Monthly Archives: June 2011

Playing For The Push

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I’m in Las Vegas on business.  Of course, all work and no play isn’t a good thing and almost an impossible thing in this town.  Naturally I found myself sitting down for a few hands of Pai Gow Poker.  I can hear the serious gamblers out there moaning because it’s a slow-paced, uncomplicated game (unlike business!) but it’s also extremely social.  Most real gamblers don’t like the pace, the lack of a lot of “action” and are annoyed by conversations that go longer than “hit me” or “$10 behind the 6”.

Simply, the dealer gives you seven cards and you need to make a five-card poker hand and a two card hand out of them.  To win, both your hands have to beat the dealer’s two hands.  The interesting thing about Pai Gow is that there are times when you’re hoping not to lose more than you’re expecting or even trying to win and have to play your cards accordingly.  What actually happens is that you win one hand and lose one hand.  My traveling companion, who is just learning the game, said it well – you’re playing for the push.  I, of course, immediately said “blog post” and here’s why. Continue reading

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Do Something!

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Think back to your days in school (or for those of you still there, recall last month!) You know what was worse than handing in a crappy paper? Not handing in anything at all. We’ve all been there – we have great ideas, we spend a fair bit of time doing research and we come with lots of new, interesting choices about where to take our discussion.  In fact, sometimes we have so many good choices that we get hung up trying to pick the perfect one and end up missing our deadline or handing in a rush job.  Good bye brilliance; hello remedial English.

Business is the same way and I’ve found the digital business in particular to suffer from Voltaire’s favorite enemy:  perfection. Continue reading

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Relegation

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How many of you are familiar with the concept of relegation?  In sport we see it most notably in international club soccer, where the bottom teams in a league are sent down to a lower division and the top performers in that lower division rise up to play in the higher tier.  Obviously, there are financial implications and clubs that are built on one set of economic premises based on playing in a top league often suffer severe hardships when they are relegated.

What got me thinking about this was a note from my buddy Oz about River Plate‘s relegation in Argentine football.  One of the oldest clubs in the world, this is the first time they’ve been out of the top division since…well…never.  This is the first time.  So what does this have to do with you? Continue reading

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The Smartest Guy In The Room

I went to an event where I hoped to learn something.  It concerned a topic about which I’m often asked by clients and is an area that concerns my practice because it concerns them.  There were a lot of others attending the event and I knew quite a few of them.  I also knew that they, like me, had a fair amount of expertise on the subject matter and were there to expand that knowledge.

The presentation started out well – the fellow giving the talk was really good on his feet.  He kept the mood light which is always a good thing when the topic is kind of heavy and he engaged the group right from the start.  Unfortunately. it was all downhill from there and let me explain why. Continue reading

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The Next Star

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As you probably know, one of my favorite TV channels is The Food Network and since it’s Friday, I want to focus on one of their programs for our Foodie Friday Fun.  This is the seventh season of The Next Food Network Star which I think is a really interesting program for a number of reasons.  The biggest name to emerge from the show is the past winner Guy Fieri, who has become a star on NBC (Minute To Win It) as well as on a number of food-related shows but a few of the other winners, and runners-up, have continued on The Food Network and help to prove that the process works.  Can it work for you? Continue reading

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Hiding

Here’s the thing – not much stands still.  Technology is a moving target and all the things which technology touches – which probably includes your business – need to move along with it.  I started to write “or else” after that sentence but the reality is that there is no “else.”  You move or you die, kind of like the myth about sharks.  Let me tell you about a case I know which demonstrates why. Continue reading

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Flying Over The Forest

We were talking about using data on a call this morning and someone was trying to make a point that I thought you all might find of interest.  It’s the same sort of issue that arises when I talk to my clients about Twitter and web analytics – that of dealing with an overwhelming amount of information.  I’m sure you’ve had to deal with that if you work in digital or marketing or both.  What might be a little different is my advice about all that data:  ignore it. Continue reading

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