Coke Gets First Ever 21to21.com Darwin Website Design Dodo Award

Coke Gets First Ever 21to21.com Darwin Website

Design Dodo Award

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Coke-Cola’s main Website has won the first ever Darwin Website Design Dodo Award ™ for their design of www.Coke.com .

This award is handed out for Website designs that show the best of why Dodo’s are now extinct and only live on in books and stuffed in Museums.   These designs have no branches in their family tree of design and are perhaps best represented by a stick.

The reason why Coke has received the first design award is because of what I thought was a mistake, but Coke’s PR department proceeded to send the following email:

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Hi Anderson,

Hope that you are well.

I’ve confirmed there is not an error on the web page, it was an intentional stylistic design decision.

Have a great afternoon.

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I ended up contacting both Coke and Berkshire Hathaway which is Warren Buffett’s Company which is Coke’s largest stockholder.

The Darwin Website Design Dodo award is not given to necessarily to honest mistakes or even ugly designs, but for those designs that defy common sense.  In this case, they have consciously covered up part of a Logo that could arguably be said to be worth Billions based on whimsy or someone actually not catching it.  For this, Coke’s Website Designers receive the soon to be coveted Darwin Website Design Dodo Award for  a Website.

Here is a picture of it. You be the judge…                  Click on the Image to see it full size.

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You can go here to see the Coke Website Design Live for yourself.

The reason why I feel qualified to hand out this design Award is that I myself have designed some pretty darn ugly and bad designs and this will help remind me and others, perhaps even you, not to do these types of things on a Website.

If you have other designs that you would like to submit, please make a comment below.  I am thinking about awarding a Darwin Website Design Dodo Award on an as needed basis, perhaps even Monthly.

Would love to hear your thoughts…

Cheers,

Anderson

PS  I have to say that the PR people at both Coke and Berkshire Hathaway were very nice and helpful.  I never did speak with the Website designer at Coke though.  Would like to know what was running through their mind when they did this wouldn’t you?

Coke and Coke-Cola are registered trademarks of  The Coca-Cola Company

Google Wave, Wave Of The Future….

Google Wave, have you heard the buzz on Google’s latest to go into limited invitation only beta?  Well, I have been playing in the Sandbox (that is what they really call it by the way) for sometime now and it has the potential to the a category killer much like Explorer was to Netscape and for good reason.

I will do more on this when my eyes are not drooping but think of GoToMeeting going bye, bye as well as a Skype, Vonage, and possibly Twitter, just to name a few.  Think of it as totally making you rethink how you collaborate and work with other people.

Is it there yet?  Nope, but the possibilities are there for you and the companies that  I mentioned maybe really changing the way the do business if they want to stay in business.  A  few others should look out too.  Oh by the way, did I mention that Google Wave is free?

I will post more about it shortly.

Here is a quick video so that you can see why I have been jazzed for a couple of months now.  Want to speak with a client in a different language?  Now you can…  It uses basically the same widget that I have over there to your lower right.  Just scroll down a bit and play with the translation widget.



Profit Consultant – Profits Are Still Out There

gold_eagle_one_ounceProfit Consultant Alert –  Profits are still out there, there is money to be had, it is just hiding….. Quite well in some cases I might add.

And guess what?  Those Profits are going to continue to remain elusive for many.

But for those of you that can separate themselves from the crowd, there is probably just as much money to be made now as there ever was.  This is especially true if you have a Website.

Were you aware that even now, over 65% of businesses out there do not have a Website?  Come on people, there is this new thing called the Internet.  🙂

While many people try and propose that Capitalism is a Zero Sum game in that in order for someone to win, someone else has to lose. Mostly Politicians seem to be doing this a lot while lining their pockets with your money and giving it to their friends.  The way they play it, it is a Zero Sum game but other than in the warped world they live in, it is not. Continue reading Profit Consultant – Profits Are Still Out There

Coke and Berkshire Hathaway UPDATE… Actually Spoke To A Live Person

coke_biggerWell, I left a message at the Coke Public Relations number that I dug up on their site and then I called Berkshire Hathaway and actually got in touch with a nice lady there.  I am sure she thought I was a nut job or something at first, but she did listen to what I had to say and I did email here info on what was going on over at Coke.com .

She also noted that I has misspelled Mr. Buffett’s name wrong, there are 2 Ts in it.  That is what I get for copying his name from another story in the news…  🙂

Anyway, will see how successful she is at kicking things up the chain of command and I will let you know if I here back from Coke’s PR department.

Cheers,

Anderson

PS  I also got a call from someone in Coke’s PR department a bit ago.  Forwarded the info to her as well.  We shall see if we get any movement out of this.  I hope that they do get it fixed. And both ladies that I spoke with were very nice about things.

I Am Calling Coke And Warren Buffet Again Tomorrowt

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Werror Day 6

I Am Calling Coke And Warren Buffett Again Tomorrow….

Ok, this was funny at first, but how in the world can you explain how one of the worlds most well know companies can have an error on their Website (Werror)  for going on a month now?

I could understand it if it was some Mom and Pop operation, but this is a multi-billion dollar company for Pete’s sake.

Has incompetency in the Corporate world reached that of the Government Level?  Man, I sure hope not.

I have to say I am sadly disappointed.  Aren’t you? Ok, well not really.  Perhaps just a little bit anyway.  🙂

Now please note I am picking on them because it is so easy and as the old saying goes, you can hide the truth in plain site or is that on your site?  LOL

So I will try and call both Coke and Warren Buffet (Cokes single largest stockholder through Berkshire Hathaway) again tomorrow and I will let you know the outcome.

And just to keep this in proper perspective, in the scheme of things this is not a big deal, but I hope that if I do something like this, that someone lets me know.

Cheers,

Anderson

You Know You Are An Entrepreneur When…..

When you sign on to you blog after a couple of days of busting your butt and it is 12:01 AM.  LOL   Man, am I digging this stuff.

I pity the poor blokes and blokettes that have never experienced the up and downs of being and Entrepreneur.   Which I might ad is pretty unique thing….

For those regular readers, you know that I have interview Marilyne Woodsmall who is the Author of  of  the book Personality Language.

Well, in another part of a new interview that I did with here, I managed to pull out a tidbit or 7 on Entrepreneurs and what makes them tick.

It turns out that we are pretty rare duck indeed.  It also turns out that we also have some of the same Personality Language traits too that are not all that common.

As soon as I slow down enough to do some editing, I will share them with you.  And I know that I have said this before, but I predict their new way of looking at people and clients will be the cornerstone of the most profitable businesses on the Web over the next 5 years or so.

It is that spot on and new…..

Just got done putting our new product into Beta lockdown for the moment….cool stuff indeed……

More soon I promise.

Working In The Back Room

winslowI have been working on my other project that we are about ready to go with a soft launch on next week.   Well actually we  have a ” Feather Launch” going on right now.   I will put a link up or it early next week so that you can see what I am talking about.  It is the coolest project I have worked on so far for sure.

Should have the new site up sometime next week.  I am digging it too.  Is your site ready for an overhaul?  If so I have some new concoctions for you to make your life a lot easier, less painful, more profitable and I will release some testing results that you can use too.

I am still working on a newer version of my book and as you know, the economy is not getting any better anytime soon.  Most intelligent people realize that Washington is the cause of most of it and they are only making it worse.  The best we can hope for at this time is that they will cease being stupid and doing their level best to destroy what makes America great.

I find it ironic that while Europe is moving away from Socialism having realized the complete failure of it, the people in charge here are hell-bent on making the US a socialist nation and stamping out capitalism on purpose.  There is no other explanation that fits.

With that in mind, it is more important than ever to have all of the tools you can get at your disposal to keep market share and profitability.

I am also going to be bringing in some experts of how to gain clients from overseas.  The US dollar is in danger of toppling to all time lows.  What this means is that dollar you hid in a jar in 2001 is now worth only about 33 cents (based on Gold prices).  Cool huh?  Not so much.  But it does make the things that you sell in dollars attractive price-wise to people overseas.

Have a profitable weekend!

Stay tuned, I have a bunch of goodies coming your way.

Cheers,

Anderson

Needs And Overhaul Almost As Bad As The Drudge Report

OK, well 21to21.com is not quite as bad as the Drudge Report design, but it is getting rather stale. I should have the new Zippy look next week.

Don’t get me wrong, The Drudge report still rocks as far as content and if you really want to find out what is really going on in DC it is the bomb,  but it is about as blahhh design wise as it gets.

It has taken a bit longer than I had anticipated as I have been busy on another project which I will tell you about shortly. And hyperbole aside, it is going to not so subtly change how profitable websites are put together.

So, out with the Old and in with the new. Do you have a favorite website design? Would love to hear about it if you do.

Cheers,
Anderson

Day 22 Of The Coke Werror

werrors_cokeDay 22 of the Coke web error or werror and counting…And I have still not heard anything back from Coke or Warren Buffet.
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The funny thing is that Fast Company is doing a story on Coke design this month.

I am posting the video, the picture, and the iframe so that you can see of which I speak. Basically, their nav bar covers up the bottom 1/4 of their logo.

I did the vid a few weeks ago to explain what I am talking about…

Click On Image To See Full Size

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This should be a live iframe of Coke to see if it is still there.  If you hover over the logo, you can see what is going on.

Anyway, we shall see how much longer this continues. Who would have thunk it would be like this for over 3 weeks and no one at Coke would catch it?

Have you seen any other Werrors out there? If so, let me know about them and we will post them here. I am thinking about doing a regular feature on them once a week.

Cheers,
Anderson