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iPad Durability Test

Steve Jobs and Apple Corporation thought that people would use the iPad for just about anything. With the iPad, users can watch a video or read a book while on the go, photos can be viewed and shared easily and emails are now interactive. While it is true that the iPad may be revolutionizing the way people interact with computers, what over 9 million people really want to know is, will the iPad blend? I’m sure Steve Jobs and Apple weren’t too excited to see this application of the iPad…

 

If you are interested in a more serious durability test, then we recommend checking out the video below. The guys from PCWorld conduct performance tests on how the iPad holds up to drops, scratches, water spills and fastball pitches…

 

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Caught The Summer Office Blues?

It’s hard to be stuck in the office during the summer months when the weather is so beautiful outside. So why not add some fun to your office? We’ve put together some sarcastic signs to give you a chuckle and distract you from thinking about all of the lucky ones relaxing on the beach while you ferociously type away at your computer. (Don’t worry – they’re all safe for work!)

 

Hope these signs gave you a little laugh. If you have any to share, please post a link in the comments!

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Lebron James Popularity By State


With offices in both Columbus and New Jersey there was certainly a great deal of interest at The Supplies Guys last week in terms of where the twenty five year old basketball phenom, Lebron James would be calling home next season. After the devastating news broke that Cleveland’s “chosen one” would in fact be taking his talents to South Beach, I only began to wonder which of his top two destinations  (Ohio and Florida) were most interested in the events leading up to “the decision.”

Like any curious internet marketer, I decided to do jump into Google Trends and investigate. I wanted to compare “Lebron James” search related traffic over the past thirty days for the regions of Ohio and Florida. Below I have embedded graphs taken from Google Trends. The blue line represents the search volume. You will see that in Ohio, search volume began to pick up steam as far back as June 29th, 2010 and un-surprisingly climaxed on July 9th (the date of James’ televised decision). This graph tells us that on July 9th, search volume for Lebron James was over 7.5x greater than average. Now let’s compare these findings to those that originated in Florida.


First thing to point out is that the pattern of these graphs are nearly identical. However, when looking at the y-axis of the graph below notice that the search volume index is greater in Florida than Ohio. Looking at July 9th we can see that “Lebron James” related searches increased by 10x the average volume. So just what conclusions can we draw from this data?

First and foremost, during the week of James’ big decision, Floridian’s showed a greater average interest in Lebron James than searchers located in Ohio. Second, prior to this story breaking Lebron James really was not a topic of conversation to Floridian’s (which is shown in the low search volume for “Lebron James” prior to June 15th when compared to Ohio). What cannot be inferred from these graphs is the actual amount of search volume coming from each state. Now I could look into the number of Tweets by location, blog entries by location or some other social metric but quite frankly this topic is still too fresh to discuss. So feel free to conduct your own research and drop your findings in our comments or forward me the link to your blog that unveils the results!

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Congress Aids Small Businesses with Free Printer Supplies – April Fools!

Last Thursday, we sent out an email explaining new regulations that The Supplies Guys had found in the economic stimulus plan. In the email, we explained to all of our customers that the government was giving free ink and toner supplies to small businesses. The email read as follows:

Dear John Doe-

If you are a small business you should know of a provision in the latest government jobs bill, that as part of this new economic stimulus package, the United States Government is giving small businesses free printer supplies through 2011.

Bill S.3103 was introduced in the Senate this month with the title “Small Business Job Creation Act of 2010″ with the stated intent “to help small businesses create new jobs and drive our nation’s economic recovery.”

To be eligible for this provision, you must employ less than one person and have yearly revenues of one billion or more. Read the full details here.

Thank you,
The Supplies Guys

As you can see, the end of the email states the eligibility for this program – “employ less than one person and have yearly revenues of one billion or more.” As both are nearly impossible, we used that tagline to set up for the joke. From there, we used “Read the full details” as a link to the customer’s personal website that waited to surprise the customer with the following banner:

At The Supplies Guys, we had a good time executing this friendly April Fools joke, and hope that you all enjoyed receiving it!

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