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 [...]


IBM To Acquire Marketing Solutions Provider Silverpop For Undisclosed Amount

IBM Digital Marketing Network IBM released a statement today confirming it has entered into an agreement to acquire email and marketing automation solutions provider Silverpop for an undisclosed amount. Originally launched as an email marketing company, Silverpop has evolved its offering to include marketing automation and personalization solutions. Listing brands like Mazda and Stonyfield Farm as Silverpop customers, IBM says the acquisition will extend its client base by 8,000 organizations across 50 countries, as well as add to its portfolio of more than 100 SaaS solutions. “Now, nearly any marketing, commerc [...]


Marketo Announces New Capabilities, Partnership With Acxiom For B2C Real-Time Personalization

Marketo Logo At Marketo Nation Summit, its annual customer conference this week, the company is introducing a new platform with several added capabilities and a big new partnership with third-party data giant Acxiom. The platform updates signal a market repositioning for Marketo as the provider of a powerful, yet simplified marketing platform - or more formally, a customer engagement platform -- that facilitates marketing automation, email and campaign management, real-time personalization and budgeting and planning. Jon Miller, VP, product marketing at Marketo discussed the market and Marketo's posi [...]


Ad-ID Tracking Now Required For All Digital, TV, Radio Ads With SAG-AFTRA Members

Ad-ID As of March 31, any advertising that features one of the more than 165,000 members of the SAG-AFTRA union must now incorporate Ad-ID, a web based system for tracking commercial performance across all media. The deal covers all commercials produced for television, radio and digital platforms. The universal identifier, developed in 2003 by the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A's) and the Association of National Advertisers (ANA), tracks where and how many times an ad airs across all platforms. That information then translates into how much a SAG-AFTRA performer is compensated. [...]


Klout To Be Acquired By Social Management Software Company Lithium Technologies

Klout Lithium Technologies, a social customer experience management software company, released a statement today announcing it has acquired Klout. According to the announcement, the acquisition creates, "One of the biggest data footprints of consumer attitudes, preferences, and activities on digital channels." Lithium claimed the combined companies will have access to 500 million consumers across 10,000 specific interest areas and more than 300 branded communities. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. "With Klout, Lithium fully delivers on its vision of building a truste [...]


Adobe Keeps Adding To Its Marketing Cloud, Previews Online-Offline Optimization Technology

adobe-logo-180px Adobe kicked of its annual Summit for customers with a slew of announcements around the Adobe Marketing Cloud, its hub of digital marketing products. In a preview of what's on the horizon, Adobe shared a look at technology it's calling Marketing Mix Planning.  It will become a core service in the Marketing Cloud and is meant to the one-stop-shop for companies to optimize their marketing efforts -- including offline. The algorithm-driven technology is designed to help marketers find the ideal mix of online and offline marketing including TV, PR, print and events. Marketing Mix Planning [...]


Will In-Store Bluetooth Beacons Marginalize QR Codes?

belt buckle QR Code Though many fans of QR codes will strongly disagree, I would argue that they haven't found their "sweet spot" in mobile marketing and must do so relatively soon or be marginalized. Similarly, SMS was once a much touted opportunity for marketers but has since failed to gain widespread marketing adoption. Despite some statistics showing that as many as 38 percent US adults under 35 have at some point scanned QR codes, most smartphone owners don’t engage with them in any regular or meaningful way. And while they’re quite versatile, core QR codes use cases are now threatened by newer techn [...]


Collective And ZenithOptimedia Tout Success Of Online TV Analytics Platform

video-tv-ads-marketing Collective, an advertising technology company, announced this week that its partnership with advertising agency ZenithOptimedia shows how marketers can connect more effectively to their target television audience. ZenithOptimedia is using Collective's TV Analytics platform to align online behavior of customers and potential customers with TV preferences. That data is then used to help determine what advertising to buy. ZenithOptimedia executives, presenting at the American Association of Advertising Agencies Transformation conference in Los Angeles on Tuesday, said the platform has increase [...]


IgnitionOne Acquires Knotice To Build Out Its Digital Marketing Platform

Ignition One logo March 2014 Cloud-based digital marketing technology provider IgnitionOne announced today it has acquired the privately-owned digital marketing platform Knotice. According to the announcement Knotice's technology will be "seamlessly" integrated into the IgnitionOne's Digital Marketing Suite, adding data consolidation and fidelity solutions, an email CRM, as well as mobile and cross-device capabilities. "Today we see other large players attempting to piece together point solutions, but we have a strong advantage when it comes to the number of solutions already integrated," said IgnitionOne CEO Will M [...]


New Free Google Analytics App From Narrative Science Creates Reports In “Plain English”

Quill Engage logo March 2014 Data analytics technology company Narrative Science has launched Quill Engage, a free Google Analytics application that delivers narrative-styled reports. Based on the idea of providing website stats and trends using "plain English" versus a series of charts and graphs, Quill Engage claims to offer easy-to-read reports on site metrics like content engagement data, traffic, sources, referrals, paid search and audience segmentation. Available for download at QuillEngage.com, the application can be used for free on up to ten different websites. Using Narrative Science's Quill technology, t [...]


Google Steps Up Wildfire-DoubleClick Social Integration, Wildfire Stops Taking New Customers

wildfire doubleclick logos Google acquired Wildfire back in 2012. The Wildfire Social Marketing Suite helps businesses manage the day-to-day activity of social content and ad management on social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest from one platform. Last year, Google began integrating the Wildfire technology into the DoubleClick Digital Marketing platform. The initial phase of the integration, completed last year, allowed marketers to see social advertising performance metrics alongside their other digital advertising efforts in the DoubleClick Marketing dashboard. At the time DoubleClick’s Vice [...]


Buffer Adds Content Suggestions To Web Dashboard & Emails

buffer-content-suggestions Calling it "a work in progress," Buffer has started showing content suggestions for users in both the web-based dashboard and in emails. The new feature adds a set of suggested social updates that can be posted to Twitter, Facebook or whatever social accounts you've connected to Buffer. The rollout has been slowly expanding over the past few weeks; I started seeing the suggestions on the web a few days ago. Buffer says it's showing five suggestions on the web, and including three suggestions in emails to users that have those notifications turned on. Here's how Buffer explains ho [...]


URL Shortening Giant Bitly Will Provide Click Data to Moz

bitly Bitly, the Internet's URL shortening leader, announced today that it will provide data and click-tracking technology to Moz. Moz's optimization software previously used link data from Twitter to rank web pages' social media relevance but it is turning to Bitly to get a more complete picture of user behavior. "The Bitly click dataset is hands down the broadest and most authoritative available to anyone looking for information on how their content and brand is performing across the web," Moz co-founder Rand Fishkin said in a news release. Bitly, which made the announcement from the [...]


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 [...]


AdStage Adds Optimizely And Other Ad Solutions To App Suite, Launches New API For Marketing App Devs

AdStage AdStage, which launched just last year, is aiming to loosen the grip Marin, Kenshoo and Adobe have on ad management by giving SMBs self-serve access to an ad management platform and third-party advertising tools. Advertisers can create and analyze campaigns across a suite of networks including Google, Bing, LinkedIn and Facebook  simultaneously and plug into a number of advertising tools including ReTargeter, Unbounce, MixRanks and ThinkStock through its app system. This week at LAUNCH festival -- where it won "Best Business" last year --the company announced the addition of new tool prov [...]


E-commerce Sales Up 8% In January, With 20% Of Mobile Orders Happening On An Android

ecommerce-online-sales-retail Marketing analytics firm Custora says US e-commerce sales were up eight percent this January over January 2013. While combined offline and online transactions were down 0.4 percent last month compared to a year ago, Custora claims January was a strong month for e-commerce, with a 6 percent increase in traffic to e-commerce stores. Based on e-commerce transactions from over 100 retailers and 70 million shoppers, Custora's data also revealed a slight increase in the average conversion rate last month, holding at 2.2 percent compared to 2.1 percent in January 2013. Mobile accounted for a [...]


Get To Know: HootSuite’s VP Of Marketing

Dee Anna Profile Picture As the VP of Marketing for HootSuite, Dee Anna McPherson leads marketing strategy for the popular social media management platform. She is responsible for driving growth and building the company’s global brand. Before joining the HootSuite team, McPherson served as VP of Marketing at Yammer, where she established Enterprise Social Networking as a new category of business software and propelled the company to a top market position. Her efforts at Yammer helped deliver 300% annual growth, resulting in its $1.2 billion acquisition by Microsoft. Since graduating from Purdue University with B [...]


20 More Essential Business Apps For Your Smartphone

shutterstock_106278554 About a year ago, I wrote a post featuring 30 essential business apps for the smartphone. It was a fun post to write -- and, even better, I got a ton of new app recommendations from my ecosystem of smart friends. Given the fact that a lot happens in the mobile space in a year, it felt like it was high time to create a list of 25 more essential apps. It's worth noting that while this column is dedicated to helping marketers with their mobile and location-based marketing needs, marketers (and other business people) are also consumers of mobile technology. And hell, if they can make their l [...]


20 Tools To Stop The Social Media Timesuck

Findings The longer I work in social media, the more I realize that the biggest danger for a social media marketer isn't proving ROI, anticipating Facebook algorithm changes or even dealing with Twitter trolls -- it's the dreaded Social Media Timesuck. You're probably familiar with it. It's what happens when you go to Facebook just to post a link to that latest blog entry but somehow end up staying for an extra 30 minutes and opening 7 new tabs. Or you fall down a Pinterest wormhole, can't stop checking in on a great Google+ discussion, or randomly decide to update your LinkedIn profile -- all while [...]


Get To Know: HubSpot CMO Mike Volpe

Mike Volpe headshot In early 2007, Mike Volpe joined HubSpot as the company's fifth employee. With Volpe serving as chief marketing officer, HubSpot has since grown from 10 to 10,000 customers, expanded from 5 to 650 employees, and raised $100 million in venture capital. Under Volpe's leadership, HubSpot has won more than 30 marketing awards and has been featured in over 20 marketing and business books. Volpe has guest lectured at Harvard Business School, Babson College, Carnegie Mellon, TCU, Boston University, and MIT Sloan School of Management, and contributed to numerous blogs, as well as the Harvard Busine [...]


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