Do You Need to Change Your URLs?

The URL is more important than you’d probably think when it comes to SEO and usability. After all, it shows right there along with the meta title and meta description that you so carefully crafted in a search result. It seems kind of silly to have a perfect looking title and description and a URL that looks like junk. The URL can contribute towards a user’s decision to click on the link or not. If it’s easy to understand and accurately conveys what’s on the page, users will be more...

By Nick Stamoulis, 07 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Content Marketing, Data-driven marketing, E-Commerce, Organic Search.

How Infographics Help SEO

An infographic is a visual representation of information. Instead of writing an article or blog post that covers a lot of ground and uses enough stats and percentages to make the reader’s head spin, you can create an infographic that ties it all together in a handy dandy image.

You may be thinking, “Wait, I thought that images didn’t have SEO value because the search engines can’t read them?” Well, this is true that the search engines won’t know what your infographic is...

By Nick Stamoulis, 06 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Organic Search.

SEO Isn’t the First Priority for New Websites

Search engine optimization is obviously an important part of an online marketing strategy. It’s a smart idea to hire an SEO agency to handle the work for you, but for a new business with a new website it’s best to wait a few years. While you may be thinking, “An SEO company telling people to wait on hiring an SEO company? That doesn’t make sense”, hear us out.

By Nick Stamoulis, 01 September 2011, 1 comment. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Organic Search.

How to get your website indexed by Google in a day!

If you work in a world where it’s important to get your (or a client’s) website indexed (listed) with Google quickly, then I’m sure you’ve Googled this many times and ended up at a page which allows you to submit a URL. I’m also sure that when you’ve done this, you’ve still waiting a good amount of time before your site is indexed.

The good news is that Google’s new service, Fetch as Googlebot, has been launched and it’s a fantastic way of getting a new...

By, 30 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Organic Search, Search Marketing.

Do You Care If Google Has Your Information?

Simply put, Google stalks us. They use the information that we willingly give them to provide us with relevant search results, but also use that information for their own benefit by showing us ads that they hope that we will click on so that they can make some money.

Of course, Google doesn’t only stalk our searches, but stalks pretty much any Google feature that we use. Perhaps one of the most controversial is the fact that Google “reads” our emails in Gmail. If you have an email chain...

By Nick Stamoulis, 30 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Campaigns, Commerce, CRM, Data-driven marketing, Publishing, Search Marketing.

New Google trial showing Wikipedia snippets in the search results

Of the numerous and varies tests that Google keeps performing, this has to be one of the more interesting ones - snippets of information from Wikipedia, all neatly boxed up alongside the search results:

We stumbled across this yesterday and could only get this to work in Chrome, whilst not signed in. This must mean that it is in beta testing and they are likely monitoring click-through-rate to see if...

By Gareth Morgan, 29 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Data-driven marketing, Organic Search, Search Marketing.

Big Brother is watching: Online eye-tracking service is launched

George Orwell's 1984 is a step closer with the news that Specific Media has launched an eye-tracking service for BBH to measure the effectiveness of digital creative campaigns.

The service has been created in partnership with EyeTrackShop and is being trailled with a BBH's brands including Lynx, Barclays and Audi. It uses webcam technology to analyse the way in which users view online advertising calculating where they look and how long they spend looking at certain aspects of the adverts.

Specific Media has...

By Verity Gough, 17 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Campaigns, Data-driven marketing.

comScore system measures marketing impact of social media

Breakthrough Measurement Capability Reports Social Media Reach, Frequency and GRPs

Ties Brand Exposure to Demographic and Behavioral Attributes to Understand the Value of Social Media Marketing

RESTON, VA, – comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, announced the global launch of Social Essentials™, a new social media measurement platform that helps brands quantify social media brand impressions and incorporate them into a measurement of the marketing mix. Social Essentials...

By Otilia Otlacan, 03 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Keep an Eye on Your Analytics for Trends and Insights

One of the most important things a site owner can do is keep a watch on their site’s analytics. I don’t recommend that you scour the data daily and panic over hourly dips in traffic, but it is important to know what is going on with your site. SEO is not a set-it-and-forget it kind of thing, so routine changes, tests and general tweaking becomes a critical component of ongoing success.

But you will never know what is or isn’t working for your site unless you look at your analytics and...

By Nick Stamoulis, 22 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Organic Search.

Google releases Analytics benchmarking newsletter. How do your bounce rates and traffic sources stack up?

Google has released its first Analytics Benchmarking Newsletter, which highlights data collected anonymously from hundreds of thousands of Google Analytics accounts that opted-in to sharing data.

Comparing data from 1st November 2010 to 1st February 2011 against the same period 12 month prior, some very interesting changes are taking place in the way people use websites. A couple of highlights…

People are spending less time on websites. They are also visiting slightly...

By Gareth Morgan, 02 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Search Marketing.