The 5 Reasons Some User Interfaces Suck on Purpose

Once upon a time I used to focus my efforts on helping my clients create great user experiences.  I even wrote a Masters level thesis on User Interfaces and the user experience.  Somewhere along the way, I realized that my real passion was in marketing – but those days of architecting usable interfaces comes in

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Are you Going Beyond Tabasco?

I like my food spicy.  The problem is, for most restaurants – it just doesn’t pay to make food really spicy.  If it is, a large number of customers will send it back, and once you’ve added the spices, you can’t remove them.  So the safe solution for most restaurants is to offer a way

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CES and Marketing in the Age of Control

Last night Bill Gates shared his vision of the future to kickoff the Consumer Electronics Show – and focus attention during the annual gadget-fest on the role of Microsoft’s Vista in how consumers will be using electronics and technology in the coming year.  Not surprisingly, his focus was on "connected experiences" and how the vision

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A Recap of 2006 on Influential Interactive Marketing

Let’s start with a warning … this is the "clip show" post where I recycle a lot of old material so if that causes you extreme pain, please close this window now and come back tomorrow.  For all the rest of you, it’s the holidays and a quick glance around the marketing blogosphere will show

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Trendspot: Autotagging Images to Help Organize the Web

I am a big fan of tagging as a way to organize content, save my bookmarks on del.icio.us, and optimize content for consumption on social media sites.  Yet I have also written before about the inherent difficulties of tagging (suggesting that a TagWiki might be the solution).  The biggest issue is that multiple people can

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Ideas for Marketing with Fantasy Games Online

On Friday last week, there was a great piece by Julia Beizer in the Washington Post Express about a different category of fantasy games that offer an alternative to Fantasy Football.  Now officially giving up on my Fantasy Football team after losing my two star players in back to back weeks to season ending injuries,

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The Best College Admissions Website Ever?

After reading a post on one my favourite marketing blogs, Ypulse – I was recently pointed to the George Mason University admissions website, MasonMetro which struck me as one of the best examples I have seen of connecting with high school students in a memorable way and encouraging them to consider applying.  Contrary to the

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Riya Launches a New Visual Search for Online Retail: Like.co ...

When I first wrote about visual search more than a year ago, it was all about a new type of search interface that would allow you to see results contextually through a more visual interface rather than a simple text listing of results.  Visual search, at that point, was all about improving the interface to

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SquareSpace.com Offers an Elegant Solution for "Bloggin ...

There is a lot of discussion these days about corporate blogging, with some even suggesting that perhaps blogs should replace corporate sites entirely.  While I am a big believer in the power of blogging, I don’t think blogs will completely replace corporate sites.  The main reason is because there is useful static content that corporate

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Google Sightseeing Promotes the Concept of Virtual Tourism

Everyone loves the idea of an exotic vacation, but not everyone loves all the difficulties that can come with it.  From the pains of the actual travel experience to the time required, sometimes a vacation to an exotic destination is not quite possible.  Google Sightseeing (not affiliated with Google) may have one answer for deskbound

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