Wednesday, March 10, 2010

La Cense Beef Deals & Coupon Codes

My Product Review

For a limited time La Cense Beef is offering 4 free steakburgers with purchase of $75 or more when you use the coupon code ATSB75A at checkout! I've ordered burgers and steaks and tried 'em out. I don't want to just put some ads and links out there about something I have not tried myself. Well, I must report that La Cense Beef steaks are on par with some of the best steaks I have ever had. Grass fed beef tends to be leaner than grain fed and so cooking time becomes a bit more critical. I have to admit the first steak I cooked I overdid it a bit. Hey I was watching the Bulls game :). Well after this first trial and error the results were wonderful. The taste of the steaks and burgers had a very deep and hearty beef flavor. Well I'm no food critic, by any stretch, but I do love gourmet foods and have tried many many steaks. I have to say that La Cense Beef steaks are the best steaks I have ever had delivered to my home. I highly recommend them.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Are We Too Connected?

I have asked myself, and others, this question many times. It all started with the answering machine. Then we had emails, mobile phones, and now mobile phones with emails. We now have Twitter, & ppl posting constantly about their lives. It isn't that I don't see how it could benefit this blog, but simply put, quite a bit of the time I don't give a da-- that you are sitting in Starbucks reading a book. Unless of course there is some benefit to me from that information, such as you are a friend I'm meeting for coffee. Also, I really don't figure you give a da-- that I am sitting somewhere either. I understand Twitter goes beyond that, but you get the point. I use twitter, and yes I've posted that I was sitting in a Starbucks.

So we have people running around with their iPhones and Crackberries worried they are missing emails, phone calls, and text messages. They are doing this while listening to music and Twittering away. With all of the social networking apps for the new smart phones, I have to admit I do love my iPhone, they are probably running an app that allows them to geotag the picture they just took, just before playing live poker and chatting with other players....

There are times when we all need to just unplug, turn off, disconnect, and chill out. What do you think? Are we just a bit toooo connected? Do we let all of these so called time savers actually suck up our time responding to and posting useless bits of information? You should read the The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferris and see how he handles his time. You might like what you read...enjoy.

What do you think? Are we just a bit toooo connected? Do we let all of these so called "time savers" actually suck up our time responding to and posting useless bits of information? What do you feel are the positives & negatives of living in such a connected world?

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Monday, September 28, 2009

eCPM - What It Is And How To Use It

I have been asked this question several times and noticed it posted recently so here is a quick explanation of what the eCPM means in adsense. I also calculate this for my other contextual advertising programs as it a very useful tool.

eCPM is "effective cost per thousand." The m is a holdover, I'm assuming, from manufacturing where it is "cost per million." It is basically estimated earnings for every thousand impressions received. Don't be fooled by excessively high numbers at the start because as your sample size, i.e. impressions, increase your eCPM will most likely drop.

eCPM is calculated by dividing your earnings by your impressions in thousands.

earnings
-------------- x 1000 = eCPM
impressions

I use it to compare ad units to help find optimal color, size, left/right placement etc.

example:

ad unit 1 has 500 impressions with earnings of $2.00 giving you an eCPM of $4.00. ad unit 2 received 400 impressions with earnings of 1.75 for an eCPM of $4.38.

This means that if you received 1000 impressions for ad unit 1 you would earn rougly $4.00 and for ad unit 2 roughly $4.38. Assuming your sample size is large enough to give you statistical significance it would be to your advantage to switch to ad unit 2 as they would generate more revenue per thousand.


hope this helps

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Shel Israel, Author & Social Media Expert, Discusses Twitter

Watch Shel Israel, Author and social media expert, discus Twitter &its far-reaching potential in the business world.

Shel Israel's Twitterville Part 1



Shel Israel's Twitterville Part 2



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Methinks We Doth Protest Too Much? Do You?

Have you all seen this video of a flash mob protest @ a Bay area Whole Foods? Sorta funny. What do you think? Do Americans protest too much or not enough? Have you ever been involved in a peaceful protest? Not peaceful?



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