Will 2006 Be a Breakout Year for Mobile?

Not for the "mainstream," but there will be growing momentum. Here are several mobile-related posts: SiliconBeat on mobile couponing from Cellfire John Battelle writes about mobile initiatives, specifically Medio, in a couple of recent posts Here's Search Engine Journal on…

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The Marchex ZIP Destination Strategy

While "intuitive" domains (direct navigation) can generate considerable traffic, Stephen Baker at BusinessWeek asks whether Marchex's previous acquisition of ZIP code-based domains will prove a meaningful local search strategy. The headline of the post is "Could zip codes burn Google…

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FAST Doing Deals

Gary Price has a brief roundup of some recent Fast Search & Transfer enterprise search deals. FAST has become the de facto enterprise search platform for top-tier IYPs, verticals and newspaper sites. Of specific interest is the reported deal with…

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Looking Back, Forging Ahead

CNET and Search Engine Watch round up the top Web and search stories of 2005 in their respective editorial opinions. It's interesting stuff to reflect upon. In many ways, 2005 reestablished the "credibility" of the Internet and the efficacy of…

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More Detail on the AOL-Google Deal

John Batelle chased down Marissa Mayer, VP of Search Products & User Experience, to ask her a bunch of questions about the deal and what it means. From the exchange it appears that Google thinks the deal will broaden its…

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Hitwise: Google’s Share Growing

Hitwise recently published a rep report ort ("research note") that tracks holiday shopping trends and search market share, among several other things. The company found: In the category it calls "search engines & directories sites," Google, Yahoo! and MSN accounted…

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For Better Shopping Search, Ask the User

Chris Sherman has a nice overview of new shopping engines and their differentiating features. Most noteworthy from my point of view is Become.com , which offers a "research" button and a "shop" button. (Click the links in the previous sentence…

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Google Base’s New Interface

I'm feeling very rusty after being off for a week—a veritable eternity in "Internet time." But I wanted to comment briefly on the new Google Base interface. When Google Base launched and people said it's the "Craigslist killer" or the…

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…Now Give It a Review

Out of curiousity, I was wondering just how long has The Kelsey Group been writing about this topic, and a search of our archives shows the first artcle turned up in a Fax Bulletin (honk if you remember those) on…

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Google Creating a 'Virtual Sales Force'?

Here's a flash/video presentation about Google's AdSense that appeared on a blog I was reading. Check out the video. It's not specifically directed to SMEs. But imagine an online sales presentation that was; it would be much more effective than…

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To Register or Not to Register

The debate over requiring users to register for access to news content rages on in the online news world. On the one hand, it can inhibit traffic by erecting a barrier for users to get content, and traffic is important…

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Google Improves Personalized Search

Google is closing in on personalized search, a feature on the search horizon that will allow engines to better target users and optimize paid search. The carrot for users is a better way to organize their search history. It's been…

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More on Google-AOL

Om Malik takes an interesting look at the Google-AOL deal, including its implications for Video.Among other things, the deal will give a boost in the arm to Google's beleaguered content aggregation efforts for its video search. It has thus far…

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