Study: Expert Content 83% More Effective Lifting Purchase Considerations Than User Reviews

content-marketing-featured A recent content marketing study conducted by Nielsen revealed consumers are more likely to be influenced by third-party expert content over branded content and user reviews when making buying decisions. According to Nielsen's "The Role of Content" study, expert content -- product reviews and articles from third-party websites and blogs -- was 83 percent more effective at lifting product purchase considerations than user reviews, and 38 percent more effective than branded content. Commissioned by content marketing solutions provider inPowered, Nielsen surveyed 900 consumers, measuring th [...]


Google Rolls Out Analytics Reporting For YouTube TrueView Ads

youtube-logo-200 Google is beefing up the reporting for TrueView video ads in Google Analytics. Advertisers manage YouTube TrueView ads through AdWords for Video. Rolling out over the next few days, the new Video Campaigns report will be found under the AdWords section in the Acquisition menu in Analytics. The report includes TrueView-specific metrics like Paid Views, Cost Per View, and Website Clicks and metric groups such as Engagement, for insights on how users engage with both a video and the corresponding website.  The report can be segmented by Ad Content or Video. In order to measure the indirect [...]


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 [...]


Toppling Yahoo, Google Back On Top Of comScore Top 50

yahoo-google After several months that saw Yahoo atop comScore's top 50 US desktop rankings, Google has reclaimed the number one position. That's according to comScore's February's traffic/reach rankings. Yahoo and Microsoft are two and three, respectively; Facebook is number four. If Tumblr traffic were included in Yahoo's total, however, the site would still have the greatest US desktop reach by something more than 20 million uniques. Below are last month's figures for comparison. There's a high degree of stability on this list. However, the New York Times digital seems to have jumped eight p [...]


Facebook Buys Virtual Reality “Platform Of Tomorrow” Oculus For $2 Billion In Cash And Stock

Oculus VR Facebook has just acquired "the platform of tomorrow." The company announced this afternoon that it was acquiring Oculus -- the company behind the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) gaming headset and platform -- for $2 billion in cash and stock: Facebook today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Oculus VR, Inc., the leader in immersive virtual reality technology, for a total of approximately $2 billion. This includes $400 million in cash and 23.1 million shares of Facebook common stock (valued at $1.6 billion based on the average closing price of the 20 trading day [...]


Facebook Adds More Targeting Power To Lookalike Audiences

facebook-target-aim-featured Facebook announced today it is adding more targeting capabilities to lookalike audiences. Now advertisers will be able to create audiences based on the people who visited their websites, use their mobile apps or are connected to their Facebook pages. Whereas back in the olden day of last week, advertisers could only create lookalike audiences based on CRM data like email addresses, phone numbers and user IDs. The expanded targeting options will give advertisers more opportunities to scale their campaigns while still maintaining a fair amount of targeting control. Here's the rundown of [...]


Gmail Promotions Tab Gets Visual Punch: Google Testing Image-Driven Grid View

gmail inbox tabs [caption id="attachment_77690" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Source: Google[/caption] It's like Pinterest for your inbox. Today, the Visual Web is coming to email with Google's latest test of a grid view in the Gmail Promotions tab. The grid presents marketing emails in a "pin-like," image-driven fashion by surfacing images within emails and displaying them right in the user's inbox. The images -- now cached and delivered from its own servers -- thanks to Google's move at the end of last year -- are displayed along with brand logos and names and the traditional email subject lines. T [...]


Majority Of Shoppers Want Cross-Channel Personalization — Survey

shopping-featured According to a new survey, cross-channel shoppers want personalization on retail/e-commerce websites and in email, less so with display or social ads. The survey was conducted earlier this year by the etailing-group (n=1,004 US adults) for MyBuys, a personalization platform. All of the survey respondents owned smartphones and 61 percent reported owning a tablet. The respondents were equally divided between men and women. Source: MyBuys/e-tailing group Most respondents (83 percent) "saw value" in personalization across mobile devices. However only 23 percent said they thought retai [...]


Survey Says: Twitter Quitters Are Looking For More Sorting & Filtering Tools

Twitter-Large While Twitter has been lauded by brands for the ability to provide an unfiltered stream, some users just can't handle it. A recent study from Deutsche Bank suggested that users simply couldn't gather the data they were looking for on the social networking site.  Of the 270 person sample polled, 82% of those that quit Twitter were able to find information elsewhere while 76% thought that there were too many tweets and that "Twitter wasn't helping by sorting or filtering." Even further, the sorting issue was something that would in fact bring Twitter quitters back if fixed. 80% of those that [...]


Pinterest Advertisers Could Start Paying For Promoted Pins As Early As Next Month [Report]

pinterest-promoted-pins-featured Promoted Pins could be making their paid debut on Pinterest as soon as next month, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. Pinterest began experimenting with Promoted Pins last October. In the vein of native advertising, Pinterest ads share the same look and feel as organic pins with the exception of a "Promoted Pin" tag. With Promoted Pins, advertisers can reach more of the 70 million active users on the platform than just their own followers and those that see followers' repins. The ads have been tested on both the web and Pinterest’s mobile apps in search results and catego [...]


First Touch: In 9 Of 10 Industries Search Tops Lead Generation, Social Shortens Marketing Cycles

Marketing Cycle By First Touch Attribution - Bizible In a new paper, Bizible analyzed data from the more than 480,000 leads that have been tracked through its Salesforce marketing analytics platform to provide insights on how marketers should be thinking about attribution modeling and why the traditional last-click model is broken. When looking at last touch only, Bizible found that search accounted for 41 percent of the leads generated. Yet, when considered by first touch, search, in fact, drove 56 percent of the leads. Furthermore, the combination of search first touch and search last touch was the most productive sequence for lead gener [...]


Massive Web Traffic Fraud: Digital Advertising Confronts “Crisis”

scam-fraud-600 Digital media, and specifically display advertising, is facing a "crisis" even as brand marketers are increasingly serious about shifting budgets online and into mobile. That phrase, "crisis," comes directly from the chair of the IAB, Vivek Shah, as quoted in the Wall Street Journal. The WSJ article cites IAB estimates that suggest more than a third of all online traffic is fake or fraudulent: About 36 percent of all Web traffic is considered fake, the product of computers hijacked by viruses and programmed to visit sites, according to estimates cited recently by the Interactive Advertisi [...]


Get To Know: Continuum CMO Jeanne Hopkins

Jeanne Hopkins headshot With more than 20 years of sales and marketing experience, Jeanne Hopkins serves as the senior vice president and Chief Marketing Officer at Continuum, a channel-exclusive provider of fully integrated managed services solutions. In her role as Continuum's CMO, Hopkins is responsible for all acquisition and partner marketing initiatives. Prior to her current position, she was vice president of marketing at HubSpot where her marketing leadership helped the company become the second-fastest growing software company in the Inc. 500. In 2012, Hopkins co-authored Go Mobile, a No. 1 best-sellin [...]


Twitter Ups The Ante On Impression Metrics, Tests Showing “Views” In Tweets

twitter-app-600 Twitter is bringing more metrics to the people, experimenting with showing users how many times their tweets have been viewed. This test -- another potential tweak to provide positive feedback and encourage more use of Twitter --  was spotted on a users' iOS Twitter app and reported late today by Casey Newton in The Verge. Twitter has long provided analytics to advertisers and selected users about how well tweets performed  but those metrics focused heavily on retweets, favorites and replies. If rolled out to all users, this would move Twitter closer to Facebook Pages in the effort [...]


How Microsoft Scroogled Itself As The Defender Of Email Privacy Over Google

scroogled-store-mug-featured For just over a year, Microsoft has been attacking Google over email privacy. Consumers are getting "Scroogled" by a Google that doesn't respect privacy, it has said. Microsoft can now retire that Scroogled campaign. After violating the privacy of a third-party's email account, Microsoft's not in a position to be taking the high-road, any longer. The Privacy Invasion This week, a case against a former Microsoft employee made the news. The employee is accused of passing trade secrets -- software code and other information about Windows -- to an unidentified blogger. Some argue he (we do know [...]


5 Ways To Ease The Facebook Page Organic Reach Blues

facebook-magnifying-glass-600 It’s hard out there for a Facebook marketer. Anyone who manages a Facebook Page feels it. It might be anecdotal, but the anecdotes are piling up and the conclusion is undeniable: Organic reach is down and fewer people who have liked your page are seeing your posts. The ominous headlines hit almost daily, including two from this week: Facebook Is Ending the Free Ride, in which Valleywag quoted a source  familiar with Facebook’s marketing strategy saying that Facebook is in the process of throttling organic reach for Pages down to 1 or 2 percent. A Glut Of Facebook Updates Result [...]


In-Image Advertising Primer From IAB Highlights 5 Powerful Case Studies

In-Image Advertising Example [caption id="attachment_77458" align="alignright" width="300"] Source: IAB[/caption] As the web moves to a more visual landscape, it's not surprising that advertisers are becoming more attracted to in-image advertising, and publishers are recognizing the untapped source of revenue their editorial images now hold. As it recently did with native advertising, the IAB has issued a primer on in-image advertising to help establish common terminology, best practices and offer examples of how advertisers and publishers are successfully employing this relatively new form of digital advertising. [...]


Survey: Nearly Half Of Americans Interested In Wearable Tech

Pebble smartwatch While Google Glass has not broken into the mainstream, smartwatches and fitness wristbands may be on the cusp of doing so. The CEO of Pebble (smartwatch) told Fortune that it had sold 400,00 watches in 2013 and the company's investors expect revenues to double this year. According to survey data (November 2013) from Nielsen, 70 percent of US consumers are aware of “wearables" and roughly 15 percent currently own and use some form wearable technology. Among that 15 percent here's the breakdown: Fitness wristbands -- 61 percent Smartwatches -- 45 percent Mobile health tracking -- de [...]


10 Ways To Squeeze More From Your Interactive Marketing Budget

money-budget-squeeze-600 As marketers, we're always striving to get the most from our budget without compromising the brand or the customer's experience -- not an easy feat. It benefits us to remember how much money can be saved by making subtle changes to marketing strategy and program execution. Here are ten ideas across all segments of your marketing budget that will help you do just that. 1. Enter New Markets Through The Affiliate Channel Instead of incurring the overhead costs of opening new offices and hiring additional staff, look to the affiliate channel to help you enter new markets. Along with provid [...]


Google Tries To Clear The Air By Dispelling 10 Google Glass Myths

google-glass-600 Google has a gargantuan task on its hands where Google Glass is concerned. Its head-mounted wearable computer is due for consumer launch later this year, but most Americans don't even recognize Glass, and many of those who do recognize it don't understand how it works. Tension has been growing in recent months. Some Explorers -- the initial group of people that have the device now -- have complained about being harassed while wearing Glass, and others are being turned away by their favorite businesses. Google's task boils down to two words: marketing and education. The company ha [...]


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