Tuesday, July 25, 2006

This Blog Has Moved

You can find the new stuff at www.telltenfriends.com/blog.

Thanks for reading!


Friday, June 09, 2006

a new home for tell ten friends

That's right folks, this blog is MOVING!

I'll point you to the new address is a second, but first I wanted to acknowledge the architect behind our fancy new digs.

Rob Masefield has been a terrific friend and colleague since I met him last year around this time. His eye for design and attention to detail make him an incredibly talented web developer, in addition to his skills as a photographer and world traveller.

He's an Aussie living in Canada, and aside from the charming accent, he has integrated well; both socially and professionally. (He builds great sites for SMBs, and the guy LOVES hockey!) I highly recommend him, and he is Designer #1 in the Tell Ten Friends network of media professionals. Can't say enough about the guy, really. Check out his growing portfolio of client work, much of which has been completed since he landed here a year ago.

Anyway, now that we have given a nod to Rob, it's time to send you over to the new home of the telltenfriends blog: www.telltenfriends.com/blog

Thanks to Rob, the new Wordpress blog is now neatly integrated into the newly designed main site at www.telltenfriends.com. I couldn't be happier with the result, myself; but I still welcome any feedback that you may have.

A note to subscribers:

The current feed for this blog: http://feeds.feedburner.com/TellTenFriends will not change, so you needn't make any changes. (Unless you are subscribed to the blogger atom.xml feed, in which case please update)

For linkers and blog friends:

This blogger site will remain live as an archive, so your links will be honored. As of today though, please point links to the new address.

Thank you all for reading, and I hope the switch-over is relatively painless for you. If you have any issues, don't hesitate to drop me a line and I'll try to rectify them.



Thursday, June 08, 2006

light blogging this week...sorry

I've been busy. That's my excuse.

In the very next post, you'll understand why. Fishing was great btw, photos and a slideshow to come.



Thursday, June 01, 2006

if I catch a fish...

I'll post a picture of it, I promise.

I'm taking a much needed break this weekend (starting this afternoon!) to go fishing with my dad, my father-in-law and my uncle Don.

The weather is supposed to be "iffy," so say a prayer for sunshine. If you're jealous, don't be. You too can charter the Amber Spirit for a weekend of sport fishing in Desolation Sound. Just call my aunt Christine and book your adventure.

Cheers, all. Back early next week with more hot air on the subject of marketing.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

web 2.0 program that can get you friends

It's called Fo.rtuito.us. It's just a soft launch, but I thought this was neat when I saw it on Techcrunch.

Here's a quote:
"When you register at Fo.rtuito.us it randomly introduces you to another member. You have four days to interact with that member via anonymous email to see if you can become friends. If after those four days both people decide they would like to stay friends, they are added to your permanent friends list. You are then introduced to another person."
Who knows if it will have the same traction as MySpace or Bebo, (which is growing as fast as MySpace) but as Michael points out, if it was offered as a feature on those existing social networking powerhouses, it will definitely get traffic.

response from nettwerk's erin kinghorn

In the comments section of my post about the marketing seminar at Nettwerk Records, Erin Kinghorn has responded. Good for her, and for the label.

In her comment, she says that they already have a list of 100 bloggers that they are in constant contact with. Now, they just need to make JD number 101. And don't forget about Mack.

Monday, May 29, 2006

web 2.0 explained

I found this via Darren Barefoot, a technology writer here in Vancouver: A head-to-head comparison between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0. It's a great list that explains the current revolution happening in the online world

Here's one that Darren added to the already great list that has direct correlations with the company vision of Tell Ten Friends:
Web 1.0 was about advertising, Web 2.0 is about word of mouth.
Not only does that one mean a lot to my company, but it also helps define the line between life before the "bubble," and what's been happening since it popped. I've added my own below, and I encourage you to add yours:
Web 1.0 was about companies, Web 2.0 is user-driven.
Or...Web 1.0 was about them, Web 2.0 is about Us.
Bonus Link:: First, dream up your idea for a new Web 2.0 product or company. Then, enter it into the flickr logo makr. Then start saving your money for the inevitable copyright infringement suit.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

mark cuban::a bullet in the heart for print media

Mark Cuban has a lot of money.

And he doesn't want to spend it on print advertising anymore. In his "quick letter to the newspaper and magazine industries," he says that a lot of his entertainment industry peers feel the same way. I guess he's okay with print for his beloved Mavs, but when it comes to his movie companies:

"It's expensive to advertise movies or TV shows in either newspapers or magazines. Very expensive. Where entertainment is traditionally advertised, you guys know you got us, and it shows in your pricing. The pricing in the Movie and TV sections of print media is outrageous.

"Which means that every single company in the entertainment business is looking for a way to never ever have to spend a nickel with you again. Our entire business knows we have to spend money with you now, but we are experimenting with every option possible to pull that money from you and spend it elsewhere."
Mr. Cuban isn't exactly known for being subtle, so it's no surprise that he's bitching publicly about this, his latest beef. Still, you gotta hand it to Mark, he's an agent of change.

He'll probably end up getting a better rate for all of the display ads he buys for 2929 Entertainment and HDNet, but I'd rather see him prove that you can do it without print, just to put a scare into them. I don't hate print; I still love it. But I think we all know paper's days are numbered, and I for one am ready for the revolution.