Thursday, December 18, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
- Importance of privacy continues to rise.
- Consumers feel they are losing control of personal information.
- Identity theft is top of mind.
|1 American Express (remained number one)|
|2 eBay (+6)|
|3 IBM (no change)|
|4 Amazon (+1)|
|5 Johnson & Johnson (+1)|
|6 Hewlett Packard (+10)|
|6 U.S. Postal Service (+1)|
|7 Procter & Gamble (+2)|
|8 Apple (new to the top 20)|
|9 Nationwide (remained the same)|
|10 Charles Schwab (-8)|
|11 USAA (+4)|
|12 Intuit (+7)|
|13 WebMD (-1)|
|14 Yahoo! (new to the top 20)|
|15 Facebook (new to the top 20)|
|16 Disney (-1)|
|16 AOL (-12)|
|17 Verizon (new to the top 20)|
|18 FedEx (new to the top 20)|
|19 US Bank (-2)|
|20 Dell (-7)|
|20 eLoan (-9)|
Friday, December 05, 2008
Monday, December 01, 2008
The typical scam involves a "buyer" purporting to be a garage wanting to pay the price and pay you extra for you to pay his shipping agent directly. Say you sell your car for £5K and shipping costs £500. You accept his offer, receive a cheque for the car plus extra for the shipping (£5.5K). Your bank informs you that the cheque has been paid to your account. You pay the shipping agent as instructed for £500, usually through Moneygram. A few days later, your bank informs you that the cheque has bounced and withdraws the amount from your account. Leaving you with having paid "shipping fees" of £500 to some unknown untraceable "shipping agent".
You have been warned.
As read on Micropersuasion.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I can't imagine what my French accent would have produced...
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
First read in The Register.
Full study here.
Monday, November 10, 2008
2. Mass-email bloggers to enter the award.
3. Charge $275 per blog for entry ($195 if you enter before November 14, $250 before December 15).
4. Mass-email bloggers to vote for their favourite blogs in the proposed categories (less work for you).
5. Laugh all the way to the bank. Repeat next year.
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Across the World, Obama won 9,115 electoral colleges vote against 203 for McCain. The only countries where McCain overtook Obama were
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
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Thursday, September 25, 2008
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Friday, September 19, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Forget Facebook's redesign, here is an issue you should be really concerned about: According to Malcolm Gluck, wine producers use "a host of additives" to disguise the flavour or inferior grapes without listing them on the labels. The list includes sugar, hydrochloric acid, yeasts and ascorbic acid (sometimes they use harmful substances to raise alcohol content and traces of fertilisers have been found in some champagnes). I am not surprised here but what bothers me is that the Wine and Spirits Trade Association is exempt from labelling rules. Their spokesperson says that "it is possible for drinkers to find out what is in their wine by talking to the maker or importer". So the next time you are in Waitrose, make sure you brush up on your French or Italian to call the maker or importer of every bottle you are considering buying, should you find their phone number. Operators are on standby to confess that they top up their wine with ethanol... This is laughable in a pathetic way.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
From the National Intelligence Council. Fascinating read as a glimpse into our future.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Sunday, September 07, 2008
Thursday, September 04, 2008
If you like animation and short films, don't miss Singapore Animated at the Institute of Contemporary Art on the 25th of October.
Organised by the Singapore Creative Network UK, the event is the first public screening of some of the best animations from Singapore curated by Gavin Lim, an award-winning director in the Singapore International Film Festival.
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
- UK 77 million
- France 72
- Germany 71
- Italy 59
- Spain 52
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Update: Sandrine pointed to me that the service isfree. Data charges depend on your plan with your phone provider.
Monday, August 18, 2008
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Tuesday, July 22, 2008
I am very excited about the possibilities for artists and designers, from anime figurines to limited edition jewelleries.
See how it works here:
Monday, July 21, 2008
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Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Article on Outlaw.com
Given how companies are already struggling to cope with existing limited domain names, not to mention the confusion over the .eu domain name, this will fun to watch.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Apply for Google Ad Planner beta login here.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday, June 09, 2008
Sunday, June 08, 2008
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
From the BBC.
This is an academic study conducted by Jerry Swerling, Professor and Director of PR at the USC. I am blogging about it as although this is a US study, the findings apply to European markets:
- In 2007, PR budgets increased on average by 7%
- Organizations remain reluctant or unable to allocate adequate resources to PR evaluation, preferring to focus on execution (so true...)
- Increasingly the PR function reported directly to the C-Suite at 64% reporting to human resources, legal, finance and strategic planning.
- PR was ranked as the top contributor to success among respondents at government agencies and among all but the very largest not-for-profits, suggesting that one of the benefits of working in the government or not-for-profit arena is the extent
to which PR is seen as an important player.
- GAP Best Practice #1: Maintain a higher than average ratio of PR budget to gross revenue (GAP PR/GR Ratio).
- GAP Best Practice #2: Report directly and exclusively to the C-Suite.
- GAP Best Practice #3: Optimize the C-Suite’s understanding of PR’s current and potential contributions to the success of the organization as a
- GAP Best Practice #4: Establish an effective social responsibility strategy for your organization.
- GAP Best Practice #5: Establish an effective digital-media strategy for your organization.
- GAP Best Practice #6: Establish an effective issues-management strategy for your organization.
- GAP Best Practice #7: Optimize integration and coordination within the PR/Communications function, and between it and other organizational functions.
- GAP Best Practice #8: Encourage highly ethical practices across the organization, beginning with communication.
- GAP Best Practice #9: Encourage the organization-wide adoption of a long-term strategic point of view, beginning with communication.
- GAP Best Practice #10: Encourage the organization-wide adoption of a proactive mindset, beginning with communication.
- GAP Best Practice #11: Encourage the organization-wide adoption of a flexible mindset, beginning with communication.
- GAP Best Practice #12: Optimize the integration of PR and reputational considerations into top-level organizational strategies.
- GAP Best Practice #13: Measurably contribute to organizational success.
Check out the full study at USC.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Check it out: BrandTags.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
If you are a business nomad, you would want to consider Three’s mobile broadband offer. I am testing it courtesy of the folks at 3MobileBuzz.
The first SIM I received was faulty but I got it replaced quickly. This is my second experience with their call centre and I must say that once again they did a great job: professional and courteous. So dealing with it wasn’t the hassle I anticipated.
Setting-up your connection is pretty easy, at least on a Mac:
- Insert the SIM card in the USB modem. You only need to do that once.
- Plug-in the dongle
- When it mounts, click on the “Mobile Connect” application.
- Click on “Connect”.
That’s it, you are online.
Connection speed varies a lot. My very first test was at my school in Baker Street. The connection was unfortunately too slow to check-out my emails. I did subsequent trials at various locations around London and the speed was good enough to check emails and surf the web. I plan to try a Skype video call this weekend, which would be the ultimate deal clincher for me.
Three has a special offer and retail their USB modem from £49.99. On contract plans, you get 1GB allowance for £10, 3GB for £15 and 7GB for £25. This is similar to the 2 other companies offering mobile broadband in the UK: Vodafone is also charging £15 for 3GB allowance so is T-Mobile. The latter has an “unlimited data” plan, which is in fact a 10GB allowance for £35 a month. Telecom plans are notoriously difficult to compare as companies have all incentives to make it look like it is different from their competitors so I am going to ask a few questions to my contacts there so I could work out where the real value is in the market.
In the meantime, I will make the most of the sunshine with some outdoor blogging.
Saturday, May 03, 2008
Thursday, May 01, 2008
On a totally unrelated topic, I am testing Three's new mobile broadband offer and will report on it very shortly.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
All explained in the Daily Mash:
"We're planting crops for fuel instead of food in order to make it cheaper to drive to the shops where we then buy food that is much more expensive because we've planted crops for fuel instead of food."(...) "Meanwhile, the banks are borrowing money from taxpayers so that they can then lend the same money back to the taxpayers at a higher rate of interest than they borrowed it from them in the first place."
It is so funnily true that it is sad.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
In 2008, Spanish El Bulli is number one again, The UK's Fat Duck back to number 2, French Pierre Gagnaire is number 3.
I mapped the top 50 per countries only to find out that there are no restaurants listed in Asia. I can't believe that there are no kitchen in Hong Kong, Shanghai or Tokyo that serve better food than in Hakkasan or Nobu (just to mention 2 "asian fusion" restaurants listed in the UK).
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Monday, April 07, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
The event's website hosts a few video interviews. I might attend. These are the topics I am interested to hear about:
- What are the strategic challenges in delivering new products or services to market?
- How does a CEO manage through technological change?
- How does the right leadership strategy influence the fostering of innovation in your people?
- What new technologies are likely to shape the consumer technology market, and how will social lifestyles evolve as a result of these technologies?
- Are we expecting to see greater network bandwidth, if so, how will that affect feature rich application software?
- What does mobile computing look like in the next 5 years from the PDA/Mobile to PC computing?
- What does Web 3.0 look like in terms of using the cloud (internet) to do more computing?
- How will social and business networking technologies evolve on the web?
- What new web-based applications can we expect to see in the next 5 years?
Monday, March 17, 2008
The way out? "To delete your details permanently you must first unearth the anonymous-looking customer service form that is hidden away at tinyurl.com/2xv52v. (...) When completing this form tell Facebook in both the subject and the message fields that you wish to have your account deleted. To check if this has been done properly either create a fake Facebook account or ask a friend to search for your details a few days later."
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
I am working on a new business project in the area of sustainable tourism / eco-resorts. I am particularly interested to hear from Canadians, Brits and Americans as these are our target customers. Your opinion will make a difference on how we position and market our project:
This survey takes 5 minutes to complete only and you will stand the chance to win a $50 Amazon voucher.
Thank you for your help, and good luck with the draw.
Sunday, March 09, 2008
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Warner: £5, Apple: £7.99. Price war! It is about time...
This could apply to any website ratings individuals (plumbers, accountants, consultants...).
French article in Liberation.
Monday, March 03, 2008
Article in the Telegraph.
Saturday, March 01, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
The comments are degenerating into love/hate the French, Freedom Fries and the meaning of "con". The latter was a slang for female genitalia (until the 70s) as well as meaning "jerk".
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
So why are teachers so unhappy? According to Aurelie, a 24 years old primary school teacher "On the Internet, everything is graded. We are not products». Oh the irony...
Article in French in communist paper Liberation.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
I will keep you updated.
Update: I had a call from Three at lunch time. The error is now fixed. The option to speak to a human being is there but quite hidden. The guy I spoke to was courteous and efficient though so that makes up for it. Case closed.
Update 2: I have receive an email from an executive at Three regarding my negative experience. The issue I highlighted above was fixed in a matter of 2 hours by phone. I will suggest that an option to speak to customer rep be made more prominent in the automated options for phone support. Apart from that, I am still happy with my Three Skypephone and I am happy to recommend it as well.
Monday, February 18, 2008
My favorites: GestureTek (let you play games and use applications by detecting movements from your phone, like a Wii nunchak) and Audience, a noise suppression technology that recognizes your speech and filter out background noise for clearer voice chats.
Intriguing research from Hitwise. Yahoo!'s users tend to be younger than Google too (which would partially explain the wealth gap). The size of the bubbles is the propensity to have spent $500 online.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
I personally think that the music industry should be spending more time working out a business model that is in tune with 21st century consumers instead of threatening privacy laws and its customer base. For an enlightened viewpoint, read the Register: "ISPs are calling on the record industry to put its money where its mouth is on illegal file-sharing, by underwriting the cost of lawsuits brought by people who are wrongly accused of downloading or uploading music" and Matt's excellent analysis of why this is stupid on torrentfreak: "This idea makes as much sense as trying to ban people from singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to each other over the telephone network, or burning down libraries to protect the publishing industry."(...) "CD sales are falling because nobody uses them anymore, and Hollywood is in rude health despite the pirates. There should be no more talk about changing laws and spending tax payer’s money on this ‘problem’ until someone proves there really is one."
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Monday, February 04, 2008
The most striking fact is a research on 2,000 UK news stories conducted by Cardiff University:
- Only 12% of the stories were wholly composed of material researched by reporters.
- 80%, of the stories were wholly, mainly or partially constructed from second-hand material, provided by news agencies and by the public relations industry.
- On stories written from press releases only 12% had their facts thoroughly checked.
Friday, February 01, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
Choosing forgiveness over permission is a risky PR strategy. Qtrax got huge amount of coverage, especially after the majors denied their agreements. They will always be able to make further announcements when deals are finalized and blame their over-enthusiastic nature for their first release: Now there is media interest to hear what they have to say and users know they exist. On the other hand, it adds unnecessary pressure to their negotiations with the music industry and their credibility will be dented. The end result: A lot of confused users will check-out Qtrax.com. I hope that their PR strategy was planned and that they provide some explanations on their website to capture this spike in traffic.
Seen in Le Figaro, en francais.