Welcome Ben Wills to Marketing Pilgrim

Some of you may recall Ben Wills doing an excellent job helping me with my previous blog. Ben has agreed to post at MP and will be helping to “fill in the blanks” and bring a different perspective on search news.

Look for Ben’s posts soon.

Mobile Search for Camera Phones

Cnet reports on some new technologies that allow camera phone users to access image-recognition search engines. Cell phone owners are encouraged to take photos and send them to certain SMS addresses. Image recognition software then matches the image up to ad campaigns.

Advertisements began showing up in teen magazines in mid-October, asking readers to take a picture of a Coke can and send it to an SMS (Short Message Service) address to receive something back. Kids were sent a Java-based soccer game that they could play on the cell phone…people will also be able to use their cell phones to take a picture of a movie billboard, and then send the image to a special database that returns a film trailer, locates a theater showing the movie advertised on the billboard or allows the user to buy tickets to the movie.

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Yahoo Poll Shows 80% of Holiday Shoppers Will Buy Online

ecommerce-guide.com has a breakdown of a recent Yahoo/Harris Interactive survey.

More than eight out of ten holiday shoppers (83 percent) said they would shop for holiday gifts online, and a similar number, 80 percent, said they are likely to purchase gifts online from small businesses…the nationwide survey polled 1,813 U.S. online adults who plan to do holiday shopping.

Search Engine Strategies Chicago – Last Chance for Early Bird Discount

Danny has a long summary of what’s happening at Chicago’s Search Engine Strategies show and reminds us that tomorrow is the deadline to get the discounted registration price.

I’ll be there for the event, speaking on the topic of Reputation Monitoring and Management.

Added Rollyo Search to Marketing Pilgrim

I’ve finally gotten around to testing Rollyo and I have been very impressed with how easy it is to use. I’ve created a search roll for Marketing Pilgrim and a second one that includes a number of other search engine related sites.

Google gives $3M to Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is kicking off a campaign on Tuesday to work with other nation’s libraries to build a World Digital Library, starting with a $3 million donation from Google Inc.

More at CNN.

Are “Swiss Army Knife” Search Engines a Good Thing?

eWeek explores how Google, Yahoo and MSN are becoming multi-purpose search engines and whether there is room for a specialize search provider.