Monthly Archives: October 2007

Omniture acquires Visual Sciences

This is big time. The consolidation of the web analytics space continues….with Omniture acquiring Visual Sciences. I think this will be a really good thing as both companies are very string. I’ll write more on this later, right now I am sitting in Finance class.

Here is the email from VS:

Dear Visual Sciences clients,
I am excited to tell you that a short time ago we announced that Visual Sciences has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Omniture, Inc. The press release announcing this acquisition is available for review on our website.

Until regulatory review of the acquisition is complete and the transaction closes, both companies will continue to operate independently and will continue to compete in the marketplace. This means that we will continue to deliver the products, service and support that your businesses can rely on. We understand that you will have questions about the future of the products lines. Future direction for products will be determined following the closing of the transaction and after comprehensive planning and feedback from customers and partners. Be assured that our paramount concern is ensuring that the investments of Visual Sciences’ clients are preserved.

It is our strong belief that the transaction will provide you, our valued clients and partners, with a more expansive product offering and an overall increase in resources as our two organizations come together.

We look forward to continuing to serve you through this next period of time and well into the future as we embark on an exciting new phase for our business.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Sincerely,

Jim MacIntyre
CEO
Visual Sciences, Inc.

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Radiohead’s Interesting New Album

File this under bizzare marketing.

Radiohead’s new album is available only as a digital download for the next 2 months before showing up in the tangible world in December. Many bands actually employ this strategy these days, so what’s the catch?

Well, the catch is you can pay whatever you want for the album. Seriously, you could pay 5 cents, 100 bucks, or anything you want. This is an interesting social experiment if nothing else. I gave Radiohead 10 bucks, maybe I’m crazy…or maybe its guilt. Or maybe they figure fans will pay a fair rate for the music. In any case, this has to be one of the weirdest ways to sell an album.

To pre-order the new album its at: http://www.inrainbows.com
It can be downloaded on Oct 10th.

Here is my ranking of the previous radiohead albums…
1) Ok computer – A plus. Probably in my top 5 albums. It exemplifies modern paranoia. Man vs machine,etc. Basically a masterpiece and still ahead of its time 10 years later.
2) the bends – A plus. Great guitar rock
3) kid a – A plus. I actually listen to this one more than any of them, and has gotten me interested in electronic music over the years
4) amnesiac – B plus…not quite as jarring as Kid A, but still has some impressive songs like Pyramid Song. Close your eyes and listen to that song, its amazing.
5) hail to the thief – B minus – Some slow songs and some filler, but also some great tunes like 2+2=5 and Drunken Punchout at a Wedding
6) pablo honey – C I don’t own it, but my brother did. Couple of decent songs, strong debut, but ultimately not songs i would keep coming back to.