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Revolution in online payments?

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Thursday September 27, 2007 )

If the press releases and some of the buzz are anything to go by, this company is about to turn the world of online payments on its head. Is it a contender for the PayPal crown though? (more…)


Outsourcing human memory

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Wednesday September 26, 2007 )

I can remember our home phone number from 30 years ago. I know my tax file number which I received over 20 years ago. I even remember the registration numbers of most of our family’s cars through my childhood and teen years. Ask me basic information such as my current home phone number and I’m totally without a clue. I even have to stop and think about how old I am and usually the answer is based on a quick calculation on my birth year rather than just knowing “oh, I’m 38”

Is this just advancing age or the Internet, or more accurately my interaction with the Internet, to blame? (more…)


2007 Retail Email Marketing Study

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Tuesday September 25, 2007 )

With online retailers increasingly realizing the power of email marketing, a recent study has found generally many improvements in how the medium is being utilized – but some retailers are still failing to implement some simple strategies to maximize the benefits of email promotion related activities. (more…)


Screen resolution statistics – Sep 07

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Sunday September 23, 2007 )

Should you still create sites taking into consideration users running 800×600 screen resolution? It’s certainly looking as though 800×600 is continuing to lose popularity rapidly. Here’s a list of the top ten monitor resolutions based on visitors to Taming the Beast for the past 7 days, compared to some historical statistics from the site. (more…)


Outbound links – quick tip

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Saturday September 22, 2007 )

Providing links to external sources to either provide further information to your visitors or perhaps to substantiate a claim or testimonial is a great idea – but by remembering this simple guideline, you won’t give your traffic and perhaps customers away. (more…)


Internet Dependency Syndrome

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Friday September 21, 2007 )

15 percent of over a thousand people recently surveyed in the USA said they could cope OK without the Internet for a day or *less*. That’s just terrible.. a whole day? (more…)


Read more.. or not?

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Thursday September 20, 2007 )

Calls to action are a very important part of marketing. We need to tell people the type of action we’d like them to take rather than assume they’ll figure it out on their own – whether it’s “add to cart”, “buy now”, “join today”, “click here” or “read more”.

But, does “read more” actually encourage people to do so? It would appear not. (more…)


Social network ad targeting

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Wednesday September 19, 2007 )

The holy grail of advertising on social networks may be a step closer to being achieved. MySpace has announced it can now tailor ads based on the information on members profiles. (more…)


Telecommuting takes off in the UK

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Monday September 17, 2007 )

Recently published figures from the UK show that 11% of their workforce carry out their jobs primarily on a telecommuting basis; that is, working from home. That’s rather astounding. (more…)


Increasing blog traffic -new service

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Sunday September 16, 2007 )

This new free service, launched just a few hours ago, might be just the thing you need to help increase targeted traffic to your blog. (more…)