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Social networks “mature”

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Tuesday October 10, 2006 )

By social networks maturing, I’m not referring to the age of the sites, but more the age of their users. Only 12 months ago, MySpace was widely considered to be a place for the young to hang out; as were many other networks.

Today, us oldies are taking over – mwok, mwok, mwok. (more…)

Telecommute/outsource offshore?

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Monday October 9, 2006 )

In an increasing trend of companies outsourcing overseas, a number of local companies, including a bank, have recently announced they’d be outsourcing some call center work to India. A bank. Right. Very smart; that’s sure to boost the confidence of its clients. Not.

Why all this overseas outsourcing? Cheaper? Maybe in theory, often not in practice. It does run a little deeper than that in some cases and the solution may be telecommuting options for local staff. (more…)

PCI compliance -mandatory for all?

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Saturday October 7, 2006 )

For many smaller ecommerce merchants, PCI compliance has been an optional exercise; but that appears set to change in the very near future. If you store client card details as part of your online business; even if you only process one transaction a year, you may soon find yourself needing to become PCI compliant. (more…)

Xmas shoppers want free shipping

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Friday October 6, 2006 )

The recent eHoliday Mood Survey of nearly 3,000 shoppers during September has found that 75% of online shoppers will be looking for free shipping this holiday season. (more…)

New “green” social network

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Wednesday October 4, 2006 )

Ever been labeled a tree hugging hippie? Into political activism, social justice or green business? If you’re a lefty, a tad left of the middle, or just have a genuine concern about our society and the state of Planet Earth, this new social network may be for you. (more…)

Survey fatigue epidemic

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Tuesday October 3, 2006 )

According to research that’s making many marketers uncomfortable, it seems that less than a quarter of a percent of the population provides nearly a third of responses to online surveys these days.

This is especially unsettling for those companies who spend millions each year on polling and make crucial decisions based on the data that’s returned. (more…)

Blog spam outpacing email spam

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Sunday October 1, 2006 )

I still remember the days when spam was just a mystery meat product and the subject of a Monty Python sketch from the 1970’s :). Little did the Monty Python team know that their rather odd skit would be the inspiration for the term used in relation to a plague of the online age. (more…)

eBay launches MyWorld

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Saturday September 30, 2006 )

Like blogging services before them, new social networking services are being launched left, right and center; covering all sorts of niches. Some say only the biggest will survive, but I really think it will be like forums – there’s room for many.

I feel that eBay’s definitely on the right track with their new social networking type service, MyWorld.

If you’re an eBay member, whether a buyer or seller, your MyWorld profile is already waiting for you. Simply go to: (more…)

A face to the name – email

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Thursday September 28, 2006 )

I can’t really imagine life without email, but it certainly doesn’t have all the advantages of face to face communications. In fact there’s no face at all.

Here’s a simple tip which may help improve your conversions and retention.. (more…)

Family 2.0 and the Internet

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Wednesday September 27, 2006 )

The results of a survey of over 4,500 families from 16 countries during July and August by Yahoo and OMD regarding technology and its impact on the family unit have been released.

So what was discovered about “Family 2.0” in relation to their Internet consumption? (more…)