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Last week, Facebook made what could prove to be one of its most important announcements ever.
After years of discussion, speculation and debate, the world's largest social network is finally executing on a search strategy, and while it doesn't look like a threat to Google, at least initially, Facebook's Graph Search is no less interesting.
Mailrooms are quickly becoming anachronistic features of corporate offices, but in their prime, they featured postage meters and beeping, blinking copy and fax machines bearing the Pitney Bowes logo. The company did very, very well.
But as physical communication methods became more digital, Pitney Bowes’ profits fell. Between 2008 and 2011, revenues slipped to $5.3 billion, a billion-dollar drop as US and European economies, its key markets, softened.
Competitors like Kodak went bust and Xerox nearly filed Chapter 11, but Pitney Bowes sought to evolve with the times by adding a robust suite of digital marketing products for B2B clientele intent on reaching audiences through email, social, and mobile channels.
In the next five years, Experian predicts more than 50% of marketing budgets will be associated with mobile, as above-the-line channels continue to become more interactive and engaging - but it’s a far cry from where Australian marketers are today.
A recent study conducted by the CMO council and Adobe found only 41% of Australian marketers are spending 25+% of their marketing budgets on digital activity as a whole - and there is little doubt in my mind that mobile investment is barely more than a blip.
With consumer consumption of mobile internet growing at a rapid rate, Australian brands can no longer ignore the importance of mobile as a key channel within the marketing mix.
You need effective keywords to launch a successful search engine optimising campaign, and your site search data can provide a treasure trove of search terms that your customers already use.
If you’re only using web search terms for your search marketing efforts, you’re missing out on a great opportunity to strengthen your keyword list.
Mine site search data for keywords in order to boost the success of your campaigns.
Since the rise of social media, companies have been implored to 'listen' to their customers. If you listen, they are told, good things will happen.
The truth, of course, is that most businesses have never been completely deaf to their customers.
Social media has simply created new ways to listen.
Most retailer marketers are sitting on a mine of unused big data. This kicks off a series of how-to-guides for constructing agnostic strategies around big data for the purpose of improving conversion.
Big Data has saturated the news cycle in 2012. But what exactly is big data, who is using it and how can your brand apply it?
Amazon may be the world's online consumer retail giant, but don't let that fool you: the company isn't content with being the Walmart of the web.
Already, Amazon has become a leading player in the cloud computing space, and in 2013, it's coming to Madison Avenue, perhaps in a big way.
After decades of fighting the image of being a ‘fluffy’ cost centre, the marketing function is finally escaping the long-held mis-perception of being all about ‘creative’ with an inability to prove measurable impact on the bottom line.
The growing importance of the Chief Marketing Officer, especially in business-to-consumer organisations, is the strongest indication yet of this continued professionalisation within the function.
Everyone loves statistics, so as the year comes to a close, we’ve pulled out some juicy data for the region.
All the information has been taken from Econsultancy’s Australian Internet Statistics Compendium, a data-behemoth document that’s more than 450 pages long and updated on a monthly basis.
So, what’s happening in digital, Down Under?
Data has become such a popular topic in digital marketing circles that we're running out of metaphors. But whether you think of data as the oil of marketing, a firehose of numbers or the next gold rush, chances are that your organization is still coming to grips with the possibilities and realities of "Big Data."
As a great end of the year Google Hangout, join us December 13, 2012 at 12:30 EST as we discuss cutting-edge data techniques for supercharging advertising used by global corporations for marketing as released in the latest Econsultancy report "Best Practices in Data Management." Data Management Platforms (DMPs) and Audience Management Platforms (AMPs) are all the rage, but getting the most out of data for audience segmentation, insights, and targeting takes more than just a relationship with a vendor.
Data is everywhere. As the cost of storing and collecting data decreases, more of it becomes available to marketers looking to optimize the way they acquire new customers and activate existing ones.
In the right hands, data can be the key to understanding audiences, developing the right marketing messages, optimizing campaigns, and creating long-term customers. In the wrong hands, data can contribute to distraction, poor decision-making, and customer alienation.
Over the past several weeks, I asked over thirty of the world’s leading digital data practitioners what marketers should be thinking about when it comes to developing a data management strategy.
The result is the newly available Best Practices in Data Management report. A few big themes emerged from my research, which I thought I would share.
The Australian Affiliate Marketing Benchmarking Survey was released by dgmAustralia last week, revealing that affiliate marketing is on the rise amongst Australian retailers.
The report examines the current engagement and intentions of Australian companies utlilising affiliate marketing, as well as revealing marked differences in usage and approaches across the market.