I've discussed the nofollow attribute several times lately.
The bottom line: Google doesn't like paid links and regardless of whether or not one agrees with Google's stance, the use of nofollow with paid links is a best practice worth implementing.
Consumer product reviews are a proven sales driver, and are a must have for online retailers, and more and more have been adding reviews to their product pages recently.
It depends on which study you read, but up to 90% of online shoppers use reviews before buying, and they can cause an uplift in conversion rates.
Having the functionality that allows users to write reviews on your website is one thing, but you need to have enough of them on your product pages to make it a more useful resource for shoppers, so how can you persuade more people to review your products?
As we've discussed here at Econsultancy before, United States President Barack Obama loves social media. He used it with remarkable success during his campaign and he's using it as president.
But the popular website he used to serve his weekly video address on WhiteHouse.gov has unceremoniously been ditched.
If The New York Times fails, it won’t be for lack of effort. The cash-strapped Gray Lady launched an aggressive new content-driven effort today, aimed at more engaged readers and hopefully, new advertisers.
It’s called “The Local.” Before you say, "Right, newspapers are local,"
understand this is actually hyperlocal. It's an attempt by The
Times to re-position itself from the center of the globe to the center
Can you hear me now? Probably.
Over 60 percent of the world's citizens have a cell phone. That's a lot of gadgets in a whole lot of hands. This very significant increase in penetration is largely due to mobile phone adoption in poor and developing countries. As recently as seven years ago, less than 15 percent of the world's
population had cell phones.
We're looking at more than 4X growth in mobile subscriptions since 2002, when there were about one billion mobile subscriptions globally. By the end of last year, there were an estimated 4.1 billion subscriptions.
Worldwide Internet usage more than doubled in the same period. Currently, c. 23 percent of the
population goes online, up from only 11 percent in 2002. But the poorer the country, the further that number drops. Only about 5 percent of Africans went online in 2007.
Less than 6 months after launching, online music streaming upstart Spotify has reached an important milestone: 1m users. Approximately 250,000 of those users are located in the UK.
And Spotify is making progress on the business side too: it has signed up some big ad agencies who are trying out its new ad targeting platform.
I’m delighted to have been asked to be a panelist at Social
Media Influence tomorrow.
I’ve attended every year since its first carnation 4 years ago as
Blogging4business. Inspiring speakers such as Antony Mayfield, Suw
Charman-Anderson, Hugh McLeod and Struan Robertson thrilled us with their
visions of how business should embrace a brave new social media world.
Some of the UK's top online retailers have made improvements to the accessibility of their websites over the last 12 months, with Boots and John Lewis the top performers in a Webcredible study.
The average accessibility score increased from 57% to 62%, but some online retailers' scores have slipped since last year, and there is still plenty of room for improvement.
One lazy Friday a few weeks ago we rolled out an experiment by displaying all mentions of ‘Econsultancy’ on Twitter onto our homepage. It received a lot of attention, and some people thought we were nuts.
Now Skittles.com has gone one better by turning its entire site into a massive social media experiment. It is possibly the bravest move I have yet seen, in terms of a global brand getting into bed with social media and social networks.
That the newspaper business is ailing isn't exactly news. With some newspapers closing altogether and others doing what they can to deal with still-declining revenue, it's clear that the newspaper industry needs to adapt.
The internet is increasingly the medium that newspapers are turning to as they try to adapt but it's not a quick fix.