DirectHit is a steady performer for me and with the recent SE conversions/experiments re ppc, it's becoming more important. I've never done well w/ ASK, though some moderators here have repeatedly pointed to strong performance in my categories (travel & real estate). Add the wildcard Teoma and I'm very interested. I vote yes.
My vote is yes too. I haven't spent much time or attention on ask in the past, but I do think they have a nice percieved niche position in the SE market. I know techies who will claim that ask is better for certain types of searches than even google, and thats before the teoma additions. I think they have nowhere to go but up or out(overture).
I on the other hand have lost significant traffic. I could tell almost to the minute they had teoma results on/offline while they were testing this. I think it will come back. (ummm, aj/dh is another one of those little seo secrets we don't talk enough about)
That was really the point in my comment about "looking for another NBCi" -it was the joke of the internet as far as SEO-driven traffic, but when it came to conversions it was a gusher. I'm hearing the same about the ol' butler. Keyword: demographics.