Tuesday, February 28, 2006

If Microsoft designed the iPod packaging...

What happen when you sit in a room full of marketers... or how to value simplicity.

I read about the clip via Seth Godin's blog but he linked to it through YouTube, which is down for maintenance. You can see it on Google video instead.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Steve Micropersuasion Rubel joins Edelman and Harold Burson launches blog

Today is a remarkable day for both the PR community and bloggers:

Google buys Measure Map to bring web analytics to blogs

It seems that Measure Map is not even live yet... but since they were bought by Google, we expect that their services will be good and probably available as a free tool like the excellent Google web analytics.

According to their site:
  • Measure Map helps you understand what people do at your blog, and what influence you are having on the world.
  • Easily navigate the numbers that matter
  • Track links to see who sends you traffic
  • Find out what people do at your site

See Google's blog announcement (is that the end of the press release?!)

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

McDonald's is open for discussion

I was so busy with work and study that I missed the launch of McDonald's corporate responsiblity blog. Shame on me! Shel Israel (the co-author of Naked Conversation) posted his recommendations on how to improve it, and in the same stroke, laid down the simplest and best communication rules for corporate blogs I’ve seen so far.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Yahoo! and AOL to charge for emails

It is fair to say that Yahoo! and AOL's plan to charge businesses for ensuring that their emails are not delivered to their subscribers' spam folders has not been as well received as it could have. The Red Herring summarises what is at stake quite well. And The Onion concurs: "this is going to drive small companies like info@jckibffydmh right out of business!"

Monday, February 06, 2006

Google Removes German BMW Site

According to Techworld, Google removed BMW's site from its index because of search results manipulation. The BMW page listed in the results was redirecting to another site, with different content (also called "cloaking"), which is a violation of Google's quality guidelines. That shows that Google means business when it comes to maintaining the integrity of its search engine listing. Story first broke on Matt Cutts' blog.