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The Crunchies, a TechCrunch 2nd annual show where Silicon Valley opinion makers, startups, investors and everyone else involved and interested in Web 2.0 gathered, in the sold-out ceremenony, in front of 900 people spotlighted best people, companies and services in their opinion for 2008.
I will include here only winners (because winners take all ):
Best Application – Google Reader
Best Technology Innovation/Achievement – Facebook Connect
Best Design – Cooliris
Best Bootstrapped Starup – GitHub
Most Likely To Make The World A Better Place – GoodGuide
Best Enterprise Startup – Amazon Web Services
Best International Startup – eBuddy
Best Clean Tech Startup – Project Frog
Best New Gadget/Device – iPhone 3G
Best Mobile Startup – Evernote
Best Mobile Application – Imeem Mobile
Best Startup Founder – Evan Williams, Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone (Twitter)
Best Startup CEO – Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook)
Best Overall Startup In 2008 – Facebook
It seems that Autumn, especially October is the favorite month for conference organizers. Here I compiled some conferences that can be interesting for you if you are interested in regions of SEE and CEE.
Sorted based on dates
Internet Hungaria – premier conference about Internet business in Hungary, held at the Balaton, in place called Tihany – October 14th and 15th
Internet CEE – premier conference focused on CEE region, the first conference was organized in November 2007. Place and date of this year’s conference is Warsaw, Poland, October 28th and 29th
TMT Ventures ‘08 Zagreb – a New Europe Event, about Venture Capital industry, this time held in Zagreb, Croatia – October 28th
BizzBuzz – 3rd conference about Internet business, which is held in city in southeast Serbia called Nis, theme for this year is Content management on the Web – October 29th-31th
JavaSvet – conference about Java technology, held in Belgrade, Serbia – October 29th and 30th
View from the virtual world – conference organized by well-known PR agency in Serbia McCann Ericksson PR, held in Belgrade – November 1st
WebStrategija – 3rd conference called WebStrategija is held in Zagreb, Croatia, topic of this year’s conference is SEO – November 6th
Nielsen Online has announced that their new set of services will help marketers in managing their brands online. It is becoming very important to watch how your brand is performing not only in offline word but also in online world especially on social network site, on web sites where users of those web sites create content which is often not moderated by web site owners strictly. This new service from Nielsen is part of their Digital Strategic Services Group. US presidential campaigns often define importance in online media and in constant evaluation what other people are saying online. Paying big attention to online brand reputation is one of the key topics in business magazines and Internet consultants in western world but that trend will inevitably come to less developed Internet countries, as well.
One of the latest trends in e-publishing is that more and more publishers start using RSS in order to enhance deliverability of their email newsletters or readership of their web sites.
RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication (someone will say Rich Site Summary). In plain words it is technology that enables publishers to deliver their content more effectively to their visitors or members of their email newsletters. Even today not many people use RSS to track their favourite places on the Web. RSS is very important in delivering content online and many companies want to have good solutions that they can provide to their users. That’s why recently Google bought Feedburner for around 100 million dollars.
If you want to be informed everytime there is a new article on eMarketingBlog.com you can add this link in your RSS reader: http://feeds.feedburner.com/emarketingblog
Here are some interesting facts about RSS usage.
- Forrester Research announced in September 2005 that six percent of consumers use RSS feeds once a week or more, compared with 2 percent in 2004.
- Only 9% of Americans have a good idea and 65% are not sure what RSS feed is – according to a research made by Pew Internet & American Life Project published in July 2005.
- 6 million Americans get news and information fed to them through RSS aggregators – according to Pew Internet & American Life Project research announced in January 2005.
More and more email publishers start implementing RSS in their Internet marketing mix because they are aware of the fact that average deliverability and open rates are not as good as several years ago because of spam problems and email overload. Deliverability is very much affected by your email marketing software. However, even with email marketing software that has high deliverability ratio you can be quite sure that your deliverability is never 100%.
Many legitimate publishers are faced with problems that their emails can be blocked by ISP filters and this won’t happen using RSS to deliver your content.
You can use RSS not only if you publish your email newsletter. You can use it if you have a web site, as well. For example, if you have a section with Internet marketing articles you can make a RSS feed so anyone who subscribes to your feed will be automatically notified when you add new articles. This way you will have repeat visits.
There are some debates on email vs. RSS. It can’t be viewed that way. Internet marketers have to use all available tools, technologies and channels to deliver their content. So they should use email, web site and RSS to deliver their content and communicate with their target audience.
Process of RSS content delivery is simple. You have to create a RSS feed. RSS is actually a XML file. You can see its structure if you enter it in your browser. Good thing is that you don’t even have to know to make an RSS feed “by hand” because there are several tools that will do that for you.
As with any other software and services you can choose whether you want to use desktop RSS generation software or hosted online RSS generation software.
If you want a desktop feed service good choice is FeedForAll at http://www.feedforall.com (fee-based, one-time fee) while if you prefer hosted web-based services you can check services like http://www.nooked.com (free and fee-based options), http://www.myrsscreator.com and http://www.press-feed.com (free and company subscription).
Also, you can try free services at http://www.2rss.com and WebReference.com:
As we have mentioned above, RSS is usually standard feature of all blog services so you won’t need additional tools for RSS in case you are a blogger. One of the free blog services that have good RSS support is b2 Evolution http://www.b2evolution.net.
If your RSS feed isn’t online you will have to upload to your web server first. If you visit web sites that offer option to subscribe to RSS feed you will probably see RSS feed address that looks similar to http://www.yourdomain.com/rss.xml
After that anyone who wants to get your content via RSS will have to copy this address to their RSS/News reader. The most popular RSS readers are http://www.newsgator.com, http://www.feeddemon.com, http://www.rssreader.com. http://www.attensa.com.
So this way people who want to get your content won’t have to give you their email addresses. RSS is pull-based technology so that means that visitors need to get the content and you can’t send them. That’s why they can’t get unwanted messages, same way when you use double opt-in for email subscriptions with a difference that using email newsletter you *send* your content and using RSS technology your members *retrieve* your content.
When you want to add new content you will upload it on your web site and add a new description to your RSS feed. Usually, publishers include only a brief description in your RSS feed with the appropriate link on their web site. However, you can include complete articles in your RSS feeds. This way you can publish your email newsletter on your web site and place the RSS. This way your subscribers will be automatically notified when you publish a new issue.
If you are email marketer it is recommended that you place a RSS button (orange is standard colour for RSS button) below your subscription form so that your visitors be aware that they can get your email newsletter in RSS format, too. Anyway, if you offer RSS, your orange button has to be highly visible on your web site, to be “above the fold”. You can also include where you will give a brief explanation about RSS and music video auditions.
RSS technology evolves so that now you can measure how many RSS subscribers you have, you can get a click-thru ratio of each RSS feed you have, popularity of each RSS, to personalize your RSS, you can place ads like Google AdSense or Pheedo in your feeds etc.
When you have your own RSS feeds you should promote them. We can recommend you to make a My Yahoo! and My MSN account and to list your feed URL there. When you place Yahoo! and MSN buttons (with links below) on your web site you can expect to be indexed much faster than usual.
To list RSS feed on My Yahoo!, after you have created your account click on “Add Content”. After that you will see large “Find Content” field and on the right an option “Add RSS by URL”. Enter your RSS feed URL and click on “Add To My Yahoo!” button. In order to enable your readers to place your feed in their My Yahoo! you have to place Yahoo! button (you can put that “Add To My Yahoo!” button but in smaller format) and link it to this link
If you want to add MSN button on your web site, place a MSN button with this link
You can also use useful services like Syndic8, Pingomatic, Pingoat, FeedShot to promote your web site and RSS feeds to the most popular blog and RSS search engines. Also, useful site if you publish blogs or RSS feeds is FeedBurner.
I came back from Munich. Third DLD conference was a great organized event. My sponsors were Lufthansa (official partner for this event), Pakom, Job Puzzle and B92 (company I work for).
Before the official opening I was at the Deutsches Museum where visitors can see different aspect from German history. When I finished with seeing the Museum and came outside of the building I saw wonderful Minis waiting for us (You can see my photos on Flickr). There you will see photos of Marissa Mayer on SegWay, Craig Newmark lying in something like a chair…
Then the conference started and we were waiting that first panel called The Future’s Future begin. Great names was on that panel. Thierry Antinori (Lufthansa VP for Marketing), Niklas Zennström (founder of Skype and Joost), Caterina Fake (co-founder Flickr.com) and moderator was David Kirkpatrick (Fortune Magazine). Mr. Antinori was talking about new inovative services that is going to be introduced by Lufthansa like a service that will connect in a better way airplane and hospital if some passenger is filling sick, also Lufthansa was the first company to offer Internet access in the air. Caterina Fake said that Flickr enables that people get more information on what is going in places by giving uncensored photos. Caterina now works for Yahoo! and she is responsible for new services. Fake told that 80% of all visits on Flickrs come from blogs. Niklas told that the modern infrastructure enabled people to communicate much more convenient and to offer possibilities that didn’t existed before. He mentioned his new service Joost that will combine best things from TV and from Internet in order to people have the real Internet TV.
Nicholas Negroponte had an interesting speach about One Laptop Per Child project. People was also very much interested for The Billion Dollar Bubble panel with Esther Dyson and Marissa Mayer in main roles. They were discusing whether this new economy is inflated and are we in the new bubble like in 1999.
It was also interesting to hear representatives from new, inovative companies like Stephanie Piters from Jajjah, Tamer Kulmac from Vaybee, Nikolaj Nyholm from Polar Rose and Rob Kalin from Etsy.
There were also other interesting speaches. I met new people, got cards from people like Caterina Fake and Craig Newmark, enjoyed in beautiful Munich… Stephanie Czerny, Marcel Reichart and the whole Hubert Burda Media made a wonderful event and I hope to be on the DLD 08, too.