Google’s website testing and optimization tool, Website Optimizer, can be a powerful tool in an online publisher's arsenal.
It enables publishers to test the impact different content and designs have on website conversions.
There’s so much talk about social media that it is easy for people to become cynical, perhaps losing track of the fact that it can have a positive impact on your business.
So how can you determine whether a social media strategy is proving beneficial to your business? How do you know that it is working out for you? And is now really the best time to find out?
Rather than focusing on individual social media campaigns, I’d like to look at social media measurement from the perspective of a business that a) buys into social media, b) commits to it over a period of time, and as such c) has an integrated social media strategy. You people know who you are!
Reading the blogosphere today it would be reasonable to think that Barack Obama has nominated Satan to lead the Federal Trade Commission. His name is actually Jon Leibowitz and all the talk about a "day of reckoning" for the online ad business will not be at the top of his agenda.
Leibowitz is a known anti-piracy advocate (good) and an aggressive
proponent of regulating online advertising (maybe not so good). He made
a speech on Feb. 12 while he was deeply into his job as one of the FTC
commissioners and investigating behavioral targeting. In that speech he
used the phrase "day of reckoning" about online ad regulation and
although it certainly has a promise of biblical wrath, he will not
smite this business.
If you use Google Analytics, Google has launched a new program that might be of interest.
Google Analytics IQ (short for Google Analytics Individual Qualification) is similar to the Google Advertising Professionals program, which certifies individuals who work with AdWords.
If you sell widgets, being #1 on Google for generic keywords like 'widgets', 'cheap widgets' and 'buy widgets' is the stuff of dreams.
A top ranking for lucrative generic keywords can literally mean the difference between tens of thousands of dollars a month or more in revenue and no revenue whatsoever for many businesses.
When Wenda Harris Millard talks, the industry listens. As well it should. One of the smartest, and most formidable executives in interactive advertising, Wenda is co-CEO of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, following top executive positions at Yahoo, Ziff Davis Media and DoubleClick (to name but a few). Credentials don't get more impressive than her résumé in interactive advertising.
At her keynote at the IAB's annual summit in Orlando this weekend, Wenda called for a new era in online advertising; one in which measurement, metrics, analysis -- in short, the science bit of the advertising equation, take a back seat the art part: big ideas, killer creative and "the sizzle, not the steak."
Her plea is very much in line for her exhortation last year at the same event, when she called on marketers "not to trade our assets like pork bellies."
Whatever the amount of expert advice you seek or in-depth research you
conduct, it can sometimes feel that pinpointing why some online
experiences are successful with your customers and some are not
requires nothing short of a mind-reader.
Now there is a pioneering neuroscience technique that has been recently
developed which, in the right hands, just might have similarly magical
implications for internet marketers and e-commerce professionals
struggling to unlock the true potential of their online channel.
With the global economy still in a tailspin and waves of layoffs still hitting major industries, it's no surprise that websites catering to professionals and job-seekers are increasingly popular.
After all, business and jobs become far more important when business is harder to build and jobs are harder to come by.
In recent posts, I've discussed Twitter and the ways companies are attempting to use it to drive business.
As much as I think Twitter is one of the more interesting social media platforms out there, I'm admittedly skeptical about its ability to charge fees, especially when it comes to commercial accounts.
Duplicate content is one of those SEO issues that can be a real pain to deal with. While Google says it doesn't 'penalize' duplicate content unless the duplicate content is clearly the result of malicious behavior, that doesn't stop webmasters and SEOs from worrying about it.
While such worries may be overblown, there are legitimate reasons why duplicate content can become problematic.