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cornea gumbo
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Former Facebook Advertiser… , I talked about the aesthetic MySpacification of Facebook: how the popular social network’s design went from clean to pure cornea gumbo. Now let’s talk advertising on Facebook. I used to buy Facebook ads because I was enamored by the targeting capabilities. For example, when promoting a local theatrical production, I could easily target the zip code and even a surrounding area, the right age group, actors and directors and other theatre types, fans of the playwright, andRead More
cornea gumbo
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + former AOL-user turned MySpace-user turned Facebook-user turned Next-Please!-user; gumbo photo by jeffreyw via Wikimedia Commons… There’s a great term in Jargon Watch, a small dictionary published by Wired back in the Pleistocene Era (circa 1997): Cornea Gumbo. It refers to “a visually noisy, overdesigned PhotoShopped mess,” as in, “Gawd, we’ve got to redesign that page, it’s become total cornea gumbo.” Cornea gumbo aptly described the hot visual messes that constituted many websites in the mid-90s. In a pique of nostalgic democratization,Read More
silly statistics
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Guy Who Questions The Numbers; photo via Wikimedia Commons… Imagine that you own a basketball team, and you send your talent scout out to find a new player. He comes back and presents two options: Player A: averages 9 points a game, including 1 three-point basket per game Player B: averages 24 points a game, including an average of 2 three-point baskets per game Both play the same number of minutes per game, and both want the same amount of money.Read More
Frisbee on the beach
by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango LLC + Old-Fashioned Newspaper Lover; photo by AlejandroLinaresGarcia via Wikimedia Commons… The other day I’m killing time on Twitter – which I call “Fritter” because of how well it serves that purpose – when a trending topic caught me eye. I usually ignore Twitter trends, which consist primarily of vapid paeans to Justin Bieber, false celebrity death announcements, and such pressing topics as #YouNeedToBreakUpIf. Yes, those really are trends on the world’s most overrated social network. What, you were expecting news aboutRead More
Stalker by Shane Clester
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Guy Who Prefers Talking Over Stalking; illustration by Shane Clester… If this is the social media revolution, wake me when it’s over. Social media was supposed to forge stronger relationships between companies and customers. It was also supposed to provide a massive improvement over traditional advertising, since social media doesn’t “interrupt” people when they’re trying to enjoy their favorite reality shows. In this revolution, customers aren’t pestered by marketers; rather, they give “permission” to marketers by visiting their websites, signing upRead More
industrial diamond
by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Practicing Skeptic; photo of uncut industrial diamond ready for hyping by Shieldforyoureyes Dave Fischer… I once met this millionaire who made his fortune selling diamond jewelry through supermarket tabloids. What kind of jewelry sells through the cheesiest rags on the planet — newspapers you wouldn’t dare use to line a birdcage lest you kill the bird? These were genuine diamonds — genuine industrial diamonds, that is, worthless in the general jewelry market. Yet the tabloid readers saw the word “diamond” andRead More
Anthropologie Mean Girls
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder Of Atomic Tango + Husband Of Anthropologie Fan… My wife LOVES Anthropologie so much, I should invest in the parent company just to get some cash back. With a religious fervor, she devotedly keeps tabs on the company in social media, and from what she tells me, Anthropologie sure knows how to work it. Sort of. Enter The Queen B’s (Bloggers)… Part of Anthropologie’s social media strategy involves bloggers — more like acolytes whose fanaticism makes Apple fanboys look apathetic. The top bloggers include RoxyRead More
PhD
by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Guy Who Likes to Question the Answers So I’m reading an article in Inc., my favorite zine for advice on entrepreneurial matters, when I found this statement about one company’s social media campaign: “So far, about 7 percent of Step2’s customers have registered on the company’s website with their Facebook IDs, and of those who have, more than half of them have shared product reviews with their Facebook friends. In the past year, traffic from Facebook has increased 135 percent andRead More
by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango LLC + LinkedIn Veteran… Many entrepreneurs and execs have ineffectual LinkedIn profiles — if they have one at all. That’s because they think they don’t need one at this stage of their career. “I’m not job hunting — why should I bother?” That’s because LinkedIn isn’t just for job hunting.Read More
Metcalfe's Law
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Part-Time Metcalfe’s Law Enforcer; image by Iriiina via Wikimedia Commons… OK, we get it: humans are social animals, and without positive interaction, we become Unabombers or maladjusted billionaires in David Fincher films (beware of alienated Harvard men). So while humanity desperately needs green energy and affordable healthcare and donuts that don’t make everyone look like the Michelin Man, those are so much harder to deliver. Helping people socialize — well, that’s easy, right?Read More