At least when it comes to the numbers.

Another post that arises as a result of me catching up on my writing backlog. For reference, have this in your mind as you read the rest of the post. Back at the end of last year, I listened to a reporter breathlessly describing how cyber Monday will break all records 1 – with the expectation that $6 billion of revenue will result from this single event. Note – that is across ALL retailers in the US. I was reminded of these words that I wrote in November 2017, to a small group I belong to.

Alibaba raked in over $8 billion in sales in the first hour of its made-up marketing holiday, “Singles Day”. with a 24 hour total of $17.8 Billion … and that was 2016 – numbers for 2017 are around $23 billion … prime day in 2017 hit $1 billion … and Black Friday this year accounted for $5 billion – including $2 billion through mobile … in other words total sales in the USA for prime day, Black Friday and Cyber Monday across ALL stores in the country amounted to slightly more than 50% of what a single company achieved in China over a single day celebrating an ‘invented’ holiday (the very one, in fact, that gave Amazon the idea for Prime Day to begin with! OK – China’s population is 4 times that of the US, but still – now we begin to understand where the money is.

Can you handle it?

The Truth About Sales is an interesting post from the inimitable Steve Martin (not that one), making the case for why we shouldn’t dislike sales and sales people. To be fair, I generally do not dislike them – heh some of my best friends are in sales but the kind of people I tend to mingle with are a bit like Steve’s …

That said, the post is essentially an ad for the new Salesforce movie – The Story of Sales

Added to my watch list … in the ‘sometime’ bucket.

But back to that thought of what we dislike sales people …. my experience is that we too often are sitting on the wrong side of spam, cold calls that are badly informed, the endless calls re buy buy, no understanding of me and what I need … you know the stuff. Isn’t that why we don’t like sales people?

… really!

.. more like ‘really?’

Students who take this course will be:
Positioned to serve as the company AR experts
Qualified to teach AR to co-workers, bosses, and partners
Armed with applicable AR use cases
Ready to create memorable customer experiences
Able to initiate low-risk, low-cost, affordable pilot programs
Able to decide when to implement AR or VR solutions
Confident using AR to attain, retain and train bright new employees
Prepared to represent employers to the AR community
Ready to build a framework of AR technology options
Able to find tech and AR experts when and as needed
Able to review a video version of the class

All you need to do is register and go from what I can see.

It’s a ninety minute course.

.. and it is good to be reminded …


… how good Clean My Mac is. Speed Up EMail it says .. and tucked away to the side we see “Various mailbox issues”.

I had one. Smart Folders highlighting messages as unread – when in fact there weren’t even messages in the folder – read OR unread. I have had this issue before – and it has ended up with stuff like deleting ‘plists’ – and no – you don’t want to be doing that lightly – but in the end it worked. But it is time-consuming and you can accidentally destroy stuff and cause yourself problems.

Today I opened up CleanMyMac. I ran the speed up mail process, and less than a minute later all the ghosts had gone.

M A G I C

Take a look for yourself – you can get a free trial if you don’t believe me – but I have had this software on my last three Macs and in a clean set up is the second app I install. (Right after 1Password)

A Story Of Success


If you have been looking around wondering how to create your own sexy images and infographics for your blog and social media presence – you have probably heard of Canva.

Hell – you have probably got an account. I have. And it works just fine. And then I found Visme.

On the face of it – same product … different name. Right?

Wrong!

I am not a product reviewer – and so will not be going into the who where, why-for and whats in this post. Not my job – but I have tried both.

Now, if you wander out there and try to get an independent assessment as to which is best – it tends to come down to Visme over Canvas – but what is interesting is that when you drill into the sources of the information that compares the two, a lot of the reviews tend to reference back to Visme as a source. That alone I found interesting, it is hardly an unbiased viewpoint, but some how Payman and his team are truly punching above their weight. Very cool. Continue reading