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Internet Trends 2015

My favorite annual report on digital trends has been out for a bit, but I’ve been so busy at work it’s been difficult for me to find time to review. Scroll down to the bottom of this post to see it yourself.  There are so many things to cover off on, it’s nigh impossible [...]

Birthday Marketing

Today sent me an email saying happy birthday.  Out of all the sites I’ve given my information, is probably one of the least engaging.  Unfortunately, their customer service was terrible when I called in to cancel service due to blackouts.  However, the fact that they sent me an email saying happy birthday actually [...]

Emoji And A Movement From Written Communication

My iPad recently updated with a new keyboard which contains tens of emoji.  More and more, you see emoji used in place of text, much in the way that emoticons were used in place of text in the last few decades.  This seems like a logical next step, but it does open up questions about [...]

Twitch and Interactive Direction

For the last two years, my primary entertainment source has been gaming.  I’m a casual.  I’ve got some friends that are more core.  I don’t know a lot of hardcore gamers.  Television, outside of sports, isn’t all that interesting to me in the traditional sense–however Teresa and I will binge on good series such as [...]

Youth Culture and (Less Importantly) Marketing Implications

Youth Culture is considerably more important, perceptively, than that of the older generations in the United States. You see it everywhere. If you watch/listen to media, there is a huge disparity in the amount of attention payed to younger people. Television, movies, music and to a lesser extent writing do so continually.
Why? [...]

It’s Very Difficult to Discuss Politics Today

Politics are always a tough subject to broach with people.  We are very divisive on the liberal/conservative spectrum and have a tendency to demonize whatever side of the fence we happen to not be on.
During an election year, especially the months leading up to November, it becomes increasingly difficult.  It’s on everyone’s mind due to [...]

Adolescence in Social Media

I’m beginning to think we are in the adolescent stages of “social media” like Facebook and Twitter.  It seems that these services (more so FB) have reached critical mass and peaked, at least in the States.  Now the search for serious innovation and value take over.  You’ll see a lot more new services from the [...], Twitter and Facebook: Free or Paid?

Recently the founder of, Dalton Caldwell, wrote a post criticizing bad faith negotiations between Facebook and his startup.  Essentially during the negotiations, he posits that FB basically told him that what his team was working on was in competition with something that the social network giant was working on, but to be nice, they’d [...]

You Should Be Creating Content Today

The times they are a changin’.
Especially at this point of the year with the olympics, it’s obvious that the way the US and world are consuming media is changing drastically.  Twitter launched in July 0f 2006, basically six years ago.  That’s not a lot of time, yet it is prevalent in how many consumers interact [...]

Worldometer Information

Are you the infinitely curious type wanting to understand more about what’s happening in the world and what it means on a real time basis? No? TOO BAD! This one’s not for you.
I’ve always enjoyed looking at statistics about the US like at It was a primary tool we used [...]

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