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Author: Simon Penson

Simon Penson

Starting life as a journalist and magazine editor I quickly realised that although the bubble had burst in the late 90s that the shift to web was structural and not cyciical so threw myself headlong into digital content, audience creation and marketing.

The print experience taught me a lot about audience development, specifically around niche interests (which is what the web is all about) and helped me form Zazzle Media - a content led but data based digital marketing agency with SEO and content marketing at its core.

Using Twitter and Pinterest analytics to build engaging content strategies

The news this week that Twitter has opened up its analytics platform to all is a welcome one for all marketers that value data validation within their decision making process.

The announcement comes hot on the heels of the news from Pinterest that it has, for the first time, also opened up its vast treasure trove of data to businesses via its new interface.

Data-driven content strategy is something I have spent the past 15 years pursuing and so the addition of such insight moves that process on further than ever and today I want to look at actionable ways in which these new platforms can be used.


Banners, buttons and text links: an experiment in conversion

Much is written about conversions from various types of page real estate, but few share that data.

Working with the team at Live Casino we have spent the past 12 months looking at how different call to actions affect click through and uncovered some interesting findings around changing behaviours in how we react.

Is click-through banner advertising on the decline? Is a button better than a text link? All of this and more is answered below.

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How to create a killer authority outreach map

Google's eponymous Panda update and recent Search + Your World integration has changed the landscape as far as reward for quality content is concerned.  

Out of it is growing a new industry based around intelligent content marketing and authority outreach.

In my first post for Econsultancy I want to explore this area in more detail and give some insight into how best to approach the task of discovering, and then reaching out to, the right people to maximise return on your time invested.