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Amazon posts 32% rise in Q1 sales

Online retail giant Amazon has posted a 32% rise in sales for the first quarter to just over $3bn (£1.5bn).

The company said pre-tax profits had risen from $96m (£48m) to $144m (£72m) year on year, but expects sales and profit growth to slow in the second quarter.

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Using search to measure offline success

One of the reasons why search is so great is its accountability. The same cannot be said for some forms of offline advertising. The good news is that you can use search to help gauge offline success.

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Old media attacks blogs, internet, leftists, people

A renewed savaging of the blogosphere seems to be in full swing judging by some recent posts in the mainstream press. One, by a writer I have a lot of time for, specifically caught my eye.

In a post originally titled ‘Is Web 2.0 a threat to civilisation?’ (since changed to ‘The web is dead; long live the web’, or, via Australian IT, ‘Anarchy of distance’), Brian Appleyard of the Sunday Times explores the idea that great damage is being done to the people of the world by, erm, rounded corners?

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80% of blogs contain offensive content - report

According to a new threat analysis report by web security firm ScanSafe, a high number of blogs contain potentially offensive content, while 6% of blogs hosting malware.

To fit into ScanSafe's definition of offensive content, a blog merely has to include a single post containing profanity. Under this definition, this blog would be considered offensive, as would the average Sunday newspaper.

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The Participation Ladder

Charlene Li of Forrester Research has recently published a study into levels of participation in social media, with a view to helping develop more effective social media strategies.

For the report into Social Technographics, she has produced the 'Participation Ladder': 

Particpation ladder

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Q&A: Rick Bruner, director of research at DoubleClick

DoubleClick is set to release the first European version of its annual Touchpoints study, which looks at the main influences behind consumers' purchasing behaviour online.

So we spoke to the company's director of research and industry relations Rick E. Bruner for a sneak preview. 

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SEO commitment essential as consumers go organic

Agencies specialising in search engine optimisation (SEO) will be heartened by recent E-consultancy research which shows that the majority of companies are committed to more investment in natural search.

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Moveme.com plans your house move

Moveme.com is a new website which aims to take the hassle out of moving house in the UK, by providing a tool that allows you to plan all aspects of the process.

The site provides a 'diary' to help you to arrange all aspects of the house move - getting quotes from removal firms, redirecting your mail, organising surveys, and so on.

 Moveme planner

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Yell.com launches affiliate search programme

Yell.com has launched an affiliate scheme with the aim of attracting more traffic to its 2m-strong business listings database.

The search site said partners would receive a fixed monthly payment in return for placing a banner ad with search controls on their site; those who do not meet Yell's criteria will not receive any income, however.

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Fashion searchers snap up Crocs

Crocs, the brightly-coloured, lightweight shoes, have become the most searched-for fashion item in the UK.

Hitwise reported an eight-fold increase in the number of "croc" queries since February, with most uptake seen as summer approaches.

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Google named top global brand

Google is now the world's most powerful brand, according to market research by Millward Brown in conjunction with the FT.

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Market research paradigm is changing quickly

The world of market research is undergoing a rapid transformation as a result of online survey technology. But marketers need to make sure that they are providing a survey experience in line with consumers' increased expectations.

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