Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
In doing this deep analysis I had an incredible opportunity to meet and learn from some amazing people at Microsoft and outside (LiliCh, Mhurst, Dhardt, Bubba from Facebook, StGarrity:) , DennisPi, and many others).
Anyways net-net here are some of the interesting findings:
- Social Networking is the #1 thing people are doing on the internet today - it accounts for ~27% of internet usage time (surprisingly Games is #2, and then Search)
- There is a higher % of people in non-North American countries participating in SN
- Twitter has the highest % of new users month over month (even after looking at drop off rate)
- Social Norms for Tweeting (my favorite :)) - don't overtweet (i.e. no more than 5 times a day), never follow more than 300 people
-Twitter Search is the *realest* time search available (time and location wise)
- T has an open API that is enabling 3rd parties to monetize through leveraging of the data
There are some definite opportunities in this space , and it will be interesting to see how this ecosystem evolves.
Monday, October 06, 2008
1) when I have to use it as an actual phone (no kidding - it drops so many of my calls I've decided to call it the best no-phone call cell phone :))
2) when I want to send pics as a txt message
Regarding the 2nd painpoint there is a nice little MMS alternative called Flutter, available on the App Store. It allows you to send pictures to any cell phone number in your contacts app. And it’s free, which is always a bonus.
For more information and pictures head on over to Flutter’s home page.
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Tonight I had an opportunity to read about a blog Dennis recommended to me & I have to say it is one of the best career planning blog(s) I've ever read. Specifically:
Career planning - http://blog.pmarca.com/2007/09/the-pmarca-gu-1.html
Thinking of goig back to school - http://blog.pmarca.com/2007/10/the-pmarca-guid.html
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Some interesting quotes from the day about the state of the ad industry today:
- "GoogleClick" - The Google acquisition of Doubleclick changes the Display competitive landscape. It will be interesting to see how the market reacts to this.
- "Content is king"- Online video (YouTube, etc) have captivated the audience and are forcing marketers to look at online campaigns that leverage this medium
- "The Rich are Getting Richer" - 99% of revenue go to the Top 10 sites, 90% of Search revenue to YaGoogle (Yahoo/Google)
- "New Ad Measurements?" - With all of the new creative, and publishers the question is "What is new media measurement? "
Some of the most interesting creative/marketing campaigns presented (even if you're not in the advertising industry I recommend you take a look at these - very clever and funny creatives):
- Christian Haas, Group Creative Director for Goodby, Silverstein & Partners presented by far one of the funniest and intelligent beer campaigns for "rolling rock":
- Jim Lesser, Executive Creative Director for BBDO West, presented a very funny "pro flowers" online creative:
Net net from a creative perspective the message I took away from some of the most successful creative agencies is K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid) - in other words the best creatives are the ones that keep things as simple as possible - not necessarily the ones that have the most innovation.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Through a friend of mine on FaceBook I discovered this really cool site that allows you to create a map with all the countries/places you've visited. In addition you can find travel information and even generate the html (as above) that allows me to share what places I've visited with the world :).
create your own visited country map