The information overload threat and opportunity

According to a study recently released by Yahoo, UK internet users are suffering from information overload.

As reported by the Association of Online Publishers UK, the study, which is entitled "Return on Attention," found that 70% of users "admitted to spending hours sifting through unwanted or irrelevant information."


How to get a career in the internet industry (a DIY guide)

Following on from an earlier article on how universities are failing to educate students on the career opportunities available in the internet industry, here’s a how-to guide on how to break in through the back door.

Firstly, don’t wait for your university to catch up. Asking some questions to your lecturers might help the students of the future, but I doubt it will help you in the near term. You’re going to have to figure this out for yourself.

Thankfully there is a wealth of information available to help you do this, as well as some fantastic support networks. Employers will admire your gumption.


10 VoIP applications for your mobile phone

Making calls on your mobile phone can get quite expensive, especially when calling internationally.

Fortunately, there are now a number of great mobile VoIP services that make international calling from mobile phones dirt cheap.


How is M&S handling its pre-Xmas sale online?

M&S launched a 'one day spectacular' sale today, in an effort to attract more shoppers in the run-up to Christmas, offering 20% off just about everything.

Rival high street retailer Debenhams also has a sale on at the moment, offering 25% discounts, so how are these offers communicated to customers and handled online? 


VCs taking in more than they're producing

The notion that the business of venture capital is broken is one that I've discussed multiple times before.

In short, I (and many others) have observed a major problem with venture capital in recent times - too many VCs with too much money chasing too few "good" opportunities.


An SMS primer

With the mobile internet attracting more and more attention and use, it's getting very difficult for online businesses to ignore the world of mobile.

SMS (Short Message Service) is the technology behind text messaging and even though it's far from being the most cutting-edge mobile technology, it's often the first one companies will experiment with because it's the most widely-used. Over 200 billion SMS messages were sent in 2007.

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Top 10 tips for retailers to combat the economic downturn

Despite the current economic climate, retailers should continue to explore investments in technologies that provide an enhanced customer experience, improved customer service and optimised operational efficiencies in order to improve their competitive position.

The tips that follow contain both short-term tactical opportunities to improve performance and increase efficiencies, as well as medium to longer term strategic choices that will deliver sustainable and incremental growth.


Universities failing internet-minded students

Kudos to Bigmouthmedia for its campaign to raise awareness of digital marketing among students and graduates, who are apparently unaware that it is a career option.

The internet industry at large is very much a career option, and it’s a shame that universities and colleges aren’t doing more to promote ‘digital’ as a serious alternative for marketing and business-orientated students, as well as the tech-minded (who are better catered for).


Q&A: Richard Weaver of Majestic Wines

Majestic Wines has been in the news this week,with the slowing economy hitting the company's pre tax profits.

Despite the drop in offline sales, Majestic continues to grow online, with an impressive 11.5% year on year increase in website orders compared with last year.

I have been talking to Majestic Wines' e-commerce manager Richard Weaver about the company's approach to selling wine online...

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Tax needn’t be taxing! Online imports to become tax-free

A new ruling on import tax will benefit thousands of online UK shoppers and businesses.

But, as always with tax, there are certain strict rules...


A beginner's guide to optimising video content

It is becoming increasingly important to consider search engine optimisation (SEO) tactics when creating video or any non-text content.

As the web becomes an increasingly competitive marketplace, companies are striving to build dynamic, exciting, thrilling pages to capture their consumers' confidence.


Tips for reserve and collect services

Plenty of shoppers are researching online and buying offline, so the 'reserve and collect' services offered by multichannel retailers are a great tool.

When done well, they can help customers check whether items are in stock before they actually go and visit a store, as well as providing another option when products are unavailable for delivery.