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Siemens ranked as top corporate website

German firm Siemens has the best corporate website, while eight of the top ten websites are those of European firms, according to a study of 75 top company sites.

The FT Bowen Craggs Index looked at the effectiveness of corporate websites, and finds that more of these firms are now taking their web presence more seriously.

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Do celebrities need their own social networks?

Through The Guardian, I came across a Reuters article discussing the increasing number of celebrities who are creating their own social networks.

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The fragmented UK search market

Hitwise has published some interesting stats showing how fragmented and confused the UK search market was last month.

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How to handle out of stock items

One guaranteed way to disappoint your customers online is to have them search and decide on the product they want to buy from your website, only to find that it is out of stock.

Visitors who find that an item is unavailable to buy are likely to form a bad impression of a retailer, and seek to buy the item from a competitor, so what is the best way to handle this problem?

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Nike to kick the Flash habit?

Running the online business of a company like Nike can have its advantages, as we heard at ChannelAdvisor’s Catalyst event this week.

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Will Vertical Search threaten Google?

Vertical search is the new breed of Search Engines that more intelligently mine data, from searching for keywords in audio files to focusing on specific industry sectors.

The landscape of Search is changing and I recently noticed three vertical search applications, which may end up threatening Google’s position.

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Usability or user experience - what's the difference ?

The study of the relationship between people and technology has been called a variety of names over the years - from computer ergonomics, human computer interaction and usability to, more recently, human-centred design and user experience.

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Link building strategies from the experts

Link-building is by far the hardest part of search engine optimisation - it's not only time consuming but it can be pretty boring work as well.

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Can eBay’s new regime tackle its credibility gap?

This week saw new eBay CEO John Donahoe taking the helm and ushering in a new era at the online auctioning behemoth.

So how will eBay’s approach change under its new management? Will it become less community focused? And can the new team remove hurdles that have prevented many big brands from investing in eBay sales programmes?

We’re at ChannelAdvisor’s Catalyst event in the US and asked its outspoken CEO Scot Wingo for some of his thoughts...

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Modernista - ad agency 2.0 or BS 2.0?

The recent relaunch of an ad agency website has attracted quite a bit of attention.

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Travel websites need to improve usability - study

There is plenty of room for improving the user experience of some of the UK's top travel websites, according to a new usability study.

Webcredible's Flights Online study looked at the flight search and booking process on 20 travel agent and airline websites.

The highest scoring website was Opodo with 67%, while Monarch came off worst on 38%. On average, travel agent websites were more usable than the airlines' sites.

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US online ad spend up 19% in 2007

Overall advertising spend in the US rose by 0.6% last year, but online ad revenue continues to rise, growing by 18.9% compared with 2006.

These figures (PDF) are from the Nielsen Company, and show that online advertising is still growing much faster than all other categories, though growth has slowed from 35% between 2005 and 2006.

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