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Online fraud report results

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Saturday February 11, 2006 )

Based on a survey of 404 US merchants, CyberSource reported that during 2005 the rate of fraud associated with overseas orders was double the overall average and that the number of international orders merchants rejected was triple the overall average. (more…)


Marketing to Generation X

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Thursday February 9, 2006 )

I read a couple of very interesting articles today on Generation X – my generation. It seems that it’s a generation label that is highly disputed in terms of the time span it includes, but it appears there’s general agreement that it at the very least covers those born between the years of 1965 and 1979.

According to Wikipedia, the term itself was first used in relation to a study (more…)


VoIP revenue -$10 billion by 2010

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Wednesday February 8, 2006 )

According to Yankee Group, the business VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) market will exceed 3 billion dollars in revenue by the end of the decade due to increasing uptake fuelled by the substantial savings to be made via this form of telephony and the huge advances in quality of service in recent times. (more…)


Email ransom – AOL turnaround

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Wednesday February 8, 2006 )

Wow; things change quickly in this industry. Yesterday I reported on AOL’s apparent decision to attempt to force companies to pay for assured email delivery, i.e. a “pay for play” strategy allowing marketing and other commercial communications to bypass their filters. My prediction was that if the service was introduced, it was conceivable that filters would have been tightened to such a degree that increasing amounts of legitimate marketing communications may wind up in AOL users spam folder or blocked altogether.

According to an article on MediaPost and several other sources published since that time, AOL has done somewhat of an about face in relation to the GreedMail, oops, I mean GoodMail Certified Email program. (more…)


Email ransom – time for RSS

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Tuesday February 7, 2006 )

AOL has announced that they are commencing to charge companies to send commercial email to AOL users under a certified email program. They’ve touted this as a means to control spam.. hrm; I don’t think so. Sounds like a massive revenue raiser to me.

Supposedly, the charge will be $2 to $3 per 1,000 messages. AOL says the difference between sending the pay for play email messages and standard email will be that it bypasses their filters. All sounds fairly innocent, unless (more…)


50% of site bugs reported by users

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Saturday February 4, 2006 )

Coradiant, Inc. has reported that around 50% of of mission-critical Web site problems including general navigation errors, application glitches and poor response times are reported by users, rather than by employees that manage the Web site. (more…)


Viral marketing via email

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Friday February 3, 2006 )

According to a recent viral marketing survey of over 1,000 adults by Sharpe Partners, an overwhelming number of adult American Internet users forward on content via email – 89%.

Among the key findings:

– 63 percent forward on content on a weekly basis (more…)


Launching popups – the easy way

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Thursday February 2, 2006 )

Sick of messing about with lines and lines of code and seperate coding to launch a simple popup window?

Try this simple snippet out, it’s basically just an extension of normal linking code: (more…)


Google’s #$#ing shareholders

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Thursday February 2, 2006 )

Even though Google’s revenues in the last quarter of 2005 were $1.9 billion, which was 86 percent higher than the previous year final quarter and 22 percent more than the third quarter in 05, shareholders spat the dummy and the stock wound up being devalued by 12% in after hours trading. (more…)


Browser stats, IE 7 Beta 2 preview

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Wednesday February 1, 2006 )

According to the latest browser usage statistics released by OneStat, Firefox uptake slowed during January, in fact, IE had somewhat of a rebound on November, but I don’t think it’s anywhere near enough for Billy and his team to crack open a bottle of bubbly or for Steve to perform his victory dance :). (more…)