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Marketing according to Seth

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Thursday January 15, 2009 )

I know that a lot of people who read my blog and articles are new to online business – but if Seth Godin’s blog isn’t one of your regular stops also, you’re really missing out. (more…)


Consumer sued for negative online review

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Tuesday January 13, 2009 )

As much as I hate law suits, I think this one had some merit. Too often people confuse freedom of speech as being freedom from responsibility. A disgruntled customer who exaggerates has the ability to pull down a business. (more…)


36% of online shoppers face glitches

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Saturday January 10, 2009 )

According to a recent nationwide survey from Guidance; 36% of online shoppers ran into problems with ecommerce sites when buying gifts during the holiday season. (more…)


Content is king – even for ads

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Friday January 9, 2009 )

A recent survey has found ads on quality content sites raise awareness, message association, brand favorability and purchase intent more than portals and networks. (more…)


Dealing with bloggers block

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Thursday January 8, 2009 )

Some days it’s just so darned difficult putting together a post – all the news seems rehashed or just too brief to create anything substantial. Here’s a simple idea to get around it which dawned on me today after spending literally hours trying to find something to write about for a news site I work with. (more…)


Animated gifs in email

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Wednesday January 7, 2009 )

Email can be pretty dull at times as it lacks some of the vibrancy that’s possible on web pages through the use of animation and video – but animated gifs can be used in emails effectively… sometimes. (more…)


Thumbnail patent lawsuit

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Sunday January 4, 2009 )

Using thumbnails on your web site? Watch out. Straight from the “you’ve got to be kidding me” file contained in the “only in America” folder comes this little ripper from the US legal world; where law, justice, fairness and ethics are often entirely different beasties. (more…)


US online big spenders

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Friday January 2, 2009 )

So where do all the big spending online shoppers live? Nielsen has some insights. (more…)


TV news an endangered species?

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Wednesday December 31, 2008 )

Results from a survey published last week show that the Internet is taking an ever increasing slice of attention when it comes to news… and television news is being the hardest hit. (more…)


Disputing PayPal transactions

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Tuesday December 30, 2008 )

Before disputing PayPal transactions using PayPal’s dispute features, contact the person you paid – it can save you embarrassment and save you both time, hassle and bad feeling. (more…)