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Microfinancing for US entrepreneurs

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Thursday June 11, 2009 )

I’ve written a few times about Kiva – the micro-financing networking service usually associated with assisting entrepreneurs in developing countries. The organization has just announced it will be extending its coverage to entrepreneurs in the USA. (more…)

Bing equals ka-ching?

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Tuesday June 9, 2009 )

Microsoft’s new search engine, aka “decision engine” or “results engine” as they now like to call it, is turning out to be an interesting beast. (more…)

Email marketing survey results

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Sunday June 7, 2009 )

According to a recent survey, there’s distinct differences in different parts of the world in relation to unsubscribing from marketing communications and newsletters, with some countries having far more tolerance to unappealing email than others. (more…)

Browser and monitor resolution statistics

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Wednesday June 3, 2009 )

It’s been a while since I last reported on the most popular browsers and monitor resolutions and their market share, so let’s see how things stack up these days. (more…)

Email and partnership approaches

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Tuesday June 2, 2009 )

Each morning I go through a pile of email that’s come in overnight – newsletters, spam, etc.; the same mix that everyone with an inbox gets. But I also get quite a few partnership approaches or businesses requesting coverage on my sites or projects I’m involved with. (more…)

Premium content model rush

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Saturday May 30, 2009 )

Where Rupert leads, others often follow. Mr Murdoch’s plans to have Internet users pay for premium online newspaper content among his brands have set others considering the same. (more…)

Microsoft’s machine that goes “bing”!

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Friday May 29, 2009 )

Apologies to Monty Python fans. Microsoft is revving up the spin machine for it’s new search engine, called Bing. (more…)

RIP direct mail marketing?

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Friday May 22, 2009 )

The writing is on the wall for direct mail marketing (hallelujah); but the future of email marketing is looking even rosier as a result. (more…)

To blog or not to blog

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Thursday May 21, 2009 )

..that is the question: whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the taunts of blogging peers, or to join in and compete against a sea of other blogs.. (more…)

Display ads & affiliate sales leaks

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Tuesday May 19, 2009 )

News of the demise of display ads have been greatly exaggerated if this report is anything to go by. However, how people interact with ads poses some serious challenges for marketers and even more problems for affiliates. (more…)