Insights from the Search Insider Summit

After the first day of the Search Insider Summit I had the chance to listen to some forward thinking minds in the world of search and spend some time chatting with many peers about the state of search in the marketing mix and how they see this world evolving.  After this first day of the

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The Human Side of Search: Directories, Wikis and Networks

One of the most popular portal sites today started with a list of Jerry Yang’s favourite sites.  As Jerry grew his directory of sites into the megaportal of Yahoo – he also gave birth to an idea that was copied across the Internet.  Then Google came along and Yahoo’s directory suddenly became a tool for

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The Human Side of Search: Taggregation

As more and more content gets posted online by organizations and individuals, the barriers to finding the content that truly matters are getting higher.  Search algorithms are valuable for helping to sort through this information, but unfortunately the automated approach can only go so far and falls short when it comes to less well recognized

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What Marketers have Forgotten about Domain Names

Ten years ago, a good domain name was the most important thing in the world.  Companies bid millions of dollars to get the right domain name, legal battles ensued over who should rightfully own a domain, and registering the right domain name was usually the first step in launching a company, campaign or new tagline. 

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The Carnival of Marketing at Influential Interactive Marketi ...

Thanks to all for their patience while I pulled together this week’s Carnival of Marketing over the holiday weekend (in the US).  The posts from this week range from new great content online, such as TEDTalks, to new ideas like the Earthboards or marketing in SecondLife, to highlighting several posts from newer blogs out there

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YouthNoise.com and Teens Changing the World

When I give presentations to Social Marketing folks, one of my favourite statistics is this interesting point: In the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, 13 million Americans made donations to relief efforts online and 7 million set up their own hurricane relief efforts using the internet. (Pew Internet) Think about that for a second. 

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Wikimapia, Google's Green Summer and Marketing Mashups

Wikimapia is one of the most recent mashups with Google maps getting a lot of love on del.icio.us lately.  The site is a global effort to get people to describe the places they live in the same way that Wikipedia has become a global encyclopedia of knowledge on nearly every topic in the world.  The

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Getting Global Insight on Trends from Search

Since websites have become primary information sources about companies and products in the late 90s, integrated marketing teams have been using web analytics to mine data about users and translate this into trend information and ammunition for testing the usability of websites.  One metric in particular that almost all marketing teams pay attention to are

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Google Rates your Password Strength

Most of us have awful password etiquette, using the same easy-to-remember password across multiple sites, and only really choosing secure passwords when there is a specific system in place preventing us from using a simpler one.  Financial institutions have gotten better at preventing fraud and password hacking, in part because consumers are also realizing that

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The Arrival of Product Placement on Blogs

Anyone in the marketing and advertising industry has probably followed the evolution of product placement on TV and in films with interest.  With the Tivo phenomenon changing how consumers view (or skip) the 30 second spot, some say the future of television is in product placements.  But what about product placement and sponsorship on blogs? 

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