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Blurtit.com benefits from Google AdSense

Blurtit.com operates from rural Norfolk and operates their Q&A Community free of charge for all users, making money only on advertising throughout the site. This method of business has worked well for Blurtit because rather than paying for someone’s help, it acts as a source of information sharing and therefore provides a strong community.

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Trading Spaces: Exclusive Interview with BT Tradespace

Doing business via social networks is a hot topic at the moment, and the hottest place for small businesses right now is BT Tradespace. New Media Knowledge’s Chris Lee spoke to BT Tradespace’s general manager, Didier Liautaud, to see how far it has come as it approaches its third birthday.

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Viewpoint: Social Media and the Semantic Web

With social media rapidly taking centre stage in marketing directors’ plans for 2010, Mark Redgrave, CEO of OpenAmplify, explains the role he believes the ‘Semantic Web’ will play in social media going forward.

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Making Money from Blogs: Interview

In a few short years blogging has journeyed from the reserve of the geek to a cottage industry, turning into a full-time career for many. How can individuals or businesses start making money from blogging? New Media Knowledge went in search of answers.

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NMK Podcast - Episode 12 - Seat 61

Mark Smith turned his passion for train travel into a full-time occupation by forming the rail information website Seat 61. The site has picked up a number of travel industry awards since its inception in 2001. NMK caught up with Smith, also known as “The Man in Seat 61”, to see how he did it, gain his advice for would-be Internet entrepreneurs and find out why he believes content is king.

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NMK Podcast - Episode Three - FindsYou

Guy Walker put his two decades of industry experience into forming FindsYou.com, a new website which alerts sellers with suitable buyers through an alert system and enables them to initiate contact.

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Oparla Brings New Approach to Search Space

A new search engine has been launched which promises to pay users to use its service to search. Although currently in Beta, New Media Knowledge took a look at Oparla.com and assesses its prospects in a tough market.

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Digital Hotbeds: Go West – the Rebirth of Bristol

In the latest instalment of its tour around the UK in search of digital innovation, NMK's Chris Lee headed west to visit an unsung corner alive with ideas: Bristol.

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Case Study: Building a Web Business from Scratch

Radio Lingua is an e-learning languages resource which has seen more than 30 million downloads of its podcasts since its launch in late 2006. New Media Knowledge spoke to the founder to find out how language learning online helped him give up the day job.

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IT “Highly Valued”, But Not a Major Contributor to Innovation - Business

A survey has found that IT, while being “highly valued” by businesses, is not seen as a major contributor to innovation by most senior execs. New Media Knowledge wanted to find out why and what could be done to change board level minds. 

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Club Class: Mobile Gaming Goes Multi-Player

With the mobile gaming market expected to almost double in size in the next four years, New Media Knowledge caught up with one of the industry’s leading protagonists to talk about multi-player gaming and advertising developments in the mobile space.

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Out of Time: Print Media’s Rocky Start to 2009

Recent high-profile print media cuts in favour of digital platforms have rekindled the debate over the long-term sustainability of print. New Media Knowledge went to find out what print media can do - if anything - to fight back and maintain editorial quality.

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‘Mega Monday’ Bucks High Street Woes

Monday last week saw record online sales in the UK, as widely predicted. A combination of bargains, increased Web access and poor weather means that, more than ever, UK consumers are buying online. New Media Knowledge spoke to an affiliate marketing firm to see how high street brands can best leverage ecommerce.

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Business Briefing: Where Next for Venture Capitalists?

Despite the economic downturn venture capitalists are still looking at investment opportunities in digital media. New Media Knowledge spoke to one to get the low down on what VCs want.

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LinkedIn Adds Business Applications

LinkedIn, the social network for professionals, launched its LinkedIn Intelligent Applications (InApps) platform this week, which the company says will make business-focussed applications available to its 30 million-plus users.

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Business Brief: Start-Up Success

Despite stories of economic woe, Barclays Bank still predicts 380,000 business start-ups this year and 350,000 in 2009. New Media Knowledge spoke to one self-starter who aims to build what he says will be the premier social network for entrepreneurs in the UK.

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Online Advertising Bucks Flagging Market

The industry received a welcome boost this week with the news that Internet advertising revenues rose significantly in the first half of 2008, despite tough economic conditions. NMK quizzed the industry on what we can expect for the next year.

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Book Review: Bringing Nothing to the Party

On Amazon, this book is tagged 'liar', 'alcohol', 'sociopath' and 'jail'. But also with 'entrepreneur', 'web 2.0' and 'dotcom'. It should probably also be tagged 'genius raconteur'.

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Brief encounter: Steve Pammenter, MD, WhiteLabelDating.com

According to dating software company, WhiteLabelDating.com, having a relevant web site will always encourage relevant people to dip their hands into their pockets. We speak to Steve, Pammenter, managing director about profiting from niche.

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Last Chance for the Digital Mission

Chinwag is working with the DTI to create two 'digital missions' to the US. And tomorrow is your last chance to join them.

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Social Networks and Profitability

Despite early promise, a huge question mark facing social networks has been their ability to properly monetise both the huge amount of information they have on their members and their large reach. Although advertising spend on networks continues to grow, it only represents a small percentage of the overall Internet advertising budget. Tim Hoang reports on how social networks are looking to deliver for investors.

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The Shrinking Web

With the world currently facing an economic downturn, many are waiting for a second Web bubble to burst. What will come of the huge amount invested in social networks and what will the future landscape of the Web look like?

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Glass Opens Window of Opportunity

TLEO has launched its new web portal which has been designed by digital communications agency, Glass. Its aim is to encourage businesses to make better use of the London Metropolitan university’s resources.

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Businesses Failing to Profit from Web 2.0

With web 2.0 apparently set to revolutionise the business world, new research has revealed that companies are not quite ready to take advantage of social media tools. Tim Hoang reports.

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Building a Business on Free

Fantastic.  Prince gave away his new CD for ‘free’ with a national newspaper, former Kinks frontman, Ray Davies, is soon to follow and Radiohead recently invited you, Joe Public, to decide precisely how much (or not), to pay for the digital release of their latest oeuvre, In Rainbows

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FOWA: Turn Your App into a Business

Ted Rheingold, the founder of the Dogster and Catster social sites for pet owners, advised delegates at the Future of Web Apps on the teething pains that attend turning a simple gimmick or tool on the web into a full-time job.

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How to Attract More Clients

Imagine life with a steady flow of new client enquiries. Every month, interested decision makers make contact with you. They either come recommend by someone who knows you – or they have read your useful, helpful and interesting material. Before they even speak to you, they like what they have heard.

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Blogs not in the Marketing Mix

A survey from Webtrends shows that few businesses have embraced the ‘push-button publishing’  power of blogs and that email remains the number one marketing tool for firms on the Web.

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NMK Forum: Nic Brisbourne

Keynote speaker Nic Brisbourne addressed the topic ‘Web Business Models that Work’, introducing a number of ideas for monetising internet sites and services.

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NMK Forum: The Upstarts

The second panel of the day concerned new internet start-ups, the prospects for their longevity and the difficulties faced by them.

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Delivering a Winning Business Pitch

After a business plan has been written, the next stage often involves pitching the plan to prospective investors. The following is a list of tips to maximise your chances of success when pitching to investors.

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New Ideas in Big Business

Business software providers IBM Lotus, SAP and Oracle have each announced the adoption of Web 2.0 features through new products and add-ons to their current offerings.

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Small Business; Global Reach

Consumers are increasingly looking for the experience of buying from a small business, not a global superbrand. A new venture answers the challenge by offering the customers the chance to participate in the creation of a new single malt whisky.

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Starting a new business? Get planning

A strong business plan is essential to launching a new business. Andrew Gleeson offers his top ten resources in the UK to help you get it right...

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Top 10 Business Plan Mistakes to Avoid

The importance of business planning is widely documented; however, guidance as to what constitutes good business planning is less clearly defined. Alan Gleeson aims to redress that imbalance by describing 10 of the most common mistakes that occur in business plans...

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Why Transparency Is Good For Business

For years the creative services industry has shielded its eyes to account management practices. But one thing is becoming increasingly apparent - client transparency is good for business, says Marcus Leathwood...

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Dawn Of The RSS Age

Momentum is building for delivery of news and other content by RSS. Mark Rogers looks at the workings and business potential of what some are calling the biggest thing since the invention of the web browser...

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Oxford Uni Business Plan Prize

Expanding businesses in - and those hatching a plan to enter - the digital technology and design sectors have a new opportunity to raise investment capital, in the shape of this business plan competition...

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Could your Business Survive?

Many business owners are too focused on today to give serious thought to tomorrow - especially a tomorrow in which they may not play a part. Stern and Company give the lowdown on how to plan for a future in which you don't feature.

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Is Your Business Healthy?

Experience shows that following times of growth, a subsequent reversal in fortune can result in widespread business failures. One way of helping to avoid this is to make sure that your business is running efficiently and has good cashflow management procedures in place.

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Stress in Business

Charles Helliwell believes that managing the perfomance of any business is direct consequence of the personality it projects to its staff, customers, partners and shareholders.

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Better Business by Design

Natasha Zlobec of Phage on why investment in good design can bring huge commercial benefits for your company.

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Funding a Digital Media Venture

Investors discuss funding and entrepreneurship in the digital media industries.

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How to Win New Business

Advice on the process of generating new business, from identifying leads to convincing potential clients that yours is the right company for the job.

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