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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GMC's New Viral Campaign Fails to Deliver

In times square this weekend, I spotted a long billboard with mathematical equations and schematic drawings along with the cryptic URL – www.beyondthedrawingboard.com.  Unfortunately, a visit to the website delivers neither a new online community for tech geeks, nor an innovative new virtual drawing board for users to collaborate on.  Instead, the site is nothing

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Making A Successful Restaurant Website

Like many last minute males, I spent last night searching online for restaurants in the Washington DC area to plan that perfect last minute romantic evening out with my wife for Valentine’s Day. As I surfed online, I recalled my dot-bomb efforts to launch www.dc-restaurants.com almost ten years ago (the design stinks, it hasn’t ever

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BLOG = Better Listing On Google

Shawn Gold shared this great soundbite at the AdTech conference in Chicago more than a month ago, and it stuck with me as a wonderful distillation of what many bloggers and non-bloggers have already noticed … search engines love blogs.  In a way, the structure of blogs is a throwback to the days of academia

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Going Horizontal on the Internet

Most everything outside of the Internet is vertical.  We walk upright.  Skyscrapers are, well, sky-high.  Books are printed in portrait sizes.  Memos, printouts, legal documents too are all printed vertically.  Newspapers, magazines, guidebooks – again, the majority are all vertical.  Yet computer screens and TV screens are horizontal.  Television and movies take advantage of this

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The New Gap.com Focuses Between Browsing and Buying

The unending focus on converting "browsers to buyers" has become a mantra for retail ecommerce sites driving an increasingly formulaic approach to interface design.  Select a type of product, filter by brand, price, or size, select the one you think you want, and add it to your cart.  Unfortunately, this negates the more frequent task

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360 Degree Digital Influence

Though I consider myself a marketing-guy at heart … the past few years of my career have been spent working first in advertising agencies, and most recently in a large public relations agency.  Ok, I know they’re all connected – but today I’m glad that I’m in public relations.  With the rise of blogs, and

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Contextual Advertising – The Cure for Database Poisoni ...

Whoever has the misfortune of the email address bob@bob.com definitely hates me.  If he exists, I’d like to apologize to him for the hundreds of sites that I’ve avoided providing my real details to by usurping his good name.  Of course, I also have my own email address set up just to register on sites

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The Rule of Recency – Why Updating Content Matters

A recent ad in the Washington Post takes aim at the Monster.com’s of the Internet who have taken away ad revenue from job classified ads (a cash cow for newspapers in the past).  The ad copy reads "The average job listing in The Post is 2 days old. The average job listing online is 2

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RSSvertising, Newspaper's Last Hope

About 2 years ago, I probably installed my first popup blocking software.  And I always remember The Washington Post as the last straw which drove me to find and install it.  At the time, the popups on the site were so distracting to the user experience, I could barely get through a paragraph before the

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