Do you Gmail? Why Hotmail is failing …

I have a Gmail address.  In fact, most people in the web industry that I know are now using Gmail for their defacto personal email addresses.  About a year ago at this time, it was the ultimate cool factor.  A badge of honor among the techno-elite, Google’s invitation only viral strategy was driving people to

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Does time of day really matter?

A new report from eMarketer offers some new data in answering one of the most often asked questions in our industry: does time of day really matter for email marketing?  The report notes: 41% of Americans check email first thing in the morning 18% check email right after dinner 14% check email right when they

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Blogs and the Marketer's Quest for Brevity

This past weekend I went out to a local antique market to find a gentleman selling hundreds of old advertisements from magazines over the last 60 years, framed and mounted.  I bought one for a Hartmann Wardrobe Trunk … a great illustrated ad with more than a paragraph of descriptive copy.  In fact, all the

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Videoblogging – the next big thing?

From discussion boards and newsgroups to blogs to podcasting … new forms of content creation are evolving the user-contributed "DIY" model of the Internet.  I posted earlier about online photo albums as a symbol of the growth of content sharing online among the general online population.  Blogs and podcasting are part of this trend, which

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Content Creation – More than just Blogs

Content creation online is exploding, with over 53 million people (or 44% of all Internet users) having created and posted content online in 2004 – according to a Pew Internet Study.  While the entire category of content creation sometimes seems hijacked by blogging and podcasting, another content creation activity is noted by this same report

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Sports and the Internet

Nobody would ever voluntarily watch a big game on time delay.  The time shifting (or "extreme time-shifting") of television will probably never effect sports … because you just have to watch in real time.  In fact, TiVo itself notes that less than 10% of sports fans watch Monday Night Football on time delay.  Last night

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Where to get Online Statistics

As one of a handful of Internet professionals in a PR agency, I’m continually asked for lots of stats to back up proposals as well as using them to support or inform my own recommendations for client work.  Here are several of the best FREE general sources for Internet statistics I’ve found out there:ITFacts.biz –

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Bugaboo markets strollers online to parents

While in New York this weekend, I passed an interesting bus stop poster with a picture of a unique looking baby stroller, and the URL http://www.bugaboodaytrips.com – nothing else.  As a new parent, I buy the same crap all parents do.  Graco stroller, Baby Bjorn, those new plastic baby food containers (because glass jars are

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