Archive for the ‘business’ Category

Why don’t magazine companies make it easier to renew your subscription?

Saturday, December 15th, 2007

It seems like the minute you subscribe to a magazine they start sending you renewal forms. The time to renew my Inc. and Fast Company subscriptions finally rolled around. I'll walk through the renewal process for Inc. below, but the process is the same for Fast Company, as the parent company for ...

Store’s can’t require you to show ID for credit card purchases

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

From the world of The Consumerist comes an interesting article in the age of privacy, security and identity theft: Store's Can't Force You to Show ID with Your Credit Card. How often are you asked for ID and does anyone even check the signature? A few years I randomly signed ...

What gets you through the workday? Survey says caffeine

Saturday, November 24th, 2007

I'm not the only one that relies on caffeine to keep things moving during the day. As it turns out, according to a WorkPlace Media survey, 83% of American workers rely on caffeine, mostly coffee, to get them through. I first read about the survey in the November ...

Research: 98% of all statistics are made up – Author Unknown

Sunday, November 4th, 2007

I'm a big fan of research and numbers. External sources and research helps validate your opinion. Of course, there will always be cases (no pun intended), such as Crystal Pepsi that tend to test well, but flop when rolled out to the masses. Research will only take you so far. But, ...

New Belgium Brewing on going green

Friday, October 26th, 2007

I'm a fan of beer. And going green. although not the two together unless its St. Patrick's day. Now that I have an HDTV, I've been focusing my TV watching on all thats hi-def. Anything nature or travel related is great. As are sports. I was happy to stumble ...

Alumni Associations sell member data to banks for a profit; Alumni in uproar

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

The tag line on the ISU Alumni page is Show your pride with the ISU Bank of America Credit Card. The pride of the alumni association is going to be slightly tarnished for a while until the sting wears off from the recent headlines. Let me start off by saying ...

Auto strike bad for ad industry

Monday, September 24th, 2007

For those following the news, GM workers went on strike this morning. [via] I won't go into a deep discussion about the good / bad of unions, but I personally don't think the UAW is relevant in today's business world, but thats for another day. Theres economist and plenty of ...

Waiting at the doctors office… 1 hr and counting

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

My wife is about 35 weeks pregnant, so we've had our fair amount of doctor visits recently. Along with doctor visits comes a large amount of time waiting.... and waiting... and waiting.. This time, I helped pass some of the time by spinning in the doctors chair. This particular appointment was in the ...

American Express may cover iPhone price drop under price protection plan

Sunday, September 9th, 2007

Word on the street is that American Express will cover the iPhone price drop under their price protection plan, depending on which card and related services you have. [via Zeus Jones] Also, because of AT&T's 14 day return policy, you might be able to return your phone and get credit for the ...

Does drug advertising need more government oversight?

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

I was reading the August 6th edition of Brandweek and there were a couple articles in there that are worth a mention. One article about Johnson & Johnson's Ortho Evra Patch and another article about GlaxoSmithKline's new drug, Alli. There was also an article a few days ago on MSNBC about the ...