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.
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.
Saturday, March 08, 2014
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.
Sunday, July 08, 2012
I'm in the process of writing an update on Remark Media (MARK). I'll post the link when it's published, but the short synopsis is that there are a number of catalysts that could move the stock up from $3.40.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
It occasionally feels like an odd place to buy an appliance, but the last two times I have, Sears has done a great job. There've been about five messages about when it would arrive, the crew hit a relatively small two hour window, and the delivery guys were personable. They've certainly had their issues as a stock, but they do a nice job with their products.
Friday, March 16, 2012
TST had a bunch of news this past week, with a new CEO and new Editor and Chief. The stock's taken off on the news, and hit $2.20 this week. Maybe I'll just turn the blog into a stock picking site :)
Saturday, March 03, 2012
BNNX announced this past week that it's being acquired by MARK. It's gone from .05 to .11-.12 this week, and probably will gradually drift higher to about .14-.15 as the deal gets near closing.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
BNNX should still play out well. If you can get in under $.045, patience will be rewarded. TST at $1.75 was a great play, and at $1.80, you should still have room to move upwards, as they almost have to announce market moving news on their March 7th earnings call.