Facebook, Apple join the billion dollar club for spending on original video content

Everybody, it seems, wants to be in the TV business.  OK, it’s really the video business, but it’s the same thing the TV networks have been doing for years:  producing original television content. The WSJ reports that Facebook is looking to spend A BILLION DOLLARS on original video content for its Watch video platform.  Recently, … Continue reading Facebook, Apple join the billion dollar club for spending on original video content

Facebook: Tracking your in-store visits and serving ads?

When ads target you on-line from where you’ve gone in the real world If clicking on a website once and having its ads stalk you wherever you go on-line wasn’t enough, now there’s real world targeting.  Go to a physical store and they’ll re-target you online. Now Facebook appears to be getting in the game.  … Continue reading Facebook: Tracking your in-store visits and serving ads?

Dominating Digital Ad Revenue: Google, Facebook, Amazon, and … ?

Amazon has gotten a lot of attention lately for its move into the advertising sales space, but another online retailer is making moves as well.  Wal-Mart is now in the advertising business.  Both companies have a dizzying array of consumer information in their databases to target consumers. Wal-Mart is positioned to offer display, native ad, … Continue reading Dominating Digital Ad Revenue: Google, Facebook, Amazon, and … ?

FTC investigates allegations of deceptive pricing tactics by Amazon

When a company like Amazon buys a company like Whole Food, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) takes a look at a lot of other things than just the business deal at hand.  Reuters reports that the FTC is looking into allegations of misleading price tactics used by Amazon. The investigation comes on the heels of … Continue reading FTC investigates allegations of deceptive pricing tactics by Amazon

FCC signals rollback on net neutrality rules; Nearly 11 million comments filed

Before the Federal Communications Commission takes action, it puts out proposals and asks for public comments.  When it comes to net neutrality rules, the public commented big time.  Nearly 11 million comments have been filed. There’s no question the issue is a lightning rod.  In 2015, the FCC voted in the rules which prohibit broadband … Continue reading FCC signals rollback on net neutrality rules; Nearly 11 million comments filed

Amazon moves causes Best Buy to lose $1 billion in market cap overnight

Recode reports that Amazon has been hiring folks to provide in-home installations for electronics and smart home devices.  The operation is up and running in 7 markets so far. Smart home gadgets are selling, but Amazon reports higher than normal return rates, in part because they can be tough to set up the first time.  … Continue reading Amazon moves causes Best Buy to lose $1 billion in market cap overnight

Lessons in Leadership from Amazon’s Jeff Bezos

“Jeff, what does Day 2 look like?” That’s how Jeff Bezos started out his annual letter to shareholders. While the text talks about what he’s been trying to instill into the culture at Amazon, the message applies to any business and its leaders. Bezos has been reminding people that’s it’s Day 1 for Amazon and has … Continue reading Lessons in Leadership from Amazon’s Jeff Bezos

Robert Martin complained about his internet-connected garage door opener. Company responded by remotely turning off his service.

Robert Martin bought an internet-connected garage door opener from Garadget. When he had problems with his product, he posted an angry rant on the company’s community board: “Just installed and attempting to register a door when the app started doing this. Have uninstalled and reinstalled iphone app, powered phone off/on — wondering what kind of piece of … Continue reading Robert Martin complained about his internet-connected garage door opener. Company responded by remotely turning off his service.

When is a sale not a sale? Amazon under fire for inflated “regular prices”

  A Consumer watchdog group is calling out Amazon for what it calls deceptive practices by posting inflated list prices and leading consumers to believe they’re getting a better deal than they really are. The aptly named group, Consumer Watchdog, has petitioned the California Attorney General to investigate Amazon.  John Simpson, Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy Project … Continue reading When is a sale not a sale? Amazon under fire for inflated “regular prices”

Are voice-enabled devices a threat to Google’s ad revenue?

Voice-enabled apps and devices seem to be the next big thing. It was the clear star-of-the-show at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in December. But using voice to do searches may reveal a vulnerability for Alphabet (aka Google). While its Google Home device may compete in the market, it — and the Amazon Echo and … Continue reading Are voice-enabled devices a threat to Google’s ad revenue?

2016’s top apps were all owned by Facebook or Google

Nielsen’s report on the most widely used mobile apps in 2016 showed one major thing:  the top 8 apps were all owned by either Google or Facebook. So not only do they control the digital ad market, they also own the app market as well.  Facebook grew double digits – 14% - last year with … Continue reading 2016’s top apps were all owned by Facebook or Google

At what point does new technology become mainstream?  

Commercial mobile telephones were actually invented in 1949 by AT&T, but it wasn't until the early 70's that phones were truly mobile - not tethered to vehicles.  I remember when neighbor kids would want to ride in my car so they could call Mom at home and tell her where they were calling from. They … Continue reading At what point does new technology become mainstream?  

The battle for the online throne: Content vs Platform

Content may be important, but it’s more like The Prince. The King, of course, is Platform. Think about it for a moment. What’s the world’s largest social media? Facebook. Largest search engine? Google. Biggest video site? YouTube. Notice a trend? They are all aggregators of content, not content creators (with a few exceptions). The internet … Continue reading The battle for the online throne: Content vs Platform

How do you watch media in your home?

How many internet-connected devices do you have in your home? Think about that for a minute. Connected devices include phones, tablets, game consoles, smart TV’s, laptops and desktops, or anything else that displays media and connects to the internet: DVD and Blu-Ray players that are Wi-Fi enabled, OTT devices like Roku, FireTV, or AppleTV, and … Continue reading How do you watch media in your home?

Amazon suing businesses that post fake reviews

Look out!  If you’re one of the businesses writing fake glowing reviews about yourself, or buying reviews, you may have big problems ahead.  Not only has Amazon been cracking down on this and sending warning letters, but now they are suing companies. Amazon has filed suit against three this week.  In the past, Amazon has … Continue reading Amazon suing businesses that post fake reviews