Archive for the 'business' Category

Becoming an Observer

Thursday, December 30th, 2021

In December 1998, Bryan Chaffin and I co-founded The Mac Observer. And now, 23 years later… the site was acquired. This next step in the site’s evolution is a good one. Dr. Serhat Kurt has long been a fan of The Mac Observer in addition to having some web publishing experience of his own. Dr. […]

IAB Certification vs. CPM Rates vs. Direct Response

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

As many of you know, I’ve been a podcaster for almost 14 years, quite close to “one of the first.” I’m also the CEO and co-founder of BackBeat Media, a company that represents publishers and manages their sponsorships so they can focus on publishing their content. We’re in our 20th year of that business, meaning […]

“Don’t make fear-based decisions” and other great quotes from Small Business Show

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Shannon Jean and I have been doing our Small Business Show podcast for the better part of this year. I always learn something each episode, either from Shannon or from our guests. This week, Digistor’s Brian Friss joined us for what might have been the most quote-packed episode we’ve ever produced. Listen today to hear […]

Where Do Apple Pay Evangelists Shop?

Friday, June 19th, 2015

I’ve heard a lot of comments lately saying something along the lines of, “Coin, Plastc and Wocket are too late! Apple Pay is the way of the future!” To anyone who shares this sentiment I ask a simple question: Where do you shop?  I have yet to be able to buy gasoline with Apple Pay […]

Regarding Google’s Bamboozling of the Public

Friday, July 11th, 2014

I wrote this to a friend today and figured it best to share with you all. Yes, I’m quoting myself. Live with it. Love it. The best and worst thing Google has ever done is give people reports showing data that people think they want to see. In reality that data does nothing more than […]

Internet Advertising Will Suffer the Click of Death

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

A friend of mine recently pointed me to this Salon article which cites the CEO of the company behind AdBlock Plus as saying that they’re going to start charging advertisers to not  have their ads blocked. His reason is simple: 80% of AdBlock Plus’s users aren’t against all advertising… they’re just against the irrelevant junk […]

I Want a Trial!

Friday, February 20th, 2009

At the risk of sounding even more egotistical than I have been recently (difficult, I know… but I’m going to try!), I’ll quote myself from an article we published over on iPodObserver regarding the iPhone App Store today: I would love to be able to download an app and have a 24-hour trial period. If […]

Cult of Mac joins BackBeat Media

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

I’m very happy to let you all know that Leander Kahney’s Cult Of Mac blog has joined our Mac network here at BackBeat Media. They’ve actually been on board for a couple of weeks, and we’ve already placed early-bird advertisers like Crucial, Bare Bones and Microsoft there. Of course, we’re actively working with other potential […]

Don’t Discount The Cost of Receivables

Monday, July 28th, 2008

I saw a new dentist today, Dr. Jody Low in Dover, NH. He’s a nice guy, and his office staff is pleasant, as well. Upon checkout, though, I was amused by the lack of logic behind their billing policy. If I have insurance, they expect no money from me up front. If I pay with […]