Monday, November 23, 2009

Mind-Blowing Web Stats

The internet is such an amazing tool and to think it is only a few short years old. I know the backbone is older, but the web we use is relatively new. In his blog, Tony Tjan talks about various mind-blowing stats of the internet.

There are over 200,000,000 websites today. That is a huge number. Not all of them are active. Some are only host names waiting to be sold, so they really don't count. In 1994 there were only about 5,000 sites. So in 15 years, the number has grown from 5,000 to 200,000,000. Tony has a chart showing the growth rate.

There have now been more than 5 billion tweets. Evan Williams one of the founders of Twitter was also the guy who coined the term "blogger" when he was with Google performs about 2 billion searches per day. Facebook and other social networking sites are adding about 700,000 new users per day. About half of the top ten internet sites are less than five or six years old. These are sites like YouTube, Blogger and Facebook.

This is so amazing because with the growth and the power of the internet, the opportunity to use that network and that reach changes the game of business. Instead of working with local companies it is possible to work with companies across the country and across the globe. The opportunities are endless.

Friday, November 20, 2009

New and Improved

At our company, Hopkins Printing, there are multiple new and exciting things happening. We have been on a Lean Manufacturing journey for the last year and a half that has resulted in many improvements to the operation. We are doing more training than has ever been done in the past which means more people can do more tasks. During this downturn, this has really helped because with fewer people we still have all the bases covered.

This year, even though it has been a tough year, has been a year of new investment. There is new bindery equipment, new mailing equipment, new digital printing equipment and most recently a new printing press. We began yesterday with the installation of a Heidelberg XL105 which is the flagship press in the market today. See this link and click on the starburst for a pictorial story of the process of the installation.

At Hopkins, we are really looking forward to 2010 getting here and 2009 being behind us. With the improvements we have made in people, process and production, we believe the coming year will be a great one.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


This past summer my wife and I and two friends spent the weekend in Pennsylvania. During this weekend we toured the famous Frank Lloyd Wright home Fallingwater. This video below details the process of the house design and gives an insight into the creative brilliance of Wright. I am always amazed at how some people are able to create such beauty. Enjoy.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Ritz-Carlton Service

How many people have the authority to spend $2,000 on a customer because it will enhance their experience? How many companies do daily huddle meetings to get everyone in the company on the same page? The Ritz-Carlton does both of these things and reaps many benefits to the bottom line from this way of working with the customer.

Forbes has an article on their website listing many of the special things the Ritz-Carlton does and it is well worth the read. Any company with interaction with the customer can benefit from the Ritz way of thinking.

The C.E.O. of the hotel chain said the key to there success is living on a daily basis the core values of the company. At Hopkins, our core values are built around trust, integrity and truth. We believe our growth and the success of our company and of our customers is a direct result of a continued focus on our core values.