Off to San Diego
I am off to San Diego to see where my future lies...here?
Is this the start of something new?
Jeff Matthews, a hedge fund manager who blogs at Jeff Matthews Is Not Making This Up notes in a recent post that IBM dramatically lowered their Q1 earnings per share (EPS) estimate last April to 90 cents from $1.04. In actually, IBM earned 84 cents that quarter, net of 10 cents worth of options and stock-based compensation. Shortly, thereafter the stock fell ten dollars.
Tom Hespos is going to guest host on Across the Sound, a podcast started by Joseph Jaffe and Steve Rubel, who retired from the program due to his recent promotion at Cooper Katz. I'll be looking forward to his commentary as I know Tom is one of the brightest guys in marketing today, advocating new ideas on how to navigate within the interactive digital marketplace.
Fred Wilson, a venture capitalist, offers up a familiar complaint to anyone who is a heavy consumer of online content. Publishers too often inconvenience their audience by forcing upon them articles which needlessly span several pages in order to generate additional pageviews. This is done solely to raise the advertising to content ratio as each separate page viewed increases the number of ad impressions per user visit.
What does AOL Instant Messenger, Google, and The New York Times (pre-TimesSelect) have in common? In order to generate significant early traffic and attention, the people behind these properties decided to offer their products for free to consumers. Even as they found success, the products remained free to use, both to keep their growth rates high as well as to stymie competitors who wanted to charge for their alternative offerings. As a result, they have become among the most prominent and well-trafficked properties online which most hip, technologically savvy consumers cannot do without.