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How Search is Like Travel

I’ve written in this space before about Web site searcher behavior, but I don’t think I’ve ever talked about how it feels to search. To do so, I think it helps for us to compare the way it feels to search for information to the way it feels to search for a physical destination. I believe that we human beings have many of the same neurons firing when we engage in those two tasks. So, how is searching like traveling? I think it’s all about feeling "in control."

A Look At The Online Travel Market

When it comes to making travel arrangements 37 percent of consumers choose to go online and use a suppliers Web site directly while 20 percent of consumers use online travel agency Web sites. Still 43 percent of consumers say “It depends” which option they will choose according to a survey by market research firm eVOC Insights and RelevantView.

Majority of Vacationers Plan Trips Online

A report published by eMarketer shows that 58% of vacation planners are planning their trips online. Conversely, only 23% of respondents made use of travel agents in their holiday plans.

Internet Marketing Spend

It’s not slowing down, it’s just diversifying.

JD Edwards, Red Hat, Oracle vs SAP Growth…

News on Applications Unlimited – Oracle’s plan to enhance JD Edwards, Oracle, PeopleSoft and Siebel applications on an on-going basis.

BlogBurst Puts Blogs In The News
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Prominent online newspaper sites like SFGate.com from the San Francisco Chronicle and other began displaying blog content provided by Pluck’s BlogBurst syndication service.

Yahoo Search Marketing Offers Service for Travel Vendors
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If you promote any kind of travel services online you’ll wan to pay attention. Yahoo Search Marketing (formerly Overture) has launched a new program called “Travel Submit”.

Google Travel Rumor On The Road

Google is still advertising for vertical market account executives and strategists in Chicago, but the travel position has triggered the “Google enters travel sector” talk.

Gay Community Embraces Online Travel

Gays and lesbians are more likely than heterosexuals to make travel arrangements online, according to a new poll by Harris Interactive. What’s more, the gay community is several times more likely to cite fair treatment in their top three most important considerations for choosing hotels.

ESPN, Orbitz Team On Sports Travel

The worldwide sports leader and the online travel site have a website in development that will literally make it easier to follow a favorite team around during the season.

Luxury Travelers Love Online

Just received a whole host of interesting stats from a study by Yahoo Search Marketing.

MSN Travel Embarks Again

The newly relaunched travel portal from MSN will be available as a beta version as the portal tests out a similar look-and-feel to Windows Live and several new content providers.

Still No One-Stop Travel Search

Though travel bookings remain the largest component of e-commerce, generating over of third of the $145 billion US online market, no single travel search engine (TSE) has emerged as the best one-stop shop for finding the best rates on airfare, hotels, or car rentals, says Consumer Reports WebWatch. The bottom line is, says WebWatch, you’d better shop around.

Christmas Tips, courtesy of the Shoposphere…Yahoo!

Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages… We are proud to welcome you to the one, the only, the uniquely meglomartical Yahoo Shoposphere!

Online Travel Industry Hits $104 Billion By 2010

JupiterResearch did some digging in the metrics for the online travel market in the U.S. and came up with some big numbers in the coming years. Their report entitled, “U.S. Travel Forecast, 2005 to 2010,” predicts $68 billion by the end of 2005 and $104 billion by 2010.

MSN Travel Is Frightful

Not to be outdone by Google and Yahoo!’s new travel and map offerings, MSN has extensive Halloween coverage of all things spooky in America (no, Dick Cheney isn’t on the list), whether you want to visit these “spiritually gifted” places in person or virtually.

Trippin With Google And Yahoo!

Google and Yahoo! have added some new search features for travelers. Both companies have their own style-Google with its typically minimalist functionality and Yahoo! with its “come in and stay a while” style.

Yahoo Adds Trip Planner To Travel Search

With the leaves changing color, many feel the need to get out of the office and get on the road; Yahoo’s newest product lets users get their trips planned using its services.

Take A Break At .Travel

A new top-level domain dedicated to travel business-related web sites, .travel, has been approved by ICANN.

Expedia Expanding On MSN Travel

Microsoft’s former online travel service will expand its presence on MSN travel and local sites.

Travel Blogs Bypass Media

Rather than rely on travel writers to tout the best Pennsylvania destinations, the state’s tourism office is relying on six bloggers to document their travels throughout the state. The AP tells us that…