Shopify Traffic

I opened my Shopify store, Karen Tiede Studio, in March. I was pleasantly surprised to log in yesterday and see this message on my dashboard:

Shopify Traffic Message

Shopify Traffic Message

I need to do more research to see if I can find a few more anchor points. I know that half of all the stores that are started, are published (which means that half never make it out of the gate). Shopify tells me today that there are 230,185 stores using the platform.

Stay tuned. There’s an 80/20 analysis waiting to happen around here somewhere.

Dragontree Planner Review

Selected pages from the Dragontree Planner.

I collect planners. More hope is sold in the planner aisle at Staples than at Max Factor… The NEXT planner will solve my problems…. the NEXT planner will make me organized. (Heck, I get as much benefit from last year’s calendars as I do from a new planner; they all have value. Often, I don’t […]

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Knitters Do Math

Working on Ring 7, with 24 hearts, in gold mohair.

I had my hula hoops in the infield at the 2016 Clyde Fest, Bynum ballpark, on Saturday. When you’re in a 10 x 10 tent at an event like this, lots of your friends will stop by and talk to you. I got on the topic of 8020 with one of my friends. He was […]

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What did I come here for?

What did I come in here to do?

Once more, with feeling. You go into Facebook for some business reason. It’s your job. You see something in the feed… you click… and five minutes later, you need a string or a trail of breadcrumbs to figure out what it was you were actually supposed to be doing. I need to write stickies to […]

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80/20 on Tech

ViewSonic monitor, installed.

I needed to install a new monitor so I could test it and write a review.  Using a stand-alone monitor meant I needed a separate keyboard; couldn’t use the one on my laptop.  Bought the keyboard.  Tested it.  Fine. Opened the monitor box; carefully slid the Styrofoam packing out of the cardboard and onto the […]

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Keep Your Enemies Closer

Wake Up Wednesday PM at the Pittsboro Roadhouse

(Admitted, I spend too much time on Quora, and now I’m trying to at least get some business value from that time.) Last week, I saw this question: Am I right to remove competitors from a company event? No, dear heart, you are not right. My answer: Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. […]

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2 @ 21 <> 1 @ 42

Business Plans from Jenkins MIE 410

Several friends met on Thursday to listen to presentations from undergraduate business majors in the NCSU Jenkins School of Management, MIE 410: Business Opportunity Analysis class, aka “Pitching.” It’s fun. Today, on Quora, I found this question:  What is your advice for two 21 year old entrepreneurs? This is easy.  My answer: In short?  You need a […]

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Facebook Image Layouts

Layout defaults for images attached to Facebook posts: It's all in the aspect ratio of the first image selected.

A client asked me about how Facebook decided how to display images in posts. Sometimes it worked right, and sometimes it didn’t. I had noticed the same thing, but I’m selling products, not running for office, and getting a politician’s pictures displayed correctly is more important. A little bit of research led to Daniel Coleman’s […]

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Social Selling for Red Hat

Fountain in Detroit airport.

NCSU’s Technical Training Solutions unit was asked to develop a Social Selling class for Red Hat’s sales employees. Martin Brossman, Greg Hyer, and Karen Tiede worked together to develop a six-hour course, with an additional set of homework to be completed outside of class. Holly Sullenger, director of TTS, travelled with me to Palo Alto […]

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80/20 and the Dog Washing Machine

Heading for the door after his bath.

The 80/20 rule says that 80% of the water distributed during a dog washing exercise will be distributed by 20% of the dogs. Wooster stepped up to be the water distributor extraordinaire. I was dry until his turn. (He’s a dog who shakes while he is being sprayed.) Pound for pound, he’s closer to 26% […]

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