Beer Humor
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Beer Humor

Beer companies are in a competitive space filled with hundreds of competitors. If you walk to into a bar or a liquor store you have tons of brands to choose from, so how do beer companies try to convince you to buy their product instead of their competition’s product? They use humor. …

Marketing with Nature
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Marketing with Nature

Using nature is a great way to market a product. By creating a soft and warm atmosphere you can make your product have the image of being soft, gentle and warm just like [Snuggle fabric softener](http://www.snuggle.com/home.asp). So if you want to brand your product as being soft and personal like Snuggle you may want to use nature in your marketing and advertising campaigns. …

Interview with Lee Odden
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Interview with Lee Odden

For quite a long time I have been reading [Lee Odden’s blog](http://www.toprankblog.com/) and have had the privilege to meet Lee in person at a few conferences. Lee has been in the industry for 9 years and he has a unique approach on PR and SEO. Because of this I asked him a few questions through an email interview. Here are the questions and his answers.

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What’s your blog juice
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What’s your blog juice

Have you ever wondered how popular your blog is compared to other blogs in your industry? You might be able to figure this out by doing a simple backward link check, but that only shows you a small part of the full picture. Why not compare traffic or even RSS subscribers to get a more complete picture? Today [Text Link Ads](http://www.text-link-ads.com) released a [tool](http://www.text-link-ads.com/blog_juice/) that compares the popularity of your blog to others by taking multiple variables into account.

Casinos and Conversion
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Casinos and Conversion

Last week, Matt from 37signals wrote “[The casino experience](http://37signals.com/svn/archives2/the_casino_experience.php)” that analyzes a casino from a design perspective. Matt hits on points such as the fact that casinos have no windows, no clocks, and they are hard to navigate, which are all great ways to keep people gambling. From a marketing perspective you can actually take many of these principles that casinos use to help improve your conversion rate.

Stopping the copycats
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Stopping the copycats

Sometimes in business you have competitors that love to mimic and copy all of your moves. The worst part about this is that it makes it hard to show your potential customers the benefits of your product compared to your competitor’s product. So what do you do when this happens to you? You can do something so drastic and unexpected that they have no choice but to stop copying you.

Catchup – 10/6/06
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Catchup – 10/6/06

* [Google Buys Birthplace Garage](http://blog.searchenginewatch.com/blog/061002-082355)
Google has purchased the garage where the company developed after its initial birth at Stanford University. Actually, they’ve purchased the home of Google vice president of product management Susan Wojcicki. Before she became a Google VP, Wojcicki rented the garage attached to her home to Google cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

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Two-thirds of US economy is driven by buzz
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Two-thirds of US economy is driven by buzz

The [Word of Mouth Research Blog](http://www.womma.org/research/studies/buzz_drives_two.htm) from [WOMMA](http://www.womma.org/) points to [an interesting study](http://hbswk.hbs.edu/archive/1956.html) from A McKinsey & Co. strategy consultant named Renee Dye which shows that buzz drives two-thirds of the US economy. The study is from back in 2001 and was published by the Harvard Business Review. Here are the key findings…

Educating through your company blog
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Educating through your company blog

Many companies are starting to create company blogs because it is a great way to keep in touch with customers. There are some good company blogs out there, but many are ignoring their customers by blogging about things that do not really help their customers. One of these companies that I think is ignoring their customers is [FeedBurner](http://blogs.feedburner.com/feedburner/).

Verizon puts all issues on the table
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Verizon puts all issues on the table

[Steve Rubel](http://www.micropersuasion.com/) points us to this [Mediapost article](http://publications.mediapost.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=Articles.showArticleHomePage&art_aid=48714) that reports Verizon is getting ready to launch an “all issues on the table” blog for consumers. First of all I think this is great because like [Steve says](http://www.micropersuasion.com/2006/10/verizon_plans_2.html)…

Paying for diggs
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Paying for diggs

I was just reading [Search Engine Journal](http://www.searchenginejournal.com/?p=3852) and I saw something quite interesting. A site called [User/Submitter](http://www.usersubmitter.com/) is providing a service that will help you get on the digg frontpage. If you are a user you can get paid 50 cents for each story you digg and as a submitter you are charged a base price of $20 and $1 for each digg you desire.

Traffic comparison of StumbleUpon, digg and del.icio.us
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Traffic comparison of StumbleUpon, digg and del.icio.us

During the second week of September I wrote a post called [My 50 favorite design resources](http://www.pronetadvertising.com/articles/my-50-favorite-design-resources.html) that got traffic as a result of [StumbleUpon](http://www.stumbleupon.com), [digg](http://www.digg.com) and [del.icio.us](http://del.icio.us). The article received 11350 visitors from StumbleUpon, 8879 from digg and 2715 from del.icio.us. As a result here are my observations regarding the visitors and overall traffic: