AJ Kohn

AJ Kohn is Owner of Blind Five Year Old, a San Francisco Internet Marketing firm specializing in search. An experienced marketing executive with a successful track record spanning 20 years, AJ combines a deep understanding of search marketing with a passion for product strategy and iterative product development, fusing design and user experience with quantitative analysis.

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Marketing Biz: Interactive Tweets, Outbrain Self-Service & Perch

This week Twitter continued to showcase how sexy they are to advertisers Twitter Cards and Raven integrated new content marketing features. Outbrain opened up their platform and Closely launched a SMB competitive intelligence app. We also saw the first acquisition by Mayer-led Yahoo, as well as funding for Rewarder and Inigral. Just don’t get me […]

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Marketing Biz: Foursquare Search, BloomReach & Message Bus

This week we saw more. More Yahoo changes. More competition in the mobile payments and deals verticals. More funding for BloomReach and Message Bus. More evidence that 140 characters is truly dead. More location analytics services. Foursquare also made it clear they were a local search engine and the potential bailout of Color by Apple […]

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Marketing Biz: Personalization, MindMeld & Tumblr Metrics

This week we had plenty of examples of data (our digital wake) being used to personalize the web experience. Whether it’s Criteo’s intent-based display advertising, Gravity’s website personalization or GraphDive’s inferred demographics, the static website is quickly becoming a dinosaur. Even your conversations could be used to deliver personalized content if MindMeld has it’s way. […]

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Marketing Biz: Mapageddon & Authority Wars

Mapageddon was front and center as the new iOS Maps fallout continued and the fight to control the most valuable context began in earnest. Meanwhile both LinkedIn and Bing raced headlong into identifying experts and assessing authority. While you can quibble with their implementations the trend toward a web of people is undeniable. While these […]

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Marketing Biz: PassTools, Facebook Highlight & Google Now

This week the creepy factor gets turned up to 11 with the science behind Google Now, the launch of Sense Networks Retail Retargeting, expansion of Facebook Highlight and BuzzFeed’s purchase of Kingfish Labs. Conductor and Mass Relevance launched new products for enterprise marketers and Dice confirmed the validity of content marketing with a $20 million acquisition. […]

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Marketing Biz: Gyft Cards, Ensighten Tags & Facebook Retargeting

This is an iPhone5 free zone. That’s a good thing too because there was a lot going on outside of Apple incrementalism. There were transformative things like the disruption of the gift card vertical by Gyft. And we saw just how powerful retargeting can be when it’s extended on Facebook. There were some personnel changes […]

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Marketing Biz: Adobe Social, Deal Junkies & Bitchy Tweets

This week I am reminded of Voltron, narcolepsy and Burn Notice. Confused? Let me explain. The Hootsuite acquisition of Seesmic and Nebula funding remind me of Voltron. The title of the piece about eBay acquiring Svpply makes me think of My Own Private Idaho and, thus, narcolepsy which is what seems to be happening to […]

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Marketing Biz: Twitter Tightens The Screws, Vicarious Search & Didit Buys Inceptor

This week Twitter continued to play hard ball, cutting off Tumblr and the display of third-party apps. Non-traditional search was also in the news with funding for Vicarious and impressive results from Walmart’s shopping search engine. Agencies also continue to morph and adapt as the digital landscape matures. Last but certainly not least, technology is […]

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Marketing Biz: New Facebook Metric, Mobile Payment Dark Horse & Rio SEO Advances

This week saw more movement in the white hot mobile payment space and continuing changes by Twitter as it pivots into a viable advertising platform. Two SEO data leaders made significant moves and the co-founders of Twitter launched a new publishing tool. Not to mention Facebook’s new advertising metric, some significant acquisitions and Trulia’s $75M […]

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Marketing Biz: Better Stalking, Google’s Costanza Wallet & Facebook PR Problems

Among the highlights this week, Google gave marketers better stalking capabilities while giving users a digital Costanza wallet. Meanwhile Facebook dealt with public relations issues that may have forced their hand with DoubleClick and yet another new subscription eCommerce site debuted. A simpler way to re-connect with your website visitors Remarketing with Google Analytics helps […]

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Marketing Biz: Nextdoor Neighbors, Facebook Search Ads & GoodData

While Q2 results for Zynga and Facebook took center stage, efforts by Foursquare and Nextdoor continue to make hyper-local look like a real future instead of a mirage. And new providers like GoodData and Retention Science seem well placed to help marketers deal with the rising volume and complexity of data. Zynga Takes Axe to […]

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Marketing Biz: Future Shock (Is Already Here)

It’s one of those weeks where those digital marketing ideas that used to feel so cutting edge are now a reality. Google+ is over a year old. Twitter has a suite of advertising offerings. Foursquare is connecting loyal customers to businesses. E-signatures are poised to become ubiquitous. The future of marketing is already here if […]

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Marketing Biz: Twitter’s Pitch, Vevo’s Warning & Bitly’s Disrespect

This week in marketing felt a bit like a lesson in evolutionary biology. Things are changing fast. The lion is chasing down the ailing antelope on the digital plain. The big are swallowing up the small. Digital creatures flash their bright colors to ward off predators. And everyone wants to be close to the Internet […]

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Marketing Biz: Smartphone Wars, Rocket Fuel & Twitter Evolution

This week we saw the smartphone wars heat up and got more data on just why everyone is so crazed to get in on the action. Looking past the small screen there were acquisitions a funding news along with more Twitter changes and further indications for Facebook’s social commerce strategy. Introducing the Save to Wallet […]

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Marketing Biz: Psychic Search, Facebook Want Button & Smart Pricing

This week in marketing was all about transformation. LivingSocial and RockYou are transforming their business models. Google is trying to transform the way we search. And a slew of companies are trying to transform all the data we collect and turn it into information we can actually use. LivingSocial moves beyond daily deals, offers peek […]

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Marketing Biz: U Mad Bro? Teens Bailing On Facebook, Anger at ICANN

There’s an undercurrent of hostility in the marketing world this week. Google and Apple continue to joust, sending not-so-subtle messages about their intentions. There was also news that teens might not be liking (pun intended) Facebook as much as they once did. Ditto goes for Bret Taylor, Facebook CTO, who is leaving the company this […]

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Marketing Biz: The Week Of The 900 Pound Gorilla

Marketing news this week was dominated by 900 pound gorillas: Apple, Facebook, Google and Twitter.  Here’s a look at how they jousted with each other and where it might lead. Apple Gives Facebook Deep Integration Into iOS 6 With Siri, Sharing, App Store, API This stunningly comprehensive integration could see Apple and Facebook teaming up […]

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Marketing Biz: New Foursquare, Transforming Data & Map Wars

It was a busy week in the marketing world, so this week’s column is going to be a bit like a lightning round on a game show.  So without further ado … Groupon and Foursquare End Distribution Deal Groupon has stopped utilizing Foursquare as a mobile distribution partner. A Groupon spokesperson on Tuesday told ClickZ […]