From the monthly archives:

January 2010

How The Mighty Fall

by Rick on January 31, 2010

in Marketing 101

Maybe that is a bit strong, but could Toyota’s recall of 2.3 million vehicles be an indicator of bigger internal problem. If you think this is the first sign of trouble, check out this comment in the WSJ: […] Toyota recalled 2.3 million vehicles in the U.S. affected by the accelerator assembly problem. That was […]

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I just read an interesting Forbes.com article on how the Symbian Foundation is using crowdsourcing to solicit product ideas from customers. The Internet, and Web 2.0 has given us some great tools for understanding customer needs. I would suggest that it has never been easier to engage customers. In the case of Symbian, they are […]

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Tomorrow is the ‘big day’, at least for gadget lovers, and especially for Apple fans. So many, me included, will be monitoring twitter or watching via the web (unfortunately I have a meeting and will have to disconnect early). Yes, rumors are that this will be some sort of tablet or slate.   Regardless of what […]

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Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? Yes, that was the name of a edutainment computer game in the mid-80’s. A few years later, in the early to mid-90’s there was also a children’s television game show by the same name. Who cares, right?  Let me explain why we all care.  Recently I was discussing […]

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I read yet another article on the New York Times plan to charge for content. This one appeared on VentureBeat.com with a very provocative title: “Will The New York Times meter kill traffic from social media?“.  What interested me most was this comment: The New York Times is the leading print newspaper website according to […]

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I just returned home from an overseas trip. I have observed some of the best and some of the worse customer service seems to occur in the travel industry. This trip was no exception and I wanted to share my experience as an example for those in the customer service business (that should be all […]

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OK, I am not going to blog about politics. I did find this blog post interesting: Atwitter in Mass.: Brown’s Social Media Strategy Tops Coakley’s. It looks like Scott Brown took a page right out of President Obama’s campaign play book.  Here is the data from the article: Facebook Posts since Jan. 1: Brown (128), […]

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Cool iPhone App – The Piano

by Rick on January 20, 2010

in Geek stuff

This is not a thinking post today. Sometimes I just see something cool and want to share it. I ran across these videos on youtube …check it out: There are more … just search youtube for iPphone Very cool. Rick

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This story will be replayed over and over for some time. Print and other ‘old media’ providers are trying to figure out how to survive in a new digital world. In the case of the New York Times, ‘print’ subscriptions appear to be dropping like the thermometer in North Dakota in January. Now Mashable is […]

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If you follow my blog, you may have noticed that enjoy highlighting new designs, gadgets and technology. I am especially attracted to quality ‘design’ work that enhances the user experience. I don’t know how these earbuds ‘feel’, but they sure look cool.  I have tried several bluetooth headsets, but since moving to the iPhone, I […]

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