Widget Marketing

When I was in business school, "widgets" were the term that we used to refer to units of a fictional product in case studies.  Today, widgets are those smart little applications meant to be used as small utilities in a blog, operating system or web browser.  A few months ago, SixApart launched Typepad Widgets to

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Inside The Da Vinci Code Marketing Strategy

After much fanfare over the last few weeks, The Da Vinci Code opens in theaters across the US today.  Though some early reviews from the Cannes Film Festival premier have been less than perfect, there is no denying that the marketing machine behind the film has generated buzzworthy firsts, from partnering with Google to open

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Google Rates your Password Strength

Most of us have awful password etiquette, using the same easy-to-remember password across multiple sites, and only really choosing secure passwords when there is a specific system in place preventing us from using a simpler one.  Financial institutions have gotten better at preventing fraud and password hacking, in part because consumers are also realizing that

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The Arrival of Product Placement on Blogs

Anyone in the marketing and advertising industry has probably followed the evolution of product placement on TV and in films with interest.  With the Tivo phenomenon changing how consumers view (or skip) the 30 second spot, some say the future of television is in product placements.  But what about product placement and sponsorship on blogs? 

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The Importance of a Movie Theater Website

Searching for a movie this weekend, I cursed my way through yet another painful online experience dealing with AMC Theaters.  The main problem, in their case, is that I know their brand and I have been to their theaters.  And because I do, I have higher expectations from AMC.  For one, I assume the theater’s

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Wikipedia No Longer Defines the Wiki

Part of the appeal of the Wikipedia phenomenon has been that in a group edited model, it is more likely that individual biases in writing can be removed through frequent editing.  Indeed, for many of the self appointed Wikipedians who guard the content of Wikipedia, their mission in life is to objectivize any entries that

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What's In Your Firefox?

I love Firefox.  From its signature "tabbed browsing" to its open source heritage – Firefox has experienced huge growth thanks to the legions of brand believers who have spread the word about Firefox.  The Firefox brand has become a badge of honor – just as most graphic designers would never willingly choose to use a

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A New Way of Sharing Patient Opinions Online

The phenomenon of Internet users sharing their opinions about products and services online is well into the mainstream now, with large etailers like Amazon.com encouraging customer reviews, sites like TripAdvisor asking travellers to review lodging in destinations around the world and  ratings systems for buyers to evaluate sellers on sites like ebay and others.  Online,

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Are Domain Names the Next Tagging Phenomenon?

Tagging is in right now.  From a network for teens to Yahoo’s purchase of del.icio.us and Flickr … everyone in the industry is betting big on tagging.  And why shouldn’t they?  Search is no longer the only way to find information online. Jakob Nielson (the controversial usability guru) even categorized search engines as leeches. That

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Spun and Peerflix – Online DVD Trading Then & Now

One of my favourite holdover sites from the dot-com era that is still around today is Spun.com.  I have always loved the idea of creating used cd and dvd store online for people to sell their old stuff and use credits to buy new stuff.  I think I still have a spundex somewhere.  I came

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