Sunday Times

Hawksmoor and the future of search for small business

It’s a great time to be a big brand. They have nothing to worry about when it comes to search, and have it all: top page ranks, multiple links.

Google is even currently testing overlarge banner ads for big companies in its search results. Big brands will be fine.

It seems that Google is doing more and more to support big brands, filtering out the flotsam and jetsom of the internet and providing users with ‘trusted’ big name brands they recognised, pushing the more dubious websites further down its SERPS.

But what about the little guy? The little guy who makes a great product or provides a quality service. How can this valuable but tiny start-up company possibly hope to compete against the giants of commerce?

At Searchlove yesterday, Distilled’s co-founder and CMO Will Critchlow used the London based restaurant chain Hawksmoor as an example of a successful local business to provide his own insight and guidance on how your small business can market itself in the face of staggering adversity.

The Sunday Times launches “The Social List”

sunday-times-rich-listWith services like Klout and PeerIndex continuing to attract investment
and users, there’s some serious money and traffic to be had from social
media measurement, which explains why a corporation like News
International would be interested in acquiring a slice of the pie chart.

This week the NI-owned Sunday Times launched its own ‘Social list’, and based on initial use it could be set to attract a wider audience. 

News International continues its paywall push

Rupert Murdoch’s News International may still have a long way to go in convincing the world that it can succeed by putting its newspaper websites behind a paywall, but that doesn’t mean that News International isn’t confident that it will eventually succeed with the paywall model.

In a sign of its confidence, it is putting the website of the UK’s top-selling Sunday newspaper, News of the World, behind the News International paywall in October.