Recap: Tastes Like Onions Edition

You come here on Fridays for one very good reason: to be entertained. I can’t promise to go as far as BCI’s BFF YouTube sensation DJ Flula to keep viewers, or in this case readers, happy. But I will use the next 500 or so words to try to seduce a smile from you.

Just a week and a half before Halloween! I’ve taken it upon myself to construct Daily Candy’s Halloween-themed playlist with YouTube videos, so feel free to turn up the volume and get grooving to some monstrous mood music.

Know what puts me in a good mood? Yoga, a massage and laundry service, am I right? All in a day’s work for employees at Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and other Internet giants.

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October 7, 2011

Friday Recap: Virginia’s Musings Edition

Steve Jobs 1955 - 2011 RIP

Ahhh, Friday. You make me very happy. You know what else makes me happy? Virginia was nice enough to share with me all the things that happened this week for today’s Friday Recap. Because some weeks, I am a cave-dweller. I’m glad Virginia is still cool enough to keep us going this week.

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July 7, 2010

Looking Into the Future: Mobile Marketing — SEM Synergy Extras

woman with crystal ball

It’s the year of mobile! It’s the year of mobile! Well it looks like we’ve finally stopped crying wolf. Mobile Internet use and interaction is on the rise in a big way. Here are some reports, studies and generally fascinating stuff on the platform marketers have been drooling over for years.

Assorted Musings on Mobile Ad Platforms and Devices: Take a listen to today’s episode of SEM Synergy. Some of the highlights include Bruce’s thoughts on the launch of Apple’s iAd platform and whether it might possibly live up to Steve Jobs expectations to conquer half of the mobile ad market by the end of the year.

Bruce also turns a critical eye on a study on mobile audiences by JiWire that reports 52 percent of smartphone users say they’ve acted on an advertisement in a mobile app and 18 percent say they’ve made a purchase from a mobile app in the last month. Mobile tech specialist Michael Martin also joins the program to offer insight on mobile advertising, location services and popularity of smartphone devices.

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June 17, 2010

What If the Customer’s Wrong?

Yahoo! gets personal

I went to sign in to my personal e-mail this morning and what did I find but a lovely tattooed lady, the portrait of independence and personal style. In this vivid imagery, Yahoo! is telling me they’re where it’s at for a customized experience of the Web and all its social, informational and visually engaging glory.

Because isn’t that what users want? A platform that fits the way they use the Web? It’s the goal of a business to fill a consumer’s need, and it’s the marketer’s job to define that need and explain why said business is the right solution.

But I can’t help but wonder. Have businesses shifted their service strategies too far into the realm of pandering to be truly productive. After all, what if the customer is wrong?

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June 4, 2010

Friday Recap: Caffeine Jolt Edition

smiling coffee

Howdy on this fine Friday! It’s almost time to get your weekend on, but first, get some light reading in, ‘kay?

We were introduced to a new dinosaur species this week, and isn’t he a handsome specimen? Beak-like face and a name that translates to “grinding-mouth, wrinkle-eye” — Jeyawati was a cutie!

I fear we’re all headed in the direction of the dinosaurs if they can’t clean up the Gulf Coast oil disaster and stop the flow of oil. There’s not much we can do about that mess at the moment, so go ahead and plant a tree. Mother Nature could use any boost she can get right now.

Did you have a cup of coffee or three this morning to give you a boost? A new study suggests that the stimulation felt from caffeine may be just an illusion. The researchers say that regular coffee drinkers that get their caffeine fix every morning may simply be alleviating the fatiguing effects of caffeine withdrawal, giving the effect of alertness while actually just bringing them back to normal. Susan and Jessica are highly skeptical. And admitted coffee addicts… Just saying. ;)

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April 30, 2010

Friday Recap: Search Sausage Experiment Edition

Texting

Goodbye, April. Hello, weekend! It’s recap time again!

Have you had a tough week? Ze Frank has written a song just for when you need a reminder to take a deep breath and chill out. It’s aptly titled the Chillout Song and while he wrote the song himself, all but his part of the vocals were contributed by his fans.

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April 16, 2010

Friday Recap: Caution! Alot of Nonsense Ahead

funny pictures of cats with captions

It’s recap time again. Hold on to your white/gray/black hats and take a ride with me.

So first, I’ve gotta plug our Small Biz Discovery Contest because we’re giving away some fantastic prizes, including a pass to Search Engine Strategies San Francisco. To play, write an article that speaks to the community of small business owners, giving them one powerful tactic for SEO, PPC or SMM that would improve their online presence. Read all the deets in yesterday’s blog post.

You also may have noticed that this week Bruce Clay, Inc.’s newest writer made her debut on the blog. Jessica Lee reminded us of the marketing benefits of getting cozy with our communities offline. There’s nothing like that in-personal touch. (Yeah, I just made up that phrase. Nice, right?)

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April 9, 2010

Friday Recap: Yetis, Zombie Cats and Reptile Love Edition

another standing cat

Looking at my collection of links for the week, that post title just kinda came to me. Sounds like fun in store, no? Okay, so the yeti. An Oriental Yeti, to be precise. The mysterious, hairless creature will be undergoing DNA testing to determine what breed of cat-bear-kangaroo it is. There is some concern in […]




February 9, 2010

What Color are You? Take the Test

rainbow colors and organic shapes

Allow me to distract you from Google Buzz for a moment. You can get your fix elsewhere — or everywhere, for that matter.

Instead, imagine with me your favorite color.

Is it the rich turquoise of an island shoreline? The deep burgundy of a glass of wine? The muted steel punctuating a sunrise? A buttery citrine hiding in the center of a daisy?

It turns out that our favorite colors have a lot to say about us. A report in yesterday’s USA Today caught my eye with the headline Favorite colors test shows CEOs are different; take the test.

Three quarters of a million people have taken the test for the Dewey Color System — make that 750,001! — and apparently some patterns have emerged that point to personality traits and talents. When more than 800 CEOs and former CEOs took the test, some interesting patterns were clear here, as well.

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January 28, 2010

When is Hype Too Much?

Apple debuted a touchscreen tablet computer yesterday, following months of building fervor and anticipation. By the time Steve Jobs took the stage at the iPad event, the rumor mill had hit a frenzied pitch and it was almost impossible to travel the Web without stumbling over counterfeits and alleged leaks.

Now, Apple’s hype machine is like a well-oiled Rube Goldberg. Steve Jobs is notorious for demanding secrecy and retaining a tight-gripped control of the company’s media presence. Announcements, timing and even “leaks” all fit into a finely engineered plan to excite consumers and the media — and in the last few years each announcement and event has been more exciting and more anticipated than the next.

So, it’s worth taking a look at Apple’s media strategy around the iPad in the last month to see if there are any lessons for marketers to take away.

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