Fortune Interactive Announces Three New Hires

[Insert Self-Promo Here]

We’ve been seeing great interest in our search marketing services – I just love showing prospective clients the power of our SEMLogic technology – and as such have added three phenomenally talented individuals to our ranks.

I would have given my right arm to have had employees of this caliber in my previous life, so you can imagine how excited we are that they have decided to join Fortune Interactive.

Lauren Viola joins Fortune Interactive as account services manager. She will be responsible for overseeing all of the firm’s client service functions. Prior to joining Fortune Interactive, Ms. Viola was general manager of Checkup Marketing, a division of MarketSmart Advertising.

Robert X. Cringely Keynote at WMW Las Vegas

SEOBook has a good summary of Robert Cringley’s keynote from the first day of PubCon.

He’s a big believer in Google and clearly thinks they’ll whoop MSN’s butt.

Channel Sponsors

Yahoo Publisher Launches Ads in RSS

Just announced by Yahoo

Beginning today, Yahoo! is offering search advertising in RSS feeds from publishers participating in the Yahoo! Publisher Network beta product. As Yahoo continues to expand the number of publishers within the network, RSS ads will be offered as another opportunity for small- and medium-sized publishers to earn revenue from their Web sites (the new feature is available to all beta participants).

PubCon Search and Marketing Conference 2005

Next week is PubCon Vegas.

I’ll be speaking on a couple of topics and Mike Marshall will also be there. Hope to see you there!

CEO Bloggers

Data at eMarketer reveals that while many CEOs see the value of blogging, few of them actually have a blog.

Of 131 CEOs surveyed, about 7% said they had a blog. Only 8.4% said their company had a blog. (A handful of executives said they didn’t know if their companies had blogs.) Looking ahead, 18% of CEOs said they expected to have a company blog over the next two years.

More than 40% believe blogs are beneficial for quick communication of new ideas and recent news.

Maybe they need blog marketing services?

Urchin Added to Google Accounts

Add Urchin to the long list of Google products you can now access using your Google Accounts.

Hello,

You may have seen a message in your Urchin account recently telling you that we’re updating the Urchin login system to Google Accounts. This email provides answers to several questions we thought you might have.

In order to complete this migration, your Configuration options will be temporarily disabled from 2 p.m. PT (US) on Friday, November 11 until 11:59 p.m. PT (US) on Sunday, November 13.
You will still be able to access reporting during this time.
We will send you a second email when this change is completed with instructions on logging in to your account.

Death of Infone Opens Way for Wireless Local Search

Just received the following from Infone

Dear Infone Customer:

It is with deep regret that we must announce that Infone LLC will be discontinuing its enhanced directory assistance and call completion services effective December 31, 2005. If you have questions you may contact us by e-mail at customer.service@infone.com. Please be advised that this discontinuation does not change the service you have with your designated long distance carrier. It has been our pleasure serving you and we thank you for your patronage.

Infone LLC

Looks like the 411/local search companies popping-up for cell phone users, are about to get an influx of new customers.