Friday, December 25, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Product search is such a critical feature of most sites and is lacking in many as the product inventory grows... Google brings another solution to the table -however at a serious price!
"The pricing model for Google Commerce Search is based on the number of products/items (SKUs) in your data feed and the number of search queries entered on your site each year. Pricing starts at $50,000 per year."
I think we can improve store search for a price that is far less...
"Visitors spend an average of just eight seconds before deciding whether or not to remain on a website, so having a good search tool is important for turning visitors into buyers. Google Commerce Search is hosted by and uses Google search technology to make online retail searching both fast and customizable"
- Official Google Blog: Introducing Google Commerce Search: Finding holiday gifts faster (view on Google Sidewiki)
Very excited about the Flock/Univision.com partnership. This is a good reach into a growing vibrant and social market that has been under served! A sign of things to come!in reference to:
"Of the 22 Million Hispanics who are online today, 40% frequently spend time on social networks like Facebook, MySpace and Twitter. With the Univision Edition of Flock, this vibrant and fast-growing community can now remain connected to their friends, their favorite social networks, and stay up to date with the best Spanish content available from Univision."
- Flock Browser - Flock Teams Up With Univision To Distribute Spanish Language Flock Browser | Flock (view on Google Sidewiki)
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
I’d like to share with you an opportunity. Good things are worth sharing in our journey of faith... I invite you to take this opportunity to join us and help us minister to ‘the least of these’.
In 2007, I first went with to Nicaragua with Tim Skinner and a great group of men! This December, I'm exciting to return with a group that includes my son Jordan!!
The PROJECT: Christmas Gift Bag Distribution and feeding programs and documentary work in coordination with Vision Nicaragua and “Children of Destiny” orphanages with Missionary Sandy Carter.
My challenge to you:
· To Pray as the Holy Spirit directs
· To Give as God prompts
· To consider going on a future trip this Spring or Summer
· To share this opportunity to make a difference with others
Locations in Nicaragua: Bethel, Managua, Jinotega, Los-Cedros, Los Brasilias
When: Dec 5th through the 13th
Cost per team member (all inclusive): $1500. Includes: Materials & supplies for the feeding locations/orphanage, flight, food, housing, resources for the children of Nicaragua, supplies for the Christmas outreaches.
Mission/Ministry focus: Reaching remote communities and orphanages with the love of Jesus and Vision Nicaragua Christmas Gift Bags-food and blessing with resources, building relationships with the Nicaraguan people, and providing ministry/celebration time for the kids at the orphanage and pre school feeding center.
Additional goals: Bringing all of our supporters and friends and family along on the internet via Facebook, Youtube my blog at and the VisionNicaragua.org blog!!! Documenting the work of VisionNicaragua and the missionaries and organizations doing great work in Nicaragua!
Go with us in prayer! I really covet your prayers. I recognize prayer is the ‘air cover’ without the ‘airfare’. Many of you are on this list specifically because I know you are prayer warriors. I will confess I am still a bit anxious about being away from family and our internet retail business in December. My prayer is that the business will be stronger and even more profitable as a result and will help provide for many more such trips.
Be a part of the team by giving financially as the Holy Spirit prompts. Many of you know the team and the mission we are visiting and your giving will go directly to benefit the children. This mission will be to complete a feeding location, kitchen and shelter where the children will be fed and led by a team of Nicaraguans. During feeding times, the leaders also share the Gospel the love of Christ with the children and give hope...
Checks made out to:
My Church: Highland Christian Church
Our sending organization: Vision Nicaragua or give online at VisionNicaragua.org
I do apologize for the short notice; our departure is only weeks away (Dec 5th). If you want to invest in the future of Nicaragua, please send your check today to:
PO Box 2172
Fairview NC 28730
In the note line of your check please simply mark the word “December Missions Trip”. Please do not put my name on the check.
Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. James 1:26-27 (NKJV)
Monday, June 1, 2009
This is the must attend conference of the year for our E-tailers! Over the years, this conference continues to grow and improve!IRCE 2009 Conference & Exhibition
The Internet Retailer 2009 Conference & Exhibition offers a wide variety of conference registration options, all of which have been priced at last year's levels even as the content of the conference has been greatly increased.
FastPivot is scheduling appointments with current clients and partners! Call 828-225-8883 x1 and talk to Colin for an appointment with one of our team in Boston!
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Fight of Our Life Health Tour-Kirk Franlin Partnering with AHA 4 Stroke Awareness! How cool is this!
Given that I have close friends whose lives have been altered by stroke, I am excited to see more awareness developing on avoiding, treating and dealing with stroke.
I'm also proud to be associated with one of FastPivot's newest community-ecommerce strategy clients StrokeResources.com! This community will help develop a support network of resources of those whose lives have been altered by the effects of stroke.
I'm very proud that Kirk Franklin would partner with the American Heart Association! Even more that AHA would choose to partner with Kirk!!!!
Lets all go to the concerts and support them, shall we!!!?? Bring them to the Carolinas or ATL for us!! !
Go Kirk! I'm crankin' up the Fight of My Life on the speakers right NOW IN CELEBRATION !!
Fight of Our Life Health Tour
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Saturday, April 25, 2009
Around one hundred folks participated in the HayMed Triathlon today around the Haywood Regional Medical Center in Clyde, NC. The weather and conditions couldn't have been better! The staggered (300 yd) swim start makes it truly a race against the clock, but everyone raved about the ease of the swim and the beauty of the bike (10mi) course (sans hill from last year).
The 5k run on the other hand didn't disappoint for those looking for a challenge. What would a mountain tri course be without a couple hills worthy of respect, especially for flat landers?
This was a good early season baseline for many and had quite a few first time triathletes! The great thing about sprint tris, is that almost anyone can complete one! I love them because they are such a great celebration of life, wellness rolled in with a healthy dose of challenge!
This is the third event of the Asheville Tri Grand Prix Series a points series for AshevilleTri.com members to enjoy racing throughout the season. Consider checking out the next three events coming up:
- Xterra Uwharrie Triathlon May 3
- Clemson Triathlon May 16
- Enka Triathlon @Biltmore Lake June 13
Results forthcoming at The Asheville Tri Club Website-Blog
For more photos visit...
Great job Gloryhound Events, Setup Events and our thanks to the Haywood Regional Medical Center and Fitness for hosting such a great event!
Sunday, January 4, 2009
In a few weeks, we will have another President. History is being made and he will face unparalleled economic and political challenges . I am expectant, hopeful and encouraged by the changes but I am quite concerned that the "Hope" he represents to many will be a high (and perhaps even impossible ) bar to attain.
This New Years Eve, we spent in Naples, Fla watching the sunset with some family and friends. It was awesome! Despite the fact that the value of Naples real estate has evaporated, there was still a beautiful celebration of the New Year arriving.
On the beach, as the sunset disappeared into the water, I was grateful and filled with joy and hope for our future. Not because we have a new President, or new administration or even because of the economic stimulus package is coming. I am hopeful because the sunrise and the sunset are daily dramatic reminders that God is still in control. No matter the temporal circumstances, there is another level to things that we may perceive but don't always see or understand. I am reminded that if we put our faith and hope in things that are temporal or even in very talented people, ultimately we will be disappointed. I'm also reminded that being challenged and uncomfortable aren't necessarily bad things. So as we enter 2009 boldly, let us consider these words from the Message:
"Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced out into the open and shows its true colors. So don't try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way."
The current state of America will not respond to a quick fix. Fundamental truths, values and foundations must be re-established for any change to be lasting.
So may each of us learn lessons from our past, be prepared to work through the process and show our 'true colors' of what it is to live a life worth living. May God help us become a nation worth following again by collectively reestablishing faith, hope and value in things that are good and true. These are the things that ultimately will stand the test and tides of time.