7 Rules for Agencies Getting into Search

I’m at the Search Engine Strategies Conference in New York and will be participating in a panel discussion tomorrow about agencies and search.  The topic raises an interesting discussion about where search engine marketing should fit.  Is it a PR activity?  An advertising program?  These are the questions that not only agencies are struggling with,

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NBC Adds Olympic Medal Count to Paid Search Results

As most good content publishers know, there are moments where a highly relevant "nugget" of content from your site will be the piece that generates the largest number of searches and a surge in site traffic.  For content publishers offering Winter Olympic coverage, that nugget is definitely the Olympic Medal Count.  To reach all the

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bloggoggle: Directory of Blogging Professionals

I came across the beta for this site today, an interesting effort to merge the best qualities from a site like Squidoo (letting individuals share their expertise) and LinkedIn (letting individuals network with one another).  The interesting angle on this site is that it focuses very narrowly on the niche of professionals who have their

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The Evolution of Marketing

Several weeks ago, a few of my colleagues gave a presentation to our entire office about the field of word of mouth marketing, learnings from the WOMMA conference and what this means for our clients.  After the presentation, several members of our social marketing team commented that this area seemed to be nothing new.  After

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Insights on Targeting Consumers Over 50

I was in Boston yesterday judging the NEDMA awards, I had the chance to see a reprise of Kurt Medina’s intriguing presentation on the 77 truths of marketing to the 50+ "mature market" consumer that he first gave during the DMA conference several months ago.  The talk was full of useful data and insights, but

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BuzzAgent Launches 90 Day Blog Experiment

Leading by example, Buzz Agent is demonstrating it’s position as a leader and pioneer in Word of Mouth Marketing with their new blog about the inner workings of the "central hive."  The Butman Experiment, as they call it, will be a blog written over the course of 90 days by John Butman (Dave Balter’s co-author

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French Maid TV and New Uses for Video Blogging

There aren’t many guys out there that can resist checking out a site as titillatingly titled as French Maid TV.  The only problem is, you better watch out for someone looking over your shoulder.  Especially if you are at work like I am right now.  Of course, my story is that I’m just checking out

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Semapedia Shows the Promise of Mobile Marketing

In this month’s issue, Wired magazine asked several visionary thinkers to assign a new word to the future of the Internet.  Paul McFedries, author of Word Spy, mentioned the term: Infosphere … an apt term for the current state and future potential of the web.  The growth of information resources online has been symbolized by

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Intelligent TV and Online Communities

There is a battle going on in the world of television.  On one side are the lovers of "intelligent" TV.  Shows like Lost, West Wing, 24, and others that require a level of concentration and intelligent involvement in the story lines.  On the other side, is "Darnell" TV – reality shows (often created by Mike

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Priority Club Redefines the Travel Loyalty Program

About two months ago, my wife joined the pilot Buzz Agent program for the new Priority Club Any Hotel, Any Reward program.  The travel industry does not have a history of transparency, when it comes to pretty much anything.  Hotels focus on the lobby, while the back rooms, employee elevators, and other hidden areas are

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