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SES NYC Interviews

Lee Odden on Mar 15th, 2006     Blog Marketing, Blogging, Dark Side of SEO, Interviews, Marketing Industry News, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, Podcast Marketing, Search Engine Strategies, Search Marketing, SEO

Chris Pirillo and Jake hit up Search Engine Strategies New York and did a number of interviews which you can hear at his SES 2006 Archive page. Interviewees include:

  • Copernic on Desktop Search
  • David Sifry on Technorati and Entreprenuership
  • Lee Odden on Blogs and Search Marketing (More “umms” and “ahhs” than you’ve ever heard in one conversation!”
  • Jay Budzik of Intellext on Watson Contextual Search
  • Jim Lanzone of Ask.com on Search
  • Joshua Stylman and Peter Hershberg of Reprise Media on Contextual Advertising
  • Danny Sullivan on SES, Tags and Googlefasting
  • Meet Joe Spammer – Confessions of a Search Marketer
  • Matt Cutts of Google on Search Engine Spam

Some good stuff in there, check it out.

Lee Odden

Interview with a Search Spammer

Lee Odden on Mar 9th, 2006     Dark Side of SEO, Interviews, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies, SEO

Chris Pirillo gets the goods on search engine spam with an interview of an anonymous “search spammer” at the New York Search Engine Strategies conference. The voice is decidedly European, possibly German – yes, it’s German.

“At SES Chris interviewed one search spammer who asked to remain nameless while providing some interesting details about the inner workings of the search spamming world. On one hand the interview reveals some of the motivations for spamming the search engines. More interesting are the search spamming tactics these black hat marketers won’t employ because even they are annoyed by the end result.”

Lee Odden

Blogs, Consumer Generated Media and Buzz

Lee Odden on Mar 6th, 2006     Blog Marketing, Blogging, Online Marketing, Online PR, Search Engine Strategies

One of the areas of online marketing and PR that continues to gain interest is buzz marketing through blogs and similar consumer generated media. Blogs are many things including marketing tools and also voices to be heard. Consumer voices that provide insight into your marketplace. The availability and ease of communications and creative tools make consumer generated media a force to be reckoned with.

Today I noticed that Al Gore’s Current TV is looking for consumers to create commercials for its commercial sponsors (AdJab). I think you’ll see more of that as marketers and comsumers embrace the medium.

At the Search Engine Strategies conference in New York last week, Rebecca Lieb moderated a session including Dave Balter from BzzAgent, Pete Blackshaw from Nielsen BuzzMetrics (Intelliseek) and Jim Nail of Cymfony who presented on creating and measuring buzz using blogs.

Lee Odden

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

Wrap up of SES NY 2006

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

Despite a cancelled flight, re-route through Detroit and 2 hours on the tarmac before taking off, I was very happy to make it home by midnight yesterday from New York. I know some folks ended up staying overnight at JFK and flying out in the morning.

For the majority of the Search Engine Strategies conference, I covered sessions for Search Engine Roundtable with Barry, Ben and Chris and it was a good time. Since I picked what to cover last, I sat in on sessions that I might not normally cover. And you know what? I am very glad I did.

Lee Odden

DoubleClick DART Search Party

Lee Odden on Mar 1st, 2006     Marketing Industry News, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies

There were several after-conference events last night at SES NYC. Marchex held a bash and there was a small, invite only thing for MSN AdCenter as well. I did not make it to either, but instead dropped by the DoubleClick DART Search Launch party that was held in the pentouse loft at Rockefeller Center. Lots of agencies and search engine reps were in attendance. Here are a few photos from my truzty Razr:

DART Search Launch Party
Business and pleasure.


Director of Marketing for Reprise Media, Anthony Iaffaldano.


View from the penthouse garden.

I didn’t stay long, but it was a good mix of people. I am doing my best to follow Jim’s advice and pace things, but will most likely drop by the Hitwise event tomorrow night.

Lee Odden

BOTW Does Blog Search

Lee Odden on Mar 1st, 2006     Blog Marketing, Blogging News, Marketing Industry News, Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies

blog search engine
Yesterday at the New York Search Engine Strategies conference I ran into Brian Prince, CEO of Best of the Web (BOTW.org), who clearly have plenty of fans as evident from all the black, long sleeve t-shirts worn by conference attendees. In fact, they ran out the first day of the conference and had to get more.

A few months ago, BOTW.org launched a new blogs directory. Yesterday, they took the next step and added search to the directory. You can search by posts, tags or blogs.

I agree with Brian that the blog search engine problem really hasn’t been solved yet. Technorati and Google Blog Search are the two I use most, but the emphasis on recency as an indicator of relevancy muddles the search results. Plus there’s so much blog spam. To their credit, Technorati has released some new features recently, including favorites and a “relevancy” slider tool, which shows they are continuing to improve.

Lee Odden

Ask.com Code Red Stormtroopers

Lee Odden on Feb 28th, 2006     Ask, Marketing Industry News, Marketing PR Conferences, Search Engine Strategies

storm trooper

Last night the Ask.com party named Code Red was full of interesting people and a few stormtroopers here and there. Lots of LOUD music and celebration of Ask.com and the retirement of the butler as well. I didn’t get a shot of it, but they had the Ask butler displayed as if frozen in a big hunk of metal, ala Han Solo in Star Wars. There’s a photo of that on Names@Work blog.
I’ve never seen so many red wigs in one place. But then again, the party was themed “Code Red”. Nice job to Ask.com and their PR team

I’d like to say thank you to the people who have somehow recognized me and came up to say hi. It’s great to meet people in person and to get feedback. Jim has some good thoughts about the fun of networking at SES events.

Lee Odden

DoubleClick Launches DART Search

Lee Odden on Feb 28th, 2006     Marketing PR Conferences, Online Marketing, Search Engine Strategies, Search Marketing, Web Analytics

DoubleClick has announced the launch of their new keyword management, bid management and reporting tools, called DART Search that integrate with the DART Ad Management Platform.

Adding DART Search enables clients the ability to manage their paid search campaigns as well as tracking their display, rich media and search advertising from one location.

There’s quite a few bid management tools out there and I think DART Search is focused mosted on existing DART Ad Management clients. Although, adding the keyword and bid management tools may allow DoubleClick to win over clients that are currently outsourcing those services elsewhere.

At Search Engine Strategies NYC on the Agency & Branding Track, the sessions “Putting Search Into The Ad Mix” on Wednesday and “Getting On Top In Paid Search” (covered by Chris Boggs over at Search Engine Roundtable) on Thursday that will be worth checking out. I will also be covering the “Ad Agencies and Search” session.

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.”

Lee Odden

SES NYC and No Suitcase

Lee Odden on Feb 26th, 2006     Marketing PR Conferences, Search Engine Strategies

I just got into my hotel room at the Hilton in Manhattan (nice room too) and I must say it’s been an interesting few hours. First, I got up at 4:30am to catch a 7am flight. Of course I decided to buy a new laptop last night and was up until 1am updating/installing, yada yada. This new Vaio with dual Centrino processors is very cool I must say.

So after not being able to get MS Office working, I opt for Thunderbird instead of Outlook. Thunderbird imported my pst file without a hitch. Firefox bookmarks and sage feeds transferred just fine.

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