The positive aspects of a downward marketing spiral

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We nearly always think that a downward spiral is a negative, a downturn, and a disaster. Not always. I disagree and make an exception when it comes to marketing and developing a ‘go to market’ digital cross-media or integrated strategy, selecting the media, and determining when to use that media to support your strategy.

I often explain to clients and students that a useful image to visualise when discussing the development of an integrated marketing program is a...

By Thaddeus Kubis, 05 April 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Best Practice, Search Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Wearables.

Examining eCommerce and the ‘one armed bandit problem’

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There is a perception in eCommerce that a focus on promoting top selling products is a sound strategy.  That is perfectly logical, reasonable – and wrong.

Infact, promoting only top selling products is a complete waste of time, money and effort, which springs from a fundamental misunderstanding of the eCommerce challenge and how it differs from the offline world.

Intelligent exposure

Product promotion via recommendation and search builds on one of retail’s oldest...

By Jakob Bignert, 31 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, E-Commerce, Search Marketing, Web Analytics.

Half of US small businesses failing to use SEO, survey finds

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It’s one of the most fundamental eCommerce marketing tools in the book and yet a new report finds that half of small businesses’ websites in the US do not engage in SEO, reducing their chances of being found by potential customers. The survey also showed that of those small businesses surveyed only just over half (54%) had a website in the first place.

The report, from a small business digital marketing survey by Clutch, shows that cost was one of the main reasons why...

By Liz Morrell, 17 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, E-Commerce, Organic Search, Paid Search, Search Marketing.

Why app owners and brands are missing out on a valuable marketing opportunity

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Brands are missing out on app traffic, engagement and conversions simply by failing to let content from their apps show up in Google’s organic search results.

The claim follows research by search and content performance company Searchmetrics which showed that less than a third of iOS and Android apps are able to support Google app indexing (deep linking).

The company studied 100 of the most visible websites in Google US searches and found that 84% offer an Android app. However only...

By Liz Morrell, 11 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Search Marketing.

The infographic: A viable marketing tool, or meaningless nonsense?

I first wondered about the future of the infographic over three years ago. Every time I logged onto my preferred social network, I was inundated with facts and figures presented to me in an image based format. It’s fair to say that in its infancy, the infographic was an exciting new way for marketers to capture an audience hungry for visual content. Three years ago it seemed as though brands were transforming any words or facts they could into pictures. Anything could go viral, even if it had no...

Understanding online behaviour key to making the most of digital marketing investment

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When trying to understand where to put digital marketing investment and budget, it is crucial to understand which route to market is the most effective for your customer base since you don’t want to be wasting investment on a path your customers don’t often tread.

A new study by TextMaster and Similar Web suggests that when broken down by country direct traffic dominates over other methods of accessing brands such as search, referral or social with direct traffic the...

By Liz Morrell, 13 October 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Branding, Data-driven marketing, Search Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Are you targeting the wrong online influencers?

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The majority of consumers trust friends, peers and family more than brands. But who do consumers listen to the most online? If celebrity names and high-profile personalities spring to mind, think twice. Consumers are a more discerning bunch than some brands may realise.

While many consumers follow celebrities with huge social media audiences (Katy Perry has a whopping 73 million Twitter followers at present), it’s doubtful they’ll rely on...

By Fabrice Etienne, 12 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Search Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

This new tool aims to make better sense of marketing signals

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For marketers struggling to make sense of information and properly manage multiple campaigns a new tool has launched this week that its owners claim will simplify the job.

The Marketing Signals Framework will, claims Origami Logic, allow for better organisation and prioritisation of the overwhelming amount of signals that marketing organisations need to understand in order to properly manage both online  and offline channels.

Such signals are defined as the actions audiences take...

By Liz Morrell, 20 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Mobile Marketing, Search Marketing.

New ethical search engine claims it will generate £200 million for charities by 2017

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A new search engine that is targeting 10 million users and the generation of more than £200 million for charities by 2017 has launched this week.

The UK start-up search engine Storm allows consumers to raise money for their favourite charities as they shop online through a give button on the site for participating retailers that include the likes of Waitrose, Virgin, Sports Direct, Curry’s, Boots and B&Q. When someone buys something from one of the retailers via the...

By Liz Morrell, 02 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Search Marketing.

Getting the right hook: How a golf app developer is using wearables for retargeting

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The American novelist Nicholas Sparks, in Dear John, writes: “No matter where you are in the world, the moon is never bigger than your thumb.” Let’s paraphrase that slightly: no matter where you are in the world, there will be someone, somewhere, writing a piece on wearable technology and how it can be deployed in marketing.

Some companies, however, are ahead of the game. Take Shotzoom. The company, by its own definition, “creates market...

By James Bourne, 29 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Mobile Marketing, Search Marketing, Wearables.