Posts by Dave Saunders

Smelly Airline Passengers Now News, Post Kevin Smith

That’s right. Now that Kevin Smith has raised a ruckus online over being kicked off a flight for being too fat, other passengers are raising a stink. Literally. Hmmmm…too soon? I find this story amusing. A man was kicked off a Jazz Air flight. His smell was later described as “brutal” by another passenger. If…

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Twitter Gets a Boost From Real Time Search

Shout out to LeeAnn Prescott at VentureBeat for reporting on this. The gist is that Twitter has experienced a 9% boost in traffic since Google’s real-time search was introduced. I guess the point is that search is far from dead and it still does make sense to pay attention to keywords, trending topics and to…

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Who really is looking out for you?

This ad ran in Time Magazine (June 30, 1947). That’s right, the headline reads DDT is Good for Me.  When I make jokes about this, I’ve actually had someone respond with “well yes, but the benefits of DDT in Africa can’t be argued with.” Really? I understand that Malaria is a horrible affliction, but if…

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The Wrong Approach to Motivation is Ruining Your Results

What if everything you thought you knew about motivating yourself and others turned out to be wrong? What if the old “carrot and stick” approach has been, time and time again, proven not to work? What if those tried-and-untrue tactics were also proven to hinder results and decrease performance? What if a Nobel Prize was…

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Coke Gets a Clue

Once upon a time, companies registered domains for everything. One frozen food company registered a .com domain for every single product they sold. The idea back then seemed simple enough (relative to a limited understanding of the Internet): There were no useful search engines, so why not make it possible to type “[productname].com” into the…

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Is Feedback Killing Your Results?

For the last couple of weeks of December I listened to my collection of recordings from notorious grump and marketing master Jedi Dan Kennedy. During one discussion he mentioned how he never has “feedback forms” available for the audience. Why? Because a.) he doesn’t really care about their input. If people are buying, he’s doing…

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What’s 2010 Look Like for Yahoo?

If Google is the Godzilla of the search market and Bing is Mechazilla, Yahoo! is Mothra: Kind of sad and dorky looking but people still know who he (it) is. Of course, it wasn’t always that way. I remember when people talked about Google as being a “pipe dream” if founders Larry Page and Sergey…

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370 Passwords Twitter Won’t Let You Use, and No One Else Should Either

From the “huh, that’s kind of odd” category, Twitter has hard-coded 370 passwords that you may not use. To check it out, simply visit the sign up page, view source and look for the source code that starts out like this… <script type="text/javascript"> //<![CDATA[ twttr.BANNED_PASSWORDS = ["111111","11111111","112233","121212"… The entire list is there for you to…

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That’s Right, it’s SMART Goals Time

With 2010 upon us (I am so ready for a new decade), it’s a good time to set some goals for the coming year(s). Of course, any time is a good time to set new goals, but the near-universal slack time of December’s end seems to spark the desire in many to look ahead. Goal…

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How’s this for a successful effort rebooting a personal brand?

Back in 1901, the first Nobel Prize was awarded. Alfred Nobel set the prize into motion using his fortune largely earned from his invention of dynamite. Amazingly enough dynamite was actually a safety improvement over highly volatile nitroglycerine which was under heavy use at the time. Dynamite could be used for the many earthworks efforts…

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