&$*%*&@ Amazon.com #Amazon #PrimeDay
(Aug 26 & Sept. 7 updates below)
Back on Prime Day, the only worthwhile deal I found was a promised $40 promotional credit if I paid $9.99 per month for a one-year subscription for Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan (Photoshop CC + Lightroom).
Today, I learned that they’ve decided to change the terms of the deal, so I won’t be able to use the credit. Read more »
I’ve spent the past week exploring options for a Sales “Customer Relationship Management” (CRM) system for our company.
Welcome to a world where words don’t mean what you expect. A “Lead” isn’t really a lead, an “Account” isn’t really an account, and so on.
And different CRM systems use slightly different definitions for certain words, and each introduces slightly different terms to refer to something that’s mostly-but-not-quite the same. Read more »
Wow! Here’s an interesting chart from drpeering.net, showing the decline in internet transit (bandwidth) prices over the past two decades. Read more »
I’m always intrigued to hear about remarkable special pricing offered by some vendors’ sales teams in order to report new business for the current quarter or the current fiscal year.
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I just read a great article which provided a very accurate and consise summary of issues to consider when planning a CPQ (Configure-Price-Quote) solution. The article was written by Mark Bishop and shared by Shane Lay, both from CloudSense. Read more »
I’ve spent an alarming number of hours over the past two weeks, updating my social media profiles (on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn).
I’ve been doing two things: first, I’ve finally been updating my profile information to reflect more information about my employment at Hurricane Electric (and “reducing” information about my earlier consulting work). Second, I’ve been adding many new Likes, Follows, and Connections while also “unliking” companies on Facebook and LinkedIn, and “unfollowing” accounts on Twitter). Read more »
The company I work for recently released a free “Network Tools” mobile app for Android and iOS phones and tablets, and I was surprised at early reviews mentioning that we didn’t ask for unnecessary or intrusive permissions (one even praised us for “not spying”).
This confused me, until I examined many competing apps. (Disclaimer: this is my personal observation, not on behalf of my employer.) Read more »
My low expectations for Eli Pariser’s The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding From You (2011) were met and exceeded. Although the discussion was somewhat repetitive, it was generally entertaining and engaging.
The author clearly explains the danger posed by the combination of our desire for personalization, plus advertisers’ desire for precision targeting.
“You live in an equilibrium between your own desires and what the market will bear.” (p.215)
That danger is the risk that we will lose “serendipity,” Read more »