Car Logo Ripoffs from Around the World.

The Chinese have long been known for their ability to duplicate products and technologies in record time and bring them to market faster and more cheaply than any established manufacturer could ever dream. But whereas we may only see the Chinese as the great product knock-off  artists that they are, we often overlook other countries’ abilities when it comes to the fine art of the R&D (Rip-off & Duplicate) as is demonstrated by these fine car logo creations from around the world (but mostly China).

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BMW (Bavaria) vs.  BYD (China).

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Lamborghini (Italy) vs. Arash (UK)

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Mazda (Japan) vs. Haima (China)

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Aston Martin (England) vs. Hyundai Genesis (Korea)

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Toyota (Japan) vs. Changan(China)

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Toyota (Japan) vs. Jincheng, (China)

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Toyota(Japan) vs. Xiali (China)

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Toyota (Japan) vs. Merry (China)

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Infinity (Japan) vs. Chery (China)

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Infinity (Japan) vs. Suzhou (China)

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Infinity (Japan) vs.  Huaxiang (China)

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Mercedes (Germany) vs.  BAW (China)

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Oldsmobile (USA) vs. Mahindra (India)

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Oldsmobile (USA) vs. First Auto Works (China)

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Subaru (Japan) vs. Jiangnan, (China)

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Pegaso (Spain) vs. Carlsson (Germany)

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Jeep vs. Geep (The Philippines)

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99 Ways to make money doing photography.

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I have been taking pictures for a long time, and over the years I’ve learnt a lot and have hopefully gotten better – at least I’d like to think so [laugh] but recently I decided to convert my passion into my business. Where did I start:

– Making sure I had a the (affordable – thank you Ebay) equipment to cover a wide range of photography challenges

– Created a photography website and blog (using WordPress ofcourse)

– Put together a list of all the ways I could make money as a photographer (see the list below – largely taken from howtoadvice.com)

– Made a list of all the marketing opportunities I could think of

99 Ways to make money doing photography.

SPECIAL EVENTS

1. Photograph local vocational school graduates

2. Wedding photographer

3. Photograph large parties

4. Photograph at banquets

5. Prom and graduation photos

6. Photograph fashion shows

7. Photograph trade shows

8. Wedding videos

9. Photograph grand openings & launches

10. Photograph local performances

11. Commencement day photographs

PEOPLE

12. Take pictures of people mounted on a horse

13. Make Polaroid pictures of seamen going abroad

14. Take pictures of people wearing special costumes

15. Photograph people on a fancy motorcycle

16. Take pictures of people in nightclubs

17. Take pictures on the beach

18. Antique photo shop – produce 1890’s type portraits for the “nostalgic crazy”

19. Take I.D. photos

20. Take passport photos

21. Specialize in legal photography

22. Produce community yearbooks

23. Produce company year books

24. Produce composites for models, actors and actresses

25. Photo fund raising

26. Take slow-motion sports film for athletes

27. Take executive portraits

28. Photograph children on a pony

29. Take portraits of children in department stores or malls

30. A day in a child’s life – an album of 30 pictures

31. School photography

32. Santa Claus portraits

33. Traveling industrial photographer

34. Illustrate manufacturers’ sales manuals and catalogs

35. Illustrate manufactures’ sales manuals and catalogs

36. Public relation photos for business

37. Photograph store fronts

38. Produce progress photos on construction sites

39. Real estate photography

40. Produce illustrated promotional brochures for business firms, hotels, etc.

41. Interior decorator’s photographer

42. Photograph in-store merchandise displays

ON THE ROAD

43. Foreign fashion photography for textile and fashion manufacturers

44. Photograph tourists in famous places

45. Summer camp photographer

46. Roving festival photographer

47. Sell scenic prints to gift shops and hotels

48. Offer personalized vacation photo packages to resort clients

49. Sell slide shows of interesting places or subjects

50. Build a mobile portrait studio in a trailer or van

51. Be a slide-show lecturer on different subjects and geographic locations

MAKING NOVELTIES

52. Candid key chain photos

53. Photo stamps

54. Color postcards for hotels or resorts

55. Exceptional color scenes for calendar printers

56. Personalized Christmas cards – with family portraits or photos of family home

57. Photo buttons

58. Photographs on coffee mugs

59. Photographs on shirts

60. Imprint a photograph of a child on the face of her doll

61. Photo sculptures

62. Bookends adorned with any desired photographic subject

63. Decorative photo plaques

64. Personalized photo matchbooks

65. Instant personal postcards by gluing Polaroid shots to blank postcards

66. Stationery imprinted with personal portraits

67. Custom calendars

SERVICES

68. A microfilming service

69. Photo duplicating service

70. Slide duplicating service

71. Restoring old photos

72. Producing filmstrips

73. Duplicating negatives to sell

74. Slide-titling service

75. Making offset negatives and plates

76. Collecting old photos to make into books

77. Making photomurals

78. Retouching service

79. Custom photo lab

80. Blowing up photos, on the spot

81. Photo oil portraits

82. Selling prints to photo agencies

83. Camera rental

84. Camera exchange

85. Repairing cameras

86. Teaching photography

MISCELLANEOUS

87. Making postcards

88. Publicity photography

89. Photographic essays for various publications

90. T.V. news freelancing

91. Selling news photos

92. Taking and selling peculiar photos

93. Selling local photos for travel magazines

94. Aerial photography

95. Documentary film making

96. Photos of human interest

97. Composing photo guides for tourists

98. Photographing accidents for lawyers and insurance companies

99. Photographing parades

Apple Store Frozen in Time

I stumbled across this pictorial recently. It is of an abandoned (circa 2000) Apple Store in Kuwait that’s just been sitting there. It is very interesting to see how Apple’s design philosophy has changed so much over time. For those of you long time Apple users, like myself, this should be very nostalgic.

Photos by Miskan

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NetVibes Digital Life Aggregator

So I discovered NetVibes today. Ok so I didn’t so much discover (as in Christopher Columbus) it, because I’ve known about NetVibes for some time now, but I made the switch from IGoogle(and Google reader) as my DLA/homepage over to NetVibes. NetVibes is a free Digital Life Aggregator, that allows you to organize your entire online life( for the most part) into tabbed pages. Everything from email to blogs to comics and games. Why, might you ask, would such an avid supporter of the googleverse make such a fundamental digital-life change? Well for what I have lost in one click access to all my various google accounts/apps and tools I have gained in recouped time and ease of use. So here are some of the things that made me switch:

Thing number 1: Visual appeal

The flexible layout ie. 2/3/4 column options make visually much easier to canvas all your feeds in a manner that saves time and space. It truly allows you to get all you information at a glance. Plus there’re just more things that can be optimized to better your experience.

Thing number 2: It’s like Google reader and Igoogle smashed into one app.

Netvibes’ layout and navigation is more like igoogle (on steroids), but the functionality and depth of information is more like google reader. Most widgets display up to the last 25 posts from an rss fee, whereas igoogle only allows you a measly 9.

Thing number 3: Sharing stuff

Incidentally, that’s how I first leart of NetVibes, through an invite which included the invitor’s setup for a particular tab. Yes, I was able to, with one click, start using a presetup netvibes page inclusive of cool widgets and feeds already setup by my friend who invited me to test it out. By the way, here’s a link to try net vibes out: http://www.netvibes.com/subscribe.php?preconfig=126efb5c739f8468139e69206b4fe46d

Thing number 4: It’s portable

If one day I decide NetVibes isn’t for me anymore, I can pack up my digital belongings via OPML and move on the the next DLA. Google has been touting the coming of this feature for a long time, but I am yet to see it. Incidentally, had they already done this, it would have made the switch to NetVibes a lot less time consuming.

Thing number 5: Netvibes supports igoogle widgets!

At least so they claim, and we all know how “support” for a 3rd party format can be. Up until writing this posted, I hadn’t tested the feature, but it does exist.

Thing number 6: They’re going social with Netvibes Ginger.

Yes, now it will be a whole lot easier with NetVibes Ginger (now in testing) to share all this wonderful “Funtastimation” that you’ve amassed in all new ways.

So why doesn’t Google just make one even more killer app like Netvibes?

My guess is: 1. They’re working on it and/or 2. The same internal structure which has led to Google’s great success where people take ownership of projects that are their own ideas can sometimes lead to political/bureaucratic slowdowns when it comes time for the company to change direction, shutdown, or merge projects especially if those project leaders have become more influential in the company . and/or 3. We’re so big and have so many things going on right now that this is the least of our issues. Plus, what is a “netvibe” anyways? Who knows. My point is, give Netvibes a chance, you might just like it.

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What is email?

Stumbled across this funny ad from 1977. It is a visual illustration of email.

“Ah the good ol’ days…… When you could smoke at your desk (notice the ashtray) and receive “Electronic Mail” without a computer at your desk…”
– comment on Digg.com

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The text says,

Electronic Mail is a term that’s been bandied about data processing circles for years.
Simply out, it means high-speed information transportation. One of the most advanced methods is terminals talking to one another.
Your mailbox is the terminal on your desk. Punch a key and today’s correspondence and messages are displayed instantly.
Need to notify people immediately of a fast-breaking development? Have your messages delivered to their terminal mailboxes electronically, across the hall or around the world.
Electronic Mail is document distribution that’s more timely, accurate and flexible than traditional methods.
There’s no mountain of paperwork.
Administrative personnel are more effective.
Managers have access to more up-to-date information. Decision-making is easier.
Tomorrow’s automated office will clearly include Electronic Mail. But like the rest of the Office of the Future, it’s available at Honeywell today.
For more information, call Laurie Reeves at (800)225-3222/3 (within the 617 area, call 552-2048). Or write him at Honeywell Office Automation Systems, Three Newton Executive Park Drive, Newton Lower falls, Massachusetts 02162.
Honeywell.

Memoirs from SES San Jose 2007: Swag review – The Good, The Bad and What The?!!

SES San Jose 2007
So SES San Jose 2007 is over and done with and it was in one word…Awesome! It was my second SES but my first in San Jose. The experience at San Jose’s Search Engine Strategies is an incredible one. The intangible yet palpable cloud of knowledge and industry insight was extraordinary. Whether it came from industry leaders or my SEM peers, information and answers were always on tap. Just knowing that I was getting the best, most efficient strategies in the industry direct from the horse’s mouth as well as the most intelligible guesses as to the future of search engine marketing made the pricey conference fee well worth it. Or, maybe I was just star-struck, at least as star-stuck as one can get in the search industry. I mean, I met Marissa Mayer from Google, I made Matt Cutts chuckle and I got to a chance to one-on-one about link baiting with Rand Fishkin from SEOMoz…all totally awesome!

But enough about the people, great sessions and info at SES San Jose, my more detailed summaries will come in later blogs. Right now I am talking about those unsung heroes of conferences like SES, the foot soldiers of brand equity: Chochkies…a.k.a. leave behinds a.k.a. promotional products, premiums etc. etc. Though we oft take these small stars of the business world for granted, sometimes these knickknacks drive entire industries…for example the pharmaceutical industry spends several millions per year to produce effective leave behinds that keep their drugs top of mind for doctors, especially prior to the availability to them of the mainstream media. So in honor of the creative minds who used their brain juice to work extra hard for brands… here is my review of the chochkies from the exhibitors at SES San Jose 2007.

T-Shirt review.
There was an abundance of T-shirts. T-shirts are always a great. Everyone uses them and of course they’re awesome for branding – think Nike, Versace, Fubu etc. My favorite was, of course, the Google Dance shirt. The creative (artwork) was good…it was in association with an event (great branding and relevance)…and frankly it was cool looking, and will be doubly so once I get back to MCO. Other T-shirts worth mentioning came from LinkWorth – one of the only booths that you HAD to give them your contact info (via badge scan) to get one – hey, if your paying good money for your promotional items…turn them into lead generators. GenieKnowsGames.com also gave away T-shirts at their mondo display complete with freeplay video games. My T-shirt lust also led me to discover Moniker.com, a forward thinking Domain Asset Management company…I like forward thinking companies – heck! I like the words “forward thinking”.

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What the ??!!
The What the Heck award goes to Findology‘s little Findology watch-a-ma-call-it (molecule). I have no idea what it does…but it’s cool looking when arranged in a line on their exhibit table. The downside of this marketing piece is that you don’t do anything with it so after a few days of looking at it, mine will probably eventually find the trash. I guess Findology is a science best understood by those who practice it (ha I kill me!)

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Water bottles.

Ah water bottles, colorful, plentiful and mostly boring. But we can always use more. Water bottles offer lots of real estate for brand and tend to be something that people keep around and reuse, so though not the sexiest of chochkies…they can provide good bang for buck. I did get one cool one though on a private tour of Google (but that’s another blog entry :).

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That’s cool.
I haven’t had so much fun with two magnets since elementary school. ABC search‘s noisy, disruptive spinning magnet things were fantastic…I even almost got put out of a session before it started just because they could possibly be potentially disruptive..lol! Oh yeah! Also, I loved Hakia‘s totally novel “Search Music”. It was music composed and performed by members of staff at the search engine. They all seemed very proud of this piece at the booth…and rightfully so…I could easily see this charting well on Billboard’s ethno-techie-world-ambience genre!

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Best of Show.
A lesson in relevance, and relevance really is what search is all about. Superpages.com a business directory and local search engine owned by Idearc Media Corp. out of Dallas, Texas. So for Search Engine Strategies San Jose 2007, they gave away a very comprehensive Survival Kit and guide to the city of San Jose. Kudos to the Superpages.com marketing team and forward-thinking executives who approved what I’m sure was a fairly costly and well branded leave behind piece. It included an offline paper version of their mapping technology (it’s great…you have to see it), hand sanitizers, key rings, a flashlight and other small useful items plus a (complete) 2007 Zagat survey. For their great effort and execution, they get from me a keyword rich backlink: yellow pages maps directions.

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Others worth mentioning…

The light up bouncyball from ClickPath. My 2-year-old daughter has already gleaned hours of fun from this gadget.

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MP3 Player speakers from Island Data. I just wish there was more about their brand included on this piece – like a tag line &/or website.
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A USB jump drive I got from Google (on my tour of the campus).
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The moral of today’s story?
1. The best leave behinds are those that are most relevant to the event and to your audience!
2. Not all link baiting needs be online…as a matter of fact, if you want a link back to your website, send me your best chochky, T-shirt or whatever and I will review it and give you a backlink to your site.
mailto: Ryan Weidman, 7450 Sandlake Commons Blvd., Orlando, FL 32819.