Watch an Ad Online, Win $10 Million Dollars

Michael Arrington of TechCrunch (one of the best blogs for info on emerging startups today) points to an intriguing new advertising based site called Moola.com.  The site creates a new business model by asking users to view ads prior to playing a faceoff style "AdverTournament" with other users.  Each time you win a round, you

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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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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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Text Messaging and Customer Service

Recently, I had the chance to stay at the W Hotel in Times Square – and they had an interesting new text messaging service designed to inform guests about anything from a fax coming in, to confirmation of a dinner reservation.  Just text "W Insider" to a special number to get set up.  It got

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Wikipedia No Longer Defines the Wiki

Part of the appeal of the Wikipedia phenomenon has been that in a group edited model, it is more likely that individual biases in writing can be removed through frequent editing.  Indeed, for many of the self appointed Wikipedians who guard the content of Wikipedia, their mission in life is to objectivize any entries that

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Hilton Promotes a Better World, Starwood Promotes Better Sty ...

Taking a look at the current promotions from two of the world’s largest hotel chains is an interesting snapshot of the different philosophical approaches each chain brings to their hotel operations.  Hilton launched their Be Hospitable campaign with a call to people around the world to just be nicer to each other.  Their campaign site

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21st Century Recruiting and Jobseeking

When I first moved to Australia in 1999 – the way to break into the tech industry was to find a recruiting agency that would "present" me for jobs.  Like most other job seekers, I circled ads in the paper and submitted my resume.  But unlike many others at the time, I had a personal

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Been Wronged? Get Your Revenge Online

Everyone has a time when they have felt wronged.  When something didn’t go right, a relationship soured, a product failed to deliver or someone just did something that pissed us off.  And we all know the feeling of coming up with the ultimate comeback, when someone just gets what they deserve (like the classic story

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A New Way of Sharing Patient Opinions Online

The phenomenon of Internet users sharing their opinions about products and services online is well into the mainstream now, with large etailers like Amazon.com encouraging customer reviews, sites like TripAdvisor asking travellers to review lodging in destinations around the world and  ratings systems for buyers to evaluate sellers on sites like ebay and others.  Online,

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Coke Has to Make Every Drop Count

Last week Mark Ritson of the Design Bulletin shared an insightful view of the Cola Wars between Coke and Pepsi.  Rather than focusing on battle between Coke and Pepsi, Mark rightly illustrates how Pepsi has won the war by successfully diversifying its brand to represent more than just the carbonated beverage category.  Coke is still

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