Mike Birbiglia Joins Season Three of Orange Is The New Black

Here’s some more news from Litchfield. The absolutely not canceled Netflix hit Orange Is The New Black has added comedian Mike Birbiglia to the cast. The Hollywood Reporter says that Birbiglia will appear on the upcoming third season in a…

Why Zagat Might Be a Smarter Purchase for Google Than Yelp

By now you’ve heard the news that Google has purchased Zagat Reviews. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Zagat, it has a worldwide set of reviews that travelers have relied on for decades to choose the right restaurant.…

Google Panda Update: Lack of Consistency on Quality?

We’ve been talking with a lot of people who have had their sites impacted negatively by Google’s recent “Panda” algorithm update. Our thinking is that the more sides of the story we hear, the more webmasters and content producers will…

Demand Media Goes on the Defensive About Content Quality

Demand Media CEO Richard Rosenblatt mentioned in the company’s earnings call the other day that Demand Media was ready to set out and rigorously start defending its content, as it falls victim to a great deal of criticism over quality. 

Content Marketer or Content Farm?

You’ve probably been hearing a lot about content farms, the low-rent district for content marketing. Google has avowed a crackdown on content farming, threatening to lower their rankings in search results.

Why Local Online Marketing is a Mystery to So Many

No wonder local Internet marketing is a mystery to many SMB’s and even much larger businesses and organizations. Setting aside the fact that there are so many different channels, sites, directories etc that need to be considered, there is a new (and somewhat unfortunate) aspect that is creeping into the picture: complexity.

Should Google Be Getting More Bing-Like?

This week Google released its new design for Image Search. The new design includes a tiled layout with instant scrolling between pages. This has already drawn some inevitable comparisons to Bing’s image search, which is particularly interesting given Google’s overall more Bing-like user interface launched earlier this year.

Yelp Reviews Under Government Spotlight

On Tuesday, Yelp and other members of the Consumer Electronics Association, including Zenefits and R Street Institute, briefed Congressional staff, businesses, and advocacy organizations on SLAPPs (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation) and what it calls “chilling impacts” of lawsuits filed…

Jason Biggs Is Not in Orange Is The New Black Season Three

For the past two seasons often controversial tweeter Jason Biggs has starred as Larry Bloom, the on-again-off-again love interest of imprisoned Piper Chapman on Netflix’s hit series Orange Is The New Black. But it doesn’t appear that there will be…

Rick Perry Sourpuss Photo with Obama Draws Laughs

Given all the uproar lately about President Obama’s DACA memorandum and the immigration battle that it has spawned, the president’s recent visit to Texas to pow-wow with Governor Rick Perry would be expected to be a tense meeting. “It’s not…

Netflix Is About To Double Its Original Content Investment

Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos spoke to at the RTS Cambridge Convention, where he revealed that the company plans to double its spending on original content in the coming years. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sarandos said that originals are…

Netflix To Get Kathleen Madigan Comedy Special On 9/11

Netflix, as you may know, is greatly expanding its comedy offerings. This has been coming in the form of both TV shows and stand-up comedy (not to mention Netflix’s original series). Last week, Netflix made headlines with a an upcoming…

Online Sales Tax Law Closer To Reality?

Last week, Senators Mike Enzi and Dick Durbin were accused of trying to “sneak” through legislation similar to the controversial Marketplace Fairness Act as a budget amendment. They succeeded in getting that through the Senate. The basic premise of the…

Coach K, Quidditch, and The Salvation Army Bucket

Twitter is a wonderful place for one-liners. To be funny on the site, you’ve got to be sharp and practice economy of language. You’ve only got 140 characters to make an impression. And what better way to wind-down the work…

Can Congressman Weiner Teach us About Social Media?

Many readers hail from outside the U.S., and you might be (blessedly) unaware of the controversy surrounding long-time Congressman Anthony Weiner, who has been caught sending lewd photos of himself on Twitter and other digital means to women who are…

Social Search Is A Matter Of Trust Not Technology

There’s been a lot of commotion recently about the integration of social signals into the search results of both Bing and Google. Bing has the upper hand with those signals coming from Facebook while Google is still Google, and is…

Does Internet Marketing Need a Business Case?

Depending on where you work, that might sound like a silly question. Everything needs a business case in some places. And I understand that. I used to work for IBM, which is one of those places in love with justifications…

Will Facebook Kill Google?

I was asked this question in an interview the other day. It’s framed more provocatively than you or I might think about it, but interviews are like that. The answer was easy, because of the extreme nature of the question.…

The Bing Opportunity: Be the Anti-Google

I have had several discussions over the past few weeks with Stefan Weitz, director of search for Bing, and Andy Chu, director of product management, Bing for mobile, about some pretty cool things on the horizon for Bing. We can’t…

When Will Web Analytics Catch Up With Mobile Usage?

A few months ago, I asked the musical question, “Is the mobile activity you are counting really mobile?” The musical answer was, “no.” No matter what you think you mean by mobile, I can wager that your analytics vendor is…