Google Analytics Opens Invitation To Beta Of The New Real-Time Reporting API

Google Analytics Starting today, Google is inviting Google Analytics users to a closed beta of their newly released real-time reporting API. Opening a number of opportunities to take advantage of real-time analytics, the new API makes it possible for site owners to create queries around real-time data and use the information to benefit their website. Google offered examples of how site owners could use the real-time API, including querying for top visited URLs to create, "a top trending content widget with the number of active readers" or displaying the active visitor count in real-time. According to [...]

Study: Brands Using Hashtags In Facebook Posts Show No Signs Of Higher Engagement Levels

facebook-hashtags-featured Analytics firm Simply Measured conducted a study of the Top 100 Interbrands on Facebook and discovered that even though the usage of Facebook hashtags by brands has increased nearly 20 percent between June 12, when hashtags went live on Facebook, through the end of June, hashtags are not resulting in any additional engagement. The study analyzed the Interbrand Top 100 Brands on Facebook between May 1 and June 30, 2013 to see how brands are leveraging the social media network, and to identify which brands and industries are experiencing the most success on Facebook. According to the findi [...]

Union Metrics Adds New Features To Tumblr Analytics Tool & Offers First Time Ever Free Accounts

tumblr logo Originally released in November 2012, the Union Metrics Tumblr analytics tool has been updated with two new features. Starting today, users can track their blog followers, as well as integrate Google Analytics into the Tumblr analytics dashboard, accessing their blog's web traffic metrics alongside content engagement performance. According to the announcement, the new features, "...complement existing detailed interaction and influencer analytics coupled with competitor blog and keyword tracking." Union Metrics is also rolling out a new tier to their paid subscription plans, along with o [...]

Study: Email Lands More Customers Than Facebook Or Twitter, But Still Fewer Than Organic Search

email-marketing-featured A new report from marketing software provider Custora found that customer acquisitions gained via email marketing has quadrupled since 2009, with email delivering more customers than Facebook or Twitter. According to the report, email accounted for only .88 percent of online customers acquired in 2009, but that number grew to 6.84 percent by Q2 2013. Facebook and Twitter's combined customer acquisitions have accounted for less than one percent this year. Even after an upswing of nearly seven percent during the last four years, email still falls behind organic search, which has accoun [...]

New Google Analytics Feature Lets Advertisers Import AdWords Cost Data Into Attribution Model Comparison Tool

Google Analytics Google announced today that they will be rolling out a new Google Analytics feature that allows advertisers to import Adwords cost data into the Attribution Model Comparison Tool, offering more insight into Adwords expenditures. Now, advertisers can evaluate Cost Per Acquisition (CPA) within Google Analytics, along with their Return On Ad Spend (ROAS), a metric that, "...compares the value or revenue driven by conversions under different attribution models." By selecting Conversion Value & ROAS within the Attribution Model Comparison Tool, advertisers will be able to compare the perf [...]

Google Analytics Now Offering Unclicked Display Ad & Video Ad Impression Reports

Google Analytics Google Analytics has launched new display ad and video ad impression reports, giving advertisers a look at how unclicked ads impact the conversion path. Using data from the Google Display Network (GDN), advertisers will be able to see when a user has viewed ads on the GDN or video ads on YouTube before visiting their website and completing a conversion. Advertisers who enable the new GDN impression reports in their Google Analytics accounts will have access to two additional conversion metrics in their Multi-Channel Funnel reports: Impression Assisted Conversions and Rich Media Assisted Con [...]

Google Analytics Administration Page Gets A New Look & Feel With Upgraded Settings

Google Analytics Google Analytics announced today a new administration landing page with upgraded settings that is scheduled to launch during the coming weeks. The latest round of upgrades will make all admin settings accessible from the new administration page under the admin tab, with account, property, and view settings organized into three columns. (Google is now referring to the 'profiles' setting as 'views' in an attempt to match the present and future meaning of what it represents: a view of the data Analytics.) Help content has been relocated under the 'Help' tab near the top right corner of the [...]

What Images Get Pinned On Pinterest? Red Beats Blue, Portrait Over Landscape & Lose The Faces

pinterest-logo According to visual analytics and marketing platform Curalate, brand images on Pinterest are 23 percent more likely to receive a repin if the image does not contain a face. Using custom algorithms to evaluate more than 500,000 Pinterest images, Curalate researched how an image's visual characteristics influence social media activity. Examining 30 different visual characteristics, including color, texture, lightness and saturation, the study found that images with lots of color are preferred, while red, orange and brown images are twice as likely to be repinned over blue pictures. Images of [...]

SEOMoz Undergoes Major Rebrand – Changes Name To Moz & Launches New Analytics Software

Moz Roger Search engine and social optimization software provider SEOMoz announced today they are undergoing a major rebranding initiative and changing their name to Moz, in addition to launching their newest software solution Moz Analytics. According to Moz CEO Rand Fishkin, the company has evolved beyond an SEO software company, now offering a more broad set of marketing tools. "While SEO remains a key part of our product," says Fishkin in a release announcing the company's name change, "It's no longer transparent or authentic to say we're purely an SEO software company.” Not only is SEOmoz no [...]

Amazon Gives Developers New App Engagement Reports To Track Key Metrics

amazon-featured Last week, Amazon launched Engagement Reports to help developers monitor app usage metrics. Engagement Report data includes information from the Kindle Fire HD, the new Kindle Fire, and Android devices that use the most recent version of the Amazon store. Tracking daily and monthly active devices, installs, sessions, average revenue per device and retention, the Engagement Reports are free and do not have to be integrated. Users can filter the reports by marketplace, view them as a chart or downloaded as a CSV.  Apps submitted and published after October 25, 2012 will have Engagement Repor [...]

Transformative Analytics — Envisioning The Next Generation Of Social Media Marketing Tools

I have a couple of cool tools in my kitchen: The Aero Press and the Vitamix. I love them both. The Aero Press is a convenient way to make a great cup of morning coffee. It helps me accomplish a habitual practice I engage in each day. But, the Vitamix (a high speed blender) has shifted my understanding and approach to food. I’ve learned to use different types of raw foods to fuel whatever activity I’m about to engage in (tip: try kale for mental clarity). This shift has improved my performance and productivity both mentally and physically (some in my family even point to a sunnier dis [...]

Brands Wanting More Leverage On Pinterest Should Follow The Lead Of Better Homes & Gardens

pinterest-logo-220 Social media metrics firm Unmetric evaluated over 5,000 branded Pinterest pages to determine which brands are leading on the social networking site built on images. The data gathered spanned from all time up until March 14, 2013 to identify the top five brands in five different categories: most followers, most comments, most likes, most pins and most repins. Of all the brands succeeding on Pinterest, Better Homes and Gardens made the most appearances, showing up in three of the five categories. The report revealed that brands with fashion, recipe, home and wedding boards score the highest a [...]

Study: Social Networks Deliver Most Effective Mobile App Marketing Channel For Conversions, Quality & Volume

mobile-apps-featured After analyzing billions of mobile app events during the first quarter of 2013, mobile apps measurement platform AppsFlyer discovered that social networks were the most effective mobile app marketing channel, but search delivered the highest quality of mobile app users. Comparing conversion rates, user quality and install volume across various channels, geographies, app categories, and user segments, the AppsFlyer Mobile App Discovery Report revealed that the most common mobile marketing channels included ad networks, app discovery platforms, cross sell opportunities, incentivized ad networ [...]

Google Viewability Metrics Prove Viewable Ads Are 21 More Times Likely To Be Clicked

Google AdWords Display Network Advertising With today's announcement of their viewability measurement tool, Active View, receiving accreditation from the Media Rating Council, Google released new data highlighting CTRs of display ads based on viewability metrics. According to their findings, users are up to 21 times more likely to click on a viewable ad. The viewability metric measures the percentage of an ad that is viewable on screen and the length of time the ad is displayed. To meet the IAB's standard for viewable impressions, at least, 50 percent of the ad must be viewable on screen for one second or longer. After comparing [...]

Google Analytics Dashboard Gets 4 New Real-Time Widgets

google-analytics-featured Google announced today, four new real-time widgets that can be plugged into any new or existing Google-Analytics Dashboard, marking the first time real-time data has been possible in a dashboard widget. Allowing users to perform many types of real-time analysis at a glance, the widgets can be combined and customized with different filters to segment and compare data side by side. Users can also set-up real-time and non real-time widgets on the same dashboard. To set-up a Real-time widget, users click the +Add Widget menu option from the Google-Analytics dashboard. Once a widget has be [...]

Report: Automotive Sector Saw a 377% Increase In Social Video Shares This Quarter

Video click Video technology company Unruly released a Social Video Quarterly Report for Q1 2013 today, the first in a new series of quarterly reports measuring social video advertising trends. According to their findings, the Entertainment sector won 28.7 percent of total shares for social videos, followed by the FMCG/CPG, Tech and Automotive sectors. The two entertainment video campaigns that drove the most shares were a set of two trailers for the movie Fast & Furious 6, which generated a combined 4,090,803 shares and Fox's ad for the 'Homer Shake' episode of the The Simpsons which garnered 568, [...]

SimilarWeb Competitive Analysis Tool Shows Traffic Insights By Source; Launching Pro Service, the web traffic intelligence tool from SimilarGroup aims to set itself apart from other competitive intelligence and web ranking tools by harnessing the huge trove of  clickstream data that comes from their browser plug-ins. Much has already been written already about SimilarGroup's plans to unseat Alexa as the leader in web rankings, but the company also has services like Quantcast and Compete in its site. uses data gathered from the company's browser plug-ins including SimilarSites and SimilarWeb as well as many others unrelated to the company's products th [...]

Quantcast “Compare Sites” Feature Back Up With Expanded Options

Quantcast A couple of weeks ago, Danny Sullivan noticed the Compare Sites feature in Quantcast had vanished. Today, we got word that the feature is back up and updated. The Quantcast Compare Site feature now allows site traffic comparisons of up to four publishers, instead of just two. The comparison view shows tabular graph results for uniques, people, visits, and page views, as well as a table view of the previous month's data. To access the Compare Site functionality,  go to any site’s profile page and click on the grey “Compare Site” button to the top right of the graph. Enter up to [...]

Quantcast “Compare Sites” Feature Disappears, Company Says Will Return

Quantcast One of my favorite features of Quantcast is the ability to compare metrics like traffic for two different sites against each other. Make that "was" one of my favorite features. It disappeared earlier this week, but the company says it'll make a comeback. Quantcast launched the feature in December 2006. One thing I loved about it versus other comparison tools out there was that if two sites "Quantified," used Quantcast's tracking code on their sites, you were getting about as direct comparison as possible. There was no wondering if the figures were perhaps off for one site versus the other, [...]

Curalate Adds Instagram Analytics, Expands Beyond Pinterest

curalate-icon Curalate has expanded beyond its Pinterest-based roots to offer Instagram-based analytics and marketing tools. In doing so, Curalate says it's the first company to combine data from both Instagram and Pinterest in a single dashboard. In a news release, Curalate says that 70 percent of social media conversations are using images, making it more important for brands and marketers to understand that images increase engagement. Among other things, the company's Instagram analytics lets users track brand images shared by Instagram users (and reply if they wish) see overall counts of fol [...]

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