Good look behind the scenes in the NY Times on Facebook's Ad operations.
Miscellania on e-marketing and social media. VP of Marketing for 1-800-PACK-RAT. Used to be at Shop.org, and Discovery Channel Stores.
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Monday, August 04, 2014
How'd we get to August already without an update? Time flies...
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Not only has the company struggled to shed the cloak of customer suspicion since the hacking scandal was revealed, it's also struggling to recover from a shaky start in its expansion into Canada. With Target shares having fallen 3% since this morning, the company needs a boost badly. Steinhafel's departure can , perhaps, give them that.
Target is Just One of Many Hit by Cyber-Attacks in the Last Six Months
Target is certainly not the first company to be hit by cybercriminals, and, undoubtedly, it won't be the last. Arts and crafts retailer Michael's only recently recovered from an eight-month stretch of data theft that affected more than 2.6 million American shoppers. The difference with Target, beyond the scope of the attack, is that the CEO of Michael's remains at the head of the company. However, many say that Target ousting its CEO could be a sign of things to come as companies continue to let their digital security measures run lax. In other words, people will actually be held accountable for negligence.
Is Anything Being Done to Contain These Issues?
Realizing that billion dollar corporations aren't quite up to the task of monitoring and avoiding these issues -- not to mention letting those affected know of issues in a timely manner -- the Obama Administration and many others on Capitol Hill are working on a series of so-called "Data-Theft Laws" in order to hold companies found guilty of neglecting security responsible when their customers are affected. Further, the laws will set up a security framework, giving these same companies better resources with which to alert their customers when there is an issue. It's a situation that can adequately be summed up as better-late-than-never, but legislation coupled with corporate CEOs actually being held accountable when things go wrong is a definite sign of progress.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
New article on Remark Media up on Seeking Alpha. 4 Catalysts coming up soon. Check it out.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
I found out that I'll be speaking again this year at the Mid-Atlantic Summit in Tysons on 4/24. It was a great event last year. More details to come at their site.
Saturday, March 08, 2014
Good SEM stats from this past holiday season. Interesting, and unsurprising, to see 40+% of sales were driven by Google in one way or another.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
While I'm normally a fan of Bulletproof coffee, today's tip is much easier - 4:30 coffee is good for 4:30, not so good for 12:30 later on.
Saturday, February 01, 2014
Shop.org has a call for speakers for their Annual Summit. Great chance to speak in front of the industry.
Monday, January 27, 2014
I'm starting a new series, doing reviews of a variety of Ecommerce sites. If you're interested in being included, or having me look at a particular site, please let me know.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Thursday, January 09, 2014
Anyone else ran into this? Placing an order on the Amtrak website, and then a hard crash. "Gateway error" and that's it. No recommendation, and the ordering's just dead. #orderingfail
Wednesday, January 01, 2014
Make it your best one yet!
Sunday, December 01, 2013
Unbelievable ending to the Auburn-Alabama game. Most memorable game I've seen since the Michael Westbrook prayer about a decade ago.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Monday, September 23, 2013
Option 1: Walk up, grab rope and pull
Option 2: With the benefit of hindsight, notice the following:
a) without anywhere substantial to brace your feet, you're pulling entirely with your arms
b) there's a piece of wood that doesn't move (unlike mud), that feet can be braced on.
c) in general, pulling things with both feet braced is substantially easier
d) I'm at my absolute strongest deadlifting, so putting both feet against the vertical post will work best
e) Deadlifting is toughest at the beginning, so bend your legs a bit to make sure you're at your strongest point, when you need to do the work.
f) Once you get momentum going, keep going, it's much easier.
g) There's a reason people on the "Strongest Man" contest wear gloves. Ouch!.
h) Don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it
i) Sometimes there are unexpected rewards - like free kettle corn if you succeed.
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
On the radio with Karl Champley last weekend. You can find the podcast with Karl I'm on August 24th, segment #2.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Huey Lewis played at Wolf Trap last night. Great night, even with the monsoon (or whatever your call 4 inches of rain, and 40mph winds) that blew through. Played the Sports Album from start to finish - reminds me of bloggers recycling their old posts.
Thursday, August 01, 2013
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
How would you like to create an ad that targets only one person on Facebook? It's doable and if you're reading this post, it's probably because you saw an ad I put up with your name on it. If you're curious how that happened, drop me a note.
Monday, April 22, 2013
Official meet results and write up coming soon.
358 squat (PR). 214 bench (PR). Missed 484 on the deadlift twice - got it above the knees on the second time.
Friday, January 04, 2013
I preface this by saying I'm a huge admirer of Tim Ferris. That said, when reading the 4 Hour Chef, I was struck by this claim: "In less than 12 weeks, sans coach and following a printout from Barry, I went from a max dead lift of 300 lbs to more than 650lbs.
The only video I could find was this of him doing a rack pull from well above the knees. Technically, he could say he pulled a lot of weight. His hands were on it, and it moved a couple of inches. Realistically, though, powerlifters say "they pulled" something when they deadlifted it, off the ground. I'm pretty sure you could find any number of people who could pull 100-200 lbs more than their real deadlift max if they pulled from above their knees on a Smith machine.
>>> Ferriss, Timothy (2012-11-20). The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life (Kindle Locations 516-517). AmazonEncore. Kindle Edition. Footnote Three: 3 Pulling from the knees using a double-overhand grip (not hook) without wrist wraps. I could then do 475 from the floor for repetitions. See “Effortless Superhuman” in The 4-Hour Body for the full program description.
Saturday, August 04, 2012
I watched every episode of American Ninja Warrior this season. After the finale, in which no one finished the 3rd of 4 stages, I was annoyed. There was very little payoff for my investment of time. In addition, NBC had to build up one of the obstacles in the middle of stage 3, so they had at least something to narrate. Would anyone get over the "fingertip climb". Well, 23 out 24 failed before they got there, and one guy got through that, before falling off on the next obstacle.
I changed my mind after seeing a great article in the Washington Post, by Hank Steuver. Sometime's it's all about the progress you make towards a goal, and getting in the arena.