Airport Awaits…

Just a heads-up that blogging will be light Wednesday as I have a client trip to Tampa. Amuse yourselves while I’m gone. :-)

New Weekly Prize Added to SEM Scholarship Contest

I’m delighted to announce the addition of a new weekly prize, as part of our Search Engine Marketing Scholarship Contest.

Kim Krause Berg of The Usability Effect, has graciously offered to provide each of the four weekly finalists with a copy of “Please Ring Bell For Service“, an 80-checkpoint guide to making your web site user-friendly.

No search marketer is complete without the skills needed to help clients convert new visitors! The prize will be the perfect accompliment to the copy of “Search Engine Optimization: An Hour a Day” we’re already giving away to the weekly winner.

Submit your entries for this week’s contest and you could be our next finalist for the $5,000 grand prize package. Send your entry to scholarship AT

Channel Sponsors Launches New Look, Video Features has announced a new web site with some cool new features for users.

With the introduction of customizable Video Walls, automatically generated popular content Channels,
and a My Playlist feature, blinkx gives users a fun way to interact with online video, customize their own channels, and have more control in how they explore rich media on the Web.

The new Video Wall sounds very cool…

Users can now click “wall it” after searching to create a customized Video Wall of results. The Video Wall is a large screen composed of 25 individual screens, each showing a preview of a different video clip. In this format, users can see many more results at a glance than in a text list, and can scroll over the clips to watch a preview, making it easy to choose the most interesting footage. Users can embed their customized Video Walls in other websites, like their blog or myspace page, so they can share interests with others.

Could Google Face YouTube Lawsuits?

There’s going to be a lot of Google/YouTube coverage floating around this week, so I don’t plan on re-hashing every take on the deal. However, I will post any story that looks at the acquisition from a different angle.

CNET does just that, with their look at whether YouTube may face a flurry of copyright infringement lawsuits, now that it has the financial backing of Google.

Google’s deep pockets “alone will cause a lot of lawsuits,” Lerner said. “Whether or not those end up being successful and really hurting Google’s implementation of YouTube remains to be seen, and whether they’ll have any legs remains to be seen, but…many, many people think that YouTube hasn’t been bought yet until now for that very reason.”

Google Buys YouTube – Confirmed

After earlier speculation, Google has announced the acquisition of video entertainment site YouTube for $1.65 billion in stock.

“The YouTube team has built an exciting and powerful media platform that complements Google’s mission to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful,â€? said Eric Schmidt, Chief Executive Officer in a statement. “Our companies share similar values; we both always put our users first and are committed to innovating to improve their experience. Together, we are natural partners to offer a compelling media entertainment service to users, content owners and advertisers.â€?

According to the press release…

Ingenio to Provide Pay Per Call to Windows Mobile Search

Search Engine Watch reports Ingenio has signed a deal to provide pay-per-call listings for Windows Live Search for mobile.

Ingenio’s advertisers are the only paid listings that will appear when users conduct a geotargeted search on Window Live for mobile. There will only be one advertiser shown for any given search and Ingenio’s entire inventory will be funneled into Windows Live. When there are no relevant Ingenio advertisers, no sponsored listings will appear. (The company has existing mobile distribution through Jingle Networks’ 1800-Free-411 and go2.)

Cingular Partners with Tellme for Enhanced 411

The NYT reports Cingular has partnered with Tellme to enhance the network’s 411 information service using Tellme’s voice recognition technology.

The new Cingular service will permit subscribers to ask questions for a broader set of queries than traditional directory lookup. For example, it will be possible to find movie times and locations and to purchase tickets and obtain driving directions. Information can be delivered as text-to-speech or as a simple text message delivered to the cellphone.

Via SEW.