Archive for the ‘Online Advertising’ Category

1 in 7 A/B Test Campaigns Produce a Statistically Significant Improvement

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

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Key Takeaway:

The sad truth is that most companies do not perform A/B test campaigns at all. Those that do often randomly choose elements to test and do not spend time coming up with elements to test based on user feedback. The vast majority of marketers simply do not perform enough A/B test campaigns to see significant improvements to their campaigns. You know the sales expression “Always Be Closing”? Well for digital marketers the expression should be “Always Be Testing.” (Stat Source: KISSmetrics)

Key Takeaway:

Marketers know that social media is an essential component to any digital marketing campaign. However, it’s great to have this statistic in mind when you are planning how much of your campaigns are going to be dedicated to social media. Some marketers make the mistake of spending too much time on social, and some spend too little. Also remember this stat is not a one-size fits all metric. It’s all about finding what works for your organization in terms of how much you dedicate to social media marketing. If you’re not sure how to figure out that sweet spot, start with analyzing your social engagement data to see what frequency gets the best response overall. (Stat Source: Globalwebindex)

Key Takeaway:

What are you currently doing to engage your visitors, really? If you’re just putting call to action buttons on your web pages, that’s not enough. You need to think bigger. You need to get creative and design an experience for your visitors that they find truly enjoyable and useful. One way to do this, and improve your bounce rate as a result, is to create interactive content; meaning your content requires participation from your web visitors. Think about things like quizzes, polls, and games. (Stat Source: RocketFuel)

Key Takeaway:

Notice how everyone is asking you for your email address lately? From the cashier at the retail stores where you shop, to the non-profit organizations and other campaigners that set up shop outside of store-fronts. It’s no secret anymore that email is great way drive action from your visitors. Since everyone is in on the secret, the email marketing space is highly competitive now. Also, people are becoming increasingly reluctant to provide their email address to every company that asks. The bottom line here is that in order to create successful email campaigns, you need to determine what your audience values and ask for email address in the right way. You then need to combine your social and content marketing tactics with your email marketing for the best results. (Stat Source: Express Pigeon)

Key Takeaway:

Are you losing sales because you are providing a bad mobile experience? Perhaps. But you will most definitely lose sales in the future if you continue to provide a poor mobile experience. This means advertising, marketing and general website design and functionality all need to work well on mobile. Don’t ignore mobile conversions! Make sure you have mobile PPC ads for all ad groups and that landing pages work flawlessly on mobile devices. (Stat Source: Search Engine Land)

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US Online Ad Revenues Up 16% in Q1

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

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Key Takeaway:

This trend has been holding steady for the past 5 years. In fact, online ad revenue growth has seen double-digits for 20 consecutive quarters, since Q1 2010. If your online ad revenue is not where you want it to be, it’s time to dig into your accounts and figure out how you can turn things around. (Stat Source: IAB and PwC)

Key Takeaway:

Free shipping is such a simple perk to offer your customers, why not try it out and see how it positively impacts your bottom line? If you’re not in the retail space, think of some other ways to delight your customers. You can even come up with a quick survey to directly ask your web visitors what types of offers they would be most interesting in receiving. That way you take the guess work out of the equation. (Stat Source: UPS / comScore)

Key Takeaway:

While the overwhelming majority of companies provide at least one social link on their homepage, this is a choice you need to make based on your company or brand. You may feel it’s not a good choice for your brand, just like the 25% of marketers surveyed who do not have social links on their homepage. Of the marketers that do put social links on the homepage, the majority have three links. (Stat Source: HubSpot)

Key Takeaway:

Google just made this announcement this week. Meaning if you’re an advertiser running ads on the Google Display Network in the U.S., your campaigns are now opted-in to show ads on Google Play Music. Basic banner ads and retargeted text ads are being served on the site, as well as TruView video ads and Lightbox ads. This new platform is great for advertisers who want to connect with consumers through the music they love. (Source: Google)

Key Takeaway:

Try testing different versions of your call to action to see what works best. Different language is good to test, but also consider elements like the shape and style of your CTA. Even a different color button can make a big impact. (Stat Source: Crazy Egg)

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Remarketing With Google Analytics Drives 10X Higher Conversion Than Traditional Display Ads

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Here are this week’s top 5 digital marketing statistics and key takeaways. Want to know how these stats relate to your business? Drop us a line and let’s chat about your online marketing goals.

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Key Takeaway:

Marketo and Google recently released a case study which highlights how Marketo was able to use Google Analytics’ custom data fields to achieve better results from their online advertising efforts. Specifically, they set up ways to identify audiences in Analytics based on conversion stage or business vertical. From this data, they were able to quickly assign remarketing lists in order to serve more personalized remarketing ads to visitors. This resulted in 10x higher conversion rate. (Stat source: Think With Google)

Remarketing to all visitors is a start, but segmentation and list building of your audiences is how you stay top of mind and improve conversion. Utilize the data points you have available to you about your visitors, customers and website to improve your marketing and advertising efforts. Don’t just assume that all of your customers and visitors are part of the same audience. You may have a few distinct audiences for your business, and the better you understand each one the more opportunity you have to create a personalized experience for them.

Key Takeaway:

The big news in the social media sphere this week is that the CEO of Twitter is stepping down. Along with this news, many were surprised to learn that Twitter has never turned a profit. Only time will tell if the social media giant will be able to turn things around and prove its value to investors and advertisers before it’s too late. (Stat Source: Chris Sacca)

How many customers have tried your product or service, never to return again? Make sure you’re doing your research to discover why customers did not return to your company again so that you can do your best to improve for the future.

Key Takeaway:

You may remember us talking about Twitch, a live-streaming gaming service that was recently acquired by Amazon. Well, in an attempt to better serve the gaming demographic, now Google is rolling out YouTube Gaming, a new application that “will act as a video hub that highlights live streams of people playing games as they battle aliens or try to score in a virtual soccer game.” (Stat Source: Internet Retailer)

Ask yourself, is there a way that your company or organization can better serve one of your major demographics?

Key Takeaway:

One key component to your company’s success is your employees. If your employees are not happy working for you, you will get high turn-over which makes it tough to grow. Our world is becoming increasingly digital, and many peoples’ jobs are able to be done from home on the computer. If you have star employees who want to work from home or from the office but on their own time schedule, let them! (Stat source: KPCB)

Key Takeaway:

It’s not all about the money. If you don’t have the extra cash to bump up your mobile bids, spend a little bit of time trying to increase your Quality Score. (Stat source: WordStream)

So there you have it, this week’s top 5 digital marketing stats and key takeaways – #TWT5!

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#TWT5 Digital Marketing Stats & Takeaways: Video Marketing, Online Advertising, Social & Content

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

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Key Takeaway:

If you have a product or service that need a little bit more than images and descriptions to convey the value of it to your potential customers, consider creating a video marketing campaign.

This statistic is based off of a recent case study of a large-scale children’s toy retailer called Step2 that sells high-price items like play kitchens and houses. The company used product videos to showcase the features of each product as well as people using them, and found that viewers are 174% more likely to convert. (Stat Source: Marketing Sherpa)

Key Takeaway:

Social media, traditional media and other promotional strategies all have their value in an organization’s overall marketing plan, but when it comes to increasing sales in particular, there is massive opportunity in online advertising.

This statistic is based off of a survey of executives from the Inc. 500 list. They were asked which of several promotional strategies they believe has the most potential to help increase sales. After online advertising, 17% of respondents felt business directory listings helped increase sales, followed by social media platforms at 13%. (Stat Source: Center for Marketing Research at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth)

Key Takeaway:

LinkedIn is a great social platform for many companies and organizations, however it’s important to take the time to perform research and dig into the data to understand which social media platforms best fit the needs of your business. (Stat Source: Center for Marketing Research at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth)

Key Takeaway:

Is your company ramping up your content marketing game? If not, your competitors likely are. Don’t fall behind. Make sure you understand not just how you can make content marketing work for your bottom line but also how you can use it to boost your SEO initiatives and grow your social presence. If you’re not sure you have the resources or expertise to do this in-house, get help from a digital marketing agency.

This stat came from the Marketing Budgets 2015 Report. (Stat Source: Econsultancy)

Key Takeaway:

It’s a safe bet that about half of your website visitors are coming from mobile as well (and if you have Google Analytics on your site you can see exactly how many visitors you’re getting from mobile). Make sure your site does not have any mobile usability issues. Beyond that, ideally you should have a fully optimized, mobile-friendly website. Not only will this provide a better user experience overall but it also has a good chance of giving you a slight ranking boost. (Stat Source: Google)

So there you have it, this week’s top 5 digital marketing stats and key takeaways! #TWT5

This Week’s Top 5 Digital Marketing Stats + Takeaways: Mobile Email Marriage, Plus Retargeting Power and Video Marketing

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

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Key Takeaway:

Your biggest issue isn’t that people are going to delete your email if they have to horizontal scroll – it’s the user experience you are providing them. All those instances add up to your brand experience in the eyes of your customers. If you don’t make it easy for them, that is what they will begin to feel about your brand. While some will delete and others will unsubscribe, some will also ignore so to make everyone happy (including your performance) make your emails render and respond appropriately across all devices. (Stat Source: Adobe)

Helpful info: 5 ecommerce email marketing examples to boost your bottom line.

Key Takeaway:

Don’t underestimate the power of retargeting advertising campaigns. Make sure display ads are well designed and are easily recognizable as your brand – keep them message simple and know who you are talking to on a retarget. You want people to instantly recognize your brand in order for retargeting to work. (Stat Source: Criteo)

Key Takeaway:

If you have yet to build out a YouTube channel for your company, it’s about time you start thinking about it. Don’t worry about the number of subscribers you have; instead, focus on producing quality videos and you’ll build your views and audience naturally. Genuity, a strong value proposition and helpful information on your products and services wins out. (Stat Source: Internet Retailer)

Key Takeaway:

As the walls go up on audience, your PPC campaigns and online media are becoming just as important as your social and SEO efforts – in fact, they work together. Use the right PPC and online media channels to target your audience personas based on your marketing and business goals – these may include Google Adwords and Bing, or it may be Facebook and Yelp ads. Every business is different so it’s important to tailor your online media and PPC campaigns to your unique products and service offerings. (Stat Source: Social Media Today)

Key Takeaway:

Bottom line people are viewing your website on mobile devices. If they can’t easily read your site, people are likely just to leave and browse another site that is mobile friendly. At this point it’s basically unacceptable in the eyes of your website visitors to not have a mobile version of your website. (Stat Source: Marketing Land)

So there you have it! This week’s top 5 digital marketing stats and key takeaways.










Key Takeaways from this Week’s Top 5 Digital Marketing Stats

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

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Instagram captures 15 times higher interaction rates than Facebook.

According to research from L2 Think Tank which analyzed 249 brands and their social media campaigns, interaction rates for Instagram posts were 15 times higher than those on Facebook. [Source: eMarketer.com]

Takeaway:

If you haven’t yet ramped up your marketing campaigns on Instagram it’s about time you start. As a tip, you can easily insert Instagram custom tabs into your Facebook page now that Facebook owns Instagram. Many companies are experimenting with promoting Instagram campaigns on Facebook due to this higher engagement. For example, encouraging users to submit their own photos with the same Instagram filter (like sepia-tone or Lo-fi). This trend is likely to grow in the future if Instagram engagement remains strong for brands.

The average click-through-rate for Facebook Ads has jumped 275% since 2012.

Facebook has improved its targeting abilities since 2012 which is partly why CTR’s are on the rise. Another reason these ads are seeing more success is due to third-party Facebook ad tools. [Source: Wishpond]

Takeaway:

If you’re not happy with the ROI of your Facebook Ads, take some time to sit down and analyze why your campaigns may not be performing well. Maybe your ads could benefit from additional creative copy, or it’s possible you could have some tracking issues that are preventing you from knowing the true stats of your ads. Don’t hesitate to reach out to other professionals to help streamline your Facebook ad campaigns.

Companies that blog 15 times per month get 5 times more traffic than companies that don’t blog.

[Source: Ektron]

Takeaway:

Don’t let content marketing overwhelm you. Gather your team together every couple of weeks to brainstorm fresh content ideas. Then delegate responsibilities like managing the content calendar, writing and editing articles, and promoting across social media channels to different team members based on their skills and interests.

4 Out of 5 Yelp users visit Yelp.com before spending money, and 93% say that visiting Yelp leads to a local purchase.

According to a Nielsen survey commissioned by Yelp, four out of five Yelp users visit Yelp.com before spending money, and 93 percent say that visiting Yelp leads to a local purchase. [Source: MarketingLand]

Takeaway:

Online Reputation Management is an important part of your overall digital marketing strategy. Whether you’re a local business with a presence on Yelp or a global brand with wide international reach, it’s inevitable that your customers and other key audiences will talk about you online. Creating a plan for ORM can help save time and stress when issues arise and keeps the pulse on emerging competitors and developing trends.

Daily we spend 9 minutes on email via a mobile device, that is 7.6% of the total 119 minutes we use our phone per day.

[Source: EmailMonday]

Takeaway:

It’s time to ensure your mobile email marketing campaign is flawless. If you’re struggling with your email marketing campaigns now that mobile is dominating the market, get help from a pro. You don’t want to miss out on business just because your promotional emails aren’t displaying properly on mobile devices.

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