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CULTURE: WORD of the YEAR 2014

I just received a gift, in keeping with the season.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary named culture as
the Word of the Year 2014.

My Google analytics attest to this, as I noticed culture searches have been spiking this year for my various online content ventures, and in the process, creating a lot of much appreciated traffic to them.


So, also in keeping with the season, I whipped up a video treat of the 2014 cultural topics from this blog, such as:
the “PLEASE DISPERSE” line to meet Grav3yardGirl, the rarely seen Cupid attributed to Michelangelo which resides in the entry to the cultural services building of the French Embassy on 5th Avenue (the doors were open as I walked by one day in November), Rev. Bill & I after his incredible premiere of Honeybeelujah! at Joe’s Pub,
Pastor Joel Osteen (who I met on 5th Avenue also) AND some celebrity surprises.

I couldn’t have ended the inaugural year of CarolynArtMedia and CultureArtMedia.com on a better note.

Thanks to the heavens above!

Shopping Cart Abandonment

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Oh my, I seem to have missed Black Friday.

That’s because Black Friday started two Tuesdays ago when my TV screen became possessed with ads for Black Friday sales before I even bought the Thanksgiving turkey. The TV medium was then overtaken by Grey Thursday ads, meaning the retailers that now open their doors on Thanksgiving Day. No matter, both grey and black shopping days are really just RED herrings BECAUSE apparently there’s a much BIGGER problem that e-commerce and m-commerce executives lose sleep over, which is:
shopping cart abandonment.

oh, the horror!

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Two posts back, I mentioned that I was taking an e-commerce course (see Selfie-Ready Always!) through which this “catastrophe” was revealed. Listening to the instructor droning on about SEO and sales conversion, and then suddenly becoming full of gravitas, spit and vinegar over “shopping cart abandonment” was a little comical to me (given it was the same week the nation was gripped in Ebola paranoia.) The instructor stressed that shopping cart abandonment is a “real problem” resulting in $70 zillionbillion in lost sales annually.

Wait a minute…$70 zillionbillion in lost sales over things people didn’t want or were so uninterested in that the next distraction to come along bumped their attention?

Hmmm…let me do the math on this again…
Somebody puts something in a virtual shopping cart = $0 spent
They leave the website or app and thereby abandon the shopping cart = $0 spent
And yet…
SOMEHOW this translates in MBA math to = $70 zillionbillion in lost sales annually!

To the instructor’s credit, the only validity to this potentially lost revenue is the inadvertent pointing out of shopping addiction. Sad but true, whenever I’ve polled my Media Studies students on what makes them “tick” their first response is very often shopping.

My esteemed colleagues, Rev. Billy and Rev. Dr. Tami Coyne, who I’ve mentioned in previous posts and who both happen to be reverends, have shown me the light about the evils of consumerism as well as schooled me on shopping cart abandonment as merely the harmless online pastime also known as tantric shopping.

Therefore, in an effort to FIGHT the evils of BOTH shopping cart abandonment AND shopping addiction, I say,

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photos by B. McDonough
Shopping Cart by Mrs. Green’s
Black Coat by IssacMizrahiLive!
Turqouise Earmuffs by Bula
Evergreen rhinestone Sunglasses by Vera Wang