Video Game Advertising Hot on the Heels of Search

Want to know the second fastest growing advertising channel (behind SEM)? Apparently advertisers are getting pumped-up by video game advertising, according to ClickZ.

According to the Jack Myers 2006 Marketing and Advertising Spending Forecast, in-game advertising is expected to grow by 40 percent in 2006, though it will still represent less than one percent of total ad spend. Online advertising will increase by 27 percent to reach a 6.4 percent market share.

I can see it now. Google buys Rockstar and all of a sudden AdWords ads start appearing alongside Grand Theft Auto….Finger Print Remover – just held up the jewelry store? Best prices in finger print removal”.

Speaking at PubCon 10

Looks like I’ll be speaking at Webmaster World’s PubCon in Las Vegas.

Brett kindly asked me to speak and I decided that it’s time I found out if it lives up to its great reputation. :-)

Now, if I could just find a new company to shamelessly plug at the event. ;-)

Want to Get Blogged?

TechCrunch offers up a handy-dandy idiots guide to getting some blog-love.

Rumors Are True, eBay Buys Skype

Looks like the rumors are all true…bloggers can’t keep anything a secret. ;-)

According to Cnet

eBay plans to pay $1.3 billion in cash and $1.3 billion in stock to the global communications company. It has agreed to hand over up to an extra $1.5 billion, for a total payout of more than $4 billion, if Skype meets certain financial targets by 2008, according to a presentation to investors on Monday morning.

How does Skype fit in with eBay’s model, I hear you ask?

When the deal is complete, eBay hopes to integrate the service with its e-commerce operations, allowing buyers and sellers to communicate through VoIP.

Feedster’s Scott Rafer Steps Aside

According to his own blog, Scott Rafer is stepping down as CEO of Feedster and will be taking on some new projects.

The best of luck to him.

Hat-tip SE Watch.

Considering Google Enterprise Search?

InformationWeek has five questions every company should ask, before installing Google Enterprise.

Thailand Afraid Google Earth Could Lead to Attacks

According to Reuters, the Thai military is concerned that Google’s satellite imagery of government buildings could lead to attacks.

The Thai military will discuss the issue with telecommunications and security agencies before approaching Google and other companies that provide similar services, Armed Forces spokesman Maj. Gen Weerasak Manee-in said.

“We are looking for possible restrictions on these detailed pictures, especially state buildings,” Weerasak told Reuters. “I think pictures of tourist attractions should do.”

Riiiight. Maybe they could also have the telephone number de-listed too! Next the French will prevent Google from showing images of Paris, claiming it’s hurting their tourist industry. ;-)