Sunday, October 04, 2015

More Brainless TV Commercials from Fortune 1000 Companies

More Brainless TV Commercials from Fortune 1000 INSURANCE Companies

Why do name brand companies insist on using visual trickery, audio ambiguity, and sleight of hand to peddle their wares?

1) Nationwide claims no long wait times. (they will take care of you)

2) State Farm claims they will magically appear.

3) GEICO claims they will save you money.

4) Progressive claims they will compare pricing and give lower costs for bundles.

5) Liberty claims great car replacement coverage.

6) Farmers claims no hidden coverage costs and adequate coverage for extraordinary accidents.

Well  here is the thing. In a world filled with pink flowers, Zebras and Unicorns YOU WOULD NEED AN INSURER THAT CAN DO ALL THE ABOVE.

But that's not going to happen. The point is... Most insurance companies are great at 'one thing' - taking your monthly payment.

Maybe if these idiots take all the marketing money and invest those dollars back into their companies they wouldn't have to beg or lie for our business. 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Free Website Builders, Get a free website

Build your own web site businesses want to help you build your small business web site. Before you you sign up, here's what you need to know. Now that those thick yellow colored directories have gone the way of the buggy whip ( I keep one copy handy for propping up my grand-daughter at the Sunday dinner table) smart business owners know not to cut corners when it comes to their web site. However in today's economy, the first place a small business owner looks to save money is the upstart cost of their new web site!

 This is a huge mistake. In a recent 2013 Forbes article titled 'The Rise of the Million Dollar One-Person Business', the article mentions that the Internet gives mom and pop shops a global reach and is expected to grow - with many small companies breaking the million dollar mark. Let’s forget about the million dollars; generating up to $10,000 a month in many small businesses would do just fine. And is quite common for any small business web site to generate enough online leads to make a return on investment for the cost out lay of a professional level web site that gets found on Google.

Enter the barbarians You see the DIY website builder commercials on very popular broadcast channels. They are very slick, well produced advertising spots complete with animation, actors and music. These DIY systems are great if you want to have a web site fast and cheap. And all the big box DIY web site builder systems have two goals in common.

1) They want to amass as many monthly contracts as possible. (good for any future stock offering)

2) After a trial period you must give them a credit card to;
a. *Continue the service or continue to pay monthly.
b. Remove their company link or advertising shown on your site. *Some of the companies mentioned above will let you keep the website live free of charge for an indefinite or finite period of time, though the domain name or URL will contain their company name as part of the web address.

Do-It-Yourself web site builders offer lots of pointless promises Big box shops have no local investment in you or your company. Instead they lure unsuspecting businesses who have no idea about how a web site works or gets found in Google, Yahoo and Bing with promises of online success.

They run commercials and online adverts declaring; 'We will submit your web site to major search engines and help you build your social network over Face Book and Twitter'. Point of order and truth

1) Google, Yahoo and Bing will find your web site - period. No one needs to submit you to search engines.

2) Never let anyone other than yourself set up a listing on a social network or business listing web site. If you part ways with any of these DIY systems you may not be able to obtain the administrative logins created through Google, Yahoo, Bing, Face Book, Twitter and other 3rd party properties.

 A customers experience with a DIY web site builder Below is an actual story a professional photographer shared with me about her experience with a big box web site builder.

Robin lives in Virginia and has a wedding and portrait photography studio. Robin charges $1500 for a wedding photography package and would like to get 3 or 4 more client weddings a month. Robin decided to sign-up with a Big Box DIY web site builder. The 1st month was going to be free then after she would be billed @ $32.00 a month.

After the third month Robin had not received one single lead through the web site. When she called the big box support line Big Box websites they told her that Google had changed the rules; that she needs a Blog to generate more traffic. Big box support says; 'The cost is only $750' but you will get more attention from Google!' Robin agrees charge and the big box support tech flips the switch. Presto! Robin now has a photo Blog.

Now the world will surely beat a path to her door. After 6 months had passed with no leads or inquiries Robin calls big box web site builder again. “I am not getting any leads, what the heck is going on?’ Big box replies; 'Oh, I am so sorry to hear that Robin.

But this is because Google has recently made another change to their search engine called Hummingbird! I recommend our Google Ad Words program to get you more traffic. It is very inexpensive and you only have to spend what you want. Robin asks, ‘What should I spend?’ Big box says, “I think $500 a month should do it. By years end Robin cancels her big box web site service for lack of business and starts looking for local professional help.

Let's break down the cost of the big box DIY web site 12 months @ $32.00 or $384.00 / annually Blog cost: $750 / onetime Ad Words cost @ $200 per mo. over 6 months is $1200 *Lost revenue no job leads over 6 months: $9,000 (9k is based on the conservative estimate of '1' wedding package lead per month captured through the web site over a six month period) Total losses: $12,101.34

Here is the 'Rude Awakening' A professionally design and copy written web site would have cost less than 27% of the total expense incurred with big box.

A professionally designed developed by a company that understands 'search' would have generated 20 times the leads for her business.

Getting in bed with a web site designer or a big box company who does not understand how the search engines work from a national, regional and local perspective will cost you big money. Here’s how to make sure you don’t get burned again.

Based on your business, your profession or practice - enter 'search terms' that you would want to appear for on the first page of Google. If you get too many national or out-of-town results, try inserting your city or location. For example; - best allergy asthma doctors in Virginia Beach - home remodeled in Virginia Beach - eye care doctors in chesapeake va Or maybe do business regional or nationwide?

Then search like this… - temporary kitchen facility providers in Virginia - appellate attorney in Virginia Don’t forget to try different search variations! For example in additional to searching home remodeled in VirginiaSearch engine success Beach try… Home remodel Va. Beach home additions Virginia Beach kitchen remodel Virginia Beach and so on… Once you perform these searches make a list of the web sites that appear in the Top 10 to 20 listings ignoring the sponsored averts and large directories, then pay a visit to these web sites in look in the lower footer or bottom of the home page to see if the design company is listed. Go to Google Maps and Google their name to see if any reviews have been posted on Google Reviews.

Visit their website to see their clients. (You might know some of the business proprietors that you could call as a referral) Once you have complied a list of favorable names, emails and phone numbers you are well on your way to getting a web site design and written by a true professional.

Soon your business web site will be in the top 10 listings on major search engines!

What Insurance Companies Can You Trust? Who are the best insurance companies?

Have you ever really analyzed the commercial talking points in an insurance commercial?

1. State Farm - They promise to be there when something happens.

2. Progressive - Best price and price comparisons

3. Nationwide - No long call wait times

4. Farmers - No fine print for stuff you are not covered for and no unnecessary coverage

5. Liberty - Fair replacement coverage for auto damage

6. GEICO - Lower rates

and so on and so on.

What is missing here is finding a single insurance company that does all the points found in #1 through #5.

Case in point. I experienced State Farm call holding times for the claims department were 20 mins to 1 hour. At the end of the day your experience with any of the above companies will differ.

Sunday, February 09, 2014

EZ Pass commercials portsmouth tunnel toll

People are either going to love or hate the recent EZ-Pass commercials featuring a woman blowing up a raft and traversing the waters of the Elizabeth River instead of paying the new toll. Well... I hate it.

I have been in the creative business of advertising for broadcast, radio, print and Web for over 2 decades, and I have learned the one true 'universal constant' in advertising is 'Subjectivity'. But I would bet the farm that commuters who are 'subject' to the new tunnel tolls find the commercial tasteless and offensive.

This ad campaign feels rushed and not well thought-out. There are also other versions of this horrible campaign that suggest other idiot travel comparisons for getting across the river.

I do not have to commute to Portsmouth very often, so paying a toll is no big deal. But I detest a bad creative concept on a visceral level. Especially one that pokes fun at people forced to spend money.

This campaign is trying to use creative humor to encourage people to sign-up for EZ-Pass. But there is nothing funny about having to spend any amount of money in a tough economic climate. Shame on EZ-Pass and shame on the advertising agency that conceived this thoughtless campaign. 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

ASP Mail Form Script for Sending Form-mail on Network Solutions

ASP Mail Form Script for Sending Form-mail on Network Solutions

Since acquired Network Solutions this company has left web developers to fend for themselves. Below is a script that is very easy to implement and also allows you to set a confirmation page after the users click submit.

(You can name the file anything you want. For these purposes we are calling it aspmailform.asp)


Below is a screen shot. If you want to cut and paste the script visit my website then open NOTE PAD and paste the script to strip out all the HTML junk.

If the script works for you please drop me a thank you note on my Blog here.

ASP Mail Form Script for Sending Form-mail on Network Solutions

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Mail form script in classic ASP to send form mail through Go Daddy Windows hosting

Mail form script in classic ASP to send form mail through Go Daddy Windows hosting 

Nothing can be more frustrating than waiting for a form email using the Go Daddy internal form processing system. Sometimes it's fast and sometimes it's slow. Below is a ASP mail-form script that works like a charm.

NOTE: If you plan on cutting and pasting the script please go here:

If this form-mail script works for you please drop me a thank you note here in my Blog. It is much appreciated.


Sunday, September 01, 2013

Audio Connection Delay, Droid DNA, Jawbone ERA, Bluetooth

This is a problem for the 3 to 5 second delay when connecting to an incoming call using Bluetooth ear pieces or headsets.

I resolved this problem on my HTC DNA phone using Jawbone ERA ear piece.

1) Go to Settings

2) Click Bluetooth (this should show your paired devices)

3) On the right side choose settings for this device (on my phone, this is on the right side and shows 3 slider icons)

4) This should bring up 'Profiles'
a. Phone Audio
b. Media Audio < unselect media audio

Then that's it. Now my incoming calls connect right away.

I do not use my Bluetooth for entertainment... so having the Media Audio selection disabled is no big deal.

Still trying to figure out how to get my ear piece to have audio for the ringer.


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Google Navigator App Disappeared from my Phone

What Happened to the Google Navigator Icon?

Here are instructions for getting it back for Andriod users. Not sure about Blackberry or Tree hugging, save the whales iPhone users; but feel free to post your findings here!
To get your navigation and local icons/apps back:
1) On your phone go to 'manage apps' under the menu icon on the lower left of your phone (or system settings, then apps.
2) Then on the top horizontal bar, scroll to the far right to all apps.
3) Then find the 'maps' app, touch it once to open the apps info screen.
4) Then find a button that reads uninstall updates, then click that button.
5) It will uninstall the updates that removed 'Navigator' and 'G-Local' app icons/functions.
6) Then return to your home screen, click apps button and find the restored Navigator and G-Local icons


p.s.: I own an iPad so yes to do recycle.

Shout out and thank you to TanteWaileka Jul 13, 2013 9:38 AM (in response to Renegade1) original posting in the Verizon forum.