Yearly Archives: 2007

Happy New Year from Compete!

Top 10 Compete Blog Posts of 2007

As we finish up our first full year of blogging at Compete, we thought we’d take a look back. Using the wealth of Compete data to find trends, the blog has made strides this year, in both Technorati ranking (up almost 10,000 spots to better than 2,300) and readership. Here are some of the posts that have helped get us there, ranked by page views. 10. Blu-Ray vs. HD-DVD: Does

Analysis of Kayak.com and SideStep.com Merger

Overview: On December 21st it was announced that the two largest Meta Search Engines in the travel industry, Kayak.com and SideStep.com, will be merging. The larger of the two, Kayak, will be simultaneously raising $196 million in a new round of financing and using a portion of those funds to purchase SideStep. For those who monitor online travel distribution trends this is a major development. Given the scale that Meta

GettyImages vs. iStockphoto: Old School vs. New School

On the surface, this appears to be a story of an internet old-timer versus a web 2.0 darling, but this story isn’t all that it seems. The new age side of the battle started before the term "˜web 2.0′ was on everyone’s tongues. And when it comes down to it, this is far from traditional competition, seeing as how both properties are owned by the same company. GettyImages.com, the long-time

Happy Holidays from all of us at Compete!

Fantasy Round-Up: Yahoo! Gets the W

I was recently asked for some follow up analysis to a previous post I did last December. In a post about Tabloid Fantasy Leagues I provided a graph depicting traffic to ESPN.com, Sportsline.com, and Yahoo.com for traditional fantasy sports content. As a result I did an analysis for the same sites spanning November "˜06 to November "˜07. I quickly noticed some interesting general market trends. First, traffic to these Fantasy

Guest Post by Aaron Wall: How to Hire a Dedicated Market Research Firm for $50

I admit it, I am in favor of the small guy. The independent webmaster working exclusively in his underwear. For the tech savvy small guy life just got a lot easier. Why Life Got Easier for the Tech Savvy If you work for and by yourself market research can take days or weeks to perform. Free tools like SEO for Firefox aim to simplify the equation, but most competitive research

Candidate FaceTime in November: Meetup.com is Ron Paul's Secret Weapon

Last month Compete unveiled a new way of tracking the effectiveness of the presidential candidates’ online efforts. Dubbed Candidate FaceTimeTM, the metric offers a web wide means of measuring how well the candidates are using the leading social networks and video sharing sites to get their message out to voters. FaceTime quantifies the total amount of time voters spend online with candidates across their official website as well as their

Holiday Shopping 2007 — How Wireless is Shaping Up

"˜Tis the season for snow, Santa and shopping till you drop. Merchants across the country are currently in the midst of their busiest season of the year. The wireless industry is no exception, hoping to draw consumer interest (and dollars) from new product launches, bundled deals and blitz advertising campaigns. Q4 2006 saw a 14% increase in mobile phones sales from the previous year. Will this trend continue in 2007?

Xbox 360 vs. Wii vs. PS3: Wii more in demand now than at launch

About one year ago, those lucky enough to purchase a Wii in November were enjoying it, about to make someone’s Christmas, or cleaning house on Ebay. Those who braved the lines or shelled out a premium for a PS3 were kicking themselves as retailers maintained an abundant supply of the console for most of December. Xbox 360 owners were too busy playing Gears of War to notice either situation. So

Double Your Credits: Compete's Two-for-tuesday sale – Today Only

After the success of Compete’s Cyber Monday Promotion, we’re running a similar deal to give those who didn’t get to buy cheap Compete Credits another shot. From now until 9AM EST on Wednesday December 19th, Compete.com is doubling the total number of credits in our standard, plus, and premium credit packages. If you missed the sale last time, make sure to take advantage of this rare opportunity! Need more info?