The biggest story in tech no one’s talking about is Uber discovering they’d been defrauded out of $100M - or 2/3 of their ad spend. And all bc Sleeping Giants kept bugging them to...…
Modern marketing is all about data and however hard you might try, you can't spend any time around marketers online without being subjected to endless think pieces, how-to guides, ebooks or other dreck about how we need to track and measure and count every little thing.
We've got click rates, impressions, conversion rates, open rates, ROAS, pageviews, bounces rates, ROI, CPM, CPC, impression share, average position, sessions, channels, landing pages, KPI after never ending KPI.
That'd be fine if all this shit meant something and we knew how to interpret it. But it doesn't and we don't.
Intro to a monthly column that explains important backpacking product standards, interviews key people, and analyzes industry standards.
With this tool you can compare how two (or more) cultures build trust, give negative feedback, and make decisions.
Curation is the fuel of the modern aspiration economy
There’s a bookstore in Ginza that sells only one book. “A single room with a single book” is its tagline. Every week, the owner chooses the book, presents it in the center of the shop, and curates an exhibition with artworks, photographs, or related items around its subject matter
Ninh explains the Top 10 Worst Fan Giveaways in Sports. Sometimes sports teams give things away as incentives for fans to come back to the games. But some teams shouldn’t bother because some of these gifts are outright garbage. What’s the worst or weirdest giveaways in sports?
Would you like a free bag of soil? How about 10c beers? Or a free funeral? Bubble wrap? School folders? You name it, it’s in this video!
Hard-to-read screenshots of paywalled book industry websites dominate Literary Twitter.
In my session I will be exploring several ways to create a cohesive branding strategy, by delving into posting schedules, content strategies, relevant social media (what you actually need), and more. By the end we will all have (hopefully) learned something about what the current web users consider important, and what actually attracts your targeted audience.
On the Thursday before a major holiday weekend, and an hour before the much-anticipated Mueller report was released to the public, Facebook updated a month-old blog post titled "Keeping Passwords Secure" with a few lines of italicized text.
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A decision not to have its headquarters in New York or the US, and to base the English-language site in Amsterdam, has drawn criticism from supporters.
The single best thing I ever did for my career was start a blog on my own website.
— Brad Frost (@brad_frost) January 18, 2019
Writing on your own website associates your thoughts and ideas with you as a person. Having a distinct website design helps strengthen that association. Writing for another publication you get a little circular avatar at the beginning of the post and a brief bio at the end of the post, and that’s about it. People will remember the publication, but probably not your name.
Another great reason for Why to IndieWeb.
“Being the first brand to crack out of the egg is worth at least $10 million.”
Our friend Mr. Ronse recently brought a gag gift known as “Bernard Dehydrated Water” to my attention.
Packaged as if it were a canned food product, this item is clearly a part of that larger category of gag gifts: packages, containing ephemeral contents. (See: Rob Walker’s recent Design Observer post, “Rarified Air”)
The thing that’s unusual in this case is that “dehydrated water” seems to be the only novelty product of an otherwise legitimate food company: Bernard Food Industries.
Apparently on the market since 1962, their dehydrated water beverage is the only gag gift mentioned in a long list of trademarked applications for their standard label design. Also interesting, is how they’ve stipulated their trademark’s use for “novelty gift items, namely, empty cans.”
(Some trademark documents, after the fold…)