It's reasonable that the average organic search engine marketer is feeling fairly embattled in recent times.
Not only are they under assault from the increasingly rapid pace of change within its algorithm, but it seems that Google is also making it ever more difficult to measure the real effect of SEO related changes.
The most obvious issue is the rise of the (not provided) keyphrase referrer in analytics. This was launched in a blaze of publicity in late 2011 for users signed into Google services, but the amount of traffic referred by (not provided) has been stealthily increasing ever since.
The more data points we have as marketers, the more we are able to analyze the effectiveness of of what we do online and how we can readily adjust our strategies, including search.
Each year, we look ahead and try to focast what changes we can expect in the year ahead. No one predicted that Facebook would be joining the search game but here are another few predictions that may happen in the next 12 months.
Based in Berlin, adeven is a mobile analytics and ad verification company, which aims to enable advertisers and agencies to understand and optimise effective mobile campaigns in real time.
We asked the three founders, Christian Henschel, Paul H. Müller and Manuel Kniep to explain the business model and the company's future plans.
As a self-confessed analytics geek, I was very excited when I first took a look at what the Google Analytics API can provide.
The best thing about it from my point of view is that it's about making the data more accessible to people who may not like digging around in figures.
So whether you are an analytics nut or whether you just want a simple way to see the numbers that matter to you, this post will help you understand why you should be considering the Google Analytics API.
I overheard a CEO last week ask the marketing guy: “Hey, are we any good at generating business using digital?” Easy enough question right, but if you consider it for a while, holistic metrics like ROI and ROMI do not fully offer insight into whether a company is maximizing its digital business opportunity.
But how can we measure this? Enter the Digital Business Quotient (DBQ).
The greatest challenge for business brands seeking to drive customer value in today’s multichannel world is understanding.
Whilst consumer brands have historically taken a more forensic approach to mapping customer touch points, analysing behaviour and building personas in order to understand how, when and where people are engaging with them and where the opportunities lie, many of today’s business brands fail to explore customer needs closely enough.
The paradox? Data remains both one of the biggest opportunities and biggest headaches facing B2B marketers today. The sheer volume of data businesses have access to is seen by many as an obstacle.
How will we capture it? How will we measure it? What are the legalities? We can’t afford a failed organisation CRM effort!
We've been somewhat surprised recently by Pinterest. While the platform has grown at a phenonmenal rate it probably isn't the first place you'd expect a fairly niche business like Econsultancy to succeed.
However, since starting our boards there, we've seen some very good referral numbers and even a few final-touch conversions, so I thought it was time to dig a little deeper and see how we could make the most of the platform going forward.
As such I've recently been trawling the net in search of measurement tools and it turns out there are already quite a few. Here, I've compiled five dedicated Pinterest tools that can help you make the most of your audience there...
Advertising guru Sir Martin Sorrel talked about the ‘four grey swans’ affecting the global economy when he released WPPs quarterly figures last week.
Grey swans being known issues and black swans being unknown, unpredictable events. It was Rumsfeld-esque.
If we zoom into our own world there is a long list of things for marketers to be thinking about in a digital world which is changing more rapidly now than at any time in the last ten years.
But for me there is one big 'grey swan' - and that is how we measure value.
Earlier this month, The Atlantic posted a fascinating article on social media referral traffic.
In it, Atlantic senior editor Alexis Madrigal makes some bold claims about the history of the web and the way that we consider social traffic, coining the phrase ‘Dark Social’ in the process.
It’s a great post and I urge you to check it out, because in many ways I agree with Alexis’ sentiments, although I feel that this may not be quite the huge revelation it's been made out to be.
Here, I'd like to take a closer look at this and the relative importance and attribution of this traffic....
Marketers everywhere (or those using Tumblr at least) can finally rejoice. Today, Tumblr and Union Metrics, Tumblr's preferred analytics provider, has announced the first ever analytics platform for Tumblr.
Tumblr hosts 75 million blogs and users create more than 70 million new posts each day. Over the past 6 months, marketers have been able to pay for advertising by either pinning a post to follower's feeds or be featured in Radar on the right hand side of user's Tumblr dashboard. Success comes for brands if their content is good and suited for Tumblr - which includes great images and imaginative animated gifs.
Unfortunately all they know is how many times their post has been reblogged but not how many times it has been seen or reblogged off their reblog.