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More retailers using RSS web feeds

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Monday March 13, 2006 )

With AOL getting into greedmail and users’ email inboxes becoming crammed generally; some bigger online retailers are awakening to the possibilities of RSS. As always, it’s the simple ideas that are often the best and the good news is that you don’t need the budget of a multinational to implement some of the RSS strategies that are proving successful (more…)

Server administration for newbies

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Saturday March 11, 2006 )

I’ve been around the dark alleys and the “verboten” places in a web hosting company not often seen by site owners for quite a while now; but our System Administrator still speaks in what seems to be gibberish at times (more…)

Web 2.0, mashups… what the hell?

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Saturday March 11, 2006 )

Terms like Web 2.0, mashups and social networking are becoming increasing common in relation to web development. But what do they all mean? “Mashup” is an interesting term originally (more…)

Email marketing improving

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Saturday March 11, 2006 )

A few weeks ago, Epsilon Interactive published results of their current annual survey on people’s thoughts on email marketing and spam. The survey was based on 584 U.S. respondents aged 18 years + who have Internet access at home.

It appears that spyware infections are down, confidence in detecting phishing scams is up and generally, consumers will respond favorably (more…)

Gift cards – giving that gets back

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Friday March 10, 2006 )

A report from NPD research states that gift cards help boost sales not only just after the holiday season, but for many months afterwards. According to the company, January was particularly active in the redemption of gift cards and certificates with greatly increased activity over the year before. For the (more…)

MSN search revamped and “Live”

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Thursday March 9, 2006 )

Microsoft has released the beta version of a retooled MSN Search, under the Microsoft Live banner. In a word, or several words – it’s very different.

You can take a look at it here: (more…)

AOL email ransom saga continues

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Wednesday March 8, 2006 )

Just a brief update on the AOL Greedmail, oops, Goodmail certification program – AOL now says that non-profit organizations who meet their criteria (?) will be able to participate in their certified email program at no cost. (more…)

Opt-in email delivery destinations

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Wednesday March 8, 2006 )

A report on email address usage yesterday states that 30 % of U.S. internet users have a single email account, 37% have two, 19% have three and 13 % have four or more email addresses. A very interesting result in the report was the number of people using services such as Hotmail or Yahoo mail for receiving opt-in emails (more…)

MSN Search and humble pie

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Tuesday March 7, 2006 )

A couple of days ago, Neil Holloway, Microsoft president for Europe, Middle East and Africa was reported to have claimed that MSN Search would be a more relevant search engine in the US marketplace than Google within 6 months time.

I wasn’t quite sure what to make of that comment, but many media outlets spun it as meaning (more…)

Firefox use slipping? Browser stats

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Monday March 6, 2006 )

Hrm.. interesting. According to the resource that I reference most often for gauging browser usage, it would appear that Firefox’s ascent has not only leveled out these past few months, but dropped – from 8% to 6% market share.

Based on collated data of over 247 million visitors to their network during February 2006, (more…)