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What’s A Bagel?

Those of you in the NYC area have heard of Stew Leonard’s.  For the rest of you, Stew’s began as a dairy store (Clover Farms I believe) and is a sort of supermarket combined with a theme park and petting zoo.  Don’t go on the weekend or after school hours!

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Recently, a local blogger pointed out yet another quirk (I’m being overly pleasant here) of the “I’m entitled” behavior which runs rampant around here:  that of eating much of what Stew sells while you shop by a tiny minority of the customer base.  I read Dan’s initial piece and shook my head in sympathy, or at least until a follow-up piece yesterday that featured a great business insight from Stew Junior who now runs the company.  I think we can all learn from it.

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There’s No Free Lunch

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One of the big discussions in which I find myself engaged with clients and others concerns monetization. More specifically, how the heck can any of us pay for all the cool content and technology we offer to our consumers. If you’re web-savvy enough to be reading this blog you’ve probably encountered this argument in one form or another even if indirectly. You know what I mean: free, ad-supported content vs. subscription content vs. “free-mium”, which seems more to be about services than content but is still a valid model for that space too.  So where do you stand? Continue reading

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Guest Post – Eric D.

My friend Eric has been mentioned in this space before as one of the “Ralph Moneybags” crew.  He sent me an email recently in which he raised a few thoughts I think are worth sharing.  I hope you do as well, and I’ve taken the liberty, with Eric’s permission to post an edited down version.

If you live in the Bay Area, you should check out Eric’s band, the Jack Aces.  Search around – there are videos!  I know we try to keep this space pretty apolitical, but although some of what he writes is in a political content, they’re really more substantive issues that aren’t part of the conversation, no matter how you feel about one answer or another.  The point he gets to toward the end was summed up nicely by old KrisNothing ain’t worth nothing but it’s free. Let’s hear what you think! Continue reading

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Dancing In The Dark

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If you spend any time reading about what’s going on in digital media, you’re probably aware of Rupert Murdoch‘s war on free content.  His beef is that many companies spend lots of resources to produce original content and then others such as Google, Drudge, and HuffPo aggregate it and make money off of it with minimal investment.  He wants to place a lot of content behind pay walls which, in my opinion, will be an interesting experiment but one which is doomed to failure unless there is a systematic change in the nature of the web.  But that’s not the subject of today’s piece.  Instead, Rupert’s now gone one step beyond. Continue reading

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