This picture was going to be the header for this blog until wiser people talked me out of it. That is the view from the deck off our living room. You’re looking down Tamalpais Valley and seeing the hills of Tiburon, CA. This was one of those mornings when the fog was clinging to San Francisco Bay and rising maybe 100 feet off the surface. Yes, I love this house! So, with this post, I’ll start sharing my view and views…
I keep bookmarking things with a tag to share and just haven’t gotten around to it. I need to change that and might as well start today with what I’m calling my “Shared Views.” It will be just things that strike me as interesting from the myriad of things I read each week, with a special focus on my friends who blog and teach me stuff every day.
- Pinterest: I have done some poking around on Pinterest. I have to admit I don’t completely understand the fascination, but Shelly Kramer had an enlightening post this week: Pinterest: Quietly Making Money From Your Pins? Like Shelly, I’m all for sites making money because I do know that is a business imperative, but I do wish they’d be open and upfront about it. Let me decide if I want to be part of it. And, for the record, my friend Maggie McGary doesn’t seem care. She just loves her some Pinterest. You decide. They’re both smarter than I am.
- Agency Training Programs: I know from experience how hard it is to find the time and resources for professional development in an agency environment, but it has to be a priority and I’m glad to find Ken Jacobs (@kensviews) talking about it (in spite of the mutual ‘views’). Ken is a rather new addition to my RSS feed. Thank you, Gini Dietrich, for the Spin Sucks #FollowFriday Recommendation. Anyone in a leadership position at an agency who wants a successful business really must read Ken’s series on Designing Your Agency’s Training Program. Find a way to make it happen. You won’t regret it.
- What is Facebook really worth?: There was so much talk about this recently that it is hard to decide where to start. Facebook’s initial filing leaves plenty of wiggle room, but most people are putting the valuation at $50 to $100 billion. You have to be kidding me! Google’s current valuation is an earnings multiple of 20 to one. Apple gets around 13 to one. Facebook wants 50 to 100 to one? Seriously? Here’s the New York Times Deal Book look at it. But my favorite post, if you have access to it, came from Holman Jenkins at the Wall Street Journal. I’d say the only way to profit from this stock would be to buy it at the offer price with the right to sell it in the frenzy of the first day. So I won’t be buying this stock anytime soon unless they give it to me because, like you, I am the product they’re selling–and I’m not betting on how much they can earn from exploiting what we share.
I hope you find this interesting or even useful. If you can’t access the Wall Street Journal and really want to read the article use the contact form to send me your email address.