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Barry Diller Keynote at SES NY 2006

Lee Odden on Mar 3rd, 2006     Ask, Marketing Industry News, Marketing PR Conferences, Search Engine Strategies

Barry Diller Danny Sullivan
Photo Credit Jim Boykin

Keynote presentation at Search Engine Strategies New York with Danny Sullivan and Barry Diller of IAC. Diller’s company acquired Ask Jeeves in 2005, now rebranded as Ask.com.

Diller: I have always liked Ask.com. I just felt they needed to drop the Butler (drop baggage). The butler limited the opportunity for Ask.com as a mass market player in search. He does not intend to change the “Ask” brand.

If it’s like everyone else, it doesn’t have a reason for being. Like when he started Fox, Diller didn’t want to make another of the same big networks. He Wanted to make something different.

Ask is differentiated by the way it works from the other engines. Market share doesn’t matter, relevancy does. Diller invites people to try Ask.com and see for themselves.

Lee Odden

Barry Diller Live on WebmasterRadio.FM

Lee Odden on Feb 27th, 2006     Marketing Industry News, Marketing PR Conferences, Search Engine Strategies

Barry Diller is giving the keynote this morning at SES and it will be available live from my favorite internet radio station, WebmasterRadio.FM. The keynote is at 9am EST so be sure to visit WebmasterRadio.FM and click the “tune in” button. A podcast of the SES keynote with Barry Diller will be available shortly after.

I ran into Daron Babin last night and there are few, more enthusiastic (or experienced) search marketers/entreprenuers in our industry quite like him. He and Brandy Shapiro have done some amazing things with WebmasterRadio.FM the past 2 years, and there’s more in store.¬† Hopefully, I’ll have details on that in a future post.

Lee Odden

Ask Sans Butler

Lee Odden on Feb 27th, 2006     Ask, Marketing Industry News, Marketing PR Conferences, Search Engine Strategies

IAC’s Ask.com has launched the new, clean version of their site sans butler today. New features include:

  • A new homepage design
  • The Ask.com Toolbox, a new feature on the homepage that provides shortcuts to more than 20 search tools
  • New and improved Maps and Driving Directions
  • Encyclopedia search
  • Web-based Desktop search

The “edit tools” feature is pretty slick actually.

Requisite press release quote:

“Today’s launch is a pivotal moment in our history, ensuring a well-known and much-loved search engine continues at the forefront of the evolution of the Internet search market,” concluded Lanzone. “With the new Ask.com, coupled with the backing of our parent company IAC/InterActiveCorp, we have developed a platform for the future of search where new search tools and content will be increasingly integrated within the search engine to meet consumer demand.”

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