Marketing News Roundup, November 26

Things are slowing down for the holiday, quite naturally. So happy Thanksgiving eve! Celebrate with some of this week’s topmarketing news items.

Too little too late?: Google Maps has been making great strides against the entrenched leader, MapQuest. But now MapQuest says they’ve “Come Out Of Hibernation.” Is it too late—has Google Maps already stolen its lunch?

Video killed the radio star, but that was almost 30 years ago: As usual, reports of its death (which have been flying for a year at the least) have been greatly exaggerated: online video isn’t killing TV.

Ready your wallets: it’s shopping time!: It’s the most wonderful time of the year: Retailers prep for Cyber Monday. Of course, if we’ve learned anything over the last few years, it’s that Cyber Monday isn’t as popular as “Green Monday” for Christmas shopping. But will December 15 or December 22 be the big day this year—or will Cyber Monday finally live up to its hype?

What’s the saying about the fat lady?: As was rumored earlier this month, Courtney Holt was named MySpace Music’s new CEO.

MySpace Suicide Verdict: And one followup: the mom who used MySpace to torment her daughter’s classmate into suicide has been acquitted of felony charges. She was found guilty of three misdemeanors and now faces up to three years in prison.

  • http://www.blumenthals.com/blog Mike Blumenthal

    You need to give Mapquest the benefit of the doubt in this. If you look at search trends at Google you will find results that indicate tremendous brand equity. Add that to their deep user engagement, smart management, current technology upgrades and strong market position, they have a fighting chance to make it a competitive two horse race.

    Mike Blumenthal

    Mike Blumenthal’s last blog post..Google Updates Google Maps API to calm the storm in Great Britain?

  • http://www.VoiceActivatedGPS.com GPS

    Unfortunately, everything seems to be migrating over to google……..search, e-mail, maps, etc, etc

  • http://www.types-of-flowers.org/ Lily Bent

    Quite impressive numbers related to Retailers Prep For Cyber Monday. It seems they make millions on Christmas selling!