2009: An interesting year for idaconcpts

Hello idaconcpts readers,

Happy New Year! I apologize for the delay since my last post at idaconcpts.com but work has been quite busy (which is always a good thing!).  I still cannot believe that it has been almost 6 months since I started this web analytics blog.  The response has been quite positive, as the following chart shows:

Number of monthly readers at idaconcpts.com

Number of monthly readers at idaconcpts.com

Back in August 2008, this web analytics blog only had a bit over 200 readers but those numbers grew much larger because of the ongoing discussion about the key players of the photo sharing industry (Flickr, Photobucket, Snapfish, Shutterfly, and Slide).  The use of great SEO and SEM tools such as StumbleUpon and Twitter, (my username is @idaconcpts and the username of the account of my company is @ilovephotos) combined with useful examples of web analytics tools such as Google Analytics, Google Trends, and Google Ad Planner, have brought a lot of people to idaconcpts to put ideas and concepts to work in web analytics.

An important update for this blog in 2009 is that it will migrate to another hosting company because I am getting quite irritated that I cannot implement a lot of useful Java script widgets while hosted at WordPress (e.g. here for a discussion about installing Google Analytics while hosted at WordPress.com).  Also, I really want to install my Twitter badge here and, under the current hosting status, I can’t.

Regarding the number of Mac users worldwide, the question is still up in the air, but I had interest from Gartner, Inc. (@gartner_inc). I am still pushing the 80 million number for Mac users worlwide, what do you think?  The Macworld 2009 keynote brought very little light into this issue and I am still looking for validation of this statistic.

On a personal note, what the Macworld 2009 keynote brought was a lot of heated competition for us at iLovePhotos.  The new release of iPhoto09 caught us by surprise, particularly the “Faces” update.  Some people say that a pictures speaks louder than a 1,000 words, so let’s give it a try.

iPhoto9 “Faces”:

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tagging-faces

I know that the second shot is a bit overwhelming, but I am heavy user of iLovePhotos and I have a lot of tags already.

We live in a competitive market and the reality is that if it hadn’t be Apple, it would have been somebody else (e.g. et tu Picasa?).  The important point is, in the own words of Seth Godin (page 108 of Tribes):

The only thing that makes people and organizations great is their willingness to be not great along the way.  The desire to fail on the way to reaching a bigger goal is the untold secret to success.

2009 will surely be an interesting year and I am really looking forward to it because adversity always brings the best out of people.

Here at idaconcpts, I promise to be bring you the most interesting, up-to-date articles about web analytics and web marketing.  I look forward for your comments this 2009.

Cheers,

Damian

Ideas and concepts from Damian Davila, Ecuatoriano thriving in Hawaii. Pro marketer and blogger.

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