The recent decision by Nominet to forge ahead with the introduction of new .uk domains has not been met with widespread approval, to say the least.
Nominet's own consultations uncovered strong oppostion to the plans, but this was apparently not enough to force a rethink.
I have made our opposition to the proposals very clear, but one conpany in favour of the planned .uk domians is 123-reg.
I've been asking Matt Mansell, Head of Domain Strategy at its parent company Host Europe Group about his views.
(NB: I asked Nominet similar questions about this issue a month ago, but it has failed to respond so far).
Only 12% of businesses take an integrated approach to all of their marketing activities, according to a new report from Econsultancy and Adobe.
However the results show that most organisations do implement some level of integration, but either lack the skills or structure to properly execute their strategies.
Encouragingly a fifth of businesses (26%) in the survey stated that their campaigns were integrated across ‘most channels’ while just 5% of respondents said that none of their marketing activities were integrated.
The results come from the latest Econsultancy/Adobe Quarterly Digital Intelligence Briefing entitled ‘Channels in Concert: Trends in Integrated Marketing’.
Anyone familiar with the brilliant sketch show, The Fast Show, will know used car dealer Swiss Toni. He compared everything to “making love to a beautiful woman” especially selling….cars in his case.
Although a fan of Swiss Toni, I tend to disagree with his New Business philosophy. The smooth salesman façade is thankfully rather dated and there are a lot more….well, nicer ways of developing partnerships with clients.
This blog post will discuss a few things I've learnt over the years.
Driving quality engagement with your social audience increases loyalty and more effectively guides consumers down the path to purchase.
As such, marketers must place a premium on fostering social relationships that add tangible value and incentives to the customer experience.
But how can marketers identify the most effective ways to break through the flood of status updates, tweets, pins, and posts?
Read on for four strategies that marketers can integrate in 2014 to make sure social conversations with your audience hit the mark.
In the recent past we’ve heard plenty about the importance of 'creating a consistent customer experience across multiple channels'.
While that phrase is horrendously buzz-wordy, it’s still undeniably important.
Multiscreen, multi-device customers check and compare prices in store, buy online and talk about their purchases via social media, so making sure each touchpoint effectively serves the user is essential.
But... what happens if a customer only wants to use one channel?
Do you want to find out how your marketing peers are planning on spending their budgets in 2014?
Are you curious about which channels, disciplines and technology platforms that companies are prioritising?
Then complete the Econsultancy/Responsys Marketing Budgets Survey 2014, and in return you’ll receive a free copy of the report in advance of the official publication.
The 2013 version of the Marketing Budgets Report, published back in February, gave some brilliant insights into the different channels that marketers would be investing in over the following 12 months.
For example it found that 54% of companies surveyed intended to increase their overall marketing investment in 2013 (up from 45% in 2012), while 71% reported increases for their digital budgets this year (up from 68%).
Amazon has yet again come out on top in a customer satisfaction survey, proving that is remains the company to beat when it comes to ecommerce.
And as if to underline just how successful Amazon is at creating an excellent customer experience, it actually came joint first and second in the Foresee study thanks to its .com and .co.uk domains.
It’s not all good news for the ecommerce giant however, as Amazon.co.uk actually saw a two-point decline compared to last year, down from 86 to 84.
John Lewis came third in the study with 79, followed by Apple on 78 and M&S on 77. Unsurprisingly Ryanair came bottom of the pile with just 60 points.
It was a great year for ecommerce and all signs point to an even bigger, even better year come January 1. What’s on the docket? Plenty.
Building on the success of the last 12 months, 2014 will likely signal a comprehensive integration of mobile with traditional brick-and-mortar along with a boom in gamification, personalization and more comprehensive and accessible methods to test and track.
It’s time to raise a glass to what’s going to be a game-changing year.
'The Information' makes a case for smaller publishers adopting a paywall.
This is just a brief companion to an article I wrote yesterday entitled do publishers' paywalls kill sociability?, in which I asked a few questions around the subject of online publications asking readers to pay for content which they have traditionally enjoyed for free.
As this focussed mainly on larger newspapers, at the end of the post I suggested that I would follow up the article with a focus on smaller, start-up publishers and whether a paywall might be suitable for them or not.
This recent example was brought to my attention and I feel it makes for an interesting case-study.
During the run-up to Christmas, which companies are bidding on paid search terms for the most popular products, and which have the most effective landing pages?
I took a look at paid search in my beginner’s guide what is paid search (PPC) and why do you need it? last month, and since then I’ve been a lot more attuned to this method of search engine marketing.
However I've also realised that PPC ads are for nothing, and a complete waste of searcher's time and an advertiser’s money, if conversion isn’t happening.