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A friend of mine with a new app-fronted business was recently waxing lyrical about Facebook advertising.
He told me it was great value for money when targeting users with a call-to-action to download his app, especially when users are in a specific location on their mobiles.
I've also heard lots of people talking about the power of targeting audiences on Facebook, either from a standing start or by uploading your own data and spreading out from there.
Due to the fact that it's still difficult to track users across different devices, Facebook's advertising is gaining prominence. The network is accessed on mobile by the overwhelming majority of its subscribers.
In this post I thought I'd give a brief overview of ad formats and targeting, as well as some insight into where the platform is going and how to succeed.
So, you think your manager is an idiot? Looks like you're wrong, as senior level employees have better digital knowledge than their juniors.
That’s according to preliminary averaged results from the Econsultancy Digital Skills Index, designed to test digital knowledge across marketing.
It seems that senior level digital employees can put their money where their mouths are as they scored higher than mid-level respondents, who in turn scored higher than junior respondents.
The average scores for each level of seniority were 67% for juniors, 72% for mid-levels and 74% for senior respondents.
The assessment will remain live and continue to hoover up data, so take the test if you’d like to benchmark your skills against those of your peers.
In this post I’ll reveal a few findings from the assessments so far and discuss them in light of the skills of the modern marketer (incidentally, the title of a new Econsultancy report in our Digital Transformation series).
It seems like the staple diet of a digital marketing blogger is to declare something dead, or not dead, or cleverly D.E.A.D.
Only this week, our David Moth wrote a piece on email marketing’s rude health (email is not dead).
I think the reason we’re obsessed with the death of marketing technology is because, despite the pace of change in digital, there are many age-old marketing principles that remain absolute.
Relevance, timeliness, perhaps more broadly the four, five or seven Ps – these will ever remain in the marketing canon.
And, of course, no matter how sophisticated technology becomes, there will still exist businesses that don’t get the marketing mix right.
However, despite all this, I am interested in areas of marketing that might undergo automation and sophistication to the point where they require little work.
What I foresee is the perfection of certain disciplines (e.g. marketing automation) throwing light on new priorities, such as a renewed interest in conversion rate optimisation or data cleanliness.
With marketing as a department more powerful than ever, why would the amount of work decrease? Surely we’re sticking our elbows out, and our oars into every part of the org?
So, what about email segmentation? Will there be a time when it’s no longer a core skill, something to be done actively by marketers? Will technology take care of it for us?
Not everybody loves a hero image or a carousel. But imagery is a continuing trend in ecommerce.
Whilst brands don't want to compromise load times, the increasing uptake of tablets and their use for shopping means that images can help a site stand out.
A browsing experience is a lot more fun, and arguably realistic, with some big imagery thrown in.
Here are six websites that hit those retina-popping notes of colour on their homepages and beyond.
What are the best social media marketing campaigns of all time?
First of all, let me justify the use of the phrase ‘of all time’ by looking at Facebook specifically.
Facebook was available at Harvard in winter 2004 and then over time was extended to some other schools and institutions. In September 2006, anybody could join.
I was considered a late adopter at my university in the UK when I finally joined in early 2007. In late 2007, Facebook had 100,000 business pages.
Ten years on from The Facebook’s foundation (and remember MySpace launched earlier, in August 2003), we’re looking at a form of media that is truly mature.
In the last ten years Facebook has gone from this…
What makes for a lovely experience on a mobile commerce site?
Mobile is undergoing big change and still in the area of design testing and optimisation.
Companies, although finally on board with the idea of the smartphone as assisting sales and driving footfall in store, are of course trying to increase conversion and checkout on the mobile itself.
Hello Brian. There are many ways an online ad can be personalised and targeted.
In this introduction to personalised ads online, I thought I'd order the information by marketing channel, rather than by types of targeting.
Ads can be targeted to behaviour, demographic, time and audience. Most people think of personalisation as a little more tailored than, say, device type, and more about personal information that a company has about you, be it name and age, or browsing and purchase behaviour.
Personalisation, despite implying one-to-one interaction, is often a more sophisticated automated and rules-based take on traditional segmentation of a database and delivery of a marketing message.
It can be based on information you have given to a company or on information inferred or collected with tags, or matched up with third-party data.
With marketing technology becoming more sophisticated and at the same time arguably easier to use, personalisation is an area set for prominence in marketing over the next couple of years.
CRM software allows companies to tailor web experiences to different segments of users and this redefines the purpose of a previously static web page or marketing message.
In this post though, I'm concentrating on advertising online and how it is personalised. Away we go!
A mobile and email festival this week in the US, with stats on devices, retargeting, content consumption and even some TV thrown in.
There's also some titbits on webrooming and ecommerce, including a beautiful infographic.
For more digital marketing stats, check out the Econsultancy Internet Statistics Compendium.
Without further ado, let's get into the stats.
BuzzFeed is successful in anyone’s book when it comes to creating content their audience wants to consume wherever they are and then share with their friends.
I listened to Will Hayward, VP Europe, BuzzFeed, at the Adobe Summit EMEA 2014. He was talking about how traditional display advertising is still inefficient and how new methods of social distribution of native content are worki.ng for BuzzFeed.
Here I’ve attempted to sum up some of Will’s thoughts.
The imaginero (maker of images) has always found it tricky to make a living.
Even painters we now regard as masters died without fortune and sometimes in poverty. Painting was a trade. It paid as such.
Of course, when means for mass reproduction came along, artists or their gallerists could distribute works that would meet public approval and this made some very rich. But even then, many of the best suffered a lifetime of penury if their works didn’t conform to the tastes of their time.
Fast forward and the emergence of the commercial internet has meant artists can promote themselves. The din is greater than ever and it’s hard for artists to get heard.
However, commerce, the internet, increase in media consumption and social media specifically make for greater demand than ever for visual design. As web design gets both more commonplace and more sophisticated, companies seek to differentiate themselves with better branding, advertising and content marketing.
And perhaps brands are getting serious about patronising new artists?
Whatever time an artist lives in, patronage has always been the surest way to security. Whether of the King of Spain or Charles Saatchi or Debenhams.
Many of these ‘greatest hits’ don’t need flagging up as they are shared a lot and have probably been seen by some of you.
However, I wanted to group together a list of posts that are of considerable value, so you can bookmark, pocket, etc. and then use to impress your friends and win business.
Simple as that. Just click the pictures to see the original posts.
I’ve tried to include posts that won’t date, so I’ve left out Chris Lake’s web design trends post (which is proving our most popular this year) because it’s billed as ‘2014’. However I think it will remain useful past the end of the year, so check that out, too.
Google has a big impact on the retail shopping journey, both online and off.
I’ve previously written about the smartphone customer journey, but given increases in Android market share, retail sales, the proportion of retail sales online, and mobile sales, I thought I should take another look.
So, how does the customer interact with Google services in the course of her journey to purchase?
Be prepared for a stat-fest, from search to mobile, YouTube to in-store.