2013 Year-End Fun Facts


On this last day of The Marketing Smart Aleck’s first year of operation it seemed like a good time for a post crammed with useless filler look back at our 2013 content.

What I Wrote:

Wordle: msavjm2013

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The image above is a word cloud created on wordle.net. It shows the relative frequency of the words used in all of the posts on The Marketing Smart Aleck, to date. The larger the word, the more I used it. (Common words such as “the”, “and” and “a” have been excluded.)

What People Are (and Aren’t) Reading:

Most viewed post of 2013:  J.C. Penney and Yesteryear Brands

Least viewed post of 2013: Odd Product Hall of Fame: Sauna Pants

Take heart, J.C. Penney. Your popularity may be waning, but apparently people still like you better than Sauna Pants.

I Am the World – Nations Where Our Views Came From:

  1. United States
  2. Canada
  3. Sweden
  4. Denmark
  5. France
  6. United Kingdom
  7. Singapore
  8. Australia
  9. Malaysia
  10. Taiwan
  11. Hong Kong
  12. Czech Republic
  13. South Africa
  14. Hungary
  15. Kenya

It just goes to prove that sarcasm is indeed an international language.

How Readers Got Here – Top Referrers:

  1. Facebook
  2. Search engines (mostly Google, but much like the Japanese soldiers who didn’t know World War II had ended that would occasionally get discovered on remote Pacific islands in the 1950s and 1960s , there are a still a few Bing and Yahoo die hards out there.)
  3. LinkedIn
  4. Twitter

I feel like this blog should be getting more out of Twitter as a promotional tool than has been the case so far. If Charlie Sheen, Katy Perry and Justin Bieber have mastered the art of Twitter publicity, it seems anybody with a room temperature IQ should be able to figure it out.

Some Actual Search Engine Terms That Directed People to This Blog:

  • “olivia newton john”
  • “hey man is that freedom rock?”
  • “crazy eddie christmas choir commercial”
  • “mr microphone”

I don’t know what I like more: the fact that someone other than me has typed the phrase “hey man is that freedom rock?” into Google, or the fact that somebody went looking for this…

and found this instead:

That searcher no doubt came away from their visit to this blog a bit disappointed, but I hope that you haven’t. Please continue reading in 2014 as this blog continues to take shape and evolve. I’m not sure exactly what the coming year will bring for The Marketing Smart Aleck, but as they say in advertising…

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