Blog Posts - Jack Yan



Autocade reaches 8,000,000 page views; viewing rate up slightly since last million

I had expected our car encyclopædia Autocade would reach 8,000,000 page views this month, just before its eighth anniversary. The difference was that this time, I was there last Monday GMT (the small hours of Tuesday in New Zealand) to witness the n...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Mar 5, 2016

A look back at 2015: a year that was harder to laugh at

I’ve done this a few times now: looked through my year’s Tumblr posts to get an alternative feel for the Zeitgeist. Tumblr is where I put the less relevant junk that comes by my digital meanderings. But as I scrolled down to January 2015 in the a...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Dec 20, 2015

Facebook’s still deleting drag accounts and keeping bots

Some interesting bugs out there on Facebook that my friends are telling me about. One has been removed from all her groups, including one that I run (we never touched her account), another cannot comment any more (an increasingly common bug now), whi...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Jun 20, 2015

Slides and a podcast: my MMBA 505 lecture and Access Granted, episode 45

As promised to the MMBA 505 class at Victoria University of Wellington last night, here are my slides. My thanks to Dr Kala Retna for inviting me along as the guest speaker. To the students: thank you for attending at such a late hour. MBAs are hard...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Apr 22, 2015

A year of random thoughts: 2014 in review

For the last few years, I’ve looked back at the events of the year in a tongue-in-cheek fashion. (In fact, in 2009, I looked back at the decade.) Tumblr’s the place I look at these days for these summaries, since it tends to have my random though...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Dec 29, 2014

All the Geelys on Autocade

The Geely King Kong Hatchback, one of the new entries on the Autocade website. Not that I blogged it at the time, but Geely’s multi-brand strategy in 2009 felt doomed. Earlier this year, the company retreated, and brought everything from Englon, Gl...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Dec 1, 2014

Autocade hits 5,000,000 views: what are its most read and least searched?

With Autocade exceeding the 5,000,000 page view milestone (it’s on 5·12 million), I thought it might be fun to look at a few of the models on the site: the most popular, the least loved, and the first on the site.    Looking at the s...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Oct 17, 2014

Miss Universe New Zealand 2014 finalists arrive in Bangkok

Alan Raga The Miss Universe New Zealand 2014 finalists have left the southern shores, and are presently at the Hilton Bangkok, as they commence their retreat in the Kingdom of Thailand for the following week.    Since the Miss New Zealand C...
by Lucire Insider on Aug 1, 2014

News round-up: Dilmah hosts high teas in New Zealand; Trish Peng searches for new face

Dilmah Tea New Zealand Dilmah Tea hosted a series of high teas around New Zealand, promoting its socially responsible message along with the rising interest in tea mixology.    Its Wellington stop on Tuesday, hosted by Dilmah founder Merril...
by Lucire Insider on Jul 23, 2014

A number of firsts for Lucire, with issue 33 on sale today

Lucire issue 33, on sale today, marks a number of firsts and is one of the best we’ve had.    We’ve always been very fair on who makes the cover. Sopheak Seng, our fashion and beauty editor, and I choose from all the images we have, and...
by Lucire Insider on Jul 17, 2014

Creating real value, and that’s not what Facebook and Twitter do

My forced Facebook sabbatical came to an end in the late morning. So what did I think of it all?    One of my Tweets last night was: ‘I hope [it is temporary], though I have found people out for 7–12 days now. Now it’s Monday I hope t...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Jun 17, 2014

The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s Coppélia expertly executed at every level

Royal New Zealand Ballet Above A publicity photograph from the Royal New Zealand Ballet for Coppélia, with Swanhilda, Franz and Coppélia. The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s Coppélia, which opened in Wellington on Thursday, is a lovingly designed and...
by Lucire Insider on Apr 17, 2014

Former Miss Universe New Zealand titleholders feature in upcoming Lucire editorial

Two former Miss Universe New Zealand titleholders will appear in an upcoming feature in the printed edition of Lucire, with New York-based photographer Jon Moe travelling to Los Angeles to capture the pair for the magazine.    Laural Barret...
by Lucire Insider on Mar 23, 2014

A belated look back at 2013

I must have had a busy end of 2013, as I never posted my trade-mark summary of the year as viewed via my Tumblr. Here ’tis, better late than never. January 2013 Lucire has a facelift online—by December 2013, this “new look” would be h...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Mar 18, 2014

The Rongotai years

This came up today at Victoria University where an old client of ours asked about my 2013 campaign. I remembered there was something about education that I wanted to address at the time.    One of the stranger emails during 2013 came from a...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Feb 5, 2014

The real privacy policy

Documentaries such as Terms and Conditions May Apply (embedded here) and Doc Searls’ The Intention Economy got me thinking about our privacy policy.    We have one for our company, but how do we really use your private data? It got me...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Jan 26, 2014

Four million page views on Autocade

I came across an old blog post that showed that Autocade took four years to get 2,000,000 page views: not bad for an encyclopædia that receives very little promotion. That was in March 2012. It has since crossed 4,000,000, which meant the second 2,0...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Jan 9, 2014

A tribute to Lewis Collins: the top five reasons he was awesome

A small tribute to actor Lewis Collins on his passing earlier this week (originally published in Lucire Men). 1. The cars The Triumph Dolomite Sprint Lewis Collins’ character, William Andrew Philip Bodie (he was a ‘regal-looking baby’) had in T...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Nov 28, 2013

Absolutely Positively Wellington’s new logo: where’s the plus side?

The below was written on the 4th inst., the morning of the release of Absolutely Positively Wellington’s “plus sign” logo, and ran on Scoop, where I am told it is one of the most liked for the Wellington section. As it is to do with...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Nov 7, 2013

Responding to blog comments—and where to from here?

WordPress, with its automatic deactivation of Jetpack after each update, messed up, so I have no metrics for the last two months of this blog. Nor did it send me emails notifying me of your comments. It would have been useful to know how the last cou...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Oct 28, 2013


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