It’s the products not the brand

A timely find – a viral video about Trader Joes – a small USA chain of food stores that are lots of fun to shop in. The products at Trader Joes are high quality – and that is especially relevant in the USA where (Whole Foods aside) it’s all to easy to buy processed rubbish. and from …

Final Ferrit: The market space

Design flaws led to Ferrit’s downfall sings out the Independent, but it’s a bit more complicated than a pithy headline. I’m quoted in the article, and so am providing a bit more background to those quotes. I also promise that these are the final blog postings on Ferrit. Really. So here is a four part …

Bush’s tombstone

Is it just me or does the cover of GW Bush’s end of administration report seem a little morbid? The stark white on black makes it look like some sort of tombstone or perhaps a report on some tragedy.

Will the iPhone be the new Nintendo DS?

Over at MoGeneration they have made some predictions for the iPhone in 2009. Nothing too radical, but clearly what happens with the iPhone is crucial for developers. Top of the list is a subscription payment model. I’m not so sure – perhaps that is wishful thinking, but developers and users would love it. With iTunes’ excellent payments …

What happened in 2008 (for Lance)

(Apologies for the “all about me” post. This sort of thing helps to motivate me for the year.) Early last year I posted a plan for 2008 – daring to call it a manifesto. I’d just  turned down some very good corporate career options and dared to invest more time into smaller opportunities. How did …

Internet now ahead of newspapers for US news

From Pew Research comes the unsurprising, err, news, that the internet is preferred over newspapers as a US source of national and international news. It’s amazing to me how high TV is on that question – especially after the appalling US network and cable news reporting over the last 10 years. I’ve essentially switched TV …

Can we say goodbye to AdultFriendfinder?

Adult Friendfinder’s ads habituate the seamy side of the web. They are the dating site for the adult internet, offering sex instead of love, and delivering (probably) neither. They take dodgy dating sites to an entirely new level, with ads that promise a naked beauty in your postcode is just waiting for you to turn …

How to do great web usability – iinet example

iinet have a fantastic new website for new customers. Try it –  go through the process to sign up for a service (use 6160 for Fremantle’s postcode). The front page is simplicity itself. Then it’s straight into questions that you can relate to: The guy’s statements change with each screen – and they are actually helpful. …

The mainsteam starts to hear about web 2.0

Bugger – now they are letting the CEO’s know about the Web 2.0 marketing techniques. The WSJ has published The Secrets of Marketing in a Web 2.0 World,  which has the not so SEO friendly url of http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122884677205091919.html, but contains plenty of Web 2.0 buzzwords in it’s  text. The article is from MT Sloan review, …

Organic Torpedo7 beats inept inorganic Ferrit

A mentioned, we’ve covered Torpedo7 before on this blog. That was the surprising finding after Ferrit had been beaten by Torpedo7 in domestic unique browsers for the week to July 20, 2008. Organic versus Inorganic growth It turns out that comparing Ferrit and Torpedo7 is an excellent way to compare organic (Torpedo7) and inorganic (Ferrit) growth. Organic …

No Black backgrounds please

Its always food to see new blogs. However if you are going to launch a new blog, like aotearoarenamemovement and newmasses did this week, then please make it easy to read. I don’t mean the content, but the design. White words on black background simply isn’t that easy to read. And for the Aotearoa Movement people,  if …

Deliver newspapers only on Thu, Fri & Sun?

Gannett’s Detroit Free Press and Detroit News are apparently thinking of home delivering only on Thursday, Friday and Sundays – the three most lucrative days. On other days readers will be able to buy abbreviated single issues at news-stands, and will be directed to the online offerings. The idea is to get say 70% of …

TVNZ’s New site – December 08 version

TVNZ launched their new site yesterday. It’s a refreshing change, and a good one. It’s pretty similar to one I look at to get West Australian News Both of those screenshots are the entire height of my little mac portable. You really see very little content, with the focus directed to the main stories of …

Burj Dubai

From Boston.com – the world’s tallest building – the Burj Dubai. More stunning Dubai pictures if you follow the link. It will be interesting to see how they weather the low oil prices and economic crisis.