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Yahoo’s Search Revenue Is A "Disaster" (YHOO)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/yahoo-search-business-2011-4

Yahoo’s tanking search revenue (down 19%) ruined what would have been an otherwise strong earnings report last night. 

Carol Bartz blamed sliding search revenue on Microsoft’s adCenter not delivering high enough revenue per search — her implication is that the ads aren’t as relevant as they were under Yahoo’s system, so users aren’t clicking on them as much.

Danny Sullivan, one of the smartest journalists watching the search business, took a long look at Bartz’s claim and Yahoo’s search business, and he thinks Bartz is too quick the place the blame at Microsoft’s feet.

He found that Yahoo’s search business was declining before the Microsoft deal. It has continued that decline at a steady rate — even if you subtract out the 12% that Yahoo pays Microsoft now that Bing is powering its search results.

Sullivan offers an alternate reason why revenue per search has continued to drop after the Microsoft deal: Bing offers better organic results than Yahoo did, so users are clicking on the actual search results and not relying as much on the ads.

Whatever the reason for the drop in Yahoo’s search, Sullivan calls it a “disaster,” and warns, “The search revenues need to reverse themselves, and quickly, for Yahoo to be convincing that the deal it hawked is really paying off. Otherwise, when 2012 rolls around, and those headwinds have finally slacked off, Yahoo might find it has slowed down to earning Blekko money.”

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Thursday, April 28th, 2011 news No Comments

Myspace’s Revenue Collapse (NWS)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-myspaces-revenue-collapse-2011-3

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The Wall Street Journal twisted the knife in Myspace with a devastating report that says advertisers are running away from the dying social network.

The big problem with MySpace, according to the people that spoke with the Journal: It’s in a state of flux and there’s no telling what it will be in the next few months. Why advertise on a site you can’t figure out?

It included the following chart which shows the absolute collapse in revenue for the company over the last three years with an ugly forecast for this year.

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Sunday, April 3rd, 2011 news No Comments

Did Groupon Have A Terrible February?

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-did-groupon-us-sales-2011-3

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Groupon’s U.S. sales collapsed in February according to data gathered by a TechCrunch source.

The source ran a program that collected data off Groupon’s site to tabulate sales. The data might not be dollar for dollar accurate, but it could easily be accurate from a direction perspective.

Maybe this is part of the reason Groupon’s president Rob Solomon just left the company?

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Thursday, March 24th, 2011 news No Comments

Android activations mapped geographically, chronologically, breathtakingly (video)

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/24/visualized-android-activations-mapped-geographically-chronolog/

Do you ever wish for an easier way to show your uninitiated friends what you mean when you say Android is growing? Well, here’s the video for you: a Google-produced map of the world that throbs with Android activations over time, highlighted by some truly eye-opening flourishes in the immediate aftermath of marquee handset launches. The Google guys have even given us handy countdown timers — “Droid launch in 3, 2, 1…” — and broken things down by continent for easier viewing. Only thing missing is a soundtrack, so just have your Tron: Legacy OST loaded up and ready before jumping past the break.

[Thanks, Leo Z.]

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NYC crowns Rachel Sterne as Chief Digital Officer, we question her analog existence

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/26/nyc-crowns-rachel-sterne-as-chief-digital-officer-despite-her-de/

CEO, COO, CIO, CFO — all TLAs that most folks would be proud to see blooming on their business cards. Get ready for a new one. It’s CDO, Chief Digital Officer, a position recently created in New York City and now occupied by one Rachel Sterne. She’s something of a social media maven and is the founder of GroundReport, an aggregator of user-created news stories. She’ll now be tasked with improving the city’s ability to leverage social networks and the internet as a whole to communicate with its residents. We’re not sure if this will actually entail the digitization of Rachel herself, but we’re wondering if maybe that’s already been taken care of. See for yourself after the break.

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Wednesday, January 26th, 2011 news No Comments

TagMan Grabs $2.3 Million To Track Online Ad Campaigns

Source: http://techcrunch.com/2011/01/11/tagman-grabs-2-3-million-to-track-online-ad-campaigns/

TagMan, a company that allows marketers and advertisers to track online ad campaigns, has raised $2.25 million in Series A funding led by Greycroft Partners with iNovia Capital and undisclosed angel investors participating in the round. This round of funding brings the startup’s total funding to nearly $5 million.

TagMan allows advertisers to manage online marketing tags/pixels (these are pieces of
code used by the online advertising industry to track the performance of online campaigns) as well as the data these tags provide (i.e. where are visitors coming from and other browsing data).

TagMan users, which include Subaru and Virgin Atlantic, simple embed a small piece of JavaScript code on a page that needs tracking. All tags and the data they provide can then be viewed and managed directly by the advertiser or agency through TagMan’s web-based interface.

The company says it will use the new funding to develop and release a new version of its technology, to build out its infrastructure and to provide customer support.

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Tuesday, January 11th, 2011 news No Comments

AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon announce Isis national mobile commerce network

AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon announce Isis national mobile commerce network

Just in time for the total economic collapse of Europe and the rise of the cyber-nomadic tribes, the kids at Discover, Barclaycard, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon have a name for their mobile phone-based payment system: Isis. Essentially it remains what we heard from Bloomberg a few months back: a system for using an app on your phone to send payments to a POS system using NFC technology. The Isis team thinks it has “the scope and scale necessary to introduce mobile commerce on a broad basis,” and we wish them the best. But we know how it all ends anyways: with the lucky among us dead, and the rest of us living in caves, hiding from death-dealing robots, and bartering for what we can’t scrounge from the ruins of our once-great cities. PR after the break.

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