MobiTV Hits 500,000 Subscribers

USA Today profiles MobiTV, the company that provides dozens of TV
channels to cell phone subscribers. More than 500,000 customers are paying $10
per month to watch TV on a 1-2 inch screen.

Does anyone know how MobiTV markets their service? I\’ve never really seen
it advertised. Do the carriers themselves promote it? And if so, how?

The company also announced MobiRadio (50 satellite radio channels) as a
separate subscription at a conference in San Francisco this week.

Why you have to rank #1 in natural search engine results

Jakob Nielsen\’s latest newsletter
reports on a study that shows that a huge percentage of people click on
the #1 search result and a much smaller number click on #2. Search
engine optimization is extremely important in your internet marketing
strategy. Long term, it is even more important than your pay-per-click
strategy, since natural search delivers 6 times more sales than paid search.

Utah Entrepreneurs Lead a Happy Life

Steve Gibson, whose license plate is MENTOR, is a successful business
man who spends most of his time and resources giving back. He has
backed some of the most successful startup companies in Utah. He
teaches entrepreneurship at BYU. And he and his wife founded my
favorite philanthopic organization, the Academy for Creating Enterprise, which trains entrepreneurs in the Philippines. He has faith in people and tries to help them succeed. He is one of my heroes.

MyFamily Hires New CEO

This week MyFamily.com announced that Tim Sullivan has been appointed as the company\’s CEO.
Tim\’s background includes time with Walt Disney, Ticketmaster-Online
Citysearch, and most recently as CEO at Match.com. From the press
release, he seems ideally suited for the job of growing Ancestry.com
subscriptions worldwide. He has significant international experience.

I am now an observer and not an active participant in the genealogy

MyFamily Acquires Heritage Makers

MyFamily.com has acquired Heritage Makers
a company with 1,200 distributors who help families print heritage
books. I remember meeting the company founder years ago when it was
called My Family Tales. [Here\’s an old article about My Family Tales.] I even have some of their early products.

Chris Lee, one of my favorite people from the early days of

Entrepreneurs: Save Money with Free Legal Docs

Many entrepreneurs can\’t afford to pay $200-300 per hour for legal
help, especially with simple things like incorporating and simple
contracts. There are many online libraries of legal docs, including
some that exist and generate revenue because of Google AdSense.

Today I found a consulting agreement on www.lectlaw.com and used part of it for a new contract. Lectlaw.com has 40,000 pages indexed by Google. If you run this query:

site:lectlaw.com consulting

it returns an okay consulting contract.

FundingUniverse.com

We are making serious progress with our FundingUniverse.com
business. Soon we\’ll announce some new capital, new leadership, and
some significant partnerships that will help this company move forward.
I love how the internet can create so much visibility for a new
business idea. What used to take years in business formation now takes
months.

If you know any angel investors or VCs, please encourage them to signup for FundingUniverse.com (it\’s free) and look at some of the 543 business plans that have been posted there in the last few months.

I\’ll be on a panel at the National Association of Seed and Venture
Capital conference in Philadelphia next week, primarily to demonstrate
the new DealFlow Suite (TM) which we make available to organized angel
investor groups around the country.

Best Practices in Email

I\’m always amazed when I see studies that show that the majority of marketers are not doing things right.

Most companies don\’t understand search engine marketing; most don\’t use
web analytics well. But the numbers reported by Silverpop surprised me,
because email marketing has been around for so long. I thought more
retailers would be using it effectively.

Most marketers don\’t use common email features such as
personalization, dynamic content and advanced layout/design, according
to Phase II of Silverpop\’s \”2005 Retail Email Marketing Study,\” which

Shop.org Takeaways

Last week Shop.org held their annual
conference in Las Vegas. This week it\’s the Electronic Retailing
Association, same place. If you haven\’t been to an internet conference
recently, it\’s amazing how big things are getting and how fast things
are moving.

I visited every exhibitor at the Shop.org event last and met at least a
dozen companies that I hadn\’t heard of before that are doing
interesting things in online marketing, comparison shopping, search,
and web analytics.

Here are a few impressions:

Lunch with LoveSac Founder Shawn Nelson

So I met Shawn a couple months ago at a rural economic development
summit put on by Senator Bennett. Both of us were breakout speakers. We
decided then to get together for lunch sometime.

Monday I drove to the LoveSac world headquarters. After a few minutes,
Shawn limped out. He told me he tore his ACL wakeboarding and had
recently had surgery. So here\’s one of my most embarrassing moments
ever: I asked him how they got him down from the mountain.

He looked at my kind of funny and said, \”I was wakeboarding.\” Duh.

It doesn\’t get any worse than that. What was I thinking?!?