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Emerging nations & competition

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Tuesday May 2, 2006 )

Through their “World Ahead” program, Intel has announced plans to spend over 1 billion dollars over the next 5 years to provide computer hardware, training and online connectivity in emerging markets.

They’re not just talking dialup connections (more…)


Developing web applications?

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Monday May 1, 2006 )

If you develop web applications for a living, especially software for use on commercial sites and wonder why your sales aren’t what you hoped for, this may help you.

I’ve been searching for software for several ecommerce based projects recently and I notice many programmers and software houses making the same mistakes over and over again. (more…)


73% of Americans online

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Sunday April 30, 2006 )

Internet penetration is now at 73% of all American adults. Users are noticing major improvements in relation to online shopping, their pursuit of hobbies and personal interests while on the web.

In a recently released (more…)


Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 review

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Saturday April 29, 2006 )

Beta products that have a more than minimal potential of crashing my system I usually shy away from, but I’ve been waiting so long for IE7, the anticipation was killing me. I had already resisted the IE 7 Beta 2 Preview – enough of the waiting already – on Beta 2 went :).

My intial thoughts? (more…)


Cookies getting tasty again?

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Friday April 28, 2006 )

A bit of good news for marketers after previous years of jittery surfers deleting cookies on a regular basis. A new survey of over 1700 people shows that the majority of consumers prefer advertising based on their interests but not only that, (more…)


Podcast ads outpacing blog bucks?

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Thursday April 27, 2006 )

Blog, podcast and RSS advertising spending grew by nearly 200% in 2005, and is projected to grow another 144.9% to $49.8 million in 2006 according to a custom media research firm.

The company also states that podcast advertising is expected to be a bigger market than blog advertising by 2010. (more…)


eBay without the bidding

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Wednesday April 26, 2006 )

eBay has just launched eBay Express, a new service tacked onto their marketplace that offers items at a fixed price. Although in “preview” release, which the company states will last for a few weeks, it is fully functional.

I took a trip out to eBay Express and was (more…)


Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 release

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Tuesday April 25, 2006 )

Microsoft announced the release Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 a few hours ago. The IE team states that this release is not a preview or an update to the preview, but the real Beta 2 of IE7 – gets confusing doesn’t it :).

It’s available for download from (more…)


Social networking – MySpace (pt.2)

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Monday April 24, 2006 )

MySpace amazes me. It seems to be everywhere you turn these days. Sure, social networking sites are nothing new, but MySpace really hit on the secret sauce in my opinion – and more importantly, based on the fact they have 66 million members, with around 250,000 new signups each day.

Looking at some of the members pages, you may wonder why it’s so successful, but that’s the (more…)


Behavioral targeting

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Sunday April 23, 2006 )

Behavioral targeting is nothing new, but when the related buzz was first flying around the Internet some years ago, it carried with it a lot of negative media coverage. In 2006, it appears that the reputation of this marketing strategy (more…)