Virtual Networking and a New Standard for Online Profiling

Leading up to the Ad Tech conference in Chicago next week, all participants received an invitation to create a virtual profile of themselves to help maximize their experience at the conference.  There is a fantastic feature in the profile setup area that will weight your various roles, industries, and interests based on the relative importance

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Orbitz is down – CRM opportunity?

Orbitz.com is down – an extremely rare event for large ecommerce sites these days.  I’m sure there will be articles in the coming days about the real cost of this outage for Orbitz.  And at this point it’s still down with only their admission that "We are aware of the problem and are working to

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Quark skips integrating direct mail campaign with website

I got my second great direct mail piece today from Quark selling the features of their latest release, QuarkXPress 6.5.  They are a series of postcards, and each highlights a different feature of the software and explains it through targeted copy and testimonials aimed at print graphic designers with language like "No doubt about it. 

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Lessons in Online Marketing to Busy Moms

MarketingSherpa released a case study today about how Gymboree revised their website to better meet the needs of busy moms shopping for children’s clothing online.  Some interesting lessons in here for any campaign targeting moms, including: Moms are multi-tasking at certain times of the day – "moms are so busy that they’re hopping online as

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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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eBay and Online Reputation Systems

Just a few weeks ago I got my blue star on Ebay.  Aside from signifying that I’ve now successfully bought or sold 50 pieces of junk – it also felt like validation in the purest kindergarten way.  Somebody likes me.  50 somebodies.  And they even said so when they rated me positively.  It also got

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Screen Sizing Stats & Resources

http://www.forestasia.com/tools/resolution.asp – A good resource for quickly seeing how a live site or page looks in a variety of screen resolutions, including smaller resolutions for Blackberries and mobile devices. http://www.anybrowser.com/ScreenSizeTest.html – Another site for testing screen size (more limited options) – along with useful tables outlining actual "live areas" in pixels after the header bar

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iVillage works around 800×600 screen size limitations

Browsers are continually updated, broadband is growing … but somehow we seem stuck with an 800×600 convention when it comes to design.  My mouse has a horizontal scrolling wheel feature on it.  But with my standard laptop screen of 1024×768 – I hardly ever use it.  But am I unique because I live in a

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