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  • I Chat for a Good Cause
    The Great Recession has certainly not spared nonprofit organizations. With contributions down an average of nine percent, many charitable organizations have been forced to cut services. Some even face closure. Fortunately, though, the news is not all bad. "With the right marketing mix, savvy nonprofits are able to leverage social-media marketing ... more
  • Bing Searches Up  5% in January
    Google accounted for 71.49% of all US searches conducted in the four weeks ended Jan. 31, while Yahoo Search, Bing, and Ask.com received 14.57%, 9.37%, and 2.64%, respectively, according to Experian Hitwise. more
  • All in Good (SEO) Time
    "They say an Internet year is … equivalent to seven normal years," says Kevin Gibbon in a post at SEOptimise—meaning that we can witness seven real-world-years' worth of change in one year online. To help search marketers keep up, Gibbon offers seven ways to stay on top of the competition in the ... more
  • Top Haiti Relief Search Terms
    Across all major search engines, the top 10 search terms containing "Haiti relief" accounted for nearly half of the 679 search terms containing "Haiti relief," which itself was the top term, accounting for 12.16% of searches for the four weeks ended January 23, 2010, according to Hitwise Search Intelligence. more
  • Tertiary Keyword Rankings: Using Your Search-Engine Presence to Power Your Customers
    by Andy Komack
    In the world of B2B marketing, what would you say your customers want most from you? Some of the obvious things are quality products, great service, reasonable prices, and solutions that increase profits. But what would they really want if they could have anything from you? How about more customers? more
  • You Were Right Here All the Time?
    We recently encouraged businesses to expand their local search horizons and add more local flavor to their national search campaigns. Now, in a post at the Content Rich blog, Jon Wuebben offers more arguments for growing local roots in your search campaigns.  Wuebben quotes Neg Norton, president of the Yellow Pages Association, who ... more
  • Cheers to a New Year of SEO
    What do bartenders and websites have in common? Both need to be optimized to succeed. So says Jill Whalen in an amusing article at Search Engine Land. She demonstrates how the rules of optimization may dually apply to 'tenders and 'sites alike: Rule #1: Optimization shouldn't turn people off.  ... more
  • What Google Suggest Suggests
    Google is a powerhouse of information on a range of human behaviors, emotions, and opinions, and it offers insight into what people might care the most about concerning a given topic, according to a post by Duke and MIT professor Dan Ariely on his blog, PredictablyIrrational.com. more
  • Holidays Drive Traffic to Retail, Greetings Sites
    Traffic to retail websites grew in December as the online holiday shopping season reached a crescendo—while consumers' holiday festivities generated a surge in traffic to flowers/gifts/greetings and e-card sites, according to comScore. In addition, traffic to shipping sites reached a 2009 high as consumers rushed to ensure timely delivery of ... more
  • 2010 Ad Spend Flat, Online Up: Forecast
    In view of improved expectations of economic recovery, the US advertising market is forecast to fall just 0.1% this year, according to a revised forecast from MAGNA. The reassessment is a slight improvement from MAGNA's forecast issued in December 2009, which projected a 1.3% decline in ad spending. more
  • Many Google News Users Bypass News Sites
    More than four out of ten (44%) of visitors to Google News scan headlines without accessing newspapers' individual sites, including many "power news users" who consult news sources as least twice a day, according to new study from Outsell. more
  • It's All in How You Say It
    Your own keyword analytics data is the most valuable marketing asset of your company, says WordStream’s Larry Kim in an article at MarketingProfs. The data contained in the keyword report from your Web-analytics application—which tells you how people are finding your site through paid and organic search—comprise a far more effective ... more
  • Google Grabs 72% of Searches in December
    Google continued to dominate search, accounting for 72.3% of all US searches in the four weeks ended January 2, 2010, up 1% from a month earlier, according to Experian Hitwise. Yahoo followed with 14.8% of searches, Bing with 8.9%, and Ask.com with 2.5%. more
  • High-Tech Paid-Search Spend Up 17% in 4Q09
    Paid-search spending worldwide by US-based high-tech and consumer-electronics advertisers grew 16.6% in the fourth quarter of 2009 over third-quarter levels, after having grown 7.7% in the third quarter, according to a study from Covario. more
  • Younger Shoppers Use Mobile for Real-Time Info
    Over one-half of surveyed consumers across 11 countries used their mobile phones during the 2009 holiday shopping season for in-store activities such as comparison-shopping and getting peer feedback, product information, and coupons, according to a study from Motorola. more
  • Five Paid-Search Tips to Boost Quality Score (and Drive Higher ROI)
    by Matt Lawson
    By using new campaign-management techniques, smart marketers can gain a sizable and lasting advantage over the competition in the auction for keywords—ensuring their ads show up high in search results without dampening ROI. more
  • Case Study: SEO and Sex: A Recipe for Success
    by Kimberly Smith
    How does an SMB owner run a business day to day, do his/her own marketing and promotion, and make sure the biz keeps going and growing? Just maybe, SEO+Sex=Success! more
  • Hop Aboard the Search Express
    As Max Starkov writes in an article at Hotel Interactive, the hotel industry is the perfect candidate for managing customer relations via mobile devices. "Using the mobile space to provide intelligent, unobtrusive and highly personalized services convinces customers that this is their service," says Starkov. And one of the hot tools ... more
  • Internet Marketing Recovery Forecast for 2010
    Display advertising is forecast to grow 13% in 2010 after a dismal performance in 2009 (down approximately 5% in the US), while US search advertising is forecast to grow 13%, up significantly from 2009's roughly flat year, according to research from JP Morgan. more
  • Mobile Browsing Share Grows in Dec.
    Mobile browsing accounted for 1.35% of all Web browsing worldwide in December, up some 20% from 1.12% in November, with Google's Android operating system the largest percentage gainer during the month, according to data from Net Applications' HitsLink Market Share more
  • Careful How You Link Up
    "Links allow your readers to select which offer or detail they want to understand better or read more about, without distracting them with information that may not be useful," writes Maria Pergolino in a post at the Marketo blog. Another benefit: They also enable marketers to gauge a reader's interest ... more
  • Online Ad Spending to Recover in 2010
    Though US online advertising is forecast to decline 4.6% in 2009––the first drop since 2002––the recovering economy, combined with basic structural changes in how marketers and the public use media, will lead to growth in early 2010, according to eMarketer. more
  • Dial M for Mobile Search
    According to research from SEMPO, more than 64 million US wireless subscribers surfed the mobile Internet in May 2009—almost twice as many as in the previous year. That accounts for more than 20% of the total US population, 28% of US wireless subscribers, and more than 40% of desktop Internet ... more
  • Adults Spend 13 Hours a Week Online
    US adults spent an average of 13 hours a week online in 2009, off slightly from last year, when average weekly online use was 14 hours, according to a poll by Harris Interactive. However, usage varies greatly: 20% of adult Internet users are online for only two hours or less ... more
  • 2009 TV Revenues Down 22%
    The television industry will close out 2009—a year dominated by shifting advertising budgets and a poor economy—with lower-than-expected revenues of $15.6 billion, a 22.4% decline from 2008, according to BIA/Kelsey. more

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