Monthly Archives: January 2008

Loyalty and Ethics

In today’s world, loyalty and commitment does not apear to be as important. To some, loyalty an commitment is who you are and what their company is about. In life, these qualities are easy to spot and easier to follow.

In corporate life, that line can get clouded or diffused. My life is governed by my faith and all things fall around it. No, it does not mean I am perfect or better than others, by any means.

Others will judge you by your actions and will call you out for not being who you ae and profess to be. This is a good thing for the ones who are really trying to follow the right path…. Ahhhh…the right path….what is the right path? We all want and long to know what the right path is. Occassionally, we need to be reminded or called out on our actions.

 I do my best to apply these principals to my family and business.  On a daily basis, it is not easy. I assure you that you are much more content at the end of the day by following this mindset. 

I am reading a book by an old friend, Larry Clarke, called “The Rules of Five”, which if followed, pretty much keep anyone in line.

The Five rules to live by are –

  • Create a Safe Space
  • Honor All Agreements
  • Be Supportive
  • Keep Exchanges In Balance
  • Tell the Truth

My challenge is my family, in having patience with them. It’s funny, one in business has no problem bending over backwards for customers, but when it comes to your family…. you really have to work at it. I love my family, and I have been married as of this note, 22 years…and intend to be another 22 years +.

My Lord Jesus Christ and Rules of Five are good things.

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Ecommerce… again.. where is it going?

I have been involved with Ecommerce since 1997 and from then until now, it has evolved, but remained steady.
There are many companies in the game, but there are so many components involved in brining good useful tools, along with reliable services, that most do not have the experience and the acquired knowledge to really service them. I am speaking of Email Marketing, Web Stats, PPC, SEO, and just plain flexible services, that will integrate together.

Our company has been blessed with the same core support staff since 1999 or earlier. This brings great value to a customer that has been bounced from hosting company to hosting company, trying to find a partner that has not been sold or just plain lost focus. To a Ecommerce vendor or store owner, loyalty is big once they find a company that is not just about money. YourHost.com is truly blessed with a great team. We are not perfect, but we are committed and will do just about anything to keep our customers online and services working, so they can make money.

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Streaming and SKU Streaming Flash

I was reviewing SilverDock.com that was an Ecommerce SKU-driven Embedded stream for active selling. They have Amazon as one of there customers. I think this will work for some products and services but not for all.

Live streaming and streaming on demand as become very popular and serious streaming can be costly. There are many companies out there but only two companies are available at the time of this posting, Internap / VitalStream and Limework Networks. Both are good, and one has a better back-end for on-the-fly setup.

Years ago, you could not get anyone to integrate streaming and Ecommerce. That space is starting to change and evolve. I am going to be recommending this service and will embrace it as an affordable form of Ecommerce SKU Streaming. more later…