Archive for August, 2012

Advice from an Online Retailer to Offline Retailers

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People love buying things, and they really love buying things when the experience is interesting and fun in and of itself.  I know this from years of experience, working in e-commerce for practically the entire history of the business and before that, working in offline commerce (which then was just called commerce, I suppose.) So […]

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    Radioactive Tomatoes in Your Basket

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    A few weeks ago, I asked what for me has become a question in which I have an ongoing interest: when you buy a ticket to live entertainment, what are you really getting? In fact, I can’t say much, but I can tell you that Goldstar Laboratories is working on digging into the answer to […]

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      Innovation, Recessions and More Stuff

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      I don’t think I shared this link already on the site, so I’ll pass it along now.  Here’s a little preview of my musings: “Innovation is really only innovation if it serves a need that customers have or gives them something they want. Our job is not to find buyers for our tickets, it’s to […]

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        Bankruptcy: The Killer Cure

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        Thomas Cott used the subject line of his daily email today to ask the question “Is bankruptcy the answer for arts money woes?” His collection of stories in today’s email are, as always, fascinating and diverse. But since none of them is a direct answer to the question, I thought I’d take it on.  I’m […]

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          Beck is a Crazy Genius

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          As a further demonstration of the ascendance of live entertainment, Beck’s next “album” will be made available only in sheet music form. This is an incredibly cool idea.  Here’s what his website says about it: “In the wake of Modern Guilt and The Information, Beck’s latest album comes in an almost-forgotten form—twenty songs existing only […]

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            Don’t Buy the Refrigerator!

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            Have you ever heard of FailCon?  Just like it sounds, it’s a conference about failure, or to be more precise “for technology entrepreneurs, investors, developers and designers to study their own and others’ failures and prepare for success.”  I love it! Anyway, in addition to the conference, they have a blog and they asked me […]

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              London Olympics 2012: Severe Case of Pretendinitis

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              I love the Summer Olympics, and this year was no exception.  What a great couple weeks of competition, with both a really successful US team, and a lot of amazing performances from interesting and remarkable athletes from around the world.   And London put on a great show, free of the tyrannical nonsense and May […]

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                (Understandable) Wrong Answers to “Why Are Prices so High?”

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                Via Ken, I read a piece in The Atlantic attempting to come to grips with higher prices for live entertainment, specifically Broadway, written by New York newcomer, Derek Thompson.  Like a lot of other people, he’s flummoxed by the seemingly unstoppable rise in prices for tickets to live entertainment.  And although he’s specifically talking Broadway […]

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                  The Accidental Click

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                  Years ago, when online advertising was a relatively easy game to play and win, we used to speculate how low click through rates could go.  We always reasoned that there must be some rock-bottom point where people were clicking not because they were interested at all in the ad, but by accident.  Perhaps they meant […]

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