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According to Experian, Pinterest is the third most popular social network in the United States. So it's no surprise that brands have flocked to set up shop, particularly given that Pinterest may be a far more profitable platform for brands than social networking stalwarts like Facebook and Twitter.
What's remarkable about Pinterest's rise is that up until yesterday, the social network was still technically in an invite-only beta. One of the reasons cited for this was the company's desire to maintain cachet and a feeling of exclusivity. Others suggested that the startup was trying to mitigate scaling risks, which can easily put a dent in a promising startup's plans.
If you're a retail brand or online retailer, the popularity of services like Pinterest is a reminder of the prominence of images online. Each day, countless photos are uploaded and shared on the web, and many of them relate to products brands and retailers hope to sell.
Which raises an important question: how can they capitalize on this?
There are already plenty of strong arguments for the use of video on e-commerce sites, but here are some more from one retailer who has been using 360 product images and videos.
Gerrard Dennis of The Simply Group, which operates seven online stores, has been looking into the effectiveness of images and video on his websites, and has some interesting insight into how video and product photography has improved his sites' conversion rates...
To coincide with the release of our Product Pages Best Practice Guide, I've been looking around for examples of excellent pages from e-commerce sites.
Not every page in this list is perfect, but they all contain great examples of features that have been used to showcase and sell products, such as great use of video and imagery, presentation of product features, and user reviews.
About six months ago, I threw together a blog post based on a bunch of social media infographics. At the time, they were surprisingly difficult to root out, but it seems that more are emerging, given the continued development and understanding of the channel.
I've now collected a few more newer infographics that I feel demonstrate a mixture of both hard data and strategy practices. Hopefully, they'll also provide some inspiration or can be useful in helping you with presentations or pitches. As before, links to the actual graphics are in the headline titles.
Online fashion is growing fast, but as Leon Bailey-Green pointed out in our recent interview, just 6% of the UK fashion retail market is selling online.
This means there is still huge potential for getting people to shop for fashion online. One way to do this is to attempt to recreate the in-store experience as closely as possible, and to help shoppers get a feel for clothes without being able to see them close up and try them on.
Here are a few ideas from online fashion sites that are doing this well, though the advice applies equally to other sectors...
Whether you're new to SEO or an experienced consultant we all prefer automated tools, free when possible, which make our life just a bit easier at times and allow us to spend more time on the creative elements of the SEO work. By successfully using these tools and others, you'll be able to concentrate on what you do best.
Below are some of my favorite tools which I normally recommend on my blog to support your SEO work:
One of the most overlooked aspects of SEO is images. Most websites have lots of images but few actually apply SEO techniques to them.
Not implementing SEO techniques with your images could mean that you're missing out on valuable traffic from Google Image Search, which is one of Google's most popular properties. Here are 5 SEO tips that can help you capitalize on all of the searches that are being done for images.