23 November 2007

Ask.com getting into China

Ask has Chinese Intentions The Wall Street Journal reports that www.ask.com is planning on spending up to $100 million on their Chinese expansion plans. Modelled on their European push IAC/Interactive will be launching a media and advertising Web site rather than a transaction-based business. I am not sure what this means but I am guessing Search Engine and not a …

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23 November 2007

Fun Friday DIY Instructions

Are you doing some DIY this weekend? Watch the experts!! We happened upon this video demonstrating exactly how to hammer nails into blocks of wood. Check it out! Oh, it’s in German but that’s not a big deal. Now thats what I call hammering! Have a good weekend!

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22 November 2007

Being sociable…

I spent the day on Tuesday throughly immersed in the world of social media. The day kicked off at The Hospital in Covent Garden chairing a roundtable on the role of social media in a digital marketing strategy. Jay Stephens from MySpace attended along with Megan Powell from Evans, Simon Roberts from Lloyds TSB and Stephen Scott from Airmiles, all …

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22 November 2007

Google doing what Baidu does

Another related searches observation, I am getting obsessed! Following on from yesterdays related searches observation where we observed 34 open spots on the Google results page including eight related searches listings we have noticed that Google is replicating in China what Baidu is doing. That is, providing ten related searches. See blow on www.google.cn using a search for ‘tourism’: and …

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21 November 2007

Google Results Pages Getting Busy Again

Cluttered Results Page? Over the last weekend we noticed that Google has made their News Results as an addition to the top ten rankings, and not replacing one of them, thereby reducing the number  of natural results to nine. So some good news there then! Now the quality and relevancy is still off the mark for me on these results …

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17 November 2007

Foo Fighters, Facebook and O2

Struggling to upload photos So I was at the O2 Arena tonight to see the Foo Fighters and thought it would be fun to load up photos from the gig via my blackberry and Facebook for those sad enough to care. Like I  did at the Sex Pistols gig in Brixton the other day. (see my facebook profile) But what …

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17 November 2007

Images from Shanghai

I’ve had some sleep so time to add some images They say a picture can paint a thousand words, or something like that and now I am back in the UK I will round off the China trip with a few images. So here we go, no particular order… Awesome ‘real life’ Transformer in the Sculpture Park in Red Town …

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15 November 2007

There are nine million bicycles in Beijing

And God knows how many in Shanghai. Neil and I have nearly run into all of them! Honestly if we get back in one piece I shall be astounded. Allegedly there are 180,000 deaths from road accidents in China every year. We both reckon that’s just the number for Shanghai – every week. In just one day (today) we were …

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15 November 2007

Facebook Beacons

Even more new features from the social network giant! Facebook recently unveiled a new Social media/advertising feature called Facebook Beacons. A beacon tracks the online behavior of users not just within Facebook but everywhere on the World Wide Web. For example, if a user buys something online at Amazon, that information is recorded through the use of a tracking cookie. …

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15 November 2007

What I learned in Shanghai!

Lots! And while we do love to educate both clients and readers of this blog I am afraid I am going to have to keep the juicy search conversion stuff to myself, for now! But for those who may wonder what shanghai is like here are some observations: Whistles, all you hear is whistles from people directing traffic, very tuneful! …

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