Mom's Day Online Spending Drivers

VeriSign, the e-commerce infrastructure provider, announced that Mother's Day-related spending hit US$4.4 billion this year, during the period from April 25 through May 8. That represented a 24% increase over Mother's Day 2004. I didn't see a detailed category breakdown…

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Yell the Best Buyer for TWP

Here is a snippet of what we have to say about the Yell acquisition of TransWestern Publishing in an Advisory that will be issued tomorrow to clients of The Kelsey Report: "...a private equity buyer might have found it difficult…

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The Trademark Tango

The two U.S.-based trademark actions against Google (Geico, American Blinds) are being allowed to proceed to discovery. Discovery is a phase of litigation after the initial documents are filed that requires the parties to exchange information and, as the term…

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'TV Advertising' of the Future

There's a way in which the breakdown of traditional advertising (at least on TV) may result in more interesting/thoughtful ads online. Two such examples are BMW's "Respect" campaign and the parody film "Store Wars" promoting organic food. This is ad…

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Blogs Not Such a Big Deal?

The spin being given to a new report by Pew and marketing firm BuzzMetrics entitled, €œBuzz, Blogs and Beyond: The Internet and the National Discourse in the Fall of 2004" is that blogs have not displaced traditional media in terms…

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Dogpile's New Tricks

InfoSpace launched a new version of its Dogpile metasearch engine. The new site, which is cleaner, more prominently highlights the fact that it delivers results from Google, Yahoo! and Ask Jeeves and also suggests ("Different Engines, Different Results") that it…

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Search: The Middle Way

With apologies to Buddhism, new empirical data from Yahoo! Search Marketing suggest that search is a "middle path," between branding/awareness and direct response and probably most effective when combined with other advertising -- in particular display advertising. The study I…

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Name, Rank and Revenue Number

The question is, why can€™t the big telco publishers participate in the revenue growth? If the U.S. Military Academy that trained Generals Grant and Lee can change to meet the needs of their country, surely telco publishers can change to…

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Yahoo! Video Search Goes Wide

The search world is like a hydra and video is one of the heads. Yahoo!, AOL, Google and other competitors are jockeying for position in the emerging online TV/video sector. See Stefanie Olsen's write-up. Tonight Yahoo! Video Search formally launched.…

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Backfence Goes Live

Backfence went live tonight in McLean and Reston, VA. I previously wrote about Backfence's "hyper-local" strategy. It's a very interesting strategy (comprehensive local site, relying heavily on user-generated content) and will be one to watch. There are those who will…

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