August 25th, 2008
A tradition spanning four consecutive years, BuyOnlineNow has again made the Inc 5000 fastest growing private companies list.
What I like about this is not that we made the list. This was a given. Every listed company is allowed to include information about themselves and why they’re growing. Most wrote a few carefully-written and compelling paragraphs about their respective companies.
Here’s what the CEO (Bob) wrote for BON:
Do the stuff the customers like and stop doing what they don’t like.
Priceless… and it’s what we do.
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August 21st, 2008
Tonight I met Aaron Weiche and Ed Kohler to talk social media at the definition of “suburbahood” – Champps in Minnetonka. Aaron was wondering what the hell was up with the bro-sis photography and marketing project since I haven’t posted in a week. At first, I didn’t think there was a lot to say, but since we’re keeping this in close-to-real time, there actually is a lot to say.
Heather was cool enough to give me props on keeping things up-to-date. Feel free to keep up with her blog as well since it’s a collaborative project.
One of the things we wanted to do was get her set up on Flickr. My next project was to help her figure out how to do Flickr “sets”. Turns out she beat me to the punch. She has already placed her pictures into sets. Holy crap, they are good! Next is tagging her sets, but something tells me she has already figured that out.
Soon to come, we need to send a collective pitch for our speaking engagements. She’s having a meeting with her pimp (sales guy) next week and I need to come up with a profile pitch.
Her email to me today…
Heather: How about we each write what we think we would like to accomplish and then we’ll swap and figure it out from there.
Me: Accomplishments – get people away from their computer and to your door so you can take photos to make them look good.
Heather: We may need to come up with a few more words for a program description but that’s a start.
Apparently, I need to enhance my pitch just a bit?
One note, I have added a bro-sis category to this blog. Hopefully it works and you have interest. We’re having fun with this!
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August 14th, 2008
It was almost two years ago when Google launched personalized and custom search. The premise was to help users obtain more relevant and personalized results upon typing in a search query. I haven’t seen this in all searches, but it looks like Google is displaying customized searches by location.
Customized by Location
When looking at the natural results, there were a few Minneapolis-area results, although plenty of results still appear that aren’t local to Minneapolis.
When you click on the “more details” link, you get some more insight to this. It tracks the location by IP address.
Clint Danks from ThinkSEM originally found this and it correctly showed his location of the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. He sent me the images above on it early this morning when I was in Rochester. When I performed the search, it recognized my location as Mankato which is about 90 miles west. However, it does look like you can click to correct your location.
This customization message seems to be appearing only in select searches. It’s probably too soon to see if this really does customize results by location and if they show the customization message more often.
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