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Gates stepping back from Microsoft

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Thursday June 15, 2006 )

Story of the year I think. Microsoft’s Bill Gates has stated he’ll be decreasing his role at Microsoft over the next couple of years to focus more (more…)


Cold canvassing online

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Thursday June 15, 2006 )

In my various roles, I get around a dozen job applications and partnership approaches each day from web development and graphic design contractors.

An unsettling trend I’m noticing is that the online cold canvassing coming from countries where English is *not* the primary language tends to be of a higher quality (more…)


Marketing – there’s life after 34

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Wednesday June 14, 2006 )

While the majority of marketing seems to be targeted towards the 18-34 age group, does this mean that we suddenly stop making brand decisions past that time in our lives?

As someone who has passed (more…)


Teenagers – online activity

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Tuesday June 13, 2006 )

Over a third of teenagers aged 13-17 years spend three hours or more per day online (outside of school) according to a recent survey and in the 4 hours per day group, the gals outpace the guys (more…)


Merchant accounts – shop around

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Monday June 12, 2006 )

Before you sign on the dotted line for a merchant account/credit card processing arrangement, be sure to check out all the fees – including what it will cost to get out of the arrangement if that scenario should eventuate.

Case in point: (more…)


New secure online backup service

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Saturday June 10, 2006 )

My first computer instructor taught me that there are two kinds of computer users – those who have lost their data and those who are about to :).

How many times have you told yourself (more…)


The online life of Generation Y

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Friday June 9, 2006 )

As with Generation X, there’s some debate as to the timespan that Generation Y covers, but it appears to be generally agreed upon that it applies to those people born between 1977-1994. This means that those born earlier in the period could also be identified as (more…)


5 poison words in marketing

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Thursday June 8, 2006 )

I just finished reading an interesting article about 5 words that shouldn’t be used in marketing, more accurately, in advertising. I must admit a couple of them are words that I do use in connection with other projects :). (more…)


eBay’s new blogging feature

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Wednesday June 7, 2006 )

eBay is rumored to be launching their blog, wiki and other new user generated content features for eBay sellers at the upcoming annual eBay Live conference; but before eBay merchants get too excited of the prospects of these tools, (more…)


The value of server logs

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Monday June 5, 2006 )

The server logs for your web site can reveal an incredible amount of information about who, or what, is visiting and what they are doing.

Server log analysis is more labor intensive than just viewing visual traffic stats reports, but analysis should be carried out from time to time (more…)