Yearly Archives: 2006

The perfect chance to be someone else"¦

It’s that time of year again. Halloween! One of the most popular commercial holidays in the United States. Americans spend over $7B on Halloween per year, buying decorations, food, tricks, treats and of course, costumes! We all have memories of our most favorite costume we ever wore for Halloween (even if it wasn’t wearing a costume"¦)! My favorite that someone else wore once was a fuzzy orange monster. I was

Buy.com hunting in the Amazon: Part II

Part I Summary: In September of 2005, Scott Blum, the CEO of Buy.com announced in a TV commercial that his online shopping site would offer 10% off Amazon‘s prices on books. Recently we analyzed Buy.com’s “10% off Amazon prices” campaign to measure the effectiveness of this David vs. Goliath approach. We found: After launching the campaign, Buy.com’s traffic grew relatively faster compared to Amazon.com during last year’s holiday season. The

Digg.com Being Dugg??

There’s rumors on the Internets that social newssite Digg.com might be the latest high-profile acquisition target. A report on TechCrunch says that media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. has been talking to Digg about a possible purchase, but that the expected asking price of $150 Million was a bit too steep. Why the interest in Digg? Digg’s commitment to "user-powered content" is interesting enough, but would it be worth the

Digg.com Being Dugg??

There’s rumors on the Internets that social newssite Digg.com might be the latest high-profile acquisition target. A report on TechCrunch says that media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. has been talking to Digg about a possible purchase, but that the expected asking price of $150 Million was a bit too steep. Why the interest in Digg? Digg’s commitment to “user-powered content” is interesting enough, but would it be worth the

South Park Turns 10!

That’s right, it’s the 10th season* of South Park and the adventures of Eric, Kyle, Stan and Kenny! Making fun of pop trends, celebrities, politics and religion, Matt Stone and Trey Parker have been on the cutting edge of cultural parody for a full decade. So what could be a better way to celebrate a big birthday than to offer all your friends free games "¦and a personality test? Yep,

Google Hot but Cooling; Ask Up then Down then Up

September was a historic month according to Compete search data. September 2006 was the first month since September 2005 that Google had lower search market share than the prior month. Now before we all start talking about the imminent demise of Google, the reality is Google’s share of web search activity was down only very slightly. It’s hard to honestly view this as the beginning of the end of Google’s

Toys "R" Us Flees Amazon's Jungle, Taking Most Toy Buyers with It.

When it comes to selling toys and baby products online, Amazon.com and Toys"R"Us have yet to prove they can do it effectively without each other’s help. The partnership the two giants entered into after Toys"R"Us’ disastrous 1999 holiday shopping season seemed at the time like a no-brainer. It was Toys"R"Us, you’ll remember, who deftly stole much of the Christmas joy that year by bungling many deliveries until after the millennium.

O'Reilly Vs. Olbermann

With his recent unapologetic criticisms of Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, and George W. Bush striking a chord with viewers, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann (host of Countdown with Keith Olbermann) has seen a huge boost in popularity. Videos of his commentaries are frequently featured on blogging sites and have enjoyed tens of thousands of views on YouTube. Members of the administration are not the only ones on Olbermann’s hit list. Fox News

The Internet Is Predicting Cell Phone Purchases

Compete is fortunate to be able to talk to and observe millions of Internet users. We see millions of people buying things online, but we also see plenty of products and services that people research online and then head out to the store to touch and feel before they purchase. In fact, there are products where most people shop online before hitting the stores. Cell phones are one of these

Shhh — Compete.com is coming next week!

We wanted to let our readers in on a little secret"¦ Next Tuesday compete.com is relaunching. You will notice the site today is dedicated to our corporate site. Well, that is all changing and compete.com will become a site that lets you into the world’s largest and most valuable site profile database and our corporate site will move to competeinc.com. Compete has terabyte, upon terabyte, upon terabyte of site information

Yelp.com — Moving beyond the underground hip

Yelp began as a 100%, natural, no preservatives user review site. With a grand total of zero editors on staff, Yelp could argue it’s the only pure bottom up city guide to date. The creators found a few cool, underground hipsters (yes, I was on Yelp early) in a handful of major U.S. cities and said; "share your opinions on local establishments and invite your friends". It’s working. Since January,