Search Firms Scramble to Hire From Advertising, Marketing Agencies

DM News looks at the hiring frenzy going on in the search marketing industry. It appears we’re all trying to recruit the very best talent.

The article mentions Fortune Interactive.

Andy Beal, president/CEO of search marketing firm Fortune Interactive, Durham, NC, said he likes to hire employees from traditional public relations and marketing agencies because they “know how to handle large accounts. They know what to say, what the client is used to hearing, and they bring fresh ideas.”

Dakota Sullivan Leaves LookSmart, Joins Blue Lithium

LookSmart’s VP of Marketing, Dakota Sullivan has left the company to join online advertising company Blue Lithium as their Chief Marketing Officer.

Update: Seems we missed Sullivan’s earlier move to Zoto – before joining Blue Lithium.

Update 2: Ok, so we were 9 days too early. Here’s the official release.

This is Just for Kim Krause Berg

Kim? We love ya! People read your blog because they get a great insight into who you are and what you think about business.

Yours will be one of the last RSS feeds I unsubscribe from.

Robert Scoble: Secret Hollywood Movie Star?

Robert Scoble == Philip Seymour Hoffman?

Robert Scoble:

Philip Seymour Hoffman:

The resemblance is uncanny, we know. In fact, it’s a little too uncanny, don’t you think?

All I know is that I’d love to see a Robert do a Lester Bangs rant on how rock and roll stars are not your friends, from Almost Famous.

Fortune Interactive Speaking at Search Engine Strategies Chicago

I remember the old days when I would issue a press release about my speaking at an event. Now I leave it to the last minute to barely get a blog post up in time. ;-)

Anyway, if you’re heading to SES Chicago, I hope you’ll stop by the “Reputation Monitoring & Management” session and catch the latest tips on monitoring and managing your company’s brand reputation.

In the meantime, we finally have picks from AD:TECH NYC.

Outing Blog Comment Spam

Over at Search Engine Journal, Loren looks at some rather shady looking comment spam being served up by Quintura Search.

Don’t Mess With Bloggers, They’ll Shut You Down

Mediapost demonstrates the power of the blogosphere by covering the unfortunate events that led up to the blog Digital Connection raising hell with

After the blogger received very poor customer service, he proceeded to post an account of the episode on his blog.

He posted an account of his experience on Digital Connection, and also mentioned that he had found the retailer through Yahoo! Shopping. As of Wednesday, still appeared on Yahoo! Shopping with a rating of four stars out of a possible five, but by Thursday, the site had been delisted.

That’s when things went turned very bad for

Howard Baker, a manager with, said the business had suffered “millions of dollars” worth of damages in the last two days, apparently at the hands of consumer vigilantes who had read the Digital Connection post.