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Kuldmuna 2010 and Agency of the Year

Kuldmuna 2010 awards were held last weekend. This year was especially good for us. Woohoo! We got awarded 15 times. Best of all we won the agency of the year award. It is my fifth year in Estonia and we finally got it.

As Kadri said, good things come...

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Estonian Internet Awards 2009

All photos by Annika Haas, Fotobrigaad.

It was talked about in several different places. Last thursday it became reality. First Estonian Internet Awards winners were announced. These are my comments as a member of jury.

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State of Kuldmuna Digital and What To Do About It?

Last weekend Kuldmuna awards were given out. Someone is going to be offended by saying this. Level of most of entries shortlisted in Internet design and Digital advertising categories were shamefully low. I know there have been better projects in Estonia during last year. How did this happen?

DISCLAIMER: I work in advertising agency myself. I have been working in advertising agency or online department of advertising agency for last 11 years. Good to remember when you work in advertising and feel offended by reading this.

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Golden Hammer 2008

HEADS UP! This article was written in 2008. Information provided might not be valid anymore and should be taken with a grain of salt.

Today I arrived to sunny Riga to attend 9th Golden Hammer festival. I was invited to be Head of Digital Media...

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Misko Iho Website

Small sideproject we just finished with Magnus. My good friend Misko Iho is starting his own company. He directs music videos and television commercials. Site is kept as simple as possible. Let the content speak for itself.

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Best Marketing Interview

HEADS UP! This article was written in 2008. Information provided might not be valid anymore and should be taken with a grain of salt.

Latest paper issue of Best Marketing magazine had a short story of advertising agency Taevas. There was also short interview of myself. It was shortened quite a lot. Since lots of the stuff I wanted to stress out was missing, I decided to republish the original interview here.

How much has Interactive media changed during your career?

In the early days technical limitations affected everything we did. Browsers were more buggy than now. Bandwith was limited. Servers were extremely expensive. There were no such things as MySQL, PHP or Ruby on Rails. JavaScript was totally unusable. Most of work was done in languages such as Perl which were not actually designed for web work.

Those limitations do not exist anymore. You can concentrate more on the creative idea. Gone are the days when you needed funding to buy servers. Anyone with armed with creditcard can start their company using Amazon EC2 which provides endless computing power. New programming frameworks enable you to write working services in weeks instead of months. People have faster and faster internet connections.

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Internet World 2008 and Skype Jobs

title: Internet World 2008 and Skype Jobs

Next two days I will be visiting Internet World exhibition in London. Never been there before So I do not know what to expect. Speaker lineup looks ok. I really hope speakers stay away from giving sales speeches for their own companies.

Anyway I had a point too. New Tallinn airport is really cool. As usual there is free WiFi everywhere. This time there was a boilerplate ad. I do not know if it is the brand, but I did not feel offended by this ad. It was Skype Jobs.

Judge for yourself. It just gives you warm and fuzzy feeling.

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Less Than Half Estonian Car Dealers Read Their Online Feedback

Last week Estonian business paper Äripäev made a small research. Their journalist made an online registration to test drive a car. Only three car dealers out of seven replied.

Response from those who failed to answer? “We had some technical problems.”

Before reading further I should mention that Amserv Auto mentioned in this post is our client.

Who answered and who did not?

Out of seven dealers contacted following replied.

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Finlands Best - Validation Schmalidation

HEADS UP! This article was written in 2008. Information provided might not be valid anymore and should be taken with a grain of salt.

Finalists of Grand One ‘08 were announced few days ago. Comparing to finalists of 2006 code quality is getting better but there is still lot of room for improvement.

Table below lists finalists from Best B2C service, Best B2B service and Best infodesign categories. Flash sites were left out. Two interesting numbers are listed.

1. Number of validation errors on frontpage.
2. Percentage calculated by dividing number of lines of html code with number of validation errors.

Lines of code for each site was calculated by executing the following on commandline:

>lynx -source http://www.example.com/ | wc

 

Most validation errors in one page

This years winner has amazing 301 validation errors. Award goes to Valve and Plenware produced kauppalehti.fi. Shared second place goes to TietoEnator, Avarko, QBrick produced ClassicLive. and Elisa Verkkokauppa by Mainostoimisto Ego (hey guys, what happen!?). Both sites have 113 validation errors. Second place goes to TietoEnator, Avarko, QBrick produced ClassicLive with 113 validation errors. YLE’s inhouse production yle.fi receives third place with 100 errors.

Elisa Verkkokauppa was fixed few hours after publishing this. Apparently backend coder had forgot to close <img> tags. It fully validates so I am taking away the second prize. (Yes, I used to work in EGO. Yes, I still work in Taivas Group.)

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Barcamp Baltics is Coming

HEADS UP! This article was written in 2008. Information provided might not be valid anymore and should be taken with a grain of salt.

Web application movement is growing in Baltic states. Biggest event in near future will be Barcamp Baltics 2008. It is held 8-10 February in Riga. Barcamp describes itself the following way:

Barcamp is a unique international unconference on new media, blogs, podcasts, social networking, citizen journalism, web 2.0, open source and everything else that is connected with it. Unconference includes open presentations, workshops and workgroups; everything is held by the participants themselves.

Other than Barcamp Jüri Kaljundi has been organizing OpenCoffee Club in Tallinn for a while. I have always had some lame excuse not to attend. Next event will be 6. March. That one I will attend. Now when it is said public I cannot have any excuses

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Toyota Baltic Christmas Greeting

HEADS UP! This article was written in 2007. Information provided might not be valid anymore and should be taken with a grain of salt.


Green White Christmas is Toyota Baltics’ this year christmas greeting. Partners who received the email can plant...

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Koduleidja copies Igglo

HEADS UP! This article was written in 2007. Information provided might not be valid anymore and should be taken with a grain of salt.

Estonian business tabloid Äripäev writes about new real estate portal Koduleidja. According to äripäev this newcomer is bringing out fresh concept to real estate market: silent buying and selling.

What Äripäev fails to mention the concept is not new at all. Instead it is a copy of Finnish real estate portal Igglo.

Igglo was first launched in February 2006. Company and the concept it has been successfull. It currently operates also in Norway. One of the key features of Igglo has been the silent buying and selling. Portal has information and photos of every single building in Helsinki and other big cities in Finland. If you are interested in buying a flat from a specific house you can ear mark your interest anonymously. Also if you are interested in selling yours you can mark that there is a flat possibly available in this house.

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Ajujaht.ee - Make Your Idea Become Reality

HEADS UP! This article was written in 2007. Information provided might not be valid anymore and should be taken with a grain of salt.

Many people have business ideas. Some of them are good. Some of them are bad.

Ajujaht is competition where you...

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Bossavesi.net - Make Your Office Happy

HEADS UP! This article was written in 2007. Information provided might not be valid anymore and should be taken with a grain of salt.

Make your office happy buy providing people with fresh water!

Bossa Vesi is a minisite for Estonian supplier...

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Estonian Fashion Blog - Kevad.ee


HEADS UP! This article was written in 2007. Information provided might not be valid anymore and should be taken with a grain of salt.


Spring brings out the people. People bring out photographers. For four weeks there will be fashion spy’s patrolling...

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