No matter where you go in the known universe, there is design-by-committee. It has become a pecking order of disaster for the society that used to pride itself on being a mover and shaker and that allowed its mavericks and dreamers to innovate their way to success. In a business climate fueled by fear and the “Peter Principle,” as it is today, a decision not made is a tragedy averted. So, decision by committee provides a safe and often anonymous process for finger-pointing down the line… inevitably leading to the creative, of course.
Last year I wrote a two-part column on tips for selling ads in e-mail newsletters. By applying these tips with one of my clients last year, we were able to boost the click-through rate (CTR) on their e-mail newsletter advertisements by 160 percent - without significantly cannibalizing clicks to the editorial articles.
At this point, most businesses have probably come to the realization that they are missing out on some serious opportunities if they do not have a Facebook presence. Facebook is showing that it will keep growing, despite all of the recent privacy concerns capturing the media's attention, and more and more sites across the web continue to get integrated with Facebook, which means Facebook is becoming more and more integrated into people's online activity in general. While this in itself means great things for businesses, Facebook is now offering businesses new tools to better understand data around user engagement with their brands so they can take advantage of it and better monetize their Facebook presence.
Google TV is going to be very interesting. It is far from a certainty that it will be more than Apple TV in terms of consumer sales. From a first glance the Marketplace is the most important and interesting element of the announcement.
How does the government find vendors? GSA schedule? Maybe sometimes, but the government and all its agencies mostly rely on Google! It saves a lot of time. They can always Google a term like: “IT Support GSA Schedule” or “Defense Contractors on the XYZ Schedule.” Using schedules is a headache, and the government always needs to find multiple qualified vendors for their contracts and bidding process.
If you are running a design agency, your job is very likely to combine business development, graphic design, technology and user experience design: a basketful of very different fields. When dealing with clients, one faces the challenge of clearly and effectively communicating the goals and results of the work done in these areas. In this post, we’ll provide you with some ideas on sharing information and knowledge with developers and clients — a couple of tips and tricks we’ve learned from our own experience.