Juicy Links: July 26 – July 31

Links and Thanks
First, we’d like to thank everyone for attending last weeks One Two Punch webinar, we hope you found it to be insightful and enjoyable. This week, we’ve got some great links to bounce off you, some of which you’ll really want to take your time on when reading. Why? Because it’s never too early to start planning for the holiday season, and this weeks Juicy Links should give you some great ideas to put into action with that thought in mind. Enjoy!

Ten Great Ecommerce Ideas for August 2009

Ten great ideas that could help an ecommerce company. August 2009 installment.
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6 Crucial Steps to Planning Your E-Commerce Website

Before any serious undertaking that requires your time and effort, you always make a plan ? and your e-Commerce website should be no different.
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New Chart: Website Upgrade for a Successful Holiday Season

This is falls more in line with “internal” marketing, but If you follow some of the suggestions in this article,
you WILL see better holiday sales (cart optimization in particular).

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If You Build a Branded Online Community, Will Customers Come?

The proven business value of these communities and various changes in media consumption behavior are persuading major companies that their future success depends to some degree on their ability to create and mobilize their own online customer communities.

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Microsoft, Yahoo! Change the Search Landscape

Yahoo! and Microsoft announced an agreement that will improve the Web search experience for users and advertisers, and deliver sustained innovation to the industry..

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Search At Core Of New Twitter Home Page

The new design invites you to “see what people are saying about?” by using the search box.

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More Local Marketing Tools from Google

Google allows you to add your business to a directory and then enhance your profile with all kinds of information about your business, products, and services.

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Google Shifts Search Ads Closer To Free Results

Google, on some browsers, has shifted the search ads on the right hand side of the search results page, closer to the free (organic) results. Here is a video illustrating the change.
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Social Networking:

Wall Street Journal Creating New “LinkedIn Killer” Called WSJ Connect

They’ve been working on a new social network, to be called WSJ Connect.
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3 Ways to Find Twitter Users by Profession

Three tools that can help you locate twitter followers by profession or professional interests.
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Explore Points of Interest with Yahoo! Image Search

With the new travel image refiner, Yahoo! is continuing focus on satisfying user intent through a deeper understanding the Web and presenting related objects from the real world

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Top 10 Things the Microsoft/Yahoo! Deal Changes for SEO

Summarizing the impact of these changes.

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Around The Web:

How Dilbert Views Marketers

Some marketing fun!
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For Fun: Microsoft/Yahoo Caption Contest

Caption contest on official photo provided courtesy of Yahoo!/Microsoft.
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