A Scenic Tour of the Online World

+ Health and Happiness, Peace and Prosperity
Thursday, December 31st, 2009

Here’s to 2010 being a banner year for all of us, no matter what we call it.

+ Ecommerce and Mobile Commerce in 2010
Monday, December 28th, 2009

ComScore released data comparing ecommerce spending for 2009 with 20008 and it’s a bright spot:Spending rose about 4% overall. (Though I’ve also seen the data quoted as a 3.5% increase after accounting for this year’s extra shopping day.) That’s good news, but even more interesting is Internet Retailer’s report that Nike’s ecommerce business is outperforming […]

+ Happy Holidays
Thursday, December 24th, 2009

If you happen to have missed our ecard, or just aren’t on our mailing list, here ’tis. Hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season!

+ Security, Your Phone and Why Apple May Be Crying on Microsoft’s Shoulder
Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Is Apple really that good at security? We’re about to find out. For ages, the “fan boys” who think Steve Jobs is a god and nothing that comes out of Apple is ever anything less than revolutionary, have delighted in tweaking Microsoft for any missteps the giant in Redmond might make. Included in those jibes […]

+ What Matters Now
Friday, December 18th, 2009

There’s a very cool (and free ebook making the rounds right now called, What Matters Now. Seth Godin pulled it together as “a different way of thinking, a useful way to focus and the energy to turn the game around.” It includes short essays (and a drawing or two) from 70 or so big thinkers […]

+ Are You Hawking Lingerie?
Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

You might be, if you’ve got a social media account and you’re not using it regularly. Front page article in the New York Times today about hacked social media accounts and the mischief being done with them. The lead is a guy whose Twitter account was sending messages shilling lingerie for 5 days before he […]

+ Neurosecurity: Science (Not So) Fiction
Thursday, December 10th, 2009

I generally try to write on topics of direct interest to our audience – business owners and non-profits trying to figure out how to use the Web to build their businesses. This post is a bit of a departure, but it’s fascinating and likely to affect many or all of us in the coming decades. […]

+ Is Google Analytics Illegal?
Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

It is in Germany, at least according to a handful of German government officials with jurisdiction over data security. I don’t read German and the translations I’ve seen have been pretty poor, but the regulators seem to mistake aggregate data for personal data, among other things so it’s hard to imagine this going too far […]

+ Mobile Commerce
Friday, December 4th, 2009

Although it’s a bit early to make a blanket recommendation in favor of mobile-specific commerce for every online retailer, mobile selling – with the unfortunate moniker “m-commerce” – has most definitely arrived. If you’re upgrading an existing ecommerce platform or creating a new ecommerce strategy, mobile should be a part of the mix. Particularly if […]

+ Doing Social Media Right
Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Here’s a great interview on Guy Kawasaki’s AmEx Open Blog with social media guru, Dan Zarrella. It’s interesting the importance he suggests you place on various tools depending on where you are on your growth curve and in your market space. Glad to see we’re in agreement that a Website needs to be the center […]

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