Happy New Year everyone!
Sorry for not blogging as much as I’ve wanted to and I’ve resolved to change that for 2013. Things have been extremely busy for me lately as I just got back from CES 2013 in Las Vegas just over a week ago and there’s a ton of follow up to do with all the companies I visited for Futurelooks and MEGATechNews. We also did some amazing coverage so you can check that out over here (Futurelooks CES 2013 Coverage) and here (MEGATechNews CES 2013 Coverage) if you’re into computers, gadgets and other techie stuff.
Like any business, there are periods of the year where things seem to die down quite a bit. In some cases it can be so slow that it can be quite terrifying for businesses that rely on more regular business. If you’re wondering what that looks like, just look at the picture above, courtesy of Michael Kwan. In fact, that’s what I look like this time of year because even my business goes through this slump around the January and February periods where advertisers start to cut back to reset themselves for Q2 when things start to pick up again. After the busy holiday season, people just don’t seem to want to look at stuff that they might want to buy, possibly putting them into further debt, which I totally understand.
If you do have a business that has a dip sometime during the year, it’s important to take some extra measures to ensure that it’s business as usual. And this might involve spending dollars that you might otherwise keep saved, in exchange for the potential pay off of more business down the road.
While cost cutting for those lean times is an effective means of riding it out, sometimes a bit of out of the box thinking is needed to stand out from the crowd. Let’s face it. Email blasts only go so far, especially with SPAM filters set to kill these days. Here are three good ways that might help your business out.
Since I’m trying to get things going again here, I figured it was time to get a new look for this site. Actually, no, that’s not exactly the reason why I decided I needed a new look…
Apparently, when you don’t update your blog for 19 months or so, things tend to change, and updates tend to take place. As a result of updating the blog to the latest WordPress along with all the plugins, the site stopped working right. It was pretty horrible as things just starting breaking as I started to use them. Michael Kwan can attest to that. He was trying to post a comment and ended up trying to post it three times, each time, something weirder happened.
The theme is actually the brand new default theme for the next version of WordPress (4.0 I believe?). Morten from Pink and Yellow Media pointed me to it. At first, I wasn`t sure about the uber clean look, but I think it’s a good way to start fresh. I’m actually thinking of keeping it this way simply because it’s so different. It’s just so clean compared to any of the designs I`ve had in the past and I feel that anything I post is just amplified by the lack of clutter.
I guess we’ll have to see how things progress in the next week or so. There are still many tweaks that I’d like to make. Hopefully I don’t take another 19 month break after this post. I better pace myself.
SPAM is just part of being on the Interwebz these days. Everywhere we go, some site wants to sell us something, from pharmaceuticals to credit reports. Of course, we also get SPAM in email, often times from a deposed prince who needs help getting his money out of the country. Sounds innocent enough right? And that’s why people try to help the brother out and end up being pwned.
Although we have the option of leaving our computers at home while we enjoy time out with friends or family, have you ever wondered what things would be like if SPAM followed you into real life? This video portrays a rather disturbing possibility…
Though computers aren’t to the point where they can program a human brain, people are susceptible to the power of suggestion. Marketing and advertising play a huge role in this, but the prospect of making money online too has caused some people to, although not to this extent, sound rather SPAMMY in their conversations.
Has anyone ever SPAMMED you in person? Have you done it to someone and not even realized you did it?