By: Jeff Buechler
Utah seem to be rethinking its position on trademarked terms and paid search after a meeting between lawmakers and representatives from Google, Microsoft, eBay, AOL, Yahoo and Utah based, Overstock.com.
Court challenges to the Utah law have some legislators thinking they “bought a bill of goods”. (obviously generic goods) While the law will go into effect as planned, the actual implementation will be put on hold.
That’s a good plan you got there….ahh, Utah tax dollars at work.
This is a test of the Emergency Googlebomb System — this is only a test….in the event of a real googlebomb, your results would skyrocket…this is only a test.
THE ALGORITHM CONSTANTLY FINDS JESUS
THE ALGORITHM KILLED JEEVES
THE ALGORITHM IS BANNED IN CHINA
THE ALGORITHM IS FROM JERSEY
By Jeff Buechler
Following on the downfall of MSI/Websourced/KeywordRanking and Reprise, Zunch is the latest SEM firm to take a nasty tumble. Zunch is claiming that the loss of a number of key executives lead to this.
“Essentially, Zunch Communications never fully recovered from that split. Zunch Communications fell further behind both in paying its obligations and in servicing its clients,” Zunch Worldwide spokesperson, James Sadler said. Zunch Worldwide has bought the assets and took on some of the debt of Zunch Communications in October 2006, and that company finally filed for bankruptcy last week.
The other side:Tony Wright, VP of client services at Dexterity Media and one of the original six to leave says, “We left because we saw the company was doing some things that we didn’t agree with. For them to infer that the bankruptcy is the result of us leaving is absurd.” Dexterity Media is thriving according to Wright. For an interesting time line, follow the link: http://searchengineland.com/070427-085646.php
Edit: I debated over including this, but since I have not read it anywhere else: MSI and Zunch both had the same VP of Sales, Chadd Lomoglio. From my understanding, Chadd left Zunch a month before its bankruptcy and left MSI about a year before its downfall.
Chinese Internet search provider Baidu Inc. (Nasdaq: BIDU) announced 2007 first quarter results after market close on Thursday. Total revenues hit US$35.7 million, up 2.5 percent quarter-on-quarter and 103.3 percent from the first quarter of 2006. Net income was $11.1 million, down 29.3 percent from $15.7 million quarter-on-quarter, but up 142.6 percent from the first quarter of 2006. Baidu also said in its earnings announcement that company COO David Zhu has resigned for personal reasons.
For the first time, online advertising has broken the $1 billion dollar mark according to The Interactive Advertising Bureau of Canada. IAB president Paula Gignac predicts that spending will increase a further 32 per cent in 2007 to $1.4-billion, this on top of another 32 per cent this year. Spending on online classifieds and directories showed the fastest growth, up 120 per cent to $273-million in 2006, according to the IAB. E-mail marketing grew 82 per cent to $20-million; search marketing grew 79 per cent to $353-million. And display advertising – the most mature online ad medium – grew 58 per cent to $364-million. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20070430.RMARKETING30/TPStory/Business
“While Microsoft announced strong revenues of $14.4 billion for the quarter ended March 31 amounting to a 32 percent increase over the same period last year, its Online Services unit experienced more modest growth. The unit, which encompasses search, MSN and its adCenter ad management platform, delivered revenue gains of 11 percent and an operating income loss of $200 million, compared to a $24 million loss the year before.”