Monthly Archives: November 2009

The Death of Newspapers or the Rise of Reddit?

The Death of Newspapers or the Rise of Reddit? TechCrunch recently pointed out that "Google’s Got Some Suggestions" about what Newspapers are:

Photo Op

Tis the season for your photo to be printed on everything from a card to a calendar to a mug and dispersed to loved ones across the globe. Reflecting the rest of the retail market, the online photo services market garners much of its traffic and revenues in the last quarter of the year.  Shutterfly for example, reported 50% of its annual earnings in Q4 2008 alone. A snapshot of

2009 Holiday Shoppers take to The Web

Since the summer, analysts have been predicting record low holiday spending. In response, retailers have been promoting special sales since before Halloween. JC Penny, Target, and Overstock are among several retailers to offer daily deals to entice shoppers each day. Sears and Toys "R" Us released their Black Friday ads in October in order to whet consumers’ appetites early. A quick look at search traffic reveals extremely fierce competition for

October search term biggest movers are here!

October search term biggest movers are here! What terms drove the greatest query volume spike? Let’s take a look at some of the fastest growing terms since this time last year to get a better idea of the trend in consumer search interest.

Startup-Watch: A Closer Look at Etsy.com

One of the companies I’ve been following for a long time is Etsy.com.  Etsy.com is a website for folks selling craft items — or as they put it "Your place to buy & sell all things handmade."Â  More broadly, they are referred to in the startup world as P2P commerce (person-to-person) — similar to eBay or any other site that enables person-to-person transactions with the website in the middle taking

Visa and the NFL team up for another season

Football is in full swing as we enter the midpoint of November and are two months into the NFL season.  Many teams are still in the hunt for a playoff berth which makes for numerous exciting and must see games each weekend.  Not only are the fans of these teams enthused by this but also companies that sponsor the league. The start of the NFL season brings excitement to sponsors

Droid Really Does

The Motorola Droid is here.  And though I’m a little disappointed it didn’t actually arrive via Stealth Bomber, it did come in with a bang.  From all of the buzz online and an aggressive advertising campaign, Verizon Wireless has declared the Droid as the poster child of its new line of phones running Google’s Android OS. Speaking of Android, remember the T-Mobile G1 from last fall?  There was a ton

October Search Market Share Update: Most gain in volume but only Google gains share

Apparently October brought a lot of costume searchers online.  After several months of declining search query volumes, October query volumes ticked up 4% m-o-m. Total web search activity peaked just shy of 13 billion queries in the US.  Among the major market players nearly every engine benefitted from the lift in activity.  However behind the rising tide only one engine managed to pull ahead of the pack.

Casinos Need to Continue the Digital Evolution

Casinos, like many travel industries, have struggled during the recession.  To help gauge the impact, Compete analyzed traffic to its "Casinos" industry category.  Category traffic represents unique traffic across all sites in the category (over 100 in this case), meaning a person that visits more than one category site in a month is counted only once in that month’s category total.

The Myth of Advertising Decay

Sometimes, it seems like omniscience.  With our Ad Impact product, we’re able to measure the impact of advertising exposure on online behavior.  Did an ad lead to more visits, searches, sales?  The answer rests comfortably in Compete’s data.  This gives us an enviable perspective on how (and whether!) specific ads and ad strategies work. But of course, it takes work and experience to turn data and information into intelligence and

What’s More Important to You: Bandwidth or TV?

So what’s going on in my house this month that’s forced this Bandwidth vs. TV question?  One word: Boxee.  I could write a whole post on Boxee (maybe next time) — the short story is that thanks to Boxee, I now have the ability to easily watch videos (Netflix, Hulu, CNN, BBC) through my living room television except my Internet connection can’t handle it.  As Captain Kirk would say, "We