The End of Facebook’s Growth Era

It’s amazing how Twitter sums up what I’m thinking sometimes. In light of Facebook’s cataclysmic stock plunge after a conga line of controversies I had been musing an article on how Facebook has essentially entered a new era, and likely not a positive one. As I was putting some notes together, I discovered a fantastic … [Read more…]

Yelp: Sympathy for the Devil’s Minions

There’s nothing quite like dealing with a “retention specialist” at a big company. If you’ve ever been on the phone with Comcast, or AT&T or any number of very large companies you’re probably already facepalming and groaning. I recently got to have my own verbal sparring courtesy of Yelp. Since launching my new hyperlocal merchant … [Read more…]

Musings on the Importance of Hustle (and How Lack of it Kills)

This blog post is not about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but she does provide the perfect example of what I’ll be talking about. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently pulled off a shocking political primary election win in a district that was believed to heavily favor her opponent, established and well-financed 10-term incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley. Just to provide some context … [Read more…]

We Have An Ethical Issue With “Evangelist”-Driven Marketing

Hey, did you hear? LeBron James is transferring to the Lakers. Then again even if you don’t follow basketball like me nothing short of solitary confinement in Siberia would stop this news from reaching you. I’m not here to talk about that, though. I’m here to talk about the almost frighteningly visceral reaction from some … [Read more…]

Musings on the Messy Divorce of Facebook and WhatsApp

I still remember the overall tenor of astonishment when Facebook announced in 2014 that it was acquiring messenger app WhatsApp for a staggering $19 billion, blowing away other notable acquisitions such as Apple’s $3 billion purchase of Beats. This was generally viewed as a coup for Facebook, with some going as far as to call … [Read more…]

Websites Definitely Not Dead As Wix Valued At $4 Billion

It’s time for one of my patented “Pat myself on the back for calling it” posts! Last time we were here I correctly predicted that Pokemon Go wasn’t going to revolutionize small business marketing. This time I’ve got some hard data refuting the claim that websites are somehow dead, obsolete, or not a central part of … [Read more…]