Having been retired for five years now, I have to say, for the most part, it has been great. I get to do what I want when I want and, best of all, I no longer have to get up early and trudge off to work.
Some days at Toronto's only five-diamond hotel, the Ritz-Carlton Toronto, are more memorable than others, though, as the hotel's spa operations manager found out earlier this month. The Ritz spa, called Spa My Blend by Clarins, had been named the World's Best Hotel Spa by Travel + Leisure magazine.
It's hard to argue that most content-based webpages aren't all that annoying, but there is a cost for access and there is a cost for this content that must be paid by the consumers. Whether this is a paid-subscription model to underwrite the profitability of the business or ad-supported as the model, consumers have to accept that advertising and pageviews are going nowhere.
What does Facebook sell? You could say advertising. They sell advertising to the tune of several billions of dollars each and every year. If Facebook is a media company, we then have to ask ourselves: What kind of media channel does Facebook provide and how does it compare to those other media channels?
The famed Nylon magazine has skyrocketed in popularity since its humble beginnings with the American inaugural issue in April 1999. Now, the magazine has taken the world by storm, spreading its reach from New York, to Mexico and finally, here in the sunny island of Singapore.
I have no desire for another daily deal on a pedicure or hair removal, but I am interested in what new businesses in my area are open. And if the experience is great, I'm happy to be a loyal customer. But ultimately it's up to the merchants to build that relationship.