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On Bloomberg TV After Last Week’s Apple Event

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

After last week’s Apple Event in San Francisco I had a chance to chat with Bloomberg’s Jon Erlichman on Pimm Fox’s show. It was a fun chat, despite the treachery of the cars racing by just inches behind us! The thing that most impressed me at the event was the iPad Air. We got to […]

ADM Standards Finalized and Released

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Yesterday, the final versions of the Advertisement Unit Standards and Download Measurement Guidelines were published by the Association for Downloadable Media. I was directly involved in the creation and announcement of the former, and am quite pleased by the way these turned out. These were designed very much with an “open arms” approach, and are […]

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 […]

Announcing Podcasting Ad Standards at ad:tech

Friday, April 11th, 2008

Monday night I fly out to San Francisco for some meetings and also to attend ad:tech. This ad:tech is a bit different in that we (the Association for Downloadable Media) are presenting our proposed ad standards as well as guidelines for audience measurement. And, as it turns out, the former will be introduced by yours […]

Winter Migration (of the Computing kind)

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

As many listeners of our Mac Geek Gab podcast know, I recently purchased a new 2.6GHz 15″ MacBook Pro from Apple. It arrived yesterday, but I really didn’t get a chance to even begin setting it up until today. Honestly, if I wasn’t traveling to Austin, Texas next week, I probably would have waited longer […]

Consumers as Branding Partners

Friday, February 1st, 2008

At the core, we at BackBeat Media sell ads for the online publications and podcasts we represent. One of the biggest challenges we routinely face when working with with advertisers is the value — and purpose — of tracking the click. iMedia Conection published an article by Scott Medrum of HypeCouncil entitled, “Make the click […]

Down goes Netscape

Sunday, December 30th, 2007

AOL has announced that February 1, 2008, will mark the end of the Netscape browser. I know many of you probably weren’t around for this, but Netscape was the first product that really acknowledged the fact that home computer users wanted to — and could — easily use the Internet. It wasn’t the first browser […]

The End of Think Secret

Friday, December 21st, 2007

As many of you know, we here at BackBeat Media represent and broker all of Think Secret’s advertising, and have for many years. As such, the confidentiality inherent in our site relationships keeps us from participating in any public speculation on the settlement they recently reached with Apple. But that hasn’t stopped you all from […]

Too much of the Scotty Principle?

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

Those of you who know me no doubt have heard me say that I believe every business is the customer service business. Don’t service your customers, and you soon will have no business left. One of my favorite practices is that of employing the Scotty Principle, or for you non Trekkies: under-promise and over-deliver. I […]

Typical Mac User Podcast tonight

Sunday, November 18th, 2007

Just wanted to let you all know that I’ll be doing the “live” Typical Mac User Podcast with Victor Cajiao tonight at 8pm EST. Because it’s live, you can text/call-in with questions, and details are available at their site. Should be quite fun, and I’m very much looking forward to it.