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November 7, 2012

WSJ Follow-up to #Peterffy Ads #election2012

Filed under: Business,Economics,Politics — Chris Chaten @ 3:34 PM

I just wanted to post a quick update to the last post.  Liberals have been skewering Mr. Peterffy, though I think many in this country would be happy to see a candidate (or at least a party) that fits his vision.  Here’s a quote from an article in the WSJ following the election:

“…last night’s results made [Mr. Peterffy] more upset with the ‘extreme right’ for driving away centrist voters.

Mr. Peterffy said he now is considering…creating ‘a political force that is for economic freedom, freedom of choice and pro-environment,’ he said in an email. Issues such as abortion and sexual preference ‘should not be political considerations.'”

Congrats to the Obama campaign on their victory last night.   Ohio may have been ‘bought’ by an auto bail out, but states like Virginia and Florida also stayed blue. The American swing voters were not completely on-board with the bellicose stance taken by the GOP in congress, and the divide-and-conquer strategies of Karl Rove and Grover Norquist were defeated.

Much to learn from this cycle.



August 16, 2012

Sony’s Shady Online Pricing #fakesales #sony

Filed under: Business,Marketing & Advertising,Technology & Internet — Chris Chaten @ 5:05 PM

Take a look at this screen shot taken on 8/16 of the Sony webstore for NEX series lenses:

I took the liberty of pointing out a few things that’d be easily overlooked by the casual user.  The lenses on the page all have the prices in grey crossed out and replaced by a large blue ‘bargain’ price.

This style is common on the web (and in brick-and-mortar) when the store wants to highlight a sale price.  It seems Sony liked the idea so much that they decided to do this with every price on their website, including, for some reason, when they have chosen to raise the price.

This doesn’t seem to be occurring on the entire site.  I’m hoping this is an honest glitch that automates style changes after price changes.  However, it seems very shady.


August 6, 2012

Politicians Sliding a Slippery Slope with Chick-fil-A #chickfila

Filed under: Business,Economics,Politics — Chris Chaten @ 4:05 PM

Here’s the deal, history will prove Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy’s position on gay marriage is a losing one.  A Chicago Alderman agrees, as does the mayor of Boston.  But that’s not the point.

The reaction of our elected officials is.  Politicians have taken a very dangerous position of blocking private enterprise based on the political views of the folks running the company.  It’s not as if Chick-fil-A refuses to serve gays or otherwise discriminates.  It merely has a corporate culture that doesn’t align with the values of the individual politician.

I cannot agree with Cathy’s position,  but I also cannot support blocking private enterprise in this fashion.  Political viewpoints should not be used as a screen for business.   The market needs to decide, not politicians.  If we held every business to this standard, Californians should take a closer looks at their beloved In-N-Out.  The views of the Snyder family are likely pretty close to that of Cathy.

Surprisingly, NYC Mayor Bloomberg, Mr. No-Large-Soda-for-You, agrees.  He said it’s not “[the government’s role] to look at somebody’s political views and decide whether or not they can live in the city, or operate a business in the city, or work for somebody in the city.”




June 21, 2012

Tipping Policy

Filed under: Business,Economics — Chris Chaten @ 2:32 PM



November 22, 2011

. @GrubHub Introduces Loyalty ‘Game': Yummy Rummy

Filed under: Business,Marketing & Advertising — Chris Chaten @ 4:17 PM

As a minor addict of the food delivery website GrubHub, I’ve been awaiting the day they served up a rewards program.  Today, as I went to order, I noticed an update to the site to include this thing called ‘Yummy Rummy’.

After 3 orders, you get a ‘play’ at the game, and you can win credits off future orders, food items, and even free food for a year.  It’s an interesting twist on a standard points-based loyalty program.

(I chose the chocolate cake. Not sure if it’s a coincidence, but I won a free dessert.)

It was a bit glitchy, as it didn’t deduct from my available games right away or show my prize in my account.  I’m sure they’ll work this out.  A few things of note:

-It’s based on orders, not dollars spent.

-This will likely be less costly to them than a passive rewards system, as you have to play the game and use the credits.

-Instead of food prizes, I prefer straight cash, homey.

It’s a good step for my favorite Chicago-based web start-up. Eat up.