Light Posting…

I’m in LA until Tuesday night, so posting will be a little lighter than usual.

SEM Scholarship’s Four Finalists Go Before Judges

So, we now have our four finalists for the $6,000 Search Engine Marketing Scholarship contest. Congratulations to:

Each of the four finalists did an excellent job in writing and promoting their article, achieving the most unique views for their respective week. Now the contest switches from “who can get the most views” to “who can impress our expert judges”.

Yep, the four finalists will now go under the scrutiny of some of the world’s most respected search marketing experts. Each judge will select their favorite article based purely on merit.

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Final SEM Scholarship Finalist Announced

Week 4 of our SEM Scholarship contest has concluded and we have our fourth and last finalist.

Congratulations to Ben Wills who wins the third round with his entry – “The Five Pillars of Social Media Marketing“. Ben’s entry carried the most unique views of all our entries in week 4, with a huge total of 1,153 unique views to his page, winning by 400 unique views! It was a close battle again this week, with a couple of entries making a mid-week challenge to Ben’s, but his entry had the stamina to attract views all week.

Ben wins a copy of “Search Engine Optimization: An Hour a Dayâ€? and “Please Ring Bell for Serviceâ€? and qualifies as one of four finalists, who will face our expert panel of judges, to determine who will win the $6,000 grand prize package.

Lycos Asks for Help with Powering Search

A couple of days back, Lycos and Ask.com announced a new partnership

Ask.com will provide branded algorithmic search, including Web Search, Image Search, and Zoom Related Search, as well as the Ask Sponsored Listings advertising product across the LYCOS Network.

MarketingSherpa Acquired by MarketingExperiments

MarketingVOX, reports MarketingSherpa has been acquired by MarketingExperiments, so we’re passing on the news to MarketingPilgrim readers. ;-)

Video Ads Annoying, Yet More Technology Arrives

MarketingVOX reports on two different stories related to in-stream video ads.

First, Forrester Research discovered 80% of video viewers find pre- or post-video ads to be annoying and 75% of them ignore them.

That’s not the best of news for Atlas, which just launched a new product that allows marketers to publish in-stream video ads.

Well, I seem to recall studies that claimed many web users hated banner ads, yet they still click on them. The challenge has been and will always be, show me something targeted and of high quality and it will be less annoying.

Scoble Meets the Google Reader Team

Robert Scoble is settling in to his new role at PodTech and, as part of his ScobleShow, interviewed Nick Baum and Jason Shellen of the Googler Reader team. It’s a great interview with a valuable insight into Google Reader.

Not that I am copying Scoble, but I’ve also just made the switch from Newsgator to Google Reader. So far, I’m loving  Google Reader but would love to know if there is a way to re-size the left menu…anyone?