Check out the Alexa ranking of CyberMonday.com which lists special holiday discount offers from more than 400 ecommerce retailers. Shop.org is a important association of ecommerce companies. I have always appreciated their press releases and market research. But that they are promoting online sales for all their member companies is another good reason to consider joining this association.
Google is my favorite internet company, but not every project that Google launches wins in its category. The company has announced that it will be shutting down Google Answers. Yahoo Answers is relishing this victory. But Amazon's Askville and its forthcoming Questville will be interesting to watch.
Move over, William Hung! Utah's own Devin Thorpe has posted a video of his incredible rendition of the BYU Cougar Fight Song. I think you'll enjoy Devin's video even more if you first relive the excitement of the final seconds of the BYU victory over Utah. Check out this YouTube video that someone show from the stands.
My friend Spencer Rogers came to the Provo Labs Academy last Wednesday and gave the finest presentation I have ever seen on how to outline your website using Word and then build a user flow version of it (without any look and feel elements) in Powerpoint before spending a dollar on designing and developing the site.
I met the founder of Linden Lab, the maker of Second Life, at the 2005 AlwaysOn conference at Stanford University. His vision is now paying off, not only for his company, which recently attracted its 1 millionth user, but now for some of Second Life participants as well. Tomorrow, there will apparently be a press conference from Germany where the first person (a woman born in China) who has accumulated $1 million real world dollars worth of virtual real estate will be making an announcement.
My friend Dave Martin sent me a link to a Microsoft web page that offers $200 worth of clicks from MSN AdCenter if you sign up between now and January 15, 2007. There is a $5 fee to get an account.
To: Devin Thorpe, blogger and University of Utah fan: Okay, Devin, my friend. As you know, you publicly challenged me to put up or shut up regarding tomorrow's BYU-Utah football game. I appreciate the confidence you have that Utah will win tomorrow. You said, if BYU wins tomorrow's big game, that you will do the following:
1. I'll plug your blog every day for a week after the game. 2. I'll buy you lunch at whatever place you choose in the State of Utah.
I have recently discovered that Matt Cutts, a Google employee who blogs about search engine optimization (he explains the kinds of tactics that Google considers black hat SEO tactics and encourages everyone to do only appropriate search engine optimization) is also doing video posts on Google Video. (See all 19 Matt Cutts videos on Google Video.)
Nice article on why marketers should care about local/mobile search: According to the article, the top five uses of mobile search are: 1. Maps and directions 2. Directory listings 3. Restaurants 4. Stores 5. Local movies