Search Plus Social Equals Sold

There are people inside and outside the industry who have no use for social media marketing. Then there’s the other half who are driven to purchase thanks to their “relationship” with the brand, however tenuous. According to eMarketer: Marketers still skeptical of the overall influence of social media on online purchasing habits have reason to […]

If The Google Really Wants To Do Good, They Need To Open A Call Center And Resolve Disputes

When The Google shifts its algorithm, money changes hands. Big money. As in billions of U.S. dollars. According to CNNMoney.com, the search giant’s recent the algorithm change shifted $1 billion in annual revenue. Some of the losers felt the hit immediately. Mahalo.com laid off 10% of its workforce last week thanks to what CEO Jason […]

Freedom Runs On Information, And Google Loves Information

Sticks and stones make break Google’s bones, but words will never hurt her. Yet, dart-like words are flying. According to Times of India, Google denied that the US government meddles in its business decisions after Chinese state media published an opinion piece saying the Internet-search company is a “tool” of US foreign policy. Google is […]

Mobile Soon To Be A $200 Billion Market

Eric Schmidt of Google spoke Sunday at the IAB Annual Leadership Meeting in Palm Springs, Calif. He said that 78% of smartphone owners use their phones while they shop. “This is the future and everyone will adapt,” Schmidt said. Mobile growth is occurring at a quicker rate than anyone expected, Schmidt noted. “We look at […]

You Can’t Fool Mother Google. Can You?

In a chess move with so-called Content Farms, The Google revised its methods to improve the usefulness of its results last week, according to The New York Times. But the new algorithm change does not address the full scope of techniques that sites use to manipulate Google. It is a constant cat-and-mouse game — as […]

J. C. Penny Caught Slumming In The “Subterranean World of ‘Black Hat’ Optimization”

According to David Segal of The New York Times, J. C. Penny gamed Google’s search results and is now paying the price for its actions. At 7 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, J. C. Penney was still the No. 1 result for “Samsonite carry on luggage.” Two hours later, it was at No. 71. At […]

The Google Runs Full Page Ad In USA TODAY To Encourage Small Business Owners

To start your new year strong, Google will match the first $100 of your investment in AdWords if you sign up before December 31, 2010.

Esther Dyson Bings And Decides

Google’s Visual Search Technology Returns Branded Answers

According to The New York Times, Google introduced a smartphone application last year that lets users take photos of objects and get search results in return. The app called Google Goggles is now available on Android phones and the iPhone. Google is now bringing this functionality to five national brands in an experiment to see […]

Yet Another Facebook Story: Zuck Likes Microsoft For Search (Harvard/Stanford Rivalry Plays Out In Real Time)

Microsoft’s 2007 investment in Facebook is paying off. The two companies announced a search partnership yesterday that will incorporate the opinions and preferences of one’s Facebook friends into Bing search results. Watch live streaming video from facebookinnovations at livestream.com According to Ad Age, the move will help Bing further differentiate itself from Google and extend […]