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Mar 12, 2014 at 9:15am ET by Benjamin Spiegel
Sixteen Million. That’s the number of Google results for the term “Big Data.” And when you look at the historic interest in Google trends, the story is pretty clear – Big Data is here to stay. But do you really need more data than you already have? I doubt it.
Chasing The Big Data Rainbow?
Over the past few years, I have seen agencies, marketers and brands collect and analyze more data than ever before. And now with the development of new platforms, channels, KPIs and measurements, I’m finding an ever-growing hunger for new data sources. I constantly hear marketers either c [...]
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Mar 6, 2014 at 10:30am ET by Brian Massey
As “power” marketers, our work can look more like scientific experiments than creative campaigns. More and more, power marketers make decisions with data. The collection and interpretation of this data requires a new set of skills.
Nonetheless, the goal remains the same for our online initiatives. We want to get a reaction from our visitors.
We want to get them to do something. Complete the form. Download the document. Buy the product. Subscribe to the list. Water the camel.
When we aren’t generating reactions on our site, we can see the results clearly in analytics.
High b [...]
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Mar 3, 2014 at 2:31pm ET by Danny Sullivan
How do you connect your online marketing efforts to offline sales and success? That's the focus of a panel at iMedia Content Summit involving Universal Pictures, Clorox and Nuance Digital Marketing. Our live blog below:
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Mar 3, 2014 at 9:45am ET by David Booth
"Universal Analytics is the new operating standard for Google Analytics. All accounts will soon be required to use Universal Analytics." -- Google
Is the fear, uncertainty and doubt setting in yet?
Well, no reason to panic quite yet, but before you have to switch, let's talk about why you want to switch sooner rather than later.
Universal Analytics (UA) is still in beta for now, but at Cardinal Path we’re lucky to have been working with UA as a Google Analytics Certified Partner since its very early stages. And we can tell you it's come a long way; in all but a handful of cases i [...]
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Mar 3, 2014 at 9:05am ET by Matt McGee
The Google Glass app ecosystem is growing slowly (the Glass Developer Kit still hasn't been released), but one of the newest apps around is bound to be a hit with the marketing community.
It's called Dawn Data, and it's a new app from developers Mark Silverberg and Brian Norris. Silverberg says the app was initially a personal project, but he decided to convert it to a public app for other Glass Explorers to use.
Dawn Data obviously doesn't deliver full Google Analytics functionality and data to Glass, but it does give just about all of the traditional traffic-based data that a website o [...]
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Feb 26, 2014 at 9:20am ET by Scott Brinker
I admit it: I have a conflicted relationship with data.
On the plus side, I believe that data is one of the three biggest benefits that the digitization of the world has given us marketers. (The other two are malleability, the ability to easily change, experiment with and personalize the digital canvas, and intimacy, more direct interactions with customers.)
I believe that good, data-driven decision-making can compensate for many of our irrational mental biases and lead us to better outcomes.
And, I believe that every modern marketer should become adept at using data properly. If you' [...]
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Feb 21, 2014 at 9:00am ET by Benjamin Vigneron
I was recently taking a fresh look at some old statistics school books of mine, and I realized how useful many of those basic statistical concepts can be when applied to online marketing analytics.
In this post, I'll share a couple of ways you can delve into your data in a simple way by using relative standing -- that is, how individual data values compare to the rest of the group, as opposed to straight absolute values, which are typically hard to put into perspective.
Getting Started: Mean Vs. Median
First off, if you are not familiar with statistics at all, let me briefly clarify the d [...]
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Feb 20, 2014 at 12:13pm ET by Ginny Marvin
Too much data in too many places has long been the Achilles' heel of multi-channel marketing campaigns. Harnessing data from multiple sources, teams and formats is time-consuming and not always even that illustrative of what's working and what's not. Beckon is aiming to change that. Officially launching today, the company is coming out of a two-year stealth period after working with enterprise brands such as Nokia, StubHub and Union Bank to solve the data problem.
Beckon is a new marketing management platform that can suck in and parse data from every reporting source a brand uses. The comp [...]
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Feb 20, 2014 at 10:09am ET by Amy Gesenhues
According to a Google+ post from Daniel Waisberg, Google+ Page dashboards now include Google Analytics monthly metrics.
"If your page is linked to a website that has Google Analytics you can now view your monthly metrics (and comparison to last month) from your Google+ dashboard," claims Waisberg.
Waisberg, an analytics advocate at Google, included a screen shot in his post showing how the Google Analytics metrics are displayed, listing new visits, unique visitors and pageviews. Along with his screenshot, Waisberg added the following information from the card's tool tip:
This card shows [...]
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Feb 20, 2014 at 9:50am ET by Cristian Potter
For many brands, regionalization of marketing programs represents a key pillar to their overarching strategy. Particularly for those companies operating nationally, it's often difficult and costly to target consumers on a very granular level.
Regionalization allows marketers to look at trends across a slightly larger area -- typically several adjacent states that share some cultural elements -- and create campaigns that are more relevant for consumers in that area as compared to national initiatives. However, this strategy can overlook some unique qualities of individual states and cities.
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Feb 14, 2014 at 9:54am ET by John Lincoln
Now that Universal Analytics has been around for some time, many people are considering making the switch. It just has so much more to offer than the soon-to-be-legacy Google Analytics installation. Being an analytics junkie, I am very excited about this upgrade in features and data.
This post is the ultimate guide to Universal Analytics. We will talk about the benefits, installation and all the important ins and outs.
Why Switch To Universal Analytics
There are many reasons why making the switch to Universal Analytics is a good choice. Aside from the added functionality, the tracking cod [...]
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Feb 13, 2014 at 10:30am ET by Kohki Yamaguchi
Any experienced A/B or multivariate tester has probably encountered a situation similar to the following:
You are put in charge of testing a new design on the company website. You set up the test with your testing platform, making sure that visitors are randomly assigned to the old and new experiences.
A few days later, you check back on the results and are thrilled to see that the new experience is a clear winner, with statistically significant improvement over the old. You excitedly report the results to your boss, and the web team rolls out the new design the next day.
But then, thin [...]
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Feb 12, 2014 at 8:54am ET by Benjamin Spiegel
2013 was one hell of a ride -- we lost the keyword tool, search went secure and content marketing became the shiny new toy on the block! So what will this year bring? Even more content!
But will yours be a big hit or a big waste of money? This guide should help you start thinking about how to measure the performance of your content.
2014's Focus: Get Ready For More Content!
Last year, I spent a lot of time on content strategy and planning -- basically maximizing content efforts by figuring out how to get the right content in front of the right consumers at the right moment.
But I expec [...]
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Feb 11, 2014 at 11:48am ET by Ginny Marvin
Datalogix, a third-party data partner of both Facebook and Twitter, is acquiring shopper intelligence firm Spire Marketing, according to an Ad Age report.
Datalogix helps marketers marry offline purchasing data to digital ad performance. It is one of the data providers that powers Facebook's partner categories, which allow advertisers to target audiences based on Datalogix consumer data as well as Facebook's own targeting categories. Twitter has also partnered with Datalogix, initially to help CPG brands advertising on the platform to measure the offline sales impact of their digital campai [...]
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Feb 6, 2014 at 8:57am ET by Brian Massey
We were contacted this week by a company that offers hundreds of online games all on one site. The site's home page displayed dozens of colorful tiles, each linking to a game.
To find out how we might improve on this, I went straight to our online gaming expert: my 13-year-old son. I sent him a simple email: "How can we make this site better?"
Here's what he wrote back:
I think it needs a more home-like homepage. It looks like it's jumping in to the "pick a game" attitude a bit early. A homepage that shows the most played and featured games that also includes tabs at the top listing the [...]
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Jan 30, 2014 at 4:37pm ET by Amy Gesenhues
Catching up with its segmentation updates from last year, Google Analytics announced today a refresh to its Remarketing UI and new Remarketing list import options.
Along with the new UI, users can create Remarketing lists based on origin, demographics and behavior.
The Remarketing list builder now allows users to import existing segments, including custom segments previously created or segments imported from the solutions gallery.
According to the announcement, the new features will be rolling out over the next two weeks. For anyone wanting to take advantage of the new updates [...]
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Jan 29, 2014 at 8:57am ET by Scott Brinker
Marketing is thriving. Budgets are growing. Responsibilities are growing. Influence in the C-suite is growing. And the marketing technology landscape -- an amazing array of software products that are built to empower the modern marketer -- is growing, too.
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You can click on the above graphic to zoom in on a higher resolution version of that growing landscape.
You'll know the image has rendered properly on your screen if your reflexive reaction is a colorful expletive.
With nearly 1,000 differe [...]
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Jan 24, 2014 at 9:00am ET by Benjamin Vigneron
Though 2014 has just started and most budgets have been allocated to individual acquisition channels, it is not too late to analyze how to best utilize those budgets over time. In order to do so, one should not confuse short-term goals with long-term goals, since the long-term ROAS will eventually tend to be greater than you are currently seeing.
Below are six items online marketers should factor in when defining their short-term goals based on predicted long-term returns… without the help of a crystal ball!
1. Measure The Average Time Lag From Impression To Conversion
This lag indicate [...]
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Jan 22, 2014 at 9:00am ET by John Paul Mains
Doing engagement and conversion optimization can get pretty complex, especially when it involves multivariate testing on live e-commerce websites. But, there are so many things that even small websites can do, without an expert, to help increase the number of conversions, sales and visitor engagement.
We often talk about some really advanced topics here on Marketing Land, but I constantly find companies either doing nothing or trying to run really advanced testing without having even tried the basics.
Five Simple Ideas For Improving Conversion Rates
I wanted to highlight some of the e [...]
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Jan 10, 2014 at 9:30am ET by Carrie Hill
We all know that analytics are good for understanding how a visitor behaved on your website -- what pages they looked at, what buttons they clicked or what keywords they used to find you. You can also use analytics to track campaigns like email blasts and paid advertising. That's pretty basic stuff.
What many beginning marketers and small business owners don't know is that you can use analytics data to create an online marketing campaign.
Analytics can answer some of the key questions you might ask when you want to create a campaign: Who are you targeting? Where do they live? When sh [...]
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