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Bottled water, who’s leading?

February 27, 2008
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As many others, we also buy drinking water that comes in 20L bottles. There are a few vendors, including Hayyat, Archabil and Archalyk. Recently our vendor decided to increase the price from 25,000 to 32,000. Marketing of course is not solely about innovation, cool appeal and service. It also involves price decisions.

When you increase the price, some customers run away to your competitors, especially if the product is almost the same – water. We switched to Hayyat, which decided to keep old prices. It turns out Hayyat is better, and now we probably won’t switch back even if the prices are reduced. I would recommend every medium or big company to hire a good marketing specialist (search “Hayyat” in the report). It’s really cheaper 😀

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My blogging experience

February 26, 2008
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My blogging experience

Many people assume that blogging is only political. Wrong! Blogs can be about design, marketing, cooking, books, driving, whatever 😀 For example this blog is about marketing, innovation, career and my personal rants.

I believe that fasting can really improve productivity, health and happiness level. Why not blog about this. And yesterday I bought toothpaste for my daughter with Tom & Jerry featured on the tube, and a pack of Selpak tissue paper with “serious books” theme on the box. Let’s ponder on customization, packaging and marketing.

Young people use the web for dating, surfing and chatting. Blogging on the other hand requires some discipline (a little bit) and humour. Show me a young person who’s not posessed with opposite gender, loves her motherland, speaks several languages, loves technology, is Internet-savvy and respects national authority. There aren’t many blogs in English, about Turkmenistan, because of lazyness and wrong understanding of the Web. Try telling someone about blogging, and you will definitely hear this question “What’s in it for you?”. Excuse me for not seeing the world through “money & fight” dark sunglasses. I personally refuse to write anything for money or to fight anything at all. My ideal is a person who won’t hurt an ant.

As for blogging platform; WordPress is following normal structure of CSS design and PHP programming. I’m familiar with both. But for average users, it shouldn’t matter whether to use WordPress, Blogspot or Typepad. Most platforms are user-friendly.

Overall, there is no one blocking blogging here, there is no one blocking progress here. People are lazy.


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Is it okay to criticize Seth Godin?

February 22, 2008
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Is it okay to criticize Seth Godin?
One of my favourite marketing experts is criticizing another expert over Meatball Sundae quotes. I guess there’s just difference in marketing views. There’s no silver bullet. Again.


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Why write in English

February 22, 2008
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In response to this comment. I feel this is important to answer.

There still too little Internet audience in Turkmenistan. So, it doesn’t make sense yet. As soon as the usage increases, which I estimate as within 2-3 years, I will write in Turkmen and Russian. Besides, there’s too little information on our life, business and innovation on the Web in English. This blog is an additional source of info for those who search Google in English, and that’s the majority. There are other blogs that write in Turkmen, everyone’s got a niche. Instead of blaming me for not writing in Turkmen, one could just visit other blogs.

Also, I openly admit that I never had studied within a Turkmen education framework. But I use Turkmen daily, in any environment, be it business, technology or whatever. Spot me talking in Russian with people who speak Turkmen, then you win, and I’m lying.


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Entrepreneurship requires courage

February 18, 2008
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How to know when it’s time to go it alone or: Why being an entrepreneur ain’t for wussies. The answer can be found on the Hog Blog. There one can see how an experienced person’s blog is different from a novice blog like Nahili. It’s just the higher level 😀

It turns out experience is not just the number of years on a resume, it’s something more. Real risks and real tough decisions, years and years of it…


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Don’t blame the students

February 16, 2008
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Don’t blame the students

Some teachers/lecturers/tutors/professors cannot teach. Period. Not because they lack knowledge or IQ, no, they lack “interesting”. They focus on irrelevant messages, irrelevant ideas. “Now I get to talk, and you get to sit and listen” thing. I had such examples at Russian school, at Turkish school, and in Malaysian university.

Here’s a great example (in my view) on how to make your student never come to a tutorial again. Ask them a simple question on the first math tutorial “Do they teach derivatives in Turkmenistan?” Bingo, the tutor is a stupid jerk who had enough brains to check a CIA Factbooks website, or the Wikipedia article about Turkmenistan, written by some other jerks who never even visited my beautiful country. Why should I learn again the basics of math at university? That was like 7th, out of 12 grades.

Or that teacher’s endless rants about the might of Turkish army and business. Excuse me, am I in the right class? In the right institution? In the right country?

Or that teacher who focused on Greek history in my Russian school. Hello! Do I look Greek, Roman or Byzantine to you? I don’t go back home and sit at the table man, I still sit on the floor and sleep on the floor, and consider this nomadic lifestyle highly civilised and healthy 😀 Earth to Moon: “Do you copy? Mayday, mayday. This is Earth…”

Overall, don’t blame students please. Who will listen to lunatics?


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Clipart collection

February 15, 2008
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Clipart collection

There’s a better, efficient way for everything. Now I have purchased a collection of 100 000 clipart photo images. That’s where I will take photos from, searching images online takes too much time, and I don’t own a photo camera 😛

And I wondered where designers get all those images…


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Telecommunication technology

February 14, 2008
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Telecommunication technology

Okay some people know about telecommunications, l even met a guy who designed hardware and software for a leading company once. Yet, he was humble. Mostly, those who know very little about telecommunications tend to show off their tiny knowledge.

There are no global telecommunication companies here yet, only some technical branches. But I meet those super-duper-speakers all the time. If people were so professional at something, they would start a company or write a book or do a research…

I guess we all meet such people. Don’t let them get to you please, they’re just stupid.


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Mistakes of a web designer

February 14, 2008
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Mistakes of a web designer

A few days ago one guy asked me if I was a web designer before. Well, I tried to start a business and failed (of course). Other people do make mistakes, but mine are worse;

  1. Starting officially; never do this, one should already have a working business before going official, no one is going to hunt you down for a few trials, pay the taxes later
  2. Advertising; a bad move for a small business, focus on making great products, customers will find you
  3. Missing sleep; trust me, nothing is worth missing a good night’s sleep
  4. Should have designed at least 10 free websites first
  5. Should have researched on special licences for Web related work

Overall, if one plans to start a business there are 2 ways. One is to start and fail and learn. Another is to learn and start and hopefully not fail. I went with the first. Now I learned many things and probably won’t fail this time 😀


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Assimilation into “one something” cosmopolitan

February 13, 2008
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Assimilation into “one something” cosmopolitan

While some still don’t understand that multiple cultures enrich humanity, some go even further. I was shocked to learn today that Australians were taking away children of Aborigines into “white” families, from the mid-1800s until 1970. Some others would do anything to ban my wife’s headscarf, if we were unlucky enough to be born in Turkey.

Those who migrate to Europe are expected to blindly adopt all Europeans values, while still being a second class citizen. Assimilation into “one something” cosmopolitan? Let’s all become white Christians with liberal-democratic values, ban dressing modestly, occasionally drink some alcohol, dwelve in modern philosophies, live in a nice suburb, watch Smallville… 😀

Those who want to see everyone as clones are a bit mad, don’t you think?


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