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I was on Lunchbreak with Mike King (@iPullRank)

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A few months ago I was in New York for SES New York 2013. While there I visited the iAcquire offices to visit Mike King. He asked me to be on his weekly ‘lunchbreak’. You can watch the video here, where Mike interviews me and I shine a little bit of light into the things I’m working on at the moment.


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A Short Interview with Me at A4UExpo

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I got interviewed last month at A4U Expo, where I spoke about mobile, about the UK Search Industry and about what we do at State of Search. Take a look:


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A4U and the Dublin Web Summit: a Sneak Peek at me Speaking

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Last week was one of those weeks which had a full agenda and lots of traveling in it. These weeks are tiring as no other weeks but also very satisfying.

The week had two conferences in it, A4U Expo and the Dublin Web Summit. Next to that it was a week of meeting friends and colleagues and getting things started.

At A4U Expo I spoke about mobile in combination with social and local together with Sri Sharma, on Thursday I had traveled to the Dublin Web Summit, one of the, if not the, biggest conferences in online marketing in Europe to speak about how social and authority collide. There it was also nice to see old friends which I hadn’t seen in a while who now have an interesting app they are running called Foodzy, go check it out.

Speaking at A4U as always was lots of fun, in Dublin I had never been before so that was an interesting one, especially because that was a conference which had no less than 4,000 attendees there. My talk there was actually ‘secretly’ taped.

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“The future of Search” at the Domainfest in Prague, my preso and more

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As you might have noticed before when you have visited this (personal) blog before I was asked to speak at the Domainfest conference in Prague earlier this month. It was quite the experience! In a good way!

As you may have seen they put me in a hotel room which was astonishing. Huge and very comfortable. I almost didn’t want to leave the room! The evening also was interesting with a dinner party in the Czech National Museum. Not many people will have done that and as a former history student that was special! I missed the second day because I had to fly back but they actually went on a AK47 shooting contest…!

Next to that the conference was interesting itself. There were some interesting speakers, but the main thing which caught my attention was the actual domain-auction they did. I have never seen anything like it. Domains being sold as if they were paintings from Vincent van Gogh himself. Breathtaking to watch. And some domains really got some huge numbers. I understand that restaurants.com was sold for about $6 million… Watch here how pounds.com got sold for 35.000 dollars.

And what about my talk? That went very well I think. You always have to wait and see if your story really ‘catches on’. But I think it did, at least when I talked to people afterwards it seemed that way. Below you can find my presentation, those of you who have seen my presentations before will recognize things.

I’d like to again thank the organizers for a great event and say hi to everybody I met there. I’m sure we’ll be in touch!


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Google is not always right

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Google is the ‘best’ search engine out there, at least that is what most people believe. Why? Because Google gives back the most relevant results. Or do they? Sometimes even Google ‘messes up’ so to speak. When looking for an image to go along a post about blogging I wrote today on State of Search I found these remarkable results:

Quite remarkable is it? There must be a logical explanation, maybe its personalized search, but most probably its because there are so many people blogging about their cats. 😉

Of course I also checked this search on Bing Images (which looks much better than Google’s by the way) and to be fair: they didn’t give me the results I wanted either, but they didn’t find that much cats as Google did… It’s time for search engines to implement the user intent they have been talking about lately.


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