Friday, June 3, 2011

Where has Harlan Been? Where is Karmaback Going?

I've been away from my Blog lately, and recently realized that not only do I miss it; some of my faithful readers miss it.  What can I say, I've been busy working!  Read on to see exactly on what...

So where have I been?  
First, I've started living what I preach: I've taken on some major contracting/consulting work in Marketing.  I am leading the Marketing strategy and teams at 2 different companies, and advising on marketing at several more.  Why?  Well, I needed some steady income as Karmaback is on hold [more on that later].  Second, I really wanted to put into practice all I've been saying here on this Blog into the real world.  The great thing is, that because I'm working with several companies, I can leverage what I learn one place at another, and vice versa.  I can also take what I learn and post it here, for you!

What companies are you working with?
I think it may be interesting for you to follow some of what I'm doing, so here's a quick rundown of companies I'm helping with Marketing.  First, an iPhone Game/App company called ingZ, Inc.  This is my primary contract and I'm basically full-time here running all of Marketing and Sales.  Second, a Facebook Game company called Night Owl Games.  This one is part-time contract only, but I'm fully in charge of all Marketing and Sales efforts.  (cool side-note, my Marketing assistant starts today!)  Third, I'm helping several young startups with their Marketing direction and also general strategy.  I can't list those all here, but one of my favorites that I'm helping is CuttingEdgeGamer who "leases" high end graphics cards, WITH infinite upgrades!   Why all the gaming companies?  Well, mostly because I'm a gamer and love it.  But also because it's been "my industry" now for almost 10 years... so my industry expertise and contacts help me to land gigs like these.  You'll be hearing more about all these companies and all my goings on right here in the future!

So what's up with Karmaback?
Very short answer is that it is "on hold" from a growth standpoint until our new server work is completed.  We actually grew too fast (really!)!  We outpaced our server infrastructure and had to move to a multi-server, cluster approach that is taking time to get just right.  When we're done, we'll be able to sustain a MEGA twitter blast from the likes of Kim Kardashian or Terrel Owens twitter feed: up to 10,000 hits per second shouldn't be a problem!   We'll be able to take on bigger customers and help smaller customers get BIG bang for their marketing dollar.  In addition we'll be rolling out new products and new features at a very nice pace: and generally speaking, Karmaback will be back in business.  We're hoping to get it all ready by the end of the summer.

So, what about the blog?  
Here is the good news, I've been reading Meatball Sundae by Seth Godin (for the third time) and realized I not only am passionate about Marketing, I am passionate about talking about Marketing: SO... This blog is going to grow.  I'm going to start doing regular video blogging, and also starting a Facebook Fanpage, just for blog readers.  Stay tuned: MUCH is coming very very soon!

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