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Maria Shriver – Caught Red Handed!

December 21st, 2009 admin No comments

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Maria Shriver’s luck … and parking meter … have run out.California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s wife — a known scofflaw — has dodged ticket after ticket on the west side of Los Angeles … talking on her cell phone while driving, parking in …


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AT&T Second Quarter Results Are In

July 24th, 2009 admin No comments

We’ve seen various companies in the cell phone business posting their last quarter results. Some stayed atop of the market despite an impressive YoY loss, some barely managed to stay afloat , and some got huge profits despite actually owning a small market share. Now it’s time for AT&T to send in its reports for Q2 2009. AT&T managed to activate 2.4 million Apple’s Iphones in Q2 which basically means that AT&T sold most of these Apple’s Iphones during the last month. 33% of these 2.4 million

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Yahoo’s Revenues Drop 13 Percent In Second Quarter (Conference Call Notes: Bartz Likes Bing!)

July 22nd, 2009 admin No comments

Yahoo just released earnings for the second quarter. Total revenues dropped 13 percent to $1.5 billion. Google, in contrast, saw total revenues rise 3 percent in same quarter. After paying partner sites traffic acquisition costs (TAC), Yahoo’s take-home revenue was $1.1 billion.

Yahoo’s net income rose 8 percent to $141 million. Operating income fell 17 percent to $101 million, and net income fell a whopping 78 percent to $118 million (but much of that difference was due to a $401 million non-cash gain Yahoo took in the first quarter related to its stake in Alibaba, which had an IPO).

Yahoo’s search advertising revenues on Yahoo-owned sites declined 15 percent to $359 million, while display advertising on owned and operated sites declined 14 percent to $393 million. Yahoo announced a deal with AT&T to sell local online ads.

Correction: This post briefly included information about layoffs which was incorrect. My apologies for alarming any Yahoo employees.

During the conference call, CEO Carol Bartz praised Bing (Microsoft’s search effort) and promised to get rid of annoying ads on Yahoo Mail. My live notes are below (bolded parts are for emphasis):

Carol Bartz:

Considering the economy I am pleased with our results, revenues above midpoint of our expectations, upside coming from currency fluctuations.

Less fear from advertisers.

But so much conflicting info form the market, too early to call.

1. great team (hired CFO)
2. great experience (mobile, social, advertising) have to make sure ads are more relevant, less irritating to users.
3. Better business processes. Want to be a better company to work for and with.

CFO Tim Morse:

Pageviews up 7%
Rev: $1.573 billion (down 13%)
Search revenues down 15%
display revenues down 14%
encouraging sign: guaranteed display inventory increased on a sequential basis
growth in health and travel

Affiliate business (primarily search) down
TAC was 28% of total revenue, rising slightly

listings revenue down 21%

OCF (operating cash flow) $385M
free cash flow $266M

savings at the low end of our expectations due to cost savings. Planning on hiring new sales people, invest in branding efforts to seize growth opps that will come as economy recovers.

$365M restructuring charge, real estate related and $25M related to headcount reduction
$67M pretax gain from sale in Gmarket.

Carol Bartz:

Biggest content site. Lead in news, sports, finance, and other categories. Yahoo homepages leads all others.
brags about a single link from Yahoo home page to NYT, creating 9M pageviews.
“We work with publishers, not against them” (subtle dig at Google)

Yahoo mail, open features, improvements in speed and performance and engagement.
Talks about annoying ads, calls them a “detriment,” “cheapening the Yahoo brand.” Will be trying to get rid of blaring ads.

Initiative around improving ad experience

Talks about mobile search deal with cell phone carrier in Taiwan to displace Google [she's digging deep there]

expanded relationship with AT&T to sell Yahoo local inventory by AT&T advertising salesforce. Yahoo’s salesforce with its advertising partners is now 13K strong.


Q: Carol, what is your first impression on Bing? Seeing any user behavior changes?

Carol: I think Bing is actually a good product. Experimentation around search instead of thinking just a standard blue link. only a month in, hard to understand if it is just curiosity or if they will gain share, but I think they have done a nice job.

Q: Search business seems to have deteriorated, display shows sequential improvement. Where is the bets ROI, display or search, since you will prob. have to choose one or the other?

Carol: Search did decline Q over Q, that is not a meaningful trend. Our volume was healthy, more that there was RPS pressure. The whole idea is to keep to optimize and drive relevancy for advertiser’s ROI. Advertisers being smarter, chose less keywords.

At the end of the day, our investment priority is in the user. If we can increase our audience, which we know we can, we can drive both search and display revenues. We can provide both, but what we really need to provide ad partners is an engaged audience.

Tim: CPCs not that different, more a mix in the queries.

Q: Do you get renumerated for links to Facebook or Gmail?

Carol: No, it is really about giving consumers an experience on Yahoo without having to leave Yahoo. To be the center of their online life. Not about money, about helping them organize their online life.

Q: Ebitda margins lowest guidance since 2003. You said you would be ramping spending in Q, how should we think about margins?

Carol: When we gave the guidance last Q we told you we were going to to layoffs to have room to put the same cost into the system to reinvest into the business. Pretty much on target with that. Marketing spend for 3Q is in the additional cost already ($75M?). Adding people into product, engineering, sales people.

Tim: Repositioning cost structure, drained some buckets, now filling up different buckets.

Q: What percentage of ad inventory is guaranteed? How should we think about yearly cost structure?

Tim: We don’t break out between guaranteed and non-guaranteed. We did see strength in guaranteed in high-single digits. Strength in 7 out of 10 categories we track like finance, health, consumer products. In non-guaranteed ads, more steady.

Carol Bartz: It’s like 30 to 40 steps to buy a display ad from us. Want to have a much. much easier way to do business with us. Looking forward to making this better.

Q: How is growth in Q2 breaking down?

Carol Bartz: We don’t actually break this out, but there are those people experimenting more with non-guaranteed and new customers coming in with guaranteed. By moving more into the mid-market that will be a lot more non-guaranteed because that is their first online ad experience.

Tim: We are doing very well with our top advertisers. On Display, revs are up with top ten advertisers. Also in Search, but not quite as good.

Q: O and O search vs. affiliate revs?

Bartz: I don’t see a trend.

Q: U.S. was down, looks like RPS (revenue per search) pressure, is that because of scale vs. Google?

Bartz: Of course scale matters in search. I’d switch positions, that’d be fun. When you have fewer click-throughs and you have a longer tail you get to monetize more. But our search volume is holding fine. We have to convince those buyers to get off the chair and push buy.

Q: Follow up on RPS, you talked about improving relevancy of ads. Can you talk about levers you can pull to improve RPS, how do you view new homepage impact on search

Bartz: Alot of what we are talking about in improving ads is display. You know what an irritating ad is. With RPS, working to drive teh right ad to the right query, better targeting. With how Metro will impact search, we are pleased with search placement on the homepage. improved quality in display, improved relevance in search and make search more prominent will help drive relevancy.

You have to get users to say, I like those. then they tell their friends. You take some of the bad ads off mail, guess what, they stay. All of that is a better experience. All of that will drive advertisers to us.

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Dr. Tian Dayton: New York: Dinner On the Street

July 18th, 2009 admin No comments

Some friends and I were sinking into that backdrop of twilight sky, flickering lights and people in motion that make eating outside in this city so strangely cozy and entertaining…and we got to talking. There are some benefits to this recession when it comes to returning New York City to some of its livability and charm. Is it my imagination or because people are going out less do they seem to be enjoying it more? Maybe it’s just summer and everyone is more relaxed, traffic is down and the streets are calmer but something about New York City just feels less frantic. There are tons of folks, for example, streaming into the park; friends, lovers and families with little children loaded down with picnic baskets, laying down blankets and settling in for free concerts and movies. Sidewalk restaurants are full of attractive, interesting looking people leaning into animated conversation over bread, wine and plates of pasta.

And an added bonus, some of the worst kind of New York types are less in evidence. The wannabes who walk down the street shouting into their cell phones, trying to look like wheeler dealers, the masters of the universe types who stare …..somber and smug…. through the tinted windows of their black limos; the over dressed, over jeweled and over-ampted shoppers for whom nothing is quite right. You know the types. When there is less money to spend or show off, well people do less spending and showing off. It’s a relief.

This recession has done a lot to remind people of what’s really important, to get us to reflect on how things got so out of control to begin with; it has been humbling and sometimes being humbled brings out the best in people. Humbled people tend to be less preening and competitive and more focused on getting on with it and enjoying the moment. The simple pleasures seem worth more; walks through the park, dinners with friends; noticing and valuing what you already have and where you already are instead of always wanting to have more and be somewhere else.

And culture becomes more important again. Afterall going to the museum is cheap entertainment and a lot more elevating (well this could be argued, I suppose) than shopping. Seeing a play, though not cheap, is still less than some evenings can add up to in New York, it’s good value, more bang for your buck. An experience to be remembered.

When rents fall more people can live here. The City was rapidly on its way to pricing everyone but big money makers or people in rent control out and that’s not healthy. New York needs its art loving, people oriented, intelligent middle class, the ones who are here to use and enjoy the city rather than possess and own it.

Maybe we’re getting our city back so that those who live here, raise their families here and love the little stuff that makes this city this city can can remember why they wanted to live here in the first place. Strolling down Fifth Avenue, meandering along the side streets of downtown, Chinatown, bagel shops, corner delies, book stores and the rare mix of people from all walks of life can be rediscovered. We can take a momentary break from breathlessly getting ahead, stop and, well not smell the roses exactly, but love that feeling of being surrounded by something alive and endlessly interesting, a city that has a pulse of its own that never stops beating. And we can actually spend some time just enjoying each other’s company instead of constantly networking and “getting ahead” to a place that no one can quite define. If less affluence means living more in our bodies and less in our heads and wallets, then maybe we can learn something about ourselves during this period, maybe we can remember the value of doing less and enjoying it more.

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Handy Gadget Holder

July 18th, 2009 admin No comments

Combining unique design with perfect functionality, this Handy Gadget Holder ha sa pair of hands in the perfect position for holding your cell phone or remote control. If you find some phantom text charges on your next cell phone bill, you will have to keep a closer eye on these very detailed hands. Strange things like that can’t only happen in horror movies. Product Page ( £7.0, about $12)

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Fred Whelan and Gladys Stone: Ditch the Cell Phone, and Other Essential Interview Tips for Twenty-Somethings

July 18th, 2009 admin No comments

Would you answer your cell phone during a job interview? For a business professional, this isn’t even a question. But imagine our astonishment when an otherwise presentable and talented young man began an interview with us by casually plopping his cell phone on the conference table. We kept glancing at each other and the cell phone, wondering if it would ring and, if so, whether the young man would actually stop the interview to answer it.

Fortunately for the young man, this was just a coaching session. We met with him while doing pro-bono coaching work with Students Rising Above, (SRA), a nonprofit organization that helps low-income and recently homeless students attend and graduate college. We really enjoy helping these extraordinarily hard-working young people achieve success. But the young man with the cell phone and other twenty-somethings like him made us realize they needed a lot of help!

Here’s what we were able to teach them that helped them land jobs. These tips may help some special twenty-something in your life:

1. Ditch Your Cell Phone - Cell phones should be out of sight and turned off. We were prompted to share this because more than one student casually placed their cell phone on the conference room table during an interview. The signal this sends (no pun intended) is that they’re not focused 100% on the interview. If it does ring, they should apologize and quickly turn it off – without checking to see who called.

2. What to Say - An interview is the best opportunity to sell themselves. Even if their work history only includes summer jobs, what they did in those positions counts. We found that students tended to provide minimal information about their previous jobs saying things like “I just answered the phones”. As we probed we found out that the calls being handled were much more involved – dealing with vendors on past due invoices and prospective students (for those who worked at a college). This stronger answer was more representative of what one student did and more positively positioned her. If they did filing, have them discuss how they organized a filing system, or improved the efficiency (one student physically moved the files to a central place so that more people had access to them.). They should expand on whatever experience they’ve had so that the interviewer gets a sense of how they approach their job.

3. How to Shine – They should fully describe whatever company is on their resume, for example, “I worked for company X, which is headquartered in San Francisco, has 100 employees and about $200 million in sales”. That’s going to demonstrate that they have an understanding of the broad picture of the company. Also, they should be able to give a solid answer to the question, “Why are you interested in working here?”. Examples are, “The company is in an industry that I love” or “You have an impressive client list which means there are a lot of smart people here who I can learn from.”.

4. Tell Us About Yourself - The open-ended questions can often trip up students/recent grads. The best way to handle this question is to right up front say what they are interested in – “I’m interested in the law and here’s why”. They can follow this up by discussing the classes they enjoyed and why.

5. What to Ask - Most twenty-somethings know that they should have a question to ask at the end of the interview. Make sure the question’s a good one. Relate it to the company. An easy thing to do is to check out the company’s website beforehand and read the last few press releases. If the press release is about a new product, ask “How many new products do you typically launch in a year?”. Then follow-up with “Is that typical for your industry?”. Another good question is “Which areas of the company are growing?” that might help the interviewer think of hiring the student for that department.

6. How to Answer “the Weakness” Question – A weakness at this early stage in a career should be a reflection of inexperience, not ineptitude. Students are often stymied by this question, as they are unsure what their true weakness might be. When asked this question, one student blurted out “communication”, which turned out to be untrue. He then suggested “time management”, although this had never been addressed in any previous job. He was making up answers because he thought he had to come up with something. They should figure out an area they really need to work on and position it as making an improvement. For example, they might answer, “What I believe I can improve upon is my efficiency. I need to think more about the process before I start.”.

7. Say What You Can Do - If the interview is not with a specific job in mind, have them give examples of what they can do for the company. This could be working in the mailroom, helping accounts payable, getting sales materials printed up. These are all entry level activities – in different departments – which may prompt the interviewer to think of how this person could fit a need they have.

8. Be Enthusiastic - This is advice for kids of all ages. Have them show enthusiasm about the job, the company and the people they’ve met so far. They should be appreciative of the time spent in the interview and let the interviewer know they’re excited.

9. Get a Business Card - We set up an interview for the son of a friend. After the interview we asked the son who he had met with and he couldn’t remember any one’s name. He had no information with which to email and thank the interviewers. At the conclusion of the interview, have them ask for the person’s business card. This way they can thank the interviewers and let other people in that company know who they’ve already met with.

10. How to Close - At the end of the interview have them thank the interviewer and ask “What do you think would be the next step?”. The interviewer might say they’ll get back to them or might say something like they’re not really hiring right now. If that’s the case, have them get from the interviewer a referral to another person in the same industry. That company might be hiring.

What most of us take for granted, twenty-somethings are learning for the first time. The quicker they can get up to speed the more successful they’ll be in their interviews. A good interview leads to a job, which leads to money, which leads to their own apartment, which leads to freedom for the recent graduates and their parents. 2009-07-17-i.p.emsmile.gif

Do you have a twenty-something interview story to share?

Fred & Gladys
Whelan Stone
Executive Search and Coaching
Authors of GOAL! Your 30 Day Career Plan for Business & Career Success

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Some 911 centers can’t keep tabs on cell phones

July 13th, 2009 admin No comments

Cell phones may lure us with the promise of immediate help in an emergency, but depending on where you live, that promise can go unkept because of inadequate 911 technology.

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No surprise as Wade receives extension offer from Heat

July 13th, 2009 admin No comments

When Dwyane Wade checked his cell phone shortly after midnight Sunday, he got perhaps the most predictable text message of his life.

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Use caution at work on Internet, cell phone

July 13th, 2009 admin No comments
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How To Spam-Proof Your Cell Phone, Inbox

July 12th, 2009 admin No comments

Spam is the bane of PC users everywhere, accounting for more than 90 percent of e-mail. And, now, cell phones are getting spam.

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