Do you invest more in people or gear?

There was a job posting over on a message list I follow, and it got me to thinking. It seems that lots of companies feel safer and more comfortable about investing in a lot of high end equipment, but then want to find people to work on spec or for very little pay or for fame. As a creator though, I have…

Are You Addicted to Big Numbers?

I love math. It has an uncanny way of teasing apart the truth, but alas, it can also just as easily be used selectively to manipulate or create false impressions. And if we get addicted to a certain type of math – tracking eyeballs and households for example – then we can be inadvertently wasting time and money on our way to…

Pep Talk and Talk Prep for HAF

I’ll be speaking this morning at the Hawaii Advertising Federation’s annual “university.” This is a day when the ad pros come together to network and open minds to new ideas. First off, I say congrats. There is this sticky wicket in that the more a person becomes an expert, the more confusing it is to find space for new information. If you…

Rent or Buy? How Does a Company Decide to Use New Media

I just tripped across the Custom Content Conference being held this March in New Orleans. It is targeted at brand managers and ad folks who may be considering creating their own serialized web content or new media/social media channels. I thought I’d mention a few of the companies who have already ventured in to this arena, and hopefully you may have some…

Getting Clients to Pay On Time

We are a small business. We invoice once a month, for services performed in the previous month. Our payment terms are “due on receipt.” Some clients pay accordingly. Others have tended to lump us into the “net-30” category based (my ass-u-mption) on the terms they receive from other vendors. A few others appear to have a “squeaky wheel” folder, aka don’t pay…

Video Podcasting for Unconferenz 2008

Here is my talk at Unconferenz 2008 in Honolulu on Jan 12, 2008. I am using the social networking site for slide shows, SlideShare.net. It does not play the embedded video — for that you’ll want to be live! UPDATE: Ryan Ozawa has posted this video compilation from the day’s events. | View | Upload your own Links from the talk Hardware…