Friday, September 17th, 2010
It seems that we have gone device crazy. New smart phones are everywhere and carriers can’t keep the popular models in stock. Millions of us are now choosing to take our important data and connections on the road. Talking, texting, exchanging email, accessing work documents, searching, shopping, checking weather, taking pictures, and watching video are just a few of the ways we can interact with a modern mobile device. In fact, for many people the smart phone or tablet (i.e. iPad) has replaced the need for a traditional laptop.
No other device is as personal and interactive as a cell phone. And it’s generally no farther away than an arm’s reach. That 3.5” screen is our window to the world and advertisers are starting to see the potential of such a directly targeted medium.
Thursday, September 16th, 2010
In my last post on the Yahoo!/Bing merger I talked about the partnership announced about a year ago where Microsoft will be powering both organic and paid search for Bing AND Yahoo! It was announced August 24, 2010 that the switch for organic results is official in the US and Canada markets with other markets to soon follow. This is applicable for all natural search results including Web, Image and Video.
Wednesday, September 15th, 2010
Employers are constantly worried about how their employees spend their time while at work. comScore Inc recently revealed some interesting statistics about web usage that may turn the heat up for many of those worried employers.
Tuesday, September 14th, 2010
As the battle rages between Adobe and Apple, developers are stuck in between. Adobe Flash is the premier cross-platform web environment used to develop media rich web applications. Recently Apple has announced that their latest version iPhone OS for iPhone 4 will not run Adobe Flash. While some mobile manufacturers have over come this obstacle, Apple has drawn a line in the sand by saying they will not and do not have future plans to make Adobe Flash run on the iPhone OS.
Friday, September 10th, 2010
The recent announcement of Google Instant has nothing to do with Google's ranking algorithm, but more in the user experience.
Friday, September 10th, 2010
Yes. Google wants be our portal to the internet, no matter what the medium. Via computer, phone, tablet, navigation device and now set top box and TV. We are seeing Google’s versatile Android software popping up everywhere and its grabbing substantial market share from the competition.
Later this year, the information giant will be introducing Google TV; a device that the company claims “is a new experience for television that combines the TV that you already know with the freedom and power of the Internet”. Essentially, Google TV utilizes the company’s extensive search knowledge to navigate to television channels, websites, apps, shows and movies.
Thursday, September 9th, 2010
Tuesday, September 7th, 2010
Finally! A place for all you search engine geeks and data junkies to get your fix of search engine market share, all in one succinct spot.
Friday, September 3rd, 2010
With this week’s announcement of a new breed of iPods and the launch of iTunes 10 with integrated social networking, it’s clear that Apple has forever changed the way we purchase and enjoy music. Commanding nearly 30% of the market share of all online music purchases, iTunes continues to gain steam over online rivals Amazon and Wal-Mart (each holding a 12% stake).
But internet giant Google is readying a competing service that will be introduced later this year.
Thursday, September 2nd, 2010
Sheer terror. The only feeling you have when you wait to the last minute to purchase a gift for that hard to buy for relative. You scurry around the mall in search of ideas that will, hopefully, point you in the right direction. With no time left, you give in to being creative and decide to go the easy, never-let-you-down path. You buy a gift card.
Wednesday, September 1st, 2010
Everywhere you turn these days, you hear more and more about social-media-this and social-media-that. Many people constantly ask, "Is social media something I HAVE to do?"
The point of social media is not to force you in to something. It is not something that should be done "just to do it". Social media, when properly leveraged, is a very powerful business tool in the world today.
Tuesday, August 31st, 2010
In July of 2009 Yahoo! and Microsoft announced a search partnership that would attempt to chip away at the massive market share that Google currently controls of the search market. This is a Battle Royale for a larger slice of the multi-billion-searches-per-month pie, hitting a record the same month of 10.5 billion. Coincidence? Perhaps.
Thursday, July 15th, 2010
In today's fast paced culture, most of us are probably guilty of impatience. We want it and we want it now. And usually we can get it now. I can download just about any song ever sung in less than 10 seconds at the iTunes store. If I want to see an old clip from the classic A-Team television series, YouTube can give it to me right now. And if I have a question for a college friend, his Facebook wall is accessible on my laptop…and he lives in Australia.
Friday, July 2nd, 2010
What Discount Retailing and Internet Marketing Have in Common
Industries, like people, have life cycles. New ones begin, they mature, and some, like horse drawn carriages, the telegraph and film for cameras, even die. When an industry is early on in its life cycle, there are similar dynamics that you may recognize.
Tuesday, June 15th, 2010
Don't Over Think the Path to Success
I went to business school, but I don’t remember much of what I learned. I do remember writing a lot of mock business plans and developing a lot of mock financial projections. But I’m not sure why. The truth is as business people, we’ve been trained to obsess over long term planning. How many entrepreneurs spend countless hours writing 10 year business plans complete with detailed financial projections only to eventually put those plans in a drawer on their way to a day job that they hate?