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Bleak times ahead for email according to Gartner, which is predicting that social networks will claim a growing share of communication among business users.
Seems plausible enough, though any reports of the death of email are somewhat premature. But can social networking sites claim the communications crown before this decade is out?
Cue much head shaking among the email services providers at TFM&A this week. I asked a few of them to fight their corner, and to provide an alternative view on the future of email.
Having been to numerous Econsultancy Roundtables in London, I was chuffed (very pleased) that my schedule allowed me to participate in Econsultancy’s Measurement & Metrics Roundtable at the New World Headquarters in New York last Thursday.
It was quite different from those I'd attended in London...
With businesses still struggling under the weight of the difficult economic environment, the importance of understanding the drivers of profitability has never been greater. More than ever, it's crucial for companies to get the most from their web properties and digital marketing investment, and to measure effectively.
This is where investing in a good web analytics solution can help, and as Econsultancy's new edition of its Web Analytics Buyer's Guide shows, it's encouraging to see that the sector continues to grow, in spite of continued pressure on budgets.
We've interviewed nearly 100 industry experts this year on various topics, from affiliate marketing to web analytics.
I've gathered together our interviews on the subject of social media...
2009 was a banner year for social media. Fueled in large part by the impressive growth of Twitter and Facebook and the adoption of both by major brands and recognizable individuals, it's safe to say that social media truly went 'mainstream' this year.
That means new opportunities, and new challenges, in 2010 as social media finds its place in the overall mediasphere. Here are five tips for companies looking to take their social media efforts to the next level in 2010.
Social media measurement is something that I think should be undertaken with a sense of perspective, by standing back and looking at the big picture.
A widescreen approach to social media measurement ultimately looks at the things that really matter: sales, profits, customer satisfaction and loyalty. Besides, honing in on the detail might not be the best use of your time, given the obvious difficulties that arise, particularly with attribution.
But standing back and looking at the bigger picture is not going to be enough for your data-mad boss, is it? It’s a bit too soft focus, right? He or she is going to want to see proof that all this social optimisation is actually working.
If that’s the case, then don’t worry: there are lots of things you can measure...
Yesterday, I discussed the official launch of Sponsored Tweets and voiced my opinion about the service. I wasn't impressed. But there's a saying about opinions that starts with "Opinions are like...".
So I thought it would be helpful to look at Sponsored Tweets from a different perspective: performance. The proof is always in the pudding and when it comes to marketing, that means that the proof is in the performance.
Social media is marketing, not advertising, but it's got to live somewhere, and it's got to be measured. So it's only slightly ironic that the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) would introduce definitions of social media metrics, given social media is the marketing channel that's actual beginning to replace advertising.
In a hefty 12-page document, the IAB's "Social Media Ad Metrics Definitions" (PDF download) slices social media into three subsets, and outlines relevant metrics for each. The major categories are defined as:
I'd be interested to hear what free tools and services people use to gauge levels of traffic and the nature of the audience to any website?
Obviously this information is useful for competitive intelligence, media planning and buying, search optimisiation, online PR, affiliate marketing etc.
I’m delighted to have been asked to be a panelist at Social Media Influence tomorrow.
I’ve attended every year since its first carnation 4 years ago as Blogging4business. Inspiring speakers such as Antony Mayfield, Suw Charman-Anderson, Hugh McLeod and Struan Robertson thrilled us with their visions of how business should embrace a brave new social media world.
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."