(UPDATE FROM WALL STREET JOURNAL 6-17. Notice again how it is AT&T's website that had the problem. No mention of the problems with Apple's website)
In this morning's Wall Street Journal I saw this article which in my opinion unfairly targeted AT&T. Yes I wrote unfairly targeted AT&T. Does AT&T's network have trouble? Yes. Did they have a breach in security? Yes. Did I have the most trouble with them while trying to order a new iPhone? No.
Apple's site was the dog not AT&T's. I was able to upgrade my account and put the phone in Apple's shopping cart. Unfortunately Apple took hours to process and it was only due to my persistence did my order go through. It reminded me of trying to order tickets to a Springsteen concert via TicketMaster (BTW - it never works). I kept getting site errors, crashes, unable to process messages, etc. All on Apple's site.
And that's what's so interesting about AT&T's problem. Even when it is Apple's fault AT&T gets the blame. AT&T can't win this PR battle because Apple is still cool and AT&T is still old and monolithic. Plus, all iPhone users seems to blame AT&T's network for any problems. However, if you dig a little deeper you'll find some people grumbling about the iPhone causing some of these problems. However, all you read is AT&T's bad and Apple good even if Apple causes the problem. Talk about a PR nightmare for AT&T.
(First let me state, I get the irony of this post being sent out to my Twitter account)
I used to be a religious user of Twitter. Going back into early 2007, I Tweeted. I even took upon myself to Tweet out McCain's daily campaign news clips in addition to my own opinion and articles that I found interesting. Facebook for me, wasn't something I was really into and it did take a while for me to embrace their advertising platform, not because I'm stubborn, but because it took Facebook a while to come into the advertising prime time. Also, I didn't have a ton of my real life friends and family on Facebook, but that has changed and so has my use of both of them.
Nowadays Twitter has become so popular in everyday life, to me it has almost become a joke. Not that the the platform isn't useful but people use it as a punch line it sitcoms, news programs, etc that it just doesn't seem cool anymore. Sure, it is still the best place to get fast breaking news in addition to political news, but as a way to have interactive conversations with people, it just doesn't do it for me anymore. I won't be disconnecting Twitter any time soon, but as a primary vehicle for communicating, it just doesn't seem right anymore. Yes, I still Tweet but not as often. Yes I still read Twitter for political news, but if you are a small business trying to get your own story out, I think there are better vehicles for you.
One of those is Facebook. I do check Facebook multiple times per day and I do make a lot of posts. It's just more personable and interactive. Plus, a lot of friends and family are on there so it doesn't feel so alone anymore. Also, if you are a new business and you can't figure out how to communicate in Facebook, what makes you think that Twitter will work for you? Hone your marketing skills in Facebook and then move out to other communication tools. However, Facebook has privacy problems and they are definitely in advertising revenue generation mode, so if you are a little nervous about them, there are alternatives.
That takes me to Google Buzz. I was into it at the start and drifted away. Now, I'm starting to take a look at it again. The integration with Gmail and Google Reader is just too much to ignore. However, you know what's holding it back? Integration into other tools - like Typepad which doesn't have a link to share this post in Buzz or good integration into my iPad. However, I think Google has a much better advertising model and takes privacy a little more seriously than Facebook.
My thoughts? I think long term Twitter goes away somehow. Facebook has too many regular people on it for it to be ignored. They of course have a downside risk of becoming Geo Cities like MySpace. I think Google Buzz is worthy enough to start to be taken seriously, so I'm going to be spending more time on it..I think you should too.
Last week during my online advertising panel at the Personal Democracy Forum, we spent some time discussing when and how to use a Google Surge. This followed up another panel at the AAPC annual conference when we also spent some time discussing a Google Surge. Since it is Google Surge season (if you haven't started running one by now, you are too late), here's what we discussed....
So I spent some time this morning diving into the McCain - Hayworth primary race and of course visited both sites. After visiting Hayworth's site I got sidetracked by a link to an article in my local newspaper on the Daily Record. What did I see on the right hand side? This ad (most likely served via Google) from the Hayworth campaign bragging that they were within 5 points. Hmmm, that seemed odd to me considering that Rasmussen released a new poll today showing McCain up by 12 and over the 50% mark.
Anyway I clicked on the ad and was taken to a donation landing page that mentions absolutely nothing about where that poll number came from. In fact, the only talking point was about amnesty.
Now I like attack ads - in fact, I take a lot personal pride in running them in Google. Some of our most famous ones were for Romney, Biden, and of course Obama. However, one thing we don't do is send clicks into a page that didn't back up what we were promoting. Even our famous "What Does Joe Biden have to say on Obama" ad campaign went right to a video backing up the claim.
What I don't like about this ad is that it doesn't link to the proof to back up the 5 points and when I cruised their site I could find nothing backing up the claim. I did find the poll numbers in and older Rasmussen poll so if they are using Rasmussen, it's time to change out that ad because a new poll is out and the 5 points isn't correct.
So, I continued to dig in and decided to look around in Google Trends. And just like my last post, Hayworth occasionally makes some noise but Insight for Search (Arizona) and Google Trends (USA) shows that Hayworth still has a long way to go to generate buzz. Plus, if you were to take the latest Rasmussen poll with the Google Search data, that momentum bragged about in the Hayworth ad might have been short lived.
Elena Kagan (pronounced /ˈkeɪɡən/; born April 28, 1960) is the Solicitor General of the United States and President Barack Obama's nominee to become the 112th Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. She is the first woman Solicitor General, having been nominated by President Obama on January 26, 2009, and confirmed by the Senate on March 19, 2009. Kagan was formerly dean of Harvard Law School and Charles Hamilton Houston Professor of Law at Harvard University. She had also been a professor of law at the University of Chicago Law School. During the administration of President Bill Clinton, Kagan served as Associate White House Counsel.
PardonMyFrench - Look I don't dislike Elena, I just don't buy what Obama is selling. He keeps taking about her as Solicitor General but she's been one for a little more than a year. Basically Obama is nominating a Law Professor to the Supreme COurt.
PardonMyFrench - good news that it is still holding
As some of you already know, I got my iPad 3G the day it was made available to the public. At first, it was a slow start with the iPad but now, I'm loving life. A lot of people have asked me what my thoughts are - so without getting too techie - here you go...
We knew that adding a left-hand panel would inevitably add some weight to the results page, so we took a number of steps to lighten other aspects of the design. The overall visual redesign started with the Google logo. Here’s an image comparing the old logo (top) and the new logo (bottom):The new logo is lighter, brighter and simpler. We took the very best qualities of our design — personality and playfulness — and distilled them. The logo was the foundation for new icons and hundreds of tiny alterations designed to accommodate and seamlessly integrate the expanded functionality of the left-hand panel. For example, we lightened up the footer at the bottom of the page by removing the blue shading and the underlines on the links, lightening the color and expanding the search box. Here’s a picture of the old footer (top) compared with the new (bottom):
PardonMyFrench - I usually love everything Google does but I really dont like the new design. I like the functionality but the color scheme is too cartoonish for me.
A day after suggesting that U.S. citizenship laws should be changed to strip American terrorists of their nationality, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) has introduced legislation to do just that. His bill amends existing law that revokes the citizenship of any American who joins a foreign military.
PardonMyFrench - I like this idea.
PardonMyFrench - This is becoming a talking point because of Obama's messaging of trying to rise about the standard political rhetoric
Earlier today, Gallup released the first poll (that I know about) of attitudes toward the new Arizona immigration law. About three in four Americans have heard of the law, and among them 51 percent support the law, 39 percent oppose it, with the remainder having no opinion.The partisan splits are as expected: Of those who have heard of the law, self-identified Republicans overwhelmingly support it, 75 percent to 17 percent; Democrats oppose it by a solid but smaller margin, 56 percent to 34 percent; and Independents support it slightly, 50 percent to 39 percent--essentially mirroring the overall national numbers.I'm not particularly surprised by these numbers. W
PardonMyFrench - again very interesting story
Texas Gov. Rick Perry became the latest Republican to voice disapproval of the immigration law Thursday, issuing a statement expressing "concerns with portions of the law passed in Arizona and believe it would not be the right direction for Texas." Said Perry: For example, some aspects of the law turn law enforcement officers into immigration officials by requiring them to determine immigration status during any lawful contact with a suspected alien, taking them away from their existing law enforcement duties, which are critical to keeping citizens safe."
PardonMyFrench - Potential Prez Candidate and border state governor has some issues which makes this story strangely compelling
Columbia Records To Release Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's 'London Calling: Live In Hyde Park' Concert Film On June 22 Release Marks First Springsteen Outdoor Concert Film And First From A Festival Setting
PardonMyFrench - Bruce releases a great show on DVD but like he has done on past DVDs sucks up to the TV producers and doesn't release the entire show beginning to end - he leaves off Rosalita. Thanks Bruce
Echoing recent stats that show Bing slowly growing its search engine market share, a new report says Bing is also increasing its share of search ad spending and clicks. The news comes from the latest quarterly report written by Efficient Frontier, a search marketing agency that manages more than $900 million in digital spending annually.
PardonMyFrench - Still have trouble spending any money on Bing so while their share might be increasing, I'm not seeing it yet
The Giants have done a solid job of keeping the names of the visiting NFL Draft hopefuls under wraps in recent weeks, but a bunch of players are at their facility Monday, so their identities have begun to trickle out.
PardonMyFrench - Lots of defense which is probably a good thing. Offense looks good.
Some of the state's more influential leaders have privately complained for years about the power of the state's teachers union. Yet virtually none would voice those issues in public or even respond to reporters' questions.
PardonMyFrench - Very good synopsis of the current situation between Christie and NJEA. Based on their marketing, the NJEA has lost their way with the method Christie has gone after them.
PardonMyFrench - I agree with the conclusions here. Very interesting for the top 4
Huckabee has been disappointing in both showings, CPAC and the SRLC, and I am not sure his appeal is going to hold out until 2012. Palin, who didn’t speak at CPAC, but still finished 3rd in that straw poll, was a featured speaker at the SRLC and finished 3rd as well.
PardonMyFrench - I think Ron Paul is far from dead in Presidential politics and will run again. Huckabee with his show will tease and try Iowa. Romney is very strong and I think in the end Palin won't run unless Obama's popularity is crushed.
The memo, first reported by The Record of Bergen County, reads, in part: "Dear Lord this year you have taken away my favorite actor, Patrick Swayze, my favorite actress, Farrah Fawcett, my favorite singer, Michael Jackson, and my favorite salesman, Billy Mays. I just wanted to let you know that Chris Christie is my favorite governor."
1) I love teachers and I think all of the good ones should get as much money as possible
2) I don't like NJEA and think they have turned from being just a union to being a political Democratic organization.
Go Christie and Schundler!!
PardonMyFrench - President Obama won't stop taxing us until we are all poor except for the really super rich. To everyone who voted for Obama, thanks for wrecking this country. BTW - MIDDLE CLASS TAX INCREASE. MIDDLE CLASS TAX INCREASE
Are you a Facebook user and living in New Jersey? Than no doubt you've see the super cheap NJEA support teacher and/or anti-Christie Facebook ads. You know you've seen them - cute looking woman, NJ map, or now the very misleading millionaires tax ad with a boat. No doubt the marketing geniuses at the NJEA are paying CPMs that are less than 50 cents, but then again everyone pays these rock bottom ad rates (unless you are on the user's Facebook homepage). What is kind of disturbing is how they've taken a good marketing idea (Facebook) but outsourced it to people that aren't really paying attention to the community. Here's a screen shot of the Facebook page and why they don't really get Facebook.
If I was a NJ Teacher, I'd be screaming mad at this subpar marketing effort. The Facebook page has been taken over by Tea Party like activists who don't want to put up with marketing fluff and misleading information. The website has low traffic and they aren't really trying to engage NJ voters where the real action occurs which is in Google and NJ sites outside of Facebook; heck, not even within their own Facebook page. With the school budget votes approaching, this isn't helpful and NJEA ought to grow up.
His office announced Monday evening that Menendez was appealing to the state's highest court to rule that the recall effort is unconstitutional since the U.S. Constitution does not explicitly allow for the recall of sitting U.S. senators.
PardonMyFrench - I'd volunteer my own time to recall Menendez and I think this has a real chance to gain momentum
PardonMyFrench - Biden and Obama are lucky that they are not up for reelection this year. 2010 the Democrats will pay for the nonstimulating stimulus package. Unemployment remains high, deficits are up...
I'd like to start off this week's Update with a huge "thank you" to Julie China, who did an excellent job sitting in for me last week. I'm glad to know that, in future weeks when I have family events to attend, I'll be able to enjoy them without worrying about writing the Walt Disney World Update or about the quality of the Update written by Julie.
PardonMyFrench - Not a good week to be a Disney bus driver.
Still finding it tough to make time to blog, but I couldn't resist when my Uncle texted me tonight to tell me about Bruce and the supposed affair with the woman from the Red Bank gym. You can read the details from The Star Ledger including a picture and from the Telegraph in the UK.
I don't know whether these allegations are true or not, but what I can tell you is the rumor of Bruce having an affair with a woman in the Red Bank gym (Ann Kelly) has been around for a while. My father lived in Oceanport and heard the rumors, plus one of very good friends heard the same rumors from a friend that lives in Little Silver. So I'm not surprised if it is true, but then again other than some juicy gossip I don't care.
I've read thousands of pages on Bruce Springsteen. I follow and interact with fans on Greasy Lake and other fan sites. I have a reasonably good understanding of who he is when it comes to being a big fan. I've given up listening to Bruce Springsteen the person when it comes to how to live my life, politics, and raising a family.
We don't have ANYTHING in common other than we're from NJ and love the beach. Other than Bruce living the true rags to riches American dream with nothing more going for him than his own abilities, he isn't a role model for me and neither should he be for you or your kids unless they are talented signer/song writers.
Bruce's music makes me feel good. Bruce's music helps me get through tough times. I love his rock concerts as they are truly experiences to be lived over and over again. I want my son to play Thunder Road at his first piano recital. I don't look to his music to figure out how to raise a family, be a good husband, or how the USA should be run.
So am I disappointed? No. I don't really care. Bruce isn't my role model. He's my rock and roll hero and still is, that is until he commits some really heinous act. Potentially cheating on Patti? To me, kind of comes with the territory if it indeed did happen.
Sure, the Apple iPad has the power to run all kinds of applications and make you the envy of your friends. But can it help you to imagine that you’re Captain America, brandishing your shield and fists against the ruthless Red Skull? Yes, it can do that, too. On Friday, Marvel Comics, the publishing home of heroes like Spider-Man and the X-Men, said it was introducing a free application for the iPad that will give readers access to a digital library of more than 500 comics from its 70-year history. The software program, Marvel Comics App, developed by the digital comics distributor comiXology, offers free access to the first issues of titles like New Avengers and The Invincible Iron Man. Other recent and vintage issues can be downloaded for $1.99 each. Marvel says it sees the app as being complementary to the experience of buying and reading physical comics, not supplanting it. “That Wednesday, when people go to the stores, I call it a mini Comic-Con,” Ira Rubenstein, the executive vice president of Marvel’s global digital media group, said in a telephone interview. “It’s where fans gather and talk about the books and they argue about the books and speculate about the books. That experience isn’t going to change.”
PardonMyFrench - I can't wait for my iPad to get here at the end of the month
Sorry about the slow postings as of late. I've been in personal overload as of late and just can't make the time to post. Anyway, I was cruising through Twitter last night and I noticed some folks pimping the JD Hayworth money bomb against Senator McCain. So I decided to poke around on Google Trends to see what I could find.
Nothing surprising here with McCain holding a large lead in search trends, but I wanted to dig further because I believe there had to be more going on with potential social networking links. BTW - the data was limited to Arizona but really didn't change much if you looked at USA. Also, notice the huge spike when Palin campaigned for McCain.
OK now this more interesting and if you are cheering for McCain this looks a little worrisome. First, McCain still holds a big lead but with the more recent data you can see the Palin Spike has come and gone and those lines look like they could cross. Second, when you look at the regional data (not shown on my blog) you see that Hayworth has nothing going on in the rest of the US but does have some significant interest in Arizona which....is the critical state - not as much as McCain but still significant. Finally, when you compare the search traffic growth relative to the news and current events category you'll see Hayworth is on the rise but has done that in the past.
So what does the data tell me besides the obvious which is that this is a competitive race? Hayworth still has a long way to go and when there is significant news or activity he sees spike in online activity. However, money bombs, retweets, links, and other social networking activities in favor of him don't seem to have a lasting effect; that is a lasting effect yet.
PardonMyFrench - Good mobile information
AdWords Search Funnels are a set of reports describing the ad click and impression behavior on Google.com that leads up to a conversion. In addition to a Top Conversions report, Search Funnels consist of 7 reports including Assisted Conversions, First and Last Click Analysis, Time Lag, and Path Length. For an overview of these new reports, check out this video:
PardonMyFrench - Another reason why Google is the primary source for your online advertising.
PardonMyFrench - Tenth Amendment will be an interesting battle ground for this as is past rulings some as recent as 1995.
PardonMyFrench - Good round up of the House Dems in trouble, plus a couple of Republicans in Obama districts
Within moments of House passage of the historic health care bill, Republican House and Senate challengers across the nation were quick to react and vehement in their responses—with many promising to work vigorously for repeal.
PardonMyFrench - The messaging now will be Remember November and Repeal The Bill. Every Democrat will be linked to Pelosi and Reid - words and pictures
PardonMyFrench - Good synopsis
“I don’t know, quite frankly, whether victory will come on the third Sunday in March or on the first Tuesday in November, but victory will come,” House Republican Conference leader Mike Pence of Indiana told Republicans Saturday afternoon.
PardonMyFrench - If victory doesnt come tonight, it will happen in the fall.
PardonMyFrench - Good
"Since June, I have consistently expressed my serious reservations about the House and Senate proposals," Adler said in a statement. "While the final bill takes positive steps to provide insurance coverage for working Americans, I am not satisfied that the final bill will reform our health care system and prevent excessive increases in premiums for families and small businesses."
PardonMyFrench - Adler knows that if he voted yes he'd have a tough time in the fall. More House Democrats should pay attention or they'll sacrifice for the mighty Obama.
You can learn all sorts of interesting tidbits from legal documents. For instance, in one of the legal briefs unsealed today in the YouTube-Viacom dispute, such as the amount of money YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley made from the $1.65 billion sale of the company to Google in 2006. His take: $334 million (based on the November, 13, 2006 closing price of Google’s stock). In other words, the young CEO owned about 20 percent of YouTube at the time of the sale.
PardonMyFrench - I met Chad once and spent about 15 - 30 minutes with him at Google party and even with his $334 million a real genuine guy.
PardonMyFrench - I turned mine on today
A few days ago, we noted that Facebook was testing putting links to QR codes on their main profile pages. Now we know why. Apparently, Facebook is doing some testing ahead of their location feature roll-out, which will use these codes.
PardonMyFrench - Copying Google's plans but I bet Facebook will go further by making it widely available for any business and not just favorite places like Google.
PardonMyFrench - higher property taxes if passed by the towns and cuts in teachers/administrators will have to happen.
PardonMyFrench - This is very confusing but what isn't is that Americans want health reform but don't want this package
Now that a coin flip has determined that the Giants, not the Jets, will play the first regular-season game at the teams’ new $1.6 billion stadium at the Meadowlands, the next question is whether each team will sell out.
PardonMyFrench - I dont doubt the Giants will sellout the tickets. The Jets will be another story. Anyone know if NFL Blackout rules would apply?
In his budget address, Christie proposed a funding formula that would make property tax relief impossible either until the end of time or until we get a governor who can handle arithmetic, whichever comes first.
PardonMyFrench - Mulshine gives an interesting counter point to Christie's budget plan.
PardonMyFrench - Interesting exchange
PardonMyFrench - More typical politics from Obama. Tacking on any educational legislation to Health Care Reform is politics as usual. So much for Change You Can Believe In
PardonMyFrench - So if you don't believe Massa's story, then what's his motivation for taking on Pelosi, Obama, Emanuel, etc
PardonMyFrench - Definitely should not be an entitlement and should not be viewed as helping the economy - that's just poor Democrat talking points. However, it should be a PayGo budget item and Obama needs to stop wasting time and get the economy creating jobs again.
National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn said Monday that if some type of health care legislation is able to limp its way out of Congress, GOP candidates across the country are poised to make it the premiere issue of the fall campaign.
PardonMyFrench - I think it is good for both sides to run on Health Care Reform in the fall. Final bill or no final bill, it is the signature issue for the fall.
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