dot Brand Decision Time

In 2013 we can expect to see a number of .brands, alongside more familiar top-level domains, such as .co.uk or .com. However, the short window of opportunity for businesses to own and manage their own TLD will soon close, with the deadline for applications closing on the 12 April. Roland LaPlante, CMO of Internet infrastructure solutions provider Afilias, discusses the issue and highlights what benefits the brands will receive as a result.

Earlier this year, the newest and, arguably, most innovative change...

By Roland LaPlante, 27 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Campaigns, Data-driven marketing.

Google Analytics aims social media reporting at the bottom line

Google has announced the addition of a new feature to its analytics suite that aims to tie together two traditionally slippery bedfellows, social media and demonstrable bottom line ROI.

The company says its new social reports shed light on the conversion rates generated by social channels. Group product manager Phil Mui said the initiative aimed to help marketers do three things:

  • Identify the full value of traffic coming from social sites and measure how they lead to direct conversions or assist in future conversions 
  • Understand social activities...

By Matt Henkes, 22 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Hootsuite & Adobe collaborate to aid social media ROI

Social media management system, Hootsuite, has partnered with Adobe to help marketers calculate their social media ROI.

The integration between the social media tool and Adobe’s Digital Marketing Suite will help connect social media messages with website conversions and statistics in order to measure engagement for businesses and organisations.

Marketers will be able to gather data that they can create effective strategies to in order to achieve the best results possible.

Ryan Holmes, CEO of Hootsuite,...

By Dani Millward, 08 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Upstream: Alarming consumer attitudes to excessive marketing

A new YouGov survey into the attitudes of consumers to digital advertising has revealed some alarming trends around how the explosion of digital marketing has jaded many consumers, and hinted that a shift in approach may be required by digital marketers.

Marketing Tech contributor Marco Veremis is president at UpStream, the digital response specialist that commissioned the research, and a front runner in mobile and digital advertising for over a decade. Speaking to him at

By Matt Henkes, 05 March 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Advertising, Data-driven marketing.

How to win back your email subscribers

Reengagement programmes seem to have a number of definitions and suggestions on how to approach it are infinite. But no matter how you look at it, the fact is that it’s less expensive to maintain an existing customer than it is to acquire a new one. The prospect of reengagement, therefore, should appeal to any marketer.

Historically, the prevailing attitude among email marketers was that since sending email is so inexpensive, it's not worth the trouble to suppress inactive users. Not too long ago it was...

By Kara Trivunovic, 07 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing, E-Commerce, Email marketing, Publishing.

Are You Letting Your Analytics Drive You Crazy?

Website analytics can be a marketer’s best friend or worst enemy depending how much you let them dictate your day-to-day life. If you find yourself panicking over small changes, spending hours a day combing through page after page of data and making drastic SEO changes to your site based on a few days of analytics it’s time to stop letting your site’s analytics drive you crazy! Here are three ways to do just that:

Stop panicking over small dips in traffic. 

By Nick Stamoulis, 17 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Organic Search, Search Marketing.

Google Chrome overtakes Firefox in browser race

Google Chrome has become the second most popular web browser in the world after overtaking Mozilla Firefox, according to new statistics.

The web browser holds 25.69% of the market, whilst Firefox has 25.23%. Google's percentage increased by nearly 5% since 2009. Microsoft's Internet Explorer is still number 1 in the worldwide market, holding just over 40% of browser usage.

The 

By Dani Millward, 05 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Data-driven marketing, Search Marketing.

Seasonal Marketing – using data and insight to create campaigns that work

By Helen Taylor, Data Analyst, Experian CheetahMail

We all know about the modern phenomenon of ‘Christmas-creep’. A few years ago, Christmas lasted a fortnight; but today -judging by when the decorations appear - it begins at some point in August.  If you haven’t started your Christmas marketing campaigns yet, don’t worry, there is still time. But to ensure maximum returns on their marketing campaigns, marketers need to act fast and use the data and intelligence...

By Matt Henkes, 25 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Data-driven marketing, E-Commerce, Email marketing.

How are Brands Interacting with Apps?

91 percent of top brands have a presence in at least one of the major app stores according to a recent publication by Distimo. This has increased compared to 18 months ago when only 51 percent of brands published or licensed an application.

The report, ‘2011 Top 100 Global Brands and their App Store Status’, draws upon the ‘Interbrand 2011 Best Global Brands’ as its source for the top global brands and covers the Apple App Store for both iPhone and iPad, Google Android Market, Nokia Ovi...

By AlwaysOnMessage, 02 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Campaigns, Data-driven marketing.

The 3 golden rules of SEO

Like any other marketing campaign that you have ever or will ever implement, there is a certain amount of work that should be done before you can start optimizing your website and building inbound links to increase search engine traffic. Without having enough background information or doing proper research beforehand, you are essentially wasting your time on SEO activities.

By Nick Stamoulis, 16 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Organic Search.

More content doesn’t equal better content

In the world of SEO, it is very easy to lose the forest for the trees. Sometimes it seems like the entire industry is only focusing on one thing and its importance for a site’s SEO. That one ranking factor gets analyzed, over-analyzed and blogged to death by the industry. One such ranking factor is content. “Content is King” is replayed over and over online, and while that is true, some sites are cutting corners because they think it’s just a numbers game; the more content they pump...

By Nick Stamoulis, 14 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Organic Search.

5 Surefire Ways to Annoy the Search Engines

The search engines don’t take kindly to sites that try to manipulate the search results in their favor. Black hat SEO firms and spammers are constantly looking for new ways to twist the ranking factors. For instance, having a lot of links pointing to your site is important for SEO, so spammers get links from low quality, spammy sites to boost their link number. Never mind that these links are coming from spam blogs, they choose quantity over quality. 1. Throwaway domains Google specifically warns against...

By Nick Stamoulis, 12 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Organic Search.

4 websites to help you find the best keywords

The other day James sent a tweet out to all the SEOs asking about being able to predict the potential traffic a keyword has. This is a tricky topic because it’s not so much about predicting keyword traffic, it’s about first selecting excellent keywords relevant to the niche in question and then possibly using tools to predict keywords. At least that’s how I’ve always recommended people do it. It’s a similar...

By imod.co.za, 11 September 2011, 1 comment. Categories: Data-driven marketing, Organic Search.

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.