Google AdWords Dayparting: Coming Soon!

From the Search Engine Watch Blog:

“At Search Engine Watch Live in Seattle last week, Lexa Pope from the Google AdWords team discussed their new ad scheduling features that will be released in a few weeks. The new features will allow advertisers to schedule the ads to show on weekends or weekdays only, or on other set days the advertiser specifies. Dayparting is also included allowing advertisers to schedule their ads during specific hours, such as to run late at night or at lunchtime only.”

I know quite a few people that will be stoked to have this new functionality given to advertisers:

“Ad scheduling allows advertisers to run their ads and modify their bids based on time of day as well as intra-day and intra-week cycles in campaign performance.”

Google Search Share at 50%

New Nielsen/NetRatings stats show Google with a 50% market share, with Yahoo! holding steady at 22%, and MSN dropping from 12-11% compared with a year prior.

These are the same trends that were noted in Monday’s comScore report, but with slightly different percentages.

Microshoo? Let’s get the rumors started

Computerworld speculates that Microsoft and Yahoo! may be teaming up to compete against Google in the search space.

Citing Microsoft employee Ian McAllister’s recent blog post, it certainly appears that Yahoo! could be an unnamed potential partner as MS and Yahoo! look to slow Google’s rapid expansion and rising market share. ComputerWorld also suggests that the partner, instead of Yahoo!, may be a major Internet Service Provider as the post notes.

I’ll copy Ian’s blog post, as it doesn’t appear to be something that would likely stick around for too long.

Whoa! A Major Player Looks To Take Google Down A Peg

Amazon Connect, Author Blogging

In a great example of how to leverage blog marketing, the New York Times reports on Amazon Connect which “allows authors to post messages directly to their readers on a wide variety of subjects…”

“…begun late last month to enhance the connections between authors and their fans – and to sell more books – with author blogs and extended personal profile pages on the company’s online bookstore site. So far, Amazon has recruited a group of about a dozen authors, including novelists, writers of child care manuals and experts on subjects as diverse as real estate investing, science, fishing and the lyrics of the Grateful Dead.”

Kai-Fu Lee + Google vs. Microsoft, Resolved

Microsoft, Google, and Kai-Fu Lee have reached a settlement that all parties have agreed upon.

For those that may not know…

“Lee had worked at Microsoft since 2000 and helped develop its MSN Internet search technology, including desktop search software rivaling Google’s. Lee joined Google in July to lead the search engine’s expansion into China…”

Must be nice having two of the largest and most competitive companies in the world fighting over you.

Yahoo Revamps Search Ad Plans

Red Herring provides a great outline of Yahoo!’s attempt to gain publisher advertising market share from Google’s AdSense service with its Yahoo! Publisher Network (YPN).

On a sidenote to this, I have heard direct reports from other publishers that YPN is providing a solid 200% revenue comparison, in some markets, compared to Google’s AdSense. Which, if this is accurate, is one sure-fire way to take market share pretty significantly away from Google, though at an obviously greater expense.

It’s nice to see competition for the independent (and maybe not-so-independent) publishers out there.

Thanks Cindy!

Topix.net Sees a Great 2005

Gary Price has a phenomenal overview of Topix.net‘s achievements this year. I’m not even going to try and summarize it, as you should just go straight there to read it, but here are some bullet points.

  • Acquisition of 75% of the company from three different news sources
  • Announcing a deal with the New York Times
  • Increased from 300,000 to 360,000 categories/channels
  • Offering RSS feeds for each category/channel
  • The addition of over 15,000 blogs

The list just goes on and on and on…