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theEweekly Wrap – Manchester Masters, MEN on Twitter and Fortune 500

Master Class This week, theEword’s SEO copywriter Tom Mason appeared on the judging panel of Manchester Masters 2010. The scheme saw students from the Universities of Manchester Metropolitan, Salford and Manchester compete for the chance to win marketing placements at a number of local companies, as well as paid-for tuition in a business masters degree.

The competition saw 43 students from a range of different disciplines complete various tasks in an attempt to woo the judging panel. Ten winners (pictured) were eventually selected from the group.

Tom Mason said of the scheme:

“The Manchester Masters was a great experience. The competition between the students was very fierce and choosing the lucky ten winners was a very difficult task.”

“This is the second time theEword has participated in the scheme and we’ve been very impressed by this year’s placements, Rick and Emily. Sandy Lindsay and Tangerine PR did an incredible job in organising the competition.”

MEN of Twitter Regional publication The Manchester Evening News is set to substantially increase its social media presence, according to its head of online content. Speaking to local media site How Do, Paul Gallacher said journalists at the paper would be placing more emphasis on micro-blogging site Twitter.

“The objective overall is to engage more readers directly and enable more live reporting as we look at ways to integrate social media even more than before. The more reporters we have twittering, the better for us all,” he said.

In related news, a new study from America shows 65 per cent of journalists source stories from social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.

The investigation by The George Washington University also found that while reporters were using social media sites in the reporting process, only 15 per cent classed the services as important to their role as journalists.

Low Fortunes A new study has revealed that a number of Fortune 500 companies are unsuccessfully managing paid and organic search strategies. The investigation, from marketing organisation Conductor, found the majority of top US businesses failed to naturally rank for terms used in PPC campaigns.

According to research, over £2.1 million is spent every day on online marketing campaigns by companies in the Fortune 500. When compared to natural listings, it was found businesses only ranked for 25 per cent of the terms used in PPC campaigns.

Nathan Safran, a research analysis on the project said that the findings were surprising.

“Since they spend all that money on paid search keywords, you would expect these companies would want the keywords in natural search to correlate with investments on the other side and make them as visible as possible,” he said.

SEO News In 140 Characters

The marriage between Microsoft and Yahoo has been sanctioned by the European Commission and the US Department of Justice.

Research from comScore found Twitter received over 75 million visitors in January. Over 1.2 billion tweets were posted during the month.

Two big birthdays this week: YouTube turned six, while image manipulation software celebrate its 20th year in existence.

A study by SEORoundtable discovered that 60 per cent of Google AdSense publishers have experienced lower earnings between Jan and Feb.

Written by Tom Mason

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