Quillp is a social network startup based in Germany which provides book recommendations for other readers based on similar tastes, as well as allowing budding authors to upload their own manuscripts for others to rate, review, and comment on.
It has features in common with BookArmy and BookRabbit, as well as peer review sites for unpublished authors like Authonomy and YouWriteOn, so how does it compare?
According to CyberSource Ltd., the UK subsidiary of electronic payment provider CyberSource Corporation, online fraud is a growing challenge for online businesses in the UK.
Although the total rate of fraud increased by 'only' 2.6%, one in 8 online merchants in the UK are now losing 5% or more of their online revenue to fraud and 37% lose at least 1%. All told, more than 40% of the merchants surveyed as part of CyberSource's 5th Annual Fraud Report saw fraud levels increase online last year.
1link.in is a shortcode service with a difference. The difference is that it allows you to configure one link to open multiple pages.
I’ve not seen anything like it before (which often means there are a dozen similar tools out there).
The service works just like Bit.ly or TinyURL, by allowing you to paste in a link to shorten it. But it specifically allows you to embed a number of pages in that link, something that the other tools don’t (yet) offer.
When you're a digital marketer or deal with issues like SEO on a day-to-day basis, it's easy to forget that there are lots of people running businesses that leverage the internet in some way who are trying their best to learn and stay on top of trends without all the resources of the 'pros'.
I was recently speaking to an acquaintance who runs several small mom-and-pop ecommerce websites and as we discussed his use of AdWords, he told me something quite interesting: despite the fact that his campaigns weren't performing, he felt the need to continue spending a little money with AdWords because he thought it would help with his organic ranking.
Recently we’ve been looking more and more at the online performance of brands, which is increasingly key to success in a multichannel world.
Historically, many FMCG brands have not considered their products as being relevant for the internet, and certainly not in terms of e-commerce. It is understandable. Nobody really visits Google to find a place to buy a Coke.
Nevertheless, the brand owners spend countless millions, and in some cases billions, on multichannel advertising campaigns. Partly because they have to, and partly because they can.
But here’s the truth of the matter: many ad campaigns aren’t delivering what they should be because budgets aren't being invested into digital channels to encourage (and capture) engagement.
All too often the internet (and mobile) is a last-minute thought, when it should be built into a campaign at the outset. More than that, it should now be hardwired into marketing strategies by default.
I've discussed the economics of blogging numerous times in the past. Can
blogging be a viable career? Can the blogosphere mint hoards of new
millionaires? These are all questions that many have asked over the
past several years as the blogosphere has grown in size and prominence.
Despite the fact that I have been able to turn my blogging activities
into a bit of cash, I've remained skeptical about blogging as a
business and as a career, which is why the man behind Drama 2.0 still calls 'international business' his primary line of work.
A new survey finds that, though some of the most popular online retailers are performing well for usability of search and navigation, as well as delivery, they are often failing when it comes to effective customer service.
According to the eDigital Research survey, e-tailers scored especially poorly on providing customer service by email, something which customers increasingly want to do to save spending time on the phone. However, customers often received inadequate information, or no response at all.
Just how much was Facebook willing to pay to settle the lawsuit alleging that founder Mark Zuckerberg had stolen the concept and some code from fellow Harvard classmates Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss and Divya Narendra?
That was the $64m question that appeared would never be answered given the secrecy around the settlement.
Recently, an underground rethinking of blogging practice began to hit the headlines; that of Slow Blogging. In a nutshell, this is where blog-posts are generated over a length of time with the aim to display a deep knowledge of the subject matter, rather than churning out quick content at a regular pace.
Displaying a thorough understanding of their services, products and industry can be highly beneficial to the promotional and marketing activities of many businesses, but at what speed should we really be blogging?
For most of us, SEO is not some pie-in-the-sky theory that may or not be real. We use it. And we know it works because we see and measure the results.
While SEO isn't the be-all and end-all of online marketing, helping search engines find your content and better understand what it's about can be a crucial part of making sure that internet users find your content. At the end of the day, that's really what SEO is about.
Try telling that to John Dvorak, aka Mr Anti-SEO.