I had the chance to lead/captain the IGA Worldwide/nextNY dodgeball team last week at Chelsea Piers.Â Our team, comprised of Brian, Noel, Andrew, Ashley, Christina, Kenny, and myself ended up in 3rd place which was a huge triumph!Â We fought off teams from AOL, MSN, Google, Happy Corp, Flavorpill, Yahoo, and Root.net and had an amazing time while doing it!
Special thanks to the Root.net folks who joined us in the later rounds as our team members had to leave.Â Looking forward to the next one!Â Congrats to MSN for winning the trophy!Â Â Â Â
I spent 30 minutes with PersonalDNA this morning. One of my colleagues has taken a Myers-Briggs assessment and wanted me to do so as well, but I had heard of PersonalDNA thru another colleague and decided to try. My results are pretty good- I agree with most of the things that they have assessed.
If you’d like to review my report, please click here. Feel free to shoot me an email if you agree/disagree with the assessment.
I normally do not review music on my blog, but there is a band that I can’t stop listening to, called The Fray.Â Their first release, on Epic Records (2005), titled “How To Save a Life” scored a 3/5 stars in Rollingstone.Â I wholeheartedly disagree.
The style of the band is: Keane meets Coldplay at a trendy lounge and the guys from the Counting Crows are standing in the near distance.Â The guitars have some fabulous “simple” riffs and the piano carries the band through their songs.Â I’m partial to the song, “Little House” as it reminds me of a classical music song (partial to Beethoven as I studied him).Â
I can see the band opening for O.A.R, Twin-A, Matt Nathanson, Ari Hest, the Clarks and obviously Keane (however, may be too similiar).
I am trying to score a ticket or two to the February 22, 2006 concert at the Bowery Ballroom here in NYC.Â Anyone have an extra?
Traveling again…was out of the NY office yesterday and visiting/working with our technology team in Connecticut…and today, heading up to Boston on a business trip but will be back in the office tomorrow morning.Â I’ll be working on a few postings whilst laying low for the 4.5 hour trip.Â Will post soon!Â
Iâm currently reading The Future of Music by David Kusek and Gern Leonhard as Iâm extremely fascinated by the digital music space. I dabbled in the digital music downloading space back in 2001 when Dynamify Records setup our own indie-distribution label and provided forth our own payment systems and DRM. After 6 months running Dynamify Records as a distribution only service, we shut it down due internal re-organization.
So, Iâm back taking a look at the space and see many applications for it. Growing up, we had Hotwire, Morpheus, Kazaa, eDonkey, EasyNews, and many other P2P and usenet programs that allowed the very simple downloading of whatever type of file you can imagine.
Today, some of these services still exist, but organizations like the RIAA are going after users with lawsuits if they are illegally downloading owned IP. In the music industry, this is a very big deal as Britney Spears and Eminem have publicly said that illegal downloading is wrong â whereas, The Greatful Dead and Franz Ferdinand have publicly said itâs beneficial for the bands.
One of the points the book brings up is that content is not king. Anyone has access to content.Â Kusek and Leonhard argue that the customer is King Kong and service is Godzilla. Interesting notion.Â
ITunes is successful because it has the hardware and software that allows for the distribution of media efficiently.Â Services like Rhapsody and Napster donât have the same simple process as Apple for downloading and storing on a portable media consumption device and thus are runners up to iTunes. When you own both the hardware (iPod) and software (iTunes), you can become a lot more effective in the distribution of your music than just owning one end of the value chain.
Itâs my belief that iTunes will convert to a hybrid payment model that will include subscription and pay-per-download to compete with Napster and all of the other subscription services. It is not cost beneficial to fill up your ipod with $10,000 worth of AAC files. Way too expensive.Â Iâd be one of the first subscribers to their catalog if they would offer a subscription serviceâ¦why not? Itâs comingâ¦.
Today was a major press day as I was featured as the spotlight interview on the release of Adotas.com.Â The interview can be found here.Â If you read the article, I dont know how much I look like Pete Sampras, but as a major tennis fan and coming from a tennis family, I highly respect it.Â Also, IGA Partners was written up in Crains New York Business Journal [subscription required] and Clickz.com.Â Lots of amazing press and a lot more to follow shortly.
I’ll be back in NYC on Friday and will be back to posting regularly then.Â Hang tight.Â (currently in Los Angeles and Santa Monica)
A co-worker here at IGA Partners recommended I read Madison & Vine as he knows that I love business books.Â Madison & Vine is an Ad Age book so it gave it some extra credibility in my eyes. Going into this book, I had very high expectations for it due to the referral and the publisher.
I read about 10 pages a night *if that* due to my attention span, however, I was able to finish this ~180 page book within 4 days.Â The overall topics within the book are extremely interesting, but would I recommend this to a friend?Â Yes AND no.Â Yes- if they are not already in the entertainment/marketing industry and/or they are just starting out and have less than 3-5 years experience.Â i would NOT recommend this book to someone who is a thought leader in this space, as most of the text is very redundant and if you believe entertainment and marketing could work together, this book may seem pretty elementary.Â
There are some excellent interviews within the book however.Â The interviews aren’t in your typical Q&A fashion but they are written out within the text.Â I happened to like some of the quotes and case studies – and I’ll probably bring them up in different capacities (client meetings, internal meetings, conventions, etc).
I’d love to sit down with Scott Donovan (author) and pick his brands further, maybe a bit further for the folks involved within the industry since the start….
Thought I’d post this on the blog… Twin-A is playing the Mercury Lounge here in NYC at 8:30pm EST on Friday (tomorrow).Â I’ll be hosting co-workers, friends, and colleagues at the show.Â Lots of great industry minds coming out to support one of the hottest and upcoming acts of the last 2 years.Â You can check out Twin-A at http://www.twin-a.com or http://www.myspace.com/twina
“IN OR OUT” -heard on MTV’s Power Girls (March 2005)
âFIRECRACKERâ? â heard on Dawsonâs Creek
âBEAUTIFUL ONESâ? â heard on Dawsonâs Creek
âYOUR LITTLE SECRETâ? â heard on NBCâs Superstars
âBEAUTIFUL ONESâ? heard on NBCâs Superstars
âYOUR LITTLE SECRETâ? â heard on MTV RoadRules.
“FOREVER AND A DAY” – heard on and performed live on Metro TV
Let me know if you’re coming out to support – if you find me, I’ll buy you a drink!Â I’ll be arriving around 7:30/45 and staying throughout the set.Â If we get enough people to show from IGA Partners/Dynamify, we’ll all go out afterwards.Â Happy Holidays.
About once per month, I immerse myself in a full 2 days of re-reading all of the blogs, research, reports, and interviews that I accumulate over the month.Â This month, it took place at the Soy Luck Club in the West Village of NYC, as well, as a new found coffee place, thanks to Mr. Andrew Sispoidis, Jacks (West Village, NYC).Â
I have conversed with Joseph Jaffe, the famous author of, “Life After the 30 Second Spot,” as well, as immersed myself with documentation from Malcom Gladwell, Josh Rubin, Steve Jobs, Steve Ballmer, the folks at Jupiter Research, Forrestor, Nielsen, Fishtank Brand Advertising, and many others.Â Coming out of this weekend, I am seeing that collaboration is a major aspect to any new technology/consumer play within the marketplace moving forward and the future of games is multi-platform, something that I’ve been proactive about for a long time.
Lots of the research and reports I came across are different variations of last month’s news, as well, as duplicated postings from blogs – but all in all, it’s been a great 48 hours.Â I’m starting to favor Joseph Jaffe’s GetTheJuice located at http://www.getthejuice.com.Â He’s putting some good ideas down on his blog – certainly check it out.
For those of us who can only watch maybe 30minutes to 1hr of television per week, we need to be very selective of the shows we choose to watch.Â There is one show, Family Guy, that I try not to miss.Â I find it extremely hilarious and usually get a good laugh based on the jokes and product placements within.Â I have found a hiarious clip online that should put a smile on your face: