Infographic: Which Is The Most Effective Digital Marketing Channel

Looking to attract new visitors online? Social, email, paid search and SEO are all attractive ways to bring in the audience. But some bring more visitors than others plus some convert better. The folks at Conductor have put together an infographic looking at the four major channels and how effective they are, compiled from various surveys. In summary: SEO: 54% discover new sites this way; just behind email for qualified leads, 36% Email: 51% discover new sites this way; tops for qualified leads, 40% Social: 32% discover new sites this way; tied with paid search for qualified leads, [...]


Study: Only 16% Of People Use Social Media While Watching Prime Time TV

twitter-tv-200px A newly released study from The Council of Research Excellence found only 16.1 percent of survey respondents claimed to have used social media while watching prime time television. To evaluate social media influence on TV viewing habits, 1,665 survey participants were instructed to log any social posts about a prime time TV show, as well as any time they discussed a TV show on their social networks. The study's findings were based on 78,310 diary entries covering nearly 1,600 shows reported via a mobile app supplied by the research group. According to the report, social media has very li [...]


IAB: $43 Billion In 2013 Digital Ad Revenue, Mobile Doubles

money-growth-chart-featured The IAB has just released its annual report on US digital advertising. The trade association said that Q4 2013 revenues hit $12.1 billion, and full year revenues were $42.8 billion, beating broadcast TV (though not TV in total) for the first time. The 2013 numbers grew by 17 percent over 2012. Last year the IAB reported $36.6 billion in full year ad revenue. One of the highlights, mobile ad revenue hit nearly $7.1 billion, doubling from last year's $3.4 billion. Digital video also grew significantly to reach nearly $3 billion. Search, which continued to be the largest single category of [...]


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 [...]


Advertisers Keep Spending More On Paid Search In Q1, CTRs Jump 23 Percent YoY

Paid Search Spend Trends Q1 2014 IgnitionOne Paid search in the U.S. saw another quarter of positive growth in Q1, rising 8 percent year-over-year according to IgnitionOne's latest quarterly report, which looks at paid search performance of campaigns across its management platform that's used by major brands and agencies. Paid search clicks rose a modest 5 percent and click-through-rates (CTR) were up 23 percent. Impressions fell again -- dropping 15 percent year-over- year. The drop in impressions, according to the report, is due to the increase in mobile searches where there is less ad real estate per query. However, these mobile se [...]


Key Data From Pew’s “State Of News Media” Report

Pew State of News Media 2014 The Pew Research Center’s Journalism Project has released its 11th State of the News Media report. A comprehensive "document," it covers TV, newspapers, magazines, radio and digital. I won't try to summarize the full sweep of this "best of times, worst of times" report. However, below I've excerpted a few key findings and charts that provide a snapshot into where things stand in US journalism and news consumption. Across platforms and industries news generates just over $63 billion in annual (mostly ad) revenues. The charts above show the revenue breakdown by medium and revenue so [...]


Study: Only 20% Of CMOs Use Social Media For Customer Engagement

social-media-conversation-featured In its series of reports surveying C-level executives, IBM's latest study revealed only 20 percent of the chief marketing officers polled leveraged social networks to engage with customers as part of their digital marketing efforts, and a growing number feel overwhelmed with the amount of available data. Interviewing 524 CMOs from around the world and in various industries, IBM's study found the number of CMOs who feel ill-equipped to interpret available data has grown in the last three years: In 2011, 71 percent of the CMOs we interviewed told us they felt under-prepared to deal with data [...]


Survey: 87 Percent Want “Do Not Track” To Elude Marketers

data-privacy-featured There's a massive gap between marketers' increasingly aggressive use of data and consumers' desire not to be tracked and targeted. This is not a new issue. However a new survey from social marketing firm Communispace underscores the chasm. The firm conducted an online consumer survey last year (n=8,343), with respondents from multiple countries. Most however (87 percent) were from the US. The overwhelming conclusion is that consumers care very much about privacy and are concerned about data-mining and tracking.  The most striking survey finding is that 87 percent would enable or clic [...]


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 [...]


You Can Love Your Marketing Data, Just Don’t Fall Under Its Spell

I Love Data 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' [...]


Social Networks Generate Least Loyalty In 2014 Brand Keys Survey

loyalty-600px Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and the other major social networks might want to consider this a warning: Social networks generated the lowest loyalty scores in the 18th annual Brand Keys Customer Loyalty Engagement Index (CLEI). This year's study (which can be requested here) looked at consumer relationships with 555 brands across 64 categories -- ranging from hotels to coffee to restaurants and a number of tech/marketing-related categories. In most categories (38 of 64), the winning brand -- the one that did the best job of meeting consumer expectations -- scored above a 90 percent sa [...]


Infographic: Facebook’s 10th Birthday, Key Milestones To The Anniversary

Ten years ago, Facebook was born. Since then, it has been transformed from "The Facebook" that aimed to connect students at Harvard together into a service with about 1 billion active global users. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg reflects briefly on Facebook turning 10 in a post today. And below, an infographic covering that growth and some important milestones along the way. Produced by the people at DPFOC, it covers things like Facebook News Feed being launched in 2006, the Like button appearing in 2009 or last year's launch of Facebook Graph Search and Facebook going public (cli [...]


Survey: 80% Of Marketers More Optimistic This Year With 62% Increasing Data Budgets

Infogroup Targeting Solutions logo 2014 Marketers are upbeat this year, with 80 percent of the respondents for an Infogroup Targeting Solutions (ITS) survey claiming to be more optimistic about their organization's marketing efforts than they were last year. Conducted during last October's Direct Marketing Association Annual Conference, the survey discovered 62 percent of the 370 marketers polled expected data-related expenditures to increase this year, with 39 percent already witnessing a positive return on data investments. ITS's survey focused on data and analytics issues, covering topics like budgets, expected ROI and 2014 pr [...]


Moz 2014 Industry Survey Reveals Budgets Are Up & Median Marketing Salary Trumps SEO Pay

moz logo Marketing analytics provider Moz has released its latest industry survey, polling more than 3,700 internet professionals on a number of marketing and search related topics. According to Moz's survey results, not only are budgets on the rise, but the median marketing salary totaled $73,034, the fifth highest median salary by role. Moz broke down salaries by position and experience, with the top four median salaries belonging to engineering, user experience, e-commerce and web analytics professionals. Median Salary by Role: Survey respondents with ten or more years experience earned the [...]


Online Display Ad Spending Up 32 Percent In 2013, Still Just 4.5 Percent Of $243 Billion Market [Nielsen]

nielsen-logo-300px Nielsen's latest quarterly look at the global advertising market is out, and the report shows internet display advertising grew by more than 32 percent in the first three quarters of 2013. That makes online display advertising the fastest growing advertising media. That said, it remains the smallest with just 4.5 percent market share. TV advertising remains the number one channel, by far. TV ad spend actually increased 4.3 percent through Q3 to hold 57.6 percent share. Nielsen notes that even in Europe, which has seen advertisers spending less overall for several quarters, TV ad spend was f [...]


Hyper-Local Opportunity: 100 Billion Monthly Ad Impressions

local-maps-featured Earlier this week, AOL sold patch off, retaining a minority stake in a joint venture with Hale Global. The latter will now operate the Patch network of approximately 900 community sites. Hale has a history of taking over troubled companies. The terms of the deal weren't disclosed. What happens now is anybody's guess. Perhaps a workable model and cost structure for Patch can be found. Perhaps other assets that make Patch a better advertiser proposition can be acquired and combined. My guess is that Patch simply disappears over time. Absent a radical turnaround at Patch, its name will b [...]


State Of Marketing Report: Conversions, Brand Awareness & Behavior-Based Data Top Priorities In 2014

2014-business-featured ExactTarget's newly published 2014 State of Marketing Report claims 98 percent of marketers plan to increase their budgets in the new year, with a focus on driving increased conversion rates, raising brand awareness and leveraging more behavior-based data. Of the more than 2,500 marketers surveyed, 61 percent planned to increase spending on data and analytics, 60 percent on marketing automation, 58 percent on email marketing, 57 percent on social media marketing and 57 percent on content management. The survey covered a number of marketing themes, from challenges and success metrics to e [...]


Google Is Most Visited Site Of 2013, Despite Big Drops In Desktop Traffic [Nielsen]

google-g-logo-2012 Google was the most popular web brand of 2013, with an average monthly audience of almost 165 million unique visitors. That's according to Nielsen's look at the top digital brands of the year, just published today. The data covers U.S. desktop web traffic from January through October of this year. For Google, that average monthly audience is a six percent drop from 2012. Facebook, the second most popular website with an estimated 134 million monthly visitors, saw an even bigger drop in desktop traffic -- down 16 percent from 2012. And Yahoo, the same: third overall at about 130 millio [...]


Twitter Voted #1 Top Tech Employer & Ranks 2nd On List Of 50 Best Places To Work

GlassDoor Best Places to Work Glassdoor has released its list of the 50 Best Places to Work, along with a list of the Top Tech Companies to Work for in 2014. According to the announcement, Twitter ranks high on both lists, voted No. 2 for the Best Places to Work overall, and No. 1 for top tech employers. Among the 50 best places to work overall for companies with 1,000 or more employees, 22 are tech companies. Four of the tech companies on the list are making their first appearance this year, including Twitter's high-ranking debut at No. 2. For top tech employers, Twitter's No 1. ranking is followed by Linkedin at No [...]


Marketers Hate These Buzzwords, Which (Ahem) They Created

marketing-buzzwords-webmarketing123-2013report Marketers are brilliant at creating buzzwords and then saturating all matter of communications -- whitepapers, PowerPoint decks, tweets, casual conversations with Starbucks' baristas -- with them. Equally impressive, marketers excel at then claiming to hate the very turn of phrase they elevated to buzzword status. In a new poll of more than 500 marketing professionals, "synergy" tops the list of their most despised buzzwords, beating out such stalwarts as "viral" and "best-in-class." The poll is part of Webmarketing123's 2013 State of Digital Marketing survey. This list is a good start, [...]


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