29 September 2009

Bing in the UK – Hope for Microsoft?

They say the bigger they are, the harder they fall. Well that is certainly what Google’s competitors must be hoping. So the latest search stats from across the pond must have caused some people to think that finally a David had been born to humble the Google Goliath. According to these stats, Bing (David in this story) has increased its …

Continue Reading
29 September 2009

Social Climbing With Twitter

At last week’s Net Imperative Twitter or Bitter debate, one of the panellist commented, “Facebook is for people you used to know, Twitter is for people you want to know.” In my opinion, the panellist’s Twitter observation was absolutely spot on. Unlike Facebook, my Twitter ‘following’ list is dominated by people I’ve never met – a significant number of whom …

Continue Reading
29 September 2009

How Google is going to keep the market share

Google has the lions share of the search market, and there isn’t an end in sight, the sheer flexibility and rate at which the search giant can implement new technology and adjust to an ever changing market is the first factor that contributes to their success. There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes, Google has comletely revamped …

Continue Reading
29 September 2009

Are you on the Twitter blacklist?

This past weekend, I discovered that tweets from Aaron Williams, Tamar’s Head of Technology (@bayshield), aren’t showing up in Twitter search results. I noticed it on Sunday while I was monitoring tweets about The Prince’s Trust’s “Palace to Palace” charity ride (Aaron, an avid cyclist, took part in the event and The Prince’s Trust is a Tamar client). I thought …

Continue Reading
29 September 2009

Google Hot Trends

New Improved Hot Trends Our chums at Google have updated their hot trends and it now includes some swanky new graphics, but only if you are in the US and Japan. Hopefully this will make its way over here shortly but there is no word on this on their offical blog post. So a search for the actor William H …

Continue Reading
28 September 2009

Could UK postal strikes affect online sales this Christmas?

Although for the most of us Christmas still seems a long way off, we can correctly assume that retailers are already well into their festive marketing strategies. Only this week I saw my first 2009 selection box stacked neatly in the supermarket amongst other suitable ‘gifts’. And we can expect alot more in the coming weeks as retailers execute tried …

Continue Reading
28 September 2009

Measuring Onsite content

I was at ad tech on 23rd September and attended quite a few talks during the day. I found one talk particlulary interesting which was about why brands should invest in onsite content and how we can measure the effect of content. From a purely brand prespective (beyond SEO), content could benefit the site from a variety of factors: Brand …

Continue Reading
25 September 2009

How did anti-social become social?

If the history of the world was compressed into 1 year, homosapiens would have been around for 12 minutes, agriculture for 1 minute, the industrial revolution was 2 seconds ago, computers have been around for 4/10 of a second and the internet has been in existence for 1/10 of a second – the blink of an eye.   A lot …

Continue Reading
25 September 2009

What I did in Search this week

Well more what I found out So this is a bit of a roundup, and first thing I am rounding is that putting ‘so’ in front of every sentence is a preppy west coast thing. So I wont do it. Again. Sidewiki Secondly we have seen Google release their Sidewiki. This is run off the latest (so you may need …

Continue Reading