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Player Avatar COGBOX (< 20) Submitted: 10/18/2006 10:48:19 PM : Underperform Start Price: $36.41 IACI Score: -33.07

Among other problems, Ask.com's PPC management system is not worthy of a top tier player.

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Member Avatar ldalton25 (39.45) Submitted: 11/7/2006 12:18:33 AM
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What about: Electronic Retailing, which includes HSN U.S. and HSN International; Ticketing, which includes Ticketmaster; Interval International; Personals, which includes Match.com; Citysearch, Evite, Entertainment Publications and ServiceMagic (since September 2004); Financial Services and Real Estate, which includes LendingTree and its affiliated brands and businesses, and Teleservices, which includes Precision Response Corporation. In April 2005, the Company acquired Cornerstone Brands, Inc. and spun-off Expedia, Inc. In August 2006, the Company acquired a 51% stake in Connected Ventures, LLC, parent of comedy site CollegeHumor.com.

Member Avatar ldalton25 (39.45) Submitted: 11/16/2006 12:39:24 PM
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Ok, but what about: HSN U.S. and HSN International; Ticketmaster; Interval International; Match.com (and other Personals sites); Citysearch, Evite, Entertainment Publications and ServiceMagic (since September 2004); Financial Services and Real Estate, (like LendingTree !!), and Teleservices . . .

In April '05, the Company acquired Cornerstone Brands, Inc. and spun-off Expedia, Inc. In August 2006, the Company acquired a 51% stake in Connected Ventures, LLC, parent of comedy site CollegeHumor.com.

There is so much going on at this company; so many brands.....

Member Avatar COGBOX (< 20) Submitted: 11/16/2006 1:19:40 PM
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I'll admit that I'm completely tainted by my completely dismal experience with Ask.com. What makes it worse to me is when I see reality so completely contrary to what their management says about Ask. They pitch it as a legitimate contender to Google and Yahoo, but really they are generating most of their revenues from AdWords. They have atrocious customer service, and have burned a lot of people in the online marketing industry. That doesn't seem too good for something that Barry Diller says is the "connecting thread" amongst all their businesses.

I feel like this company is a Frankenstein's monster of Internet business fads. Citysearch has been "potentially great" for about 10 years now, but even together with Ask.com their media category loses money. Match.com is profitable but has fierce competition and is no sure bet. I know HSN can be powerful, but I can also tell you I will never buy something from them...so that doesn't make me want to invest (doesn't mean I'm not missing the boat). Lending Tree may be great someday(?) but they are seeing negative growth in revenues and earnings.

Ticketmaster is a solid business.

But, all told I just don't have confidence in this company. My experiences as a customer have been negative, and I definitely don't want to pay a premium to invest. I feel like this company is over-hyped.

But, hey I could be wrong. It's happened before.

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