Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Back in the Office - Free and Attrition

I am now back in the office, albeit exhausted, from my paternity leave. They baby, Madeline Louise, is doing great. So is her mother. Here are pics:

http://picasaweb.google.com/mattbaehr/MadelineLouiseBaehr02

As I was in the photo place last night having some of these lovely pics printed to mail out to some less techie people, I overheard a conversation the sales guy was having regarding some class the store offers.

The store offers some sort of photography class(es). They used to be free and they would get a bunch of people to sign up. Half would show, and they would have spent way to much money on renting chairs, space, food, etc. Now, they charge $25, but you get a $25 gift card to the store when you finish the class. Now they only get 25 people, but they all (or most) show, and they make some money in the process.

We have done the same thing with many of our programs. Attrition was so high, we couldn't plan properly. For some programs, we actually get more people now that we charge.

Chris Anderson's new book is about free, and you could get a free copy of the issue in Wired that he talks about it: http://www.wired.com/techbiz/it/magazine/16-03/ff_free Free is powerful, and will probably be the future for a lot of things. But, there is still something to be said about charging something.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

More on the family

My wife's family lives forever. And they are athletic. James Roy is my father in law and still plays ice hockey at 74. I may have mentioned this last year. Here is a story about him and his buddies.

http://www.hometownlife.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080412/SPORTS16/80412013&SearchID=73314564968469

And here is a video I shot a while back at one of their tourneys in Laurel, MD.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcgTrQXjWOY

Thursday, April 10, 2008

My life has changed forever

I am so excited to announce the birth of Madeline Louise Baehr. She was born Monday night, 6 lbs 9 oz, 19.75 inches. Here are some photos:

http://picasaweb.google.com/mattbaehr/MadelineLouiseBaehr02

Thanks to Associations Now for the plug in their blogroll. Sorry, but I am guessing I won't have anything spectacular to say for a while, except how gorgeous my daughter is. Not that I am bias...

Saturday, April 5, 2008

My childhood home

As of today, my childhood home is on the market. My parents lived in the same house for over 30 years. They are retiring to New Jersey this summer, near the shore. So, my next visit back home will be my last. I am not sure how I feel about that. I still have a few friends back home, but I am not sure I have will have many reasons to head back to Ohio. That makes me a little sad. But, my folks will be a bit closer now, which will be nice. It won't be a long drive for them to see the grandkid, and we will have a place near the beach.

Anyway, the baby isn't here yet, but I have a feeling my posts may be a little sporatic.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Off topic

So I am getting ready for our tradeshow in a few months. As trade show vets know, shoes are key. I found a new site that Amazon runs, www.endless.com. This is a cheap shoe site that offers free next day delivery and free shipping on returns. I ordered shoes last night at 7pm and they arrived this morning at 9:45. Crazy. They are nice shoes and were about $10-20 less than comparable shoes at DSW.

Now to break them in.