French Video Site DailyMotion Adds Original Programming To Compete With YouTube

DailyMotion logo Feb 2014 According to a report yesterday from the Wall Street Journal, French-owned video sharing website DailyMotion has plans to launch six original programming series in an attempt to attract a larger US audience and become more competitive with YouTube. "People are looking for a Pepsi to YouTube's Coke," claimed DailyMotion's US managing director Roland Hamilton in the Wall Street Journal story. The French video sharing platform has a ways to go if it wants to compete with YouTube. The Wall Street Journal reports DailyMotion's unique visitors per month, including its syndication partners, tot [...]


Marketing Day: February 28, 2014

mday240px Here's our daily recap of what happened in online marketing today, as reported on Marketing Land and other places across the web. From Marketing Land: Facebook Cuts Into Google’s Lead As Top Traffic Driver To Online News Sites [Report] Add this to the ongoing debate over whether social or search is driving more traffic to online publishers: new data from Parse.ly shows that Facebook took a big bite in January out of Google’s lead as top traffic source for some of the biggest news publishers on the web. The numbers come from Parse.ly’s latest […] Foursquare Opens Up About Using [...]


Facebook Cuts Into Google’s Lead As Top Traffic Driver To Online News Sites [Report]

parsely-january14 Add this to the ongoing debate over whether social or search is driving more traffic to online publishers: new data from Parse.ly shows that Facebook took a big bite in January out of Google's lead as top traffic source for some of the biggest news publishers on the web. The numbers come from Parse.ly's latest authority report, a regular newsletter that aggregates data and insights from the company's content analytics platform. Parse.ly's network of sites sees more than five billion page views per month and more than 190 million unique visitors. It includes sites like Reuters, Mashable, The [...]


Foursquare Opens Up About Using Check-In Data For Ad Retargeting, Revenue Generation

Foursquare logo Foursquare is now going public about its moves over the past year to sell its location data and deliver ads across the web and on mobile devices. As first reported and confirmed today in AdAge, the company's CRO Steven Rosenblatt says it has been working with DSP Turn for the better part of a year and added mobile inventory last fall. Foursquare is selling the ads directly via its 30-person national sales team, buying on the ad exchanges via Turn and then selling to brands and agencies on a CPM basis and pocketing the difference. Foursquare's location data -- captured by check-ins at rest [...]


Google Got Called Out For Being A “Scraper Site” & You Won’t Believe What Happened Next

On Thursday, Google made a call for publishers to report if sites have copied or "scraped" their content and are outranking the publishers themselves. But a tweet from a marketer pointing out that Google might be doing what it's against got far more attention that Google's own request. The head of Google's web spam team issued a call for reports about scraper sites If you see a scraper URL outranking the original source of content in Google, please tell us about it: http://t.co/WohXQmI45X — Matt Cutts (@mattcutts) February 27, 2014 Marketer Dan Barker came up with an example of Google [...]


WTF Is Tag Management? Do You Really Know, Or Just Think You Do?

data management In last month’s column (WTF Is A Cookie, Anyway? Do You Really Know, Or Just Think You Do?), I covered the basics of cookies and touched briefly on the idea of tag management. This month, I am going to dive deeper into those tools and explain why you should consider this as an option for your site... or not. Let's start with a definition. What exactly is a tag? A tag is a chunk of code -- often JavaScript -- that performs a given task on your site. Here's an example of a retargeting tag (click to enlarge): Tag code can be meant to gather analytics data, or to cookie a site visitor you [...]


Mobile Devices: 30 Percent Of Traffic, 15 Percent Of Sales

ecommerce-credit-retail-shopping-featured A new "year in review" report from e-commerce platform ShopVisible offers some interesting insights and confirms consumer behavior patterns seen in earlier data. In particular, mobile devices are generating an increasing amount of traffic to e-commerce sites; however, the online sales they deliver are half that volume. Overall, mobile devices were responsible for 30 percent of traffic but only 15 percent of online orders in 2013. And, if you consider tablets to be more like PCs than smartphones (as Google does), then "mobile" orders were only 4 percent of the total. StatCounter data [...]


Grabbing Attention Vs. Getting People To Care About Your Content

content A Conductor study from July 2013 highlights an increasingly pervasive problem in the digital media industry. There is so much content being produced on a daily basis that the supply of content far outstrips what the attention economy can sustain. Every day, there are 2 million blog posts, 294 billion emails, 864 thousand hours of video created, and that's before you take into account social media, instant messaging and other digital interactions. As a result, 80 percent of readers only read the headline of an article and either skim or skip over the rest. The common response to these typ [...]


Marketing Day: February 27, 2014

mday240px Here's our daily recap of what happened in online marketing today, as reported on Marketing Land and other places across the web. From Marketing Land: ABC Joins Other U.S. TV Networks In Twitter Amplify Program, Just In Time For The Oscars Twitter has pulled the last holdout among the major U.S. television broadcasters into its Amplify program. ABC will commence its partnership with Twitter to coincide with the airing of the Academy Awards on Sunday, March 2. First reported by Variety, ten tweets first sent out from @TheAcademy Twitter account will be sponsored by Samsung Electronics [ [...]


ABC Joins Other U.S. TV Networks In Twitter Amplify Program, Just In Time For The Oscars

twitter-tv-200px Twitter has pulled the last holdout among the major U.S. television broadcasters into its Amplify program. ABC will commence its partnership with Twitter to coincide with the airing of the Academy Awards on Sunday, March 2. First reported by Variety, ten tweets first sent out from @TheAcademy Twitter account will be sponsored by Samsung Electronics when pushed out by ABC through Amplify. Whereas other Amplify campaigns have featured video clips, ABC's Oscar's campaign will feature Twitter Mirror selfies of stars taken in the green room backstage at the Oscars. “These things take off on [...]


Get To Know: Humana’s Director of Analytics, Consumer Insights

NatalieKortum-250 Natalie Kortum has recently joined Humana opening up their Irving Analytics Center as Director of Analytics in Consumer Insights. Previously as a Global Decision Sciences Manager at Dell specializing in Investment Optimization, she worked at measuring long-term impacts of difficult to measure influences such as Brand Campaigns, Social Media, Corporate Social Responsibility and Total Quality Management Improvements. She is lead inventor on two patent-pending model techniques including an overall investment model and a brand health model. In previous roles, she has worked in pricing ana [...]


Tinder: Now Doing 750 Million Swipes & 10 Million Matches Per Day

tinder logo Hot dating app Tinder is doing 750 million "swipes" per day that lead to 10 million introductions, up from 5 million matches in December. The latest stats came from Tinder founder and CEO Sean Rad, speaking at Upfront Summit, an event focused on tech and VC happening in Los Angeles and Southern California. He also shared thoughts on how Tinder is trying to mirror how people connect to date in real life, only better. Rad was supposed to be followed by an interview with Michael Heyward, cofounder and CEO of Whisper, as part of "A Discussion on the Mobile Social Breakthrough of Los [...]


Tumblr Appoints “Director Of Media,” Has Twitter Envy

Sistani Tumblr Facebook, Twitter and Google are all increasingly vying for TV and entertainment industry money. And the competition is intensifying. One example is Google muscling in on Twitter's turf with American Idol voting last night. Yahoo's Tumblr also wants in on the action. Yesterday Yahoo announced that it had appointed Sima Sistani "director of media." Sistani had been director of "mobile growth operations" at Tumblr parent Yahoo. More importantly for her new role, Sistani has a background in film and TV, having worked for cable network Plum TV and at talent agency CAA from 2003 to 2006. [...]


Survey: Of Major Technologies, Social Media Is The Easiest To Give Up

social-media-600 Based on a new survey of just over 1,000 US adults, the Pew Research Center has released findings commemorating the 25th anniversary of the web. Pew dates the founding of the web from the publication of Tim Berners-Lee's seminal paper about a distributed network of computers and documents linked together by "hypertext." However the "web" only truly became accessible to people with the advent of the browser with its graphical interface in 1992 - 1993. Regardless, there are a number of interesting findings in the document. Few are surprising save one, which I'll get to in a bit. On bala [...]


6 Things To Watch For Better Gmail Deliverability

gmail-app-logo For most email marketers, reaching the inbox at Gmail is difficult, and trying to discover why emails aren’t reaching the inbox is downright confusing, if not nearly impossible. (Though Google is reportedly piloting a feedback loop program for email service providers (ESPs) that might help address this.) For now, Gmail’s Bulk Sender Guidelines offer general advice for marketers sending to Gmail subscribers, but they lack specifics. At Return Path, we recently analyzed hundreds of thousands of campaigns from thousands of senders to find out what marketers should be paying attention to. [...]


A Well Needed Change Will Simplify (& Revolutionize) Facebook Ad Campaigns

New-Facebook-Campaigns Until today, Facebook campaigns consisted of two things: campaigns and ads. On March 4th, this will change to include another level, the ad set. This additional level of structure will have Facebook advertisers rejoicing as there will be a clear format for organization, tracking and administration within the core Facebook ad product. The problem with the old Facebook Campaigns was that there was nearly no way to properly run a marketing campaign without outside tools. Two main problems existed that hindered the marketing efforts with Facebook ads. Firstly, the sheer number of campaigns that [...]


Study: Keep Subject Lines At 6 To 10 Words Or Try A Song Lyric To Lift Email Open Rates

email-marketing-600 After analyzing more than 260 million emails across 540 retail email marketing campaigns, marketing analytics firm Retention Science found email subject lines kept at 6 to 10 words resulted in a 21 percent open rate. According to the study findings, while 6 to 10 word subject lines delivered the highest open rate, email subject lines with 5 or fewer words generated a 16 percent open rate. Retention Science claimed 52 percent of the emails the company evaluated had subject lines with eleven to fifteen words, dropping open rates to 14 percent. Email Open Rate by Number of Words in Subject [...]


Digital Ad Spend Quickly Shifting To Mobile: Are You Ready?

mobile-devices-featured Recent projections from eMarketer show that mobile ad spending will surpass desktop spending by 2017, reaching more than $35 billion compared to desktop based advertising at $27B. The ultimate force behind the growth in ad spend is the massive increase in mobile web usage and smartphone activity by consumers. In order for the market to reach these lofty projections, it will be of paramount importance to work through key challenges such as fragmentation and cookie-based targeting. The Opportunity eMarketer reports that the global smartphone audience surpassed the 1 billion mark in 2012 [...]


Facebook, Google Get American Idol Partnerships, Take Aim At Twitter’s Second Screen Dominance

american-idol-600 Aiming to cover all its bases, and upend the current "second screen" hierarchy, FOX's American Idol announced partnerships with Facebook and Google today to give AI fans new ways to interact with the show during the live finalist performances. Facebook will power real-time voting progress updates on-air during select live shows. Facebook's on-air visuals will let viewers see how finalists are faring in the voting for the first time. Facebook has been making a play for second screen viewers for some time now, but the real-time data angle is a newer tactic for the company. You can tell fro [...]


Marketing Day: February 26, 2014

mday240px Here's our daily recap of what happened in online marketing today, as reported on Marketing Land and other places across the web. From Marketing Land: Google Brings Its Nexus “Launcher” To Other Android Devices Google Nexus devices (i.e., Nexus 5) have featured Google Now prominently as well as “OK Google” hands free voice search. But now the company is rolling that experience out to a slightly broader array of devices. Google Play devices can now get these same features by installing the “Google Launcher” (app). Below are the “new” […] Yandex And Google Partner To Op [...]


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