Ouriel Ohayon offers tips on learning more about your competition, especially for startups, which can be particularly difficult to get data on: List your competitors. Get analytics on them from multiple sources. Track job boards. Attend conferences attended by your competitor. Meet them.
I was watching a video of a Q&A session with Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, and couldn’t stop thinking about which I thought sounded more like Bert from Sesame Street. Oh well.
Mark Glaser gives us a good look at the history and hype of virtual worlds.
What is of more value: a large audience, or a smart, engaged audience? Robert Scoble takes a look at how much traffic he gets to his blog from those who link to him. He concludes that overall, few referrers give him loads of traffic; and those that do, may not be the audience he wants:… Continue reading Do You Want a Large Audience, or a High Value Audience?
Business 2.0 magazine has shut its doors, indicating how difficult it can be to make it in print in a world where ad dollars are shifting to new media: “The new Business 2.0 came close to breaking even in 2005, but spiraled back into the red this year after the number of advertising pages plunged… Continue reading Business 2.0 Magazine Shuts Down
Fred Wilson tries to answer the age old question: can you making money by blogging? The focus of his answer, is that you shouldn’t look for a one-to-one correlation between blog posts written, and dollars rolling through the door. The most successful bloggers leverage the exposure that their blog gives them to launch related businesses.… Continue reading Can You Make Money by Blogging?
The New York Times looks into part of the reason why Vogue magazine’s September issue is their biggest ever, weighing in with 727 advertising pages. “Most of those pages were sold with the added value of an Internet feature that Vogue is introducing today: a broadband channel that aims to serve as both an entertainment… Continue reading Print to Web. Web to Ka-Ching.
Scott Karp asks: Should Newspapers Become Local Blog Networks? “What’s becoming clear is that blogs are now the organizing principle for newspapers’ original online content. And these are “real” blogs, i.e. driven by one or two individual bloggers, with (often active) comments, RSS feeds, the whole nine yards.” “…maybe what newspapers should become in the… Continue reading Are Blog Networks the Future of Newspapers?
The Wall Street Journal reports on newspapers’ ad sales accelerating drop: “Right now, you’ve got a perfect storm,” says Edward Atorino, an analyst with financial broker Benchmark Co. He predicts total ad revenue will fall 4.3% this year. The decline will be one of the steepest in history.” Jon Fine of BusinessWeek asks “When Do… Continue reading Newspaper Ad Sales in Decline
When we all go back to work this week, it will be one changed by the iPhone. Increasingly, you will see this little gadget being fiddled with, along with sideways glances from those around it. The bottom line: expectations for mobile phones, and portable computing, has been lifted dramatically. I spent some time fiddling with… Continue reading Living in a Post-iPhone World