How Estimated Reading Times Increase Engagement With Content

clock-time-600 How much time does the average adult in the United States spend with digital media every day? According to an August 2013 estimate by eMarketer: 5 hours and 16 minutes. Calculated another way, that's 316 minutes per day. How many of those 316 minutes do they spend reading your content? Estimated Online Reading Time Basic website analytics can give you an idea with time-on-site and bounce rate metrics. A more sophisticated analytics implementation could tell you exactly how far down on the page your readers get, and how long it takes them to get there. But, if you just tell readers [...]


CMOs, Keep Your Company On Track And Avoid “Communication Debt”

Branding It happens. We get busy and all of a sudden we realize that the words we've been using to talk about our products or brand internally weren't quite right and somehow made it up on the website, into our marketing material and ultimately into the minds of our consumers. This is communication debt, and it's a scary thing. Most of the marketers (and definitely all of the startup lovers) reading this are familiar with the concept of "technical debt," which refers to "the eventual consequences of poor software architecture and software development within a codebase." It's particularly dange [...]


AMC’s Mad Men Gets Don-O-Mite Blaxploitation Treatment

Don-O-Mite If only to have a little bit of fun with this weekend's return of AMC's Mad Men, New York-based Leroy & Clarkson, an agency which touts itself as the "we are the whatever-you-need-to-do-with-your-brand-we-can-do-it agency," has given us Don-O-Mite. Don-O-Mite is a full-on blaxploitation take on the series which has captivated the ad community -- and the rest of the world -- for the past 6 years. In the video we meet a man who works for Jackson, Johnson, Washington and White, the worst agency on Madison Avenue which our man has promised to save...in exchange for getting out of pri [...]


Conversion Optimization: Measuring Usability In The User Experience (UX) – Part 1

usability-components Here is the scenario: I am speaking at a conference about the 7 Facets of the User/Searcher Experience. Whenever I can, I try to provide case studies and usability test results to help illustrate each facet. Inevitably, there is somebody in the audience that stereotypes search engine optimization (SEO) professionals. What could an SEO possibly know about the user experience? From my perspective, usability is at the top of my UX list. Findability is intricately intertwined with usability. People can't use what they can't find. Through field studies and multiple usability tests, I learned [...]


Fashion Brand Leverages MySpace Angle Selfie To Sell Cosmetics

avene_selfie Did you know the word "selfie" has been added to the Oxford Dictionary? And not because Ellen Degeneres took that selfie at the Oscars or because President Obama took one or even because the Pope did. Nope. It's in there because billions of people all over the world have been doing so since the advent of the camera phone and even before. Leveraging that phenomenon, French cosmetic brand Avene launched its Avene Selfie campaign in China, the brand's biggest overseas market. It chose China because on an insight they discovered: Chinese women pose the exact same way every time they take a [...]


Native Mobile Apps May Dominate Now, But The Mobile Web Will Endure

Time spent with apps If you’re lucky enough to be a huge brand marketer with unlimited budgets, what I’m about to say probably doesn’t apply to you. You have the good fortune to focus on providing not only a phenomenal mobile website experience, but a great experience in mobile apps, as well. Not or, but and, as it should be. So, you can feel free to use the contact info below to discuss how to take your campaigns to the next level and stop reading this column. For the other 99% of us, the recent announcement by app analytics provider Flurry that users are still spending more time in apps than the mo [...]


3 Pinterest Tips That Will Make You Better At Your Job

Pinterest Search Results Demonstrate Trends Party Ideas For Boys I've always felt bad for those folks whose offices block the use of Facebook and other social networks! I'm a manager myself, so I get it -- you don't want your employees wasting their time scanning Facebook for the latest from their not-so-closest-friends or shopping for nail polish on Pinterest. But I've always thought that blocking the use of social media ultimately just makes your employees want to use it even more, thus distracting them and having a negative impact on productivity. Of course, as a digital marketer, access to social media is absolutely necessary to my job, so I'll ne [...]


Anti-Bullying Video Gets Shorter With Each Share

share_it_to_end_it To call attention to bullying, the Singapore Coalition Against Bullying for Children and Youth has released a video that gets shorter each time you view it. The black and white animated video, hosted on a site called Share It To The End, depicts a boy getting bullied at school and telling us he always feels alone and doesn't feel safe anywhere. On the site which hosts the video (it's not on YouTube and can't be embedded), viewers are encouraged to share the video on Facebook. Each time the video is shared, it gets a bit shorter. The original video is just under two minutes long an [...]


3 Tips to Get Your Affiliate Network Working For You

shutterstock_171989792-gears-work Times are tough for affiliates. In February 2014, the affiliate channel accounted for only 7% of e-commerce transactions -- down from 9% in February 2013, and a drop in the bucket compared to major e-commerce traffic sources like organic search (24%), paid search (19%), and email (18%). The above figures come from The Custora Pulse, a free US e-commerce industry benchmark, aggregating transaction and customer data from over 100 US e-commerce retailers, developed and updated by e-commerce marketing analytics company Custora (disclosure: my employer). But don't go feeling bad for affili [...]


Content Marketers, Kill The Blog Category

GUN_shutterstock_126668459 Plato said Socrates thought very little of the then-newfangled objects that were books, arguing that the written word impinged upon man's ability to remember and to think. In the early 60s, Marshall McCluhan went on to write about "media determinism," an idea suggesting that our communications technologies shape the way we think. Anyone who has ever written out a manuscript with pen and ink will be able to attest to the notion that how we write with various tools is fundamentally different. Blog Post Categories It's understandable that when blogs were devised, the various blog posts were [...]


Thai Life Insurance Ad Celebrates Beauty of Life

thai_life_insirance It doesn't happen very often but sometimes -- every once in a while -- advertising is awesome. Awesome in ways that make you jump for joy. Awesome in ways that make you angry. Awesome in ways that make you cry. But most of all, awesome in ways that give you hope there is, well, hope for the human race. About a year ago, Ogilvy & Mather Bangkok created a three minute video for Thai Life Insurance. The video told the story of a girl and her deaf mute father. It's hard enough for a teenager to get along with a parent even when they are "normal" but add in any notion of "different" and [...]


­How To Succeed With Content Marketing In Organic Search

young woman preso_shutterstock_176222933 Say you have a presentation with a very powerful message about the mission of your brand. You're qualified to speak on the subject matter because you live and breathe it -- and your audience cares, because what you do makes a difference in their lives. Your goal is to get this message in front of as many people as you can. So you sign up to talk at professional organizations, networking events, industry conferences, small groups of decision-makers and so on. After years of giving this presentation, you realize that there's one particular group of people who represent the most opportunity [...]


Annotated Movie-Trailer Videos Connect With First-Time Homebuyers

PR_Romcom_1_cropped Buying a home. It can be romantic. It can be dramatic. And it can be scary. To capture each of these three emotions for Canada's RBC Royal Bank, Entrinsic developed a first-time homebuyer campaign which consists of three movie trailer-like videos, each of which center on one of the three emotions experienced when buying a home. The videos -- directed by now-we-know-where-he-is filmmaker Jeremiah Chechik, the man behind National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and Benny and Joon -- promote three fictional movies that follow a couple going through the ups and downs of buying their first home a [...]


LinkedIn Releases Content Shock And Awe

Linkedin Releases Content Shock and Awe: The-Announcement With the rise of content marketing and the amount of content published daily always increasing, some marketers predict that eventually, the content bubble will burst. This notion, referred to as content shock, assumes that someday, there will simply be too much content to consume. I personally disagree with this sentiment for a number of reasons. However, in February, when LinkedIn announced that eventually all members will be able to publish content on their publishing platform, the idea of content shock gained more steam. With more than 277 million members, will the ability to post conten [...]


Heineken Travels To Outer Space & The Ocean’s Depths In Support Of Reporters Without Borders

heineken_legendary_posters Wieden + Kennedy Amsterdam is out with a new campaign for Heineken which focuses on 40 legendary individuals from the worlds of sports, entertainment, science, art and other areas. Entitled "The Legendary Posters," the campaign features these 40 people doing interesting and amazing things in support of the global non-profit Reporters Without Borders. The posters were created by unique interaction with each of the 40 individuals. There's the poster that played fireball tennis with Jimmy Connors. There's the one that went into a live volcano with an Icelandic farmer. There's the one that [...]


Is Native Advertising Legal? Does It Matter?

native 1 I start this article with three controversial statements: Native advertising likely violates Federal Trade Commission (FTC) rules on deceptive advertising Native advertisers and publishers will profit tremendously from these violations and receive little to no punishment or regulation from the FTC This concept, which I call “regulatory arbitrage,” has been proven to be highly profitable, having been proven by many other internet businesses First Things First: What Is Native Advertising? Go to virtually any article, social network or content distribution source online and you’ [...]


How Email Marketers Should Mark Up Messages For Gmail’s New Grid View

picture 3 Google just transformed the inbox again with Gmail Grid View that turns the Promotions tab into a visual shopping mall of marketing emails. For marketers, the question is: how do I get it to work, and what will my emails look like if I don’t do anything at all? I did some testing and noticed some interesting things. For grid view, Gmail is using “Actions in the Inbox,” which it announced in early 2013. Actions in the Inbox uses schema.org markup that takes information in an email, turns it into structured data, and then makes the structured data usable as an action. For example, t [...]


Weight Watchers & Getty Images Help You Celebrate Your Incredibleness

weight_watchers_incredible_you Most of us wish we could lose a little weight from time to time. Sometimes we put our mind to it and succeed. Other times, life gets in the way and that spare tire or muffin top begins to rear its ugly head. That's when Weight Watchers wants our attention. To garner that attention and refresh interest in Weight Watchers in Australia, digital agency Reactive launched a multi-faceted campaign called Awaken Your Incredible. As part of the campaign, Reactive developed Incredible You, a partnership with Getty images that allows people to create short slide shows which highlight their "inc [...]


Yelp Versus Foursquare? Who’s Winning In Mobile/Local For Marketers?

yelp-foursquare For business travelers, it's easy to see why mobile access to discovery tools like Google Places, Yelp and Foursquare is so critical. Determining where to go to get coffee, lunch, printing help, dinner, drinks, etc., often happens at the last minute. What about non-business travelers? Yes, we all have our favorite places to eat, preferred dry cleaners, dentists, doctors, and so on. But how do we know we are finding the best places? Or what if our dentist moves? Or our dry cleaner continually over starches our shirts? What about life changes that might mandate a new day care? Or a [...]


How Much Should You Spend On Optimization? Calculate Your BUU

shutterstock_157334462-scale-tools-money Analytics platforms. Split testing software. User testing tools. This is starting to sound expensive. And it is. What if it were more expensive not to have these things in your online business? It might very well be. Your business may be one of the many that is hobbled by a “launch and hope” approach to digital marketing. Not every business will benefit from such tools, but yours may. How much will you benefit? How much does it make sense to spend? This is an exercise in budgeting for website optimization. We will show you how to calculate a Basic Upside Unit (BUU) and h [...]


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