E-Tail Reality Check

comScore projected that U.S. e-commerce for the holiday season will hit $19.6 billion. The firm also projected a 24 percent increase in U.S. e-commerce vs. 2004 for a full year total of $82.7 billion. Those are big, impressive numbers and…

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The AOL-MSN-Google Guessing Game

When I interviewed him on Friday, Jim Riesenbach, SVP of AOL's Search & Directional Media group, was not permitted to talk directly about what would be the outcome of the much covered negotiations for a stake in AOL. He turned…

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Bubbler: Making Websites Blog-Simple?

Thanks to John Battelle for pointing to a piece on SiliconValleyWatcher about Bubbler, an application that appears to make building sites (and blogs) pretty simple. The company and its platform are worth watching. Although Yahoo! has introduced free sites for…

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Jupiter Analyst Launches Real Estate Site

Niki Scevak, who was a frequently quoted search analyst for Jupiter Research, hasn't been heard from recently. There's a reason: He's been busy launching his own online real estate site. Scevak left Jupiter and has now unveiled (in beta, of…

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TrueLocal Making Its Move

TrueLocal is starting to make its move. After many months of "beta"/under-the-radar status, the site is now getting attention and coverage. Today, Search Engine Watch has a nice write-up (plus one of mapping site Metrobot). Recently, TrueLocal acquired the data…

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The Hidden Variable Behind Success or Failure

Here's an interesting article on Google's culture (NYTimes.com, reg. req'd). Corporate cultures are sometimes covered in feature articles that don't get as much attention as the news analysis pieces that throw around hard numbers. But culture may be a bigger…

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What Do Google and Craigslist Have in Common?

While we were away at ILM:05, there was an interesting thread on John Battelle's blog regarding MySpace Classifieds. I don't have any insight into classifieds usage there, but casual observation indicates the postings are pretty thin (and one Battelle commenter…

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Monday Roundup

Here's another interesting real estate site/mashup, iGenHome -- sort of a marriage between HomePages.com and Trulia. SiliconBeat has a lot more info. Late last week, AOL brough it's mobile search out of beta. Supported by technology from Israeli company Infogin,…

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Verizon Info Services on Block

As noted in Greg's post, last night, Verizon Corp. posted an announcement on its Web site that it is "reviewing strategic alternatives for the domestic operations of the company's wholly owned directories publishing business, Verizon Information Services." You can review…

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Verizon to Sell Directories

An article in the WSJ today is reporting: "Verizon Communications Inc. said it plans to shed its phone-directories business, in a deal that could be valued at more than $17 billion ..." The obvious and stated motive is debt reduction.…

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The Trademark Tango Redux

The Kelsey Group has been using AdWords to promote our Global Yellow Pages Report -- a massive piece of work on the industry from my colleagues Charles Laughlin and Bobbi Luster -- and our ad uses the phrase "Yellow Pages."…

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More Thoughts on Google Base

There are a bunch of people out there who believe The Kelsey Group overhypes local. And that's certainly the lens through which we view the world. But if you pay attention, we clearly have a balanced view of the local…

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Google Fatigued?

For anyone who can't keep up with the dizzying torrent of service announcements from Google (or anyone wondering what $400+ a share gets you), CNET News provides a nice chart that summarizes its many products and (public) initiatives under way.Meanwhile,…

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Social, Local Search: Everybody's Doing It

Now Intuit has gotten into the local search game, creating an InsiderPages/Judy's Book-like directory site. The site Zipingo has been live since August, but generally under the radar. Intuit is trying to leverage its huge QuickBooks' SME user base to…

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Centro an Agency, Not a Network

Shawn Riegsecker, Centro CEO, took me aside today at our conference and helped clarify for me that Centro is not a network but rather a buying service for national advertisers that want to make local/geotargeted online ad buys. Centro will…

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