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Getting venture capital

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Friday February 29, 2008 )

Each day I read about startups getting substantial amounts of moola in venture capital for what appears to be, at best, rather gimmicky web services with little chance of real success. How do they get the cash? (more…)

Screen Resolution Statistics – Feb 08

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Thursday February 28, 2008 )

After receiving millions of emails on the topic, actually, not quite that many; I thought it was time to take a look at how many folks are running particular screen resolutions. (more…)

Where college students hang online

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Wednesday February 27, 2008 )

If you’re targeting your marketing towards college students and need to know where to find them, these recent statistics will be of interest to you. (more…)

Dell “dude” creator dead

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Tuesday February 26, 2008 )

I’ve always love the “Dude, you’re getting a Dell” campaign – I’m a Dell owner myself. It was sad to read the news that the creator of that campaign committed suicide a couple of days ago. (more…)

Phone numbers on forms

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Sunday February 24, 2008 )

I’ve been visiting dozens of sites today belonging to web development companies and have been surprised at the number of them that require a phone number to be entered on a contact form. (more…)

Under construction & coming soon

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Friday February 22, 2008 )

“You can’t build a reputation on what you’re going to do”. That quote is from Henry Ford. While Mr. Ford screwed up in relation to the environmental and energy crisis we face today, I think he was spot on with that observation. (more…)

Email from & subject lines

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Wednesday February 20, 2008 )

From: ksg
Subject line – Re: Other

Doesn’t say a lot, does it? This is what I received in reply to an email to a merchant. The surprising part was it wasn’t a small business, but a major online player. (more…)

Handy utility – PHP Info

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Monday February 18, 2008 )

Ever needed to know what version of PHP or MySQL is running on your server; what operating system or perhaps modules installed? There may not be any need to have to submit a support ticket to your host. A simple application you can run called PHP info can tell you that and so much more! (more…)

Phone meetings & online business

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Saturday February 16, 2008 )

I must be getting old. I’m increasingly saying “back in my day”. Anyhow, back in my day, when I was still wearing the tie and suit and when faxing was pretty darned cool and anyone with an email address commanded a 6 figure salary, we had these things called phone meetings that would actually occur at the time arranged. (more…)

Dealing with journalists

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Friday February 15, 2008 )

Journalists are a funny breed – and I’m not talking about bloggers who consider themselves to be journos; I mean the “traditional” ones. Understanding the nature of the beast can help you make the most out of your contact with them. (more…)