Yang: Mass Media to My Media

In Jerry Yang's relatively brief on-stage interview with SES host Danny Sullivan this a.m., Yang gave a high-level overview of where Yahoo is going with search and other features of the portal. He spoke about more tightly integrating services across…

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Google Customizes News; Is 'MyGoogle' Coming?

Google has launched a personalization capability for Google News, allowing manipulation of the existing news categories and the creation of specialized categories (e.g., "Local Search"). Search Engine Watch has the full rundown. The new functionality is very useful and it…

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Fear and Backslapping in Las Vegas

Greetings from the Mirage Hotel. I am sitting here staring at Steve Wynn€™s enormous signature on his new Vegas strip hotel, poring over my notes from the first general sessions at the Yellow Pages Association annual convention, halfway into its…

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Newspaper Registration a Flawed Strategy

Newspapers have long thrown up registration pages in front of users coming from newsletters or news aggregation sites in order to capture demographic and personal information for later marketing purposes. The point is to make newspaper sites more valuable to…

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Wither SME Product Sellers?

DMNews reports on infoUSA data showing the number of small businesses in the U.S. declined by about 300,000 from 11.6 million at the end of 2003 to 11.3 million at the end of last year. This prompts me to think…

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Interchange to Launch 'Local.com' Destination

According to a news release, Interchange, which recently acquired Swedish Local Search technology platform Inspire AB, announced that it had secured the domain "Local.com" for US$700,000. It will use the Inspire technology, as well as its own, to support the…

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“We're No. 1″

DexOnline.com was the No. 1 IYP site within its region in 2004, according to consumer research firm comScore. They are not close to No. 1 outside of their region. We do not have information on how other publishers have done…

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Consumer Impact on Advertising Budget Allocation

Here's a USAToday piece that shows the potential direct line from consumer usage/behavior to advertising spend allocation. The article's about SMEs and search-engine marketing (anecdotal but instructive). Where the consumers are found the advertisers will follow--eventually. This is why IYP…

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How to Summarize a Meeting

Subject: bear stearns media conference - one line summary Advertising perspectives from our Media Conf - from A. Quadrani. Surprising amount of consistency from both ad buyers and sellers which suggested the ad market is healthy but dollars being dispersed…

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Become: Product Review Search

There wasn't much mainstream press fanfare (just a couple of pieces) about the launch of self-described next-generation shopping search engine Become.com (you have to register to use the beta). Behind it are the folks that started MySimon, which has been…

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Tired of Hearing about Google?

How about: Firefox is the new Google? (Say that like you're from the "old country.") In other words (and nevermind that full page ad in the NY Times), is Firefox demonstrating the kind of grass roots traction that made Google…

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AOL Local Getting Better and Faster

AOL's new and improved feature set for local will be on display starting today. AOL has revamped local in much the same way it stripped down and souped up its general Web search. There's lots of interesting new stuff to…

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The Changing Ear of Radio

Most every traditional medium today faces challenges from new technologies. Yellow Pages and newspapers, the primary print directional media, are being affected mostly by the Internet. Radio faces the double whammy of iPod and other portable digital audio players and…

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