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Social networkers reject ads

Users of social networking sites are becoming impervious to traditional ads and turning instead to their friends and colleagues for information and product recommendations, according to a new study.


Do eRetailers need to use discounts in their email marketing?

I’m in the process of moving house at the moment. In my infinite wisdom, after spending my life’s savings on the bricks and mortar, it is the turn of my own wallet to finance a range of home improvements. 

To help in this arduous task, I’ve signed up for a number of relevant newsletters including B&Q, Screwfix Direct, Comet and more. 

Strikingly, the majority of the email promotion focuses on discounts and offering deals... 


Blog round-up: The Venice Project, Friendster and Wal-Mart’s Web 2.0 woes

A summary of today's major stories doing the rounds throughout the blogosphere...


iPod killers for Christmas 2006?

Richard Menta at mp3newswire has been reviewing potential ‘iPod killers’ since 2004 and he rounds up the potential challengers for Apple’s crown in the run up to the Christmas shopping season.

Of the 149 portable MP3 players he has reported on in the past two years, not one has yet managed to dent the popularity of Apple’s device, which has become a generic name for the MP3 player.

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Internet buoys UK marketing spend, says IPA

Increasing outlay on internet advertising saw UK companies' marketing budgets rise slightly in the third quarter of 2006, according to the Institute for Practitioners in Advertising.

Although budgets have now declined for eight consecutive quarters, the IPA's latest Bellwether Report found the rate of decline had slowed for the third time in a row.


How search results are re-ranked

Search Engine Journal has pointed out an excellent article by Bill Slawski on the complicated business of how search companies re-rank results.

It is important to get to grips with some of these factors if you are actively involved in SEO, since rankings can be influenced by any number of factors that may be outside of your control.


MySpace trumpets video in GooTube wake

MySpace has improved its low-key video sharing offering in what has been interpreted as a tactical response to Google $1.65bn purchase of YouTube last week.


LinkedIn adds new directory service

Online network LinkedIn is to offer a new directory search, giving its members a new method of choosing business service providers based on recommendations.

In the new directory, LinkedIn users will be able to search for service providers among those recommended by friends, or else broaden the search to include friends of friends.


Online safety scheme to get revamp

Word has reached us that the Interactive Media in Retail Group (IMRG) is preparing to re-launch its ‘Internet Shopping Is Safe’ scheme, which aims to reassure UK consumers about online security.


Reuters sets up bureau in Second Life

Reuters has joined the rush by big companies into web-based virtual worlds, setting up a news bureau in Linden Lab's hugely popular Second Life.


Jobs shrugs off Zune threat

Apple boss Steve Jobs has laughed off fears over Microsoft’s threat to the iPod through its upcoming digital music player, Zune.


Online sales volumes rose dramatically in 2005

A survey released today by the Office for National Statistics shows the increasing popularity of e-commerce among businesses, with a massive rise in online sales volumes last year.

The ONS e-commerce survey, based on results from businesses with 10 or more employees, shows rapid growth both in the use of Information and Communications Technologies, and the value of trade over the internet.