Flickr versus Getty Images: A Hidden Gold Mine at Yahoo!??

Could Flickr become the next Getty Images (one of the top stock photography suppliers to news companies)? Hellman & Friedman recently bought Getty Images for $2.4 billion dollars as reported by the BBC here.  It will be interesting to see what they do with Getty...

Online commerce in Mexico compared to global statistics

After writing my post the other day about Nielsen’s global online survey of online shopping habits, I wanted to take a moment to compare their global numbers to Mexico’s numbers.  This can provide a valuable point of comparison between...

85% of the world’s online population has shopped online?

However bullish I am about Internet usage globally and its corresponding growth of online advertising and services, this study from Nielsen seems overly enthusiastic.  It says that 85% of the world’s population has shopped online.  The vast majority of US online...

Growth of Online Ad Spending: International

Adding yet more fuel to the argument of my previous post about the growth of international advertising is this article from MediaPost.  While the US is the leader among all global online advertising markets, the chart in the article makes it very clear that other...

Ashes and Snow Comes to Mexico City

The editors of our magazine Chilango (our city guide for Mexico City, much like New York Magazine serves the Big Apple), asked me to write a review of Ashes and Snow, the photography show that arrived in Manhattan 3 years ago, since I had seen it then. Following is...

Language used in international searches

My good friend and fellow blogger, Timothy Dahl, asked a good question in response to my last post about international search traffic and what language they search in. So should we consider Spanish or any other language when planning our SEO strategy? Do Mexicans...

Growth of International Search/Inventory

This quote from John Battelle’s book The Search (on page 31) got my attention for a couple of reasons:1) Publishers and marketers alike have not fully taken advantage of opportunities to sell/buy international advertising inventory partially because they...

Holiday Reading: The Glass Castle and The Search

Over the holidays I had the opportunity to read a couple of excellent books. The Glass Castle is a memoir told from the perspective of a young girl who grows up with an alcoholic father and a mother who calls herself an “excitement addict.” It is an...

Sick? On MySpace?

Privacy experts, start your engines.  This story just blows my mind.  My brother used to consult a high-end restaurant chain in LA, which I will not name.  One of his friends there told him about how now, when employees (and especially the wait staff) call in sick,...