Qualbe Marketing Group Best Place to Work in Dallas/Fort Worth

I am very proud to be part of a company that has been recognized as one of the best companies to work for in Fort Worth and received a letter of praise (pictured below) from Betsy Price, Mayor of Fort Worth. (Read more about that here!)

To quote our CEO, Randy Meinen, “More than anything, these awards say a lot about the kind of people we have here at Qualbe and the way we do business.”

We’re all familiar with the expression, “It’s not personal; it’s just business”. Qualbe operates in line with the way we understand life works, doing the things that bring success – with values that flow from the lives of the people who built this business and those who continually invest themselves in it.

It is business, and it is personal.

Qualbe Marketing Group was recently selected as one of the best places to work in Dallas/Fort Worth by two prominent publications. FW Inc. magazine named Qualbe the second-best place to work of companies 50+ in Fort Worth, while The Dallas Morning News listed Qualbe as the tenth best company, in the Small Company category, to work for in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. This was Qualbe’s first year to enter a “best place to work” competition.

The Dallas Morning News’ Top 100 Places to Work 2016 is in its eighth year of being hosted. The awards were presented at a luncheon on Nov. 17. Over 2,000 companies in DFW were nominated for the Top 100, with just over 300 that applied.



Google’s SERPs Increasing Focus on Mobile Friendly Sites

Read the post on Google’s Webmaster Central Blog here: (link)

Last year, we started using mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal on mobile searches. Today we’re announcing that beginning in May, we’ll start rolling out an update to mobile search results that increases the effect of the ranking signal to help our users find even more pages that are relevant and mobile-friendly.

Is your website mobile responsive?


Data Analytics Tools: R Gaining on SAS

Coming from the Digital Solutions side of the analog communications business, I’ve seen platforms come and go, with many dominant technologies replaced by disruptive upstarts offering lower costs and broader functionality. It happens all the time.

A similar changing of the guard is happening between SAS and R, with the divide being between established, old-economy firms heavily invested in SAS and newer technology companies that tend to leverage the free, open-source R platform.

Earlier this year Burtch Works did a survey which showed R nearly neck and neck with SAS, gaining 13% in user preference since last year. Companies using R for data analytics include Facebook, Google, Twitter, Zillow, and even Monsanto and Lloyds.

2015 SAS vs. R Survey Results

Some of the more humorous comments by people declaring their allegiance to R

  • R! But don’t tell my friends at SAS 🙂
  • SAS, but I’m taking an online R class now to stay current. I’m sure I’ll still like SAS better though.
  • I’m under 40 and work in tech, so I haven’t used SAS since a professor made me back in grad school.
  • SAS due to inertia, learning R as I respond.
  • R hands down. SAS is for boring dinosaurs. Note: I have used both extensively. One of the main requirements of me switching jobs last year was to not use SAS anymore. SAS will die a slow, painful death. No tech company/startup in their right mind uses SAS and that is where the future is going (not to mention where the more exciting work is).
  • SAS had its glory. Sadly it is becoming legacy system.
  • I only use SAS when they make me.

SAS has a huge installed base and isn’t going away any time soon, but R looks like its going to have a permanent seat at the table going forward.